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Mr. Russell L. Brown, now retired, has been a business broker and consultant for many years and has been directly or indirectly involved in all aspects of the buying, selling, brokering, and the valuing of hundreds of existing companies. He has been widely sought during his professional career as an expert consultant and lecturer on the topic of buying, selling, and valuing of businesses.
Mr. Brown offered business valuation and appraisal services through his firm, RDS Associates, Inc., as well as writing business-oriented books, articles and software, and lecturing on topics related to the buying, selling, and valuing of businesses. He specialized in providing business valuation and appraisal services for individual small to mid-sized companies considering the purchase or sale of a business (typically from $100,000 in sales up to $10 million). Mr. Brown has authored two related books, “Strategies for Successfully Buying or Selling a Business,” (2nd edition) and, “Preparing Your Business for Sale,” (1st edition) as well as numerous published articles and reports. He is also the author and publisher of the "BizPricer® Business Valuation Software" program (4th edition) written for business buyers, sellers and intermediaries.
In Mr. Brown’s retirement, he remains active in overseeing the edition-updates and sale of his published works from his websites, BizPricer.com and BusinessBookPress.com. He is no longer directly involved in the day-to-day aspects of business brokerage and appraisal.
Mr. Brown has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of New Haven and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Massachusetts. Other education includes management and financial course work at Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloane School of Management, and the Brookings Institute in Washington, DC.
Mr. Brown’s broad-based professional experience, in addition to his business writing, includes extensive business management consulting tasks, over 40 years of corporate and federal government employment and management assignments, business brokerage and valuation/appraisal, manufacturing business ownership, and commercial real estate development and management. He is also the co-founder of the non-profit organizations Technology for Connecticut, Inc. (currently known as SectRE) and the Small Business Administration’s Defense Economic Transition Assistance Center. These organizations were formed to assist economic development initiatives in Connecticut.
As a Business Broker, Mr. Brown owned and operated his own Business Brokerage Group (BBG) franchise and brokered the sale and acquisition of many businesses that included manufacturers, retail establishments and various independent restaurant and fast food franchises. He was tasked with a complete rewrite of the BBG training manual for use by BBG brokers across the U.S. During this time, he also held a Connecticut Real Estate Broker’s License.
Mr. Brown has been an original brain-trust member and frequent guest speaker on the nationally syndicated radio show The Small Business Advocate® hosted by Mr. Jim Blasingame, since its inception in 1996 through 2012. He was the radio show’s first recognized expert in the field of buying, selling, and valuing a business.
Awards and recognition received by Mr. Brown include the Best Business Book of the Year Award from the North American Book Dealer’s Exchange (NABE) and the Excellence in Web Site Marketing Award from the Connecticut Better Business Bureau. While employed at the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), he was awarded a Superior Civilian Service Award Medal from the Department of the Navy for management expertise (the second highest civilian service award) and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. Congress in acknowledgment of his extensive economic development and community improvement efforts. During his tenure as Head of NUWC’s Engineering Department, he was awarded and currently holds a patent from the U.S. Patent Office in the field of battery powered passenger vehicles.
Mr. Brown is a U.S. Navy veteran having served during the Vietnam War from 1963 through 1967. He spent most of his enlistment in a helicopter squadron operating from several different aircraft carriers over many deployments. He was proud to have been involved in the at-sea recovery of several Apollo and Gemini space capsules. During his Navy enlistment period he received a recommendation to the U.S. Naval Academy from Congresswoman Margaret Heckler (R-MA) and an alternate appointment from Congressman Joseph Martin (R-MA). He was honorably discharged from military service in September of 1967.
Mr. Brown coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball for several years, as well as founding and coaching an AAU youth basketball club (the Connecticut Cyclones). He has been an avid life-long club-level tennis player having won several Southeastern Connecticut tennis tournaments in earlier years.
While serving on the local Little League Board of Directors, Mr. Brown wrote and published the first comprehensive Safety Manual that is still used as a guideline for local towns. This Manual was ultimately selected by the National Little League as one of the best four in the United States and a cash prize was awarded to his local Little League.
Mr. Brown is married to his wife Susan of 37 years and their son David, a 2012 graduate of Bentley University, who is currently employed as a Regional Sales Manager by CloudLock, Inc. of Waltham, Massachusetts.
Under contract as a freelance correspondent for NBC News covering Europe.
Previously Chief Asian correspondent, and European Senior Foreign correspondent for NBC News for 28 years. Covered events in more than 100 countries accumulating knowledge of people, government and economies worldwide.
Nominated for 7 Emmys for news coverage along with numerous awards and distinctions.
received a master's degree from Ohio State University as a Kiplinger fellow in Public Affairs.
Along with journalism Currently engaged in developing and building luxury villas in Greece and investing in American and European companies.
I have been investing and trading for about 3 years now and like everyone else I am always looking for a good stock at the right price. Love to to buy options and stocks. I tend to play stocks long and options short.
Penn State main campus grad and Navy Veteran, trading is something I do for fun and to hopefully make some money in the process.
Just having fun with my husband's retirement fund. I am new at this game. I would like to set up a solid dividend portfolio with a large portion of fund. Then, my goal is to do short buy/sell order to make $1000/week. Needless to say Capital Preservation is important also.
I know I am asking way too much from this market but I am tired of paying other people to manage our retirement. So I am giving it a try........wish me luck..
Rocco Pendola is an associate editor at Seeking Alpha focusing on technology and the sectors it overlaps with.
In addition to technology, I am interested in dividend growth and income investing.
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