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MMEC senior business adviser earns Montana’s first certified exit planning adviser designation

June 30, 2016 -- MSU News Service

MMEC Senior Business Adviser Alistair Stewart recently received designation as a certified exit planning adviser, joining an international community of business advisers who are part of the Exit Planning Institute.

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BOZEMAN– Montana Manufacturing Extension Center Senior Business Adviser Alistair Stewart recently earned designation as a certified exit planning adviser after completing an intensive four-day executive MBA-style program in Chicago.

The Exit Planning Institute’s certified exit planning adviser program trains professionals to assist business owners in the transition to new ownership. It is the most widely accepted and endorsed program in the world, according to the institute. Stewart is the first professional in Montana to earn this designation.

The MMEC is a statewide manufacturing outreach and assistance center housed at MSU in Bozeman and staffed by full-time professionals with degrees in engineering and management. The professionals also have extensive experience in manufacturing and business in a variety of industries. MMEC helps clients innovate, accelerate growth and increase profits.

With a proven record of positive impact for client firms and the economy, MMEC taps not only personal expertise but also a great pool of expert resources to assist Montana’s manufacturers achieve better business success, more quickly, according to Jenni West, associate director of MMEC.

EPI delivers interactive education and training, performance-enhancing resources and strategic tools designed to enhance the exit planning profession. The institute was formed in 2005 to serve educational and resource needs of financial planners, wealth managers, attorneys, commercial lenders, mergers and acquisitions advisers, management consultants and other business advisers. It is the only organization that offers the certified exit planning adviser program and qualifies for continuing educational credits with 11 major professional associations.

For more information on MMEC, please see

For more information on EPI or the CEPA program, see

Contact: Jenni West, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, (406) 994-3876 or; or Brooke Norman, Exit Planning Institute,