About Rich

 CoacH TO THE BEST

Rich Russakoff is an internationally acclaimed Business Coach, speaker, author, certified Big Leap Coach, and serial entrepreneur. He is the author of “The Bible of Bank Financing” and a former contributor to CBS MoneyWatch, blogging on topics of interest to CEOs who wish to deliver more to their own bottom line.

Rich’s solid reputation is based on cutting edge knowledge, combined with his make-it-simple / make-it-happen approach. As President and CEO of Bottom Line Up Enterprises, he serves entrepreneurial companies throughout the world. CEOs and the leadership teams of rapid-growth companies regularly seek his guidance.

Rich Russakoff – His Story

Rich brings more than 40 years experience in successfully starting and developing multiple businesses, CEO coaching, training, business brokering, and consulting for Inc. Magazine. Because his programs and presentations provide a wealth of practical, real-time information, Rich is always in demand. Rich started his entrepreneurial career as the founder of R&R Junction on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The business quickly became a tourist destination which he ran for a decade.

After the successful sale of R&R, Rich became fascinated by how businesses change hands and joined VR Business Brokers. He soon became VR’s top performing business broker, honing and fine-tuning his negotiation skills on the job. As a result he was asked by the franchise to teach his signature approach to creating and negotiating win-win opportunities for both buyers and sellers throughout their network.

In addition to his role as “Coach to The Best,” he is an expert on positioning businesses for resale. Rich helps business owners maximize their exit strategies and make the best possible acquisitions for growth.

We could not have made our transition out of the bootstrap phase without Rich’s help.  Rich is amazing to work with, and his experience and insight helped us through when we really needed it.

Steve Kapor

President, Fundriver

Rich is perhaps the best business and executive coach there is. Period.

Kevin Donnelly

Former President and CEO, Speedwire

Why Work With Rich?

Over the years, Rich has learned that every business has its own unique challenges. His coaching speaks to the individual strengths, market opportunities, client base, focus, culture, priorities, profitability and cash positions of his different clients.

As a strategic planner he helps companies determine the best path for moving forward and what it will take in terms of people, time, and money to make it happen. If the company needs additional funding to grow, Rich helps them acquire capital and ensure they get the right amount and they spend it wisely. As the plan is rolled out Rich serves as an advisor to help achieve accountability and overcome the inevitable obstacles that occur.

Joe Wichowski
Joe Wichowski
Friend and client, Ruben Canto, an international entrepreneur.
Friend and client, Ruben Canto, an international entrepreneur.
Our client Tony Stobl, of Cincinnati Crane
Our client Tony Stobl, of Cincinnati Crane
Fantastic time traveling to Akumal Mexico with my lovely wife Moe.
Fantastic time traveling to Akumal Mexico with my lovely wife Moe.
I had the pleasure of helping Aaron Thurston, and his company Lucy Music
I had the pleasure of helping Aaron Thurston, and his company Lucy Music
Dinner with Lynn Harden, owner of Stett Transportation, and her son Dylan
Dinner with Lynn Harden, owner of Stett Transportation, and her son Dylan
This year Kat Edmonson helped to produce Mike Flanigin’s ‘The Drifter’
This year Kat Edmonson helped to produce Mike Flanigin’s ‘The Drifter’
Steven Kapor and I at the ball park in Cincinnati for Funddriver’s annual retreat
Steven Kapor and I at the ball park in Cincinnati for Funddriver’s annual retreat
In Monterrey, I accompanied Hayden to this collaboration for Evolution Salt
In Monterrey, I accompanied Hayden to this collaboration for Evolution Salt
Hayden Nasir of Evolution Salt enjoying steak in Monterrey, Mexico
Hayden Nasir of Evolution Salt enjoying steak in Monterrey, Mexico
The Stett Team at their annual leadership retreat.
The Stett Team at their annual leadership retreat.
Moe and I both became Big Leap Certified Coaches this year.  Celebrating with Guy and Kathlyn Hendricks.
Moe and I both became Big Leap Certified Coaches this year. Celebrating with Guy and Kathlyn Hendricks.
Lunch break during the creation of Evolution Salt’s successful loan package presentation with Juan Gonzalez.
Lunch break during the creation of Evolution Salt’s successful loan package presentation with Juan Gonzalez.
Exploring local attractions with Todd Stegman, Osborne Coin, in business since 1835.
Exploring local attractions with Todd Stegman, Osborne Coin, in business since 1835.
Out to dinner with Matt Kaseeska of Net Works.
Out to dinner with Matt Kaseeska of Net Works.
Congratulations to Damen of Maxon’s Restorations on another great year in business.
Congratulations to Damen of Maxon’s Restorations on another great year in business.
Daniel Macos, Gary Hoover, and Maureen McBride
Daniel Macos, Gary Hoover, and Maureen McBride
Sometimes Rich’s assistant likes to eat, too.
Sometimes Rich’s assistant likes to eat, too.
John Rhodes, CEO of CM First with Richard Berman of Regions Bank
John Rhodes, CEO of CM First with Richard Berman of Regions Bank
Rich and Lynn Harden of Stett Transportation in Kentucky
Rich and Lynn Harden of Stett Transportation in Kentucky
Rich likes to feed his clients, and Dean Dzurilla of The New Office likes to eat
Rich likes to feed his clients, and Dean Dzurilla of The New Office likes to eat
Kat Edmonson, Rich, Moe
Kat Edmonson, Rich, Moe
Rich and Moe, sxsw2014
Rich and Moe, sxsw2014
Rich and Moe welcomed The Brew Hub to their home during sxsw14
Rich and Moe welcomed The Brew Hub to their home during sxsw14
Rich and Sony Recording artist Kat Edmonson
Rich and Sony Recording artist Kat Edmonson
Rich and Mike Ferranti of Endai Worldwide working in Austin
Rich and Mike Ferranti of Endai Worldwide working in Austin
Rich, Moe, and Randy Nelson
Rich, Moe, and Randy Nelson
Matt Z’s little one kicking the ball around in Chapel Hill, NC
Matt Z’s little one kicking the ball around in Chapel Hill, NC
Paige Zinn doing her thing in Raleigh, NC
Paige Zinn doing her thing in Raleigh, NC
Randy Jones showing Moe how to use a Pilates reformer
Randy Jones showing Moe how to use a Pilates reformer
The 889 Global Solutions crew in Cincinnati
The 889 Global Solutions crew in Cincinnati
Another successful business loan! This one with Regions Bank.
Another successful business loan! This one with Regions Bank.
Rich presenting “Creating a Culture of Profitability” at the Capital Factory in Austin
Rich presenting “Creating a Culture of Profitability” at the Capital Factory in Austin
Rich and Judy Huang of 889 Global Solutions
Rich and Judy Huang of 889 Global Solutions
MIT EMP Class Picture 2013
MIT EMP Class Picture 2013
Rich with Judy Huang’s family
Rich with Judy Huang’s family
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