Pleasant Hill Business Brokers

Tony Moran, CBI


Phone: 925-890-3000

Professional Affiliations:
CABB, IBBA, M&A Source

Tony has earned the trust and respect of his clients during his 25-year career in the business brokerage. He has been involved in over 200 transactions and his production is consistently ranked in the top tier of the industry. Tony's wealth of knowledge allows him to provide the superb personal service and business insights that his customers have come to rely upon. He works closely with clients to truly understand the unique aspects of their personal and business needs.

Tony earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Chico State University. In 1998 he was awarded the highly coveted designation of Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) by the International Association of Business Brokers, the largest association of business brokers in the country. This designation has been the recognized symbol of professionalism in the business brokerage industry. In addition he has served as President of the California Association of Business Brokers and has been actively involved in the IBBA. He is a popular speaker to professional groups and industry conferences.

Tony has two children, Isabel (16) and Lucas (18). He enjoys cycling, hiking, boating, reading and spending as much time as possible with friends and family.

Current Listings:
  Arts, Entertainment & Recreation - Child Play Center 2 locations
  Wholesale & Distribution - Construction Supply wholesale

Jim Marshall


Phone: 925-382-3971

Professional Affiliations:
California DRE Real Estate Sales License, California DBW Yacht & Ship Sales License

Jim Marshall is an experienced business leader with core competencies in company formation and leadership, business turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions, primarily in high-technology product development and manufacturing industries. Following a successful career of more than 36 years in the microelectronics and semiconductor equipment industry, Mr. Marshall purchased and operated a durable medical equipment business which he sold in 2012. Jim joined Business Team in the Pleasant Hill office in January 2013. Mr. Marshall received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering, with Honors from Stanford University. He began his career as a Mechanical Engineer at Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, CA. Mr. Marshall advanced his career through engineering and product management roles into general management and senior management, working for several companies including Hewlett-Packard Labs, Eaton Semiconductor Equipment, Applied Materials (AMAT), American Semiconductor Equipment (ASET), MESA Technology, Silicon Valley Group (SVG), Plasma & Materials Technology (PMAT), Matrix Integrated Systems, Vitex Systems, American Integration Technologies(AIT) and Berkeley Process Control. Since 1988, Mr. Marshall has held positions as Chief Operating Officer, President, CEO and Chairman at the various companies he has served. During his career, Jim has served in senior management positions at three start-up companies, co-founding one firm (MESA) and helping lead another (PMAT) to and through a successful initial public offering. Jim has also been tapped to lead turnaround efforts at three companies, guiding one company (ASET) through an orderly wind-down of operations and leading another (Matrix) through a successful recapture of competitive market position driven by new products over a seven year period and two industry downturns ultimately leading to a merger with Axcelis (ACLS). As a small business owner, Mr. Marshall has direct hands-on experience in the acquisition, management and sale of a business encompassing both asset purchase and stock sale transactions. At Business Team, Mr. Marshall has leveraged his extensive business background and experience in mergers and acquisitions to assist both buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of businesses.

Current Listings:
  Building and Construction - HVAC Contractor
  Auto repair - General Auto Repair

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Massoud Ebrahimi

Phone: (510)910-3500

Professional Affiliations:

Massoud has been successfully selling businesses for 37 years with 26 years of them with Business Team. His academic background covers a wide spectrum of subjects and studies from a Diploma in Biology to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and M.B.A courses in Management, Economics and Marketing. Massoud is fluent both in Farsi and English. He has owned and successfully run his own business for over 23 years. His extensive experience in business brokerage which has involved successfully selling hundreds of businesses from a small retail store to a large service, manufacturing and distribution companies has enabled Massoud to understand and identify with the needs and concerns of both buyers and sellers whether it is their first transaction or they are experienced corporate officers. His honesty, integrity, knowledge and negotiating skills has resulted in an enviable track record in closing deals and has invariably ranked among top ten associates in Business Team. Massoud is committed to his profession and feels a personal responsibility for each client. Expect Excellence, Integrity, Professionalism and results. For a free consultation regarding buying, selling or an opinion of value on a business, call Massoud at (510) 910¬-3500 or by email Massoud

Ian MacLachlan


Phone: (408) 316-5198

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

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:
  Building and Construction - Windows Installer
  Miscellaneous - Landscape Designer
  Building and Construction - Roofing Contractor
  Health and Medical - Pharmaceutical startup company
  Services - Automobile Repairing & Service
  Retail - Mailbox rental and services
  Food and Beverage - Online Wine Shop
  Auto - Auto Parts Distributor
  Retail - Pet and Farm Feed store
  Building and Construction - Residential custom stonework
  Health and Medical - Medical equipment sales
  Services - Pest Control

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