Twelve Georgia Business Brokers Achieve 2022 GABB Million Dollar Club
Twelve members of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers (GABB) were named to the 2022 Million Dollar Club for helping broker the sale of more than $96 million worth of small, medium and large businesses.
The GABB Million Dollar Club recognizes professional Business Brokers for successfully
closing business acquisition transactions totaling one million dollars or more.
The top producer for 2022 was Rob Margeton, a Principal and Qualifying Broker at Ryco Advisors. Mr. Margeton was also honored as a Life Member of the Million Dollar Club for achieving more than a million dollars in sales for three consecutive years or any five years.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by GABB as the Top Producer for 2022,” says Rob Margeton. “We have worked hard for our clients this year and are proud of the results we have achieved on their behalf. We look forward to a successful 2023 and value our membership with GABB.”
Business brokers among the top five brokers with multi-million dollars in business sales for the year are Matt Wochele, Founder of Preferred Business Brokers, Inc.; J. Snypp, Vice President at Preferred Business Brokers, Inc; Steve Josovitz, President Vice-President and Associate Broker at The Shumacher Group; and Karl Barham, co-owner and President of Transworld Business Advisors of Atlanta Peachtree.
Other business brokers with multi-million dollars in business sales for the year were Solomon Padilla, Business Advisor at Transworld Business Advisors of Atlanta Peachtree; Pedro Ferreira, Business Advisor at Transworld Business Advisors of Atlanta North; Lisa Young, Senior Business Advisor at Transworld Business Advisors of Atlanta North; Jeffery Merry, founder of the BUSINESS HOUSE, inc.; and Deanna Dickinson, REALTOR® and owner of Team DMD Consulting.
Mr. Wochele, Mr. Josovitz, and Mr. Merry were honored as Silver Phoenix Members of the Million Dollar Club for achieving more than a million dollars in sales for any twenty-five years.
The Georgia Association of Business Brokers (GABB) is the only organization in the state dedicated to improving the level of knowledge and professionalism in the industry through education, mentoring, a code of ethics, and networking. GABB Broker Members have represented thousands of business sellers and buyers, and the group has a dedicated membership of lenders, attorneys, and other professionals to assist business buyers and sellers at every step of the process.
“As an association, we strive to keep our members informed about financing trends, alternative financing methods, legal issues that may impact members’ practices, new regulations on our industry and best ethical practices,” explains GABB President Judy Mims. “Through speakers at our monthly meetings, mentoring and networking opportunities, the GABB provides educational opportunities to help ensure the knowledge needed to get these transactions completed.”
The GABB’s website lists hundreds of businesses and franchises for sale throughout Georgia in a variety of fields, including automotive, business services, child care, cleaning, construction, electronics equipment, fitness, flooring, floral, food, gas stations, landscaping, manufacturing, medical, shipping, restaurants, retail, security, signs, and businesses related to the internet.
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ROB MARGETON is Principal and Qualifying Broker at Ryco Advisors and has over 18 years of experience working in the financial services industry and running his own business. He is certified as a Mergers & Acquisitions Master Intermediary through M&A Source. Our clients typically generate revenues ranging from $3 million to $50 million. In FY 2022, Ryco Advisors sold over $30 million of business transaction value. Prior to co-founding Ryco Advisors, Mr. Margeton served as a Managing Director at Capstone Advisory Group, a New York middle-market restructuring and financial advisory consulting firm. During his tenure there, he advised clients on over 50 transactions across a diverse set of industries. His transaction experience included marketing and selling businesses, business plan evaluation, strategic business planning, term sheet negotiations, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, cash management and forecasting, and cost reduction. Mr. Margeton also has extensive experience running and managing his own business. Together with Lindsay Margeton, he acquired the flagship Fleet Clean location in 2013 and oversaw a successful sales process in 2018. During their tenure at Fleet Clean, the company’s revenues and EBITDA grew by over 75% and 95%, respectively. They managed over 30 employees and serviced more than 150 clients throughout Metro Atlanta, including many Fortune 500 companies.
