FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Who is Chris Bartholomew?
A: Chris is a CEO and proven leader that has a solid record of building companies.
He has helped companies increase their revenue and profitability by creating a growth- orientated culture. Chris guides companies through their transformation and installs innovative business tools, processes and methodologies that create the foundation for business success. He thrives on building organizations, increasing revenues, leading operational excellence and growing shareholder value.
Q: How long does it take to complete an Acquisition?
A: Even the simplest merger and acquisition (M&A) deals are challenging. It takes a lot for two previously independent companies to join forces, identify and remove redundancies, agree on prices and strategy while maintaining employee productivity. It’s like putting together a complex puzzle, except that your right and left hands have never worked together before. A successful integration should take between three to six months, although there are many hurdles that could trip up the process.
Q: Why Do Business Owners Hire You?
A: Typically they hire him because they realize that they do not have the Leadership in place to grow the business to the level they want, in the timeline they need, or they simply lack the knowledge on how to get their company ready for sale and to maximize stakeholder value. Most employees are too busy working on the business and do not have the experience nor skill sets to mastermind the growth of the company, let alone the nuances of increasing stakeholder value.
Q: What Experience Does He Have In Leading and Building Companies?
A: Chris is the CEO and Founder of 4X Inc. with 20+ years of Global Leadership experience, with a proven track record of building Stakeholder Value, Maximizing Revenues, Business Growth and Optimizing Production capacities.
Q: You State Your Services As A CEO, Outsourced CEO, Business Consultant, Sales Consultant & Turnaround Consultant, But What Exactly Do You Do?
A: The answer is simply all of the above. When business growth is pursued it’s difficult to have the activities and tasks segmented into one category because so many actions are interdependent. However, in saying that if our assignment is based solely on sales growth then many of the business growth activities will obviously not be included. Our clearly defined scope of the assignment is much more important than a title.
Q: Why Should We Work With You?
A: Perhaps the answer to this could be that you shouldn’t work with us, especially if you are only looking to maintain a status quo. However, if you are looking to build your business then there are compelling reasons for us to talk and start today!
Q: How Much Do You Charge?
A: Typically we base our fees on the services we carry out and like our services we do not have a “canned” approach. It is totally dependent on the needs of our clients. We are very sensitive to our clients Investment in 4X Inc. and we will do our best to align our services within any budget limitations.
Q: What Industry Do You Specialized In?
A: We are business Leaders, process & systems specialists, we know the hurdles that businesses face when trying to grow or fix things. You may think that these things are unique to you, but surprisingly enough, many business owners experience the same issues & challenges. We are specialists in Leadership, business systems, processes, sales, operations, training etc.
Q: What Results Can We Expect?
A: This is a simple answer for me and I typically respond by asking what results are needed and starting from there? We are committed to building your business and the level of growth is dependent on client resources and needs, whether it’s $1MM or $100MM, we can build them all!
Q: Are You Willing To Buy/Sell companies, help Negotiate Major Contracts For Us Or Close Our Biggest Deals?
A: The answer to this is “Yes Please and how soon can I start?”
Q: How Much Do You Charge For A Business Evaluation?
A: We typically offer to pay all our fees and our clients pay the travel expense. The Business Evaluation/Discovery will take a minimum of 1 day.
Q: How Much Time Would You Be Able To Invest In Building Our Company?
A: We would never commit to a project unless we had sufficient time to commit and I will spend 40hrs per week on an assignment if needed. Whatever it takes, I will make it happen.
Q: How Long Does It Take For A Strategy Plan To Be Implemented?
A: The time it takes to develop a Growth Plan will vary based on the client’s requirements, resources and the complexity of the project. Once we receive all the requested data, we draft a plan for review. The customized plan will detail the growth plan and exit strategies if applicable. Due to the customized nature, it is difficult to pinpoint a time frame, however the length of a typical engagement is greater than 12 months.
Q: What Happens If My Company Has Very Proprietary Information, Which I Do Not Want To Leak Out?
A: Once we have determined that there is a strong “mutual fit”; we can send you a mutual non-disclosure agreement. This agreement protects both parties from disclosure of confidential information. When you become a client our standard contract provides ample protection that covers most circumstances.
Q: Why Don’t You List More Of Your Clients’ Names On Your Website Or On LinkedIn?
A: Most of our clients insist on strict confidentiality, so we cannot divulge any information about them beyond their industry and a general description of the type of services we provided them.