About Our Firm
The Coffey Owens Group is a business brokerage firm that facilitates the selling and buying of small
to mid-size companies. The firm was founded in 1998 by Guy Coffey and Russell Owens. We
also offer business valuation and acquisition consulting. Located in Denver, Colorado we service
local, national and international markets in two primary niches, life style companies and technology
Guy Coffey and Russell Owens work directly with life style companies. A life style company is a
business that has been built and grown out of a passion for an activity, sport or lifestyle profession
and is located in an area of the world that nurtures that spirit.
Our technology team consists of a select group of highly skilled and experienced individuals. Each
member of this team has either owned, or has been a CEO or CFO of a successful technology
The principals are full members of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA). This
affiliation enables us to access and identify a broader prospect base of qualified individual and
strategic buyers to the business owner.
Guy Coffey first saw the importance of business transfer from a corporate perspective
and realized that this was an area of business which would utilize his talents and could
literally change the lives of all involved. This importance was magnified when he noticed the
professionalism of the people handling that sector was lacking. This presented an exciting
personal growth and business opportunity.
Guy’s experience includes 14 years of experience with such companies as Waste
Management Inc. and Deutsche Telecom. He also worked in the German aerospace industry.
In addition to being a manager in these endeavors, he was responsible for performing the
analysis of companies for acquisition. Guy earned a Master in International Management
degree from the Thunderbird Graduate School of Business.
Guy’s experience, educational training and strong skills in the area of financial analysis,
coupled with his unique ability to identify and communicate positive, individualized solutions is
an enormous factor in the group’s success.
Russell’s 20 years experience of leadership, consulting, management and sales skills
compliments the business. Russell has always been interested in working with people
and in building dreams. Over the years, he worked as a successful business owner and as
a community and corporate leader. Russell saw the business brokerage profession as an
opportunity to work with individuals who were seeking to move forward in their lives, on a
path that was both meaningful and rewarding.
Russell’s background includes a 23-year career with Encyclopædia Britannica Publishing
where he built numerous sales/marketing teams and proprietorships throughout the country.
Russell has consulted with numerous companies including The College Network, a distance
learning company where he became Vice President of Sales and Marketing and then VP of
Business Development. His consulting experience includes strategic business development,
sales and marketing management, team development and training programs, market research
and analysis/ budget management. He has successfully worked with companies in such areas
as health and fitness, restaurants, advertising, publishing, non-profits, education, direct to
consumer and retail.
Our Technology Team
Caig is a co-founder of ContentFast, an email archiving and surveillance software company based
in Denver. Mr. Dinan manages the company’s business development, finance, contracts and sales
channel development. Prior to joining ContentFast, Mr. Dinan was the Chief Financial Officer at a
software and information technology services company serving broker-dealers and registered
Before joining that firm, Mr. Dinan spent over ten years in finance-related roles with NCR Corporation,
Symbios Logic, StorageTek, and ManagedStorage International. Mr. Dinan also created Flexible
Designs, Inc., a financial services company serving over 300 banks nationwide and a web-based
office products company, both of which continue to operate profitably. Mr. Dinan has a B.S. in Finance
from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from Colorado State University.
Rick has 20 years of experience as a technology entrepreneur. He has worked with scores of
start-ups to medium size businesses with their business planning, finance, marketing and product
Although currently living in Denver, Colorado, Rick has spent most of his career in the Silicon Valley
building business infrastructure for start-ups and determining business feasibility with the least
amount of capital. He has worked with companies throughout the
In Colorado, Rick has worked with local technology and marketing companies including MedKeeper,
Viadesto, Customer Acquisition LLC and Webolutions. At Webolutions, he has worked with over
a dozen small businesses developing strategic marketing plans, implementing brand strategy and
providing search engine marketing. He recently spoke at the American Marketing Association(AMA)
/ Business Marketing Association (BMA/Colorado) on business blogging. Mr. Highsmith is a frequent
speaker at Colorado professional associations on the topic of technology and online marketing.
In California, Mr. Highsmith served as President of Chemtracker, a Stanford University in the United
States and spent 3 years in Asia, primarily Hong Kong. OTL licensee. Throughout the 1990’s, Rick worked with a number of start-up companies as an early stage entrepreneur for several investors in
California. Prior to this activity, Rick built an IT consulting practice serving Fortune 500 companies for
Chinese based GlobalNet, Ltd. Before GlobalNet, Rick was the North American Operations Manager
of an engineering analysis software company that was acquired by MSC Software (NYSE: MNS).
Mr. Highsmith is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Entrepreneur Program in Los
Angeles, California. He completed a financial and credit analysis program at City National Bank in
Beverly Hills, California. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at HRC, Inc. and Burlingame
Property Management, Inc. both in California, as well as EMO a Denver based non-profit focused on
using film making in education to engage the youth of our under-served communities.
