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What's your
next best step

Discover how to build, grow, & finish strong in your business

Do you have a plan to maximize your shareholder value before you exit your business?

  • The Midland Group has been a trusted advisor to the Miller family, carefully guiding us through decisions that will have a profound effect on our future.

    Patricia Miller, Co-Founder

    Vera Bradley

The Proven Guide to Your Next Best Step

A holistic approach to building your business and preparing to exit gracefully.

Midland’s Advanced Value Enhancement Solutions is a program designed to help you to build, grow, and finish strong. This forward-thinking approach has advised numerous business owners and corporate leaders to:

  • maximize shareholder value at an accelerated rate
  • minimize business risk
  • achieve personal, financial and business goals

Gordon Bell, Founder and CEO of The Midland Group, provides guidance for evolving companies – from young businesses looking for growth, to established companies looking toward the future. Midland’s Advanced Value Enhancement Solutions is unique because of its:

  • accelerated focus, using 90-day plans to address both immediate and future goals
  • proven successful development of strong leadership teams, internally or by recruitment
  • Fort Recovery Industries and its sister company Fortco Plastics have been associated with The Midland Group for more than 20 years. Gordon consistently brings a high level of energy, business expertise, and integrity to all his relation-ships, whether they involve partnering, business development consulting, or the heart of what he is about — mergers, acquisitions, and private equity funding. Gordon’s passion for manufacturing helps him leverage his personal experiences, allowing him to guide manufacturing executives as they move their enterprises through each stage of development

    Wes Jetter, President & CEO

    Fort Recovery Industries

What’s your Vision?
Your mission?
Where are you at in your journey?

Allow The Midland Group to guide you in accelerating your shareholder value while de-risking your business enterprise. They will utilize these proven value enhancement solutions:

What Is The Greatest Asset Of Your Company?

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The Midland Group

The Midland Group is a business advisory firm based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Founded in 1991, The Midland Group has advised clients—both national and international with revenues ranging from $10 million to $5 billion—across a range of industries: manufacturing, distribution, service, and retail. The Midland Group, along with its strategic alliance partners, offers advisory services such as:

  • Leadership Development
  • Succession Contingency Planning
  • Sales And Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Operational Excellence
  • Corporate Development, Mergers And Acquisitions
  • Development Of Multiple Exit Options
  • Sell Side Preparedness / Sell Side Processes

Collaborative Strategic Alliance Partners

Strategic Alliance

The Midland Group has generated
$3+ Billion in wealth
for its clients

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  • Gordon was a key player on my acquisition team. His ability to absorb, sort through and organize data, and form a strategy set him apart. Gordon brings a wealth of experience that enables him to know when to push and when to hold back through a process that requires analytical skills, as well as emotional sensitivities. When the acquisition process seems to hit the proverbial brick wall, as most inevitably will, Gordon can find the loose brick, breaks it free and allows it to continue. He helped us successfully complete the acquisition of the company that I own and run today

    Len Feddema, President & CEO

    Special Cutting Tools. A Division of Feddema Industires, Inc.

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Gordon Bell
CEO, The Midland Group

  • Recognized as the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) since 2009
    • Exit Planner of the Year 2016
    • Exit Planning Institute’s “Master Mentor” program
  • Five-time CEO
  • Conducted business in 50+ countries
  • Advised on over 100 buy-side, sell-side, ESOP’s, IPO’s, licensing, and phantom stock transactions
  • Has expansive network of established investor groups
  • Over 100 collaborative strategic alliance partners
  • A consummate inventor, holds 9 patents
  • B.S. and M.S. from Purdue University
  • Attended Harvard’s YPO Program
  • Author of Discover Your Next Best Step: 10 Proven Principles of Servant Leadership Wisdom and the developer of Midland’s Advanced Value Enhancement Solutions approach
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How To Prepare for a Successful Exit

Gordon Bell founded The Midland Group back in 1991 with the goal to help CEOs, senior leadership teams and stakeholders build, grow and prepare for exit gracefully. Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the company has generated $3 billion in wealth for its clients.

We caught up with Gordon to hear all about the importance of having an exit plan that will protect your assets…

  • Gordon Bell and The Midland Group have provided guidance and tactics for spending more time on the strategic direction of our business and creating a stronger and highly focused team. His coaching has not only driven profitability but also significantly increased our shareholder value

    Bob Stahurski, President & CEO

    NYCO Products Company

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Are you ready to discover your next best step?

Discover Your Next Best Step: 10 Proven Principles of Servant Leadership Wisdom is a wonderful resource for leadership training events and small group studies.

A Study Guide for group leaders is included at the end of the book. You will also benefit from a helpful checklist ’15 Ways to Help Improve Your Business’, as well as a brochure that outlines the processes in Midland’s Advanced Value Enhancement Solutions.