MATT WOCHELE, CBI (Certified Business Intermediary) founded Preferred Business Brokers, Inc. in 1996 after a successful 17-year career in the investment banking industry. He is a Life Member of the GABB’s Million Dollar Club, Vice President of the GABB board, a GABB Silver Phoenix Award recipient and a member of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA). As President and Managing Broker of Preferred Business Brokers, Inc., he has had the opportunity to be personally involved in hundreds of private business sales. The combined personal experience in the public sector with the private business sales has positioned the company to handle both the smaller main street business deals and the larger middle-market business acquisitions. Matt and his wife, Kathy, a professional artist, have five daughters and live in Sandy Springs.
J. SNYPP III, a former GABB board member and recent continuing education class instructor, lives in Dunwoody, grew up in Atlanta, and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in marketing. Mr. Snypp spent more than two decades in the office furniture business before becoming a business broker and has been with Preferred Business Brokers, Inc. for more than fifteen years, serving as Vice President and Associate Broker. He has found success selling businesses in a variety of industries, most recently selling a childcare center and trash-hauling business. He is past president of the Dunwoody North Driving Club, a board member of the Dunwoody High School Gridiron Club, and chairman of the Wildcat Classic Golf Tournament which benefits the Dunwoody football team. He has also served on the board of the Dunwoody High School Tip-Off Club and the diaconate of his church. He serves on the Renegades Forever board which raises money for Atlanta area rugby. He is married and has two boys, ages 19 and 24. Therefore, when he is not selling businesses, he is usually trying to keep up with the boys or involved in some other family activity.
STEVEN JOSOVITZ is President Vice-President and Associate Broker of The Shumacher Group, having joined the firm in 1992. As an Associate Real Estate Broker, he heads up the company’s restaurant business brokerage division in addition to providing commercial retail and restaurant real estate site selection, sales, and lease negotiation expertise. A former restaurant owner and trained professional chef, Steven has an extensive background in restaurant and hotel management. He also offers consulting, appraisal services and has been retained by law firms for his expert opinion to help settle disputes. Mr. Josovitz earned a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Florida International University in 1981 and has studied in Europe. Mr. Josovitz is a member of the Georgia Restaurant Association, Georgia Association of Business Brokers (GABB), International Council of Shopping Centers, and the Retail Brokers Network. As a 30-year GABB member, Mr. Josovitz was awarded Life Member and The Phoenix Award and annually receives the Multi-Million Dollar Club Award and Top Five Award for business and restaurant brokerage sales in Georgia. Steven’s goals and thoughts are always: “Make sure all parties, Buyers, Sellers, and Landlords walk away from the closing table happy. Maintaining integrity and honesty along with professionalism and expertise is a must. The needs of your clients and those you work with must always come first before commissions or personal gain.”
KARL BARHAM is a co-owner and President of Transworld Business Advisors of Atlanta Peachtree. Karl is a licensed Georgia Real Estate agent and member of the Georgia Association of Business Broker’s (GABB). Karl’s 25+ years of expert knowledge in business is now used to help business owners with valuations, business exit planning, M&A, and Business Sales transactions. He speaks the language of small business to help small business owners start/acquire, grow, and then successfully exit businesses. When Karl is not helping clients he can be found volunteering and supporting a number of
great organizations in the Metro Atlanta area including Atlanta Black Chambers of Commerce, StartMe:Atlanta, and Junior Achievement. He serves on several nonprofit boards including Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Cornerstone Christian Academy, and Global Growers Network.
SOLOMON PADILLA is a Business Broker and Real Estate Professional at Transworld Business Advisors of Atlanta Peachtree located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, and has a passion for helping small business owners accomplish a successful exit of their business. Solomon previously worked as a Trade Activation Manager for Anheuser-Busch InBev, and a Manager for the Largest Italian Wine Importer in the United States. Solomon is a Veteran of the Navy who served a tour of duty in 2012-2013 in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom and various tours representing the U.S. Navy for NATO in Europe. Solomon attended College at Gulf Coast State College in the Florida Panhandle majoring in Psychology and Sociology.
