Please read what these business owners are saying about working with the principals of Calder Capital. If you're searching for the best business brokers in Grand Rapids, Michigan, look no further.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome and satisfied that Calder Capital paired us with the right buyers. I would happily refer all fastener and industrial distribution companies to Calder Capital because of my extremely positive experience with them. While there were certainly ups and downs in the selling process, Calder ran a very efficient process, introduced multitudes of qualified buyers, helped me through negotiations, due diligence, and legal review, and allowed us to close on time and only a few months after we put the business on the market!”
- Tim Irwin, Former Owner, The Bolt Bin, West Michigan Technical Supply Co., & Clear Vision Inspection, Grand Rapids, Michigan (Seller)
“We are very satisfied with the entire staff at Calder Capital. Working with their team members on a tight timeline created some logistical and time sensitive issues. Their coordination of the process was a benefit to both the sellers and ourselves. In future opportunities we would certainly consider their assistance.”
- Travis Vander Kolk, President, Process Engineering & Equipment Company, Comstock Park, Michigan (Buyer)
"Sandi and I would have never been able to do on our own what we did working with the Calder team. We would have never been able to access the caliber of the many potential buyers that Calder was able to provide for us. While the number is always important in the sale of a business, we wanted to make sure that the new owners would be proper stewards for our business and our team. Scott and the rest of the Calder team knew how important that was for us and showed the heart of servants in finding the right fit.
We are proud to have been able to experience the fastest closing in Calder's history--although I must admit that it didn't feel that fast as we were going through the process. The expertise and experience of the entire Calder team helped us work through this process better than we could have ever imagined. If you are considering selling your business, I would highly recommend the Calder team."
- Rog Bronsink, Owner, Starlite Kitchens & Baths, Inc., Byron Center, MI (Seller)
"Well, it has been quite the journey getting to this point, many setbacks, frustrations, and hurdles to overcome. In the end, dogged perseverance, determination, and a broker who wouldn’t quit prevailed. Thank you so much for your efforts, time, advice, and even a little humor when things got a little testy. You were a broker, psychologist, strategist all wrapped up in one.
Thanks to you Rick, Max, and Calder Capital. If you ever get to southwest Florida, look us up, we’ll have a drink or few, share some stories, and be able to finally take a deep breath and laugh about the whole process."
- Ed Walerko, Owner, Walerko Tool & Engineering Corp., Elkhart, IN (Seller)
"Garrett and Scott did a phenomenal job helping us find Kurt. It was vital that we found the perfect fit to help grow Custom Millwork & Display going forward. We are confident that we can now double the size of Custom Millwork & Display over the next three years while maintaining the culture we have built over the last 15 years. The Calder team got us the top price for our Business while finding the best fit for the continuity of Custom Millwork & Display. They are the best in the business!"
- Dustin Mead, Owner, Custom Millwork & Display, South Bend, IN (Seller)
"Garrett and Scott were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. They worked hard to ensure both sides understood the acquisition process and overcome all the hurdles that come with a transaction like this. I would highly recommend both Garrett and Scott to anyone interested in selling a business."
- Kurt Madvig, Carmel, IN (Buyer)
"Scott & Max, I'd like to formally thank the two of you for selling my company! I never dreamed that the company would someday be something that I could actually sell. When you both told me that you knew that you could sell this company, I was very pleased, hopeful, and skeptical all at once. Boy am I glad that I met you. Scott, I may nominate you for the M&A Nobel Peace Prize; without your calm persistence, I don't know if this transaction would've ever closed. I am confident that we found the right buyer, and that he will be successful and do a great job with Power Supply. You guys have done a masterful job from start to finish!"
- Shawn Elkins, Owner, Power Supply, Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan (Seller)
“Michigan Woodwork partnered with Calder Capital for the sale of our company. Calder’s advisor, Garrett Monroe, did an amazing job with the CIM and marketing process. He also stayed in close contact throughout the entire process, from vetting potential buyers all the way to closing. Although selling a business is a stressful endeavor I am very happy with the outcome.”
