2024 IBBA Member Excellence Award Recipients

Independence, OH May 21st, 2024 – IBBA, the world’s largest professional trade association for Business Brokers, today announced and recognized the recipients of its top performance awards at the 2024 Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

“The cumulative transaction value of this year’s submitted deals was over $2 billion, which is an astounding number,” stated Kylene Golubski, Executive Director of the IBBA.  “The widespread economic and societal impacts of helping this volume of businesses transfer ownership is significant, and something that all our winners should take pride in.  We extend our congratulations to all for their accomplishments.”

Awards are given for either individual or team performance based upon transactions completed in calendar year 2023. Individual awards were given in the following categories: Outstanding Producer, Chairman’s Circle, Platinum Chairman’s Circle, Deal Maker, Top Individual Deal Maker of the Year, Top Individual Global Producer and CBI of the Year. Team awards are given in the categories of: Top Team Deal Maker, Top Team Global Producer, and Team Deal of the Year.

The following members that have been awarded the IBBA’s highest honors:

IBBA Top Individual Deal Maker of the Year Award: Given to the individual who sold the greatest number of qualified businesses in the 2023 calendar year. The IBBA is pleased to congratulate:

Trent Lee, CBI, First Choice Business Brokers (NV)

IBBA Top Individual Global Producer of the Year Award: Given to the individual who has the highest total purchase price from all of their deals combined in the 2023 calendar year. The IBBA is pleased to congratulate:

John Marsh, Marsh Creek Advisors (GA)

IBBA Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) of the Year Award: Given to the applicant who closed the single largest qualified business deal in the 2023 calendar year. The IBBA is pleased to congratulate:

Russell Cohen, CBI, South Florida M&A Advisors, Inc. (FL)

IBBA Top Team Deal Maker of the Year Award: Given to the team lead broker who sold the greatest number of qualified business deals in the 2023 calendar year. The IBBA is pleased to congratulate:

Samuel Meister, CBI, First Choice Business Brokers Pittsburgh (PA)
John Willingham, CBI, Sunbelt of Bakersfield (CA)

IBBA Top Team Global Producer of the Year Award: Given to the team lead broker who has the highest total purchase price from all qualified businesses in the 2023 calendar year. The IBBA is pleased to congratulate:

Jon Holbert and Charles Rateliff, CBI Advisory Partners (AR)

IBBA Team Deal of the Year Award: Given to the team lead broker who closed the single largest qualified business deal in the 2023 calendar year. The IBBA is pleased to congratulate:

Jon Holbert and Charles Rateliff, CBI Advisory Partners (AR)

IBBA Outstanding Producer Award: Given to those individuals who closed one or more qualified business deals totaling at least $1 million in total purchase price during the 2023 calendar year. The IBBA is pleased to congratulate:

Rolando Aldabert
Alec Altschul
Ryan Armstrong
Raj Arora
Carol L Bennett
Jim Beno
Adam Bradshaw
Gary Brooks
Jason Brown
Nivedita Buzzetta
Yu Jie Chen
Hollie Choe
Johnathan Choe
Brad Coffman
James Covian
Sam Curcio
Priscilla Dakin
Don DiSpaltro
Carrie Duvall
April Femrite
Steve Fenton
Manny Fernandez
J. Todd Furbee
Steve Fylypchuk
Eric Gagnon
Chris Gordon
Fatima M Grady
Derek Grayer
David Greeley
William Griswold
Baris Guler
Kathryn Guthrie
Stewart Guthrie
John Michael Hall
Peter Harrison
Simon Harrison
Diane Hartz Warsoff
Heinz Business Group, Inc.
Ryan Hemmert
Randy Hendershot
Katie Holditch
Alan Horn
Joe Howell

Ron Hunter
Yorixela Hurtado
Paul Ihrig
Mark Irion
Mike Keen
Tim Kleman
Jean Guy Leclerc
Robert N. Leone
Verlen Kay Love
Alejandro Matheus
Patrick McAdams
Samuel Meister
Jeffrey L. Moody
Charles Mullins III
Meili Myles
Jim Nairn
Garrison Niles
Brittany NIro
Jim Pate
Warren Pereira
Don Pippin
Tanya Popov
Wasim Rahman
Jeannie Randolph
Brea Bateson Reger
Lisa Riley
Eric Rollins
Manuel Santana
Steve Santens
Ana Serrat
Terri D. Sherman
Michael Snider
Robert W. Stasiak
Dan Tomlin
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Ulisses Vales
Vishal Bharucha
Ryan Cave
William V. West Jr.
Anthony Wright
Steve Zimmerman

IBBA Chairman’s Circle Award: Given to those individuals who closed one or more qualified business deals amounting to $3 million and above in total purchase price during the 2023 calendar year. The IBBA is pleased to congratulate:

