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Mergers & Acquisitions

Ahern represents clients in the "painstaking" process of merging people, facilities, procedures and systems. Ahern locates trucking companies that, historically, are not for sale and we represent transportation, trucking company and Private Equity Buyers, exclusively, which are looking for strategic and/or capacity purchases.

For a trucking company Owner who is looking at "successor planning" (if there is no generation to inherit a business and no satisfactory outside Buyer "knocking on the door"), Ahern has a program that will continue the trucking business with a sale to a family member, management or an employee group.

Ahern services include: evaluation of your trucking or logistics companyís assets, liabilities, ongoing revenues and expenses, customer and vendor relationships, and cash generation.

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Professional Employer Organization (PEO) / Employer Leasing

Trucking has been identified as "a pennies business" and because it's a pennies business, Ahern has developed numerous programs to reduce operational expenses in all facets of a trucking company. Ahern has expertise in Professional Employer Organizations, better known as employee leasing.

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DOT Compliance Audit

Ahern has developed a specific program to assist carriers in obtaining a satisfactory DOT rating. Ahern's safety review enables a carrier to review their current situation, and allows our staff to provide suggestions specific to their operations. This, in turn permits a trucking company to maximize compliance of current federal regulations.

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Estate Planning

Ahern works with accountants and lawyers to assist in evaluating a trucking company based upon current market conditions. As a trucking and logistics company management consulting firm, Ahern has ongoing and substantial expertise in evaluating trucking companies. Whether a company is interested in "successor planning" or they need a factual analysis on the true net worth of their trucking company, Ahern provides these services. Our reviews are based on first-hand knowledge of the selling prices of numerous trucking companies. This is information not readily available to accountants, attorneys, investment bankers and/or the IRS.

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Partnership Programs

The Partnership Program was specifically designed for carriers that are experiencing insurance, cash flow, capital, back haul, equipment, personal, or operational problems. These carriers are also looking to build their company while improving their cash flow, reducing their operating expenses, and in many instances building up their brokerage divisions and/or creating a new one.

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Insurance

Although we are not insurance brokers or insurance agents, Ahern and Associates can provide recommendations to increase your cash flow, reduce your capital outlay, and introduce you to cash alternatives that can potentially increase a trucking company's bottom line.

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Sales & Marketing Programs

It's important to recognize that an effective sales program involves changing the way your current sales and marketing force offers your services, as well as their behavior.

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Transportation Software

Ahern and Associates offers their clients the opportunity to use their exclusive Financial I.Q. software platform which is a profitability program designed specifically for trucking companies.

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Other Services

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Testimonials
Dear Mr. Ahern,

Arkansas Transit Home, Inc. (ATH) was founded in 1958 by my late father, Wendell Chandler. In fact, to Illustrate how long that is got most trucking companies, our DOT number only has five numbers.

I would like to thank you Andy for making this very important and life changing event possible. It was a great experience.

Sincerely,
Dwight Chandler
President
Arkansas Transit Homes, Inc.

 

Dear Mr. Ahern,

We have worked with you and your colleagues at Ahern Associates for some time now. We find your expertise in the area of logistics (be it in consulting or based on being hired for acquisition analysis) to be out standing. We value the relationship and are very happy to give you this letter of reference..

You should feel free to have any party call us to discuss our experience.

Sincerely,
James M.Hill
Benesch Attorneys at Law

Dear Mr. Ahern,

England has been formally associated with Andy Ahern and his colleagues for approximately the past three years primarily in the area of acquisitions. During that period, we have experienced a professionalism that is refreshing. Andy offers in-depth expertise as well as industry knowledge born from extensive experience, a combination which adds material value well beyond a normal business relationship.

We anticipate a long Ė term, mutually beneficial association. It was a great experience.

Very truly yours,
Keith c. Wallace,Jr.
Senior Vice President / Chief Financial Officer
C.R. England, Ind

 

Dear Mr. Ahern,

Century Carriers, Inc. and its subsidiaries are family owned businesses that was started 1998. When the Transportation business was booming, times were great but, like other family owned businesses we didnít prepare for the economy the past year. My wife and I lost many hours sleep and made many calls to attorneys, banks, and whom ever would listen to our story trying to figure out how we were going to save our business for our future and our children.

Andy and his team has given us hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel and we are making progress, thanks again.

Sincerely,
Kevin Henderson, President/CEO
Century Carriers Inc. / Century Expedited Inc.

Dear Mr. Ahern,

Originally, I met Andy at a Truckload Carrier`s Conference during a round table discussion on the transition of family business. Andy was very knowledgeable about the topic and expressed many ideas that we hadn`t thought of. During the down turn of our industry in 2001, We called upon Andy, as a consultant, to help us understand how to turn our business around. We hired Ahern and Associates to come in and do businesses review. By giving us a road map to success with their intial audit, they helped turn our business around within thirty days.

Andy Ahern and Ahern & Associates have always delivered exactly what they have promised.

Sincerely,
Don Christenson, President
Christenson Transportation, Inc.

 

Dear Mr. Ahern,

We have thought about selling our business one day, but we really didnít know much about how to go about it. Your company contacted us a few months ago about a client of yours that was looking to buy businesses like ours. Now just a few months later, the sale is complete. Everything went very smoothly, Ahern was there to guide us through the beginning of the process. We are very happy with our whole experience with Ahern, especially Andy and Brian. They gave us personal attention any time we had questions or concerns.

Thank you,
John & Jennifer Rainney
DCT

Dear Mr. Ahern,

I wanted to thank you for your guidance, leadership and support. The professionalism and dedication of you and your staff is outstanding. The knowledge you posses of the transportation industry and its inner workings was been a huge asset to us in our time of transition. With your assistance we have been able to make significant changes within our company to improve structure and productivity. Aherns onsite visit and detailed evaluation of our company has been a very valuable tool. The outside look at how we do business and the suggestions you've made to improve our overall performance have been very valuable. All of your advice and direction has been thoughtful and caring, I feel that you truly care about our business and success. You've done everything you said you would do and then some, working with you and your dedicated staff has been a pleasure and will improve the productivity of our company. I look forward to a long relationship with Ahern and Associates.

Thanks again,
Dave Dean
Specialized Business Solutions. INC
Meridian, Idaho

 

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