Mary Beth Koester is the Manager of Business Valuation Services at Rea & Associates, an Ohio public accounting firm located in Columbus, Ohio.  Mary Beth specializes in the veterinary profession and performs valuations for succession planning, selling, divorce, and partnership transitions.  She consults with veterinary owners on the value of their practice, the key drivers that impact value, and areas of opportunity for growing profitability and practice value.

Mary Beth’s passion for working with veterinarians and helping them see and understand the investment value and potential for growth in their practices led her to team up with Blue Heron Consulting. She recognized the impact that the BHC team was making on their clients’ practices and wanted to add additional support through her valuation services. Growing a practice’s value and preparing to sell is a process that takes years. In order to measure the success of your efforts, you need a method to evaluate the change from your starting point. A practice valuation allows an owner to understand the value of one of their largest investments. It also identifies areas for opportunities and ways to grow profitability. A valuation serves as a benchmarking tool for practice management and improvement, and also as the certified appraisal that is required when you’re ready to sell.

Mary Beth earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and international business from Cleveland State University and is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) credentialed by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. She is a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and NACVA. She is also a member of VetPartners, a nonprofit association of veterinary business specialists dedicated to serving the veterinary profession.

Mary Beth lives in downtown Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Russell and their nebelung cat, Kingston. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, running, camping, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

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