Upcoming Event

Reading the Fine Print: What do Auditors and Investors have in common?

January 18, 2022 // 9:00am – 10:30am CST

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Join us for a discussion of the practical things you can do in January to set your business up for success (and not a surprise!)

In this practical, enlightening, truth-telling session, Sherrill Lester will talk about her experiences as a successful entrepreneur for the past several decades (shhh!). She’s learned some tough lessons the hard way on things she could have easily done to protect herself and her business. And she’s willing to share that with us!

Auditors and Investors both look for the same things – clean books, transparency, understanding of your books and your business. QMF is ISO certified and so she believed their books were about as clean as you can get! And still …

Come to this discussion to find out some quick, easy things you can do today to protect yourself and your business, have your books in order, and be ready for an audit or to impress an investor!

If you are a business owner, founder or CEO, please join us at this month’s The Family Business Forum on Jan 18, 2022 from 9-10:30am CST!

After registration, a Zoom link/calendar invite will be emailed to you. If you do not get it, or have other questions, please reach out to Sandi@ApexCatalystGroup.com. We look forward to seeing you!

This is a forum for the CEO, business owner, or founder only to give us a place to talk with others in similar situations about common issues. Join us!


Sherrill Lester and her husband, Steve, purchased QMF Steel in 1994.

QMF provides aluminum, stainless and steel materials to TXDOT and NTTA through managed multi-year contracts, manufactured materials to OEMS and the DOJ through managed multi-year contracts, and fabricated structural and architectural metal products to companies in commercial and highway construction.

Our work takes us across Texas and the US. QMF Employs 42 people and has 60,000 sq. ft. of inventory, production and storage space on 5 acres east of Dallas off I-30.

QMF is the winner of the 2017 SBA National Prime Contractor of the Year Award and was visited by Linda McMahon the recent cabinet member and SBA Administrator.

Sherrill Lester is President of QMF Steel and a 2015 Cohort 2 graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program. She also attended the Surge & Grow program in 2019.

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