Ned Minor is a nationally recognized transaction attorney with 40-plus years of experience helping privately-held businesses with the opportunities, complexities and challenges of mergers and acquisitions. Ned has authored what has become one of the most widely read and respected guides in the field, Deciding to Sell Your Business –The Key to Wealth and Freedom.
In his practice and his book, Ned guides business owners through the emotional, legal and financial issues involved in the sale, enabling them to reap top dollar at the closing table. The total purchase/sales consideration the firm has generated for its clients is reaching four billion dollars. Ned describes his approach as different from the harried pace of today's business lawyers. "I am an empathetic listener, counselor and planner. I spend the time necessary with business owners to put them at ease, so that together we can define, design and implement their best exit strategy. Connecting personally while focusing on the end-game is essential.”
Ned counsels business owners locally, nationally and across all business sectors and industries. When starting to think about selling their business, owners struggle with "what will I do after I have sold my business?” Until they can envision life after the sale, not much will happen. Once they embrace the "entrepreneurs don't retire – they refocus" frame of mind is when the sales process starts moving forward. “Taking these owners from confusion to clarity and from inaction to action is what drives me every day! Helping my clients achieve their definition of wealth and financial independence puts a smile on their faces – as well as mine.”
Professional and Civic Activities
A resident of Denver since 1972, Ned is actively involved in many charitable and community causes. He has served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committees of the following organizations:
- Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (Past Chair of Board)
- Denver Metro Chamber Foundation (Past Chair of Board)
- Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
- Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain, Inc. (Past Chair of Board)
- Denver Area Boy Scouts (Director)
- St. Joseph Hospital Foundation (Director)
- Cherry Hills Country Club (Director)
- Venturing/Denver Area Council (District Chairman)
- Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross (Director)
- CSIA, Colorado’s Technology Association (Director)
- Navigant International, Inc. – NASDAQ (Director)
Ned received the David E. Bailey Business Advocate Award sponsored by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce for his support and dedication to business and the entrepreneurial spirit. He has also received the Gold Leadership Award from Junior Achievement, its highest national honor. Ned received the Del Hock Lifetime Achievement Award from the Denver Chamber of Commerce in September 2015.
Outside the Office
Ned continues to play full-court basketball with a group of men half his age. "As point guard I enjoy controlling the offense and playing to my teammates’ strengths. Anticipating the moves of my opponent, on and off the court, typically results in victory."
These principles continue to influence how Ned works with clients in the sale of their businesses. Ned comes by his basketball credentials legitimately. He walked onto the freshman basketball team at the University of Kentucky as a non-scholarship player. "It was a thrill to be on the same court each day for one season with the legendary coach, Adolph Rupp."