- Matt Gustafson, Owner, Michigan Woodwork, Williamston, Michigan (Seller)
"We just acquired a cabinet manufacturer and our team could not be more excited! Garrett Monroe was the linchpin, keeping all parties engaged and the process flowing. His artful management of this complex transaction was critical to getting the deal done. I would insist on Garrett being the liaison in all my future business pursuits."
- Vikram Bedi, President, Vikjay Industries, Inc., Farmington Hills, Michigan (Buyer)
“Calder Capital did a professional job of creating our marketing materials and we received strong interest from a number of buyers. While we worked through the challenges of COVID-19 and pivoted our business to providing our clients with solutions that helped them manage the challenges related to the pandemic, Pankaj and Calder worked with us and provided positive encouragement throughout the process.
Through the process, Pankaj developed a solid understanding of our operations that helped us select a buyer that would provide room for our employees to grow as well. Once we accepted an offer that was the best fit for us, we felt that he continued to work diligently on various aspects of the transaction while ensuring that he was looking out for our best interests at all times, including having input on certain legal aspects of the sale. We feel we were well represented and would recommend any small to mid-size business owner that is thinking of selling, to consider Pankaj and Calder to represent them.”
- Mark Roberts and Tim Ott. Former owners of Power Manufacturing, Inc., Elkhart, Indiana.
"We believe Calder Capital has found an excellent fit with the current buyers to continue SRAG’s story and growth trajectory. The team is qualified, energized, and ready to grow. We appreciate the effort put forth in qualifying a buyer that would fit the strict MAACO franchise standards, and we are glad we chose Calder Capital to represent the sale of our business. Collision Consolidation Company is the perfect successor to build upon the leading MSO platform we created at SRAG, and the Calder team proved themselves to be collaborative partners every step of the way.”
- Nick Rhoads & Nathan Hamilton, Seller, Co-Founders & Managing Partners of Heritage Partners Group
"Patrick & Edson, I feel very lucky to have run across you both. You've made me believe that sometimes good things do happen to good people, and I appreciate your hard work. I hope you and Calder continue to have success. Cheers!"
- Mike O'Brien, Buyer, SRAG Holdings, LLC.
“While it was a difficult decision to sell our family business, which was now on the third generation, it was the right decision. We can’t say enough good things about working with Matt Uhl and Calder Capital. Very little in life can prepare you for the emotions and realities of parting ways with your business. In working with Calder we knew we had a partner that stood up for our interests and represented us fairly and professionally. Calder kept the sale process quiet and confidential and were always in good communication. We received multiple offers and knew ultimately that we choose the best buyer in Mettler-Toledo!”
- David Martin, Seller, D.C. Martin & Son Scales, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“We are thankful to the team at Calder for helping us get the deal across the finish line. Completing a sale transaction comes with an unimaginable amount of nuance and challenges that I never imagined. Calder Capital’s experience and connections really helped speed up the process.”
- Dave Boelcke, Seller, Boelcke Heating & Air Conditioning, Stevensville, Michigan
“I have truly enjoyed my time leading Topps Safety Apparel. Pinnacle Textile is an impressive organization and I am pleased with the outcome of this transaction. I look forward to watching the company’s continued success under new leadership. Calder served as a trusted advisor throughout the transaction, with their team working tirelessly to design the right process. Calder sourced the buyer and I appreciated their thoughtful advice and guidance.”
- Alan Dorrell, Seller, Topps Safety Apparel, Rochester, Indiana
“Thank you to the Calder Capital team for your patience and flexibility working with us. While we went back and forth debating whether to sell our Company, Max never pressured us in any direction. Calder Capital provided us with several quality investors and after careful consideration, we are very pleased with our new partner and believe we have succeeded in beginning to take our Company to the next level.”
