The DealBuilder team is made up of quick-thinking and engaged human beings whose top priority is to simplify your business sale, while having some fun during the process.
The company was first named Paratus Business Resources, chosen because ‘Paratus’ means ‘Be Ready’ in latin. (Unfortunately, a majority of business owners are woefully unprepared to sell their business, nor do they speak latin.) When our first software resource, DealBuilder, found success, we adopted the name as our operating brand. We felt the name was more consumer-friendly and clear to our company’s core value proposition.
We wanted to create the tools & resources to allow any business owner the opportunity to sell their business, instead of closing shop. Further, we saw a need to remedy three major challenges were were experiencing with our clients in the M&A firm:
Clients were not a great fit for the full-service brokerage model by either being too small of a business, unwilling to pay a 10% commission, and/or wanting to take the lead on the sales process.
We felt the business brokerage industry was unnecessarily antiquated with old-school processes that have negatively impacted the entire ecosystem (buyers, sellers, and brokers). DealBuilder is designed to make the business-for-sale process more transparent, efficient, and successful.
80% of businesses fail to sell. In many cases, selling their business is an owner’s retirement plan - making it even more devastating when it doesn’t happen. We know that this isn’t because 80% of businesses are unsaleable but because both buyers & sellers are unprepared. While frustrating to watch, it is also exciting because small improvements to DealBuilder can make a tremendous difference.
Meet Morgan. He's a swiss army knife, well-versed and educated in just about every topic (except how to digest gluten). He's the one you'll get on the other end of the call, and will be able to answer any and all questions you have. Not just about DealBuilder either, but anything business-related. We think he must have grown up reading encyclopedias and business magazines in his youth. JK, obviously, he's still in his youth.
All joking aside, he's been a driving operational force behind the entire DealBuilder platform. His expertise comes from years of educational experience, being the 3rd employee at Pani Energy, and working as a partner and intermediary at Chinook Business Advisory, a successful business brokerage in Victoria, BC.
In his spare time, (because somehow he still has spare time) Morgan coaches rugby, enjoys a game or two of pingpong and spends time with friends.
We think it would be easier to talk about what Keith hasn't done, rather than his list of accomplishments. As an entrepreneur and business intermediary for the past 10 years, he's determined that he *mostly* enjoys working, but if we are being honest, he prefers to be golfing. Keith is the Founder and President of Chinook Business Advisory, a successful business brokerage in Victoria, BC. Wait, we said that already didn't we?
Saying Keith is a serial entrepreneur is an understatement. Since graduating from the Executive MBA program at Royal Roads University, he has owned and operated 10 businesses. He currently owns 3 successful operations, and somehow finds time to hangout with us at DealBuilder every Friday for some whiskey and foosball.
Keith keeps our office fun and running smoothly, with many ping pong breaks thrown in there. If you were to picture the kindest, fairest, funniest leader out there, that would be Keith. Well it would be if you are picturing someone bald…
Not your average business founder. Mike has an interesting history with business ownership, and you WANT to hear some of his stories. Fun fact about Mike that he is a trained opera singer. You know this about Mike when you're in the office, because his voice and laughter ripples through the walls and it's impossible not to join in.
Mike founded two companies and purchased three more before starting his career as a business intermediary in 2005. In his biggest endeavour, he grew a small printing company operating out of a basement, doing a few hundred in revenue, to sales of more than $5,000,000 and a staff of 25. After many years of service, Mike still goes to work excited with the opportunity to help people see their business and personal aspirations become reality. Also, surprise surprise, he is a partner at the successful brokerage, Chinook Business Advisory.
Mike adds that "something" to the team you can't find anywhere else. His passion for people radiates in everything he does.
Full Stack Developer
Known as the journeyman in the office. Aside from his mad coding skills, he is the only one that can fix anything broken.
Full Stack Developer
Master of whiteboard doodling. Has a sense of humour that lights up the room and makes it impossible not to laugh.
Social & Community Manager
Talks and laughs too loud and often has solo dance parties at her desk. Known to be the office cheerleader.
Our teams youngest addition. She makes us all feel like we're much older than we are.