Recent Testimonials from
Sean & Dustin,
I wanted to thank you both for helping Ann and I value, market and sell the business. Your knowledge of business valuation, was the first draw for us to work with you and First Choice Business Brokers. You could see the potential and desirability of our niche business and within days of marketing had several leads and began making appointments with potential buyers. Ann and I were impressed, and knew that we had made the right decision to list the business for sale, and in choosing you and FCBB to represent us. Once we began to meet with potential buyers, your communication and responsiveness were most appreciated, we never felt in the dark. During negotiations, you seemed to tailor each response to the personality and characteristics of the potential buyer, and always being straight and clear with your answers. We quickly had offers on the business and once we had accepted one, you and your team quickly opened escrow and closed the sale within 1 month! We still cannot believe how smoothly the sale went and how satisfied we were with the entire transaction! Thank you to both of you, and the FCBB team!
Kyle and Ann, Morgann Hill Designs
Sergio Delgado was our agent for the sale of our business which closed October 17, 2016. Although the sale took a while, Sergio handled himself as the ultimate professional during the process. He returned all phone calls and emails promptly, gave good advice when needed and kept our spirits up during difficult times. We would not hesitate to recommend him and your company if the need should ever arise.
Sincerely, Jennifer Tanner and Megan Custeau – owners of The Lunch Box
My experience with Mark Flores was pleasurable from start to finish. Mark was very communicative and informative throughout all our business dealings. This was my first business purchase and Mark made me feel very comfortable every step of the way. He has great liaison skills that helped me acquire the information I needed from the seller to make a timely decision for the purchase of my new business and when I needed help with the paperwork he was there to help answer my questions.
Sincerely, Brian Brooks
We have now had the pleasure of working with Sean on both a sale and a purchase of a business. Extraordinary service, communication, professionalism, patience and he gets the job done. His quick response to our questions and/or concerns always kept us at ease and confident that he was on top of the entire process from start to finish. We have highly recommended Sean to many of our friends and will continue to do so!!
Dave & Stephanie Evans
Thank you for all of your help in selling our business. It was great working with you and we appreciate your help throughout.
All the best, Dan Sepich, AL Advantage
Sean and Dustin,
It really feels like you found the perfect buyers. Feels like long lost friends spending time with them.
We’re all so grateful to you and everything you’ve made happen. Your communication skills are amazing. You always stepped in and made sure we understood each other and you were never scared to step into the fire and redirect the conversation to a place where we all felt heard and understood.
I could never have done this without your guidance or support and I know the Buyers feel the same way. You made all this possible and we talked tonight about how we’re all going after our big dream – them doing what’s best for their family finding a way to work less and afford a better future for their children and Larry and I are going after our free spirited traveling dream. We’ve all put everything on the line and we’re so excited for the next chapter.
I’m just really happy and grateful. It’s happening exactly the way I hoped. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done (especially the stuff I had no idea you were doing) that made this deal go through and all of us moving closer to our life purpose.
Truly, Thank YOU!!! You really made a huge difference here. I will forever be grateful for your caring and support through all of it.
Madeleine Silva, Seller of Medical Billing Company
I have to hand it to you Chris, your follow through and tenacity certainly paid off in the arrangement you brokered between myself and the buyer of my business. Your insight and experience showed in the advice you were able to give us both. As with any business sale there are numerous details that have to be negotiated to keep them from becoming roadblocks to what otherwise would be a good deal to both parties. I appreciate the professionalism and care that you exercised in handling each detail as it arose. A job well done Chris, thank you.
Sincerely, Dennis Rowland, President, Superior Air
The Mind Masters Star Award for Focus, awarded to Maggie Pound
I have worked with Maggie Pound as she has worn many hats over the years. In 2015 she made a commitment to one thing that has kept her focused like never before. She is dedicated to matching businesses with the right sellers and buyers. She is a connector and realized this was her way of strengthening the business community. She started a local network, GADS to keep local businesses sharing relevant information for the area’s success while getting the word out for anyone wanting to sell their business. She found her calling and is doing it her way!
Barbara Eldridge, Founder, Mind Masters: an organization for supporting business owners that encourages, challenges and stimulates business development, financial growth and personal and professional change.
