Benchmark Business and Associated Commercial Sales is one the most recognised and rapidly growing professional Business Brokerages in Queensland, with offices in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne and Sydney.
In 2007 Benchmark gained recognition for number 1 business brokerage in Queensland. For 2 successful years one of our Business Brokers has achieved the Queensland Broker of the Year Award. Searching for a Brisbane business for sale? Benchmark can assist you finding the right business to fit your requirements.
Benchmark focus in the selling businesses and commercial properties with expert Business Brokers working in specific areas such as: Service Stations, Registered Training Organisations, Childcare Centres, Storage Complexes, Newsagencies, Supermarkets and Health & Wellness. Benchmark’s specialists are leaders in their field. Additionally, our team have many experienced business brokers that sell a portfolio of larger general businesses for sale.
Within the Benchmark group we pride ourselves on the ability to produce settled sales and get results within 90 days for our clients. One of the advantages of the Benchmark Group is all our brokers have experience in operating a business or run their own small business for majority of their professional business career. So when you consult with our business brokers you are in fact dealing with an agent who knows what its likes to be in a business. At Benchmark you work with business experts, not just sales people.
Benchmark is member of the REIQ, IBBA and AIBB, and all our Brisbane business brokers actively get involved in all industry courses and professional development programs to ensure that they keep up-to-date with all the current legislation and issues at all times.
Our Brisbane business brokers specialise in the areas of :
Bruce Coudrey (with Benchmark for 13 years)
Bruce Coudrey is the Principal of Benchmark Business & Commercial Sales, and Benchmark Corporate. Bruce Coudrey started working for himself in 1983, when he started his first Shell service station in Wollongong aged 22. Since then he has owned and operated six Shell service stations, along with several carwashes, a large car detailing business, a Thrifty car rental franchise, and other businesses including outdoor advertising billboards, and an industrial parts cleaning business. Bruce Coudrey has been a Registered Business Valuer since 2009, he is a Certified Practicing Business Broker, and is also a Licensed Real Estate Agent in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Northern Territory. In 1995 Bruce commenced operating as a business broker. Since then he has handled the sale of hundreds of small businesses - and in early 2013 he had completed his 1700th transaction. Bruce has acted as a court-appointed expert witness on many matters (especially service stations),and he has been engaged in appraising and consulting to many types of small business. Bruce Coudrey is a member of the Australian Institute Of Business Brokers (AIBB), the International Business Brokers Association, and the Real Estate Institute of Queensland. For many years now Bruce has been an active member of the AIBB State and National executive committees, and he established and oversees the AIBB Education, Training and Professional Development Committee. Bruce is often asked to speak to business groups, and is an accredited workplace trainer. He works in all markets sectors across the country. In 2010 Bruce was awarded the AIBB President Medal - and at that time he was only the second recipient of that recognition.
Owen Mitchell (with Benchmark for 9 years)
Owen Mitchell operates from the Melbourne office. Owen is a specialist in all types of business sales - from small to large. As one of Australia's most experienced business brokers, he has the experience and expertise to put together large transactions, and ensure that completion occurs with minimum of fuss. Owen is also a Business Valuer, and has qualifications in financial management. With a focus on M & A (Mergers and Acquisition) transactions he is an experienced negotiator who can provide clients with acumen and expertise to enable business owners to realise the maximum sale value when conducting the sale of their business. This is why Owen has experienced such a high success rate over many years in assisting both business owners and buyers to achieve their desired outcomes.
Ian Salter (with Benchmark for 9 years)
When Ian Salter started with Benchmark Business & Commercial Sales in 2005, he was working as a "general" business broker. In 2010 Ian was responsible for establishing the specialist Franchise Sales Division of Benchmark, where he is the team leader. This role sees Ian managing and mentoring a team of specialist franchise sale brokers. Ian is totally dedicated to producing the best results possible for his many clients through application of hard-earned knowledge and insistence upon the upholding of professional standards. Ian regularly meets with other professionals to discuss the most recent developments in professional practices, and to stay up-to-date with any changes in legislation which may affect franchising or the sale of businesses. Ian has the knowledge and extensive experience to assist clients with… Pizza Hut Franchises| Swimart Franchises | Franchised Tyre Stores | Concrete Transport Trucks | Wholesaling Businesses | Exclusive Distributorships | Non-Food Franchises | Cafes for Sale | Often Ian is retained to sell other assets such as Transport Businesses for sale, Investment Property, Import/Wholesalers, and manufacturers - and he has had considerable success in these areas. In fact in 2012 Ian was awarded "Runner Up" in the Australian Business Broker of the Year awards, and in 2013 he was one of only two finalists in the REIQ Business broker of the Year Awards. Ian is consistently one of Benchmark's best salespeople - with great client feedback, and solid sales results - year after year. Ian is happy to take the time to talk to potential buyers and sellers about how he can use his experience and understanding to assist through the complex process - and make things easier for everyone. Away from work Ian enjoys music - both as a performing musician and listener. Ian and his large family are involved in many sporting pursuits including martial arts, basketball, rugby and personal fitness.
