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Christopher Seaman

Broker

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First Choice Broker/Owner of the Year: 
2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016

 Chris Seaman is President and Principal Broker for First Choice Business Brokers of San Diego. Chris has lived in San Diego County over 40 years and began his career as a scientist, earning a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, San Diego in 1992. He then joined a San Diego high-tech company where he developed and commercialized several innovative products for the aerospace, electronic, and medical device industries. He became executive Vice-President in charge of business operations including product development, commercialization, intellectual property, quality control, manufacturing, licensing negotiations, and sales. Chris founded the First Choice Business Brokers San Diego office in 2006 in order to leverage his business skills as an intermediary in business sales and acquisitions and has since been involved in hundreds of business sales transactions. Chris is a licensed CA real estate broker (Lic# 01525675), an active member of the California Association of Business Brokers (CABB), and is a California Certified Business Broker (CBB). Chris and his wife Sandy live in San Diego where they have raised 3 children.

 

Recent Client Testimonials:

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

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!

Sincerely, Kyle & Diane Finley, Owners, Silver Moon Lighting

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Patrick Marsch

Broker

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Patrick’s career spans more than 30 years, and includes senior management positions with Accenture and business ownership. Prior to becoming a business broker, Patrick spent over 15 years as a commercial real estate developer and a partner in a commercial construction company responsible for developing over $500 million in real estate assets. After selling his multimedia development firm, Patrick joined First Choice Business Brokers and was the company’s top sales performer in his first two years, closing several million dollars in business transactions. Patrick is a licensed CA real estate broker (Lic# 01775196) and an active member of the California Association of Business Brokers (CABB). Patrick graduated with honors with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Patrick holds a lifetime membership in the National Jesuit Honors Society. Patrick lives in San Diego with his wife Clare, his three children and Hyson their golden retriever.
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Sean Seaman

Agent

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FCBB Top National Sales Associate 2009 and 2010 for Most Businesses Sold and 2014 and 2015 Top Overall Performer in Transacted Business Volume.

Sean Seaman graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Management Science before helping to open the First Choice Business Brokers office in San Diego back in 2006. Sean teamed up with Dustin Sigall to provide a greater value to their clients and together bring you the experience of selling over 160 businesses and evaluating business opportunities in all different industries. With their experience and proactive approach to selling businesses, you won't find a better or more motivated team of Business Brokers in San Diego. 

Sean is an avid surfer and has traveled to such destinations as South Africa, Indonesia, Australia, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua and Ireland. Sean is a licensed CA Real Estate Agent (Lic# 01790469) and a member of the California Association of Business Brokers (CABB). For a Full List of Testimonials and Recently Sold Businesses visit: www.SDHotlist.com.
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Dustin Sigall

Agent

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Born and raised in San Diego, Dustin Sigall has been a top performing Agent with First Choice Business Brokers since 2006. Dustin and his long time friend, Sean Seaman, partnered in 2007 as they realized their complimentary skill sets enable them to provide greater value to their clients. Dustin and Sean have personally sold over 170 small and medium sized businesses, in a variety of industries. Dustin and Sean consistently rank among the top 5 Business Sales Consultants nationwide. Dustin resides in Carlsbad, CA with his wife, Ashleigh, and twin boys, Conor and Trey. Dustin is a licensed CA real estate agent (Lic# 01790467)  
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Dylan McGrath

Agent

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"Dylan graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing & Advertising.  Through his education and experience in selling real estate for 5 years, he has learned how to successfully market and sell businesses.   Intuitive to each client’s individual needs and concerns and dedicated to delivering tangible results, Dylan has become one of the local market's most trusted resource when selling a business.  Organized, diligent and detail-oriented, he works hard to create memorable and rewarding experiences for both buyers and sellers alike. His effective negotiation skills ensure successful business sale transactions and extremely satisfied clients. Dylan resides in Encinitas where he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. When he's not working or with family, you can probably find Dylan out surfing somewhere. He spent a lot of his childhood years living on the island of Kauai, where he developed a true love for surfing, people, and the ocean.   Dylan is currently licensed with the California DRE (lic#01883640) and is associated with the California Association of Business Brokers (CABB)."
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Ricardo Gomez

Agent

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Ricardo Gomez graduated from the University of San Diego with degrees in Economics and Finance.  He has worked at Morgan Stanley and started up many businesses both in San Diego and Mexico.  With Ricardo’s economics background he thoroughly understands the needs of today’s investors and understands what businesses will bring the highest return.  Being bilingual, he looks forward to bringing the best possible service to the international investor looking to invest in San Diego. Ricardo lives in Bonita and is an avid triathlete, spending his free time swimming in Coronado, cycling in the mountains, and trail running.  When not participating in triathlon Ricardo enjoys looking for some challenging hiking adventures. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible”   Walt Disney
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Mark Godwin

