Amy brings 27+ years of diversified marketing, sales and operational expertise as a trusted M&A Advisor and Business Broker. A progressive background includes Vice President roles with venture backed start-ups, mid-market firms and public companies as well as the ownership of her own consulting practice. With diverse industry experience including high tech, manufacturing, distribution, business services, retail and advertising, Ms. Cole has led teams through multiple acquisitions, recapitalizations and IPOs.
Prior to joining ABI as a principal owner, Amy managed the East Bay region for Sunbelt Business Brokers, one of the largest networks of highly trained brokers in the US. Ms. Cole’s demonstrated success is shown by bringing hundreds of products to market, strategically positioning companies for growth, closing high volume sales deals and negotiating successful business transactions for Buyers and Sellers. Amy speaks publicly to business owners and their advisors on topics including Exit Strategy Planning, Maximizing Business Value, and Preparing a Business for Sale, Merger or Acquisition. Highlight credentials include:
-MBA, Santa Clara University, CA
-Masters Studies, Psychology, Antioch University, CA
-BA, Business & Communications, Concordia College, MN
-California Certified Business Broker (CBB)
-Certified Business Intermediary (CBI)
-Mergers & Acquisitions Master Intermediary (M&AMI)
-Licensed California Real Estate Agent
-President, California Association of Business Brokers (CABB) - 2013-2014
-East Bay Founding Chair, Council of Business Advisors
-Founding President & Previous Board Member, Hawks Education Fund (non-profit)
-Member, Provisors- National Professional Advisory Group
-M&A Source, Education Committee
-Member, Women's Presidents Organization (WPO), Diablo Valley
Ms. Cole lives in the SF Bay Area with her husband and their 3 boys. She is actively involved in community volunteer work including charity fundraising and the Boy Scouts of America.