Bill Patten has over 30 years experience owning, selling, and managing businesses including a micrographics business, a records storage and shredding business, two large printing companies, a tool manufacturing company, and an automation company. These businesses have ranged from 5 employees up to 200 employees. One of his businesses earned recognition from Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing privately held businesses in the country. With this experience Bill understands the challenges and gratification of owning your own business, the emotional conflicts when selling your business and the importance of knowing how to best market, package and sell or purchase your business. Born and raised in the Northwest, Bill understands the business culture here and has a wide network of business professionals to help you in selling your business. In 1994 Bill earned his MBA from the University of Washington Executive MBA School. This business and financial training combined with his experience makes Bill well qualified to help you sell your business or purchase a business professionally and fairly.
Jim Ampe has over 15 years experience in the corporate world with Employee Management, Agriculture, Construction, Export Document Management, Commodities Export broker and assistant for west coast management of Portland office for the Pillsbury Company. Jim was on a team for Export trade as a representative hosting other countries as well as a member of the Portland Trading Exchange. An additional 30+ years with experience in managing businesses as well, as buying and selling business for others and personally. These businesses have ranged from 3 employees up to 21 employees with some startups and others as acquisitions. Jim understands the challenges of owning your own business, and the power of management when selling your business with the importance of knowing what fits and how to best prepare to present your business for sale for the buyers. Jim is a Midwest transplant from Minnesota, residing in Portland area 44 years. Jim has been with Sunbelt for 16+ years engaged as a Business Broker Generalist working in a multitude of industries with much business latitude from small to large companies and in multi-different faceted businesses across Oregon and Washington involving, Manufacturing, Engineering, Electronics, Distribution, Restaurants, Bars and Grills, Retail, Boutiques, Salons, Construction, Energy-Solar, Service related businesses, Franchises, and many others. Jim is fair, sincere, honest, responsive and dedicated to serving clients with everyone's best interest in mind. As a seasoned business owner-manager and Business broker, Jim brings valuable and unique experience to his clients through a personal business involvement, with assessment, evaluation, pricing and guidance from start to finish when selling or buying your business.
A native Oregonian, Dan Tracy earned his undergraduate degree from Oregon State University as a Business Administration major. Out of OSU he worked for Pacific Seafood Company in their Mukilteo WA and Clackamas OR branches as a local outside, and subsequently, national salesperson. During his time with Pacific Seafood Co., Dan earned his MBA from the University of Portland. In 2003 Dan founded his first of three companies, American Custom Products, LLC (ACP). What began as a small garage organization company grew to a regional business that had operations in Seattle, Portland, Dallas and Houston. Dan ran ACP from its inception until he sold the company in 2009. In 2005 Dan formed Affluent Direct Marketing, LLC (ADM). ADM operated an upscale direct mail franchise known as RSVP Publications and did business in the greater Houston area. ADM was sold in 2010. In 2011 Dan founded Premier Energy, Inc dba Premier Solar NW. Premier Solar NW installed photovoltaic solar panels for residential and commercial customers in Oregon and Washington. Premier was sold in 2018. Dan used the services of business brokers for two of the three companies he sold. It was the positive experience from working with those brokers and his interest in providing similar help to other business sellers that compelled Dan to become a business broker himself. He is driven to provide an excellent experience for those business owners who choose to trust him with the sale of their companies. Dan is no stranger to the challenges faced by small businesses and entrepreneurs and he knows what it takes to position a company in a manner that will provide a realistic representation of the company for sale and attract qualified buyers