has more than a quarter century of successful experience in the M&A industry and has managed and supervised more than 500 transactions. He is well-known as a creative problem solver.
A nationally honored industry leader, Jim has developed and presented classes for regional and national trade associations for nearly 20 years. He has also provided expert witness services in cases relating to brokerage practices and standards of care.
Jim is experienced in business. He has owned 15 businesses in industries from manufacturing to publishing, foreign trade and aviation (visit our sister company, FBO Sales), having launched multiple businesses domestically and internationally. Jim has employed hundreds of people and, like his clients, experienced the joys and challenges of business ownership.
Jim sold several businesses for himself before starting to sell privately held firms for others. Jim has worked as a mid-market M&A advisor and business broker for over twenty years. His career led to his business philosophy, "Although the type of business may vary the best results for the client always come from the utilization of a proven process, executed completely in a planned and deliberate manner. There are no short cuts."
Jim is a lifelong Arizona resident. His two passions, after family, are business and aviation. He has held advanced ratings for ultra-light aircraft and hang gliders, as well as conventional aircraft.
Certifications and Designation
Business Brokerage Specialist (BBS)
Arizona Licensed Real Estate Broker
Series 63 and Series 82 Securities Registration under StillPoint Capital, LLC
M&A Source: Charter Member; Chair, Education and Credentialing Committees
Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)
Alliance of Merger and Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA)
Arizona Business Brokers Association
Turnaround Management Association
Honors and Awards
Tom West Award (exceptional contributions in promoting goals and ethics in business brokerage)
Valley Board of Business Brokers (proclamation of "Jim Afinowich Day")
Business and Community Involvement
Volunteer, various local charity organizations and projects
Wings for Kids
Hobbies and Interests
Aircraft Owner and IFR-Rated Pilot
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
Reno Air Racing Association
B.A., Business Administration, University of Arizona