As owner and Principal Broker of the Springfield-Branson VR BUSINESS SALES office, Jerry specializes in the ownership transfer of privately-held businesses and franchise re-sales, and has facilitated the sale or acquisition of numerous businesses in Missouri. Jerry was awarded the prestigious Certified Business Intermediary designation by the International Business Brokers Association in 2007 and was re-certified in 2010 and 2013. Held by fewer than 400 individuals in the U.S., 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 for H & R Block in Kansas City, Missouri, as well as several graduate courses for Keller Graduate School of Management, including quality control, strategic planning, contract management, and procurement. He has taught advertising, economics, and public speaking courses at other universities, and currently, teaches business courses for Drury University as an adjunct professor. Jerry brings a wealth of experience to each project from his background in industries as diverse as manufacturing and distribution, food service, automotive, agriculture, retail, franchises, education, and publishing. In addition, Jerry has owned a number of businesses over the years, which provides him with a personal understanding of the considerations and concerns of both buyers and sellers. Jerry is a graduate of the United States Business Brokers Advanced Course in Professional Business Brokerage and is a licensed real estate broker 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. Jerry was one of the five judges for the prestigious W. Curtis Strube Small Business of the Year Award for 2012 and 2016, sponsored by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and was one of the five judges for the Dynamic Dozen awards for 2014, sponsored by the Springfield Business Journal. In addition, Jerry is a SCORE volunteer, Business Workshop Coordinator for the local SCORE chapter, and teaches the SCORE workshops How to Increase the Value of Your Business So You Can Leave it in Style, Obtaining Financing for Small Business Acquisitions and Startups, How to Buy a Franchise Without Getting Burned, and Affordable Marketing Ideas for Small Business. His columns on selling businesses have appeared in the Springfield Business Journal. Jerry can be reached via email at [email protected].