Keith’s eyes were first opened to the world of mergers and acquisitions the day someone surprised
him with an offer to buy his Internet Business. Since successfully completing that process in late
2004, Keith has supplemented his “in the trenches” learning with a fascination for the realities of
buying and selling in this volatile sector.
Born in Ireland and graduating from the English University system with a BSC in Information Technology,
Keith has worked in a number of diverse cultures worldwide. After settling in the United States in
1999, he provided custom e-commerce solutions, then went on to create a community resource to
help Small to Medium Sized Businesses with their e-commerce strategy and implementation. After
helping thousands of people in this field, Keith became Director of Merchant Communities in the Small
Business Division of MIVA, a leading supplier of online advertising network worldwide.
Now, appreciating the needs of both Corporate America, and the “little guy”, Keith sees businesses
in a whole new light. In a sector where companies and assets are increasingly acquired for highly
strategic reasons, this dual perspective is an absolutely vital part of maximizing market value and
widening the net of potential buyers.
Why Coffey Owens Group?
What Differentiates Us?
As a small firm with minimal overhead, we work with a limited number of quality businesses at
any one point in time. This enables us to provide value added services for our clients. We are positioned
to provide you with a responsible, personalized professional service with strict confidentiality.
Our unique business model positions us in the market to selectively co-broker our accounts. We offer
substantial co-broker fees to the brokerage community so that they are motivated to bring their qualified
buyers to us. Most brokers do not do this because they are focused on selling “in-house” in order to
maximize their own profit.
Unlike most business brokers who only use on-line marketing, Coffey Owens Group creates a customized
60-Day Marketing Plan that includes both traditional and internet strategies.
In addition to holding their Colorado real estate licenses, the principals of Coffey Owens Group combined
experience includes business ownership in both the franchise and independent areas, management
consulting, and company mergers and acquisitions.
Selling and buying a business is often a complex and challenging endeavor. With over 40 years of
combined business transaction experience, we understand the importance of surrounding ourselves
with very good people with great minds. This enables us to take our service to a unique level of
professionalism, rarely equaled in our industry. What follows is our Advisory Board. These individuals
are some of the most highly respected and recognized professionals in their field.
Our membership with the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) network places us in the
most respected brokerage association in the world. IBBA currently has over 4,000 members. The IBBA
has established authoritative principles and a code of professional ethics. Savvy business buyers are
aware of this source and know that they can find quality companies and professional representation from
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We thank you for the opportunity to meet with you and find out more about your business dreams
and how we can assist you in fulfilling them!
John Beaupre’ - Restaurant Industry
Mike Feeley - Tax/Business Law
Jon Fetzer - Internet Technology/Start-up Companies
Stacy Lewis - Marketing/Strategic Planning
Kirk Monroe - Real Estate Finance
Stephen Replin - Finance
Stephanie Ryan - Corporate Operations
Greg Speaker - Fitness Industry
Marcel Venter - Creative Design
International Health, Racquet & Sports Club Association
International Business Brokers Association
Mergers & Acquisitions Source
Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries
Business Brokers Network
Colorado Society for CPA’s
Colorado Medical Devices Association
Colorado Mountain Health Care Consultants Association
Thunderbird School of International Business Alumni Association
Non Profit Associates:
Owner/General Manager Mountain States Restaurants L.L.C.
Mr. Beaupre’ is a graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a degree in economics.
Mr. Beaupre’ started his career in the restaurant business in 1961, working as a bartender and chef
in the original Chuck’s Steak House, Los Altos, California. He founded and opened his first Ore House
Restaurant in Sun Valley Idaho in 1966. Mr. Beaupre’ subsequently founded Ore House restaurants
in Vail, Seattle, Lake Tahoe, Big Sky (Montana), Phoenix, Denver, Santa Fe, Durango, Bend (Oregon),
Steamboat Springs, Frisco and Edwards.
During his 44 years in the restaurant business, Mr. Beaupre’ has honored a lifelong philosophy of community
involvement in such not-for-profit organizations as the American Alpine Club, United States
Ski Association, United States Cycling Federation, Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Association,
Wilderness Society, National Wildlife Federation, Access Fund, Nature Conservatory, Audubon
Society and Ducks Unlimited.
Mr. Beaupre’ has founded or actively participated in numerous athletic and educational organizations,
primarily for youth and not-for-profit. These organizations include Sun Valley Ski Club, Ketchum – Sun
Valley Community School, Sun Valley Education Foundation, Young Presidents Organization, Outward
Bound School, Sun Valley Wine Auction, Santa Fe Ski Team, Lowell Whiteman School, Steamboat
Springs Winter Sports Club and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.
