Shannon Benolken, director of business development for Itasca Economic Development Corp. in Grand Rapids, recently earned the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) designation after completing the Institute’s four-day executive MBA-style program in Phoenix Ariz.

The Certified Exit Planning Advisor program was specifically designed for business advisors

who work closely with owners of privately held companies. The organizing principle of the

program is master planning, Using an executive MBA-style format, the program includes a

combination of lectures, group discussions, case studies and individual exercises to introduce participants to these concepts and to reinforce skills. The program is taught by the Exit Planning Institute’s faculty of advisors, who are all sought after subject matter experts and authors.

To receive the CEPA designation, Benolken completed a program that involved

approximately 100 hours of pre-course study, 30 hours of classroom instruction and

the successful completion of a three-hour proctored exam.