"After more than 35 years in the child care industry, I was unsure of the steps to take when I contemplated retirement. I met with Kathy Ligon to discus my options ad immediately knew that (Hinge) understood my concerns and needs. Within months, Kathy evaluated and priced my business. I sold my operations to one of the largest child care companies in the nation, securing a long-term lease for a building we owned.
Later, when I decided to fully retire, she and her partner Shawn were able to complete real estate sales on my two child care buildings. (Hinge) helped me reach my financial retirement goals by finding the best buyers for my business and properties and by handling the sales in such a professional, efficient and trustworthy manner." - Linda LaRue, owner, Village Kids Early Education Centre, Greensboro, NC.
"Kathy and Shawn provided great support and insight during due diligence and multiple transactions. Their review of the transaction and expertise in the Education space was a huge benefit on both the operational and real estate components. Great asset to have on our side. We will continue to use their services for our future transactions." - Potential owner, California Organization
"Kathy Ligon is the ultimate professional with vast knowledge and wide range of experience. She moves right in, swoops down to identify areas that need improvement and wastes no time offering invaluable options to remedy them. Through it all, she engages all employees in a very positive, caring way that encourages them to honestly communicate with her. Her sense of humor is a bonus!" - Owners, multi-site Florida organization
"It's not always what you know and it's not always who you know but when you can combine (Hinge's) dedication to make a deal with all of their knowledge and their wealth of previous customers...they give you the best chance for success.
I have had the rare opportunity to work with them on both the buyer and seller sides are can say that not only have they been a pleasure but they will treat you like they are lucky to have you. Really though, you will be lucky to have them representing you." - J. Thad Jones, owner, Sunbrook Academy and Scalions Child Care, Georgia
"Kathy Ligon is more than a business broker, she is really the Investment Banker for the child care industry. Kathy gathered all potential buyers and did a great job with the financial information. She mediated between all parties when needed and knew when to stop back. She did a great job for us." - Robert Orsi, owner, Sunrise Preschools, Phoenix, Arizona
"I highly recommend (Hinge) for any childcare owner considering buying, selling or expanding their business. I have had the pleasure of attending great informational conference sessions given by Kathy Ligon. Her information is timely, accurate and she shares her vast knowledge of our industry very well. Recently, I had the good fortune to work with Reagin Curlee on a new acquisition / expansion of my business. She was invaluable in all phases: purchase negotiation, financing and closing. I can't speak highly enough of my experiences with (Hinge) and encourage others in the child care industry to take advantage of the services this company offers." - Sharon Foster, owner, Building Blocks Early Educational Centers, Georgia
"You were extraordinarily valuable in this transaction, thank you!" - Randy Lynn - real estate vendor, following the sale or a net leased property in suburban Denver.
"Kathy is a true business professional. She was integral in dealing with both business partners and attorneys in implementing and completing our sale. Setting up weekly conference calls between all parties was paramount in making the business transaction run smoothly. Kathy and Carrie are diligent in their work ethic and I would recommend conducting your next business transaction with Hinge. " - Larry & Susan Collins
“After Kathy Ligon toured our centers and looked at our finances, she gave us a very helpful analysis of our business. With encouragement from her, we gained the confidence we needed to raise rates without losing families. Our enrolment is high and our profit margin is even higher.”
— Perry Melton, Building Blocks Early Educational Centers, North Carolina