Brian D. Bornino, CPA/ABV, CFA, CBA

Director of Valuation & Finanical Opinion Services
bbornino@gbq.com
(614) 947-5212


Mr. Bornino is the Director and National Practice Leader for the Valuation and Financial Opinions practice at GBQ Consulting. He is also a partner at GBQ and he serves on the firm’s four-person Executive Committee.

His broad and extensive experience includes approximately 2,500 valuation engagements involving businesses, business interests, and intangible assets of privately held and publicly traded companies. These engagements have been performed for numerous purposes including estate and gift taxation, business succession planning, ESOP valuations and consulting, fairness opinions, purchase price allocations, goodwill impairment testing, mergers and acquisitions, going-private transactions, bankruptcies and reorganizations, buy-sell agreements, restricted stock opinions, pre-IPO planning, stock option grants, shareholder disputes, marital dissolutions, and other tax, litigation, and corporate-related matters.

Brian currently serves as the chairman of a national team of valuation professionals from firms around the country within the BDO Alliance USA. As chairman of this team, Mr. Bornino leads conference calls and seminars in which member firms discuss technical and practice management issues related to valuation.

Prior to joining GBQ in 2005, Brian held leadership positions with various regional and national valuation practices. Prior to moving to Columbus from Cleveland, Brian served as a Director in the Valuation & Litigation Advisory Services group of Stout Risius Ross, Inc. where he co-founded the firm’s Cleveland office, served on the firm’s national Business Valuation Steering Committee, managed a staff of valuation analysts and managers, and was involved with nearly every valuation engagement produced by the firm’s Cleveland office. Prior to joining Stout Risius Ross, Inc., Brian was a Vice President in the Valuation Services unit of KeyBank.

Mr. Bornino is a nationally recognized author and speaker on valuation topics. He has given presentations for the Association for Corporate Growth, the ESOP Association, the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, the National Center for Employee Ownership, the Institute of Management Accountants, and various other CPA societies, Bar Associations, Estate Planning Councils, and other professional organizations and educational institutions.

Mr. Bornino was awarded The ESOP Association’s 2014 Membership Recruitment Award for his work championing Employee Stock Ownership Plans. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association and is Chairman of its ESOP Awareness Committee.

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University – MBA, Finance and Economics
  • Ohio University – B.S., Business Administration, Finance and Accounting

Professional Accreditation

  • CPA/ABV – Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation
  • CFA – Chartered Financial Analyst
  • CBA – Certified Business Appraiser

