Kevin B. Waide, Since graduating from Central College in Pella, Iowa, Kevin Waide has spent the majority of his career in the financial arena, both public and private. He brings a wide array of professional business experience and expertise to Business Acquisitions, Ltd.
Before joining Business Acquisitions, Ltd. as a Mergers and Acquisitions Specialist, Kevin was Business Development Director for a large public accounting firm in the Denver area. His primary responsibilities included assisting business owners in better understanding their company’s financial condition. He accomplished this by performing business analyses, tax reviews and operating valuations. During this period, he had the opportunity to meet and work with over 1,100 different business owners in the Denver metro area. Under his direction, the firm became the second largest practice, nationally, in a network of over 300 affiliate offices.
Prior to working in the accounting profession, Kevin spent fourteen years in the investment banking business in Colorado and Iowa, holding titles of Vice-President and Director of Corporate Finance. While serving as Director of Corporate Finance for two firms in Colorado, he structured and syndicated nine initial public stock offerings (IPO’s). In addition, he raised private capital for Limited Partnership Investments and Private Placement Stock Offerings while managing the personal investments of numerous clients.
In 2000, Kevin joined Business Acquisitions, Ltd. as a mergers and acquisitions specialist. Currently, he is the firm’s Managing Director. Kevin is licensed with the Colorado Real Estate Commission and serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries (CABI). In addition, he was elected and served as President of CABI in 2011 and 2012. His combined background in accounting, marketing and corporate finance brings a unique blend of experience and talent to the mergers and acquisitions industry.
In his leisure time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his three sons, Dakota, Jordan and Alex and with his wife, Peggy, of thirty three years. His hobbies include fishing, hunting and competing his German Shorthaired Pointers in field trial events, both regionally and nationally.
D. Erik Porter, has over 27 years of experience in sales and building entrepreneurial business ventures across the pharmaceutical, technology and agro ecology industries. Erik led the start-up and growth of three ventures that spanned a range of products and services involving sales, fundraising and client relationship management. Erik serves as a Business Intermediary at Business Acquisitions, Ltd. assisting businesses in transitioning ownership.
Prior to Business Acquisitions, Ltd., Erik served as Chairman, Board of Advisors for Waste Farmers where he provided leadership to the management team focusing on fundraising, marketing and sales for the company. Waste Farmers was created to collect organic waste from restaurants, schools and food oriented manufacturers. When started, no company was collecting organic waste. When sold, Waste Farmers was collecting 240 tons on a monthly basis. Erik was a co-founder of Data393 (now called Latisys). Data393 was a 5,000 square foot data center when it opened in 2003 and grew to an 18,000 square foot facility generating over $14 million in annual revenues and recognized as a leader in the space when sold in December of 2007. Data393 provided collocation, managed servers, managed services, storage and bandwidth to some of Denver’s top companies. Erik and his partner were able to provide a return on investment of 6x to investors. Before Data393, Erik founded Colorado Computer Rental (CCR). CCR provided IT technology for short or long-term use in training, conventions, trade shows, short-term projects or long term projects. At the time, the computer rental market was saturated with competitors. When Erik sold the company through Business Acquisitions, Ltd. in August of 2001, Colorado Computer Rental had become the market leader in the state and had exclusive contracts with every hotel along the front range and up the I-70 Corridor to Aspen. CCR was the only provider at that time to have an exclusive provider relationship with the Colorado Convention Center and provided technology to almost every convention/event in the state. Thirteen years later, CCR is alive and well in Denver. Business Acquisitions, Ltd. was able to find the right buyer, at the right price, who has continued to grow the business. Earlier in his career, Erik was with Marion Laboratories in Southern New Jersey as a pharmaceutical sales representative. It is through this experience, directly out of college, that he gained expertise in sales, relationship management, discipline to build a territory through hard work and realization of his entrepreneurial spirit.
Erik has a degree in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. While at Whitewater, Erik was the president of the largest collegiate chapter of the American Marketing Association and was a goalie on the soccer team.
In Erik’s free time, he enjoys riding the double-triple bypass (13 years and running), golfing, snowshoeing and coaching his two children in their various sports. He is a graduate of Leadership Denver in 1997, 50 for Colorado in 2004 and a member of Rotary International.
Larry W. Huff, Jr., is a native of Colorado and received a degree in Finance from Metropolitan State College. Prior to joining Business Acquisitions, Ltd., he was a leading professional in the areas of business and personal planning.