Mr. Beaupre’ is an accomplished local, national and international rock and ice climber. In his spare
time he is a competitive skier, road cyclist and off-road cyclist.
Mike Feeley, former Colorado Senate Minority Leader is an attorney with Isaacson Rosenbaum P.C.
For over 40 years Isaacson Rosenbaum P.C. has served its clients’ diverse legal needs in over 35
states and over a dozen foreign countries.
Mr. Feeley concluded his tenure in the Colorado State Senate in January 2001. Senator Feeley sponsored
significant legislation involving telecommunications, tax reform, land use and civil rights. He
served in legislative leadership as the Senate Minority Leader for almost seven years. In a July 2000
Rocky Mountain News newspaper survey of his fellow senators, Senator Feeley was chosen as the
most effective state senator, a remarkable honor for a member of the minority party.
While committed to significant public service, Mr. Feeley has practiced law in Colorado since 1982.
His legal experience includes substantial litigation and he has tried cases at all levels of state and federal
courts. Mr. Feeley is currently a member of Baker & Hostetler’s Tax Group and the Government
Policy Practice Team. His practice involves commercial transactions and representation of clients before
government agencies. He received his B.A., magna cum laude - Economics, from the University
of Colorado at Boulder in 1977. He received his J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law in
1982 and his L.L.M - Taxation from the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program in 2003. However,
his real education came as a Sergeant, United States Marine Corps, 1971-1974.
Jon L. Fetzer
A serial entrepreneur, while in college Jon founded and was president of OverByte, Corp., an accounting
software company that specialized in software for the concrete sawing and drilling industry. In
1991 he sold OverByte, as well as graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree
in philosophy and economics. He then became the executive vice-president, and subsequent president
of InstaMart, Inc. and E.Z. Pickens, Inc., a chain of convenience stores (approx $10M annual
sales) with offices in Colorado and operations in Oklahoma.
In 1995, Jon entered the University of Colorado’s MBA program, but left the program in 1996 to
enter the Internet industry as the general managing partner of the Birmingham Internet Group (BIG)
of Birmingham (Detroit), Michigan. BIG owned a cybercafé and Internet marketing and development
company, which created Internet sites for clients such as the NFL’s Detroit Lions and Detroit’s The
Planet radio station.
This international reach in terms of sales and sourcing, as well as Jon’s interest prompted him, in
1999, to found TamTam - an international consulting company for businesses in or about to enter international
markets. The company had over 2,000 clients in 40 countries ranging from a small biochemical
firm in India to Fortune 500 companies such as Western Union and Ebay.
Jon also founded ScanGo (www.scango.com) a leading document imaging and capture company
with clients ranging from the State of Colorado, the University of Denver, Major Hagen & Africa and
Navigant Pharmaceuticals (part of Gambro AB).
Jon has served on non-profit boards including two-terms as treasurer on the board of directors of the
Colorado Internet Keiretsu. Jon has also guest lectured at the University of Denver’s MBA & MLS
programs as well as been a member of the advisory board for the masters’ program in Knowledge
Management at the University of Denver.
Stacy Lewis is a 15-year veteran to the world of marketing strategic planning, branding, positioning and
creative program development. After having held several senior-management roles in several Denver advertising,
marketing and public relations firms, she is now applying much of her experience, knowledge and
passion as owner and principal of Stacy Lewis and Associates.
Stacy has a diverse background across a number of industries and marketing areas including branding,
positioning, strategic planning, creative conceptualization, copywriting, print, radio, television production,
as well as public relations, promotions special event coordination, media buying and account management.
She has led planning and creative efforts for a wide variety of clients including:
University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, Great-West Life, Lockton Insurance, HealthONE, Colorado
State University, Poudre Valley Health Systems, Shell Oil Company, Heart Center of the Rockies, Saint
Joseph Medical Center in southern California, Metro Denver Isuzu Dealers, The Colorado Education Association,
U S West, Public Service Company of Colorado, the Denver Water Department, Hewlett Packard,
Washington Gas and Electric, the Department of Veterans Affairs, AT&T Network Systems, the Governor’s
Job Training Office, the Northeastern Colorado Tourism Board, Rio Grand County Tourism Development
Board, the Colorado International Trade Office, and the Colorado Office of Economic Development.
Her career path has included serving as a Senior Vice President in charge of strategic planning at MGA
Communications, Inc., as well as Creative Director at MGA, Hamilton Sweeney Advertising and Kinzley
Hughes Advertising in Denver, Colorado. Stacy started out her career at Heintz-Barton Advertising as an
account manager, copywriter and promotions director.
Stacy recently served as the 2001-2002 Chairwoman of the Denver Advertising Federation, and was named
2002 Advertising Professional of the year. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising and
English from Pennsylvania State University.
