OUR VALUES & HISTORY
Every|One: We believe, today more than ever, it is important to include and respect each one of us
Our values deliver on our mission: Building sellable businesses through trusted relationships, not transactions.
Chris Crawford started our firm, ClearPath Business Advisors, Inc. 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 motives that were in conflict with his core values.
Chris wanted to create and build a company that was different; he wanted its sole purpose to be delivering value for its clients and he wanted to 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 two brothers created while they were in college together. 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 already entrenched with our clients who needed our help more than ever. Our consulting work services as work shifted to focused strategies that would help our clients navigate through this downturn. We excelled with strategies aimed at improving cash flow management, executing organizational change & cost reduction initiatives, and streamlining operations.
As a result, our clients became more profitable when the upturn happened, and M&A came roaring back. This is part of why 93% of our clients hire us back. Our clients could trust us to be there with them through the good times and the bad.
This period laid the foundation for ClearPath to be more intentional with our direction as a firm, both inside and out. Offering our clients project work, recurring work, and M&A advisory work allowed our clients and us to thrive together in various economic cycles. What underlay all of this 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. As time passed, we became more in tune with recognizing how important it was (and always will be) to bring a spirit of inclusion and respect to everything we do – both within ClearPath and externally with our client partners. We refer to this as “Every|One,” because every person matters. And this belief is the foundation on which our core values stand.
Today, ClearPath Business Advisors, Inc. is a multi-faceted, high-end consulting and 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 legal expertise. We strive to become a part of our clients’ teams, working closely alongside business owners and their management teams.
We are a firm with a heart, guided by our core values which enables us to create high value for our clients while delivering on our promise of being a different type of consulting and advisory firm.
Ultimately, we just want to work with good people who could use our help. And we want to have fun doing it.