We sell the largest of small businesses.
Compass Point specializes in the sale of companies that are too large for a main street business broker, yet are too small for a larger M&A firm or investment bank. We create a marketing plan specific to your business, and we execute that plan in an obsessive search for buyers. We can guide you to a successful exit of your company.
Ney has been involved in buying and selling companies for over 20 years. He bought his first company in 1987 and started a technology company, Ibex Technologies, in 1989. Ney grew Ibex and sold it to a public company in 1997 for $7 million. Ney then served as a founder and vice president of acquisitions for a startup, Wirestone, that raised $20 million in private equity capital to fund a series of company acquisitions. Ney acquired 11 companies around the west coast in 18 months, helping to establish Wirestone as one of the nation’s top interactive ad agencies and which later was acquired by Hewlett Packard. Ney also worked as an M&A advisor to McGraw Hill education before starting Compass Point in 2006. Ney holds an engineering degree from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from UC Davis. Ney has earned a CBI (Certified Business Intermediary) with the IBBA and is licensed with the California department of Real Estate. Ney flies a single engine Cessna airplane to visit clients around California. All website photos were taken by Ney above California, and you can visit his personal blog about his flying adventures at www.westcoastflyingadventures.com. He has also written an aviation book, “Fifty Classic Destinations for Pilots” available on Amazon and at his website: www.fiftyclassics.com
Direct phone: 530-417-2947
In addition to assisting business owners in the sale of their businesses, Graeme has been active in the startup community in Northern California. He has been an active angel investor, coached entrepreneurs and sat on several small company boards. Graeme started his career at Sprint in the early days of telecom deregulation and then played key roles in HP’s networking division as local area networking exploded. After HP he joined startups ShareWave and then Little Mountain Group. Graeme led the acquisition effort to sell Little Mountain Group which was acquired by QLogic in 2001 for $30 million.
Graeme has an engineering degree from UC Davis and an MBA from UC Berkeley. Graeme is a registered broker with the California Department of Real Estate.
Direct phone: 530-304-0181
Marty is a proven C-Suite Officer, Entrepreneur, Consultant, and Board Member with over 30 years of success in financial services, mortgage banking and consumer credit information services.
In his executive career, Marty has held leadership positions at Advantage Credit, Inc. (Principal/EVP), Credit Communications Inc. (CEO/President) and DataPower Information Systems (COO). A highly accomplished financial services executive, Marty has sold/acquired several companies in the consumer credit reporting space, including asset purchases/sales, stock sales and, most recently, his own successful exit via an owner buy/sell agreement. He is also an active angel investor and independent business consultant with True North Strategies.
Marty obtained a B.S. in Finance from University of Arizona. He has served as president of the National Consumer Reporting Association and serves as an advisor to growing small and medium sized businesses. He lives in Napa, CA with his wife, Bev.
Direct phone: 707-363-3187
Jim is a seasoned executive who has held senior positions with corporations in the Entertainment Industry. He became interested in Mergers and Acquisitions when he was asked to assist in the purchase of several corporations. He found the process intriguing and later operated his own brokerage business “The Delaine Group”.
Jim was one of the original Board of Directors of the Hollywood – Business Improvement District (BID). BID was responsible for improving Hollywood by designing plans to restore the public areas and increase the safety of visitors to the historic core of Hollywood. Working closely with the development company, BID was responsible for the restoration of “Old Hollywood.”
When elected to the CFO board position of Columbia College – Hollywood, he realized that it would soon not be able to meet its financial needs. The Board then elected him College President where he made the necessary changes and saved the school from closing.
Jim holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Strategic Planning, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (BS) specializing in Marketing.
Direct phone: 925-200-6992