I am so pleased that I had Ricardo Gomez representing me to sell my business, Silver Dollar Cocktail Lounge. He is one of the best agents I have ever had the pleasure to know. Very informative, he kept me aware of what he was doing on my behalf in selling the business. I am most grateful for his help.
Hi Chris, Just a little note to say thank you for listing and selling my business. How happy I am to have found you. You worked diligently and with great professionalism. You made yourself available at all times and your hard work and patience paid off. You did for me what three other experienced brokers couldn't do and I wish I had found you sooner. I will be recommending your company to my friends and family. Thanks again, wishing you all the best for the future.
N. Abhari, DDS, FDSRCS
Chris and the team at First Choice,
Thank you for finding a buyer for our business in a timely manner. From the start, you were professional and knowledgeable with the process. With your massive advertising power, we had interested buyers the first week.
You only introduced us to qualified buyers and attended every meeting when we met after hours, hearing our story and answering questions to all parties. You made yourself available anytime day or night. Communication was excellent!
You matched us with the perfect buyer to take over our small business. We are thrilled with your services! Thank you!
Kyle & Diane Finley, Silver Moon Lighting, Inc.
I recently purchased a very good business utilizing the services of Chris Seaman, who was exemplary. He wasn't the things that people hate about sales people – pushy, aggressive, and fake. He wasn't in my face, he didn't constantly call me to push the business, he didn't oversell the idea.
He was the things that good sales people are – a great listener, patient, providing information that was needed to make decisions. He volunteered information that he thought I would need, but was not intrusive. From the first day I heard about the business to the day we closed was approximately three months, which is a pretty condensed timeframe for a business transaction. Chris was entirely professional during the entire process, referred me to valuable sources that helped the transaction proceed in a timely fashion, engineered and oversaw the whole documentation gathering and dissemination procedure, and was generally the invisible hand that guided the transaction to its comfortable conclusion.
I highly recommend Chris Seaman, and when I go to sell my business, he is the first person I intend to call.
Zach Easton, Buyer of Silver Moon Lighting
We recently purchased a small business that was brokered by Dustin and Sean. Although Dustin’s original relationship was with the Seller, he did a great of representing both parties in the transaction. They were responsive to our many questions and phone calls. I most of all appreciated the time they took to meet with us and the Seller to bring all of us closer to an agreement. They were very patient and creative in helping us develop good provisions for the transfer and transition of the business.
NCJ, Bayview Property Management
It was a great pleasure to work with 1st Choice Business Brokers. Sean and Dustin are professional, knowledgeable and kind. I cannot say enough good things about Sean Seaman. He is professional, thorough and very patient with all questions, taking time to explain the entire business buying process from start to finish. He always picks up his phone and follows through with his word. My spouse and I wanted to buy a business but it was already in contract. It fell out of escrow and he informed us immediately to see if we were still interested and we are so grateful he did. His expertise and ability to act swiftly sealed the deal for us. He is also very honest and has the helpful talent of seeing both sides objectively. We are very thankful to have found him and look forward to working with him again. Highly recommend! Thank you kindly, Sean and team!
Natalie B., Buyer of Mystic Mocha
I had listed my business for sale with another broker for six months that was hard working and professional but produced only unqualified buyers. I contacted Sean and Dustin at First Choice Business Brokers and what a difference! Sean and Dustin took the right approach that marketed my business correctly from the start. They found a qualified buyer within days from a resource of buyer contacts that they had on file. I received the price that I wanted and the process from start to finish was very quick and smooth. They were always available within a short period of time to answer my questions and coach me through completion. I would highly recommend Sean and Dustin to anyone looking to sell their business. Thanks again Sean and Dustin. I am sure you will have continuous success with your knowledge, confidence, and professionalism.
Dennis Neal, Advantage Business Equipment
Lamar Rutherford did an excellent job helping me sell my business. Her background in accounting and experience in business, made it easy for her to understand my business and its unique qualities, and explain it well to buyers. I also appreciated her experience doing business deals. She clearly explained the process, what to expect when and the potential risks. Anytime an issue did come up on either side, she was great at working through it with us, explaining each others point of view and helping us reach a mutually agreeable solution. She is professional, ethical and honest, but, most importantly, gets the deal done. If I weren’t happily retired, I would definitely hire her again.
