Chris Vanderzyden, CPA, CVGA, CEPA, is a founding partner of Legacy Partners, LLLP, an exit planning and M&A advisory firm dedicated to serving privately held, middle-market business owners by creating and executing successful exit strategies resulting in the harvesting and preservation of wealth.
She began her career as a CPA for Coopers & Lybrand, the company that later became PricewaterhouseCoopers following a merger, and subsequently served as an asset manager with Northwest Asset Management in Los Angeles.
Following her positions in the corporate world, Chris became an entrepreneur and has successfully sold multiple businesses. She has over twenty years of experience consulting for M&A firms and privately held businesses as they grow and ultimately execute their exit plans.
Chris speaks internationally on entrepreneurship and exit planning, is an expert contributor for media outlets, and is a guest lecturer for Harvard University Extension’s MGMT E-5420 Entrepreneurship and Innovation course.
She is also the best-selling author of 7 Steps to Entrepreneurial Victory.
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