San Francisco Business Brokers

Mitchell Levin

Phone: (415) 846-9047

Professional Affiliations:
California Real Estate Agent, Shipping Broker

Mitchell brings 30 years of entrepreneurial business experience to BTI Group as an owner of a successful shipping brokerage and the party to buying, building, and selling of businesses in the transportation sector. He understands what it takes to build and run a successful business and has a strong understanding of interpreting value for both selling or vertical integration for acquisition. A sharp negotiator, if there is a deal to be done, Mitchell can close it. Other areas of expertise are in the Fashion, Wholesale, Import/Export arena in Ladies Accessories where Mitchell owned and operated both wholesale and retail merchandising companies working closely with over 500 in house accounts. He also has the expertise as a buyer in the Accessories business with Showrooms in New York, Miami Merchandise Mart, and the Atlanta Merchandise Mart. Mitchell also has extensive experience in the Auto Industry buying vehicles, restoring them, and remarketing them. Mitchell is determined to build strong relationships with his clients connecting buyers and sellers with a sound business acquisition or sale opportunities. He prides himself on applying Ethics, Virtue, and Eastern Philosophy to his business and personal life. Mitchell in his private time enjoys hiking and has been training in Internal Kung-Fu for over 40 years. Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in History from Rutger University.

Current Listings:
  Restaurants - Restaurant and Catering
  Retail - Tanning Salon Retail

Jack Chung, VP

Phone: (415) 227-4411 x 323

Professional Affiliations:

Jack currently manages the team of agents in the San Francisco office. He has worked on a variety of transactions in many different industries, specializing in wholesale, distribution and service companies, of all sizes. Jack takes a hands-on approach and is eager to learn all the different aspects of the companies to better represent his clients. He will be involved in the opinion of market value, marketing, buyer qualification, negotiations, escrow and post-sale process. He looks forward to partnering with you in the possible sale or purchase of a company. He has previously worked in telecommunications, retail, real estate and IT. Jack graduated with a BA in International Business from San Francisco State University and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. In his spare time, Jack loves snowboarding and cheering on the Golden State Warriors with his 3 dachshunds. Jack can be contacted at 415-227-4411 ext 323 or

Current Listings:
  Building and Construction - Building Contractor & Engineering
  Publishing, Printing and Graphic Arts -
  Wholesale & Distribution - Sporting Goods Wholesale/Distribution
  Services - Interpretation and Translation Company
  Services - Commercial Equipment Repair
  Personal - Fitness & Wellness Studio
  Unspecified - Residential Cleaning Service
  Real Estate - Industrial/Warehouse Property
  Miscellaneous - Retail Pet Supplies
  Restaurants - Restaurant and Catering

Donald Baum, Managing Director (CBB, JD, Broker)

Phone: 415-930-4670

Professional Affiliations:
State Bar of California, The Elks, California Real Estate Broker, CABB, Olympic Club

Don brings a wealth of negotiation and closing experience to help clients in the merger, sale or acquisition of businesses throughout California. A licensed broker, attorney and Certified Business Broker with expertise in accentuating value of ongoing operations, Don has helped negotiate and close over $1B in transactions over his career. Don remains an active owner and investor himself, providing invaluable insight and acumen essential to his ability to assist clients in their business and investment endeavors. Don's team provides his clients an unparalleled platform proven in the results: BTI Group is the West Coast's leader in successful transactions. What can Don and his team do for you?

Current Listings:
  Building and Construction - Electrical Contractor
  Building and Construction - Electrical Contractor
  Services - Staging Company
  Real Estate - Industrial/Warehouse Property
  Services - Mobile Pet Grooming +
  Internet, Software & Technology - Software Application
  Business (or Biz to Biz) - Bay Area Sailing Excursions
  Cafes & Delis - 2 Vegetarian Cuisine Cafes

Bal Raj Capur

Phone: 415-994-0384

Professional Affiliations:
B. Tech(Hons), MIEI

For over nine years Bal Raj managed the Acquisitions and Mergers, Venture Capital Investment, Evaluation, and Restructuring / Rehabilitation functions at the Venture Capital Investment firm funded by the International Finance Corporation (World Bank), Investors in Industry (Bank of England), the Aga Khan Foundation for Economic Development, US-AID, DEG from Germany and other international financial institutions. As the Managing Director, Director and Chief Executive / General Manager in large business groups for over fifteen years, Bal Raj managed company operations, formulated and implemented successful corporate strategies to effectively meet the change and challenge of diverse markets. In addition to obtaining an Honors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Bal Raj participated in several management and marketing programs at recognized institutions. In view of his senior level business experience in various sectors, Bal Raj is able to provide the synergy required for satisfactory business acquisitions.

James A. Todd


Phone: 650-346-8186

Professional Affiliations:

After an almost thirty year career in IT / Telecommunications culminating in a European IT Director position with a Boston MA based company and having the responsibility of establishing and deploying IT requirements in five European locations, James made a major career change and went onto gain valuable entrepreneurial experiences in Hotel / Restaurant / Bar ownership, Luxury Jewelry design store ownership, Art Gallery ownership and high end sales in the Exotic Automobile arena. With his varied global management and business skill set he feels that he has acquired not only the knowledge and tenacity to get things moving but the empathy to understand the challenges and endurance it takes to purchase and grow a business.