PEDRO FERREIRA is a Business Broker with Transworld Business Advisors. Mr. Ferreira has successfully sold businesses from several industries including technology, automotive, retail, hospitality, construction, distribution, beauty, and manufacturing. He is committed to creating win-win deals by listening to the needs of all the parties involved and providing the most comprehensive business sale process. Mr. Ferreira has volunteered as a PR Director with the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast and has published business and economics articles in government and international media publications. He has served on the advisory board of the Customer Experience Executive Education program at George Washington University and on the Food and Beverage Advisory Board of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Ferreira has volunteered as Assistant Director of Development at Peacebuilding Solutions and as an Artistic Associate for Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre. He currently lives in Suwanee.
LISA YOUNG is a Senior Business Advisor at Transworld Business Advisors of Atlanta North. She is an alumna of Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, where she earned a BBA in Information Systems, and in 2020, Lisa completed a certified M&A program from Kennesaw State University. Through her extensive background in real estate, entrepreneurship, and business consulting, Ms. Young brings a broad spectrum of knowledge and expertise to her clients and is passionate about helping them achieve their goals. She maintains residences in both Canton and Greensboro so that she may better serve her clients. She is a Life Member of the GABB Multi-Million Dollar Club and has been a Transworld Business Advisors President’s Club member for the last five years. A proud “Gigi” of three grandchildren, Ms. Young enjoys hiking, swimming, boating, golf, and volunteer work with organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, and her church.
JEFFERY MERRY, Sr., M.B.A. J.D., is a past president of the GABB, has been the GABB’s top producer many times, and has been a part of the Million Dollar Club since its inception. He has served on the GABB Board of Directors for a number of terms and is currently serving on the GABB Board in 2022. Mr. Merry, owner and founder of the BUSINESS HOUSE, Inc., is also a member of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) and the Business Brokers of Florida Association. For more than three decades, his firm has specialized in serving the manufacturing, distribution, technology, service, veterinary and medical industries. As a business intermediary, Certified Exit Planner, and consultant, Mr. Merry has been involved in mergers and acquisitions that have ranged in acquisition price from $60,000 to more than $15 million. He is a member of the Advisory Board at the University of North Georgia and is a past adjunct instructor for their MBA program. Mr. Merry holds a bachelor’s degree from Mercer University in Macon, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois Edwardsville, and a Juris Doctor degree from Atlanta Law School. Mr. Merry is a licensed Real Estate Agent in several southeastern states, a Senior Business Analyst, and a member of the Exit Planning Institute. Mr. Merry and his wife, Mary, reside in Suwanee. He has five children and five grandchildren and enjoys traveling, reading, and riding his motorcycle.
DEANNA DICKINSON is a Georgia REALTOR® and new member of GABB, having joined in 2022. Ms. Dickinson has been in the dental industry for more than 40 years in clinical, sales and consulting. She is the owner of Team DMD Consulting and specializes in dental practice transitions, and is a member of the 400 North Association of REALTORS® and the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®. Deanna is married and has two grown daughters—one married who owns her own marketing business, and one who will graduate in April from Cumberland School of Law at Samford. She has a new granddaughter as well and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Ms. Dickinson is a Georgia native and resides in Dawsonville. Her hobbies include playing tennis and boating on Lake Lanier.
BROOKE HAWKINS is a Business Broker with RamBiz Group, based in Marietta, GA. As a lawyer, former franchise business owner and entrepreneur, Brooke brings a different perspective to the table when it comes to buying and selling a business. With his attention to detail and his unique approach to the franchise and business world, Brooke helps those considering such a move and will help ensure a smooth and rewarding transition. He is a graduate of Auburn University and Nashville School of Law, and practiced in Tennessee for many years before relocating to Georgia. After a 15-year career in legal technology sales and 15-years of owning multiple franchises through Raving Brands, he joined RamBiz Group in February 2020.
MANNIE MADDOX is a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Commercial Metro Brokers and a longtime member of GABB. Mr. Maddox has over 35 years of business development, sales and capture management experience in the commercial and federal government marketplaces. Throughout his tenure, he successfully developed and led capture teams that won major government RFPs greater than $1B in revenue and gained extensive experience as a Fortune 500 executive-level marketing professional. His high-level, large-dollar volume sales experience has proven to be a major contributor to his success in commercial real estate sales and marketing as a business broker and real estate advisor.