OUR HISTORY & VALUES
Our values deliver on our mission: Building Sellable Business through trusted relationships, not transactions.
- Integration: Behavior and motives that are consistent, always operating with integrity, trust, and transparency
- Convergence: operate at the center of our talents, passion, and purpose, allowing us to give our best
- Service: to our clients and others in need
Chris Crawford started ClearPath in 2000 because he wanted to get away from the mixed agendas of the corporate world where people seemed too focused on lining their own wallets instead of doing what was right for the business and its customers. Too often he was faced with agendas and motives that were in conflict with his core values.
Chris wanted to create and build a company with no hidden agendas, with its sole purpose to deliver value for clients and have fun doing it.
In fact, the first name of ClearPath was “The Fun Company”. This was the name of a fictional company Chris and his fraternity brothers created while they were in college. So Chris figured it was finally time to make it real.
While “The Fun Company” name didn’t stick around for too long, its purpose continued.
The “Great Recession” of the late 2000s was a pivotal moment in ClearPath’s history. While all M&A activity came to a screeching halt, we were entrenched with our clients who needed our help more than ever. Our consulting work grew, where we helped our clients navigate through the downturn by helping our clients design a more efficient and lean operations, executing difficult organizational and cost reduction initiatives and cashflow management.
As a result, our clients became hugely profitable when the upturn happened and M&A came roaring back. This is part of why 93% of our clients hire us more than once.
This period of time laid the foundation for ClearPath to be more intentional with our direction as a firm, both inside and out. Offering our clients project work,fractional/part time work and M&A Advisory services allowed our clients and us to thrive together in various economic cycles. And what really made it all come together was the level of trust we gained with our clients through shared values. As a result, we set out to build a company culture centered around our core values of integration, convergence and service, building a team of executives and professionals who first and foremost live these values.
Today, ClearPath Business Advisors is a multi-faceted, high-end consulting & advisory firm delivering on our perspective that business owners should create a healthy, sellable business whether they plan to sell or not. And everything that builds a sellable business, creates a stronger business and a more balanced life for its leaders and teams.
We are a team of seasoned, multidisciplinary business executives with finance, accounting, operations, sales and M&A expertise. Along with this, we bring CPA and legal credentials, creating an invaluable combination for our clients. To that end, we strive to become a part of our client’s teams, working closely and alongside business owners and their management teams.
We are also a firm with a heart, guided by our core values in creating high value for our clients while delivering on our promise of being a different type of consulting & advisory firm.
Ultimately, we just want to work with good people who could use our help. And have fun doing it.