Gamil Baddour (with Benchmark for 9 years)
Before he came to Benchmark in 2004 Bud (Gamil Baddour) had been involved in a number of interesting occupations and business ventures - all of which had prepared him for the career that he has developed as a specialist business broker. Bud spent 38 years working in major financial institutions such as ANZ and Barclays, and left that career as a Senior Manager. He then owned and managed several small businesses before joining Benchmark as a business broker - specialising in selling cafes and restaurants. If you've had a Business for sale on the Gold Coast since 2004, Bud would of known about it. In his first year with Benchmark, Bud completed sixteen sales - which was the highest number of sales for a new broker. Originally he specialised in selling cafes and hospitality sales, but soon switched to become expert in the sale of independent supermarkets. He has now become a recognised expert in the sale of these businesses - selling a supermarket in most states is no easy feat. Usually he sells supermarkets which operate under either the Foodworks, IGA or Spar banners. Over many years Bud has built up a large client base, and he has earned the respect many seasoned business owners - due to his extensive knowledge of the market. When he is not busy talking to people about supermarkets, Bud can usually be found watching his favourite football team – Collingwood, or talking to his son who works interstate - as an orthopaedic surgeon.
Lincoln Bridge (with Benchmark for 9 years)
For many years Lincoln has been awarded as Benchmark's highest selling agent. Lincoln is a leading broker because he is "no nonsense" and gets the job done. He is a very experienced Business Broker and he specialises in the sale of childcare in all States and Territories. With an unblemished reputation as the leading childcare specialist he has a superb track record, for assisting both buyrs and sellers. Lincoln is thoroughly familiar with all current childcare regulations and legislation and has a superb understanding of all of the intricacies within this specialised sector. Lincoln has been self-employed for many years which has provided him with the skills necessary to assist in the sale of businesses of all sizes. When not working, Lincoln enjoys fishing, dining, riding his Triumph motorcycle and being with his young family.
Michael Pittam (with Benchmark for 8 years)
Prior to joining Benchmark in 2004 Michael had worked in financial management for 24 years - as a Qualified Accountant, in businesses ranging from small through to large companies. From his studies in accountancy, and the acquired knowledge that Michael has gained over many years, Michael is ideally placed to add value to the buying and selling process for his clients with franchise businesses for sale. Michael is a “general” broker with a broad knowledge of many business types – something which is quite rare. This broad skill base has enabled Michael to be one of the most consistent brokers working in the industry. Michael is always near the top of the list of high achieving brokers in Benchmark. He has been a finalist in the Business Broker of the Year award on several occasions. Michael has also owned his own business – in Management Rights, as well as running businesses for Australian and international companies. Michael is a fully licensed Real Estate Agent, and is a member of the AIBB (Australian Institute of Business Brokers), and a long-time member of the REIQ. He is also a Fellow of the NIA (National Institute of Accountants).
Patty Taylor (with Benchmark for 6 years)
Patty is one of a handful of genuine experts regarding the operation and sale of service stations. It seems that service stations are all Patty has known about for nearly all of her working life. In 1987 Patty joined a BP Distributor to manage and operate a service station in a rural region West of Brisbane. Patty worked for that distributor for 17 years and all throughout that time she progressed within the fuel industry to become the Retail Area Manager managing ten retail sites. In managing those ten locations Patty expanded her knowledge and expertise across a wide mix of service stations types including large truckstops, depots, metropolitan and rural outlets. Patty was also the Business Development Manager for a large independent fuel company before joining Benchmark several years ago. Since joining Benchmark Patty has assisted many clients to buy and sell service stations across a wide area, and a variety of locations. If you are looking to buy or sell a service station – Patty is the person to speak with.
