John M. Leonetti, Esq., M.S. Finance, CFP, CM&AA is the founder and CEO of Pinnacle Equity Solutions, Inc., an exit strategies firm specializing in exit strategy design and execution services to advisors and their privately held business owners. John is a nationally recognized leader in the Exit Planning field and has been interviewed on ABC News Now, NECN and featured in the Wall Street Journal. In addition, John is the author of the highly publicized book “Exiting Your Business, Protecting Your Wealth: A Strategic Guide for Owners and their Advisors”. John’s book has been the hot topic for many national industry and business owner publications.
For fifteen years, John has served as a principal, a manager, a transactional advisor, a legal advisor and a financial advisor to privately held businesses, their owners, and their advisors. Over this time period John has noticed a lack of consistency in how Exit Strategy services are delivered to the entrepreneur. This inconsistency exists, even though succeeding a business is one of the most important and complex financial decisions that will be made in that business owner's lifetime. Proper planning and well timed exits can literally mean millions of dollars in additional Value and Wealth Preservation that is added to a business owner's net worth and legacy.
John brings to the Exit Strategies practice an extensive education to go with his hands-on work experience. He earned his Law Degree from Suffolk University and is an attorney in the State of Massachusetts. Along with the Law Degree, John also completed a Masters Degree in Finance at Suffolk's Sawyer School of Management and holds a BS in Finance from Providence College.
Academic achievements include teaching Retirement and Estate Planning courses at Suffolk University for those studying to earn the CFP® certification and a 'first of its kind' Private Capital Markets course offered in the Spring of 2007. Private Capital Markets is a course for MBA Students, Entrepreneurial students, Business Owners and Advisors on Valuing, Financing and Transferring privately held businesses within the developing world of the Private Capital Markets. In the Fall of 2008 John released his book, Exiting Your Business, Protecting Your Wealth: A Strategic Guide for Owners and their Advisors.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, John currently resides in Canton, Massachusetts, with his wife, Christine, and their four children - Catherine, Elizabeth, Michael and Nicholas. He remains actively involved with his alma mater, having received its Outstanding Alumni Award in 2003 in recognition of his continuing dedication. John enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and riding his motorcycle.