Dr. Fernando Acosta
Joseph W. Alter
Emmet Apolinario
Dale Armor
Nick Arnheim
Nelson Barros
Adam Bauer
Nolan Baum
Greg Bell
Rupesh Bharad
Guillermo Birmingham
Tony Blair
John D Brogan
Bob Brooks
Buddy Carp
Sam Campanella
Frank J. Campoamor
Andrew Cavanaugh
Bobbi Coffey
Kent Cooper
Kent Cooper
Teri Craft
Robert Damiano
David DeCamella
Greg DeSalvo
John P Devries
Joel Duran
Phillip Eleson
Tyler Evans
Kevin Everts
Dr. Leilani Felix-Acosta
Lester Fernandes
Aaron Fox
Anthony F. Geronimo
Daryl Gloyns
Dave Godwin
Antoinette Gonzales Norris
Steven Hanson
Robert Harris
Robert Hearst
Bo Hudson
Take Iga
Don B Imbus
Neal Isaacs
Bill Kelly
Ron Kleier
Gerald Kong
Gregg S. Kunz
D. Brian Labonte
Hercules E Landis
James Lascano
Christina Lazuric, CBI

Dean LoBrutto
Katrina Loftin
Dan Long
Jeff MacAdam
Mahdad Matt Manavi
James J. Mcneela
Alan Mehrez
Carlos M Mejia
Lisa Meyer
Thomas R Milana
Jim Moazez
Lawrence Moore
Joe Moorman
John J Moser
Margot Murphy
Shiva Nambiar
Jeff Naylor
Joseph J Nicolini
Kurt Okraski
Jim Parker
William Patten
Quoc Pham
Thomas D. Poyser
Pete Prados
Bhanu Ravi
Richard Rayl
Christopher Harold Redmond
Phil Reese
Andrew Rogerson
Shaun F. Rudgear
Carmen Saad Hanna
Joshua Derek Sagman
Andy Shah
Steve Sharp
James S Shin
Harry Sidhu
Steven Sigman
Mani Singh
Carey Sobel
Charles Spickert, CBI
Chris Springfield, CBI
David J. Sweeten, Jr.
Mark Travis
Sara Vaziri Fard
Claudio Vilas
Jason Ward
Craig White
Michael Wildeveld
Bob Wolter
Wayne Wright
Lisa Young

IBBA Platinum Chairman’s Circle Award: Given to those individuals who closed one or more qualified business deals amounting to $10 million and above in total purchase price during the 2023 calendar year. The IBBA is pleased to congratulate:

Kent Adams
Faraaz Ali
Alan Austin
Khaled Baranbo
Steven Beal
Sean Brelsford
Randy Bring
Jonathan Buehler
Scott Bushkie
David Carson
Ryan Cave
Russell Cohen
Cress Diglio
Ron Edmonds
Jeffrey Elder
Kenneth Elkin
Flausino Enoque
Nicholas Fares
John Fincher
Jennifer Fox
John Geiwitz
Vasilis Georgiou
Rick Hall
Molly Hanson
Jay Kvasnicka
Trent Lee
Pam Ludwinski
John Marsh
Coletta Matt
Michael Mensch
Steve Merritt
Crystal Misenheimer
Don Montgomery
Houmehr Mike Panoussi
Adam Petricoff
Leora Poplawsky
Mark Quinn
AJ Ramsey
Trevin Rasmussen
Brenda Sali
Tim Schinke
Joseph Shemansky
Debbie Small
Benjamin Strake
Gene Townley
Valerie Vaughn
Kate Vriner
Stephen Wain
Geoffrey Warrell
Linnea Westlake
Christopher Wozniak
David Yezbak
Dustin Zeher
Austin Zhao
Henry Ziff
Brian Zoberg

IBBA Deal Maker Award: Given to those individuals who sold at least 10 qualified businesses during the 2023 calendar year. The IBBA is pleased to congratulate:

Kent Adams
Rolando Aldabert
Rupesh Bharad
Tony Blair
Randy Joel Bring
Sam Campanella
Yu Jie Chen
Russell Cohen
Teri Craft
David DeCamella
John P Devries
Kevin Everts
Lester Fernandes
Aaron Fox
Eric Gagnon
John Geiwitz
Daryl Gloyns
Chris Gordon
Peter Harrison
Take Iga
Neal Isaacs

Christina Lazuric, CBI
Trent Lee
James J. Mcneela
Steve Merritt
Thomas R Milana
Crystal Misenheimer
Jim Moazez
Jeff Naylor
Houmehr Mike Panoussi
Christopher Harold Redmond
Shaun F. Rudgear
Joshua Derek Sagman
Tim Schinke
Harry Sidhu
Mani Singh
Debbie Small
Gene Townley
Sara Vaziri Fard
Jason Ward
Steve Zimmerman

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