M&A Owner's Group

Affiliates from around the country

The M & A Owner's Group is a consortium of the premiere middle market experts in the United States working to complete your merger or acquisition.

Members are listed below:

Scottsdale AZ - Jim Afinowich

Fox and Fin Financial Group, L.C.
7333 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Suite 200
Scottsdale AZ 85258

Jim Afinowich, CBI, Founding Principal, Designated Broker With more than 25 years of successful experience in selling businesses, Jim adds further depth to the leadership team. A Certified Business Intermediary, he too has achieved the highest level of accreditation in the industry. Jim has owned more than 15 businesses, which gives him first-hand experience in the manufacturing, marketing, publishing and international trade sectors. Jim is a member of the M&A Source, and a fellow and past President of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA), the profession's largest trade association. Jim also has provided expert-witness service in a variety of court cases relating to business transfers.

Colorado Springs CO - Ronald V. Chernak

First Business Brokers, LTD
303 South Cascade Avenue, Suite 200
Colorado Springs CO 80903

Ron V. Chernak, President Prior to organizing First Business Brokers, Ltd., Ron practiced law with a 175-member law firm in Chicago. He has a CPA Certificate (Illinois), is a Colorado Real Estate Broker, a Certified Business Intermediary Fellowship status (the highest professional designation within the Business Brokerage industry), and is a Master Merger & Acquisitions Intermediary. He has extensive experience in contract and lease negotiations, financial planning, and financing. He is very active in many community activities, such as the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce (former Chairman of the Board), the Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and the Rotary Club. He also has served as the Chairman and/or Director of the Board for numerous business brokerage committees and organizations, including a national advisory committee on mergers and acquisitions. Ron also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Business Brokerage Association (IBBA), the premier industry trade association, with a membership of over 1,200 intermediaries in 22 countries, and Chairman of the M & A Source, the largest association of middle market intermediaries.

Tulsa, OK - John Johnson

Bluestem, USA
PO Box 52572
Tulsa, OK 74152

Mr. Johnson founded Bluestem Resources Group, in 1987, to provide business owners with unsurpassed acquisition and divestiture services. They understand owners are best served locally by direct personal interface tied to superb access to the broad national market and beyond. John created the Business Wealth Counsel� to bring together strategies for creating, building, and harvesting wealth through business ownership. John is an engineer with an MBA. He worked in Fortune 100 companies, specializing in business decisions, valuation, strategy, and M&A. He built a successful distribution business and sold it. John is a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) and a Master & Acquisition Master Intermediary (M&AMI). A "hands-on" strategist to entrepreneurs, he is skilled in communications, analysis, and creative solutions. The US SBA honored him as the state's Financial Services Advocate of the year. Peers in The M&A Source, the world's premier specialists in mid-market business sales, selected him as Chair and to receive the Darrell Fouts M&A Award for visionary leadership and contributions. He is a member of Association for Corporate Growth. He served as IBBA's President, Director, Fellow, Strategic Planning Chair, and coordinated writing its certification exam. He received IBBA's top distinction, the Tom West Award for outstanding professional contributions as well as its President's Award for leadership. John is committed to serving the business community; he was President of the Oklahoma Private Enterprise Forum, as well as Director of Leadership Oklahoma, Oklahoma Manufacturers' Resource Network, Tulsa Executives Association, the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, Entrepreneurs of Tulsa, The State Chamber, and the Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence.

San Ramon, CA - Ronald C. Johnson

ABI Business Sales
125 Ryan Industrial Ct. Suite 100
San Ramon, CA 94583

Ron Johnson (CBI, M&AMI, CBB, Fellow of the IBBA) is President of ABI Business Sales, Mergers & Acquisitions, located in San Ramon, CA, since 1984. He is also a founding principal of Onyx Associates, a sister M&A firm to ABI. Ron served on the Board of Directors of the CABB for 10 years, chaired the Education Committee, the Governmental Relations Committee, the Nominating Committee, is a Past President of the CABB, and has twice been the recipient of the CABB President's Award. Ron was the 2007 Chairman of the IBBA, has chaired the IBBA�s Affiliates Committee, the Conference Planning Committee, the Finance Committee, and currently serves on the IBBA Board of Directors and is the chair of its Nominating Committee. Ron also teaches IBBA course 301 Introduction to Mergers & Acquisitions, and is a frequent contributor to business brokerage professional journals, publications and websites. He is a graduate of Long Beach State University with a degree in mathematics.

Hughesville, PA - Gary Papay

CK Business Consultants, Inc.
114 S. Railroad Street
Hughesville, PA 17737

Gary is a Professional Intermediary and Business Appraiser specializing in the sale and transfer of oil and gas related mid-market companies since 1976. Gary has attained the professional designations of Certified Business Intermediary (CBI), and Merger and Acquisition Master Intermediary (M&AMI) with the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) and the M&A Source, the world's largest international organization of experienced, dedicated Merger and Acquisition Intermediaries representing the middle market. Gary is also a Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraiser/Broker (CMEA) with the National Equipment & Business Brokers Institute (NEBB).
Gary is the recipient of several prestigious awards including Fellow of the IBBA, the IBBA Chairman's Award, and the Tom West Award presented by the International Business Brokers Association in recognition of years of communicating and promoting the goals and ethics of the IBBA and the business brokering profession.
Gary is a published contributor for industry publications and has been a guest speaker at industry conferences throughout the country. Gary has been designated an Industry Expert in the oil & gas field by Business Brokerage Press.
A graduate of Albright College, Gary is an active member of the M&A Source www.masource.org serving as secretary of the Board and as Chair of the Credentialing Committee. Gary has served and/or is currently serving in leadership positions on a number of boards and organizations including the IBBA, the Church of the Resurrection Planning and Finance Committees and the Wolf Twp. Planning Commission. Gary is married with 3 daughters and an active Rotarian.

Providence, RI - Rocco J. Pezza

New England Brokerage Corporation
50 Exchange Terrace
Providence, RI 02903

Rocco Pezza, President There is a common thread among people who have had the opportunity to work with Rocco that they want him to stick around even after the deal is done. Some say it is his uncanny ability to see around the corner and warn of a potential pitfall. Others say it is the tenacity he brings to everything he does, especially for his clients. And yet others claim it is the calm, sensible and reassuring way he will walk a buyer and seller through even the most difficult negotiations. For over 22 years, Rocco has led NEBC's clients through the fulfilling, challenging and sometimes intensely personal acquisition and divestiture process. He is a credit to his profession, having received the highly coveted CBI designation and named a fellow of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA). Rocco also sits on many industry boards and presents regularly to trade groups of all kinds. In addition, and perhaps key affirmation of his worth to the companies he has guided, he serves on the Board of Directors of several of those same companies. Rocco Pezza will bring intellectual integrity and a proven process approach to each opportunity-and will be successful in helping buyers and sellers realize their personal and professional objectives.

Greenwood Village, CO - John Zayac

IBG Business Services, Inc.
5445 DTC Parkway, Suite 870
Greenwood Village, CO 80111


John R. Zayac founded IBG Business Services, Inc. in 1982 to provide the mid-market business seller with the same level of resources and sophisticated services traditionally reserved for firms valued over $100 million. Over the last fifteen years, Zayac has built IBG into the industry's most comprehensive provider of valuation analysis, strategic planning, marketing, and transaction structuring services for mid-market business sellers. In addition to his responsibilities as founder and CEO of IBG, Zayac has owned and operated a variety of businesses, including a printing company, an automobile importing agency, and a chain of car washes. Zayac's success as a business intermediary includes hundreds of completed transactions with a combined value exceeding $300 million.

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