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Jim Benard

Benard Business Group
Business Broker
Fort Bend County, TX

About Me

Jim Benard has over 28 years with both public companies and entrepreneurial endeavors and has extensive experience in consolidating companies in fragmented industries. Jim understands the perspectives of both the buyer and the seller as he has sold 3 of his own businesses and has successfully completed numerous mergers and acquisitions. Most importantly, he has a passion for helping people to achieve their potential through starting, building and selling their own business. In the early 1980’s Jim and his brother-in-law saw the need to consolidate the highly fragmented cemetery and funeral industry and began acquiring businesses in Michigan. They sold that company to the public consolidator Morlan International in 1987. During that same period Jim identified a consumer trend towards indoor sun-tanning and developed Sunsation Tanning Salons. After building and expanding a solid brand name through advertising and referral programs he sold the businesses in 1989. Jim joined the publicly traded company Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI) where he was responsible for the sales, operations and growth in the Midwest. In 1998 he was recruited by the consolidator Carriage Services, Incorporated (NYSE: CSV) where, as Senior Vice-President, was instrumental in the Fresh Start corporate restructuring that transformed the company in to the most efficiently operated company within the industry. In 2006 he founded Sienna Consulting and its subsidiary Benard Business Group to assist entrepreneurs with the expansion of their businesses and to facilitate both buyers and sellers in acquisitions and divestitures.


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