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Business Brokers or Intermediaries provide a unique service to entrepreneurs wanting to buy or sell a business. Through our unique methods of marketing, we are able to professionally and confidentially bring buyers and sellers together in order to complete the transaction.

Many of our Brokers are former business owners and are keenly aware of the complexities of selling or buying an on going business. Some of our Brokers are MBA's, former CEO's, CFO's and small business owners attuned to the need for professionalism and confidentiality.

Bob Hough, Broker / President

Robert J. Hough - Sunbelt Business Broker / President

Bob Hough is a seasoned, experienced Business Broker who specializes in the Health Care Industry, and particularly in the sale of Medical Billing Companies. He also has a lengthy track record of selling and merging companies in the Florida Marine Industry. He is the most successful Business Broker in the southeastern United States, in the sale of medical billing companies . Additionally, he was responsible for the acquisition or merger of a variety of Marine and Fishing and Tackle manufacturing companies, as well as distribution companies and professional practices.

He opened Sunbelt Business Brokers of Clearwater in 1997, and has continued to grow the firm into one of the most experienced and respected business brokerages in the southeastern United States. With almost 40 years of experience in business brokerage, corporate management and private ownership, his resume includes corporate positions with the Truck Division of the Hertz Corporation, Dealership management and ownership of John Deere Industrial Dealers and management in the Pullman Railroad Car Company.

Bob is a 1971 Graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia and was a collegiate rower for three years at LaSalle. He is a native Philadelphian, but spent his entire adult life in the Tampa Bay area.

For twelve years, he owned and operated a successful seafood restaurant in Indian Rocks Beach and sold it in 1992 to become a Business Broker.

Bob was president of the Gulf Beaches Chamber of Commerce from 1984 to 1988 and was instrumental in Florida's beach renourishment programs. He currently resides in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida with his wife, Ann.

Contact Bob by email at or phone (727) 793-0090

Gary W. Schaefer / Associate

Gary W. Schaefer-Sunbelt Business Broker

My experience has earned me the prestigious Business Brokers of Florida Million Dollar Plus Award in recognition of outstanding sales in business brokerage for 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2018. I have also been awarded the Sunbelt Sales Person of the Year for 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2018. I have been with Sunbelt Business Brokers of Clearwater, FL since 2005 and a member of the BBF & IBBA.

In addition to my combined 28 years of experience in sales, 15 years were in investment banking as a Senior Investment Executive focusing primarily on evaluating businesses based on earnings and growth potential. I have been recognized with several outstanding performance awards from NASD affiliated stock brokerage firms in Tampa.

I have also been President and CFO of my own business, handling all financial aspects including preparing financial reports, income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements, profit & loss statements, and tax returns.

I am a native of Long Island, New York and relocated to Florida after serving in the United States Air Force, and obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Georgia State University. I currently reside in the Tampa Bay Area with my wife and have a son attending Florida State University.

If you are looking to sell your business, you can contact me directly on my cell (813) 361-2086
or email me at, for a confidential business evaluation.

Robert Cemovich / Associate

Robert Cemovich

Robert L. Cemovich has extensive business experience, spanning over 30 years as a commercial banker, business lawyer, and management consultant. Robert was born in Tonawanda, NY and raised in Ohio and Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (with German minor) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a JD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (with a Graduate Certificate in Russian and East European Studies), and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Robert initially focused his career in commercial real estate banking, becoming a commercial loan officer at Chicago’s Cole Taylor Bank and Harris Bank/Bank of Montreal. He subsequently shifted his professional focus from commercial banking to management consulting, and worked many years – both domestically and internationally -- for Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc. and other multinational consulting firms. He also has extensive management experience, having served as Program Director for Stewart Title Guaranty Company’s subsidiary covering the former Soviet Union and East Europe. Robert ultimately relocated with his family to Florida, where he formed and operated two successful businesses. In addition to his native English, he speaks, Russian, Serbian and German.

If you are thinking about selling your business, you can contact Robert directly at (941) 223-0286 or,
email for a confidential business evaluation.

Cherie O'Connor / Sales Associate

Cherie O'Connor-Sunbelt Business Broker

Cherie is a seasoned 25 year Business Manager from the Employment Staffing Industry. She received her BA from University of Massachusetts. As a Regional Staffing Manager she was involved in an international business merger in the Northeast and then relocated to Florida 1989 as a Division Manager to oversee and develop a tri- state staffing service acquisition.

During the last 17 years, she has opened, owned, operated and sold two successful staffing companies. As a hands-on Manager she handled all bank financing, operations, p&l’s, cash flow management, payroll, HR, training and sales.

