Reno Business Brokers

Buzz Harris

Phone: (775) 813-3734

Professional Affiliations:

Buzz is a graduate of University of Nevada and 35 year resident of Nevada. He spent 25 years as a public affairs and government relations professional representing businesses in various sectors before joining The Liberty Group of Nevada. Buzz has owned, operated, and managed several businesses giving him a strong business background and experience to understand and assist both buyer and sellers. Buzz is a licensed Business Broker in Nevada.

Current Listings:
  Services - Cat and Dog Supplies
  Building and Construction - Electrician
  Financial - Bookkeeping
  Food and Beverage - Restaurant
  Arts, Entertainment & Recreation - Photo Booth Event Services Company

Brad Bottoset


Professional Affiliations:

Brad is a graduate from the University of Windsor and his 25 year career has included management positions in manufacturing, sales and marketing in both the United States and Canada. He has successfully brokered business transactions ranging from daycares to trucking companies, contractors to nationally recognized franchises. Brad is certified to provide ExiTrak services, an innovative method that prepares companies for a Strategic sale. He has worked directly with the State of Nevada Real Estate Division to develop the guidelines and tests to be accredited as a Licensed Business Broker in Nevada and is a founding Director of the Nevada Business Brokers Association whose fundamental goal is to raise the professionalism of Business Brokers in the State. Brad is a licensed Business and Real Estate Broker in Nevada.

Current Listings:
  Building and Construction - Paving and Maintenance
  Arts, Entertainment & Recreation - Arcade Games
  Food and Beverage - 2 Delis
  Arts, Entertainment & Recreation - Escape Room
  Food and Beverage - Restaurant and Brewery
  Restaurants - Restaurant w/Brewery & CRE
  Services - Franchised Cleaning & Disaster Restoration

Hollie Bottoset


Professional Affiliations:

Hollie's professional career, which has included working for a variety of national companies with responsibilities in purchasing, manufacturing, marketing, distribution, and finance gives her a well-rounded understanding of business operations. These attributes, combined with her knowledge of the northern Nevada market, experience with the business brokering process, and her intuitive nature will ensure a smooth transaction for any buyer or seller. Hollie is a licensed Business Broker in Nevada.

Current Listings:
  Wholesale & Distribution - Electrical lighting
  Pizza - Pizza and Wings: featured on Diners Drive Ins and Dives

Kelly Higgins

Phone: (775) 934-5100

Professional Affiliations:

Kelly graduated in 1991, University of Nevada, Reno, with a degree in Marketing. He began his professional career in 1995 obtaining his Real Estate Appraisal License and Real Estate Broker/Salesmen License. Kelly purchased Drake Appraisal Service in 1999 and added Investorbs Realty in 2003, located in Elko, NV. His extensive understanding of valuation, experience in negotiations, and commitment to a high level of customer service will endear him to both buying and selling clients. Kelly is a licensed Real Estate Broker and Certified Residential Appraiser in Nevada.

Current Listings:
  Building and Construction - Contractor
  Internet, Software & Technology - Computer Repair
  Publishing, Printing and Graphic Arts - Home-Based Business

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:
  Gas stations - Gas Station and Convenience Store
  High Tech - Manufacturer, Optical Products
  Beauty Salons and Spas - Massage Spa and Nail Salon
  Building and Construction - Windows Installer
  Services - Retail Enviroments & Displays
  Education and Day Care - Preschool
  Building and Construction - Nursery with Landscape Design Contractor
  Business (or Biz to Biz) - Share Office Space
  Professional - Building Restoration Service
  Franchises - Retail Tire Store
  Franchises - Retail Tire Store

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