The ABI Team

Ronald C. (Ron) Johnson, M&AMI, CBI, CBB, Fellow of the IBBA
Chairman & Principal – ABI

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Ron is Chairman of ABI Business Sales, Mergers & Acquisitions, which was established in San Ramon, CA, in 1984. Ron has been the intermediary in over one hundred transactions since entering the profession in 1991, and has managed, for his associates, many hundreds of additional transactions. He was a founding principal of Onyx Associates, which was a ‘sister’ M&A firm to ABI, but which is now incorporated under the existing ABI banner and name… [more]


Amy Cole, MBA, CBB, CBI, M&AMI
President & Principal – ABI

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Amy brings 25 years of diversified marketing, sales and operational expertise as a trusted M&A Advisor and Business Broker. A progressive background includes Vice President roles with venture backed start-ups, mid-market firms and public companies as well as the ownership of her own consulting practice. With diverse industry experience including high tech, manufacturing, distribution, business services, retail and advertising, Ms. Cole has led teams through multiple acquisitions… [more]


russRuss Cowley, CBI
Principal – ABI

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Russ possesses unrivaled enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and small business. He has started number of companies and holds a B.S. in Business Management, concentration in Small Business Management. Russ has experience in various industries including technology, hospitality, service, and retail. With a breadth of understanding in many fields, Russ is well equipped to accept the responsibility of taking any business to market. Russ began servicing small business owners as a Business Intermediary right out of college… [more]


Sherry FantozziSherry Fantozzi, Agent
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Sherry specializes in representing owners in the sale of their small to mid-market businesses. She works across a broad range of industries including manufacturing, auto repair and medical, among others. Sherry possesses over 20 years of experience in workflow development for sales/marketing processes and leadership dimensions. Dedication and attention to detail is what enables Sherry to fully understand her client’s personal as well as business needs, ultimately leading to a successful and progressive transition… [more]


michelle-headshotMichelle Cowley, Office Manager
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Michelle brings a wealth of office management experience to the ABI team. She has been supporting the staff for over 7 years on a wide variety of operational activities that help facilitate our clients’ transactions. In addition, she works our advisors and agents on their client marketing efforts as well as coordination of buyer and seller communication. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University… [more]


Richard Greenblatt, In Memoriam

1946-2009. 18 years as a great ABI business partner, and one of the most diligent and successful Main Street business brokers to work in the profession. Prior to joining ABI he developed a chain of fast food restaurants in the Bay Area, which he later sold to private investors. He also worked with many of the major newspapers and other publications in a marketing capacity. He completed well over 100 transactions in a wide cross-section of industries, including companies involved in manufacturing, distribution service, and retail. Rich had a BA in Psychology from the University of Vermont and an MS from Central Connecticut State University. His friendship and professionalism is truly missed at ABI.