Her business to business sales knowledge is diversified including: manufacturing, distribution, electronics, technical, metals, printing, plastics, administrative, service/billing centers, retail, hospitality, pharmaceutical and medical industries.

Cherie’s Commitment to her Clients is her # 1 priority! As a previous owner, she will take the time to understand the unique value of your intangible and tangible assets, namely, your hard earned business and select qualified buyers. You can expect unwavering confidentiality and timely communication during any successful ownership sale.

Contact Cherie by email at or phone (727)204-5824

Mike Bartolotta / Agent

Mike Bartolotta-Sunbelt Business Broker

Mike,a CMSBB, Certified Main Street Business Broker, is a native of NY City, and received his degree in mathematics from St Martin’s University. He has owned numerous very successful businesses, including a software company, a financial planning firm, an equipment rental company, a dance studio, and an apartment complex.

A decorated army veteran, Mike is very active in numerous charities and philanthropic organizations. He is a respected member of the board of directors of several foundations. Mike spent five years building homes for the poor in third world countries.

Mike’s philosophy is simple, respond to the needs of the client quickly, honestly and professionally.

Contact Mike by email at or phone (727) 218-4467

Bill Smalley / Broker / Agent

Bill Smalley

Bill Smalley has extensive business experience spanning over 35 years as an owner and general manager. After obtaining a BS Degree in Business Management and working in the transportation industry he founded Smalley Transportation Company. The trucking business grew from three to over five hundred employees and contractors during the twenty years before he sold the company.

Smalley has over twenty years experience as a commercial bank director. He was a founding director of an independent banking company that grew to over $200 million in assets.

He has earned the Florida Business Brokers Association professional designation, CFBI (Certified Florida Business Intermediary) and the Institute Of Certified Business Counselors designation CBC (Certified Business Counselor). He is a Florida licensed real estate broker with 23 years experience in Business Brokerage and Commercial Real Estate.

Contact Bill by email at or phone (813) 299–6886

Warren Smith / Agent

Warren Smith

Warren Smith has extensive experience in both corporate life and start-up situations. He started his career with one of the first franchise type concepts with Mobil Oil Corporation. Warren was responsible for working with 40 independent service station dealers in the metro Philadelphia area to help grow their businesses. Later he was promoted to area manager with responsibility for over 150 dealers. He also started the first self service operation for the company in Pennsylvania.

Enjoying the excitement of start-ups, Warren jumped at the chance of being part of the sales group which introduced soft contact lenses to the market for Bausch & Lomb. Warren served in various marketing functions for the company and eventually took over responsibility for the western third of the United States.

Again the bug bit Warren and he accepted the position as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for another new start up, American Hydron, a new soft contact lens company. During his tenure, sales grew to over $80 million. He developed the sales force from scratch and developed the marketing plans for the company’s most successful product in both sales and profits.

He also helped raise $28 million dollars in bonds in Europe. The company became very attractive for a takeover and was acquired by Smith, Kline, Beechum. He stayed on for a year, but the culture had changed and so he sought new opportunities

At this time there was a company, Silor, which distributed optical lenses for eyeglasses. Once a market leader, but now it was losing market share and more important it was losing profits. Warren was named president of Silor and launched a campaign to regain share and profits which he did with the introduction of new product lines. Silor was foreign owned and he saw a greater parent company influence and so he decided it was time to start his own business.

Warren assisted the start of two new businesses, Vision Concepts and Beverly Hills Polo Club. Both were optical frame distributors offering private label, a new concept to the optical market. Warren sold his interests in the companies to his partners and has now spent the last thirteen years helping others find their own dreams through a business of their own or to help current owners transition to their next steps..

Contact Warren by email at or phone (813) 298–6963

Roy Vance / Agent

Roy Vance

A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Roy has over 30 years of broad business experience including practicing as a CPA Financial Planner, VP of Finance for a 300 store retail chain and the entrepreneurial experience of owning a multi-unit franchise.

Roy understands all of the challenges related to small business ownership and uses his expertise to help his clients navigate the through the issues related to selling / buying a business.

He is a member of Pinnacle Equity Solutions. This national group of 120 exit planning professionals is dedicated to helping business owners exit their business and move to the next phase of their life.

Professional Credentials

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - State of Florida
  • Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) - AICPA
  • FINRA Securities and Investment Advisory Licenses (Series 7 and 66)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA)
  • Pinnacle Equity Solution

Contact Roy by email at or phone (813) 966–1714

Mike Raab / Agent

Mike Raab

I have been licensed in Florida for over forty years performing business brokerage services, representing business owners who would like to exit their companies and working with buyers searching for a business to buy.

