Dean Burnette, founder of Savannah-based Best Business Brokers (B3), was president of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers (GABB) in 2019 and 2020. Burnette has more than three decades of business ownership and management experience in a variety of industries. He has been a member of the GABB Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Club and is a member and past president of the Savannah Small Business Chamber. He also belongs to the Savannah CFO Council, Savannah Traffic Club, Savannah Real Estate Commercial Alliance, Georgia Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and serves on the Education Advisory Committee for the Georgia Real Estate Commission.
What area do you specialize in as a business broker?
Manufacturing, Logistics, and Technology
What led you to business brokering?
I had bought, sold, and started up businesses since I was very young.
What have you accomplished this year as a GABB Board member?
Quite a bit, in spite of COVID-19, this has been a very good year for our firm and for the GABB. In 2019, the GABB launched a new website with a listing service featuring businesses for sale in Georgia and some other states. With the help of an SEO specialist, our website is climbing in search engine optimization. We launched a Real Estate school and instituted a Board-Certified Broker program, and we have continued to grow as an association.
How has the GABB helped you improve as a professional business broker?
Being a member of the GABB has boosted my credibility, it has benefited me with continuing education focused on business brokerage, I have benefited greatly from my fellow brokers and our terrific affiliates.
What advice would you give to people who are trying to build a business brokering practice?
Join the GABB; you won’t regret it!
What habits do you have that you think make you successful?
Keeping notes and staying as organized as possible are my primary habits. I have others I would be happy to share with anyone.
What else would you like to tell us?
I am a proud member of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers. #B3