About Us – Sell A Business With ABMI
For over 30 years, we’ve represent businesses for sale from all over the country from $100,000 to $20 million. Our clients range from family businesses to partnerships, LLC’s, corporations and franchises.
ABMI‘s selling process involves understanding a business, its owners, employees, what it does and the environment/sector it operates in. We bring together a proven business transaction system, experience, expertise and enthusiasm and combine it with creativity, hard work and determination to ensure we deliver the results our clients demand.
Unparallelled 30 years of experience
There’s a reason ABMI has been around for over 30 years. It’s based on an underlying integrity and client commitment that has withstood the test of time. Our client-centered transaction systems are second to none. We deliver on our promises. To put it in blunt terms: ABMI does a better job of satisfying client expectations and delivering results than anyone else.
Over 1000 business transactions completed
When you’re evaluating resources to help sell your business, experience is always a primary concern. Can ABMI deliver a successful transaction for your situation? The answer is a resounding: Yes. When you consider that ABMI has successfully completed over 1000 transactions you can have complete confidence we will complete yours as well.
ABMI fulfills a vision built on a tried and true transaction model focusing on our clients needs and concerns. As a result our client expectations are met and exceeded by design.
Confidential and discreet
Meeting a key concern , ABMI has developed a system to ensure all client information is held in strict confidence.
Client centered transaction management
Our clients enjoy direct access and communication with everyone accountable to bring their transaction to a conclusion. In addition, an experienced business advisor is assigned as the project manager facilitating the transaction and ensuring everything is progressing as planned. Our clients consistently tell us how much they appreciate prompt and immediate attention to all their questions and concerns throughout the transaction lifecycle and beyond.
ABMI is continuously evolving to meet our client needs and expectations. From internal staff training, market analysis and research to our IT systems, we are always asking ourselves: “How can we better serve our client needs more effectively?” Our clients experience a world-class experience.
Client communication systems
Regular communication and a clear understanding of what’s going on are vital to any business sale. Our clients receive prompt accurate feedback and reporting which keeps them informed at every stage of the process.
Well connected to buyers
ABMI’s stellar reputation has allowed us to connect with, honestly, more qualified buyers than you might be prepared to believe. In fact, one of powerful values we bring to the table is the number of qualified buyers who know about our integrity and are ready to compete for a business being sold.
Key staff at ABMI:
Joe Bodine is recognized as a strategic expert in mergers and acquisitions who credits his distinguished business achievements to his visionary approach and strong customer focus. Owning and selling numerous successful companies from across diverse industry lines, Joe is a skilled consensus builder who brings together like-minded parties in order to create tangible deals.
A committed lifetime entrepreneur, Joe’s foresight and confidence led him to pursue several business endeavors from an early age. At 21 years old, he created a business selling framed artwork on college campuses nationally, which then evolved into a chain of art galleries and frame shops. Joe was just 27 when he acquired ABMI, beginning his career in mergers and acquisitions and as an equity investor in other business ventures. Joe leverages a wide network of relationships and variety of unique business experiences, maximizing value for his clients.
Joe is currently working with his executive team to expand ABMI by establishing offices in cities nationally. Having sold nearly 1,000 businesses, ABMI is the largest and oldest firm of its kind in the Midwest, with more than 6,000 active business buyers and sellers. ABMI’s foundation lies in small business, brokering $50K to $5M deals in its Main Street Division. In 2007, Joe expanded service offerings with the Middle Market Division, specializing in advising and developing comprehensive plans for $4M to $100M+ businesses. Through its network of brokers, ABMI provides sound representation of sellers and buyers, connects teams with capital, and consults on management/strategic planning efforts. Exhibiting a firm understanding of the landscape, Joe guides private equity firms, high net-worth individuals, and investors through a complex world of buying competitors, management buyouts (MBO), and outright business sales.
