Our Team

Acclaro's well-trained and experienced professionals hold all of the major accreditations in valuation credentialing that is unsurpassed by any other firm in the industry.

  • Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Master Certified Business Appraiser (MCBA)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV)
  • Accredited in Business Appraisal Review (ABAR)

Senior Management

Chris E. Best - CPA/ABV, ASA, MCBA, ABAR
Managing Director

Chris E BestChris has provided business valuation services to privately held businesses since 1987.  He is a leading authority on the valuation of businesses that sponsor employee stock ownership plans and business valuation reviews. 

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Robert H. Hicks, Jr. - CPA/ABV, ASA
Managing Director


Robert H HicksRobert has provided valuation and consulting services to privately held businesses since 1992 and has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. He specializes in employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) valuations and other business transition planning, tax-driven valuations, mergers and acquisitions, and investment banking.

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Aaron J. Pryor - CFA, ASA
Managing Director


Aaron J PryorAaron has provided valuation and consulting services since 2005.  He provides valuations for employee stock ownership plans, estate and gift tax planning, financial reporting and various other purposes.

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Wayne D. Fjeld - CFA, ASA
Managing Director


Wayne D. FjeldWayne has provided valuation and consulting services since 2001. He has extensive experience with employee stock ownership plans, providing services for operating companies, limited liability companies, and family limited partnerships.

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Vice Presidents

Nathan T. Esch - AM
Vice President

Nathan T. Esch

Nathan has provided analytical and critical thinking skills to employers since 2008. Since joining Acclaro as an Analyst in 2011, he has provided valuation support services in the compilation, research, and analysis of financial information.  More recently, Nathan's responsibilities have expanded to include financial modeling, free cash flow valuations, and financial forecasting.

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Thomas S. McQueen - AM
Vice President

Thomas S. McQueen

Tom has worked in the financial services and accounting industries since 2011. He joined Acclaro as an Analyst in 2013. His responsibilities include forecasting free cash flow, industry and economic research, and general navigation and development of complex financial models. Tom also is involved in general client engagement management.

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