Ron Everett Business Valuation Center

Mr. Ronald Everett, Managing Partner

Ron Everett has served as a merger and acquisition (M&A) advisor and corporate valuation expert to more than 3,500 companies since 1984.  He has 25+ years of specialized expertise in valuing and pricing companies for purchase or sale, initial public offerings, private placements and recapitalizations.  He has extensive experience in the valuation of intangible assets, including: patents, developed technology, software, databases, trademarks, trade names, licenses, contracts, distribution rights, customer lists, leases, royalty agreements, franchises, debt instruments and non-compete agreements.

Mr. Everett has held positions as Vice President and Director of the High Tech Valuation Practice for CBIZ, a publicly-held professional services firm, New England Director of Business Valuation Services for Ernst & Young, Director of Corporate Development for a high tech company, and President of a regional business valuation firm.

Mr. Everett is a Certified Business Appraiser and Certified Valuation Analyst, and a 25-year member of the Institute of Business Appraisers and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.

His client list includes venture capital and private equity firms such as Advent, Summit, Sequoia and TH Lee Partners. Recently, as Project Director on a 5-year contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), he performed or directed the valuation of 1,500 private equity and venture capital investments in the SBA's Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program.

Mr. Raymond Ghelardi, ASA, Managing Partner, New York

Raymond Ghelardi is the Managing Partner of Business Valuation Center's New York office, and an executive of the parent holding company. Prior to BVC, he was a Director with GBQ Consulting, heading up its New York office. In prior positions, he was Managing Director, Eastern Region Valuation Services at Ceteris, and Managing Director of Trenwith Valuation, the valuation arm of BDO. With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Ghelardi has a diverse background relating to financial reporting and transaction based valuation requirements. He has conducted valuations of the securities and intangible assets of public and private corporations under ASC 805, 350 and ARC 409A and others. In his capacity at BDO, Mr. Ghelardi was also responsible for leading valuation teams performing financial reporting and tax related valuation projects. Mr. Ghelardi was also responsible for the review of the valuations prepared by other experts on behalf of the accounting practice clients. He was also one of three members of the National Leadership Committee for BDO's Valuation practice.

Prior to joining BDO Valuation Advisors, Mr. Ghelardi was a Senior Vice President with Management Planning, Inc. in Princeton, NJ, where he was an integral part of the development and implementation of the firm's corporate valuation practice. Mr. Ghelardi's valuation and financial advisory experience also includes CBIZ Valuation Group, Inc., where he was a Managing Director and, prior to its acquisition by CBIZ, he was Chairman of Valuation Counselors Group. During his tenure as Chairman, the company rebuilt itself into a national leader as Mr. Ghelardi managed and directed all aspects of the firm's business including business development, marketing and sales, organizational design, daily operations, professional development, and strategic planning. Mr. Ghelardi conducted detailed financial analysis of industries in many sectors for various purposes including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, financial reporting, and tax planning. In 1997 he directed the negotiation and sale of the firm to CBIZ, a publicly traded company.


  • Masters of Business Administration – Emory University
  • Masters in City Planning – Harvard University
  • Bachelor of Science – Pennsylvania State University

Professional Accreditation:

  • ASA – Accredited Senior Appraiser

Associations and Memberships:

  • American Society of Appraisers – Senior Member, Past President of Princeton Chapter
  • State Licensed General Real Estate Appraiser – New Jersey
Jeff Hooke, Business Valuation Center

Mr. Jeff Hooke, Director, MBA

Jeff Hooke has over 30 years of corporate valuation, investment banking and private equity experience. A nationally recognized expert on valuation, Mr. Hooke is the author of four books on valuation, investment and finance. His background covers domestic and international clients and transactions.

Prior to his current role with BVC, Mr. Hooke founded Hooke Associates, LLC, an investment banking and corporate valuation consulting firm that worked with public companies, private enterprises, family-owned businesses, private equity funds, accounting firms and law firms.

Earlier, Mr. Hooke was a private investment executive at both Emerging Markets Partnership, a $5-billion private equity fund and the largest fund specializing in investments in developing countries, and the International Finance Corporation, a $20-billion affiliate of the World Bank. He was also an investment banker at two major Wall Street firms, Lehman Brothers and Schroder Wertheim.

Mr. Hooke holds a M.B.A. from the Wharton School and a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania.