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AGS Business Succession Series Program

Continue the blueprint design outward to the edges.

We understand the importance of a smooth and successful transition of your business. The American Gem Society (AGS) has partnered with Obsidian Business Planning Solutions to offer comprehensive courses and valuable resources to support you through retirement, sale, or other business changes. Join us on this journey and ensure a secure future for your business. 

The courses provide participants with critical education and insights into the business transition process as well as one-on-one, online coaching sessions with the course instructors—certified exit and financial planners. 

The series is open to AGS members and invited non-members. The level of personal and/or financial information disclosed during both the lectures and the private coaching sessions is entirely at the discretion of each participant.

Members enjoy significant savings on the series:

  • Member: $3,500 for the three-course bundle

  • Invited non-member: $4,500 for the three-course bundle

This education is available to retailers, suppliers, and service providers.

The current series will be wrapping up in May. Please submit your firm’s details using the form below to be notified once the next series is scheduled.

The AGS Business Succession Series

Plan. Protect. Preserve. Prosper.

Course 1

The Business Owner’s Blueprint for Succession/Transition

  • Module 1: Understand your Retirement Income Gap
    • Live Zoom meeting 
    • Coaching sessions
  • Module 2: Protect and Transfer your Business and Personal Legacies
    • Live Zoom meeting 
    • Coaching sessions

Course 2

Your Business Continuity Playbook

  • Module 1: The Critical Components of Business Continuity
    • Live Zoom meeting 
    • Coaching sessions 
  • Module 2: Put your Company’s Financial and Technology Processes in Order
    • Live Zoom meeting 
    • Coaching sessions 

Course 3

Your Business Transition Blueprint

  • Module 1: Strategic Considerations in Selling your Company to Insiders
    • Live Zoom meeting 
    • Coaching sessions
  • Module 2: Exploring the Pros and Cons of Selling your Company to an Outside Third Party
    • Live Zoom meeting 
    • Coaching sessions

Meet your Instructors


Patrick Carroll, CFP® CExP®

Business Exit Coach

Pat founded Obsidian Business Planning Solutions over 35 years ago and has spent his career helping business owners create comprehensive plans to build, protect, and transition their financial and business assets. As a business owner, he understands the challenge of managing the day-to-day issues of running a company while making plans to preserve its future success. Pat frequently speaks to groups of business owners including the American Gem Society's 2022 Conclave and the annual conference of advisor members of Business Enterprise Institute. Pat holds a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Financial Services from The American College of Financial Services.

Todd Feldman, CFP®, CExP™

Todd Feldman, CFP® CExP®

Business Exit Coach

For over 25 years, Todd has helped business owners reach the financial and lifestyle goals they've set for themselves, their families, and their companies. He's a natural problem solver and an expert in finding creative and practical solutions to the issues that keep owners up at night. In 2022, Todd and Pat spoke at the American Gem Society's Conclave on techniques business owners can use to avoid the six most common mistakes that are detrimental to their families, businesses, and net worth. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Smeal School for Business at The Pennsylvania State University.

The current series will conclude in May 2024. Please fill out the interest form below and you will be notified once the next series is scheduled. The series is available to AGS members in good standing and invited non-members. For questions, please email [email protected].

Don’t miss this opportunity–provide your information above! This valuable program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and strategies needed to protect your wealth and successfully transition your business to the next owner.