Vice President, Business Intermediary
Jeff’s career includes 25 years of project management, implementation, and process improvement across multiple industries. Jeff has also owned and operated his own business consulting company for six years, completing over $10M in project volume. With strong backgrounds in accounting, technology deployment, small business startup, and Fortune 500 services, Jeff offers a consultative approach to business owners in Central Florida. Utilizing a large partner and referral network, Mr. Skoog's ability to help strengthen organization value, discover ways to reduce operating costs, improve bottom-line performance and uncover business opportunity identification and realization, help position companies to be sold for top dollar.
Nick joined the firm in 2007, previously working as an accountant and financial estate planner, and is experienced in advising retirees on how to manage assets effectively and maximize post-retirement cash flow. Nick has directed numerous transactions with Acquivest in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail, medical and business services.
Nick is a member of the Business Brokers of Florida and the International Business Brokers Association. Mr. Schurig is also very active with several nonprofit organizations in Orange County, both in a volunteer and board director capacity, and is a former youth minister.
Mr. Schurig received a BS in Accounting from University of Tennessee. In addition to a real estate associate license, Mr. Schurig maintains a life, variable and health insurance license and mortgage broker license.
Vice President, Business Intermediary
George has over 25 years experience in the areas of finance, accounting, banking, management, marketing and business consulting. Mr. Najmy's expertise comes from many years in the banking industry, ranging from national banks to community banks. His most recent banking experience includes a role as President and CEO of a community bank of approximately $250 million in assets from 2003 to 2007. George has also successfully purchased, operated and sold his own businesses, which includes a medical supply company and an accounting and tax preparation firm.
A resident of the Manatee/Sarasota area for 26 years, Mr. Najmy has served for a number of nonprofits, including leadership roles with the Manatee Players, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the South Florida Museum, the SunCoast Workforce Board and the South Manatee Sertoma Club. Mr. Najmy graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a BA in Business Administration, and possesses Series 6, 63 securities and life & variable insurance licenses.
John Byrne, CPA, ABV
John is a CPA with over 30 years of experience, providing business valuation services required for M&A transactions, income tax compliance, buy-sell agreements, domestic relations, and shareholder disputes. He has participated in numerous due diligence and transaction advisory services providing expertise in evaluating risks and determining quality of earnings of potential acquisitions. John has also planned, supervised, and performed audits for both SEC and privately owned clients operating in various industries including information technology, manufacturing and distribution, construction contractors, lodging and hospitality, multi-family housing, and professional service firms.
John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), along with the Business Brokers of Florida (BBF). John earned the Accredited in Business Valuation designation (ABV) awarded by the AICPA in 1998. He is a volunteer with the Financial Literacy Project sponsored by the AICPA, and has served as a seminar leader for various state and local bar associations’ continuing legal education programs, lecturing on various business appraisal topics and exit planning strategies.
John received a bachelor degree from Ohio University, and a master degree in Accounting and Financial Information Systems from Cleveland State University.
Vice President, Business Consultant & Intermediary
Paul is a 25-year veteran of the fire equipment industry prior to founding Bardane Inc. in 2004, a management consulting firm focused on improving competitiveness and profitability of workforces. Mr. Johnson's background includes experience in field operations, sales and sales management, finance and senior management, and consulting roles in general management, business development and operations. His efforts have been consistently focused on developing and implementing strategies that drive higher value in a business, through increased sales efforts and enhanced profitability. Mr. Johnson specializes in consulting, sell-side transactions and capital raising engagements in specific industries and sectors, including fire-related service & installation, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, construction, landscaping, telecommunication and technology.
Mr. Johnson performed undergraduate studies in Business Administration at Orlando College, and he completed his Masters in Business Administration at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida.