With Melissa Gragg

On Episode 81 of The Unique CPA, Randy Crabtree speaks with valuation expert Melissa Gragg. Melissa’s focus is on gathering information about a business from a third party, neutral perspective, in order to help everyone involved in an event where business valuation is an important piece, to feel heard and fairly treated. She goes in depth with Randy about the process and about how regular business valuations can make the sale of a business so much more attractive to outside investors.

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About the Guest

Melissa Gragg is a business valuation expert with mediation experience and a passion for the psychology of negotiation. Managing Partner at Bridge Valulation Partners for over a decade, she testifies in court, but first endeavors to settle the matter through mediation – one form of ADR, or alternative dispute resolution. 

Melissa works with attorneys and other mediators around the country who need a neutral, third-party provider of business valuation, pension valuation, income analysis, tracing of non-marital assets or damage calculations for complex financial matters.

She prepares business valuations for litigation support services and expert witness testimony in cases regarding marital dissolution (divorce), shareholder disputes, commercial litigation, business interruption claims, personal damage calculations, and lost profits. 

Melissa earned her Bachelor’s in Business Management from Creighton University in 1997, and her Master’s in Finance from Saint Louis University in 2000.

Meet the Host

Randy Crabtree, CPA


Randy Crabtree

Randy Crabtree, co-founder and partner of Tri-Merit Specialty Tax Professionals, is a widely followed author, lecturer and podcast host for the accounting profession.

Since 2019, he has hosted the “The Unique CPA,” podcast, which ranks among the world’s 5% most popular programs (Source: Listen Score). You can find articles from Randy in Accounting Today’s Voices column, the AICPA Tax Adviser (Tax-saving opportunities for the housing and construction industries) and he is a regular presenter at conferences and virtual training events hosted by CPAmerica, Prime Global, Leading Edge Alliance (LEA), Allinial Global and several state CPA societies. Crabtree also provides continuing professional education to top 100 CPA firms across the country.

Schaumburg, Illinois-based Tri-Merit is a niche professional services firm that specializes in helping CPAs and their clients benefit from R&D tax credits, cost segregation, the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction (179D), the energy efficient home credit (45L) and the employee retention credit (ERC).

Prior to joining Tri-Merit, Crabtree was managing partner of a CPA firm in the greater Chicago area. He has more than 30 years of public accounting and tax consulting experience in a wide variety of industries, and has worked closely with top executives to help them optimize their tax planning strategies.