John McLaughlin has been at the intersection of education and free enterprise for over four decades. He specializes in the ways for-profit businesses provide classroom-based services to public schools, both general education and special education, as well as directly to families via private schools and educational/therapeutic services. He is deeply knowledgeable about the operation of businesses which offer applied behavior analysis for children with autism and other developmental challenges and is experienced in both acquiring and exiting business in these fields having participated in several dozen related transactions. John has been interviewed by virtually every major newspaper, news magazine, and radio and television news service in the U.S. He frequently works with autism and ABA specialists, recognized business figures in the education industry, and valuation specialists to meet clients' needs.
John has an extensive body of presentations to groups ranging from national public education organizations such as The National School Boards Association and The American Association of School Administrators to financial organizations like Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch; global groups like the World Bank and the Canadian Education Industry to think tanks like the Pacific Institute and universities like Harvard and Pitt, to industry specific groups like the Council of Autism Service Providers to the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts.
Peter Ruppert, CEO, Fusion Academy - with 60 campuses nationwide
"I strongly recommend John as an advisor and consultant in the education, special education and autism space. When I started my company, John was the first person I turned to for industry knowledge, connections to influential people, and general advice. He's a first class man who always goes above and beyond."
Allison Apple, A.P.P.L.E. Consulting, Bothell, WA
"Sarah and John have their finger on the pulse of the state of affairs where autism, ABA, and business intersect. Their combined expertise are unparalleled to help guide the business owner through the myriad of decisions regarding business growth and development. I highly recommend their services.”
Danon Law, Executive Director of Operations, AACT, Phoenix, AZ
"I attended a workshop on ABA business valuation by McLaughlin Advisors and immediately reached out to have a discussion. Their free consultation was so valuable to us (we should have paid). They laid out the hard concepts in an easy to digest way while getting straight to the hard parts to consider in any deal. Their experience and attitude are top-notch professional."
Will and Sara Smith, UP Autism, Little Rock, AR
"One of the best investments we made as business owners was to hire McLaughlin Advisors. John and his team possess a great deal of knowledge about today's education and therapy world. They conducted a thorough assessment of our business and walked us through their valuation process in great detail. They pointed out the strengths and weaknesses of our company and helped us to prioritize actions for improvement and areas for growth. We truly cannot say enough great things about John and his passion to help others succeed. Our only regret is not hiring them sooner! "