Sacramento Business Brokers

Raymond Dowd

Phone: 650-787-2512

Professional Affiliations:
California BRE Agent; Oregon Principal Broker; FINRA

Raymond brings over 30 years of financial and operations experience in a variety of roles including FINRA Registered Options Principal S4, General Principal S24, Financial and Operations Principal S27, Investment Banking Principal S79, Chief Compliance Officer, CFO, Board Member, Principal Broker, Managing Director and Managing Partner. Raymond utilizes his knowledge and experience to collect, quantify, analyze then effectively communicate the value of a client company through clearly written comprehensive business reports and precise financial performance reviews. A UCLA graduate, licensed as Agent in California working with the San Francisco office and as Principal Broker in Oregon managing the Eugene office, he readily collaborates with myriad business leaders in his vast network to expand the universe of potential buyers for his client companies. Raymond also represents strategic buyers in unsolicited acquisition attempts.

Joel Higginbotham


Phone: (916)359-9721

Professional Affiliations:

With over 13 year’s successful business sales experience within Medical/dental industries. Joel worked within the staffing and recruiting industries for 3 years and ran his own successful head-hunting firm. Previously he successfully worked within distribution companies working many aspects of the business. He has always created lasting business relationships which have led to more of a consulting role with his clients. Joel holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fresno State University. His excitement grows as he works with business professionals who have worked diligently to grow their business. He believes that every action taken regarding a business should be to help grow the business at all levels. Contact Joel so he can help you sell your business.

Current Listings:
  Miscellaneous - Landscape Designer
  Miscellaneous - Audio Sales and Installation
  Miscellaneous - Sign Manufacturer
  Business (or Biz to Biz) - Signs/Installs/Print/Promo
  Manufacturing - Auto part manufacturing
  Retail - Consignment Store
  Building and Construction - Retail Window and Doors Supplier
  Beauty Salons and Spas - Skin Care Studio
  Clothing - Woman's Boutique
  Miscellaneous - Retail Spa and Hot Tub Store
  Services - Sell & Service water well pumps
  Manufacturing - Custom Cabinet Shop

Belma Dizdarevic


Phone: 510-759-4493

Professional Affiliations:
MBA Candidate '2023

Belma Dizdarevic manages BTI Group’s Roseville office and has been involved in Mergers and Acquisitions since 2013. Belma is a former business owner and now she specializes in assisting buyers in finding the right opportunities and bringing sellers qualified Buyers. Belma takes a hands-on approach and is eager to learn all the different aspects of the companies to better represent her clients. Businesses sold include Distribution, retail, automotive, hospitality, wholesale & manufacturing.

Current Listings:
  Retail - Furniture Retail store
  Home & Garden - Custom Waterscape Design, Install

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Ricardo Fogel


Professional Affiliations:
California Association of Real Estate Brokers

Ricardo is a former pilot and TSgt for the US Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol. He has been on countless search and recue missions for the US Air Force in response to down airplanes, stranded soldiers, lost hikers, campers and or injured, boy scout troops injured in wilderness and even today helping stranded boaters get back to shore. Ricardo has many different backgrounds. He received an associate’s degree in automotive technology from Ohlone college in Freemont Ca in conjunction with Sequoia Institute. Regardless of career, Ricardo has been servicing automotive vehicles for 32 years and is current with the latest scanning technology. Ricardo also worked as a water well driller assistant and acting driller. He is also skilled in water well construction, pump systems and design, construction management, heavy equipment operator, and more. He is a current class A driver with doubles, triples, and tanker endorsements. For the past 15 years regardless of career, Ricardo was working part time in the real estate industry flipping houses. To further his education, Ricardo obtained a bachelor’s degree from Ashford University of San Diego in Business with a minor in real estate studies. He also has a special interest study of anthropology in diversity. Ricardo graduated with honors and was invited to join the international honor society which he is currently a member. As a business broker with Business Team, Ricardo utilizes his work experience and community service record to enhance the quality, perfection, and trust to earn our client’s business and maintain the integrity of Business Team’s name.

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