Los Angeles Business Brokers

Laurie D Cole

Phone: (949) 633-1612
Email:
laurie@business-team.com

Professional Affiliations:
CABB, IBBA

Background/Experience:
Laurie Cole brings a varied background of experience to Business Team. After earning her degree in Business Administration and Accounting, she worked for several years in real estate investment trusts and commercial real estate lending before taking a position as accounting manager for a chain of pizza restaurants. After taking a break to raise her family, Laurie returned to work as a legal administrator in a business litigation firm, providing the opportunity to experience a diverse assortment of business types and issues. During her 16-year tenure, she developed a depth of knowledge and appreciation for the importance of structure in a healthy business organization. A growing real estate portfolio led Laurie to obtain her broker’s license and eventually transition into residential real estate sales. The daily tools of real estate – evaluating the needs of buyers and sellers, marketing, negotiating, writing contracts, communicating with government agencies, solving problems to facilitate closing – built a solid foundation for excellence in business sales, mergers, and acquisitions.


Maty Guiza

Phone: (949) 302-6990
Email:
maty@business-team.com

Professional Affiliations:

Background/Experience:
‘Maty Guiza’ has been intricately involved in the financial services industry as a liaison to business clients for over 20 years. She has a diverse and comprehensive educational background with a bachelor’s degree from California State University Long Beach where Ms. Guiza remains involved. Ms. Guiza is a candidate for the MBA program at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA. Her expertise includes executive level C-Suite roles in private companies. Additionally, Ms. Guiza has held vice-president roles in fortune 100 banks as a business banker, private banker, relationship manager, commercial credit underwriter and licensed securities broker. Credited with extensive formal knowledge, Ms. Guiza has also held the position of trustee, Board President, and Financial Officer. Ms. Guiza currently owns her real estate brokerage and is responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as the property management needs of her clients. As a Business Broker with Business Team, Ms. Guiza exclusively works with privately held companies interested in selling or buying. Her experience and professionalism offer reliability and dependability to business owners through the sale or succession planning process. Ms. Guiza is board member to the Orange County Association of Realtors, Institute of Real Estate Management, Chambers of Commerce throughout Orange County and Los Angeles, member of various councils and additional various affiliations. License information under Matilde Guiza-Leimert.


Wen Chen Karkhanis

Phone: (310) 918-8169
Email:
wen@business-team.com

Professional Affiliations:

Background/Experience:
Wen is a licensed Business Broker and a Merger and Acquisition Advisor with Link Business. She is a member of the California Association of Business Brokers (CABB). Wen works closely with manufacturing business owners; fabric/garment, automotive, bus and heavy duty truck as well as business owners in wholesale, distribution and service company areas. No matter the size of the transaction Wen always treats each project with the same devotion, giving her best to each project with integrity and professionalism. Her problem solving skills and persistence allows for smooth transactions with fairness to all parties. Most recently she has closed deals including a major national brand truck/trailer manufacturer in the West Coast, auto parts distribution and many service companies based in Los Angeles. Wen came to the United States with a Chinese Bachelor's Degree in Food Management to pursue an MBA from the University of IL and graduated in 1998. She then moved to CA to be near family and worked as an accountant for 3 years before her love of interior design caused her to go back to school at UCLA and get a Certificate in Interior Design. Her husband got transferred to Florida where she worked for a prestigious architectural firm before coming back to California. Prior to coming to the US, Wen had been working for Standard Chartered Bank in Beijing as a Marketing Representative of Institutional Banking Group for 4 years. Since joining Business Team as a Business Broker, some of Wen's present clients/prospective buyers are from mainland China and are a result of her banking experience in China. She has been able to help these overseas clients in acquisition deals because she understands their business mind-set and the funding situation for those clients from their perspective. One of the reasons Wen loves the role as a business broker is that it is not just connecting the path of her own diversified past, but also connecting various professionals from different fields. As a first generation immigrant, Wen fully understands the struggle shared among new immigrants with a similar background. Wen is passionate to help business investors coming to the US to benefit both sides, she is not just the witness but also a strong believer and a full-hearted participant. Wen is proficient at both speaking and writing in Chinese Mandarin.

Current Listings:
  Transportation and Logistics - S Corp
  Beauty Salons and Spas - S

Loren Hoffman

Phone: (310) 466-3468
Email:
loren@business-team.com

Professional Affiliations:

Background/Experience:
Loren Hoffman was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from CSUN and then went to work as a Software Engineer at TRW Redondo Beach. After several years of working in the Defense Sector, Loren realized his strengths were in sales, and went to work for NTS Corp where he ran a $12M S. Calif DIV for Technical Staffing. Loren left NTS in 2007 to start his own Business which he ran for 13 years. Loren's mission is to assist business owners in evaluating, preparing, marketing, and selling or acquiring a business.