Associations and Memberships

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • CFA Institute
  • CFA Society of Columbus
  • Institute of Business Appraisers
  • The ESOP Association
  • National Center for Employee Ownership
  • Ohio Employee Ownership Center
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Estate Planning Group II of Columbus
  • Appraisal Issues Task Force
  • “Walking a Tightrope: The Use of an Internal ESOP Trustee in 2018”; 32nd Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Center; Akron, OH; 4/27/18
  • “Analyzing the Valuation Issues in Recent ESOP Lawsuits”; National Center for Employee Ownership National Conference; Atlanta, GA; 4/19/18
  • “ESOPs and Tax Reform: The Valuation Impact for ESOP Companies”; Michigan Chapter of the ESOP Association Annual Spring Conference; Lansing, MI; 4/11/18
  • “Analyzing the New DOL Process Agreements for ESOP Transactions”; Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association; Columbus, OH; 3/21/18
  • “Valuation Case Studies”; Columbus Estate Planning Council; Columbus, OH;
  • “Analyzing the Valuation Issues in Recent ESOP Lawsuits”; 3rd Annual Great Lakes Conference of the ESOP Association; Sandusky, OH; 10/19/17
  • “ESOPs: A Tax-Advantaged Business Succession Planning Vehicle”; Seminar co-presented with Porter Wright; Columbus, OH; 9/27/17
  • “Helping Your Clients Evaluate and Establish ESOPs”; Johnson Investment Counsel; Cincinnati, OH; 8/25/17
  • “ESOPs: The Basics and Recent Developments”; Worthington Estate Planning Council; Worthington, OH; 8/16/17
  • “Repurchase Obligation and ESOP Valuations”; 31st Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference; Akron, OH; 4/28/17
  • “ESOP Protection Trusts”; National Center for Employee Ownership National Conference; Denver, CO; 4/5/17
  • “Advanced Topics in ESOP Valuations”; Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association; Columbus, OH; 3/23/17
  • “Projections: Why they are Critical in ESOP Valuations”; Indiana Chapter of the ESOP Association; Indianapolis, IN; 3/7/17
  • “How to Effectively Communicate ESOP Valuations to Employees”; Webinar by Ohio Employee Ownership Center; 2/22/17
  • “Sell-Side Advisory Services: A Savvy Way to Excel in the ESOP Market”; Business Valuation Resources Webinar; 11/30/16
  • “ESOP Companies Making Acquisitions: A Panel Discussion”; 2nd Annual Great Lakes Regional ESOP Conference; Sandusky, OH; 10/21/16
  • “Building a Successful Business Valuation Practice within a CPA Firm”; BDO Alliance Firm 12th Annual Valuation Caucus; Cleveland, OH; 10/18/16
  • “Helping Your Clients with ESOP Transactions”; Presented to Mengel Metzger Barr & Co., CPAs; Rochester, NY; 10/4/16
  • “Helping Your Clients with ESOP Transactions”; Presented to Skoda Minotti & Co., CPAs; Cleveland, OH; 10/3/16
  • “Building a Successful Business Valuation Practice within a CPA Firm”; Ohio Society of CPAs Cleveland Accounting Show; Cleveland, OH; 11/9/16
  • “Building a Successful Business Valuation Practice within a CPA Firm”; Ohio Society of CPAs Cincinnati Accounting Show; Cincinnati, OH; 9/20/16
  • “Workshop to Explore the Advantages of ESOPs”; Columbus Catholic Foundation; Columbus, OH; 6/14/16
  • “Valuation: The Centerpiece of Any Ownership Transition Strategy”; OSCPA Dayton Accounting Show; Dayton, OH; 5/18/16
  • “ABCs of ESOPs for Employees”; Ohio Employee Ownership Center Annual Conference; Akron, OH; 4/29/16
  • “DOL Compliance Issues with ESOP Valuations”; National Center for Employee Ownership Annual Conference; Minneapolis, MN; 4/13/16
  • “Guideline Public Company Method”; BDO Alliance Firm 11th Annual Valuation Caucus; Youngstown, OH; 10/20/15
  • “Projections: How They Impact ESOP Valuations and Why They are Critical”; ESOP Associations 1st Annual Great Lakes Regional Conference; Sandusky, OH; 10/7/15
  • “Selling Your Company to an ESOP”; 29th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Center Conference; Akron, OH; 4/29/15
  • “Getting Your ESOP Off to a Good Start: Tips for New ESOPs”; Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association Annual Spring Conference; Columbus, OH; 3/18/15
  • “Dispelling 10 Myths about the Value of Your Business”; GBQuarterly Seminar; Columbus, OH; 10/28/14
  • “ESOP Advisory Services for CPA Firm-Based Valuation Practices”; 10th Annual BDO Alliance USA Firm Valuation Caucus; Columbus, OH; 10/21/14
  • “The GreatBanc Settlement”; Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association 25th Annual Fall Conference; Columbus, OH; 10/16/14
