Chris Vanderzyden

Business Transition Strategist | Keynote Speaker | CPA | Author
Media Contributor | Harvard Guest Lecture

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Chris Vanderzyden is the leading educator on the life cycle of a business — from launching a business, to increasing value through exceptional customer service and sales, to strategically exiting to extract the wealth created.

“Chris is the real deal — she walks her talk, she’s got the goods, and she energetically delivers. Saddle up and take a ride if you are looking to educate and inspire your audience.”

– Jeffrey Hayzlett, Primetime TV Host

“Chris delivered a customer service keynote for our annual meeting that went above and beyond hitting the “mark.” Her enthusiasm is infectious! She presented clear concepts and actionable steps to our team in a very dynamic and engaging fashion that will surely elevate our customer service and keep us at the top of our industry.”

– Chuck Jeffries, Kansas Asphalt, Inc.

“If you’re looking for an energetic speaker who delivers fresh, on-trend ideas and actionable plans — Chris is for you! She has presented numerous sessions focused upon increasing sales for ASI members at our large national trade shows that impart powerful information and provides our audiences with the tools necessary to achieve greater success.”

– Nicole M. Rollender, ASI

“Our group of business owners needed to be better informed on the best practices of selling a business and we were fortunate to have Chris Vanderzyden, who is an expert on the topic, present at our annual conference. Her presentation was delivered with plenty of interaction, was entertaining, and full of invaluable information. We heartily recommend Chris to anyone with an interest in selling a business.”

– Reid Marsh, Vistage Chair

“Chris’s exit planning seminar provides invaluable information for business owners who are preparing to protect and extract the wealth from their privately held business. She is a dynamic presenter able to deliver her points in a simple, but through way.”

– Neil H. Livingston, PhD, Wraith Technologies, LLC


Fox Business — CAVUTO with Melissa Francis
Chris Vanderzyden and Democratic Strategist Julie Roginsky debate whether General Motors owes taxpayers from the government bailout.

7 Steps to Entrepreneurial Victory!

The Victory Code to Drive Profits and Run Your Business at the Platinum Level

Never before in our economic history has the environment been as conducive to the development of the entrepreneurial spirit. Our disruptive economy has urged innovation like never before. Funding for start-ups is now more plentiful with the introduction of nontraditional resources, such as crowd funding. In addition, technology today has afforded ease in connection and globalization creating unprecedented opportunity.

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How is your bottom-line?  Chris Vanderzyden is the leading educator on the life cycle of a business — from launching a business, to increasing revenue by understanding the sales process in this digital age, to delivering a customer service experience that keeps your organization ahead of the competition, to exiting and extracting the wealth created through the sale of a business.

Her career began as a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers, then as an asset manager with Northwest Asset Management in Los Angeles. Chris has founded, operated and sold several businesses and has extensive knowledge and understanding of the changing global environment and resulting impact on business. She has advised businesses to grow profits in order to create sustained success and ultimately to exit through a well planned strategy resulting in the highest return on investment.

Because of her continued connection to the challenges of businesses, she is an expert contributor for Fox News and other media outlets. In addition to television and radio appearances, she speaks internationally, and is a guest lecture for Harvard’s entrepreneurial program.

Chris is passionate in her philosophy that everyone has what it takes to succeed—it just needs to be brought forth. She is a triathlete, a mom, and calls the Green Mountains home.

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