Neil Barry (with Benchmark for 6 years)
Neil Barry is an experienced business broker with a wealth of knowledge, and large database of helpful contacts in many areas. One of Neil’s specialist areas is newsagencies and post offices. Neil has 20 years of experience as the owner of a newsagency business, and ten years as the principal of a large real estate agency - running two busy offices. In addition to the sale of post offices and newsagencies, Neil sells all types of businesses, including Self Storage facilities – and wineries. Regardless of whether you are looking to sell, or seeking to acquire a business, Neil Barry is the right person to discuss your needs with, as he has great insight, knowledge, skill and understanding of retail, small businesses and franchises for sale. Neil is described as being amicable, easy to talk to, friendly, and (a little) old-fashioned. He prefers dealing face-to-face with people - rather than by email, or texting! It is Neil’s aim to provide the highest standards of professional and personal service for clients, and to achieve the best possible outcomes for all parties.
Iain Horne (with Benchmark for 6 years)
For the last 5 years Iain Horne has been one of the leading brokers at Benchmark, setting high standards for others to follow. Iain is a senior broker within Benchmark. He has been a finalist in the 2010, 2011, 2012, REIQ Excellence Awards - in the “Business Broker of the Year” category. Recently Iain was honoured as the 2013 Business Broker of the Year in Queensland, and last year he won the Australian Institute of Business Brokers (AIBB) Senior Business Broker Of The Year Award. For many years Iain has specialised in the sale of hair & beauty salons right across Australia, and has proven to be the leading broker in that category for a long period. In recent times Iain has built up a team of specialists who work under his guidance in the sale of these unique businesses. Having built his team around him, Iain has moved onto working in the area of Self Storage complex sales, where is fast earning a reputation as someone who gets the job done. As a leading business broker, Iain consistently produces amazing results for his clients. He has also owned and operated many businesses, and helped establish international business operations in several countries. Iain enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. Also he loves playing most sports including football, tennis, fishing and playing golf – and he is good at all of them!! Perhaps Iain is just a born winner!
Russell Brockie (with Benchmark for 5 years)
Before joining Benchmark, Russell had worked in several countries all over the world as he was previously employed as a senior executive working in hospitality and tourism management. Russell has a background in accounting, and over his career he has been able to combine the culture of delivering professional service with meeting client’s needs. As a part of his commitment to maintaining high standards, Russell works on only a few appointments at a time - enabling him to be focused upon the businesses that he is selling at any time, and (therefore) to deliver the highest level of service. Russell specialises in selling an RTO (Registered Training Organisations), and really knows his subject. RTO sales is a very specialised area, and requires both a thorough understanding of the market sector, and a high degree of patience – Russell Brockie possesses these attributes in abundance.
Joyce Collins (with Benchmark for 4 years)
Joyce is based in the Sydney area, and she specialises in hair and beauty salon sales. In the short time that Joyce has been with Benchmark her sales performance has just gotten better and better. With a strong background in the sales, Joyce is a natural in sales and business, and she always delivers quality service for all of her clients who have nothing but praise for her. Joyce is known for following things through – from start to finish, and this is one reason why she gets the job done. Another reason is her happy demeanour, and buoyant personality – making Joyce a natural communicator, and great fun to be around. If you are thinking of buying or selling a hair and beauty salon in Sydney – Joyce Collins is the best person to talk to.
John Dawkins (with Benchmark for 4 years)
John Dawkins is not only a business broker – he is also, a licensed real estate agent, a qualified accountant, and a “Registered Business Valuer”. Since 1990 John has sold over 700 businesses throughout Queensland – so he has a great wealth of experience and knowledge to offer. By the age of 27 John had developed a very successful group of companies in Southern Africa, - from small beginnings – to achieve incredible results. He built a business “empire” comprising a chain of sixty eight retail music stores, Africa’s largest picture framing factory, a plastics fabrication & vacuum forming business, and a large landscaping company. As a business broker - John’s hands-on experience - in both the retail and manufacturing sectors, and his comprehensive understanding of what is required to improve (and sell) small to medium-sized businesses, ideally positions him to sell any business. John is based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, and he specialises in the sale of larger businesses, including all types of manufacturing businesses, importers, wholesalers and distributors – as well as larger retailers, and trades industries.
