It is well-known that the Business Brokers of Florida (BBF) is the largest and best co-brokering association of business brokers and M&A professionals worldwide. Since its inception in 1999, our founders have had the drive and true vision to set us on the path to be the example of what other business brokerage associations strive to become. Many years of experience and effort have gone into perfecting the never-perfect process of working with buyers and sellers to get deals done. Furthermore, the BBF has the numbers to back up these successes.
View from the Driver’s Seat
One of the main reasons for the BBF reaching such a high level of achievement is our membership. Many of our members believe we have built a culture of dedication to our association and the industry. Underneath are the folks that work to manage each district and those who volunteer on the many committees and task forces to bring about the change and allow us to continue on the path to growth and a prosperous future for all. Spearheading these ideas are the dedicated people in the ever-so-important board of directors and leadership positions, who are in the driver’s seat of what is yet to come. Did you catch the part that this has been accomplished by an all-volunteer organization?
Additional apparent factors to the BBF’s success are how the business brokerage industry has undergone significant changes, including the rise of technology, the increasing importance of online/social media marketing, and the ability to conduct meetings through platforms such as Zoom. As individual brokers, we see the effects of these advancements in our firms. Just think about how wonderful it is to get our principals’ contract signatures without driving across town. BBF is doing its best to keep pace with these changes, embracing technology to expand its reach and improve its services. By staying up to date with the latest trends and technologies, BBF can continue to grow and succeed in the future.
Over the years, we have taken steps to bring our association to the next level by making improvements internally through our MLS system along with the systems and processes that help us function. In addition, we gave the BBF a new look externally so that we may showcase our membership to the public. However, I feel that our most significant impact in 2021 was recognizing how important educating our members and having the right tools are to raise everyone in the association to equal footing. Last year was pivotal in the growth of all our members, where we have included a membership to our sister organization, the IBBA. This partnership fills the educational and broker benefits void as only the IBBA can do.
The district and state boards have worked tirelessly to improve what Ken Stebbins, Roger Murphy, Steve Raptoulis, and Sandy Cosenza envisioned. Since I have been on the local and state boards and in leadership, I have personally worked with some of the brightest hard-working brokers/members who dedicate their time for the betterment of us all. However, this comes with a cost to each individual and their business, who sacrificed to get things done. Fortunately, the collective wisdom of our board of directors recognized the need to take the BBF to the next level and understood that, in order to get there sometime this decade, we would need professional support.
In 2023 we set the BBF on the road to the next level of greatness. The board’s unanimous decision to bring on a management team to help us succeed in many plans and projects we’ve mapped out will mark this time when we witnessed our association’s transformation. Over the next few months, and years, you will see/experience some incredible improvements and new ideas that will encourage, educate, and, quite frankly, directly impact how we do business as individuals and as an association.
A little over two years ago, I was fortunate to be given the keys to the BBF. When I first sat in the driver’s seat, it was intimidating and exciting at the same time; with great responsibility and humility, I adjusted to my role in moving us forward in the direction of our growth. As I sit behind the steering wheel, glancing back in mirrors of our history and where we came from, then turning my focus to looking out the windshield of the BBF’s future. The view from the driver’s seat is quite incredible, and I’m excited for us all for what is yet to come of the world’s best co-brokering business broker association.
Joe Shemansky, CBI, M&AMI, CM&AP
Business Brokers of Florida