About BTS

We are a team of consultants who are dedicated to helping business owners start and protect their businesses.


Our goal as consultants is to provide you the information needed to make informed decisions pertaining to your specific situation. There is no one way to create and run a business, and together we will discuss and explore the options that best meet your needs in moving forward with your goals.


We are your advocate, partner and support system. As your allies, it is a mutual relationship and the most effective way for us to succeed is to work together toward your goals. We are excited to be part of this big step in your career, and you will find that we become teammates with you.

Leadership Team

Dennis Leininger, CEPA, ASBC, CPC

President | dennis@btsplan.com | 515-216-5460

"Helping business owners is a passion of mine.  I respect the total involvement others have for their businesses because I feel the same commitment toward mine."


Dennis Leininger brings 35 years of experience in setting-up businesses, evaluating and assimilating acquisitions and mergers, running offices and consulting with business owners on best practices for small business operations.  Dennis has successfully built several businesses from the ground up. He has successfully sold businesses in the past and fully understands the complicated nature of structuring sale agreements to meet the goals of the seller. Dennis holds a CEPA designation (Certified Exit Planning Advisor).  This certification gives a unique perspective and background to its holders to lead business owners through the planning process for both Continuity Planning and Succession Planning. Additionally, Dennis holds the ASBC (Accredited Small Business Consultant) designation which along with his years of business experiences, positions BTS to guide clients on their business operations.

Brianna Umthun
Vice President | brianna@btsplan.com | 515-644-8988

“My motivation is fueled by supporting and inspiring strong leaders to achieve their goals.”


Brianna graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Leadership Studies. Prior to joining BTS as a Vice President, she worked for Des Moines-based companies where she gained valuable experience in managing business operations, organizational communication, human resources, continuous improvement, vendor management and project management. Brianna brings an incredibly positive attitude to all projects while making others feel empowered! She plays a large role in implementing strategic initiatives to support our clients’ success. She and her husband Ben have two children who keep them very busy with activities, but they make sure to find time to hit the golf course, bike trails, and enjoy the family’s lake house as often as they can.

Subject Matter Consultants to BTS

Mike Macri III, CCIM

Commercial Real-Estate Advisor


"My goal is to provide bespoke situational analysis for each client to reach their operational, qualitative and financial criteria to be used in evaluating and ranking their locational alternatives.  Once achieved, I work to confidentially engage in the site selection process to secure the site desired, without sacrificing confidentiality."

Mike Macri, III is Vice President at CBRE|Hubbell Commercial based in Des Moines, IA, specializing in complex lease negotiations, site analysis and selection, development, build-to-suits and tenant improvement ventures, tenant/buyer representation, 1031 exchanges, project feasibility studies, and economic development consultation. Mike brings his well-built reputation for creative and critical thinking that exemplifies his professionalism and ability to solve complex problems. He is responsible for nearly 2.0 million SF of development projects and properties in Iowa and the Des Moines metropolitan area on behalf of various Landlords and developers. Mike has built a working relationship with a multitude of investors, tenants, government agencies and developers nationwide with employees locally and globally. Mike currently serves as the Director of Real Estate for Business Transition Solutions for both the State and National site selection along with consulting for numerous Developers and Investors.

Rush Nigut, J.D.

Legal Counsel

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“I have always been drawn to work that involves business transactions. My experience allows me to provide practical and effective solutions for today’s corporate and entrepreneurial clients.”


Rush Nigut is a shareholder of Brick Gentry P.C. His practice focuses on business and franchise law, including both litigation and transactional matters. Some of Rush's services include shareholder disputes, intellectual property litigation, insurance and employment matters, negotiating and drafting business sale and purchase agreements, reviewing and drafting franchise agreements and disclosure documents, human resources and business risk management consulting. Rush is an experienced and trusted advisor to business executives, advising businesses in a wide-range of industries including technology and communications companies, franchise operations, banking and financial institutions, and contractors and manufacturers. Rush has served clients in the Des Moines legal community for nearly two decades. He is also a published blogger, who has garnered success and Internet popularity by providing exceptional insight into areas of practice that include Iowa Business Law, Employment Law and Franchise Law. Rush's blog has become one that his clients both follow and trust.

Drew Murray, CPA

Tax and Accounting Advisor

“I have supported multiple business sale transactions in my career and enjoy ensuring all opportunities from a tax perspective will be explored and all appropriate strategies deployed.”


Drew Murray is a Manager with the health care and real estate groups of CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) based in Des Moines, IA, specializing in business operations, business tax planning, and consulting services for health care organizations and real estate professionals. Drew also has focuses on mergers and acquisitions and tax planning for both owners and sellers to maximize outcomes for all. His M&A activity has been focused primarily on financial services, real estate and private physician groups. Drew relies on his ability to understand the current and future objectives of businesses and provide consultative approaches to increase the efficiency of the organization, both from an operations and tax planning perspective. His experiences in working with business owners allows him to approach each business opportunity while understanding the impact on the individual shareholders of the company. He relies on his tax planning expertise to maximize client outcomes and provide a proactive approach for his clients.