Business sales, mergers & acquisitions, buyer representation and succession planning. I cover the Colorado Front Range, Steamboat Springs and most of the western slope of Colorado.
Ben has been an active business broker since 1994 and is presently the managing broker of Northern Colorado’s largest and most successful business brokerage: Mountain States Business Brokers Group, LLC.
Born and raised in Michigan, Ben received his B.A. in accounting from Michigan State University. After serving in the Navy Ben moved to Tampa, Florida where he joined a national CPA firm, received his CPA certification and founded his own CPA firm in 1974. Before relocating to Colorado in 1993, Ben also became a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and expanded his financial services operation, while at the same time organizing or managing a number of other businesses in the wireless cable television, direct mail, residential land development and construction, limousine service and manufacturing, video game distribution, property management and citrus growing industries. Ben has extensive experience in contract negotiations, mergers & acquisitions, retirement planning, income tax litigation issues and real-world based small business financial planning.
In 1994 Ben started his career as a business intermediary in Fort Collins, establishing his own business brokerage firm in March, 1997. He was affiliated with the Sunbelt Business Brokers franchise from 1998 to 2006. During his business brokerage career he has been responsible for over 200 successful business ownership transfers.
Ben has earned industry designations as an Accredited Business Intermediary (ABI) from the American Business Brokers Association, an Accredited Merger & Acquisition Advisor (AM&AA) from the Association of Professional Merger & Acquisition Advisors and is a former Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) from the International Business Brokers Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors and past Secretary of the Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries (CABI) and a long time member of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), having served on their Leadership Council. Ben has also been active in state and local politics as well as many local business and civic organizations including an appointment to the Larimer County Rural Land Use Advisory Board. Ben is active in his church, enjoys hunting, hiking and snowshoeing in the mountain backcountry. He is happily married to Nancy Foreman-Mahrle and has one son, Matt, in the Air Force.