- Dave Konkle & Kevin Boucher, Seller, Turf Works, Augusta, Michigan
“We approached Calder Capital after hearing how they helped a friend of ours transition from his business. After hearing how Calder was able to get multiple offers and close the transaction at a great value, we were confident in working with Max Friar and Calder Capital. Scott Nicholson did a fantastic job helping us evaluate all of our options, and ultimately, we felt good about the buyer and the future of the business.”
- Michelle Matthews, Seller, Graphics Embossed Images, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“I hired Calder in 2016 and they found a buyer for me right away, but for a variety of reasons, we were not able to get the deal across the finish line until recently (2019). The guys at Calder never gave up on the process.”
- Jason Beecham, Seller, Pi Optima Manufacturing, Inc., Zeeland, Michigan
“As I started to think about retiring, I wanted to ensure that all of the employees and customers would have a smooth transition. After engaging with Calder Capital, I was quite surprised at the speed and volume of interest in my business. Within the first week on the market we had three showings and two solid offers. With the help and guidance of Matt Uhl, we decided that Heath Verstraete was the buyer that was the right fit for the business and its future. Heath is ambitious, smart and determined. He took the deal by the reins and I appreciate it. I look forward to working with him.”
- Bob Sokorai, Seller, Conveyability, Inc., Walker, Michigan
“As we started to think about retiring, we wanted to ensure that new ownership would have strong West Michigan values and take care of our clients and employees as we have. After engaging with Calder Capital, we received numerous inquires and multiple competitive offers. At the end of the day, we decided to choose the buyer that was the right fit for the business and its future. We are confident that he will help take Fabtec to the next level. Thank you Calder Capital!”
- Mitch Dalman, Seller, Fabtec Enterprises, Inc., Byron Center, Michigan
“We are pleased and excited to work with the existing team at C.N.C. Products and begin investing in the company’s future. Calder Capital’s assistance in closing the transaction is greatly appreciated.”
- Gerri Davis-Parker, Acquirer, C.N.C. Products LLC, Niles, Michigan (Buyer)
"The entire process took only about 7 months from initially reaching out to Calder to closing, which was less than I expected. The team was great to work with, not only quick to respond but very knowledgeable and helpful. I look forward to ensuring a smooth transition for the buyer, Central Industrial Manufacturing.”
- Gordon "Butch" Payton, Owner, GP Manufacturing, Inc., Buchanan, Michigan (Seller)
"Rick Purcey and the entire staff at Calder Capital did an outstanding job in helping us sell ADL Home Care. Rick could not have found a better buyer for ADL and he certainly went the extra mile to get us to the finish line! We would highly recommend Calder Capital to anyone looking to buy or sell a business. Thank you!"
- Gerry & Marian Quill, Owners, ADL Home Care, Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan (Seller)
"Please accept my sincere thanks for your help in finding the right buyer for our 144-year old industrial supply firm. Having owned Brammall Supply for over 75 year of those years, selling was a difficult and emotional decision for our family. I compliment you on the process, sensitivity and professional manner in which our company was taken to market.
The successful sale of our company was completed to our complete satisfaction. I would recommend your services to any family-owned business whose desire to transition their business goes beyond simple dollars and cents. I could not be more happy with the outcome of our transaction!"
- Kenneth F. Ankli, Owner, Brammall Supply Company, Benton Harbor, Michigan (Seller)
"Throughout the process of accumulating data, marketing and qualifying potential new owners, throughout due diligence and legal proceedings both Pankaj and Ghazey were always willing to take the time to answer all questions, stay late, work weekends, even to the point of offering substantial advice, consultations and recommendations during legal negotiations with my attorney. At all times I felt truly represented by Calder Capital and these gentlemen. I would heartily endorse Calder Capital and specifically Pankaj and Ghazey if you are considering purchasing or selling your manufacturing business!"
- Bob Playford, Founder, Aquest Machining & Assembly, Inc., Greenville, Michigan (Seller)
"We hope to work with Calder Capital again on our next acquisition and would certainly call them when the times comes to sell our business as well. I would not hesitate recommending their firm to anyone contemplating a business acquisition or sale and can confidently say the cost of their service was the best investment we have ever made. Thank you, Max and Patrick, for your outstanding service!"