Agent

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As a previous business owner himself, Mark has experienced first-hand the concerns, anxiety and excitement that buyers and sellers feel during a business transaction. This personal experience has enhanced his ability to assist buyers and sellers in reaching their goals. After 15 years of working for a Fortune 500 advertising firm as a major accounts representative, Mark began his career in business brokerage by selling franchises on a National level. While selling franchises, he came across an opportunity to partner with one of his previous clients. Together, they built a successful business that they expanded from just 4 stores to 28 locations covering 3 states. After selling that business, Mark returned to his true passion of business sales. Mark has a business degree with an emphasis in marketing.

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Sergio Delgado

Agent

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Sergio Delgado was born in Arizona raised in Ecuador, South America. His multi-cultural upbringing and travel has provided extensive opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of many diverse groups of people He speaks English and Spanish fluently and is working on developing his Portuguese. He served in the United States Marine Corps where he further developed his leadership abilities and focused on his education. Upon completion of his military service he attended San Diego State University where he attained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. Sergio's professional experiences where he honed his business skills, financial skills and put his education into practice include such notable companies as Qualcomm Inc and Deloitte & Touche. Between the two companies he has worked as a Financial Analyst doing everything from corporate accounting, financial planning and administration.
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Steve Sharp

Agent

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In January of 2007, Steve started his business brokering career while entrenching himself in internet marketing including SEO, PPC, and social media strategies. Having previously owned multiple businesses he has an extensive business and marketing background. Steve has sold a variety of businesses throughout his business brokering career specializing in the sale of businesses with sales of $250,000 to $2.5 million. Steve offers a FREE Market Price Analysis and no obligation consultation.

Visit my website at:  http://sdbizopps.com

 

 

 

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Mark Flores

Agent

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Mark Flores is a skilled business professional with over 15 years combined experience. His resume includes working with business of all sizes including start-ups, private, and multi-national public companies. Mark is well versed in various industries including Manufacturing, Retail, Restaurants, Advertising & Marketing, and Workforce Solutions.

 

As a Business Broker, Mark utilizes his diverse business experience to identify his client's goals and tailors a sales solution specifically to meet those goals. He provides clear and reliable insight on Market Trends and Analysis to maximize the sale outcome.

 

Mark is a native San Diegan, originally from Encinitas. He and his wife, Crissandra, reside in San Marcos and are expecting their first child. Mark Studied Political Science at California State University San Marcos. 

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Todd Bell

Agent

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Todd Bell is a lifelong California resident having lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. After 15 years in finance and 5 years as a successful business owner in San Diego, Todd decided to join First Choice.

Todd’s passion is empowering business purchasers and sellers to achieve their financial goals. His extensive background in financial transactions and business creation provides a wealth of expertise for his clients. He is a trusted advisor of the highest caliber and is committed to managing your transaction with integrity and professionalism.

Todd graduated Cum Laude from UCLA with a double major in Political Science and Spanish Language. He enjoys world travel and the performing arts, and also plays an active role in his community.

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Shawn Ko

Agent

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Shawn has extensive experience in the hospitality industry. He has worked for both large and small companies in all aspects of restaurant and hospitality operations, as well as owning several businesses. Shawn has worked for some of the largest operations such as Dave & Busters, Yard House, Compass Group and he was a Regional Manager for Crocodile Express. In addition, Shawn has owned and operated several successful restaurants, a coffee cart and other hospitality services. He has started a business from the ground up and knows the permitting process, licensing, construction supervision, menu development, marketing strategies and hiring/training required. He understands owning and operating smaller retail units as well as working with complex, high volume multi-unit operations. Shawn has lived in the Inland Empire, but now resides permanently in Northern San Diego County with his family. He enjoys spending time with his 4 children and 2 grandchildren.  He has a passion for helping with local ministry outreach, bicycling, working out and taking care of his numerous animals.  He is a licensed CA Real Estate Agent (Lic#01993063).
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Satoshi Kanuma

Agent

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Satoshi Kanuma brings over 25+ years of his professional and executive experience in aircraft financing, accounting and tax consulting, business affairs in the media and entertainment industry, and employee/executive benefit consulting to his business brokerage practice.  He considers business brokerage the place where he can put all his experiences and knowledge to their best use.  He enjoys discovering and catering to the unique needs of his clients.  He is an SPHR, a licensed insurance agent/broker and a licensed real estate salesperson. He holds a BA, Business from Hitotsubashi University in Japan and an MBA from University of Southern California. He attended Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia for one year.  He lives in South Pasadena and has been working primarily with buyers and sellers in Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire area.
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Maggie Pound