Since 1988 he has provided consulting services to business owners in a variety of industries. Working with business owners in developing business continuation plans; setting up and managing 401(k) plans, SEP and retirement plans; executive compensation planning; key employee retention and buy sell agreements has given Larry valuable experience and understanding of the challenges of business ownership.
He qualified for the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table numerous years throughout his professional career and has participated in countless leadership and business conferences. His many distinctions are a testimonial to the expert competence and ethical standards that Larry demands of himself and his staff.
Most recently, Larry founded a number of real estate companies and ventures. He managed every aspect of real estate investing and development including building, management, demolition and rebuilds. As a partner in Living The Dream, LLC, he owned and developed property from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Destin, Florida. Additionally, Larry developed and managed several real estate projects in Maui, Hawaii.
Throughout his varied career, he has gained expertise in sales and relationship management. He is a skilled negotiator and values creating transactions that are in the best interest of all parties involved. He brings a wide array of professional business experience and expertise to Business Acquisitions, Ltd. Larry is licensed with the Colorado Real Estate Commission.
He spends his leisure time with his wife, Laurie of 25 years and their two boys, Larry III and Levi. Larry enjoys the outdoors, traveling and physical fitness. He is very active in his church and community.
Dennis A. Patten, joined Business Acquisitions, Ltd. in May, 2014 as a Merger and Acquisition Specialist. He has more than 18 years of transactional experience in market preparation, deal structuring and negotiations, due diligence requirements management, and coordination of critical advisors to the completion of a successful transaction. Dennis has extensive involvement in business sectors including business-to-business, direct to consumer, value-added distribution, manufacturing and wholesale. His industry experience includes oilfield services, transportation and trucking, proprietary products manufacturing, IT consulting and services, housing and commercial construction services, and industry parts distribution. He has a special emphasis on the engineering/professional business services vertical.
Dennis has a diverse business background that incorporates entrepreneurial, financial and marketing expertise. He started his career with KPMG Peat Marwick as a public accountant. He later became the controller for a subsidiary of the Phelps Dodge company, a Fortune 100 company, where he was responsible for all accounting facets of the oil and gas division. His direct entrepreneurial experience includes founding several Denver ventures including an oil and gas exploration and development company, which he successfully took public and an advertising company.
Dennis graduated with B.S. degree in business administration/accounting from Metropolitan State College in Denver and a MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He holds a real estate license from the states of Colorado and California.
He is a “Colorado native from Wichita” and has been a Denver resident since 1957. He enjoys competing on the tennis court, hiking, traveling and spiritual enhancement in Nature and through meditation.
Douglas Hawkins, joined Business Acquisitions Ltd. as a Merger and Acquisition Specialist with over 30 years experience helping business owners prepare to exit their businesses at optimum value and improve bottom line results.
Prior to joining Business Acquisitions Ltd., Doug founded Big Gear Business Advisors Inc., a management consulting business, which since 1999 has provided management expertise to hundreds of privately owned companies with sales revenue up to $30 million. As an advisor, Doug’s specialty was collaborating with his clients to install business infrastructure, leadership methods, management teams, and management processes to achieve self-sustaining businesses that function smoothly, consistently, and profitably, so owners could optimize the value of their company and secure a higher selling price whenever they might choose to exit their business.
Doug has worked with many privately held companies, helping business owners achieve their personal goals for their businesses. Comfortable in the boardroom and also on the factory floor, Doug has led teams at all organizational levels and across many industries. His experience also includes major P&L responsibilities at Gates Rubber Company, a multi-national automotive and industrial parts manufacturer with sales in excess of $2.0 billion. Doug also held numerous management positions responsible for mergers and acquisitions, business development, strategic planning, product management, quality processes, and leadership development.
His other accomplishments with many satisfied clients include building self-sustaining enterprises, maximizing business value, defining exit strategies and succession plans, designing and implementing profit improvement plans, managing and executing profit turnarounds, restructuring debt, analyzing strategic options, developing business plans, securing growth financing, implementing work process improvements, and establishing management accountability processes. Doug has advised hundreds of business owners and executives, and takes great joy in their successes.
Doug received his master’s degree from Harvard University, is a graduate of the University of Texas, and is licensed with the Colorado Real Estate Commission. Doug also serves on the Board of Directors at Wish For Wheels, a non-profit organization with the mission to transform the lives of kids from low-income families, broadening their scope for personal growth and a healthy lifestyle through the gift of a new bicycle.
