As owner and Principal Broker of the Springfield-Branson office of VR Business Sales, Jerry specializes in the ownership transfer of privately-held businesses and franchise re-sales, and has facilitated the sale of numerous businesses in Missouri.
Jerry was awarded the designation of Certified Business Intermediary by the International Business Brokers Association in 2007, and was re-certified in 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 2022. Held by fewer than 500 individuals worldwide, the CBI designation is granted to IBBA members who have met rigorous requirements in education, industry knowledge and experience, ethical standards, and continuing education.
A Springfield, Missouri native, Jerry graduated from Drury University in that city with a degree in marketing. He then earned an M.B.A. from Rockhurst University in Kansas City. He began teaching for Rockhurst shortly after his graduation, in the subject areas of marketing and production/operations management. He also taught income tax law courses for H & R Block in Kansas City, as well as several management courses for Keller Graduate School of Management, and business courses as an adjunct professor at Drury University in Springfield.
Jerry served as Director of Purchasing and later as Plant Manager for the Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Company in Kansas City, Missouri, then became the New Product Development Manager for that company. He has owned several businesses including a publishing company and gift stores over the years, which provides him with a personal understanding of the considerations and concerns of both buyers and sellers.
Jerry brings a wealth of experience to each project from his broad background in industries as diverse as manufacturing and distribution, food service, automotive, agriculture, retail, franchises, education, and publishing.
Jerry is a graduate of the U.S. Business Brokers Advanced Course in Professional Business Brokerage, and is a licensed real estate salesperson in Missouri. He is an active member of the International Business Brokers Association, and serves on the Small Business Council of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. His columns on buying and selling businesses have appeared in the Springfield Business Journal.