Episode 248: Unlocking Hidden Profits and Building Scalable Businesses with Scott Hallman

Season #1

DealQuest Community, I am happy to have the pleasure of having Scott Hallman on the DealQuest Podcast. Scott is known as the “silent assassin” who is sought after by business owners to unearth hidden profits and unleash rapid growth. With an impressive track record, Scott's companies have twice earned coveted spots on the Inc. 500 list, ranking among the fastest-growing privately held companies in America. Notably, he co-founded an IT Consulting firm that skyrocketed from zero to a staggering $85 million in just 21 months, ultimately reaching a valuation of nearly $1 billion.


Scott's impressive track record includes co-founding an IT consulting company that skyrocketed from zero to 85 million dollars in just 21 months, along with twice being named on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in America. Today, Scott's mission is to help entrepreneurs achieve unprecedented profits without increased spending on marketing, sales, or technology. In this interview on the DealQuest Podcast, Scott shares his journey and insights into strategic roll-ups and entrepreneurial success.



Scott emphasizes the importance of mindset when it comes to entrepreneurial success. There are two types of roll-ups:

  1. The traditional kind, where businesses are combined without significant operational or marketing improvements.
  2. The strategic roll-up, which focuses on creating value and synergies.


Any company looking to grow should seriously consider acquisitions and tuck-ins as part of their business model. Businesses failing to embrace this approach may be hindered by fear, lack of knowledge, or inadequate exposure to the benefits of strategic roll-ups. By sharing his experiences and insights, Scott aims to inspire entrepreneurs to explore new avenues for growth and unlock hidden potential within their enterprises.

In the world of business growth, there are two primary avenues: organic growth and inorganic growth through strategic deals. While organic growth involves sales and marketing efforts to acquire customers one by one, inorganic growth focuses on accelerating success through acquisitions, optimizations, and scalable systems.


Scott shares his experience in the IT consulting industry, where his company executed a strategic roll-up by acquiring cutting-edge technology, marketing automation, call center services, and CRM integration companies. By integrating these entities into a unified offering, the company built a differentiated product that attracted customers and commanded higher multiples. Scott emphasizes the importance of purpose-driven acquisitions and the need to identify areas where a company can create a competitive advantage.



Licensing allows businesses to extend their products, technology, or processes to a wider audience through strategic partnerships. By granting the rights to use their intellectual property, companies can tap into markets they wouldn't reach otherwise. Licensing helps with scalability and market penetration, enabling businesses to harness the strengths and resources of others to drive growth. Licensing is not limited to specific industries, and its potential spans across various sectors including some that are less obvious than others.

By exploring licensing opportunities, entrepreneurs can tap into untapped markets, leverage the strengths of others, and create additional revenue streams. Scott's insights highlight the potential of licensing-driven roll-ups, where strategic partnerships and shared best practices can lead to exponential growth and profitability. Embracing licensing as a deal structure can unlock hidden value and open doors to new opportunities for businesses across various industries. 

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Corey Kupfer is an expert strategist, negotiator, and dealmaker. He has more than 35 years of professional deal-making and negotiating experience. Corey is a successful entrepreneur, attorney, consultant, author, and professional speaker. He is deeply passionate about deal-driven growth. He is also the creator and host of the DealQuest Podcast.


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