CERTIFIED BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY, BUSINESS BROKER
Amanda joined Pacific M&A and Business Brokers Ltd. in 2011 with a long history of business ownership and development.
Schooled as an educator at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, Amanda left the discipline early on in favour of a career in business development. Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs fostered her spirit to explore companies that made sound financial sense and had reasonably instant cash flow. Her first foray into business was an automotive interior trim franchise with a large BC territory. Six years later, she successfully sub-franchised the business interests into three separate territories and subsequently sold all three to new operators. At the same time and inspired to satisfy her creative nature, she began the development of a silk-screening company with a focus on wholesale printing of textiles, garments and other printable substrates. Later she added a small to medium format sign manufacturing shop under a separate division – both operated for 15 years in the Vancouver area. After 22 years, her start-up companies are now sold and continue to operate under new ownership – a satisfying testament to some acquired skill, mentorship and a fair amount of sweat equity.
A return to Business School (Sauder School of Business, UBC) inspired Amanda to begin a search to acquire a profitable existing business. In the process she was invited to join Pacific M&A and Business Brokers as a Senior Intermediary, to work on the sell and buy-side transaction of multiple companies from a broad cross-section of industries. Assisting and facilitating in the transition of a seller or a buyer to their next venture, while at the same time avoiding the numerous potential ‘potholes’ of deal collapse, is a symphony of skills Amanda brings to each stage in the process from valuation to closing.
Amanda has achieved the professional designation of Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) and is a member in good standing of the International Business Brokers Association. She holds a current Commercial Real Estate License in British Columbia. In addition, Amanda is currently the President of IBBA Canada and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of IBBA Canada since 2012– promoting the professional integrity of brokered transactions.
On a personal level she has been an independent professional dancer in Vancouver, teaches ballroom dancing, enjoys sailing, tennis, skiing, biking and yoga among a plethora of ‘playground’ activities offered up by the good fortune of living and working in beautiful Vancouver and coastal British Columbia.