Tu Nguyen (with Benchmark for 3 years)
Before he joined Benchmark in 2010, Tu had worked in the corporate environment (both in credit and corporate management) for more than ten years, where he accumulated vast experience within the financial sector. This experience has equipped him well for creating a successful career as a business broker. Whilst working in the finance industry Tu worked within many different industries - managing several significant client portfolios, ranging from telecommunications, through to agricultural, and the automotive and marine sectors. With his academic background in the banking and finance sector, Tu has extensive knowledge and expertise which he applies to assist buyers and sellers through the business sale process. Tu knows what the banks may look for - and how to analyse the strengths (and weaknesses) of all aspects within each transaction. Tu has experienced a great deal of success in recent times in business and restaurant sales and he is fast becoming one of Benchmark’s highest achievers, with an enviable record of completed sales in 2012, and into 2013. He specialises in the sale of larger franchised businesses (including supermarkets for sale) and really enjoys his work.
Michael Parsons (with Benchmark for 3 years)
Michael Parsons is one of Brisbane’s most experienced business brokers - having entered the industry in 2003 after owning and operating his own franchised business. The experience of running his own business has helped Michael to appreciate the day-to-day challenges and benefits of owning and managing your own business. Michael has sold a wide variety of businesses - from small business valued at $50,000, to larger enterprises valued at $4 million. Since 2003 Michael has gained a reputation as a broker with the skills and patience required to manage both smaller sized transactions, and to successfully negotiate agreements for acquisition and mergers of larger companies. Michael is a general broker with the skills and experience to be able to handle all types of business sales. If you are seeking a business broker with an eye for attention to detail, and a great sense of humour, then Michael is the ideal person to contact to discuss your exit strategy options.
Jason March (with Benchmark for 3 years)
Jason possesses an extensive knowledge of the diverse Australian service station market - both metropolitan and regional. Jason specialises in the sale and leasing of service station properties and businesses, and has an enviable record of achieving sales results for his clients across a wide range of business types. If you're interested in purchasing a Service Station for sale, then he's your guy. As recognition of his outstanding sales results Jason was awarded the AIBB “Rookie of the Year Award” in only his first year with Benchmark. Prior to joining Benchmark Jason had worked in the oil and gas industry for 12 years - both in sales and Business Management roles. Jason has previously worked as the Business Manager for BP (Reseller business) in Queensland, where for several years Jason successfully managed the Queensland dealer network consisting of thirty five independent service stations, located in South East Queensland. Jason is an energetic, focussed and results-driven professional who thrives on the thrill that he gets form assisting buyers and sellers to enter or exit the service station industry.
Andrew Urquhart (with Benchmark for 3 years)
Andrew Urquhart is an experienced negotiator who has a great understanding of the many aspects of the buying and selling process. With ten years of real estate sales history, and many years of business ownership – he brings a great deal of knowledge and understanding to Benchmark. Andrew’s particular specialty is in the sale of childcare businesses. His eight years spent operating a childcare service have given him a comprehensive background in understanding the regulations and legislation that applies to the childcare sector. Andrew has a Diploma in Community Services (Children’s Services), and an Associate Diploma in Business (Management). Andrew displays a high level of professionalism, and he believes that success in business is based on trust, integrity, excellent communication, and customer service. His success in business has been driven by his perseverance and desire and willingness to take the initiative, being self-reliant and having a strong need to achieve. Andrew covers the state of New South Wales from the Sydney office.
Alan Beck (with Benchmark for 3 years)
Alan Beck specialises in assisting business owners in the sale of Professional Practices and service businesses such as accountancy practices, medical practices, legal firms, physiotherapy practices, chiropractors, RTO sales and similar professional practices. Alan has extensive business experience gained in senior roles across a range of industries including the legal profession, direct marketing, publishing, hospitality, financial services, and IT. Alan holds a Bachelor of Economics degree, and he is a qualified Chartered Accountant. In addition to his (extensive) public practice accounting experience gained whilst working for an international chartered accounting firm, Alan has operated his own small practice for many years. Alan has given professional advice to business owners for more than twenty years around Australia, and is eminently qualified to guide you in the sale of a professional practice or service based business.
