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Rick Johnson

Business Broker

Phone: +64 7 579 4994
Mobile: +64 21 991 485
Office: Waikato

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Rick has extensive experience developing contracting/service, engineering and manufacturing businesses for export markets, across NZ, Australia, Europe, UK, Asia and the USA. He has held senior corporate roles in medium to large sized entities in NZ, and directorships/advisory roles for companies based in the UK and Australia. Rick has worked across many industry and business segments, from manufacturing, management training, mining and quarrying, along with many 24hour engineering and service delivery companies. He also has 20+ years of experience, at senior strategic and operating levels, in the electrical distribution and contracting industry in New Zealand.

Rick’s strengths lie in strategy development, people management, service delivery, business to business relationships and profit execution. He focuses on sales, mergers, acquisitions (going concern and shareholdings) and divestments of businesses in the value range $500,000 upwards, particularly in import, export, distribution, manufacturing, engineering and service related businesses.

Rick has been based in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty area for most of his working life. His network of contacts is extensive and his business background vast. Drawing from both, Rick can readily connect buyers with the “right” business and ensure that vendors get the best possible return on their investment.

What Others Say:

Thank you Link and especially Rick for such a positive result in selling our business. We will be forever grateful for stepping into your office not even sure if we really wanted to sell our business but you were welcoming and positive from the start never once pushing us and following through quietly until we got the right result in the end. The whole procedure was effortless for us as you gave us step by step, date by date of what was required to make it happen so seamlessly.
With much Gratitude, Jo and Pete

Selling any business is a huge decision, one not to be taken lightly and can be stressful if you don’t have the right broker. 
Fortunately, Rick was my broker. He is a master at vetting prospectives, and matching the right buyer to the business.
From initial meeting and appraisal, to first meeting with the prospective buyer, through negotiations and due diligence, and finally to close of the sale, Rick was there every step of the way. Communication during this time is vital, and Rick kept everyone imformed, and on task. A pleasure to deal with, professional, and I highly recommend Rick to anyone that is considering selling or buying a business.
Craig Pollock

As Managing Director of Stevenson Group I worked with Rick on the multimillion dollar purchase of a large engineering and technology based company to integrate into our group. The transaction was completed to my expectations and satisfaction and I found Rick to be very thorough and professional in his approach, and his relationship with myself and all other parties involved in the transaction was exemplary. I would unhesitatingly use Rick again to undertake any similar transaction.
John Rae, Professional Director

During a recent business purchase, Rick Johnson who was acting for the vendor, provided a level of contribution to both parties that facilitated a smooth and constructive outcome. He conducted himself in a manner that provided assurance and guidance whilst keeping the interests of the negotiating parties as his priority.  Rick’s personal demeanour, his integrity and professionalism was exemplary. With descriptions like this it obvious that I would recommend Rick Johnson as the world is short of gentlemen of this calibre.
Peter Gates

I have known Rick for fifteen years. He was appointed General Manager, later to become the Managing Director, of a mid-sized engineering firm. My role with Rick was as Chair of the Board and he performed exceptionally well for the company. He has strong management skills and is a very good communicator with excellent strategic thought processes. Rick was instrumental in building the financial base of the company, strengthening its place in the NZ market and developing off shore markets through to positioning the company for a successful sale and taking a leadership role through the sale process. I have maintained a friendship with Rick since the sale of the company and am happy to recommend him.
Tony Kane, Director, PHAE Group Ltd