Meet the Team

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The FBB Group has been in business since 1982 and is Southern Colorado's largest and most successful business brokerage office.  We are affiliated with several national networks and have an in-house database of over 1,700 buyers who have expressed an interest in acquiring a business.  We have completed over 1,000 transactions covering a wide range of industries, and are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of professionalism and service possible in the complex and specialized arena of business transfers.  Click on the names below for a detailed resume and picture.

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Ronald V. (Ron) Chernak, CBI, President

Prior to founding The FBB Group, Ltd., Ron practiced law with a 175-member law firm in Chicago.  He has a CPA Certificate (Illinois), is a licensed Colorado Real Estate Broker, is licensed to practice law in Colorado, and has a FINRA Series 79 license.  Ron is also a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) and a Merger & Acquisition Master Intermediary (M&AMI), the highest level of accreditation in the industry. 

Ron has extensive experience in contract and lease negotiations, financial planning, and financing.  He is very active in community activities, such as the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce (former Chairman of the Board), The Southern Colorado Economic Forum (Founding Sponsor), and the Rotary Club. 

Ron has served as the Chairman and/or Director of the Board for numerous business brokerage committees and organizations, including Chairman of the International Business Brokerage Association (IBBA), a premier industry trade association and Chairman of the M&A Source, the country’s largest association of middle-market intermediaries. Contact Ron Chernak, rvc@fbb.com.

Brad VanderBrug

Brad VanderBrug, Principal 

Brad is a partner in The FBB Group, Ltd.  As a deal-focused executive, he comes with a diverse background that includes work within his own investments and in the merger and acquisition arena.  Investment banking clients appreciate his ability to dive deep into their businesses and quickly develop strategies to accomplish a broad spectrum of goals.  Bringing together his extensive experience in all aspects of an organization into a concise approach for each individual client is central to Brad’s success.

Prior to joining The FBB Group, Ltd., Brad had been involved in starting, operating, and successfully selling companies from his own portfolio in a variety of sectors, including Transportation, Service, Manufacturing, and Retail.  In addition, he has led the M&A process of various other transactions, both on the buy side and sell side, in various industries.  Brad holds a BA in Economics and an MBA.  brad@fbb.com 

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Ron Brasch, CBI, Merger and Acquisition Specialist

Ron is one of a select group of business brokers in the nation holding the Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) and the Merger & Acquisition Specialist designations. He has been recognized by the International Business Brokers Association with a lifetime designation as Fellow of the IBBA. Ron also holds Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) status.  Prior to joining the firm in 1998, The FBB Group successfully represented Ron’s Relocation Guides in the sale of 14 markets throughout the Midwest, South, and Southwest. Ron holds an MBA and BA from the University of Michigan. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and on the GoCA Advisory Board for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and is active with numerous other non-profit organizations. He was nominated by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce as one of the Business Leaders in the Arts in 2009, and was honored by the Business Journal as one of the city’s “Men of the New Millennium.” Ron’s professional affiliations include the Colorado Springs Executives Association.  He is licensed to do business brokerage and real estate transactions in Colorado and North Carolina.  Contact Ron Brasch, rb@fbb.com.

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Ken Galecki, Broker Associate

Ken brings over 30 years of experience in the Retail, Service, Warehouse, and Distribution sectors.  He knows firsthand the challenges that today’s business entrepreneurs face, and is very creative in determining solutions to assist both buyers and sellers. Ken knows the importance of business execution and how it affects profitability. He also has several years of experience as a Warehouse Manager, Operations Manager, and Distribution Manager. Ken has owned and sold three of his own businesses.  All of these businesses were started with a minimum amount of capital.  His resourcefulness and hard work made them successful.  Contact Ken, ken@fbb.com. 

Rob Amerine

Rob Amerine, Broker Associate

Rob brings to The FBB Group over 10 years’ experience as a business owner and partner along with nearly 20 years of hands-on technology know-how.  From early beginnings at Lockheed Martin to managing teams for Fortune 500 companies and working in every role in a small business, Rob understands the practical ins and outs of what small and mid-size businesses.  On any given day Rob finds himself sifting through a myriad of new business ideas to address current market needs.  His in-depth knowledge of database design/architecture, open source technology, and software development allows him to take a deep dive into any technology solution (whether its hardware or software) and quickly determine a solid opinion for its potential in the market. He constantly strives to put himself in the “buyer’s seat” in every situation, while having a strong “make it personal” drive.  Rob enjoys fly fishing, golf, and spending some downtime at a good coffee shop.  rob@fbb.com 

Kimura L. Hoyal

Kimura Hoyal, Senior Broker

Kim has over a decade of experience in the field of Business Brokerage.  She is aggressive, knowledgeable, and truly cares about helping each individual she works with to navigate successfully through the complexities of a business transaction. Having been raised in a family of entrepreneurs that have owned many different businesses in California and Colorado, Kim has been in the business world since the 6th grade when her father purchased her first business cards for her.  Now, having decades of experience, including ownership of three businesses, management of five others, and winning top awards in sales, she has extensive experience in the business world.With a unique background in primarily male dominated industries, Kim’s extensive knowledge in Construction, Restaurants, Reporting, Photography, Water Well Drilling, and Business Brokerage has earned her the respect of her peers and acknowledgment in The Colorado Springs Business Journal, Ute Pass Courier, and Colorado Springs Historical Society.She followed her late father, into the industry in 2003.  She has successfully completed the valuation and transfer of over 70 privately held companies.  After taking a short break from business brokerage in 2013, Kim is now back and excited to be joining The FBB Group team.Kim is the mother of five children.  Born in California, she attended the University of California Riverside and relocated to Colorado in 1983 to join the rest of her family here.  Her faith in The Lord is at the center of her life and she is active in her local church.  Contact Kim Hoyal,  kim@fbb.com.

 ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

 Kirk Gillespie

Kirk Gillespie, Business Analyst

Kirk Gillespie joined The FBB Group in February 2017 as a Business Analyst. Kirk is a passionate entrepreneur and has experience in project management, budget, inventory control, web design, marketing, research, and writing.  Prior to joining FBB, Kirk worked as a managing broker for a national real estate investment company based in Chicago, IL.  He also has extensive experience in education and loves the learning process.  Kirk is involved in a variety of community efforts, such as the Boy Scouts of America and helping local refugees find employment.  He loves spending time outdoors and being active with his family.  Kirk holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Organizational Communication. 

 

Lynn Lage

Lynn Lage, Office Manager/Assistant to the President

Lynn has been the Office Manager at The FBB Group since 1990. She is a licensed real estate broker who manages all aspects of the administrative side of the office, as well as functioning as Assistant to the President, Ron Chernak.  From closings to payroll, interacting with clients and writing presentation packages, Lynn makes sure the office runs efficiently.  Lynn is also a member of the Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries (CABI).  Contact Lynn, lynn@fbb.com.

Memory Garrison

Memory Garrison, Admin. Asst./Director of First Impressions

Memory is a Colorado native, born in Pueblo. She has also lived in Louisiana and returned back to Colorado in 1999. In 2008, she graduated with her B.A. in Business Management.  After 9 years of working as the support supervisor for a local real estate company, she gained experience and knowledge in the many aspects of the real estate field. 

Memory decided to pursue new beginnings in December of 2013, and joined The FBB Group to expand her horizons working in the business brokerage industry. Memory is the first person you see upon entering the office, as well as the director of your phone calls and the go-to person for marketing/advertising, website maintenance, and the social media guru. Memory prides herself on greeting office guests with a smile and a positive attitude, and hopes to pass on positive energy to everyone she comes in contact with.  Contact Memory, admin@fbb.com.

 

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