John Kasapi (with Benchmark for 2 years)
John Kasapi specialises in the sale of hair and beauty salons in the Melbourne, and the wider Victorian market. He has more than 11 years of experience working in the hair and beauty industry – so he really knows and understands the industry and the marketplace much better than most. John really prides himself on offering his clients exceptional customer service, combined with his wealth of sales and industry knowledge. He has “been there and done that”, as he has owned his own business, and he has worked in many top salons around the world - and has experienced everything this industry has to offer. John has always been involved with the hair and beauty industry all of his working life, and he offers an in-depth knowledge to all buyers and sellers. He enjoys helping people achieve their dreams, whether it be buying, selling or investing. John really understands that in many cases, a business can be a major asset, so he likes to ensure that the process, whether it be buying or selling, is “smooth sailing” for everyone concerned.
Callum Haggerty (with Benchmark for 2 years)
Callum Haggerty is known within Benchmark’s offices as a young go-getter with plenty of business experience, and commonsense – backed up by a Bachelor of Business degree, with majors in Entrepreneurship and Management. He has demonstrated expertise in negotiations skills in 2010 by winning the Bond University’s ‘Kenworthy Negotiation Award’. Working within Benchmark’s successful franchise division (Franchise Sales Australia) Callum specialises in the sale of many franchise types, including gymnasiums & 24 hour fitness studios, selling a supermarket franchise, telecommunication retailers, pool shops and selling concrete truck businesses. If there's a franchise for sale, Callum is the person to know. Callum’s exceptional customer service skills and charismatic personality, coupled with his hardworking attitude, will ensure your business will be sold as quickly and efficiently as possible - whilst still obtaining the best possible price. Tyrepower | Pool Werx | Jetts | Telechoice | Cafés for sale (Coffee Club) | Embroid Me | All Phones | MBE | Kwik Kopy | MBE | Mr. Rental | Shaver Shop | Bridgestone | Mitre 10 | Baskin Robbins | Muffin Break | Dominos | Eagle Boys | Shingle Inn | Salsa's | Mo's Mobiles | Zarraffa's | Anytime Fitness | Snap Fitness | Forty Winks | Snooze | Bedshed | Gloria Jeans | Andersons | Carpet Call | Pizza Capers | Beacon Lighting | Sleepy's | Battery World | Autobarn | Nandos | Bucking Bull | Subway | Sushi Train | Online Business Sales | All Phones | KFC | Noodle Box | Michel's Patisserie | and more…
Tony Hillman (with Benchmark for 1 years)
Tony has been in the retail industry for more than 30 years. Born and educated in Melbourne, he commenced his retail career with G.J. Coles & Coy Ltd working in stores and managing Supermarkets. During his retail career, Tony has had extensive experience in Merchandise/Buying, Marketing and Operations, including responsibility for store development and real estate. Following the role of State Manager for BiLo in Victoria, he went on to become the State Manager for Coles Myer Supermarkets Queensland, heading Coles, Bilo and PicknPay. At the conclusion of his time in Queensland, Tony returned to Melbourne to head the Coles Group Operations component of an efficiency project, looking to streamline and improve the operations efficiency of the corporation. This was facilitated by the McKinsey Consulting Group. In 2009, Tony went into Business ownership, buying and operating an IGA store which he sold in 2013. During this time, the store won a number of local operations awards, including Village Retailer of the Year. Tony has had Board Memberships with the National Retailers Association and more recently IGA in Queensland. Tony is well qualified to work with you in selling or buying an independent or franchise business.
Scott Marshall (with Benchmark for 1 years)
Scott is not a Business Broker, he is an experienced business development professional. Scott Marshall has been involved in the hospitality industry since 12 years when his father owned a very successful delicatessen in Newcastle. After gaining an Associate Diploma in Hospitality Management he gained diverse experience in businesses ranging from franchises, cafes, bars and internationally renowned restaurants both here in Australia and overseas in London. Scott has been a successful restaurateur and has shown a sound understanding of what makes a diverse range of food outlets click. With a constant eye on market trends and industry knowledge Scott will be able to highlight a clients business potential. He has a real passion for the hospitality industry and a professional, approachable manner that takes the stress out of this sensitive time.
