San Francisco Business Brokers

Carson Lee

Phone: (415) 480-4911
Email:
carson@business-team.com

Professional Affiliations:

Background/Experience:
After earning a business degree in 1998 from the University of California, Carson started a number of small businesses. His portfolio includes a food services operation, a regional home services business, and an online lead generation business. Carson takes pride in having grown each of these businesses through the use of comprehensive online marketing, social media, and industry technologies. Carson is a licensed real estate agent in the state of California. His clients know him to be responsive, tireless, and highly motivated. Please contact Carson at: cell (415) 480-4911, or carson@business-team.com


Bal Raj Capur

Phone: 415-994-0384
Email:
brmcapur@gmail.com

Professional Affiliations:
B. Tech(Hons), MIEI

Background/Experience:
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.


Michael Hamilton

2020

Phone: 925-337-5204
Email:
mhamilton@business-team.com

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Background/Experience:
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:
  Clothing - Retail

James A. Todd

Phone: 650-346-8186
Email:
james@business-team.com

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Background/Experience:
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
  Miscellaneous - Virtual Motorcycle Parts

Ahmed Refai

Phone: (415) 930 4690
Email:
refai@business-team.com

Professional Affiliations:

Background/Experience:
Refai is a high-performing professional with deep expertise in scaling customer relationships generating revenue through customer-focused business development efforts. He is a trusted advisor to clients with global expertise creating new business opportunities, producing significant expansion for existing customers, new clients, and business partners. He engages with key decision-makers and sets an exit plan strategy for qualified sellers.

Refai graduated with a BA in Electrical Engineering from Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport in Egypt and held an MBA in International Business from Lincoln University, CA. Also, he completed Marketing Metrics and ROI program at UC Berkeley. Multilingual with proficiency in English and Arabic. In his spare time, he loves playing tennis and running.

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Current Listings:
  Retail - Retail Footwear and Orthotics
  Body Shops - Collision & Paint
  Services - Digital Printing Supplies and Services

Jack Chung, VP

2020

Phone: (415) 227-4411
Email:
jchung@business-team.com

Professional Affiliations:
n/a

Background/Experience:
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 jchung@business-team.com.

Current Listings:
  Health and Medical - Massage / Bodyworks
  Beauty Salons and Spas - Full Service Hair Salon
  Health and Medical - Kickboxing Gym
  Retail - Retail Footwear and Orthotics
  Beauty Salons and Spas - Full Service Hair Salon
  Miscellaneous - Jewelry Store
  Restaurants - Restaurants
  Body Shops - Collision & Paint
  Dry Cleaning and Laundry - Coin-Op Laundry
  Services - Digital Printing Supplies and Services

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

2020

Phone: 415-215-1330
Email:
don@donbaum.com

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

Background/Experience:
Don brings a wealth of negotiation and closing experience to help clients in the merger, sale or acquisition of business and real estate ventures. A licensed attorney, real estate broker and certified business broker with expertise in accentuating the value of ongoing operations, Don has helped successfully close well over $1B in transaction value over his career. Don’s BTI Group team provides an unparalleled platform to help clients maximize their investment return in their business and real estate ventures. Prior to joining BTI Group, Don served in senior executive roles with Property Sciences, Ascent Property Investments and Marcus & Millichap, where as General Counsel of Pacific Property Company, Don helped start and build one of the West Coast’s largest institutional investment sponsors. Don began his legal career with real estate experts Miller, Starr & Regalia representing developers, financial institutions, and commercial property owners in all facets of their operations before joining Marcus & Millichap’s executive team. Before law school, Don led the multi-state marketing efforts of industrial coatings and labeling manufacturer The Brady Company through a multi-state network of distributors after graduation from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Don remains an active business owner and investor himself, providing invaluable insight and acumen essential to his ability to assist clients in their business ventures and investment endeavors. Don's team provides clients a success-based d marketing platform proven in our results: We are the West Coast's leader in successful transactions. What can Don and his team do for you?

Current Listings:
  Business (or Biz to Biz) - Bay Area Sailing Excursions
  Building and Construction - Electric & Construction
  Building and Construction - C-10 Electrical Contractor
  Professional - Service of Process/Legal Document Services

Robert James

Phone: 415.930.4801
Email:
rjames@business-team.com

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Background/Experience:
Robert is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. In his 25 year sales career he has closed deals totaling more than $135M in revenue across a variety of industries including software, computer hardware, automotive, telecommunications, healthcare and financial services. His current listings include construction, hazardous materials management, animal care, commercial equipment repair, and commercial cleaning services.

Current Listings:
  Business (or Biz to Biz) - Inspection
  Wholesale & Distribution -

Ian MacLachlan

2020

Phone: (408) 316-5198
Email:
ian@business-team.com

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

Background/Experience:
Ian MacLachlan received his B.S. in Physics from San Jose University. He founded Grand Prix, a manufacturer and mail-order business for specialty motorcycle parts as well as a chain of Kawasaki dealerships. In 1977 GPC was the largest chain of Kawasaki dealerships in the U.S. After selling GPC through a business broker, he became involved in the business brokerage industry founding Business Team -the largest business brokerage firm in the Western United States. Business Team has arranged the sale of over 7000 companies to date.

Ian is a co-founder and past chairman of the California Association of Business Brokers, has previously served on the Board of Directors of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA), and is a frequent speaker at IBBA conventions. He is also a member of M&A Source.

He has been qualified as an expert witness in business valuation and standard of care by the California Superior Court.

Current Listings:
  High Tech - Manufacturer, Optical Products
  Manufacturing - Mixed use Mfg. Warehouse Office
  Services - Precision Metal Forming
  Wholesale & Distribution - Kitchen Design & Assembly, 3 locations
  Professional - Shipping, Mailboxes & Packaging Service

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.

Sincerely,
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

Sincerely,
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.

Sincerely,
Eric Vergari
Former President, Flexstar Technology