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The Sterling ​Taylor Group is made up of professional services providers and strategic partner relationships.
  • We provide Value Building Coaching, Consulting, Succession Planning, Business Brokerage, Merger & Acquisition Advisory, Business Valuation & Appraisal services.

  • For valuations, we use a proprietary database which is one of the nation's largest verified databases of companies sold in the United States in the past five years.

  • We have relationships with private equity firms with hundreds of millions of dollars ready to buy private businesses.

  • Our ValueBuilder SystemTM is proven to get our clients top value for their business.

  • Most of our clients are referred to us by past clients and trusted advisers.  We are easily accessible to our clients and their advisers.

  • All information, discussions, Mastermind groups, analysis and the sales process are handled confidentially with fully executed Non-Disclosure agreements.

  • We often work with clients for years before the business or the client is ready to sell.  Preparation is the key to a successful sale.


Walt Bowman

CEO/Chief Strategist

About Walt

An experienced and results-driven senior executive with more than 4 decades of business experience, Walt has proven expertise in maximizing productivity, market share expansion, bottom-line profitability, mergers/acquisitions and building business value. Walt has worked with Fortune 500 companies in management positions, for some of the nation’s largest financial institutions and has served as President/CEO of subsidiaries of publicly-traded holding companies.

  • IM&A- International Mergers & Acquisitions Expert #2018-017 (No Expiration Date)​

  • M&AP- Mergers & Acquisitions Professional #2018-018 (No Expiration Date)

  • IMAA, The Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances - ​Zurich, Switzerland - website:

  • VALUEMAX certified advisor with MAUS Software​

  • Tennessee Wesleyan College, Athens, Tennessee - Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting

Our Advisors...

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Robert Malt

An experienced professional in the areas of business mergers, acquisitions and appraisals. Rob developed the the Market Modeling Method ™ which is recognized by leading investors as a reliable and accurate valuation method. Rob is extremely knowledgeable in the fields of valuations, mergers and acquisitions. 


CM&AA Certified Merger & Acquisition Adviser

(No Expiration Date)


AM&AA, Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisers


University of Maryland-Robert H. Smith School of Business

MBA Business Administration, Management (General)

Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Finance and Marketing (dual major)

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Diane Gilson

Diane Gilson is a 30+ years’ accounting veteran, QuickBooks consultant, trainer, Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor, “Top 100 ProAdvisor” for the last eight years (2014-15-16-17-18-19-20-21), author, job-cost aficionado, and more. She is viewed as a leader in her fields of expertise…


Her passion is designing, customizing, and upgrading accounting systems for small to mid-sized construction and manufacturing companies.


She loves a challenge and specializes in helping clients turn financial chaos into clarity and profitability. Diane believes that no accounting topic is too complicated for her clients to understand and implement. As a result, she successfully teaches all levels of technique in her online workshops and one-to-one business advisory services.


Jennie DeCook

A results-oriented and relationship-building director and professional business counselor. She is an experienced business problem solver who will help you achieve your goals.


Jennie can work through marketing strategies and plans to make your business a success. She has access to specialized referrals and connections to other experts, who can help you with marketing strategies and plans to help make your business a success. Jennie will work closely with you and get to know your business so that she can help you in the most effective way possible. Having worked with many diverse businesses gives Jennie the ability offer support in many areas of your particular business.

The Small Business Development Center at Cleveland State Community College offers free small business counseling to our five-county service area: Bradley County, Polk County, McMinn County, Monroe County and Meigs County. We have regular free small business seminars that are offered at our center featuring our staff members or outside experts. Our mission is to encourage economic development in our region and we do that by supporting small business owners in any way we can.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC)- Director - Cleveland, TN

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