OUR TEAM

Steve Harvey (Founder) - The DEAL MAKER

LICENSED COMMERCIAL REALTOR® AND CERTIFIED BUSINESS BROKER

Steve Harvey (Founder) - The DEAL MAKER

Steve Harvey brings over 25 years of sales industry related experience to the market place. His expertise crosses many fields in several industries. He has owned businesses, managed business, and been on both sides of franchise business, so he understands the buying and selling of business CONFIDENTIALLY.

 

His International experience, with involvement at many layer’s, and the understanding of business allow him to work with a wide range of people. Hands on work experience, the ability to listen and interpret business needs he accurately provides this information and advises his customer. Possessing leadership qualities that include the ability to influence others drive’s Steve in being the professional in business development and negotiation skills.

 

Steve Harvey will provide professional services to the business buyers, sellers, and investors of business. Through the “Full Disclosure Approach”, he will provide business buyers and sellers all the necessary information needed to close on businesses for sale. His full commitment to his customers puts your interests first. He simply gathers the most relevant facts and helps you make a decision, market and sell your business.

David Thomas, BA, DEAL MAKER

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SPECIALIST AND LICENSED REALTOR®

David Thomas, BA, DEAL MAKER

David Thomas is a Real Estate Professional with 35 years of experience helping owners and tenants achieve their needs and long term goals. He has helped many landlords take their property to its highest and best use assisting with Rezoning, Financing and building design to become both profitable ventures and community Landmarks. He has also helped many companies create their ideal office or retail space that allowed their business to flourish.

 

David Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brock University and began his career in the advertising industry with CJRN radio in Niagara Falls and moving to Vancouver with CFUN Radio.

 

He joined Royal Lepage Commercial Real Estate downtown Vancouver as an office leasing and sales agent earning the position of Associate Vice President in 1989. David represented various landlords in downtown Vancouver including CN Pension Fund for Pender Place at 700 and 750 West Pender, London Life Insurance for 800 West Hastings. David.s career expanded with a contract with Lonsdale Quay Development Corporation and B.C. Rail for the leasing and sales of development sites on the North Vancouver Waterfront and with Ontario Teachers Plan for Capilano Business Park.

David Started Westreal Realty Specializing in commercial sales, leasing and land development in North and West Vancouver and later expanded the business to include a residential division and Project Management Team. Westreal was successful in many major projects including the Silva, 700 Marine, Ambleside Place, and the sale of several investment properties and major lease transactions. Westreal Realty merged with Sotheby.s International Realty and David remained as Associate Broker specializing in the sale of residential development sites.

 

David moved to Kelowna in 2015 to seek Sunshine and Golf. He is a member of Harvest Golf Club and The Mission Tennis Club.

Nelson Bayford, DEAL MAKER

LICENSED COMMERCIAL REALTOR® AND CERTIFIED BUSINESS BROKER

Nelson Bayford, DEAL MAKER

Nelson Bayford has a passion for business. Nelson’s 35 plus years of experience includes real estate, financial services, business brokerage and franchising, both as an owner and advisor. Nelson started his career in Real Estate in Alberta. Nelson is a graduate of the Canadian Securities Institute (C.S.C). Nelson has structured and promoted several Joint Ventures and Private Equity Placements in Canada and Internationally.

 

Nelson understands the negotiation process of buying and selling a business. The first essential step in a successful transaction is a Business Market Valuation, as a basis for negotiation between seller and buyer. Business Finders proprietary streamlined Business Market Valuation is straightforward, and to the point.

 

From a buyers perspective Nelson recognizes that owing your own business, often, is as much about lifestyle preferences and family goals as it is about the numbers. While first and foremost a business must be profitable to succeed, it is also important that a business is the Right Match in context of the buyer’s natural talents, acquired skills, passions in life and financial capacity. In other words, finding the business or franchise that is the Right Match is a critical component for the success of your business.

 

Nelson is eager to meet with you to discuss “in full confidence” the sale of your business. Or if you are a buyer looking for your first business or franchise, or looking to expand your current business, tell me what you want and we will find it. Nelson enjoys public speaking and is known for his positive outlook on life and ability to coach and inspire others to achieve their goals.

Andrew Pohl, DEAL MAKER

LICENSED COMMERCIAL REALTOR® AND CERTIFIED BUSINESS BROKER

Andrew Pohl, DEAL MAKER

Andrew Pohl has a long, and diverse history in the Hospitality industry. Growing up, his Family’s business was that of a Motel in a resort town in the East Kootenay region of BC. It was an early education in the inner workings of a small business, and the demands that come with it. With a vision toward owning his own business, completion of the Business Administration program at Calgary’s, Mount Royal University, was a logical next step.

 

Armed with all this new knowledge, he acquired a Neighbourhood Pub early in his final year of studies (while still a teenager!). One successful operation led to another, and for several years he was the hands-on operator of two Calgary Pubs. He went on to gather International experience doing market development in Asia for a Canadian medical company.