  • “Fair Value Accounting: When are Valuations Required and How to Audit Them”; Ohio Society of CPAs On-Demand Webinar; 8/6/14
  • “Common Risks in Mergers & Acquisitions”: Central Ohio Chapter of The Risk Management Association Lunch & Learn; 5/21/14
  • “ABCs of ESOPs for Employee Owners”; 28th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Center Conference; Akron, OH; 4/24/13
  • “ESOP Valuations: The Basics and Beyond”; Ohio Society of CPAs On-Demand Webinar; 4/17/14
  • “ESOP Companies Making Acquisitions: A Panel Discussion”; Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association Annual Spring Conference; Columbus, OH; 3/19/14
  • ESOP Valuations: The Basics and Beyond”; AICPA 2013 National Valuation Services Conference;
    Las Vegas, NV; 11/10/13
  • “Common Mistakes in Buying Companies”; GBQ Consulting LLC; Columbus, OH; 10/16/13
  • “Employee Stock Ownership Plans: A Tax-Advantaged Strategy for Liquidity, Performance, and Succession Planning”; GBQ Consulting LLC; Columbus, OH; 10/11/13
  • “Ohio ESOP Index”; Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association 24th Annual Fall Conference; Columbus, OH; 10/10/13
  • “Fair Value Accounting: What a Valuator Needs to Know”; Ohio Society of CPAs 2013 Business Valuation Conference; Columbus, OH; 9/27/13
  • “The Business Valuation Industry”; Ohio University Student Equity Management Group; Athens, OH; 9/13/13
  • “Eggs & ESOPs: A Breakfast Workshop to Explore the Advantages of ESOPs”; GBQ Consulting LLC; Columbus, OH; 5/23/13
  • “ESOP Valuations: the Basics & Beyond”; National Center for Employee Ownership Annual Employee Ownership Conference; Seattle, WA; 4/27/13
  • “Role of Valuation Advisor in ESOP Transactions & the Impact of Transactions on ESOP Valuation”; 27th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Center Conference; Akron, OH; 4/19/13
  • “Helping Employees Understand ESOP Valuations”; Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association Annual Spring Conference; Columbus, OH; 3/20/13
  • A How-to Guide to Intellectual Property Valuation”; Columbus Intellectual Property Association; Columbus, OH; 12/13/12
  • “Strategic Business Valuations in a M&A Transaction”; Association for Corporate Growth, Columbus Chapter; Columbus, OH; 10/11/12
  • “How Does Repurchase Obligation Affect ESOP Valuations?”; Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association 23rd Annual Fall Conference; Columbus, OH; 10/4/12
  • “How Does Repurchase Obligation Affect ESOP Valuations?” ESOP Association 11th Annual Tri-State Conference; Louisville, KY; 8/29/12
  • “ESOPs in Mergers and Acquisitions”; National Center for Employee Ownership Annual Employee Ownership Conference; Minneapolis, MN; 4/26/12
  • “Understanding Your ESOP Individual Account Statement”; 26th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Center Conference; Akron, OH; 4/20/12
  • “ESOPs: A Savvy Business Succession Planning Strategy”; GBQ Consulting LLC; Columbus, OH; 3/22/12
  • “Using an ESOP as an Acquisition Tool & Second-Stage Transactions”; Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association Annual Spring Conference; Columbus, OH; 3/21/12
  • “Don’t Do THAT with Your ESOP”; Indiana Chapter of the ESOP Association 2012 Roundtables and Round Ball Event; Indianapolis, IN; 3/09/12
  • “Succession Planning and Buy-Sell Agreements: Address Now or Distress Later”; GBQ Consulting LLC; Columbus, OH; 12/09/11
  • “Succession Planning and Buy-Sell Agreements: Address Now or Distress Later”; Columbus Catholic Foundation Annual Estate Planning Conference; Columbus, OH; 11/4/11
  • “My ESOP is Maturing…How will this Affect Me?”; Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association Fall Spring Conference; Columbus, OH; 10/6/11
  • “Playing the M&A Field: Valuation Issues”; M&A Symposium; Columbus, OH; 10/4/11
  • “Understanding ESOP Valuations and Communicating them to Employees”; ESOP Association 10th Annual Tri-State Conference; Louisville, KY; 8/30/11
  • “Valuations in Buy/Sell Agreements for Private Companies and Businesses”; Strafford Publications, Inc.; Online Webinar; 6/22/11
  • “Succession Planning and Buy-Sell Agreements: Address Now or Distress Later”; GBQ Consulting LLC; Indianapolis, IN; 5/11/11
  • “Valuation Primers for Succession Planning, Tax, ESOPs, and Financial Reporting”; 2011 BDO Alliance USA National Conference; Las Vegas, NV; 5/3/11
  • “Financing ESOP Transactions”; 25th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Center Conference; Akron, OH; 4/29/11
