Position For The Exit – Interview with Joe Raymond
Joe Raymond is a Managing Partner and Founder of RVR Consulting Group, an action-oriented management consulting firm supporting small and midmarket companies nationwide in the areas of growth strategy, exit planning, and turnaround situations. With a specialization in HR outsourcing companies, RVR partners with organizations seeking to accelerate growth and maximize their value, utilizing tailored initiatives and strategic action to drive performance, profitability, and scalability. Joe is a strategic advisor for small to multi-billion-dollar companies within the PEO and staffing industries; however, above all else, Joe is an entrepreneur who is committed to empowering other businesses, starting at the executive level. In less than a year, Joe was able to assist in the creation of over $250M in enterprise value for a PEO client, which continues to see returns on its bottom-line.
In 1986, Joe founded and grew the Transworld Services Group staffing company to over $45 million in 10 years. By 1994, the company was among Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing, privately-held companies. Looking forward, Joe facilitated the business’ ISO 9002 certification, securing a standard of prestigious, international quality, and sold the company at a significant market premium ten years later. Soon after, Joe became President and 50% owner of ASG, a $3.5 million construction staffing company, building it into a $150 million business with 30 offices in five years. In 2007, ASG was sold to a publicly traded company, again at a market premium.
Throughout Joe’s career, the products, services, and challenges have differed, but the solutions impeding growth have consistently been the same for clients: structure, people, processes, systems, and reporting. Having been personally involved in the sale or purchase of over 100 companies (and counting) ranging from $5 million to $5 billion in revenue, Joe has a comprehensive understanding of the pain points that decision-makers and executives face daily. As such, he provides ongoing support to entrepreneurs at speaking opportunities such as the 2018 NAPEO Annual Conference, the Lightsource Client Summit at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando, and other local, regional, and national engagements.
As an active business leader with an intersectional lens on growth, Joe sits on the BB&T Regional Advisory Board but also provides coaching and pro-bono services to Orlando’s rising startups. For decades, Joe has demonstrated a commitment to the business community, but also to nonprofit boards and mission-driven organizations. Today, he remains an active alum to his alma mater, Rollins College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business. He serves on Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business’ Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, driving impact beside the next generation of MBA professionals.
Joe is also the proud Chairman and Founder of the Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO), a charter school that uses holistic, individualized programs to address the academic and therapeutic needs of children and adults with motor disabilities.
Established in 1999, RVR Consulting Group is an action-oriented management consulting company based in Orlando, Florida, supporting small to mid-market companies with exit planning, growth strategy, and turnaround situations. RVR partners with business leaders to understand their organizational objectives, to assess their business from a 360-vantage point, and to provide tailored recommendations that optimize company performance, scalability, and profitability.
Since 2001, CECO has been providing hope for families that have been searching for the place where the impossible IS possible. CECO offers a special needs school day kindergarten through 12th grade, summer camp, early intervention ages 6 months to 4 years old and walking challenge program, adult program and Parkinson’s program.
Conductive Education is an educational approach to help children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disabilities achieve their greatest level of independence through physical and cognitive activities. We welcome families and our community friends to stop by and tour our facility…see how hard the children work on a daily basis to obtain their greatest potential.
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