“When we decided to retire, we retained Jeff Potts and Ritchie Labate of Gold Country Advisors to sell our business. They met with us to evaluate our business and to determine if they thought it would be salable before we incurred any expenses. After we signed a contract they immediately began to work, writing a booklet to describe our business and industry to prospective buyers. They were able to bring us multiple offers for our business. Overall, we felt that they were knowledgeable, dependable, and effective. When escrow closed we were very happy to be able to celebrate the sale of our business with Jeff and Ritchie, and the beginning of our retirement.” – David and Kathy Werum, Werum Enterprises, Inc.
“Ritchie and Jeff are the best! They were available to talk any day of the week, kept me updated throughout the sales process, and were always very professional. They sold my business quickly to an excellent buyer. I highly recommend Ritchie and Jeff if you are considering selling your business.” – Karen Stilwell, former owner of Bikram Yoga of Folsom, CA.
“Jeff Potts’ experience and advice in guiding us through the complex M&A process were invaluable. This strategic alignment will allow us to realize new opportunities immediately. I highly recommend Jeff’s services to anyone considering selling their company.” – Lance Gartner, former owner, Repo Remarketing, Inc.
“As the owner of one of the largest auto repossession companies on the West Coast, I knew the time was right to sell my business. There were strategic buyers that had expressed in interest, but I was smart enough to realize I did not want to engage myself in direct negotiations. I had a business to run, and needed advisors I could trust to explore a confidential sale of my company. I hired Gold Country Advisors to assist me, and I am glad I did. They put together a very professional presentation on my company, and spent many months identifying, contacting, providing info, and negotiating with potential buyers. In the end, Gold County Advisors found the right buyer, and secured the best possible price for my business, all while keeping me informed every step of the way. The fee I paid for their services more than paid for itself, and I couldn’t have done it without them. Highly recommended!” –Jason Stephens, former owner, Extreme Auto Recovery, Inc.
“Copley News Service had been part of the Copley family of businesses for over half a century. As a purveyor of news and features to a long international client list, CNS had a unique and prominent profile in the news industry. (M&A advisor) Jeffrey Potts did an excellent job of positioning this unique enterprise for sale and skillfully managed the process to a successful conclusion. Mr. Potts, is creative, flexible, knowledgeable, and a fine teammate in a stressful game.” Harold Fuson, Executive Vice President, The Copley Press, Inc.
“As a business intermediary/advisor, Ritchie exhibits both exceptional technical expertise and unparalleled customer service. His business knowledge, experience and insights saved us from many costly and potentially disastrous paths, navigating us into a complementary and lucrative opportunity. While treasuring our hopes and dreams, Ritchie carefully scrutinized both our aptitudes and shortcomings. He meticulously screened his portfolio of over 400 opportunities, presenting us with a short list of remarkable alternatives. Then, Ritchie steered us systematically and proficiently as we pruned our choices. He guided us with wisdom, skill, and comprehensive research through our evaluation process, going the extra mile, and constantly exceeding our expectations. Ritchie was swift to respond and ceaselessly available for consultation. I recommend Ritchie emphatically and unconditionally to pilot you through a change in business ownership.” Rick Kraemer, Owner, The Maids of Folsom.
“Ritchie did a great job of listening to the types of companies I desired to purchase. He put forth a rigorous review of the requirements I sought out in a company, then made quality recommendations as to sound direction. Ritchie performed a team-oriented due diligence on the company I was vetting out, then kept in constant communication throughout the whole process. His demeanor was encouraging and professional throughout the entire process. I strongly recommend Ritchie at Gold Country Advisors in helping to sort through, and purchase your next franchise. 10 out of 10 for service and knowledge.” Nick Zeller, Owner/President, Highlands Ranch, CO.
“I just wanted to let you know how happy I was with the service provided by your company and with you (Ritchie Labate) in particular, in the personal handling of my franchise search. Your service from start to finish was exemplary and on a professional, knowledgeable, yet friendly level that far exceeded all my expectations. Nothing ever seemed to be too much trouble to you and I was made to feel unique, never feeling that I am just one of many clients that you have to deal with each day. I wish all people that work in the customer relations business were as professional and “down to earth” yet business focused as you were. There were times when you dropped everything to help me, which I found just absolutely, outstanding. Long may you continue to set standards for others to follow and may those that employ your services experience the same OUTSTANDING service as I did. You really helped me through the entire process to realize my long time dream of becoming my own boss and owning my own company” Buddy Rhoades, ProTect Painters of the Roanoke Valley.