Jeff Lu, former owner of PrintCo
When we originally bought our business “Four Seasons Candy Company”, we didn’t use a business broker. Needless to say, that was a costly mistake. So when we decided to sell our business, for sure, we were going to use a business broker even with the commissions.
Finding a good business broker is as important as finding a buyer. This time we were lucky because we found Patrick Marsch with “First Choice Business Brokers”. Thanks to Patrick, we found the right buyer for our business. As a team player, Patrick assisted us with a precise, step-by-step analysis that provided us with the confidence that we were offering our business at a full and fair value. Equally important, with patience and resilience, Patrick found us numerous potential buyers and helped us identify the most qualified buyer. With this precise, step-by-step analysis we felt comfortable that the buyer received the best overall deal.
If we should ever buy another business or if any of our family or friends should decide to buy or sell a business, we would, without hesitation recommend Mr. Patrick Marsch Jr. with First Choice Business Brokers.
Michael S. McClure (Four Seasons Candy Inc.)
Selling a business is unlike any other exercise one might try. It is emotional, at times confusing, and often occurs slower than optimal pace. As a hunter and fisherman, I liken it to a long trek through a forest or diving in unknown waters. Such a journey can be perilous without a proper guide who knows the lay of the land, has good judgment and knows how to communicate. I recently sold my dietary supplement business with First Choice. My experience with broker Lamar Rutherford was exceptional; she was the perfect proverbial guide. She found several interested parties, helped both sides understand the needs and wants of the other, clarified confusion and took the deal across the finish line. I would recommend her services to anybody thinking of selling their business
Chris Goldblatt (Potent Sea)
When I decided to sell my business, I contacted several brokers. From the beginning, Sean and Dustin stood out. They were so knowledgeable and prompt in responding to any phone calls or emails. With their help, I was able to reach an appropriate asking price for my medical billing company, which was higher than what I expected. In a very short time, they found the perfect buyer for my business. The process happened exactly as they stated it would. I am amazed how quick and smooth it all happened. It really is like a dream come true. I would highly recommend Sean and Dustin at First Choice Business Brokers.
Rita Nye, President, Physicians Medical Billing Services, Inc
I can't thank First Choice Business Brokers enough. FCBB had continued faith in the sale of our business and helped us make it happen with the right buyer. Patrick Marsch. is a great broker, and really made us comfortable with our decisions. I wouldn't change our experience for anything. Really, Patrick, thank you so much for your patience and resilience is getting this done. We are very happy with the end product and the perfect buyer!
Casey Adamson (Wiser Owl)
Lamar did an amazing job helping me sell my business. There were many times when I was concerned the deal would fall apart, but she held it together and made it happen. I was very pleased with her work. She was always ethical, honest, straightforward and knowledgeable – and a great negotiator. When I sell my other store I will definitely use her again.
Carolyn Lancaster (Carolyn's Designer Resale)
Our business was originally operating in Washington State and listed for sale February 2012 with a Washington broker, but did not sell. The business and staff were relocated to Escondido, California in July 2012. Half a dozen business brokers were contacted, including Lamar Rutherford. Lamar presented data and offered information that was at a much higher level than the other brokers we spoke with. She was able to not only show me various valuations of the business, but talk to me about how best to attract a buyer within a certain price range.
Very soon after listing the business with Lamar, she was presenting us with great potential buyers. Only a few months into our listing with her, two offers to buy were presented for full price, and one for more than the listed price. It was amazing!
Preparing to submit documents to the Buyers and preparing to close can be a stressful situation. Lamar tolerated with complete calmness, professionalism and many discussions with us about what to expect, submit and prepare for. I could not have done this without her.
We highly recommend Lamar Rutherford if you are considering selling or thinking to buy a business.
Julie Wright, MBA, Former Founder and President, (Diet Doc Weight Loss)
Thank you so much for all your help in the selling of my business. It was a real pleasure working with you, and knowing that if ever I needed to talk with you, you were always available. I would gladly recommend you to anyone who either wanted to buy or sell a business.