Doug’s vision is: Live Well, Ride Bikes, and Help Others. He enjoys spending time cycling with friends, and most of all, spending family time with his wife Judy and their kids and grandkids.
Fred Jorgensen, joined Business Acquisitions Ltd. as a Merger and Acquisition Specialist with over 40 years experience in the public and private sectors. He has extensive experience in business process control and has helped many businesses streamline and update their processes.
Prior to joining Business Acquisitions Ltd., Fred was a Realtor in the Denver market and has helped many clients in the purchase and/or sale of their home.
Fred started his career in public accounting and earned his CPA and MBA while still working in public accounting with KPMG, a major accounting firm. After KPMG, Fred held a number of management level positions with Dow Corning, Coastal Corporation, and U S West. These positions involved managing and directing audit and financial functions, sometimes worldwide, for corporate or subsidiary companies, usually in the accounting or Information Technology functions. In addition, Fred also spent several years as an Independent Information Technology Consultant specializing in Project Management and Change Control. He has devoted most of his career to helping his employers or clients identify problems with their business processes and then correcting those problems.
Fred is a proud Vietnam Veteran and received his master’s degree and undergraduate degrees from Eastern Michigan University, and is licensed with the Colorado Real Estate Commission. Fred also serves as Lieutenant Governor at the district level for Rotary International, having served as a board member and past president of his club. He is also actively involved with the Colorado Mountain Club serving as a Senior Instructor and trip leader. He also serves as a board member and past president of his Homeowner’s Board.
Fred enjoys time at home with his wife Carole and friends. He is also an avid photographer, which comes in handy on his many mountain adventures, since he always carries a camera. He has summited numerous Fourteeners and peaks throughout Colorado and Mt. Rainier in Washington. Fred also enjoys trail running, backcountry and downhill skiing, and cooking. He has completed numerous ultra distance races, including the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning (Four 100 mile races in one summer). He has also run the rim to rim to rim Grand Canyon run twice and is planning yet another Grand Canyon run.
Patricia H. Williams, has over 25 years of experience in the management and operations of a variety of organizations. She has an undergraduate degree in Business Management and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Pat began her career in the Denver area serving as the Regional Administrator for a property management/sales company. Moving to a somewhat related industry she held several positions for a national modular building sales and leasing company finally serving as a Division Administration Manager in Phoenix, Arizona.
Returning to Denver in the early 1980’s resulted in her beginning her 15 year career in law office management, beginning as the Human Resource Director for an 85-attorney 17th Street firm. Pat moved to a smaller, very well respected firm as their Director Administration responsible for finance, administration, human resources and a growing IT department. After leaving the firm, Pat worked as an independent consultant providing consulting services primarily in the areas of human resource management, 401(k) administration, law office management, policy and procedure administration. Client companies included law firms, financial services companies, CPAs and retail.
Most recently, Pat owned and operated an on-line e-commerce business where she managed all aspects of the company including finance and accounting; web-site development and marketing; advertising; customer service; order processing; inventory; growth and development and human resources.
In spite of the unexpectedness of her ownership of Business Acquisitions, Ltd., Pat’s experience and background is uniquely suited to the management of the brokerage firm. She manages all aspects of the business including finance and accounting; marketing, business development and public relations; operations and administration; growth and development; sales and human resources.
Pat is licensed with the Colorado Real Estate Commission and is a member of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) and of the Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries (CABI). In her free time she enjoys spending time with her two sons, Chris and Nick. She also spends personal time reading, long walks with her dog, Rascal, in church activities, scrapbooking, traveling with friends and is very active in Ranch Raconteurs Toastmasterfs Club.
Gary D. Williams was a partner with Business Acquisitions, Ltd. since December, 1991. He had been a Business Intermediary since 1987. He received his Mechanical Engineering degree with honors from Virginia Tech and his MBA with an emphasis in finance from the University of Colorado at Denver.
In addition to his commitment to Business Acquisitions, Ltd., Gary was very involved in several professional organizations including the International Business Brokers Association and the Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries. He was also active in a number of service organizations including the Denver Cherry Creek Rotary and Boy Scouts and was a long time member of Greenwood Community Church.
Gary was killed in a private plane accident on February 1, 2009. His intelligence, unique sense of humor, integrity and zest for life helped shape Business Acquisitions into the organization it is today and will continue to shape it as we move forward. He is greatly missed!