A few of the services include working with business owners to prepare their companies for sale, which in itself is very important, developing a selling price and creating a marketing program, bringing a buyer prospect into play, negotiating the buy and sell agreement and working the transaction through to closing.

I work very closely with my clients and their advisors from our first meeting until the sale closes. I am there for my clients during the entire process and I am never out of the activity.

I have successfully brokered the sale of many different types and sizes of businesses to private buyers, corporate buyers, private equity groups and foreign buyers.

Considering my extensive experience and the knowledge I have gained over the years, I am uniquely qualified to perform business brokerage services for my clients.

Contact Mike by email at or phone (727) 793–0090

Patty Grace / Agent

Patty Grace

A Business broker since 1997 Patty Grace brings a level of expertise to the profession that only experience can provide. Patty was born in Key West Florida, is a graduate of University of Florida and first moved to Tampa Bay in 1979. She has watched the Central West Coast become the outstanding area for commerce, industry, entertainment and tourism it is today and anticipates things will only get better for the region.

Former CEO and Principle of her own brokerage she acquired extensive experience negotiating the successful sale of many types of businesses. She understands the importance of skill, confidentiality and professionalism, knowing the life altering importance of the successful merger, sale or purchase of a business.

Her professional experience also includes her former positions as Vice President of Marketing for The Deltona Corporation and Executive Vice President of Brown Land Planning.

Her extensive knowledge and expertise as a business broker is wide ranging to include manufacturing, service business, hospitality and retail. She specializes in Insurance and Home Health Care, with an in depth knowledge of the intricacies of those professions. She currently resides in beautiful and fun Gulfport, Florida with her husband Michael.

Contact Patty by email at or phone (727) 417-5486

Jeff Jump / Agent

Jeff Jump

Jeff Jump is a seasoned business owner and business consultant with 29 years of experience in the business world. Jeff is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jeff has previously owned and operated two printing companies for over 15 years. He also worked in manufacturing, pharmaceutical, distribution and aviation industries. Jeff is educated in Business, has an Air Traffic Control License, Real Estate Sales Associate License and is a Certified Business Intermediary with the International Business Brokers Association. Jeff is professionally trained and certified to value, market and sell businesses. In addition, Jeff has attended over 100 workshops and seminars.

Jeff served proudly in the U.S. Navy for four years and served in the Army National Guard as an Air Traffic Controller. Moreover, Jeff served in the Navy Reserves, serving two tours on aircraft carriers. Jeff is a proud military veteran and loves opportunities to work with fellow veterans.

Jeff loves networking with business owners and hosts business networking events in the Tampa Bay region. He is also a member with the Business Brokers of Florida Association and the International Business Brokers Association.

Feel free to contact Jeff Jump at (727) 337-3508 or email at
Call, text or email to discover how Jeff can help you realize your business goals.

Frank Cimakasky / Agent

Frank Cimakasky

Frank Cimakasky is an accomplished business executive and former business owner with over 25 years’ experience in consumer and industrial product sales. He has held senior roles in both Fortune 100 companies as well as successful start-ups. Frank was instrumental in the international retail launch of “HIGH END” engine additives popularized in the early 1990’s by infomercials.

Frank has owned small business in New York state, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida. After successfully negotiating the merger-sale of his manufacturer’s rep firm and distribution operation, he found a desire to assist other owners through effort’s in Business Brokering. He has a worked with small business owners on solid exit strategies, mergers, and acquisitions in multiple states and Canada.

Frank resides in Largo with his wife and two children and is active in church and his children’s school events in Pinellas County. Frank is a life long martial artist with belts in multiple disciplines and obtained his private pilots license at age 18.

He looks forward to assisting small business in Florida with their exit strategies and considers his biggest asset the ability to communicate with business owners in many diverse operations.

Contact Frank by email at or phone (727) 512–3938

Michael Grace / Agent

Michael Grace

Michael brings to his work as a Business Broker over 23 years of significant manufacturing, process engineering and management experience. Born in England and educated at Dunstable University where he was awarded the City and Guilds advanced certificates in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked internationally in various high-level positions to include as a Manufacturing Manager, then Consultant for ABB (ASEA, Brown, Boveri) and Brand Ambassador for the Porsche Motor Cars USA.

As a Business Broker he specializes in Engineering and Manufacturing companies with a broad knowledge of the intricacies of the industry.

Michael now lives in Gulfport, Florida with his wife Patty. Often working together Patty has worked as a Business Broker since 1997.

Contact Michael by email at or phone (352) 804–2768