Richard Steggles (with Benchmark for 1 years)
Richard is not a Business Broker he is a Business Development professional. Richard himself has been a stakeholder in the development of regional shopping centres, owned and operated a variety of retail stores, wholesale & manufacturing companies, small supermarkets, import & export clothing companies among other ventures. Richard has been self-employed for many years which has provided him with the skills necessary to assist in the sale of businesses of all sizes.
Prudhvi Teja (with Benchmark for 1 years)
Prudhvi is not a Business Broker he is a Business Developer. Prudhvi has successfully owned, grown and consulted for various businesses in online retail, distribution, Information technology, property, financial services and automotive. He has grown up around property and financial services all his life. He has worked for private funds managing large portfolios worth $25M+ and carried out acquisitions in financial services and information technology companies. He has a wealth of knowledge in business sales, acquisitions and growing businesses.
Phil Bamback (with Benchmark for 1 years)
Phil is a serial entrepreneur and has been involved in business start ups since the age of 20. Phil has successfully owned and operated retail stores, large catering businesses, wholesale manufacturing companies, clothing and financial services businesses. Phil is a fully licensed NSW Real Estate Agent, Financial Planner, experienced business coach and quarry consultant. Phil’s varied experience in business and strategic thinking allow him to add value to both buyers and sellers every step of the process.
Peter Wilson (with Benchmark for 1 years)
Peter Wilson is a real estate licencee in Queensland, NSW, Victoria & NT. Peter has had personal experience as an investor in real estate having owned a service station, industrial sheds, display yard and development land. Peter offers knowledge and experience to help other find the right property or business to suit their individual needs. Peter comes from a background in the Queensland Public Service where he was a prosecuting barrister in the Department of Natural Resources and Primary Industries for the last 10 years. Before that he was an Auctioneers and Real Estate Agent investigator for about 10 years in the Office of Fair Trading. Peter was involved, as principal investigator, in a number of ground breaking cases that have been reported in the Law Journals. Peter Wilson was the person who proved that the “Marketeers” (two tier real estate sellers) were real estate agents, and were therefore subject to the real estate laws. For those who are interested in the law, my investigation, reported as Jenkins v. Kedcorp proved that the Marketeers on the Gold Coast were unlicensed real estate agents. The link to the case is Jenkins v Kedcorp Pty Ltd  QCA 452 McMurdo P. Pincus JA. Thomas JA. 02/11/1999. Peter also had a couple of other reported cases including Marlow v Herd; Ex parte Herd (1990). 2 Qd R 519) where, after prosecuting Herd, he recovered and had paid over in excess of $300,000,00 to defrauded vendors on Russell, Lamb and Macleay Islands. Peter later moved to the Minister’s Office to advise the Minister, (Judy Spence) in relation to Marketeering practices. Accordingly he was on the Marketeering Committee as her representative. At the Minister’s direction, Peter worked with Professor Bill Duncan in creating legislation to curb the problem. With this wealth of knowledge and expertise Peter is well-placed to assist clients seeking to acquire or dispose of either property or business.
Patrick Barbot (with Benchmark for 1 years)
Patrick is a natural businessman and a born achiever. He is resilient and passionate about success and has successfully owned many businesses including a multiple store International franchise in the retail food industry, and a number of service stations. Patrick has a proven track record of successfully managing a division of a major international F.M.C.C company encompassing manufacturing, finance and marketing. He is responsible, dedicated, highly motivated and realistically focused. One of his personal objectives is to continually provide service excellence, and achieving the best results possible for all clients. He proudly possesses an undeniable ability to succeed, and welcomes challenges with enthusiasm. Patrick is a fully licensed REIQ Agent and Business Broker. Patrick doesnt like losing - and has a wealth of experience to offer to clients. Talk to Patrick about buying or selling a business in the hospitality of food wholesale aeas
Nicki Finch (with Benchmark for 1 years)
Nicki was introduced to business sales about 25 years ago when she sold her first business. She has been able to bring her passion for fashion, jewellery, floral and bridal to Benchmark – as a specialist broker selling these business types in areas of online and retail. Nicki became a business owner at a young age, and she is still values small business ownership. Nicki has lived on the Gold Coast for thirty years and during that time she has built, run and sold a number of businesses. Nicki has great experience and a genuine interest in retail businesses, and in assisting clients to maximise value when selling their business - all of which has proven to be of great benefit to the clients of Benchmark Business Sales.
