"Rags to riches to rags in three generations?" You have something more in mind.
We put your wealth to work for you and your family, and keep it working for generations to come.
High Net Worth Individuals
Consistently ranked one of the top 50 wealth managers in the nation, the Beringer Group offers access to a world class network of opportunities, relationships and strategies not available to most investors. Our inside knowledge of asset protection and alternative investments, combined with advanced reporting capabilities and unequaled due diligence, enable us to give clients a clearer picture of what is, and what is possible, than any other advisory firm.
Affluent Family Enterprises
It’s not a good idea to be the last one selling buggy whips. The business that initially generates wealth for a family may only be one piece of a much larger legacy. The most successful families, over the long term, are those who learn to stay on top of trends and create an “enterprise” that nurtures a diverse panopoly of profitable and charitable ventures. The Beringer Group is adept at optimizing these enterprises and imparting the values, strategies and skills that help them succeed.
Privately Owned Businesses
Many business owners spend decades building a successful business and then unnecessarily lose millions of dollars in a few crucial moments in the business life cycle. Keeping a company and transferring it to the next generation requires very different planning than selling it to a third party. Not planning for either puts you in a position where outside forces dictate your future. The Beringer Group can help you to prepare now to be in a position to profit when it matters most.
Many people do pieces of what we do. We are one of the few who bring it all together.
The Beringer Group is a privately held independent advisory firm. We have been working with the owners of substantial privately-held businesses and the heads of affluent family enterprises since 1979.
We have helped our clients make some of the most difficult decisions of their lives. Our strategic succession planning, investment services, tax mitigation expertise and access to exclusive private equity networks has helped us provide clients with innovative, objective, and contemporary solutions to a large number of critical issues.
In the process, we have helped them avoid catastrophic tax consequences, given their businesses and endeavors new life, and provided for their families, their employees and their communities for generations to come.
Only 5% of inheritances survive 3 generations
60% of inheritances disappear by the 2nd generation. 90% disappear by the third
Only 30% of family businesses survive two generations
Only 3 percent of family businesses survive to the 3rd
47% of business owners over 55 hope to sell in three years
Only 10% of these have a legitimate exit strategy
only 38% of business owners implement their succession plans
73% have not focussed on tax mitigation issues in their succession plans
Our managing directors have an average of 25 plus years of experience in the markets we serve.
Theodore A. Beringer
Christopher M. Beringer
John R. Fye
John R. McAlister II
Bradley S. Williams
Linda L. Postorivo
Barry J. Levin
JAMES B ALDRICH
JOANNE M. VANDERHEYDEN
Christopher S. Hughes
John W. Leighbody
Ellen C. Pierce
The Beringer Group is pleased to announce that our client, Blodgett Supply/Blodgett Distributors, has entered into an agreement for the sale of the company to Hajoca Corporation of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. Blodgett Supply is a family-owned diversified wholesale distributor, tracing its roots back to 1848. Hajoca is the second-largest PHVAC wholesaler in North America and[…]
by John McAlister and Chris Beringer This is the second installment in the series “Bridging the Gap.” The focus is on active vs. inactive shareholders in a closely held business enterprise. Companies have inactive shareholders for many reasons, but typically they are in a multi-generational business where shares are transferred in some manner to the[…]
by John McAlister and Chris Beringer Majority shareholders in a family owned business enterprise are faced with a key decision regarding the future success or failure of their enterprise: Keep, Sell, Grow. When there are children working in the business, the “Keep, Sell, Grow” decision can become monumental. Today we begin a series of Whitepapers[…]
This past April, Chris Beringer and Brad Williams of The Beringer Group, one of the top wealth management firms in the country, served as two of the “sharks” in the Shanahan Tank Challenge, a student business competition at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downington, PA inspired by the popular television program ‘The Shark Tank.’ Participating students generated[…]
Protecting the Golden Goose: What we have learned over the past 37 years about shareholder conflict in family businesses – and what to do about it
by John McAlister and Chris Beringer The objective of this white paper is to suggest ways for family businesses to maximize financial objectives while minimizing family conflict. There are inherent conflicts between active and inactive shareholders. There are also deep seated emotional conflicts that may go back generations. These issues can be dealt with, but[…]
EFFECTIVE BOARDS FOR A PRIVATE ENTERPRISE The creation of a customized board of directors can prove beneficial to the continuous improvement of the private business. For a family-owned enterprise an effective board strives to improve business governance and perpetuate family control. This active board should include qualified, experienced outside directors. An effective director’s only interest[…]
Join the Beringer Group for a lively discussion on how to transform conflicts into golden opportunities when transitioning a family business. Click HERE for a PDF file of the slides used during the webinar. Scroll below the media player for comments and questions generated from the discussion, or to add your own.
“Rags to riches to rags in three generations?” You have something else in mind? The Beringer Group has identified some Key Success Indicators for your consideration. Identify future leaders from within and outside the family Find leaders early and invest in them Approach CEO succession proactively Preserve an enduring sense of clearly defined family values[…]
Is one generation enough time for your family business to realize the company’s mission and objectives? Would you like to successfully transition the family business to your heirs for generations to come? Consider implementing the “Art of Stewardship” in the near-term and as a key part of training and developing future generations. Cultivate a commitment[…]
A large fraction of all privately owned businesses will be exited through either succession or sale during the next decade. Yet, most entrepreneurs are currently NOT deeply engaged in a transition and succession planning process. Most indications confirm that personal, family and psychological factors deter business owners from getting started on this critical planning. Most[…]