Our founder’s road to helping owners buy and sell companies.
By 2005 I had founded and was operating five small companies. By 2010 each business had shut its doors.
The most painful closure was Basecamp. A company I had built into the world’s largest wakeboard facility, with four locations and over 30 staff.
I have no doubt Basecamp would be running today if I had known at the time how to build transferability into a company.
Starting From Scratch
Nearly bankrupt from the shutdowns, in 2011 I purchased and ran a hot dog cart for 18 months (Duke’s Dogs).
Using the profits from the cart I saved enough to found a radio station (Stoke FM), which then funded the purchase of a property management company (Revelstoke Property Services).
Moving into M&A
In 2014 I sold my first client owned business, an Italian restaurant run by a husband and wife team who had been trying to sell for years; already having gone through two failed attempts with other brokers.
Later that year, alongside running my property management company, I sold a movie theatre, print shop, spa, bakery, and burger shack. I loved helping the owners extract their businesses’ value and particularly enjoyed transferring the entrepreneurial spark from one generation to the next.
After the thrill of my first few business sales, I formally decided to make M&A my lifelong career. To better serve my clients I dove into continued education in the space.
Listed below are my accreditations and eduction in the M&A industry.
LICENSES & DESIGNATIONS
Two-year designation program with the International Business Brokers Association to become a Certified Business Intermediary.
In 2022 I am actively pursuing the distinguished Mergers and Acquisition Master Intermediary designation from the M&A Source.
RECBC BUSINESS BROKERAGE 101
In 2020 I authored the Business Sale Accelerator and The Business Sale Navigator, two DIY programs for small and medium-sized business owners navigate the sale of their businesses on their own.
44 Day Challenge: In 2014 I purchased every book Amazon sells on business sales and spent 44 days in a row getting up a 4:00 am, reading a book, and filming a YouTube review of the content before heading to work. This was a personal challenge designed to fast-track education in the M&A space and can be viewed here – 44-Day Challenge Playlist
UpLevel Consulting: Member of Sam Oven’s consulting network, a group of business owners dedicated to improving the delivery of advisory and consulting services.
FOUNDED EVENTS & CONTENT
Scott is the founder of OpnRoad, and has worked with hundreds of owners on the sale of their businesses. He is an active board member of the International Business Brokers association and also trains over 250 Realtors each year how to intermediate business transactions through the BC Real Estate Board.
Eve holds a masters in organizational psychology and works at the front end of our process to help owners and stakeholders clarify their transitional goals.
Dominique runs our clients marketing and buyer sourcing campaigns. She also manages our business development department.
Sam runs the front-end of our buy-side business. She manages a small team of contractors who connect with over 300+ businesses a week in industries targeted by our clients.
Where did the name OpnRoad come from?
Our founder speaks to where the name OpnRoad comes from, and what differentiates us from our competitors.
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