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Our Team

George Hicks CBI, CBB
Founder / CEO

George Hicks is the founder of The M&A Brokers and is the Chief M&A Officer. He has been a Business Sales & Acquisitions specialist since 2002 and brings over 30 years of business experience to The M&A Brokers. George is a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) and a Certified Business Broker (CBB), there are only a handful of people in the state of California that have both of these certifications. He has been identified by the International Business Brokerage Association and the California Association of Business Brokers as an industry influence and is regularly asked to lecture his peers at their respective annual conferences on the many nuances of Business Sales and Acquisitions.

George is qualified in the California Superior Court as an Expert Witness in Business Valuations. He has been awarded the Industry Expert designation by the publishers of what is referred to as the Industry Bible, The Essential Guide to Pricing a Business, published by Business Brokerage Press. He is a speaker for educational institutions, peer associations and industry trade groups.

George is involved with many associations:

  • Currently on the Board of Director’s for the California Association of Business Brokers
  • Rotary International since 1989 and Past President of Torrance Rotary 2007 – 2008
  • Previous Board of Director for the California Association of Business Printers
  • Previous Board of Director for the Long Beach Commercial Real Estate Council
  • Member and speaker for the International Business Brokerage Association
  • Member of ProVisors
  • Members of many other business and community groups over the past 30 years

George has written several published articles:

  • Business Insider Magazine – Common Threads in Buying and Selling a Business
  • Long Beach Business Journal– Business Exit Strategies
  • Printing Equipment News– Opportunity Knocks
  • Quick Printing News– Acquisition Opportunities in a Down Market

George Hicks: BRE Lic #01376277

Peter Lopez
Business Broker

Peter has over 25 years of hands-on entrepreneurial experience leading companies and focusing on sales, operations, financial analysis and negotiations. That background has provided him with solid insights and exposure into a wide variety of industries. Above all he loves to deal with people as his greatest strength is building relationships. He knows how to mediate between all types of personalities, which makes him an excellent Intermediary for business sales & acquisitions, negotiating agreements in the best interest of his clients. He understands the importance of a smooth and equitable transaction for all parties and the necessity of immediate responsiveness in providing excellent service. Originally from Cuba, Peter’s family moved to Los Angeles in 1964. He has business development experience both in the US and Mexico and is comfortable in dealing with people from many diverse cultures.

Peter was on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Business Brokers, and is a past President of TEAM. He is fluent in Spanish, loves books, cars, movies and especially enjoys studying history.

Laura Bruno
COO

Laura brings 21 years of Corporate America experience in marketing, sales and in training where she won many company level awards for her achievements. After taking an early retirement she started her own consulting business in 2004 that specializes in building business relationships through a proven and effective system that thousands of people are successfully using. Laura will continue to develop and implement successful key strategies within The M&A Brokers firm.

Debbie Dugan
Administrative Assistant

Debbie came to The M&A Brokers in 2015 after a long and successful career in Corporate America. She provides a vast background that includes but is not limited to Project Management, Portfolio Management, Testing, Quality Control, and Customer Care. She is a collaborative team member who strives for excellence in her position. She is helpful when it comes to details and brings integrity and sense of value add to the team.

Shawn Motalebi

Shawn Motalebi is the President of Motalebi & Associates an accountancy corporation located in Torrance, California since 2013. Shawn has worked with businesses and their owners to maximize the tax benefits relating to their transactions and annual filings. His areas of expertise include financial analysis for valuations and taxation for corporations, LLCs and other forms of small businesses.

Shawn is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s College with a Bachelors in Business Management and a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in the State of California.