M&A Owners Group
National coverage with a local touch
DeGroot, M&AMI, CBI, CMEA
2020 Charlotte Street, Suite 1
Bozeman, MT 59718
Bryce DeGroot has been President of Compass Advisors since 2004 where he
leads the M&A process for privately held companies across the country.
Bryce served on the Board of Directors (2013-2015 term) of the M&A
Source, an international association of more than 300 M&A professionals. He
is a Merger & Acquisition Master Intermediary (M&AMI) as granted by the M&A
Source. He also holds a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation as
granted by the IBBA. He is a Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraiser
(CMEA) and he has held an active real estate license in Montana since 2005.
Bryce graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree
from Heriot-Watt University. He has guest lectured at Montana State
University and his writings have been published by numerous publications,
including the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA).
Bryce is a third-generation merger and acquisition advisor.
M. Bushkie, CBI, M&AMI
Founding Principal, President
Cornerstone Business Services, Inc.
200 South Washington, Suite 205
Bay, WI 54301
Cornerstone Business Services, Inc. in the economic tumult of 2001 and
celebrated its 15-year anniversary in 2016. He didn’t survive some of the
industry’s most trying years by chance. He did it by adhering to one
simple philosophy: Honest conversations, superior results.
Today Cornerstone is one of the largest lower middle market firms in Wisconsin.
Operating from offices in Wisconsin and Iowa, its associates have completed
several hundred million in sales. The company fields worldwide interest in
client opportunities and has led transactions with buyers and sellers based in
Europe, Asia and Russia.
A thought-leader in the industry, Scott developed the Cornerstone
process to offer investment banking M&A level services to the lower middle
market. The result is a closing rate that’s more than double the national
Scott has authored numerous articles on M&A best practices, and his work is
syndicated in regional publications. He is a sought-after expert on the
Midwest M&A market and has been quoted in some of the nation’s most respected
newspapers including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los
Angeles Times. As a speaker, he has engaged audiences from national
organizations to local trade groups and international delegations.
Afinowich, CBI, M&AMI
Founding Principal, Designated Broker
Fox & Fin Financial Group, L.C.
7333 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 200
Scottsdale AZ 85258
With more than 25 years of successful experience in selling businesses, Jim adds further depth to the leadership team. A Certified Business Intermediary, he too has achieved the highest level of accreditation in the industry. Jim has owned more than 15 businesses, which gives him first-hand experience in the manufacturing, marketing, publishing and international trade sectors. Jim is a member of the M&A Source, and a fellow and past President of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA), the profession's largest trade association. Jim also has provided expert-witness service in a variety of court cases relating to business transfers.
Ronald V. Chernak
First Business Brokers, LTD
303 South Cascade Avenue, Suite 200
Colorado Springs CO 80903
The team at FBB Group, Ltd., are Colorado’s experts when it comes to the sale
of privately owned businesses located throughout Colorado’s Front Range. Not
only do we assist business owners with the sales process, including listing your
business for sale in Colorado Springs, Denver, and throughout Colorado’s Front
Range, and help them sell their business, our business intermediaries also
assist buyers that are looking for a business to purchase in Colorado.
Established by Ronald V. Chernak, CBI, M&AMI, Fellow of the IBBA, The FBB
Group is Colorado’s Premier M&A Advisory Firm, inspiring business
relationships since 1982! Representing privately owned businesses, our
expert Business Intermediaries in Denver and Colorado Springs have completed
over 1,000 transactions spanning a wide variety of industries.
MBA, CBI, M&AMI, Fellow of The M&A Source
IBG Business, The Oil & Gas Advisor, & BluestemUSA
Place Building, Suite 125
Tulsa, OK 74135
- http://OilGasAdvisor.com -
John is a petroleum engineer, holds an MBA and the Mergers & Acquisition
Master Intermediary certification. His early career included work at Fortune
100 companies where he was active in acquisitions, valuations, management, and
strategy planning. He owned a start-up distribution business and grew it to
nearly $15M in revenues before selling to a strategic acquirer.
John is a founder and managing partner of IBG Business, The Oil &
Gas Advisor and BluestemUSA, complementary firms which work together to
provide business owners with unsurpassed acquisition and divestiture
services as M&A brokers and advisors. He has been a full-time M&A Broker &
Advisor for three decades. John received numerous professional
distinctions, such as the The M&A Source’s Darrell Fouts Award for visionary
leadership and contributions, and the Tom West and Chairman’s Awards from
IBBA. The US Small Business Administration awarded John as “Financial
Services Advocate of the Year” for his state, and was finalist as Tulsa’s
Small Business Person of the Year. John served as IBBA's President and
Chair of The M&A Source.
Ron C. Johnson, CBI, M&AMI, CBB, Fellow of the IBBA
ABI Business Sales
125 Ryan Industrial Ct., Suite 100
San Ramon, CA 94583
Ron is the Chairman and Principal of ABI
Business Sales, Mergers & Acquisitions, which was established in San Ramon, CA,
in 1984. He has been the intermediary in over 100 transactions since entering
the profession in 1991, and has managed hundreds of additional transactions for
his associates. Graduating from Long Beach State University with a degree in
mathematics, he was a founding principal of Onyx Associates (a "sister" M&A firm
to ABI, now incorporated under the existing ABI banner and name).
