Testimonials – Gusso Business Advisors

Nick Gusso specializes in helping business owners with perpetuation, ownership transition and exit planning involving both family and non-family members.  Nick will help a business navigate a multitude of complicated financial, legal, insurance and emotional issues with expertise, confidentiality, efficiency and sensitivity.

David L. Kiesow, Former Owner – Sioux Falls Paint & Decorating, Sioux Falls SD

When the opportunity to sell my business presented itself on a potentially fast-paced timeline, I immediately turned to Nick. Working with my accountant, Nick reviewed all aspects of the potential sale – including the business and inventory evaluation methodology, proposed purchase agreement and a future consulting contract being offered to me. After significant changes were made based on Nick’s recommendations, a win-win business sale was made. His valuable counsel put my tensions at ease, as this was a life-changing transaction for me.

Thomas Smithback, President – Electric Supply Co., Sioux Falls SD

I have worked with Mr. Gusso for the past 30 years. He has maintained a longstanding professional relationship with our company, most recently acting as a Business Succession Advisor, and previously was involved in the insurance and bonding for our contracting needs. Mr. Gusso is concise and trustworthy in his manner, and reaffirms his professionalism with his dedicated nature.

Mark Knight, formerly President – Foothills Contracting, Webster SD
and Past President, Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Currently President of Steel Structures of Aberdeen, Inc., Aberdeen, SD

Nick understands the different obstacles that each business may have with business partners or family members, and how patience, caring and sensitivity to the plan must be approached to fit the needs. After our experience, I can’t think of anyone I would rather have help our business and family plan for the future.

Jason Handke, President – Dakota Automation, Watertown SD

Nick’s accounting knowledge and finance experience, having owned and managed a large insurance agency for 30 years, along with having bought and sold several businesses, gives him a unique ability to identify various issues and see potential problems others may not see. Our company would not hesitate to hire him again.

Marilyn Hanson, President – Dallas I. Hanson Construction, Milbank SD

We hired Nick specifically as an advisor for succession planning. We found that he thought outside the box, had unbiased opinions and had a vast network of resource contacts.  When my husband, Dallas, became terminally ill and perpetuation of the business was not an option, Nick then helped us liquidate our company.  After Dallas died Nick continued to be a valuable asset to me in winding down the business affairs of our company.

Floyd Schafer, President – Mainline Contracting, Rapid City SD

Anyone looking for sound advice related to company growth and succession planning can be assured Nick Gusso is a wise choice. Nick brought everything I was looking for to the table:

  • He listened
  • Very sensitive to our values
  • Detailed
  • Options and creative
  • Energetic
  • Honesty
  • Urgency/Timely

Jared Wilhelmi, President & Mark Beshara, Former Owner – Kilowatt Electric, Rapid City, SD

Nick’s cumulative business experience regarding insurance, bonding and finance  has proven to be instrumental in bringing together a successful ownership transition for our company. His professionalism, attention to detail and ability to create a win/win strategy for both sides of the team has proven to be of unique value.