 

Lifestyle and Family brought Andrew to the Okanagan over eight years ago, and he hasn’t once looked back. His pragmatic nature, commitment to integrity, and first-hand experience in buying and selling multiple businesses, make Andrew Pohl a natural fit to the Business Finders Canada team.

John-Erik Grain MBA, DEAL MAKER

LICENSED COMMERCIAL REALTOR® AND CERTIFIED BUSINESS BROKER

John-Erik Grain MBA, DEAL MAKER

John-Erik brings a diverse background to Business Finders Canada that he utilizes to provide exceptional customer service every day. His combined years of business management and real estate development coupled with strong work ethics and personal drive make him an ideal broker for your business and or commercial property. He has been involved in real estate developments throughout Western Canada in excess of $50 million over the past 9 years and has developed a great network of business and property owners. He has also enjoyed success in small business consulting, property management, and large commercial/industrial construction projects.

 

As a business broker and licensed REALTOR®, John-Erik also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration specializing in Project Management as well as a Mechanical Engineering diploma. This combination of experience, education, drive, and dedication to client satisfaction makes Business Finders Canada the ideal platform for John-Erik to shine.

 

He knows that successful business and real estate transactions require confidentiality, realistic expectations, teamwork, mutual trust, and honest communication and he will stop at nothing to ensure these key success factors are understood and followed throughout your experiences with him. Life leadership and mutual success are two of his core beliefs. Educate yourself and surround yourself by like-minded individuals and you can achieve outstanding results!

Dave Manuel, DEAL MAKER

LICENSED COMMERCIAL REALTOR® AND CERTIFIED BUSINESS BROKER

Dave Manuel, DEAL MAKER

A lifelong career consisting of all aspects of business operations has led Dave Manuel to Business Finders Canada; previous endeavors include building, operating, managing businesses and overseeing management. Later Dave moved into business consulting, commercial equipment leasing, and finance.

 

Having built from scratch two businesses, one doing $50 million in sales over a 12 year period, the other a franchise, of which he sold both, Dave is no stranger to the process of readying a business for sale.

 

As a business owner and operator himself and having professionally dealt with three levels of government, Dave gained valuable experience in various levels of management. Over the years Dave has held many licenses in assorted fields of business, including the building of a customized two-tier auto lease portfolio (MVSABC) as well as spending three years in a commercial equipment leasing.

 

Being a business broker at Business Finders Canada brings together and utilizes all the skills and tools that were formerly gained. Dave very much enjoys the environment, the art of the deal, and diversity of business. As a licensed business broker, a field fully understood and enjoyed by Dave you can expect a very confidential arrangement, a clear understanding of what the steps are to secure a sale of your business and good communication throughout the process.

Rob Denier, MBA - Kamloops, DEAL MAKER

LICENSED COMMERCIAL REALTOR® AND CERTIFIED BUSINESS BROKER

Rob Denier, MBA - Kamloops, DEAL MAKER

Rob has worked for over thirty years in the construction and Real estate development industries. His areas of expertise include community economic planning and development, organizational and business planning, negotiating, strategic planning and community resource development.

 

Rob Denier is an entrepreneur/business advisor who believes that fundamentals are the keys to success in business and in life. Starting with a foundation of core values and principles. Rob is grounded in a sense of integrity and a desire to inspire and motivate others to achieve their potential.

 

Rob lives in Kamloops BC and has done consulting with First Nations communities undertaking the restructure of economic development entities. This process entails working with government agencies, development organizations and private businesses.

 

Rob attended Capilano University studying business before completing a Real estate and mortgage broker’s license through the UBC faculty of business and has completed an MBA program.

Chris Yong, DEAL MAKER

Licensed Commercial Realtor® and Certified Business Broker

Chris Yong, DEAL MAKER

Chris has 26 years of working experience in the property and development industry. She spent a good 20 years of her career as a successful property negotiator in Asia. She is conversant in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Malay. Chris has also started learning Korean. She brings with her a strong clientele base which she hopes will continue to propel the property and development industry forward in the Okanagan Valley.

Having settled here for 6 years, she sees immense potential in various growth sectors of the property industry that is dormant and remains largely untapped. It is this sector that she targets and hopes to open new vistas of opportunities for the Okanagan.

Having worked for public listed companies and wealthy individuals in the Far East, Chris understands that advanced information, confidentiality, connectivity, speed and first in line businesses are what is needed to give her clients the edge over others.

 

Chris在物業和開發行業擁有26年的工作經驗。努力了近20年的時間, 使她成為亞洲一位成功的物業談判代表。她熟悉英語,普通話,粵語和馬來語。Chris也開始學習韓語。她擁有一個強大的客戶群組,並希望在奧肯那根山谷繼續推動物業和開發行業。

在定居6年後,她意識到這裡的房地產行業的巨大潛力,大部份仍處於靜止及尚未開發的狀態。她計劃瞄準這個行業,並希望為奧肯那根開闢新的機會。

 

累積了在遠東地區為上市公司及個別富裕人士工作的經驗,Chris明白到必須提供優先的信息,保密性,連接性,速度和一流的客戶服務是讓她的客戶比其他的更有優勢。