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About JEH

About JEH
JEH Consulting, Inc. established in 1995 offers a variety consulting services to retail propane, heating oil and gasoline marketers. These services include Business Broker, Business Valuations, Management and Startup Advisory, and as an  Expert Witness on propane acquisitions and value. JEH has been involved as a seller’s agent in more than 150 retail propane and heating oil business acquisitions. We have done work in 42 of the lower 48 states and as such are familiar with values, customers and competition across the US.

Prior to forming the firm JEH Consulting, Jim Hinkle spent 15 years as the President & CEO of a national wholesale/retail propane marketer.  During that 15 year period he spent 10 years acquiring retail propane marketers as well as oil & gas retailers. Jim spent 8 years on the Board of Directors of the National Propane Gas Association, 5 years as the Chairman of the Member Services Committee and 3 years as a Director-at-Large. Jim was also a member of the World LPG Forum.

Jim Hinkle has been published several times in Propane Industry magazines and spoken at several industry functions including conventions of the National Propane Gas Association, various State Associations and at many other industry functions.

He has also been approved by various courts as an expert in propane company valuations, non-competes and other matters. He  attended the University of Cincinnati and Is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive) with past professional affiliations with The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants,  Ohio Society of CPA’s, and the American Society of Appraisers.


Business Broker

When it comes to selling your business, finding the right buyer can be time-consuming and daunting if you try to do it yourself. At JEH we read the market, knows who's buying and who's got resources. We also separate the "tire kickers" from serious buyers with sufficient financial resources and well-suited to run a business like yours. We also ensure that the sale remains confidential, that loyal customers, staff, vendors and suppliers find out only when you're ready to let them know.

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Business Valuations

For the past 25 years we've been doing business valuations for propane dealers. We've provided these values for Buying or Selling a Business, Estate Taxes, Domestic Relations Disputes, ESOPs, AOC 305 & 850 Adjustments, Bank Borrowing and still more.

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Management & Startup Advisory

We provide operating and financial advice for an owner who needs a turnaround or for someone who wants to enter the propane industry by doing a Startup. We provide accounting services, financial statements tax returns for propane dealers of any size. We also provide daily operating and funding advice to startups.

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Expert Witness

JEH has provided Expert Witness Testimony for Propane Dealers involved in disputes over Business Value,, Non Competes, Goodwill, Excess Compensation and more. Jim Hinkle has provided Expert Witness Testimony from Washington DC to California and with stops in between in Ohio, Michigan, Colorado and others...

States Worked

JEH Consulting has done work in 42 of the lower 48 states. We've spent a lot of years going back and forth and through this country. Theres not too many places we haven't been and as such we are familiar with the type of customer mix and related values across the United States. We are a different type of company than most. We do come and "kick your tires". We are there when a potential buyer wants to view the business. We are there also during due diligence to make sure that everything runs smooth. And we can be there for the close if you so request.  We've been around in more ways than  one.

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States Worked


Tucker Perkins - PERC:

“I am writing to offer my highest recommendation to anyone wishing to engage JEH Consulting’s services for the purpose of valuation, tax planning, or evaluation of an existing business. …I have worked with Jim Hinkle for a period of nearly twenty years on numerous deals of differing size and complexity. …his knowledge of the business is excellent and his insight providing management guidance or tax advice is beneficial to his clients….”

Tucker Perkins - PERC

Jeffrey Law - Product Manager Virtus Partners LLC:

Jim provided us with outstanding advice and valuations when we sought appraisals for three petroleum related entities and related real estate holding companies. His knowledge of the petroleum industry was evident in his succinct and objective financial analysis and his insights proved to be quite shrewd. Above all he is prompt, thorough, and responsive to his clients.

Jeffrey Law - Product Manager Virtus Partners LLC

Joseph Calhoun - Business Development Manager at TransTech Energy:

"Jim Hinkle represents his clients well and has an in depth understanding of the energy business. In a world where people question the added value of a consultant, Jim delivers an added value in the acquisition process to both the buying and selling companies. I have enjoyed working with Jim and recommend his work to others."

Joseph Calhoun - Business Development Manager at TransTech Energy

Dave Cunningham - President at Bold Shore Energy, LLC:

Jim Hinkle represented several companies that we were interested in acquiring. ...Jim went above and beyond the requirements to get us the extra details, and everything we needed to know. Because of Jim's thoroughness, we were able to provide precise purchase price offers. In addition, he remained directly involved throughout the entire acquisition process. As a result, he was able to be of great service to both the buyer and seller in resolving any issues that developed. Jim was always a pleasure to work with..

Dave Cunningham - President at Bold Shore Energy, LLC