Jay B. Abrams, ASA, CPA, MBA, founder and head of Abrams Valuation Group, Inc. (AVGI), is one of those rare individuals who integrates theory and practice. He has valued businesses and consulted on mergers and acquisitions in a wide range of industries, provided valuations and discounts for fractional interests and restricted stock, and conducted independent statistical and mathematical research regarding problems facing businesses. During his 25 years of accounting and valuation experience, he has made, and continues to make, significant contributions to the science of valuing businesses. Mr. Abrams' book, Quantitative Business Valuation: A Mathematical Approach For Today's Professionals (McGraw-Hill, 2001) shows how to integrate advanced scientific methods into real-world valuation analysis.
Mr. Abrams is in demand as a speaker. He has spoken at the AICPA/NACVA litigation support conference, the International Conference for the American Society of Appraisers, and the National Center for Employee Ownership Conference. He also lectured at the University of California at San Diego and Anthony Robbins' Mastery University in Hawaii, and contributes to the most prestigious valuation journals, including Business Valuation Review, The Valuation Examiner, Valuation, and The Practical Accountant.
Prior to founding AVGI, Mr. Abrams was a founding partner in the San Diego accounting firm of Thefeld, Finch and Abrams, headed the valuation practice of Pacific Corporate Valuations in La Jolla, California, and worked as a senior valuation economist for Arthur D. Little Valuation, Inc. and, in the 1970s, as an auditor for Arthur Andersen. He earned an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago, and a B.S. from California State University at Northridge. Mr. Abrams is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers and is a certified public accountant (CPA).