Phil Zabish (Dimensional Inspection Services)
Sean and Dustin at First Choice Business Brokers delivered on their promise to connect me with a large number of qualified buyers and simplify the process of the sale. The team at FCBB turned a very complex transaction into a simple, professional and valuable outcome for all parties.
Craig MacKinder (TTR)
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, you have just been incredible. I don’t know how we could have sold our business without you. You have been a professional, a gentleman, and a very caring broker. I am glad that we had you to make this a smooth transaction. Thank you so much."
Maria Grady (Mexi-cocina Bar & Grill)
Mark and Dylan,
I wanted to send you this note thanking you for selling my business, Kardia Fitness. I have to admit there was so much more involved than I ever anticipated. Thank you again for guiding me away from the first buyer. He would have been very difficult to work with and the conditions he was asking for were just not acceptable. Mark came in at a very fair price and he has been very easy to work with. I will highly recommend you to anyone I come across who may be selling their business. I'm sure you will give them the same great service and guidance you provided me.
In acknowledging the wonderful job you did in marketing and bringing the sales of my business in La Jolla to a successful close, I wanted to share with you a look back on the process to offer you more than just a simple "Thanks."
When I contacted by your firm initially I had mentioned to the owner that I would need his very best salesperson. His reply was all his representatives were well qualified as he only hired the best people in the industry. When I told him that I doubted he had what I was looking for he understandably asked why.
My criteria at the time had me looking for a Savior. Someone other worldly, without limitations who had demonstrated the ability to walk on water. I truly felt this as the sales mission the individual was to be sent on was in combat terms a Suicide Mission. Who could possibly convey to a prospective buyer that despite the appearance of things that my business was viable?
In the time since the economic downturn in 2009, I had been operating with a tremendous overhead while offering an expensive product line of fine art paintings and sculptures to a clientele that had largely disappeared or were otherwise looking to have their pick of my inventory at 50% off the listed price. Playing no part in that game I had somehow managed to survive just long enough to find Lamar Rutherford.
Suffice it to say that in operating a fine art gallery I had employed quite a few gifted salespeople over the years whose livelihood depended on their ability to romanticize clients into expensive purchases. What I desperately needed now was an acrobat. Someone who could juggle the sales assignment while handling the fiscal explanations.
In August of2012, Lamar called on me to set up an appointment to review my needs. In meeting her I immediately knew I was in front of a very bright gal. She asked questions about my business that I would have expected from a seasoned business broker but they were presented in a way that intrigued me. I could tell immediately that she was very interested in knowing how my business operated. Lamar's interview last about 2 hours and at the conclusion she stated that she would like to meet with me in a few days to make a presentation to obtain a listing.
During the next few days I found myself nervous about our next meeting and I asked myself why. The reason for my anxiety was that I realized that I had found a salesperson capable of selling my business. As improbable as it was to believe I had met the one woman on the planet who could handle the mission I was desperate to assign.
Knowing the sales commission was a healthy reward I almost felt guilty about signing the sales listing as the task ahead was an uphill battle. The monthly rent on my gallery was $17,000.00 Sometimes when I mentioned this to people who knew me I would see a look of fear in their eyes. Add in payroll and operating costs and immediately you could easily overwhelm a prospective buyer. It was apparent that I needed a sales representative with a very strong financial background to navigate the financial waters we were swimming in.
At our next meeting Lamar made her presentation while soliciting my input on details and concluded it by asking for the listing. Without hesitating in the slightest I agreed. I had done my research, Lamar had a unique combination of degrees and licenses tailored to my needs and beyond that the personality suited to connect to her customer. Now she would have to go about finding a very particular buyer and that was not going to be easy.
The state of the US economy at the time Lamar signed our listing was not good. Financial news on a daily basis was unsettled. So what did Lamar do? She brought us a full price offer from a prospective buyer in Sweden. The clients flew in reviewed the opportunity and wrote offer contingent on their being granted an E-2 immigration Visa Talk about a mine field, poor Lamar was buried in paperwork and labored valiantly to assist her international clients. In the end the process was going to take too long and in the interim she had come in with (2) back-up offers.
As it was apparent we had found the right agent to sell the business I was now faced with making a decision to whom I would sell the business to. Ultimately Lamar brought me a well-educated buyer; professionally suited to administrate the business moving forward with whom I have every confidence will find success while realizing their dreams.