Current Listings:
  Building and Construction - Exceptional Building Products Supplier
  Business (or Biz to Biz) - Home Furnishing / Blinds
  Beauty Salons and Spas - Hair Salon / Spa
  Retail - Florist
  Publishing, Printing and Graphic Arts - Print Broker
  Beauty Salons and Spas - Hair Salon
  Personal - Airport Shuttle Service
  Education and Day Care - Tech.Camp
  Services - Dog Walking / Pet Sitting
  Personal - Yoga Studio
  Food and Beverage - Established Bakery
  Services - Petcare
  Staffing, Recruitment & Consulting - Recruitment Business
  Health and Medical - Relationship Therapist
  Health and Medical - Pilates Studio

Michael Hamilton

Phone: 925-337-5204

Professional Affiliations:

Michael has had a progressive career in diverse entrepreneurial and corporate industries. Specialist in purchasing, materials/logistics, and administrative planning and process improvement. Strong points- initiative, persistence, and innovative problem-solving. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills which help him focus on understanding his client’s goals. Michael holds a Bachelors Degree from CSU Hayward in Political Science.

Current Listings:
  Furniture & Appliances - Mattress Manufacturer and Retailer
  Staffing, Recruitment & Consulting - Technical Staffing Company
  Building and Construction - Data Cable Installer
  Internet, Software & Technology - Data Cable Installer
  Publishing, Printing and Graphic Arts - Commercial Printer

Ian MacLachlan


Phone: (408) 316-5198

Professional Affiliations:
Professional Affiliations: IBBA (past board member), CABB (past president)

Mr. MacLachlan is the President and founder of BTI Group (1981), the largest regional intermediary for small and mid-sized businesses, with 10 offices in the Western United States and over 5,300 completed transactions. He is qualified as an expert witness in California Superior Court.

Prior to founding BTI Group, Ian started a chain of motorcycle dealerships which he built into the largest Kawasaki dealer in the U.S. The experience of selling it prompted him to enter the merger and acquisition profession.

He is a founder, past President, and former Director of the California Association of Business Brokers, a past Director and current member of the International Business Brokers Association, and a member of M&A Source. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

Ian received a degree in physics from San Jose State University.

Current Listings:
  Furniture & Appliances - Furniture
  E-Commerce & Mail Order - Online Vegan Meals
  Wholesale & Distribution - Distribution
  Personal - Skin Care
  Metal - Machine Shop

Reference Letters

When it came time to sell my electronic waste recycling company, PC Recycle, I contacted the broker who had sold a similar business I owned in Seattle a number years ago and he referred me to Ian and Business Team. (incidentally he was a former Business Team employee).

We soon had a number of interested buyers from within the industry but the eventually buyer, outside the industry, was a former client of Ian's who agreed to pay my asking price (actually paid me a little bit more) and the transaction closed in two months. Ian, with the assistance of Marion (Business Team transaction manager) presented the deal to a number of SBA lenders and was able to find the one bank able to overcome a major challenge (Buyer's net worth exceeded SBA guidelines).

Ian was very helpful in the negotiations from start to finish and I can heartily recommend him to any business owners planning to retire.

Farhad Saifyan, Seller
I wanted to give you and your company, Business Team, a letter of recommendation for assisting in the sale of my business. You worked hard and did not give up. You brought me a number of prospective buyers and lots of good advice. Your team members were tirelessly finding prospective buyers for me to meet with. I was pleased with the outcome and the hard work it took to find the right buyer for me as I had requirements that were not just monetary.

Thanks so much

Jane Groner
Founder of Pacific Placement Group
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thanks for your efforts over the past year. When we first met in February of 2002, you gave me a probable scenario of who would buy my business, how long it would take, and how much I could expect to sell it for. It appeared as if you were looking into a crystal ball, because you were correct in all cases. Your company did a great job with my greatest concern, letting the buyers know we were for sale without letting our competition know. The Sale was kept quiet up until the Very end.

Both you and Richard made the transition process very easy. Elaine was always on top of the details. Toni at Commercial Escrow was a pleasure to work with and made the paperwork part of the sale very simple.

Now that the sale is public, I have had people ask me how we found the buyer and how we advertised. I explained that your company took care of everything. I have given your name out to several people already. You may be getting some calls.

Thanks again Ian for delivering what you said you would.

Best Regards,
David L. McCoy, Former Owner Compass Rose Yacht Charters, LLC
It has been over a month now since my business, Flexstar Technology, was acquired by the Audax Group. After completing my transitional duties, I have been enjoying my days at home with my wife, improving my golf game and I have also been reflecting upon the service and professionalism demonstrated by you and the team at BTI.

As you know, I have been involved in the sale or purchase of Flexstar on five separate occasions. Perhaps more so than some of your other clients, I am very acquainted with the process including the stress and aggravation that accompany it. Selling a business is a lot of work; not an easy task, BTI produced a continuous stream of buyers. We were under an LOI with Golden Gate Capital and then the eventual buyer, Audax, practically since the start of our engagement agreement.

Throughout the transaction, I appreciated your calm and steady demeanor especially at the eleventh hour when what appeared to me to be a fatal development occurred. You remained convinced of the value of Flexstar, and you brought me several million dollars more than I had anticipated

Thank you again for all of your efforts. Should you need a reference please don't hesitate to contact me.

Eric Vergari
Former President, Flexstar Technology