It all began in Springfield, Vermont. In the early 70’s the manufacturing industry was starting to decline due to market conditions and the failure of many of the family-owned businesses to transfer either to the next generation or to a new owner. This not only affected the families and workers of the closed plants, it affected entire communities and ultimately the economy of Vermont. The problem worsened over the next decade.It was about this time, in the early 80’s, that Chuck Richards – a Vermonter, a visionary, a thinker, and a relentless meddler – headed from Williams College off to M.I.T., where he realized the “Springfield Problem” is a national one. All over the U.S., businesses were failing to transfer and he concluded the trickle down effect would eventually be catastrophic to our national economy. The wheels began to turn.During his M.I.T. stint, Chuck developed the algorithms for CoreValue Research and launched his consulting business, The Chairman’s View. His vision was and is to this day to help business owners and CEOs build valuable and transferable businesses that are treated like assets and the decisions made about the future of those companies are based on value rather than profit.