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Michael Benaglio CVA CDFA MAFF

9442 Capital of Texas Hwy. North  Bldg. 1  Suite 500  Austin, Texas 78759

  t. (512) 452-6900 · f. (512) 452-6906 ·


Areas of Expertise                  Business Valuation, Characterization/Tracing, Litigation Support, Mediation/Conflict Resolution, Mergers/Acquisitions


Relevant Experience               As a third-generation entrepreneur, Mr. Benaglio has a lifetime of experience as an owner/operator in several industries. He was the founder and President of Benaglio’s restaurants in West Texas, for eight years. Having sold for profit in 1989, he joined a wholesale distribution company, serving the convenience store industry. He developed sales and expansion into five Southeastern states before negotiating a merger with a large grocery co-op. He then concurrently developed a Commercial Playground Construction company and began a career in business appraisal and mergers/& acquisitions. He was the Austin chapter president and state board member of the Texas Association of Business Brokers in 1993-1994. He has valued, owned and consulted with over 4,000 companies in dozens of industries. He has performed characterization analysis and tracing assignments. All of Mr. Benaglio’s reports comply with USPAP, National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, American Society of Appraisers, Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts, Private Investigations division of the Texas Dept. of Public Safety standards and code of ethics. 


Association Memberships       National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (‘NACVA’) #27605

                                                Institute of Business Appraisers Member #10433 (Now part of NACVA)

                                                American Society of Appraisers - Candidate Member

                                                Collaborative Divorce Texas – Board Past President

                                                Collaborative Divorce Professionals Alliance

                                                International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

                                                Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts

                                                Board of Trustee - Collaborative Divorce Texas (President 2021-2022)

                                                Served on Board of Adjustments, City of Austin 2015-2017



Number of Valuations/Characterization & Tracing    4,250+

Collaborative Cases                                                    400+


Services Available                   Business Valuation and Characterization of Separate/Community Interests involving Marital Dissolution, Partnership Disputes, Real Estate Holding Company, Buy/Sell Agreements, Family Limited Partnership, Employee Stock Option Plan, S. B. A. loan compliance, Personal Property Appraisal, Estate Tax, Real Estate Defeasance Analysis, IRS R.O.B.S. Program Compliance, Litigation Support and Expert Testimony, Financial Professional Collaborative Process.


Specific Valuation

Experience                              Accounting/Bookkeeping Practices, Auto Parts Retail and Wholesale, Auto and Tractor Trailer Dealerships, Auto Repair, Bakeries, Bars/Nightclubs, Beer Distributorships, Gift Shops, Clothing – Distributors, Retail, Wholesale & Manufacturing, Computer – Consulting, Manufacture, Rental, Repair & Sales,  Construction – Commercial/Residential, Concrete, Electrical, Excavation, Framing, HVAC, Remodel, Roofing & Water/Wastewater, Chiropractic Services – Pain Management, Rehabilitation, Manipulation, B.E.S.T, Convenience Stores, Dating Service, Dance Studio, Dental Practices, Dry Cleaners, Engineering – Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, Biomedical & Environmental Services, Financial Services, Florists, Full-line Vending, Glass Install, Guitar Mfg., Hair Care, Homebuilders, Home Health Care, Injection Molding, Irrigation, Jewelry, Landscape, Language School, Laundromats, Lumber – Millworks, Manufacture, Retail & Wholesale, Mail & Parcel Shipping, Medical Practices, Motel/Hotel - Independent and Chain, Newspapers & Periodicals, Orchards, Pawn Shops, Pipe Distributor, Plumbing Service, Real Estate Holding Companies – Apartments, Land, Real Estate Investment Defeasance Analysis, Residential Rental Property Shopping Centers, Resorts, Retreats & Tax Credit Programs, Development Companies,  Restaurants – From local single unit to national franchise operations, Software Development – game programmers, commercial & mfg. applications, SAAS, Temp Agency, Freight Hauling, Veterinarian Clinics, Wholesale Food/Novelty, Women’s Specialty Clothing and many others, call for a complete list of businesses appraised.

Testifies and offers characterization/tracing expert testimony - largest tracing/characterization report was over 3,000 pages and involved more than 55,000 transaction entries.


Speaking Engagement & Articles: (2017-2023)

Educational and Issue Based Articles and speaking engagements to Business Groups, Investment Companies, Banks, Consultants and Conferences on issues of business development, valuation, funding, marketing, business brokerage, merger/ acquisition.


  • State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course - Property Issues and Business Valuation (Four (4) separate annual conferences)

  • ACC Financial Planner Conference – Hidden Assets and How to Find Them

  • Austin Family Law Professional’s Luncheon - Valuation Issues

  • Collaborative Law Inst. of Texas Spring Conf. – Complex Financial Cases

  • Austin Bar Family Law Section Spring CLE - Issues Surrounding Business Valuation

  • Master Class for Collaborative Professionals – Financial Settlements

  • Wilco Bar Assoc. – Valuation and Characterization in Collaborative Cases

  • Baylor Law School – Business Valuation. The Three Approaches

  • State Bar of Texas Collaborative Conference – New Tax Law Changes

  • Collaborative Divorce Texas Spring Conference – Paradigm shift from Litigation to Collaborative, Challenging Clients, Checks and Balances, Business Valuation, Characterization (Five (5) annual conferences)

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals – Complex Cases

  • Collaborative Divorce Texas Newsletter Articles on Collaborative Process and Finances, Mental Health Professionals and Attorneys

  • San Antonio Lawyer’s Group - spoke on option generating in an interest based negotiation

  • Lunch and Learn seminar on business valuation in divorce context

  • 2023 Texas State Bar Collaborative Conference Speaker on challenging cases in Collaborative Divorce process


Education                                B.S.B.A., 1992 Major: Accounting, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

                                                Discounts and Capitalization Rates (#1008 IBA) Institute of Business Appraisers           

                                                Analyzing Financial Statements (#1018 IBA)

                                                Business Appraisal for Divorce (#1020 IBA)

                                                Report Writing and Analysis (#1010 IBA)

                                                Litigation Support (#1019 IBA)

                                                Appraisal Journey to Excellence (#1034 IBA)

                                                Guideline Public Company Method (#1017 IBA)

                                                Business Valuation (#104 International Business Brokers Association)
                                                Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (SE100 ASA)

                                                Collaborative Law Basic Training

                                                Collaborative Law Advanced Training

                                                IBA Certified Business Appraiser Exam (Passed)

                                                Certified Divorce Financial Analyst - CDFA

                                                TX DPS Private Investigator

                                                Certificate of Licensure TX DPS Investigative Office #A18914601

                                                Certified Master Analyst in Financial Forensics - MAFF

                                                Certified Valuation Analyst - CVA 

                                                Credentialed Collaborative Professional

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