COVID-19 UPDATEBusiness Brokerage, Inc. is continuing to take the health and safety our clients, agents and employees very seriously. We quickly put in place necessary safety protocols which also enable us to conduct business successfully and "virtually", as needed. Our best-in-class technologies, adherence to safety requirements, combined with our highly-informed agents make us qualified and ready to serve your needs to sell or purchase a practice. Contact us for more information!

No-Cal: 800-727-4272

So-Cal: 800-274-4272

David C. Smith, President
David C. Smith
Craig Van Laningham
Craig Van Laningham
Lee Ribolin, Broker
Lee Ribolin

Meet Some of Our Staff - Business Brokerage Incorporated

David C. Smith, Founder

David C. Smith, Founder (Retired 2018)


BUSINESS BROKERAGE, INC., Owner/Broker of a business brokerage firm, Laguna Niguel, Ca., 1976 to present. Prior to 1978 the firm handled various types of businesses such as machine shops, liquor stores, service businesses, etc.

Since 1978 the company has specialized in the sale of accounting & tax practices. Firm is involved in appraising, listing, marketing, arranging financing and selling of practices throughout California. Business Brokerage, Inc. has sold an incredible 1,400+ accounting and tax practices worth over $250 Million. Licensed Real Estate Broker in California.

SOUTHLAND BUSINESS SALES, Anaheim, Ca. 1973 to 1976. Agent for a business broker selling liquor stores, machine shops, restaurants and service businesses.

MERRILL LYNCH, Newport Beach, Ca. 1971 to 1973. Stockbroker


David Smith received his BS degree in Finance from California State University at Long Beach. He also has an AA degree in Real Estate from Santa Ana College and has taken undergraduate studies at Indiana University. Mr. Smith has completed several courses in financial planning.

Lee Ribolin

Lee Ribolin, Northern California

President/ Owner as of 2018.

NoCal: 800.727.4272
FAX: 415.524.2821

Lee is a graduate of the University of Maine with a B.S. In Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Lee worked as an Agent for BBI for 7 years before leaving to join an International Technology Company.

Lee then started his own business in Atlanta, Georgia, which he operated successfully for 13 years.

Lee has over 17 years with Business Brokerage, as a Broker and since 2018, as President / Owner.

Lee is an avid cyclist as well as swimmer.

Craig Van Laningham

Craig Van Laningham, Southern California

SoCal: 800.274.4272
Mobile: 310-367-2644
FAX: 310.496.3062

Craig is a graduate of UCLA and lives with his wife and two daughters in
Santa Monica CA. Craig has been with BBI since 2016, selling practices in Los Angeles. Before that he was founder and president of a Boutique digital advertising agency for over 15 years. Craig combines his experience of selling accounting practices with his digital advertising expertise to help find the right buyers for BBI Sellers.

Linda Long, Sales Assistant

Linda Long, Sales Assistant

SoCal: 800.274.4272
FAX: 949-715-2024

Linda Long joined Business Brokerage, Inc. in 2009 after a 25+ year career at AT&T in marketing, domestic and international project management, salesforce and client training, and contract audits.

A California native, hailing originally from Santa Barbara, Linda is a graduate of California State University Long Beach with a B.A. in Communications and was a Notary Public for several years. With a passion for learning and keeping active, Linda is an avid reader, also has completed a course in Real Estate Appraisal, enjoys craft and cooking classes, volunteering with hammers and paint for Habitat for Humanity, and daily power walks with her goofy bearded collie, and especially, spending time with friends and family.