Mohan Sekaram (with Benchmark for 1 years)
Mohan is not a Business Broker, he is an experienced business development professional with a strong entrepreneurial flair underpinned by a fabric of trusted relationships. His insights are backed-up by 25 years of experience. Mohan understands intimately what it takes to secure business partnerships. He is passionate about creating long term-trusted relationships with clients at senior executive, operational and staff levels. Mohan has worked with multinational nationals such as Ernst & Young, Packard Bell Australia, Thorn Australia and Wang Computers in sales and sales management roles, where he has helped create value for clients and build a repeatable sales model. In recent years, Mohan has provided advisory services on purchasing and managing small to medium businesses.
Mathew Hartley (with Benchmark for 1 years)
Before starting with Benchmark, Mathew was involved in the Retail industry for over 30 years. Growing up in Ballarat, Victoria, Mathew started his retail career working for independent supermarkets at the age of 15. He ventured into his first business at the age of 19, owning and operating a Fruit Shop. After selling that Business, Mathew started a long career in the corporate world of Supermarkets working his way to Store Manager of a national retail Supermarket chain. Along the way Mathew was involved in the opening and running Green-field sites, and gaining the knowledge and experience to be promoted to Area Manager within the Supermarket chain. Mathew moved to Queensland in 2002 to take up a new position as Area Manager. In 2007 Mathew started a new phase of his life and returned to the independent Supermarkets owning and operating several large Retail stores throughout Queensland. Mathew is therefore well qualified in all areas of Independent Supermarkets, Fruit Shops, Butcher Shops, and Bakeries, as well as selling a franchised business. In Mathew's spare time he loves watching his favourite AFL Team (Collingwood) and enjoys Rugby Union, fishing and spending time with his family.
Liane Griffin (with Benchmark for 1 years)
Liane is a fully qualified hairdresser who has over 25 years experience in the hair and beauty industry. Liane has owned multiple salons in both the UK and Australia, this has given her hands on experience in running small and large hair and beauty salons, sales and management. Liane's mother also owned beauty salons which gave her the insight early on as to what she wanted to do and a passion for the industry. Over the course of her career she has been involved in the buying and selling of all her salons and is very aware of the the sales process. Liane has a great sense of fun and enjoys working with people to achieve their goals.
Kane Dean (with Benchmark for 1 years)
Kane Dean started in real estate sales on the Gold Coast in 1995 – and he enjoyed great success in that area almost instantly. In 2005 Kane started his own Property Management business. As the Principal and CEO of his own business he built-up a well-respected (and successful) Rent Roll, which allowed him to have a deeper understanding of the market for the sale of rent rolls, and for the sale of Property Management businesses. Kane has always kept himself up-to-date with the sales division of real estate by offering sales services to his investment owners. His understanding of people and his intuitive communication skills have helped him in all aspects of his varied sales career over the years. Kane started his sales career in door to door sales, working for companies such as Austar and Foxtel, where he quickly rose to become one of the highest achieving sales people in Queensland for both companies. He then took these skills into the luxury boating industry where he enjoyed years of rewarding sales experience. Kane’s detailed understanding of his specialist area allows prospective owners to know and appreciate the features of the business that they are looking at, and to also appreciate the benefits and attributes of the local area they are hoping to purchase in. Call Kane to sell or acquire a business in the property management area.
Kishore "Joe" Singh (with Benchmark for 1 years)
Joe is a life long entrepreneur, who has successfully owned and operated many supermarkets, bottle shops, (both retail and wholesale), restaurant and pubs, a car dealership, service station and car wash business, chicken franchise, coffee shop and a kitchen appliance company. In addition to this he is a licensed Real Estate Agent, Financial Planner and a High School Teacher! he is a fantastic networker and his extensive business experience and acumen is of tremendous benefit to both Buyers and Sellers
Jo-Anne Wilson (with Benchmark for 1 years)
Jo-Anne Wilson is a CPA qualified accountant, and as such, she possesses a high-level ability to evaluate a business. Before starting with Benchmark Business and Commercial Sales, Jo-Anne worked as a commercial accountant in a number of fields including government, manufacturing, retail, and service industries. From those roles, Jo-Anne rose to become the CEO of a large service company that employed 600 people, with a gross turnover of $50M. She held that role for 10 years before deciding to take a change of course in life that led her to become one of our valued colleagues. Jo-Anne has a high level of business knowledge and experience - from both a financial and operational perspective. Her networking skills have often enabled her to source solutions to problems, and provide entrepreneurial insight and suggestions, as she has ‘been there and done that’ before – many times. Jo-Anne’s area of speciality is food and hospitality businesses, along with equestrian-related businesses. Her extensive management experience along with excellent communication and negotiation skills will ensure that the process -whether it be selling your business or purchasing your next business, will always be as smooth as possible.