In 2000, Joe, along with a partner, bought a start-up transaction processing company with a combined $1K investment, which they grew rapidly over the next three years. Together, they established a multi-tiered sales network and managed several hundred sales agents across 1,500 locations. He facilitated a multimillion-dollar sale to the public company Euronet Worldwide (EEFT) in September 2003, establishing their U.S. presence. Following the acquisition, Joe further expanded Euronet’s U.S. footprint, securing additional mid-sized companies and strengthening their overall portfolio.
Joe currently sits on the Board of Directors at Digital Pipelines. He is deeply committed to and passionate about advancing community education initiatives, generously donating his time, energy, and earnings to support good work. Because of his highly empathetic nature, Joe introduced and executes a private scholarship fund that provides monetary assistance to qualifying families. He serves as an advisor to several companies, as well as Reaching Out Ministries in Kansas City. With his wife Laura, Joe is a proud father of Austin and Brianna.
Chris Kerth, Sr. Business Broker
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Chris has over 27 years experience as a business owner operating 7 different businesses concepts prior to coming to ABMI. Chris’s industry experience includes: construction, building products, fast food dining, business to consumer services and business to business services. Chris’s involvement with Cohen-Esrey Commercial Real Estate Company as a commercial real estate broker and overseeing operations in the Topeka divisional office has prepared him well for brokering deals involving real estate. As a Senior Business Broker with ABMI, Chris understand the complexities of owning a business. He has helped clients buy and sell their businesses providing a wide variety of brokerage services. Chris has consistently been recognized as a top producer throughout his career and understands the key to his success is to help others reach their goals. Chris has bought and sold his businesses with and without the assistance of a business broker and understands firsthand the monetary, time and personal benefits a business broker brings to a business transaction.
Jud Shepherd, Sr. Business Broker
As a top individual producer at ABMI, Jud has been with ABMI for more than 15 years. Jud has extensive management experience in corporate America including eight years with Chrysler Corporation and 18 years as Vice President of Sales with the largest commercial chinaware manufacturer in the US, Syracuse China Corporation. In 1995, Jud and his family moved back to his hometown of Kansas City and bought a Dairy Queen. Seeing exciting financial results quickly convinced Jud to open two more.
Jud exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit and offers a refreshingly unique perspective from his personal experience managing the operations of his own business. His entry into the brokerage business happened by accident, and we are glad it did. His success in brokering at ABMI resulted in his decision to sell off his Dairy Queens to dedicate 100% of his time to buying and selling of businesses. Jud’s successes are unequaled due to his strong understanding of the business world, both corporate and private businesses. His inter-relations with buyer and seller and understanding of their requirements are paramount.
Joe Meagher, Sr. Business Broker
Joe Meagher has over 30 years in the Brokerage, Consulting and Management field. With an entrepreneurial background, he has worked with the national leaders in the Food and Beverage Industry, of hotels and restaurants. Working over 25 years in the Hotel and Restaurant Management industry, he’s managed many, as a General Manager, Director, President and Owner operator. The last ten plus years he’s worked on Merger and Acquisition purchases and Buyer side search programs.
A BA degree in Business from The University of Missouri, KC in 1975, was the basis for his development in business. Joe owned, operated and sold his first business in 1992. This was his first awareness that selling a business was complicated and that you needed a professional to guide you on the right path to determine the sale price, marketing strategies closing agreements, etcetera.
As a Vietnam War Veteran he understands the importance of family, faith and country. Joe is a long time active member of Vietnam Veterans of America. He has worked with the Director of an after school program called, the Upper Room for several years. Joe has a passion for Softball, and has been playing on the same softball league for 27 years. He also enjoys golf and his golf partners meet at least once a week.
Joe has two beautiful daughters. Katie, 28 who is married to Ryan and Erinn, 31 who is married to Paul. Erinn and Paul have two children, Luke, 7 and Krisalyn 5. Joe came from a family of three brothers and four sisters and currently has 26 nephews and nieces.
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- Call (913) 341-6300 for more information about selling your business today.
- Contact us to discuss your requirements, or arrange an appointment with one of our advisors.
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