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   Want To Sell Your Company? Krivanek, Grinstead Are Your New Dream Team
by Krivanek Consulting, Inc. & The Grinstead Group
Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 9:07AM EDT

Dallas, Texas and Denver, Colo. — Two produce industry consulting titans have joined forces to benefit owners who want to sell their companies. The new service brings the longtime industry track records of Julie Krivanek of Krivanek Consulting, Inc., and Steve Grinstead of The Grinstead Group to owners who want to get the most value for their businesses.

The senior advisors offer a two-part, time-proven service to owners who have made the decision to sell their businesses. Krivanek works with a company’s leadership team to design a strategy to increase the value of the business in advance of offering it for sale. Then Grinstead lines up a sale that realizes that value for owners.

“After years of hard work building your company, when you’re ready to take that next step we can position you to get the most worth,” said Krivanek.

“Julie and I bring insiders’ perspectives to our industry colleagues that they won’t get from merger and acquisition (M&A) companies who don’t understand the unique world of fresh produce,” said Grinstead.

During the first phase of the process, Krivanek works with an owner to increase the business’ value prior to offering it for sale. She analyzes the business, leadership team and company culture. She then co-creates with the team a growth strategy, and coaches the team to high performance. With a company’s value now increased, during the second phase of the process Grinstead determines that valuation, identifies potential buyers, negotiates terms of a sale and closes the deal.

“Our two-step process is proven to generate the best possible outcome for an owner who is ready to transition,” said Krivanek.

“Behind that process is a team that has a combined 85 years’ worth of business experience, including long track records as executives ourselves—most of it in the fresh produce industry,” said Grinstead.

Krivanek brought a wealth of real-world business experience gained outside of the industry—and family roots in retail grocery and farming—when she founded Krivanek Consulting in 1990. Her background includes over 15 years on the fast track as a Fortune 10 vice president, including the company’s mergers and acquisitions team. For more than 25 years, Krivanek has provided management and strategic consulting to produce industry leaders across the globe. 

Grinstead formed The Grinstead Group after serving as long-time chief executive of PRO*ACT, the country’s leading distributor of fresh produce to the foodservice industry, and starting up and acquiring numerous other companies. His consultancy focuses on the fresh food industry, providing M&A, executive placement and other consulting services to companies seeking high growth.

“We have known each other for almost 20 years, this is an obvious partnership that extends our respective companies’ value chains,” stated Grinstead.

“This special package is for those owners who are looking for the ‘1+1=3’ synergy that Steve and I provide when we join forces,” said Krivanek, who also noted, “Our firms continue to retain their individual identities and consulting services.” 

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About Krivanek Consulting, Inc.

Krivanek Consulting is a top management consulting and strategy firm in the fresh produce industry. For almost 30 years, Julie Krivanek has worked with family businesses to publicly traded companies to achieve sustained profitable growth. For more information, visit

About The Grinstead Group

The Grinstead Group assists companies in the fresh food industry to go from good to great. Steve Grinstead offers a range of professional business services to accomplish that goal, including specialized consulting and professional placement. For more information, visit

Source: Krivanek Consulting, Inc. / The Grinstead Group

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