  • “ESOP Sustainability in Mid-Life and Beyond”; National Center for Employee Ownership Annual Employee Ownership Conference; Denver, CO; 4/13/11
  • “Valuation and Corporate Governance Issues in ESOP Companies”; Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association Annual Spring Conference; Columbus, OH; 3/16/11
  • “Increasing the Value of Your Business”; GBQ Redbank Executive Breakfast Series; Columbus, OH; 2/25/11
  • “Succession Planning and Buy-Sell Agreements: Address Now or Distress Later”; GBQ Consulting LLC; Columbus, OH; 12/10/10
  • “Valuations for M&A Transactions”; Ohio Society of CPAs Private Company Conference; Columbus, OH; 11/17/10
  • “Purchase Price Allocations, Intangible Asset Valuations, and Impairment Testing”; BDO Alliance USA Ohio Valley Regional Valuation Team, 6th Annual Valuation Caucus; Columbus, OH; 10/27/10
  • “IRC 409(A) & ASC 718/SFAS 123R Valuations”; BDO Alliance USA Ohio Valley Regional Valuation Team, 6th Annual Valuation Caucus; Columbus, OH; 10/27/10
  • “Hot Topics with Valuations”; GBQuarterly Seminar Series; Columbus, OH; 10/12/10 “The ABCs of ESOPs”; Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association’s 21st Annual Fall Conference; Columbus, OH; 10/7/10
  • “Ask the Experts ESOP Panel”; Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association’s 21st Annual Fall Conference; Columbus, OH; 10/7/10
  • “Business Valuation Boot Camp”; GBQ Goelzer Valuation Services; Indianapolis, IN; 9/30/10
  • “How Employee Owners Can Help Raise Stock Value”; Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana Chapters of the ESOP Association, 9th Annual Tri-State ESOP Conference; Louisville, KY; 8/31/10
  • “Ask the Experts ESOP Panel”; Michigan/Indiana Chapter of the ESOP Association’s Annual Michigan Conference; Bristol, IN; 6/22/10
  • “Current Valuation Methods”; 2010 BDO Alliance USA National Conference; Las Vegas, NV; 4/27/11
  • “Detecting Valuation Issues: A Fiduciary’s Perspective”; Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association Annual Spring Conference; Columbus, OH; 3/16/10
  • “ESOPs: A Savvy Business Succession Planning Strategy”; Columbus Estate Planning Council; Columbus, OH; 3/10/10
  • “Business Valuation Boot Camp”; GBQ Goelzer Valuation Services; Indianapolis, IN; 12/10/09
  • “Valuations for Financial Reporting”; National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts Ohio Chapter Seminar; Columbus, OH; 12/5/09
  • “Market Approach”; National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts Ohio Chapter Seminar; Columbus, OH; 12/5/09
  • “ESOPs: What’s All the Buzz About?”; GBQ Goelzer Valuation Services; Indianapolis, IN; 11/17/09
  • “The Importance of Using Multiple Valuation Methods”; BDO Alliance USA Ohio Valley Regional Valuation Team, 5th Annual Valuation Caucus; Cleveland, OH; 10/21/09
  • “Managing Cash Flow Demands in a Challenging Economy”; Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana Chapters of the ESOP Association, 8th Annual Tri-State ESOP Conference; Louisville, KY; 8/19/09
  • “Formula 409(A): Time to Clean Up Valuations for Deferred Compensation Plans”; Cincinnati Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee; Cincinnati, OH; 8/13/09
  • “ESOP Sustainability: Repurchase and Valuation Issues”; Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the ESOP Association Annual Spring Conference; Columbus, OH; 3/19/09
  • “Working Effectively with your ESOP Valuator”; Ohio Employee Ownership Center, ESOP Administrative Forum on ESOP Sustainability Issues; Cincinnati, OH; 9/25/08
  • “ESOPs: What’s All the Buzz About?”;GBQ Consulting LLC; Columbus, OH; 9/24/08
  • “Getting Ready for SFAS 141(R): Now the Fun Begins”; BDO Alliance USA Ohio Valley Regional Valuation Team, 4th Annual Valuation Caucus; Columbus, OH; 9/17/08
  • “Cash Flow is King…But What is Cash Flow?”; BDO Alliance USA Ohio Valley Regional Valuation Team, 4th Annual Valuation Caucus; Columbus, OH; 9/17/08
  • “ESOPs: The Best Kept Secret in Business Succession Planning”; Ohio Society of CPAs Webinar; Columbus, OH; 9/11/08
  • “Introduction to Business Valuation”; Lorman Education Services seminar entitled Financial Statement Analysis; Cleveland, OH; 6/20/08
  • “Introduction to ESOP Appraisals”; National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts Ohio Chapter Seminar; Columbus, OH; 11/16/07
  • “Valuations for Mergers & Acquisitions”; National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts Ohio Chapter Seminar; Columbus, OH; 11/16/07