Ron has served 10 years on the Board of Directors of the California
Association of Business Brokers (CABB), and spent two terms as CABB’s
President as well as Chairman of CABB’s Education Committee, Governmental
Relations Committee and Nominating Committee. He has garnered professional
recognition nationwide, and is a two-time recipient of the "CABB President's
Award". Ron served as the 2007 Chairman of the International Business
Brokers Association (IBBA), the world's largest professional association of
business brokers and M&A intermediaries, and has chaired the IBBA's
Affiliates Committee, Conference Planning Committee, Finance Committee and
Nominating Committee; he recently completed his six year term on the IBBA
Board of Directors.
Ron teaches IBBA course 301 – Introduction to Mergers &
Acquisitions, and is a frequent contributor to business brokerage
professional journals, publications and websites. His leadership roles in
the IBBA and the CABB have added extensively to his network of highly
skilled dealmakers and private equity groups, continuously enhancing the
array of new ideas for marketing and selling businesses.
Papay, CBI, M&AMI, CMEA
Founder & Managing Partner
IBG Business, The Oil & Gas Advisor, &CK Business Consultants, Inc.
114 S. Railroad Street
Hughesville, PA 17737
Gary is a Professional Intermediary and Business Appraiser specializing
in the sale and transfer of oil and gas related mid-market companies since
1976. Gary has attained the professional designations of Certified Business
Intermediary (CBI), and Merger and Acquisition Master Intermediary (M&AMI)
with the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) and the M&A
Source, the world's largest international organization of experienced,
dedicated Merger and Acquisition Intermediaries representing the middle
market. Gary is also a Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraiser/Broker
(CMEA) with the National Equipment & Business Brokers Institute (NEBB).
Gary is the recipient of several prestigious awards including Fellow of
the IBBA and M&A Source, the IBBA Chairman's Award, and the Tom West Award
presented by the International Business Brokers Association in recognition
of years of communicating and promoting the goals and ethics of the IBBA and
the business brokering profession.
Gary is a published contributor for industry publications and has been a
guest speaker at industry conferences throughout the country. Gary has
been designated an Industry Expert in the oil & gas field by Business
A graduate of Albright College, Gary is an active member of the M&A
Source www.masource.org serving as
secretary of the Board and as Chair of the Credentialing Committee. Gary has
served and/or is currently serving in leadership positions on a number of
boards and organizations including the National Propane Gas Association
(NPGA), IBBA, the Church of the Resurrection Planning and Finance Committees
and the Wolf Twp. Planning Commission. Gary is married with 3 daughters and
is an active Rotarian.
Rocco J. Pezza
New England Brokerage Corporation
50 Exchange Terrace
Providence RI 02903
There is a common thread among people who have had the opportunity to
work with Rocco: that they want him to stick around even after the deal is
done. Some say it is his uncanny ability to see around the corner and
warn of a potential pitfall. Others say it is the tenacity he brings
to everything he does, especially for his clients. And yet others
claim it is the calm, sensible and reassuring way he will walk a buyer and
seller through even the most difficult negotiations. For over 22
years, Rocco has led NEBC’s clients through the fulfilling, challenging and
sometimes intensely personal acquisition and divestiture process. He
is a credit to his profession, having received the highly coveted CBI
designation and named a fellow of the International Business Brokers
Association (IBBA). Rocco also sits on many industry boards and
presents regularly to trade groups of all kinds. In addition, and
perhaps key affirmation of his worth to the companies he has guided, he
serves on the Board of Directors of several of those same companies.
Rocco Pezza will bring intellectual integrity and a proven process approach
to each opportunity-and will be successful in helping buyers and sellers
realize their personal and professional objectives.
Erich K. Schmid
Business Intermediary Services
38 Timber Lane
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926-1079
Business Intermediary Services, Ltd. specializes in middle-market
transactions (companies with a transaction value between $10 million and $50
million). We are a full-service firm providing the necessary expertise to
successfully complete the transaction. We offer Business Brokerage
Services, Business Appraisal Services and Consulting. Business Intermediary
Services, Ltd. specializes in middle-market transactions (companies with a
transaction value between $10 million and $50 million). We are a
full-service firm providing the necessary expertise to successfully complete
the transaction. We offer Business Brokerage Services, Business Appraisal
Services and Consulting.
Zayac, CBI, M&AMI
IBG Business Services, Inc.
6455 South Yosemite Street
Greenwood Village CO 80111
John R. Zayac founded IBG Business Services, Inc. in 1982 to provide the mid-market business seller with the same level of resources and sophisticated services traditionally reserved for firms valued over $100 million. Over the last fifteen years, Zayac has built IBG into the industry's most comprehensive provider of valuation analysis, strategic planning, marketing, and transaction structuring services for mid-market business sellers. In addition to his responsibilities as founder and CEO of IBG, Zayac has owned and operated a variety of businesses, including a printing company, an automobile importing agency, and a chain of car washes. Zayac's success as a business intermediary includes hundreds of completed transactions with a combined value exceeding $300 million.