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Aaron J. Pryor - CFA, ASA
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Managing Director and Partner

Aaron has provided business valuation services to privately held companies since 2005. He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) and holds the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation. Aaron regularly performs valuations and fairness opinions for employee stock ownership plans, estate and gift taxes, buy/sell agreements, and other purposes. He also has experience valuing more complex securities such as employee stock options, warrants, and other derivative securities.

 

Aaron is an active member of The ESOP Association (member of Valuation Advisory Committee), the CFA Institute, the American Society of Appraisers, the National Center for Employee Ownership, and the Association for Corporate Growth.

Education: University of Northern Iowa, BA, Finance and Economics
Wayne D. Fjeld - CFA, ASA
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Education: University of Victoria, British Columbia, Bachelor of Commerce in Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Managing Director and Partner

Wayne 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. Wayne has been the financial advisor to more than 100 ESOP-owned businesses and also has experience in estate and gift planning, S corporation elections, and corporate planning. Prior to joining Acclaro in September 2016, Wayne worked at Moss Adams, LLP, for 15 years with a practice that spanned the nation.

Wayne has presented at national conferences of The ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership, conducted webinars for the Construction Financial Management Association and the National Association of Surety Bond Producers, and has had articles published in numerous print and online publications. In addition, he has testified as a valuation expert in U.S. Tax Court.

Wayne is an active member of the CFA Institute, CFA Society of Seattle, American Society of Appraisers, The ESOP Association (member of Valuation Advisory Committee), and the National Center for Employee Ownership.

Thomas S. McQueen - ASA
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Director and Partner

Tom has worked in the financial services and accounting industries since 2011. He joined Acclaro as an Analyst in 2013 and was named Partner in 2019.

He provides valuations for employee stock ownership plans (annual updates and transactions), estate planning and estate tax, litigation support, M&A, corporate planning, and various other purposes.

Tom is an active member of The ESOP Association, the American Society of Appraisers, the National Center for Employee Ownership, and the Association for Corporate Growth.

Education: Creighton University, Master of Investment Management & Financial Analysis

University of Iowa, BBA, Business Management and Certificate of Entrepreneurial Management

Jason R. Wietfeld
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Director and Partner

Jason rejoined Acclaro in 2019 as a Director and is based out of Greater Chicago. He was named Partner in 2021. Jason previously worked in Acclaro’s Omaha office from 2007 to 2010 before moving to Chicago and working for Houlihan Capital and Duff & Phelps.

Jason regularly performs valuations for public and privately held companies and other business interests for M&A, employee stock ownership plans, gift and estate planning, financial accounting, tax reporting, and fairness and solvency opinion purposes.

Jason is an active member of The ESOP Association, National Center for Employee Ownership, Association for Corporate Growth, CFA Society of Chicago, and the American Society of Appraisers.

Education: Creighton University, Master of Security Analysis & Portfolio Management

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, BS in Business Administration
Paul M. Hasenjager - ASA
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Senior Vice President

Paul joined Acclaro in 2021 as Senior Vice President. He has been providing business valuation services to privately held companies since 2006 and regularly performs valuations of operating companies, limited liability companies, and family limited partnerships for gift and estate planning, buy/sell agreement, tax reporting, and various other purposes. Prior to joining Acclaro, Paul worked at RIC Closely Held Services, LLC in Omaha for eight years as Senior Vice President and Marshall & Stevens, Inc. in St. Louis for seven years as Senior Manager.

Paul has presented at the National Trust Closely Held Business Association, conducted webinars, and written articles on business valuation theory and fiduciary compliance requirements.

 

Paul is an active member of the American Society of Appraisers, The ESOP Association, and the National Center for Employee Ownership.
 

Education: Saint Louis University, BS in Business Administration, Finance
Robert S. Powell, Jr. - ASA, CVA
Analyst and Internal Controller
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Robert joined Acclaro in 2018 as an Analyst and added Internal Controller responsibilities in 2020.  He conducts company, industry, and economic research; develops client valuation models and reports; and has administrative and bookkeeping responsibilities.  Prior to joining Acclaro, he was a Valuation Analyst at RIC Closely Held Services, LLC in Omaha and on the business valuation and audit staffs of Lutz & Company, P.C.

Robert is an active member of The ESOP Association, the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, and the American Society of Appraisers.

Education: Keller Graduate School of Management, Master of Science in Accountancy, Emphasis in Forensic Accounting

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, BS in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance

Cole S. Felber
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Analyst

Cole joined Acclaro in October 2020 as an Analyst. His responsibilities include company, industry, and economic research and the development of client valuation models and reports. Before joining Acclaro, he was an Intern at D.A. Davidson & Co.

Cole is an active member of The ESOP Association.

Education: Creighton University, Master of Investment Management & Financial Analysis
 
Nebraska Wesleyan University, BS in Economics
Tanner L. Comp - CPA
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Analyst

Tanner, a licensed CPA in the State of Nebraska, joined Acclaro in June 2021 as an Analyst. His responsibilities include company, industry, and economic research and the development of client valuation models and reports. Before joining Acclaro, he was an auditor with Deloitte, LLP. His experiences as an auditor included auditing valuations ranging in size from $27 million to more than $755 million by challenging critical business assumptions associated with the income and market approaches. He has experience working in the healthcare and industrial products industries, as well as the technology, telecommunications, and media industry.

 

Tanner is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Education: University of South Dakota, Master of Professional Accountancy

University of South Dakota, Bachelor of Business Administration
Chris E. Best - ASA
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Education: Augustana College, BA, Accounting and Business Administration

Chris 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.

Chris is a nationally recognized presenter and speaker on business valuation topics, having presented for the Institute of Business Appraisers, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, The ESOP Association, the National Center for Employee Ownership, and the Society of Financial Service Professionals.

Chris is the developer and instructor of a course on ESOP Valuations for the Institute of Business Appraisers. In addition, he teaches other courses on advanced business valuation topics for the Institute of Business Appraisers and other organizations. His career took him to South Dakota, Minnesota, and North Dakota, where he held positions at various CPA firms in tax, audit, and consulting, before founding Acclaro Valuation Advisors in Omaha, Nebraska (formerly known as Best Business Appraisals), in 1999. Chris operates out of Acclaro’s Orlando, Florida branch office. Since he began his career, Chris has prepared more than a thousand valuations. Chris is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive) that holds the Accredited in Business Valuation (Inactive) credential from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, Chris formerly held the MCBA and the Accredited in Business Appraisal Review (ABAR) designation from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.

Robert H. Hicks, Jr. - ASA
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Bob 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 ESOP valuations and other business transition planning, tax-driven valuations, mergers and acquisitions, and investment banking.

Before joining Acclaro Valuation Advisors, Bob was the Managing Director of Kurios Financial Advisory, LLC, which he founded in 2005 as a boutique business valuation, appraisal, and financial advisory services firm serving clients up and down the West Coast. With the merger of Kurios and Acclaro in July 2012, Bob came on board as a Managing Director. Bob brings a depth of transactional experience and a consultative and problem-solving approach to Acclaro. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive) that holds the Accredited in Business Valuation (Inactive) credential from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Education: Oregon State University, BS, Accounting and Finance