Meet Some of Our Staff - Business Brokerage Incorporated
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, Northern California
President/ Owner as of 2018.
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, Southern California
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.
Brandon Ribolin, Small Practice Specialist
Brandon joined BBI in 2022 as a Listing Agent focused on small practices. Working the past 6 years as a substance abuse counselor for teenagers, strong listening and problem solving skills were his key strengths. Brandon is born and raised in Georgia and currently lives there with his wife and his bloodhound Dory and basset hound Randy. Brandon frequents the golf course with his friends and family and loves to volunteer at his old job helping teenagers overcome addiction.
Linda Long, Sales Assistant
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.