Sunbelt of Columbus Team

When you’re preparing to buy or sell a business in Columbus, you need an experienced, winning team to guide you through the transaction process. At Sunbelt of Columbus, our brokers and M&A advisors have decades of combined experience and are well-versed in the Columbus marketplace. Give our team a call today to begin your search for a business or prepare your business for sale.

Emmet Apolinario
Emmet Apolinario
Office Owner
Emmet Apolinario
Emmet Apolinario
Office Owner

Emmet Apolinario is President of the Ohio Business Brokers Association (www.obba.org). He is an award-winning entrepreneur and a frequent speaker to various business events in Central Ohio. In 2002, Apolinario was awarded “Small Business Leader of the Year” by both the Small Business Administration and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. Prior to acquiring a branch location of Sunbelt Business Advisors Network, Apolinario led a successful turnaround of a Midwest regional technology service company. He acquired this company through a leverage buyout. After successfully restructuring debt and operations Emmet led the company to profitability and for three years in a row the company was recognized as one of Ohio’s fifty fastest growing companies. In addition to his involvement in the technology sector, Apolinario has a broad business background that includes service, distribution and outsourcing industries. Originally from the Philippines, Apolinario’s global business perspective is an advantage when it comes to viewing business development, franchising and investment banking from a national and international outlook. With the current emphasis on “globalization” in many industry groups, Emmet’s awareness of international trends helps provide additional insight in business brokerage transactions.

Apolinario is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor, certified through the Exit Planning Institute (www.exit-planning-institute.org). He is one the less than 200 business advisors internationally with such certificaiton. Certified Exit Planning Advisors complete a challenging 4 day program that involves approximately 100 hours of pre-course study, 36 hours of class room instruction, and successful completion of a 4-hour rigorous proctored examination. Additional info at: http://www.pr.com/press-release/87842

Apolinario conducts and leads a monthly meeting 2nd Wednesday of each month for the Ohio Business Brokers Association where he leads discussions pertaining to the many complex and compicated facets of the business transfer process. The 3rd Thursday of each month, you will also find Apolinario conducting a workshop session called Executive Straight Talk, a monthly workshop series held at Columbus State Workforce Development Center on Cleveland Avenue where he brings in entrepreneurs and business thought leaders to discuss relevant business topics that revolve around business growth strategies along with best practice areas. He is a monthly contributor to several blogposts that pertain to the confidential sale and purchase of privately-held businesses. Details or invitation to these sessions could be requested through emailing [email protected]

Memberships: International Business Brokers Association; Ohio Business Brokers Association; Rotary International; Columbus Chamber of Commerce; Dublin Chamber of Commerce; Columbus Technology Council; Entrepreneur Exchange Group; International Franchise Association;

Advisory and Boards: ProTeam Resources, Inc – Advisory Board; TCS Software, Inc. – Advisory Board; PMG Video Communications – Advisory Board; South Central Ohio Minority Council – Board and Trustee; Top Contributors to the Advancement of Technology – Executive Committee.

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John Afek
Broker
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John Afek
Broker

John is a well-seasoned professional in the world investment banking and business brokerage. As Certified Public Accountant, John’s strong financial background will greatly enhance any deal making activity. In addition to strong financial credentials, he is also a Certified Valuation Analysts through NACVA. Email John to schedule a preliminary meeting to discuss your critical business needs.

Bert Brown
Bert Brown
Broker
Bert Brown
Bert Brown
Broker

Bert provides business planning services for Sunbelt clients. Bert is the owner of Egbert C. Brown and Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm that is organized in two divisions. The Business Planning Division specializes in business planning for start-up and existing businesses. The Call Center Operations Division specializes in inbound call center and customer service consulting services for domestic and international companies. Some of the services offered by the Business Planning Division include developing financial models, documenting the plan, supporting the client presentation and/or delivery to financial institutions or investors, monitoring plan execution, and providing ongoing operations support. Business plans developed by Bert have been instrumental in helping the clients to secure financing. The plans also provide blueprints and detailed plans for the future operation of the business. Banks and financial institutions have praised the quality of the plans that have been submitted to them. Bert is a results driven leader with significant skills and experience in business planning, customer service and call center operations, and leading challenging and complex operations both domestically and internationally. Prior to starting his consulting business in February, 2000, Bert was employed at AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and Philips Consumer Communications (A Lucent/Philips Joint Venture). During his corporate career, he had domestic and global responsibilities for business analysis and planning, call center operations management, reengineering, strategic and financial planning, and outsourcing planning and implementation.

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Michael Diercks
Broker
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Michael Diercks
Broker

Mike is an accomplished business professional. Joining the Sunbelt Network family with an existing franchised operation of Leadership Management Inc. Mike has worked with a variety of business owner and entrepreneurs in providing and adding value to their companies.

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