James A Town
Commencing in 1992 when Jim Town sold his last business and affiliated with Prime Business Investments, Inc., one of the oldest business brokerages in Georgia at that time, his practice has evolved from intermediary services to a primary focus on finding value to maximize net sale proceeds. In early 2003, Jim moved to the Florida Panhandle and formed Business Evaluation & Appraisal, Inc., as a Florida corporation, while continuing as an associate broker with Prime Business Investments in Atlanta until late 2014. Additionally, commercial real estate transactions are conducted through Commercial Property Investments in Georgia and Florida, which Jim formed in 1992.
Jim has been a member of the International Business Brokers Association (www.ibba.org) since 1997 and became a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) in mid-1998. He also qualified as an instructor for IBBA on several courses offered nationally, helped write 3 courses, and served on the Education Committee for 10 years focused primarily on the CBI testing and certification programs. In 2007, Jim’s service to the largest business intermediary organization in the world was recognized when he was appointed a “Fellow of the IBBA”. He continues as an active member and was awarded the “Lifetime CBI” designation in 2014.
As a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers from 1996 to 2013, Jim completed the basic 8-day course and examinations, advanced courses and annual continuing education courses. He still does evaluation work for existing clients but no longer prepares USPAP compliant appraisals.
In addition to being the qualifying real estate broker for commercial real estate firms in Florida and Georgia, Jim also holds a Florida Real Estate Instructor license and helped establish the pre-license sales and broker programs at the Florida Panhandle Technical College (Chipley, FL) in 2005.
The primary focus of the firm today continues to be consulting leading to sales transactions that maximize the net sale proceeds for sellers of businesses valued at less than $20,000,000.