In the end having chosen and assigning Lamar Rutherford to represent my interests made all the difference in my life. If this testimonial in any measure assists you in a search for you representation in the sale of your business it’s Lamar you can thank as she's definitely earned it.
Sincerely, Leland Williams, President ICEO, Monarch Gallery
I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your professionalism and patience with us during the entire process. It was a scary and exciting time for us as first time business owners. But you helped us thru the process by answering our questions and providing us with valuable insight. Your prompt and caring attention to our needs was greatly appreciated. Thanks again for everything and we look forward to working with you again in the near future. Take care.
Regards, Tracy D. DBA Cup N Go
Our business was originally operating in Washington State and listed for sale February 2012 with a Washington broker. The business and staff were relocated to Escondido, California in July 2012. Half a dozen business brokers were contacted, including Lamar Rutherford.
Lamar presented data and offered information that was at a much higher level than the other brokers I spoke with. She was able to not only show me various valuations of the business, but talk to me about how best to attract a buyer within a certain price range.
Very soon after listing the business with Lamar, she was presenting us with great potential buyers. Only a few months into our listing with her and two offers to buy were presented for full price, and one for more than the listed price. It was amazing!
Preparing to submit documents to the Buyers and preparing to close can be a stressful situation. Lamar tolerated with complete calmness, professionalism and many discussions with us about what to expect, submit and prepare for. I couldn’t have done this without her.
We highly recommend Lamar Rutherford if you are considering selling or thinking to buy a business.
Julie Wright, MBA, Former Founder and President, Diet Doc Weight Loss, April 2013
Dustin and Sean, a special thank you to you. You have been terrific and very efficient in this transaction. Always reactive and helpful. I hope we can do business together again and I will certainly recommend you when I hear someone is interested in buying or selling a business.
Philippe Faurie, Synergy Home Care, 2013
One of the best decisions I made when I determined that it was time to sell my business was to choose Chris Seaman at First Choice Business Brokers of San Diego to assist me. Chris worked side by side with me in valuing my business and always made me feel like my concerns and questions were respected and heard. We listed my business on a Friday and had an offer on the following Monday! Chris is professional, experienced, realistic and has a calming presence when things get hectic. He guided me throughout the entire process and earned my trust quickly. I recommend him and First Choice Business Brokers highly.
Janet Sinclair, La Femme Chic Consignment Boutique, 2013
I worked with Sean and Dustin to sell my business. It was an excellent experience. They did not rush through the financial statements but helped me to accurately reflect my business and its earnings. They took their time to go through all facets of selling the business, always maintained confidentiality and diligently worked to find a financially qualified buyer. Within a couple months they produced a very well qualified buyer. From that point forward they helped negotiate the price, terms and really helped both parties overcome the small problems most deals encounter. Both of them were polite, professional and got the job done. I sincerely believe the price I sold the business for would have been much less without the proper preparation and advice Dustin and Sean guided me with. I would use them again in a heartbeat and would recommend them to anyone who is considering the potential sale of their business.
Jack Morehouse, Mr. Rooter Franchise
I am very glad I had Chris Seaman as our business broker to sell our business. He promptly responded to my phone calls and emails. He made the entire process of selling my business easy and fast, from material preparation, appointment setting up, interview, negotiation to closing. He is honest and experienced. He is always on time. I really appreciated his service and recommend him to anyone to sell or buy a business.
Sincerely, Bill Wang, President, Billeigean Printing and Direct Mailing, Inc. 2013
It was a pleasure to work with Chris during our purchase of White Light Studio. Chris provided a detailed valuation which included reference data from similar purchases to give us the confidence to go forward with the transaction. Chris continued to offer us advice throughout the process and was available at all times to discuss situations that arose. His calm and professional demeanor helps alleviate stress that built up and we felt that Chris provided honest assessments when faced with go no go decisions. We would highly recommend Chris for any business purchase.
David and May Garrett, 2013
Chris Seaman made the entire process of selling my business stress-free. He is extremely thorough and follows through with everything he says. He was able to sell my business much faster than I had anticipated. I appreciate that he is an honest broker and makes sure that my questions and concerns as the owner are answered. I have dealt with other business brokers before, and compared to them, Chris is the most attentive and honest one I’ve worked with. I highly recommend his services to anyone looking to sell or buy a business.