Current Listings:
  E-Commerce & Mail Order - Online Retail
  Professional - Appliance Repair
  Wood - Custom Cabinet & Installation
  Dry Cleaning and Laundry - Sole Prop

Bill Hoop

Phone: (208) 906-0237
Email:
bill@business-team.com

Professional Affiliations:

Background/Experience:
Bill is a real estate broker in Idaho and California. Bill also holds a S7, and a S24 securities license since 1980.

Bill has 40 years of experience advising investors, business owners and their financial consultants in the acquisition, growth, and sale of both business and real estate investments (specializing in §1031 Exchange Transactions for tax deferral).

Bill began his career by earning a degree in Real Estate at U.S.C. where he won the coveted MAI award - recognizing the outstanding real estate scholar in the class of ’65. After serving as a Commander in the Air Force in Vietnam, Bill established his credentials as a family and business advisor, providing guidance to other advisors and their clients as a Regional Manager for Kidder Peabody & Co.

Currently, at Business-Team (BTI), Bill works alongside his clients to help them establish exit plans, allowing them to achieve their goals while minimizing or mitigating the potential effects of capital gains tax issues. If you are interested in finding out how Bill Hoop can help you to develop a business strategy based on your current and future needs? Call him today at (208) 906-0237 or email him at bill@business-team.com to schedule an appointment, to learn more about our services. Bill is a specialized: Business Broker, Commercial Property Sales & Lending, §1031 Exchange Transactions, Business Intermediary, M&A Intermediary, Business Valuations, Business Consulting, Corporate Development, Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures, Spin-Offs and Roll-ups, Deferred Sales Trusts.


Jeffrey Tait

Phone: 949-227-3400
Email:
JeffreyTait@business-team.com

Professional Affiliations:
California Association of Business Brokers, International Business Brokers Association

Background/Experience:
Jeffrey Tait has been a business broker with Business Team for more than 15 years. He has a Bachelor's degree in Economics with a minor in Business Administration. Before joining Business Team he was the top producing salesperson at three different staffing and technical consulting firms. He has been involved in the sale of hundreds of retail, service, manufacturing and distribution businesses. He is the Manager of Business Team’s Southern California operations. In addition to his own production, he is responsible for recruiting, training and managing our associates; ensuring that the office runs smoothly; and ensuring that every Business Team client is treated in a courteous and professional manner. He also teaches Business Team's Business Brokerage Training Course and the California Association of Business Brokers CABB 101 Business Broker Training course.

Current Listings:
  E-Commerce & Mail Order - Online Retail
  Professional - Appliance Repair

Selika Bates-Bordenavé

Phone: (562) 457-3700
Email:
selika@business-team.com

Professional Affiliations:
CABB, IBBA

Background/Experience:
Selika Bates-Bordenavé joined Business Team with a wealth of business knowledge and a wide variety of experience including in the Financial Services industry providing group benefits to Business to Business. As a licensed Financial Service Agent, she catered to all sized small, medium, and large businesses and their employees. Business Development and Account Managing clients for a commercial janitorial service company. Although most of Selika’s experience was performed by operating her own successful small business. As a minority woman-owned business, within the Technology and Printing Supplies. Selika managed and developed her client base nationwide, her client base consisted of various size business organizations. Including small to large businesses, higher education institutions, and government entities.

Current Listings:
  E-Commerce & Mail Order - E-Commerce & Gift Cards Emblems
  Services - Automobile Repairing & Service

Patricia R Jennex

Phone: (310) 465-9947
Email:
patricia@business-team.com

Professional Affiliations:
CABB, IBBA

Background/Experience:
Ms. Jennex brings a wide range of experience to Business Team from aerospace project management to software and electronic hardware development. Patricia grew up in Southern California and earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cal State Northridge, graduating with honors. She was also an art major before attending engineering school and has completed the landscape architecture program at UCLA. After 25 years in the corporate world in various technical and management positions, she changed careers and joined a private equity group as a partner and acquisitions analyst specializing in technology, ecommerce and manufacturing companies. In that capacity, she has reviewed the financials of hundreds of businesses and interviewed dozens of business owners and business brokers across the country. As a partner, she employed her problem solving and people skills to structure and negotiate acquisitions and partnership deals. Through this experience, she has gained an understanding of the challenges both business sellers and buyers face and in her current role with Business Team, is devoted to easing the process and facilitating solutions for both.


Ian MacLachlan

2021

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:
  Building and Construction - Windows Installer
  Building and Construction - Roofing Contractor
  Health and Medical - Pharmaceutical startup company
  Building and Construction - RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL GLASS SERVICES
  Wholesale & Distribution - Kitchen Design & Assembly, 3 locations
  Services - Automobile Repairing & Service
  Transportation and Logistics - Delivery
  Internet, Software & Technology - IT Services Provider
  Retail - Mailbox rental and services
  Food and Beverage - Online Wine Shop
  Beauty Salons and Spas - Hair Salon
  Auto - Auto Parts Distributor
  Retail - Farm and Feed 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.

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