The Beginning

Jim Carlisle started his career in corporate law doing internaltional and domestic mergers and aquisitions. He was getting called into complicated deals where he was drafting agreements, LOIs and doing due diligence.

After doing this for a few years, Jim realized that most times after the transaction was complete the seller was not very happy, and even in some cases, really upset. This was because the seller often didnt get what they wanted financially when the deal was complete and they ofter had lots of stipulations that made them stay onboard for a while or banned them from working in their industry every again… even when it was their ownly way to make money.

Jim decided to build his practice doing growth and exit planning so he could help owners BEFORE they wanted to pull the trigger on an exit.

The multidisciplinary team is a team of advisors with different designations that work together to help optomize the outcome of the business owner. 

GEXP Collaborative™ Team Memebers

Jim Carlisle

Jim Carlisle

Founder / Principal

Jim Carlisle has practiced law since 1991 and handled hundreds of merger and acquisition transactions. Jim is a partner at a national law firm with over 700 lawyers and serves as the Chair of the Growth and Exit Planning group for his firm. He is an in-demand speaker who’s been entrepreneurial-minded his entire career—in addition to GEXP, he’s been active in owning, operating, and exiting various businesses and real estate development ventures.


Jason Danks

Jason Danks

Growth & Exit Planning Advisor | Attorney

Jason is an Associate at Dinsmore with a primary focus on business owners where he develops unique solutions for life and retirement goals through estate and tax planning. He has counseled business owners in all phases of the business cycle from inception through retirement, and he has advised clients through different milestones, including family succession and sale. Previously he worked at Waldron Private Wealth, where he managed complex estate and tax issues for privately wealthy individuals and business owners as well as a regulatory compliance officer at PNC Bank. He also aided the chief compliance officer.

Dan M. Zugell CLU, ChFC, LUTCF

Dan M. Zugell CLU, ChFC, LUTCF

ESOP Specialist

Dan is Director/Senior Vice President of Business Transition Advisors, Inc., with experience spanning many financial service disciplines. Dan’s experience includes the formation of MetLife’s ESOP program and as a Director of MetLife’s Institutional Specialized Benefit Resources division. Dan has emerged as a national presence on ESOP matters as a frequently published author and featured speaker and has earned several advanced financial designations. He is a member of The ESOP Association, National Center for Employee Ownership, The Estate Planning Council and the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Ambassador – Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership.

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