Sincerely, Barry Tu, President, BTJR Holdings Inc. 2012
Chris Seaman assisted me in purchasing my current business, Emory Plumbing. Chris was extremely thorough and efficient during the process and answered any questions or concerns that I had. Because of his professional manner in handling this purchase, I have come to trust him with other business dealings. I am currently listing my night club with him. His diligent work ethics and professionalism is outstanding and I feel he will give his best effort in selling the night club. If you are looking to sell or purchase a business I highly recommend Chris Seaman.
Sincerely, Brandon Bishop, President, Emory Plumbing 2012
Chris, Thank you so much for all your assistance selling my business, POWAY SMOG. I will highly recommend anyone interested in a business sale, or purchase, to come to you in the future. You explained, in detail, how the business was valued: a very precise, step-by-step analysis. It gave me the confidence that I was getting full, fair value. And also for the buyer that they were buying a business that was fully vetted and knew what they were paying me all that money for. Your finding multiple qualified buyers also put me in the enviable position of having a choice of qualified buyers to ensure I received the best overall deal. I also appreciated your experience putting the deal together. You fully explained all steps of the process so that I felt comfortable with every step along the way. I even appreciated the escrow company you work with. Very experienced in business transactions. Every detail was taken care of to ensure all the legalities were covered. Once again, thanks! FIRST CHOICE will definitely be my "first choice" for any buy or sell in the business arena. If you ever have a client that wishes to contact me personally, please feel free to call.
Sincerely, Shelby Standefer, President, POWAY SMOG, INC. 2012
Hi Chris, Thank you very much for all of your help to close the deal in a timely manner. All of your services were very professional starting from day one to the close of escrow. I will not hesitate to let my friends to avail your services whenever they are in the market for buying or selling a business. Once again thank you very much for all your help.
Regards, Dr. D.P. Chauhan 2011
Dear Chris, When I decided to sell my business, I jokingly mentioned that I needed a broker that can "Sell ice cubes to Eskimos". Well you did it! Despite all the obstacles due to unforeseen circumstances, you found a buyer. You appropriately named your company First Choice. You did an amazing job.
Many thanks, Stania Vagner, Fetal Diagnostic Laboratory 2011
Chris Seaman and the team at First Choice did an excellent job in all areas of my business purchase. They made sure I had all of the necessary information and that I felt comfortable throughout the entire process. The First Choice Team is very professional and knowledgeable and I would highly recommend them to anyone interested in selling or buying a business.
Bobby Shepherd – President, Munch A Bunch Vending 2011
Hi Chris, Thank you again for all of your help purchasing ColorTechs! You and your team did a great job of educating Evencia & I with the entire process. The escrow company that you chose also made the paperwork signing and the legal documentation gathering as easy as possible. I would recommend First Choice to any of my friends who are looking to buy or sell a business.
Dave Powell, ColorTechs 2011
When you receive good service from a Company, you rarely feel obligated to write a thank you letter. On the other hand, when the Company goes the extra mile and provides a superior service, there is no way that you can dismiss this urge of sitting down, and giving them the proper credit they deserve. The outstanding and professional services that Chris Seaman and his team have demonstrated in this Business transaction is beyond what we call "good customer services". This Business Broker had done everything possible, in a fair-and-square manner, to avoid any mistakes or delays to help in completing the transaction. Chris Seaman and his team are a great asset to the business community of San Diego. Without any doubt in my mind, they have surely set a higher standard of excellence that others will have to strive to compete against. Thank you and congratulations on a job well done!
Imad Abolhosn, Postal Annex
The best decision I made when selling my business was to list it with First Choice. From the very beginning to after the sale of my business, Sean Seaman and his team at First Choice were extremely helpful and insightful. I leaned heavily on the advice and guidance that Sean gave me and I was glad that I did. His knowledge and understanding of the landscape was so valuable to me and facilitated a very quick and profitable sale. I know that when the time comes to sell another business First Choice will be my broker.
Allison Cecil, Niche eCommerce