- Bruce Chapman, VP of Finance and Co-Owner, Midwest Timer Service, Inc. (Buyer)
"After a number of unsuccessful rounds of trying to sell our business with other brokers, we were introduced to Max Friar and Calder Capital. We really appreciated Max's honesty, energy and enthusiasm. We are happy to say that in less than six months after working with Max, we had negotiated a successful transaction with the right buyer for the future of our company. We are very pleased to recommend Max and his company to anyone seeking to sell their company. Max clearly goes above and beyond what others are willing to do to bring success to their clients."
- Patrick Corbett & Jerry Shear, Founders, C&S Electric Service (Seller)
"Max, selling my business was one of the hardest decisions of my life and I truly appreciate your persistence. I'm fully confident than Neil and Wade can take Central Interconnect to the next level. You did an excellent job at bringing me a qualified buyer. Thank you!"
- Arlen H. Smith, Founder, Central Interconnect, Inc. (Seller)
"Max, we want to thank you for your patience and persistence. Although you represented the Seller, your help and guidance through the long and rigorous process of buying a business was invaluable and we couldn't have done it without you!"
- Neil Brown & Wade Thompson, Owners, Central Interconnect, Inc. (Buyers)
"We are very pleased to say that within 30 days Calder had produced 5 attractive offers for our ErgoStation product line from very qualified buyers! We successfully consummated a transaction in less than 3 months and are extremely pleased with the outcome. Most importantly, Calder found us a buyer with similar values and expectations as Extol, which made the transaction a joy to work on. We would definitely recommend Calder Capital!"
– Kyle Harvey, Product Manager, Extol, Inc., Zeeland, Michigan (Seller)
“Please know that you guys are rock stars! Ghazey was amazing to work with. I can’t say enough good things about you guys. I’ve worked with several brokers on my journey to closing this deal, and Ghazey was by FAR the best! Keep up the good work.”
- Andrew Porter, AJ Porter Holdings, Buyer of White Ware, Inc.
“I was extremely impressed by how diligently Ghazey Aleck and Calder Capital worked to bring the right buyer. Not only did Calder bring the best fit, but I knew that they had left no stone unturned in doing so. I am very pleased to recommend Calder Capital to any buyer or seller. Thank you!”
- Robert Palm, Founder, Palm & Associates, Inc. (Seller)
“Rick, your persistence was certainly appreciated. Even though you worked for the Seller, I very much appreciate the team effort you made to get this to the finish line!”
- Mark Reinhart, President & CEO, Award Window Cleaning Services, Inc. (Buyer)
“As I decided to list my business with Calder Capital, it became clear I had made the right choice quite quickly. Rick sent me a questionnaire which brought up all the potential questions a buyer would want to know the answers to. Then as the listing process went on, Rick continued to pursue leads and exercise persistence which lead to the acquisition of Blue Sky by Award! Throughout the process Rick was a great supporter and good listener, giving valuable insight to the process and continued reassurance that all the details were handled. I want to say Thank You to the Calder Capital team for helping me find a quality buyer for my business!”
- Nate Wood, Founder, Blue Sky Window Cleaners, LLC (Seller)
“Max and his team did a great job for the seller. Although Calder represented the seller, I enjoyed working with them as a buyer. They worked hard for their client and ultimately for the deal. I hope that this is the beginning of many more successful transactions!”
– Andrew Samrick, Owner, Blue Star Automation / Blue Star Family Holdings LLC (Buyer)
"We did it! Thanks for all your help guys! We found the buyers, got the sale done, and hit my target price! I am looking forward to getting to choose what I want to do on a daily basis...Thank you!"
