Meet Dan.

Valuation Expert.
Chief of: Getting Things Done.



Dan is an experienced and sought after valuation expert.

With deep experience in M&A, his point of reference goes beyond debits and credits.  His background in M&A transactions gives keen insight to “what it’s really worth.”  He focuses his practice on helping shareholders drive value growth in their company.

Mr. Doran is a seasoned valuation professional with experience in performing valuations on a wide range of businesses in both size and type.  Mr. Doran has performed business valuations since 2004. He has completed over a thousand valuations in various industries including, amongst others:

  • Government and defense contractors
  • IT (SaaS, managed services, DevOps, e-tail, more)
  • Professional Services
  • Distribution, Transportation and Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail – Multi-location, franchise
  • Many others – CV available on request

In addition to completing valuations on a standalone basis, Mr. Doran is also deeply experienced in valuation on a more practical basis as part of actual M&A transactions.

Early in his career Dan was a key member in a bankruptcy turnaround / leveraged buyout, and worked at GE on large restructuring projects.  He was also an active duty Army Officer (Cavalry – Scouts Out!).

In his spare time Dan is an avid outdoor enthusiast, has climbed mountains the world over, and enthusiastically tries to see the farthest corner of the world.

Recent Publications

  • “Is Your Client Jeopardizing Their Retirement?” Financial Advisor Magazine, April 2017
  • “When Life Insurance Impacts the Deal: Considerations for Lenders,” Banking New England, April 2017
  • “3 Secrets to making your business more sellable,” Virginia Business, February 2017
  •  “Selling Your Startup to a Large Corporation: Dilemma or Opportunity?” All Business, January 2017
  • (Quoted) “But Did You Die? Keep the Business Alive If You’re Not Around,” The Mid-South Bazaar, February  2017
  • “4 Ways Your Business Might Be Worth More Under Trump,” Business2Community, January 2017
  • “Family Businesses Should Beware Proposed Estate Tax Regulations”, OpEd, Washington Business Journal, December 2016
  • (Quoted) “How Hillary’s Plan to Raise the Estate Tax Could Hurt Small Business”, CNBC Online, October 2016
  • (Quoted) “Small Business is up in Arms Over Hillary’s Plan to Raise Estate Tax,” Yahoo News, October 2016
  • “Strategic Partnerships Equal Magic Math”, Virginia Business Journal, September 2016
  • “Can a Great Brand Enhance Value?,” Virginia Business Journal, May 2016
  • “Valuation Red Flags in an Uncertain Economy,” Banking New York, April 2016
  • “Enhancing Value,” Compoundings Magazine, April 2016
  • “What can we learn about growth from fast growing tech startups?,” NJ Biz, March 2016
  • “Business Growth Hacks to Boost Your Value,” Thinking Bigger Magazine, January 2016
  • “Choosing a Business Appraisal Firm,”” Construction Business Owner Magazine, January 2016
  • “Triple Play: How to Focus Your Efforts on Growing Your Business,” NJ Biz, January 2016
  • “Triple Play: What to do Before Selling Your Business,” NJ Biz, November 2015
  • “Inside the Valuation Process: a Primer for Commercial Lenders” Banking New York, Nov/Dec 2015
  • “The Value if Your Business is Key to Retirement Planning.” Virginia Business Journal, November, 2015.
  • “Inside the Valuation Process: a Primer for Commercial Lenders” Banker and Tradesman, Nov/Dec 2015
  • “Four Quick Tips for a Successful Business Appraisal,” Construction Business Owner Magazine, December 2015.
  • “Inside the Valuation Process: a Primer for Commercial Lenders” Banking New England, Nov/Dec 2015
  • “How Long Does a Valuation Last?” Axial (Middle Market Capital Sourcing platform).  April, 2015.
  • “Boost the Value of Your Business Before it’s Time to Sell.” Virginia Business Journal, July 2015.
  • Featured Author, Morgan and Westfield (Middle Market Investment Bank).

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • “The Five Stages of Value Maturity,” Matthews, Carter, & Boyce, June 2017
  • “Understanding Exit Options: ESOP vs. M&A,” Moderator, April 2017
  • “Meet the Valuators,” Fairfax County Bar (Business Law Section), February 16, 2017
  • “Are You Exit Ready? You Can’t Take it With You”, CPE event, February 1, 2017
  • “New Year, New Admin: M&A, Valuation, and Owner Exits,” Panel Moderator, January 2017
  • “Owner Transitions: Value, Risks, and Opportunities,” CPE for New Jersey Society of CPAs, September 2016
  • “Exit Planning Bootcamp,” presented in Newark, NJ, September 2016
  • “Business Valuation 101,” presented in Alexandria VA, August, 2015
  • “Valuation Matters for Closely Held Companies,” International Lubricant Manufacturers Association annual meeting, 2016, Bermuda.
  • National Business Institute faculty member, 2015: “Business Valuation: What Attorney’s Need to Know,” CLE presented in Virginia Beach, VA
  • National Business Institute faculty member, 2015: “Business Valuation: What Attorney’s Need to Know,” CLE presented in Virginia Beach and Fairfax, VA



U.S. Military Academy, West Point


Certified Valuation Analyst
Certified Exit Planning Advisor

Published & Quoted

Financial Advisor Magazine
Washington Business Journal
US News & World Report
Fortune Magazine
Forbes Magazine
Banker and Tradesman
NJ Biz
Construction Business Owner Magazine
Banking New York


Washington DC Exit Planning Chapter
Chair / Co-founder

Hails From

New Jersey


Has wrangled a hog, climbed big mountains around the world, and likes black licorice.