“The services and support that I received from Ritchie were excellent. He was a real guiding force in helping us select the franchise that was “right for us”. Being a retiree and re-entering the work force, my wife and I had some very specific objectives for our venture out of retirement. Ritchie was very instrumental in guiding us to a franchise that met all of our objectives and turned out to be located in our own backyard. I highly recommend Ritchie if you are serious about purchasing a franchise.” Denny Jensen, Molly Maid of Reno Sparks
“Ritchie was a great resource for me as I transitioned from one career and into the world of franchising. He spent considerable time with me and seemed to really understand what I was and where I wanted to go. He provided information, guidance, and incredible follow through. Well after I no longer “needed” his professional services, he continues to phone and check in with my progress. I highly recommend Ritchie.” Henry Zaborniak, Jr., ProTect Painters, Millersport, OH
“Ritchie was extremely helpful in my quest to find a franchise business. He helped me match franchises to my goals and skills in order to filter the list down to a manageable number to research. Ritchie did not care whether my diligence resulted in the decision to buy a franchise or to continue in corporate America. He wanted what was best for me and my family. He also did not push any franchises where he had agreements in place. If you are looking into possibly buying a franchise business and you want someone with deep experience, who is honest and genuinely a pleasure to work with, Ritchie should no doubt be your choice.” Seldon Hurley, Enviro-Master of San Antonio
“Dear Mr Labate,
I thought I’d write to thank you for the perfect service you have provided and all the help for me to reach my goal. Thank you for being professional on following my progress. It is my privilege for getting to know you and recommending your business services with all my confidence, in your profession of helping others the same way you had helped me. Thank you again for everything.” Nader Wassef, NJ
“The presentation booklet that you devised was very thorough and clearly represented my business operations. Your level of contact and matching their interest with my business was extremely well-executed. The time period from inception to purchase was rather quick, and speaks volumes of your firm’s professional organizing skills.”
Doug Martin, founder/former owner, Wine Country This Week, Napa Valley, CA
“Jeffrey Potts knows how to sell businesses. He can sell yours. He does a superb job of presenting your business to prospective buyers, and he keeps you from wasting time on people who will just string you along for who knows what perverse reason. Jeff always keeps in touch, follows through, and counsels you to be patient. When the right buyer comes along, Jeff makes them feel good about their adventure in buying your business. And he expedites the sale/purchase agreement. And the icing on the cake is . .. Jeff’s a nice guy.”.”
Mike Wenninger, former owner, Trinity Journal of Weaverville, CA.
“If there is one word to describe Jeffrey Potts it would have to be “persistent.” He talked to many potential buyers for us and after we sifted through the offers he helped come up with a financial package to help the buyers close the deal. He was able to work efficiently with accountants, lawyers and bankers to help us get through this complicated process. I am happy to say that the new owner is very pleased with the business; the community has welcomed him with open arms so there has been a very smooth transition. After owning this business for nearly 30 years I didn’t want to turn over my “baby” to just anybody. Thanks to Mr. Potts, I was able to find someone as dedicated as I.”
George Robertson, former owner, The Sun of Sheridan, OR.
“I’m proud to say Jeff became my friend over the five years we worked, off and on, on my sale. I offered my businesss for sale twice (the first time I withdrew the properties for personal reasons). His presentation book both times was so good I was tempted to buy my company myself! Jeff was particularly skilled in finding and qualifying potential buyers and then skillfully negotiating and maximizing my sale price, including the all-important allocations. If you’re considering selling, talk to Jeff. If you decide to sell, use him.”
Pete Crow, former owner/publisher, The Grove Sun Newspaper Co. LLC of Grove, Oklahoma.
“Working with Jeff Potts was a pleasure. He took time to get to know us and the type of person or company we hoped would not only want our businessr, but would also become valued members of our community. Jeff put together a sold prospectus and included us every step of the way. He also kept us informed regularly concerning contacts he made or planned to make. He was never pushy or tried to steer us away from our goals. When the time came to make the sale, Jeff was very professional and we believe fair to both parties.”
Alex and Debbie Paul, former owners, The New Era of Sweet Home, OR.
“We were very pleased to work with this firm. In particular,we found Jeffrey Potts to be very professional as he worked to create an appealing sales presentation about our business. Once a potential suitor was found, he worked diligently with them until our transaction was complete. Jeff kept me informed through every step of the process and valued my input in closing a deal that was good for me.”
Dave Ehrhardt, former owner, Rogue River Press, Rogue River, OR.