– Ross Hoek, Owner, Impres Engineering Services LLC, Holland MI (Seller)
"We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to Ghazey Aleck and Rick Purcey of Calder Capital. When we engaged Calder in July, we never thought we would receive 5 offers on our company and have it sold in less than 6 months! Ghazey and Rick did an excellent job of finding the right buyer and right price for us. We are grateful for their hard work and dedication to our best interests. We are looking forward to the next chapter in our lives knowing that our Company is poised for growth and success! Thank you!"
– Dave, Les & Lollie Baumann, Baumann Tool & Die, Zeeland, MI (Seller)
"Max, I am abundantly grateful to you for helping me to open this next chapter of my life and career."
– Barry Neal, Owner, House of Flavors - Ludington, MI (Buyer)
"I would like to express my thanks to Ghazey Aleck of Calder Capital for his unwavering guidance and loyalty to me through the often arduous process of purchasing a company. I first met Ghazey when I was interested in purchasing one of the companies he was representing. When that particular deal did not work out, he offered to help me find and acquire a different business, which I am pleased to say we were successful in doing only months later!
Particularly reassuring to to me during this process was the feeling of certainty in the absolute integrity of Ghazey's dealings with me. I knew that he had my best interest in mind and that his genuine concern was that I achieved my goals. Ghazey, I wish you and your firm the best of luck!! I highly recommend Calder Capital!"
– John Wiebenga, Owner, Stap Brother Landscaping - Hickory Corners, MI (Buyer)
"While selling my business, Bill Evans displayed an amazing depth of knowledge of not only the accounting and business side of what I needed from the sale of my company, but knew of the emotional and personal investment that was being sold as well. His experience as a former business owner as well as his financial background gives him a unique perspective of what it takes to sell your business as well as what you NEED when you do so. He connected with what I was looking for financially and helped maintain realistic goals while constantly looking out for my best interest from the buyer."
Bill was always easy to contact, be it via email, text or phone, and saw possibilities I never even recognized to facilitate not only a timely sale, but a profitable one! I would recommend his services to anyone looking to sell their company – because Bill Evans realizes that it isn’t just a company – it is the result of your hard work and sweat – your BUSINESS."
- Dave Hunt, Founder, Hunt Movers (Two Men & A Truck) - Grand Rapids, MI (Seller)
"Ghazey & Max, we just wanted to say thank you again for everything you did for us over the last several months. It is hard to believe that we signed on with Calder in January, went public in March and then had a very successful close in July. We certainly had some interesting moments along the way and are very happy with the outcome. It was a real joy working with you both and we enjoyed all the interesting conversations we had along the way. We would not hesitate to highly recommend Calder Capital! Thanks again!"
- Mike & Gwen Branch, Founders, The Rental Branch - St. Joseph, MI (Seller)
"I had the pleasure of working with Bill Evans from the buy side on a recent acquisition. I appreciated his responsiveness and attention to detail from the letter of intent to close. Bill's professionalism and commitment to his client and the process was evident throughout a lengthy transaction. Based on this experience, whether buying or selling, I would recommend Bill and Calder Capital."
- Mark S. Allen, Owner, Allen Partners LLC; Buyer, D & J Precision Machine Services – Allegan, MI (Buyer)
"Max and his team did a great job presenting us with an established company which possessed an excellent management team, solid processes and a very unique niche in a nationwide marketplace. The growth areas are limitless. Thanks for providing us, the sellers, the bankers and the attorneys a road map to getting an acquisition done quickly and in a positive manner."
- Jake Stroburg and Tony Abbo, Owners, Shoppers' View (Buyers)
"I'm proud to say Max Friar and I closed the successful sale of my company, AAA Tool and Die Company, of South Bend, Indiana, in an all cash transaction. Max is a closer. Whenever we faced a challenge or problem, Max answered the challenge and solved the problems. If you are considering selling your manufacturing business, Max will successfully take you from start to finish. Don’t 'Pass Go' without Max."
- John R. Shirrell, President, AAA Tool & Die, Inc. (Seller)
Additional Testimonials from past clients...