Stacy has served as a volunteer for a number of organizations and boards, including Jewish Family Services,
the Conflict Center, Transplant Council of the Rockies, MS Society, COMPA food ministries, Sewall
Child Development Center and the Women’s Bean Project. She currently sits on the board of the Children’s
Tree House Foundation.
Senior VP and Denver Market Manager – Vectra Bank Colorado
Presently Kirk Monroe is the Senior Vice President and Denver Market Manager for Vectra Bank
Colorado’s Corporate Real Estate Group. In his role for Vectra, Kirk guides a group of skilled real estate
professionals with their management of a $375 million commercial and residential real estate portfolio
on behalf of Vectra Bank Colorado, the statewide Colorado banking franchise within the Zions family
of banks across the West.
Kirk joined Zions’ corporate real estate efforts in 1998 and became Denver Market Manager in June
1999. He previously was a Vice President with Bank One, Arizona NA, handling a $400 million commercial
and residential real estate portfolio located throughout the Western United States. In ten
years as a banker, Kirk has closed more than $1.8 billion in real estate financings.
Kirk holds a degree in management from Arizona State University and an MBA in international finance
from the American Graduate School of International Management “Thunderbird”.
Stephen D. Replin has worked with Coffey Owens Group since 2002. Mr. Replin served as
the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Regatta since its inception in October
1988. From April 1985 to October 1988, he served as President of Cherry Hill Capital, an
asset-based lending and private banking company. Mr. Replin has been an asset-based
lender since 1977.
He received a B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Colorado and an MBA, with
distinction, from the New York University Graduate School of Business with a double major
of corporate finance and investments. He received a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the
University of Denver College of Law and a Master of Law (LL.M.) degree in taxation from the
New York School of Law in June 1977.
Mr. Replin is a certified public accountant (CPA) licensed in the State of Colorado. He holds
his license in an inactive status. He has been listed in “Who’s Who in American Law” and
“Who’s Who in Corporate Finance.”
Mr. Replin served as Chairman of the Colorado Wyoming affiliate of the American Heart
Association as well as the Board of Directors of the Desert Mountain affiliate of the American
Heart Association. Mr. Replin is also an officer and director of Monet Entertainment Group,
Ltd, a public company.
Chief Operations Officer – Advanced Exercise Equipment
Stephanie Ryan brings over fifteen years of experience in general management, sales, marketing and
operations for both large and small corporations.
Prior to joining Advanced Exercise Equipment, Stephanie was the VP of Field Operations for zUniversity
which was an on-line and off-line marketing company. Previously, Stephanie was the Director
of Sales Development at Inacom, a Fortune 500 eBusiness infrastructure services company and PC
hardware provider. She was a key player in building and supporting a new sales and service organization
that was responsible for generating over $1 billion in annual revenue. In addition, Stephanie was
instrumental in developing business plans and implementing sales strategies and marketing initiatives
targeting Fortune 250 companies. Prior to Inacom, she held several positions at AT&T which included
international sales, marketing management and offer development.
Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a Master of International
Management from the American Graduate School of International Management “Thunderbird”.
Executive Officer – Advanced Exercise Equipment
Gregg Spieker, Founder and CEO of Advanced Exercise Equipment, has over 21 years of entrepreneurial
experience. Over the years, his entrepreneurial and visionary talents have allowed him to succeed
in leading and growing organizations in both the consumer and commercial marketplaces.
His company distributes top of the line fitness equipment in 9 states to both commercial and retail
outlets. Commercial sales are targeted at universities, high schools, resorts, casinos, hotels, multifamily
projects, recreation centers, police and fire departments to name a few.
Gregg began his career in 1980 by starting a manufacturing rep group. After launching the group, he
started Advanced Fitness where he distributed the Universal product line into the commercial and
consumer markets. He also was a managing partner for a company that developed fitness videos and
distributed fitness flooring on a global basis.
Last, but not least, Gregg’s business acumen has provided him the opportunity to purchase and
turnaround several ailing health clubs. He currently owns a successful health club in The Tabor Center,
Principal-Creative Director - FreshBrand Inc.
Marcel Venter is a designer with 20 years experience in the design industry, both in Johannesburg,
South Africa and Denver, Colorado.
A passionate designer with experience in Identity Design, Signage and Environmental Graphics.
Before relocating to Denver, Marcel owned a corporate design studio and an architectural sign
company in South Africa. He was also creative director and associate at BrandUnion, Johannesburg and creative director at Davis Design, Denver, Colorado.
Marcel has led and managed a diverse range of design projects, including corporate identity systems,
signage and environmental design programs. Clients include BMW Motorsport, BMW Motorcycles,
South African Breweries, Anglo Gold, Procter & Gamble South Africa, Audi, and Nissan.
Inspired to build a business focused on creating Cohesive Brand Experiences, Marcel founded
FreshBrand, in 2002.