Testimonials

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 discuss my options and immediately knew SSGA understood my concerns and needs. Within months after 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 the building we owned. Later, when I decide to fully retire, she and her partner, Shawn Riley, were able to complete real estate sales on my two child care buildings. SSGA 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 Center
Greensboro, NC

It’s not always what you know and it is not always who you know, but when you combine SSGA’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 side, and can say that not only have they been a pleasure to work with, they have also pursued the deal relentlessly. They will treat you like they are lucky to have you, but really….you will be lucky to have them representing you.”

J. Thad Joiner,
Owner, Sunbrook Academy and Scallions Child Care
Georgia

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 enrollment is high and our profit margin is even higher!”

Perry Melton,
Building Blocks Early Educational Centers
North Carolina

I highly recommend SSGA for any child care 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 SSGA 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

Kathy and Shawn provided great support and insight during due diligence of 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