Rick Johnson

Business Broker
Office: Waikato

Profile

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:

John and I made the decision to sell our business and I found Rick’s profile on the Link Business site.  The profile impressed me and I gave him a call, and can honestly say, the rest is history, because he guided us professionally through the whole experience to a successful sale. I would highly recommend Rick Johnson to look after the sale of any business.  His professionalism was outstanding, and with his ability to inspire respect and cooperation, he guided both parties through the whole process. Thank you, Rick, it has been a pleasure to work with you
John and Fiona Stares

Keith and I would like to thank you for all your hard work and dedication during the process of marketing and selling our business.  We feel you went above and beyond and made the whole process flow from start to finish.  We are thrilled with the end result and would recommend yourself (and Link Business) to anyone looking to sell or buy a business.  We are also grateful for the ongoing support up to and after the sale was finalised.  Your expertise and knowledge helped us so much and made us comfortable with all processes involved.
Keith & Belinda

From our first meeting with Rick right through to completion, we have felt that we are in very capable hands. Rick has guided us through some tricky situations with a level head and advice gained from years of experience. He has acted professionally when dealing with us, our advisors and the purchasers. We would not hesitate to recommend Rick to anyone contemplating selling their business.
Mark and Robyn Tootill

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

   

Testimonials

John and I made the decision to sell our business and I found Rick’s profile on the Link Business site.  The profile impressed me and I gave him a call, and can honestly say, the rest is history, because he guided us professionally through the whole experience to a successful sale.
I would highly recommend Rick Johnson to look after the sale of any business.  His professionalism was outstanding, and with his ability to inspire respect and cooperation, he guided both parties through the whole process.  
Thank you, Rick, it has been a pleasure to work with you
John and Fiona Stares

From our first meeting with Rick right through to completion, we have felt that we are in very capable hands. Rick has guided us through some tricky situations with a level head and advice gained from years of experience. He has acted professionally when dealing with us, our advisors and the purchasers. We would not hesitate to recommend Rick to anyone contemplating selling their business.
Mark and Robyn Tootill

Rick Johnson was our business broker after some previous issues with another firm and we found Rick to be very hard working and dedicated. Our business was a tough business to sell due to the various areas of technology we covered and finding the right buyer important to us. I would highly recommend Rick to anyone that wants to Buy or Sell a business and in future we will contact Rick if we decide to buy another business.
Warwick Lee

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

Rick and I formed part of the Senior Executive team in a large corporate contracting organisation during a time of significant change.  Throughout this period we successfully executed the purchase and/or sale of several SME’s, mainly as Joint Venture partners.  This included the preparation and valuations for sale, both sides of the due diligence process, the integration and in some cases Governance of the new subsidiary business.  At all times Rick would demonstrate a high level of commercial acumen & integrity while ensuring the appropriate value was received for his stakeholder.  Rick could form & articulate a strategic vision for the organisations and ensure the structure was appropriate to deliver on these objectives.”
Dave Harris

Rick was ‘amazing’ an absolute pleasure to deal with! Professional, friendly, helpful, great advice, nothing was ever a problem, honest and could enjoy a joke/laugh also. A real asset to LINK.”
Sue Rasmussen

Rick worked with us on the purchase of a business to integrate into our existing company. Our aim was to broker a deal where all parties came away satisfied and on good terms. Rick was really good in facilitating this particularly during due diligence and final negotiations.
Richard Cullen

Keith and I would like to thank you for all your hard work and dedication during the process of marketing and selling our business.  We feel you went above and beyond and made the whole process flow from start to finish.  We are thrilled with the end result and would recommend yourself (and Link Business) to anyone looking to sell or buy a business.  We are also grateful for the ongoing support up to and after the sale was finalised.  Your expertise and knowledge helped us so much and made us comfortable with all processes involved.
Keith & Belinda