Linda Smith Awarded Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in Business Valuation Designation

Needham, Massachusetts – October 31, 2011
The American Society of Appraisers awarded Linda Smith its Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in Business Valuation designation.

Accredited Senior Appraiser

At Ceres Technology Advisors, Linda provides valuation consulting and independent appraisals of high technology businesses for the purpose of buying, selling, merging or financing business interests – as well as for Employee Stock Option Plans (ESOPs), project financing, fairness opinions, and shareholder disputes.

“We are always pleased when a professional such as Linda Smith completes the accreditation process and becomes a designated member of ASA,” says Sabri Math, Director of Education and Accreditation.  “We feel that members such as Linda are an asset to our organization and continually reinforce the professional values that ASA stands for.”

“Investing in my ASA credential has been key in delivering market relevant, discerning, and defensible opinions of value to my clients,” says Linda, “and in demonstrating that our experience and capabilities meet or exceed that of much larger firms.”

The Accredited Senior Appraiser designation requires experience, education, adherence to standards and ethics, testing, and peer review.

ASA’s must demonstrate at least 5 years of experience in business valuation. They must complete core courses and continue their education to retain the designation. ASA’s are required to adhere to the Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice (USPAP), authorized by Congress as the source of standards to offer independent opinions of value. They are tested with an ethics exam and five technical exams on USPAP; the Market, Income, and Asset approaches to value; and on advanced topics including international cost of capital, cost of capital in volatile markets, taxation of pass-through entities, and intangible value. An ASA’s work product also undergoes strict professional review to meet an examining committee’s approval. Finally, ASA’s are held to ethical practice and procedures in order to protect their clients.

Linda also holds an M.B.A. from Babson College and a B.S. from University of Rochester in Optics and Mathematics.

About American Society of Appraisers

The American Society of Appraisers is an international valuation association that educates, tests, accredits, and refers professional appraisers. It is the oldest and only major organization in the United States representing all disciplines of appraisal specialists.

About Ceres Technology Advisors

Ceres Technology Advisors provides Merger & Acquisition advisory, business valuation, and management consulting services. Our unique value is the breadth and depth of our network and knowledge of technology markets.

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Linda Smith