The Carolina Team

From the coastal plains in the east to the Appalachian Mountains in the west, the VR Business Brokers Franchise has an extensive network of intermediaries ready to help you buy or sell a business in the Carolinas.

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Adam Petricoff Owner

Charlotte Office

Adam has over 25 years of sales, marketing and management experience working with a variety of different industries including textiles, hospitality, healthcare, distribution, and manufacturing. Adam is a native of Cincinnati, OH but is happy to call Charlotte his home after moving to Charlotte in 1998. He received his B.A. in Political Science from The American University in Washington, D.C. Adam loves to play tennis, volunteer at his house of worship and travel with his wife of 21 years and his two teenage children. When on the road they love to seek out local ice cream shops. Adam can be reached via email at [email protected].

Neal Isaacs of raleigh, nc

Neal Isaacs Owner

Raleigh Office

A former shark diver at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, TN, Neal moved to the Triangle in 2003 to open a retail business to “sell Nemo.” In 2008 he sold it to focus on business to business transactions and earned my MBA at NC State in 2011. Neal Isaacs is a business Broker and owner of VR Business Brokers of the Triangle. Neal can be reached at [email protected].

Bruce Johnson of Greenville, SC

Bruce Johnson Owner & Managing Director

Greenville Office

Mr. Johnson is the Owner & Managing Director in the Greenville, SC office of VR Business Sales | Mergers & Acquisitions. Since joining VR in 2010, he has been involved with engagements pertaining to many business types. These include daycares, machine shops, equipment rental, clothing manufacturing, medical imaging centers, pharmacies, restaurants, wholesale distributors, liquor store, nutrition store and office furniture installation. He also brings a wealth of experience in acquisition transactions acquired while part of a corporate team responsible for identifying, valuing, performing due diligence, acquiring and integrating eighteen companies over a five year period with revenues ranging from $250 thousand to $45 million, and totaling more than $125 million in revenue. Bruce can be reached via email at [email protected].

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Matt Essig Managing Partner

Charleston Office

Matt has over 25 years’ experience in the small business world. Starting off in the paving industry with E.J Breneman, Inc. Matt sold an innovative road recycling system. After the birth of his first son, Matt moved into an outside sales role with Stephenson Equipment, Inc. selling cranes and other construction related equipment. Matt was promoted to management and became part owner. Sixteen years later, the lure of Charleston called, taking a position as Division Manager with Flint Equipment, a John Deere construction equipment dealer. Now with VR, Matt takes great satisfaction by being the conduit for people looking to exit from their successful business and making connections to people wanting to take ownership of something for themselves. Matt is a member of MENSA, attended West Virginia University and holds numerous certificates in small business management. Matt and Kelly have been married for 25 years and have three sons. Reach Matt at [email protected].

Ken Puryear of Hampstead, nc

Ken Puryear President

Hampstead Office

Ken has over 20 years experience in the brokerage business. He has had extensive experience in bringing the buyer and seller together so that all aspects of the sale run as smooth as possible. Having owned several small businesses, both as a start up venture as well as purchasing an existing business he can appreciate the value in the purchase of an existing business. His knowledge and experience in marketing and sales will help you make the correct decision in either the purchase or sale of a business. Ken can be reached via email at [email protected].

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Rob Sweeny Owner

Wilmington Office

Originally from the beautiful Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1998 from Northeastern University, Boston, MA. For the last 20 years, I’ve worked as a Principal Systems Engineer as well as a Software Quality Engineer for a navy defense contractor/ government. In that time, I have managed several fire control laboratories, been all over the country installing and testing shore-based laboratories as well as overseeing and managing many defense contracts. At one point I decided it was that time in my life for a change, which I believe many people feel that need but never take the chance or make that leap. While I was researching, I ended up talking with friends who are in the business broking industry, became very interested, came across VR Business Brokers, was introduced to some great people and decided to finally make that leap. I believe working for a navy defense contractor for the last two decades prepared me well, gave me the experience and building blocks necessary to become successful in this next phase of my life. I’m very grateful and excited for this opportunity and I look forward to helping you buy and/or sell your next business opportunity.  Rob can be reached via email at [email protected].