"Max's persistence and determination to connect owners and bring opportunities to Crystal Flash has resulted in dozens of prospects analyzed and six (6) successful acquisitions completed. We are looking forward to working with Max for years to come..."
- Tom Fehsenfeld, President, Crystal Flash Energy (Buyer)
"Our business was started by my husband 37 years ago. We reached a point in our life when we decided to take a different direction and decided to sell our business. It was not an easy decision.
We knew that we would need guidance in selling the business and were referred to Calder Capital. From our first meeting with Calder, we knew it was a good match. Max and Bill projected confidence and outlined a plan of action that made sense to us. During all aspects of the process, Bill has been kept us completely involved and up to speed. Bill has represented our business and us in a professional, confident and guiding manner - while still being respectful of our thoughts and wishes. When the sale encountered challenges, Bill had a suggestion, solution or a plan.
I would recommend Calder Capital and Bill Evans to any business - large or small - to find a buyer that makes the most sense to all involved."
- Randee Murphy, Owner, West Michigan Delivery Service (Seller)
"I found Max to be very valuable in keeping all parties on track and helping our team through issues as they arose. I pleased to say that my business sold for a price higher than I expected after being on the market only 2.5 months! Overall I am very pleased to recommend Max Friar for a sale or acquisition of a business."
- Rudy Vedovell, Founder, RJ Vedovell, Inc. (Seller)
"I applaud Kent Snyder for his persistence, diligence and honesty. His expertise in SBA financing and persistence with the lending institution helped make my dream of becoming a business owner possible. I strongly recommend Kent Snyder to anyone looking to buy or sell a business."
- Joyce Blazen, President & Owner, Action Management Corporation (Buyer)
"We are happy to report that the entire sales process took less than six months. Max and Kent did an outstanding job of locating a motivated and qualified buyer and getting the deal done!"
- Jayne Flaska, Co-Owner, Van Pelt Industries (Seller)
"I am very pleased to recommend Kent Snyder as a business broker. Kent was very punctual in getting back to me and he did a very good job at moving the business transaction forward. I highly recommend Kent no matter if you are the Seller or the Buyer of a business!"
- Randy VanderPloeg, Owner, Accurate Engineering & Manufacturing (Buyer)
"Kirk Skinner is enthusiastic, hardworking, and has great business sense. He will offer suggestions, but allows you to make decisions without pressure. Once you make a decision on an offer or plan of action, he will fully support you and aggressively pursue it on your behalf."
- Dawn, Grand Rapids, Michigan (Buyer)
"I am sincerely glad that I found you as a partner. You were really the driving force in helping me to find, value, structure the transaction and push the acquisition through. You are a true professional. I am so proud of our team and feel privileged to have worked together to make my dream a reality. I consider you a friend."
- Mark Juhl, President, Jaytech, Inc. (Buyer)
"Max & Kent, I want to thank you for your diligent and thorough efforts over the past four months. I was amazed at the tools and resources that you have to develop a target list of acquisition opportunities. I highly recommend your company to any prospective buyers or sellers. "
- Wayne Linderman, Asymmetric Business Group, LLC (Buyer)
"Max proved to be an outstanding, creative and relentless partner who really took the time to get to know both me and my business. He worked on the deal 24/7 until it was acceptable to both parties. He then worked with my attorney to produce a Buy/Sell process that met my goals, and we closed the deal. I give Max my highest level of recommendation!"
- Tom Kaucic, International Purchasing Staffing, Inc. (Seller)
"Max, I really appreciated your honesty, professionalism and subtle-yet-confident attitude. Your directness, diligence and expertise helped me through the bureaucracy of selling my business while keeping my costs minimized."
- Stacy Karman, Proactive Record Copy Solutions, LLC (Seller)
"Max guided me through the rigorous process of meeting buyers, negotiating offers and navigating the due diligence process. I am extremely pleased to say that I successfully sold my company in less than five months!"
- Founder, Machine Manufacturing Company (Seller)