  • “ESOPs: The Best Kept Secret in Business Succession Planning”; GBQ Consulting LLC; 10/17/07
  • “Valuations for Stock Options: IRC 409(A) and SFAS 123R”; BDO Alliance USA Ohio Valley Regional Valuation Team, 3rd Annual Valuation Caucus; Cleveland, OH; 9/25/07
  • “ESOPs: The Best Kept Secret in Business Succession Planning”; Ohio Society of CPAs Webinar; 9/5/07
  • “Random Thoughts About Business Valuation”; Columbus Bar Association Estate & Gift Tax Committee; Columbus, OH; 9/4/07
  • “How to Value Your Business and Why It Might Be A Good Time to Sell”, Ohio Manufacturing Association Webinar; 7/10/07
  • “Enhancing the Value of Your Business”; Family Business Center of Central Ohio; Columbus, OH; 5/17/07
  • “ESOPs: The Best Kept Secret in Business Succession Planning”; Ohio Society of CPAs Personal Financial Planning Committee; Columbus, OH; 5/1/07
  • “Business Valuation & the Construction Industry”; Construction Financial Management Association; Columbus, OH; 3/20/07
  • “Valuation: The Cornerstone of Corporate Finance”; Capital Law School, Corporate Finance Class; Columbus, OH; 2/1/07
  • “Working Effectively with your ESOP Valuator”; Ohio Employee Ownership Center, ESOP Fiduciary and Administrative Forum; Kent, OH; 12/6/06
  • “ESOPs: A Unique Business Exit Strategy”; Ohio Society of CPAs, Fall Conference for Corporate CPAs; Cleveland, OH; 11/17/06
  • “Purchase Price Allocation: Beyond the Basics”; Tri-State Business Valuation Roundtable: Cincinnati, OH; 11/16/06
  • “Valuation Issues with ESOPs”; Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, ESOPs: The Best Kept Secret in Succession Planning; Findlay, OH; 10/25/06
  • “Operating a Successful Valuation Practice”; BDO Alliance USA Ohio Valley Regional Valuation Team, 2nd Annual Valuation Caucus; Akron, OH; 9/18/06
  • “Common Valuation Issues and Errors”; BDO Alliance USA Ohio Valley Regional Valuation Team, 2nd Annual Valuation Caucus; Akron, OH; 9/18/06
  • “ESOP: Is it Right for Your Company?”; GBQ Consulting LLC; Columbus, OH; 8/2/06
  • “Working Effectively with your ESOP Valuator”; Ohio Employee Ownership Center, ESOP Fiduciary and Administrative Forum; Cincinnati, OH; 5/25/06
  • “Qualified Appraisals of Business Interests for Charitable Contributions”; Central Ohio Planned Giving Council; Columbus, OH; 11/2/05
  • “How the IRS Measures the Value of Your Business”; Ohio Society of CPAs, CPAs in Industry Conference; Columbus, OH; 3/14/05
  • “Valuation: The Cornerstone of Corporate Finance”; Capital Law School, Corporate Finance Class; Columbus, OH; 2/5/05
  • “Critiquing a Business Valuation: What Advisors Need to Know”; Columbus Estate Planning Group II; Columbus, OH; 11/10/04
  • “Business Valuation: Beyond the Basics”; Ohio Society of CPAs, Advanced Federal Tax Planning Symposium; Columbus, OH; 10/28/04
  • “Keys to a Defensible Valuation”; Columbus Bar Association; Columbus, Ohio; 10/5/04
  • “Valuation for Estate & Succession Planning”; Ohio Society of CPAs, Personal Financial Planning Committee; Columbus, OH; 4/6/04
  • “A New Plan: How to Take Advantage of New Opportunities in Estate Planning”; Smart Business Columbus; 11/09
  • “House Resolution 436 Makes Its Way to Ways and Means”; GBQ’s Valuation Observations; 8/09
  • “Step Into Action: How to Plan for the Future”; Smart Business Columbus; May 2009
  • “Like-Kind Exchange Rules Now Apply to Intangible Assets”; GBQ’s Valuation Observations; 5/09
  • “DOL Cracking Down on Private Equity Fair Value Estimates”; GBQ’s Valuation Observations; 4/09
  • “The Seven Deadly Sins of ESOP Valuations”; GBQ’s Valuation Observations; 3/09
  • “Goodwill Hunting: Improper Purchase Price Allocations Lead to Large Write-Downs”; GBQ’s Valuation Observations; 2/09
  • “A GR(E)AT Time For a GRAT”; GBQ’s Valuation Observations; 2/09
  • “Act Now: Window May Be Closing on Valuation Discounts”; Managing Your Financial Opportunities; 2/09
  • Good Bye, Goodwill: 2009 Promises to be Full of Impairment Charges”; GBQ’s Valuation Observations; 1/09
  • “The Time is Now: Make a Gift!”; Managing Your Financial Opportunities; 4/08
  • “Study Shows Importance of Transaction Advisor”; Managing Your Financial Opportunities; 9/07
  • “IRC 409A and Deferred Compensation: Is Your Business Meeting the Requirements?”; Columbus Advisor; 2/07
  • “Time to Update Your Buy-Sell Agreement”; Managing Your Financial Opportunities; 9/05
  • “Despite ‘Noble’ Effort, Tax Court Overrules Estate’s Valuation of Privately Held Bank Stock”; H&M Valuation Alert; 2/05

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