Agent

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Founded in 1994, First Choice Business Brokers is one of the largest Business Sales Organizations in the world, with multiple offices located throughout the U.S. Our San Diego office consists of 2 Principals, 13 Associates, and administrative personnel. In addition, we have a select team of professional service providers we can recommend that can provide legal, accounting, planning, financing and various other services. First Choice Business Brokers is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau (A+ Rating), California Association of Business Brokers, and various San Diego Chambers of Commerce. Maggie Pound has been a licensed California Real Estate Broker for more than 35 years. Maggie has lived in San Diego County for nearly 30 years, is a CA native and graduate of UCLA. She began her career as a Social Worker for the Los Angeles County and transitioned to Human Resources Director at LAC-USC Medical Center. After moving to San Diego in 1981, she worked for Kaiser as their HR Director and the Pediatrics Department where she managed 97 employees and 7 clinics. She worked as the HR Director for Sharp Rees-Steal and then in 1992, Maggie joined the San Diego City Council as a representative for an elected Councilmember. She facilitated many community improvements including the planning and funding of the City Heights transformation in 1994 and the first Citizen’s Patrol. For the last thirty years she has been an employee, owner and consultant in a variety of industries. During these years, she raised her twin daughters as a single mom as she also worked in residential and commercial real estate transactions. At First Choice Business Brokers, she leverages her business skills as an intermediary in business sales and acquisitions. Clients benefit from her real life experiences as well as her ability to connect and explore the more difficult management challenge as a Business Strategist. Our Services – We provide a comprehensive, personal, and professional service to our clients, from start to finish, selling your business confidentially, at the highest price, as quickly and efficiently as possible. These services include: Marketing: We do a comprehensive market evaluation of your business using various metrics including but not limited to your past, current and future projected financial position, your business sector, your client mix, your operations profile and your asset mix. Using a combination of these factors we produce a fair market value evaluation using proprietary analysis tools and industry proven and accepted practices. Interviewing: Using the evaluation data, we develop a comprehensive marketing plan to attract potential buyers from our network of buyer investors as well as a global system to solicit new buyers. Once a potential buyer is identified, they are screened for financial capability and industry experience through a series of interviews. If the potential buyer fulfils the requirements and they are approved by the seller, they execute a series of documents protecting the confidentiality of the seller’s strategic business information. Negotiating: A qualified and approved buyer is then introduced to the seller to begin negotiations. All negotiations are managed with First Choice’s comprehensive documentation and agreements. The agent facilitates all phases of the negotiations until an agreement is reached. Coordination and Close: The agreement is clearly and concisely documented and additional paperwork is developed to facilitate and manage a successful transaction. First Choice facilitates all minute details of the deal to assure a successful and smooth transition.

Visit my website at:  www.yourbusinesstransition.info  

 

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Jim Belderes

Agent

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After college and the military, Jim Belderes, a native San Diegan, realized that owning his own business was the career he wanted. Jim owned and operated retail businesses here in San Diego for over 35 years. His retail camera store was one of the first one-hour photo labes in North County. After 15 years he successfully sold his business and went on to start a wholesale digital photo restoration studio in Carlsbad, the first of it's kind in the area. Due to his extensive knowledge of business finance, management, and organization, JIm was then tapped Agfa Corp. to be a top level consultant eventually leading to sales of hig end digital equipment. In this 6 -year position as district sales manager, Jim gained invaluable knowledge of sales contracs and financing of capital equipment.
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Jim Chiu

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John Jim Chiu has been a restaurant business operator for the past 25 years. He is a graduate of business administration at Worcester, Massachusetts. He has worked in corporate restaurants and as an independent operator for many years. A family man with two grown children.  He is hardworking and passionate about helping other business operators succeed and expand their business.
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Aaron Hoffman

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Aaron Hoffman has been involved in business sales and acquisitions for over 38 years.  Aaron has owned and operated multiple successful businesses including The Bagelman, Cut Label Women's Discount Department Store, Tri-State Aviation, A and A Discount Car Rentals and Carpets Unlimited, to name a few.  He has been a professional business liquidator with over two thousand transactions with his company "LARRY THE LIQUIDATOR".  Aaron has also been very active in real estate transactions and is licensed in CA, MI, and OH.  For years, Aaron has taught classes on real estate, English, and business liquidation, and continues to lecture at universities on How to Start Your Own Business, as well as a guest speaker as Larry the Liquidator.

Aaron holds BS/ MA degrees from Wayne State University.  His diverse background, experience and education makes him able to UNDERSTAND the process of marketing and finding a buyer for any business....including "YOURS".

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Spencer Sigoda

Agent

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