SELLING PRIVATELY HELD BUSINESSES


–SINCE 1982–

Know the team that is working for you…

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 2,000 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.

Ronald V. (Ron) Chernak,  CBI, M&AMI, Fellow of the IBBA, 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. 

Ron Brasch, CBI, Merger and Acquisition Specialist

Ron also holds 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 Advisory Board of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and is active with numerous other non-profit arts organizations.  He has received many awards and honors, including Business Leader in the Arts (with his wife, Una) in 2013.  Contact Ron Brasch, rb@fbb.com.

Rob Amerine, CBI, 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. Contact Rob Amerine, rob@fbb.com.

Chelsey Cerrillo, Broker Associate

Chelsey has over 10 years of professional experience, including 8 years of management consulting for Fortune 500 companies. As a professional with one of the top multinational business consulting firms, she has led multimillion dollar projects for some of America’s top brands, managing highly complex projects, with a success record of meeting or exceeding C-level executive’s expectations. Since returning to Colorado Springs, she spent 5 years in Real Estate and has become experienced in the local market and closing process. Growing up in Colorado Springs as a 4th generation Colorado native, she earned her degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She desires to share her ability to lead complex business endeavors and her client-centric approach to local businesses to help them reach their goals. You can reach Chelsey at: Chelsey@fbb.com

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Memory Garrison, Office Manager/Assistant to the President 

Memory R. Garrison 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 manages all aspects of the administrative side of the office, from closings to payroll.  She also interacts with clients and customers, writes presentation packages, and markets FBB’s engagements to buyers.  Contact Memory Garrison, mem@fbb.com.

Kathy Rakosky, Marketing Specialist/Administrative Assistant

Kathy moved to Colorado Springs from Edmond, Oklahoma in 2016. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, most of her career was spent at a small direct response marketing firm.  It was there she gained valuable experience and knowledge in client acquisition, client services, event coordination and much more.  She joined the FBB Team in 2021.  Kathy prides herself on customer service, written and oral communication skills, as well as her attention for detail.  Kathy is the first person you see upon entering the office, as well as the director of your phone calls.  She is also the go-to person for marketing/advertising, research, and website maintenance.   Along with providing professional expertise to FBB’s clients, she looks forward to greeting office guests with a smile and a positive attitude and hopes to pass on positive energy to everyone she meets. Contact Kathy Rakosky, kathy@fbb.com.