Jack Lee 李富霖 - specialising in businesses for migration (with Benchmark for 1 years)
Business runs in Jack's blood. Jack was born in a business family which gave him the opportunity to immerse into business since the age of 5 (legal business age in Asia back then). In the last 17 years Jack has founded three small businesses and held senior positions in corporations, he has gained inside knowledge of both Asian and Australian business cultures through working and living in multiple countries over 13 years. He is passionate about working in the multi-cultural space. He demonstrates excellent problem solving and people skills, complementing his ability to connect with both Asians and Australians. Jack enjoys achieving win-win outcomes for all parties. Jack 的商業本能與天賦，來自於從小的家族傳承與薰陶。在過去的17年裡，Jack在亞洲及澳大利亞的多元文化背景下，從自我創業到在企業擔任資深顧員，穩定建構優越的商業專業知識及實務操作基礎。Jack擅長利用跨國經驗、廣泛人脈及問題解決能力，拓展雙贏商機。
Emil Parthenides (with Benchmark for 1 years)
In addition to joining Benchmark in 2013, Emil remains one of the hospitality industries most reputable & knowledgeable persons. Emil’s knowledge of hospitality runs deep from retail, wholesale and through to manufacturing. Emil has developed a huge network within the hospitality industry and remains director and founder of the independent pizza group ‘131 PIZZA’ which is now the 4th largest pizza group in Australia with 142 stores nationally, director and founder of the Better Box Company which is the fastest growing pizza box company in Australia and the only Australian pizza box company to sell internationally, director of Gallery 324 & Pizza e Birra two of Australia’s most well renowned & award winning pizzerias. With food industry networking links to manufacturers, wholesalers, tech suppliers, hospitality business owners & investors nationally Emil is in best position to broker a successful deal for you.
Bruce Rylance (with Benchmark for 1 years)
In his wide-ranging career Bruce has earned thirty-five years of experience in Construction, Hospitality and Selling a Café, Food Services, and Warehousing & Distribution – as well as having been a specialist business broker working in the sale of hotels and motels. Early in his career, Bruce consulted on the construction and fit-out of many major international hotels, resorts, and shopping centres - including Crown Casino, Star City Casino, Hyatt International, Hilton, Sofitel, Sheraton Group, Australia Fair, Logan Hyperdome - just to name a few. His role was as FF&E Manager and Purchasing Manager responsible for the specifications and the total initial fit-out of the projects, including all the kitchens & equipment, food & beverage, food courts, Night Clubs, Bars, fine dining, and restaurants – even the staff canteens! Bruce has also a background in Project Marketing & Commercial Sales, having sold high rise apartments, resorts, motels, management rights, hotels etc. As a specialist business broker Bruce is able to draw upon his vast experience, and his extensive knowledge, to assist clients working in the food service and hospitality areas. When you speak with Bruce you will quickly find that he really knows what he is talking about, and that he is passionate about the sale of hospitality businesses. On his (rare) days off you will find Bruce on the Links Golf Course at Hope Island, or Queenstown in New Zealand - at the Millbrook Golf Course.
Conny White (with Benchmark for years)
Conny White Senior Broker – Member AIBB Conny White has facilitated business sales on a National basis since 1999 and first joined Benchmark Business & Commercial Sales in 2003 as a senior broker. Having owned several successful businesses and specialising in B2B, Franchise and Service Industry, Conny has a diverse understanding of Small to Medium Enterprise and the sales process thereof. Conny White provides a high level of professional service communicating precisely with vendor and purchaser throughout the sales process enabling a concise and successful sale. Conny White now oversees Tropical North Queensland.