Robert Flynn is Managing Member, United Brokers Group LLC, and is a licensed Rhode Island Real Estate Broker. He has been a business brokerage firm owner for fourteen years and has a detailed understanding as to how to buy and sell a business. Prior to that period he was a Senior Executive in a public company and then a privately held technology manufacturing business for twenty-eight years. He has owned five businesses and sold three of them. Robert received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Rhode Island in 1977, where he was a member of two national honor societies. He attended the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University as a Special Student in 1982 and received a Master of Liberal Arts degree from the Harvard University Extension School in 1984.
From 1982 to 1996 Robert was a Senior Executive at the publicly traded +$3 billion (USD) London-based Cookson Group. He managed technology and manufacturing companies in England and the United States with a particular emphasis on startup and turnaround situations.
He was President of the Cookson Group company Key-Tech, Inc., a patented plastics technology company with operations in Rhode Island and England. Robert acquired Key-Tech from Cookson in 1996, turned it around by structuring it as a licensing entity, and ultimately sold it to another publicly traded company in Europe. He then acquired several businesses which led him to creating a unique business brokerage model in the NorthEast.
He is a founding member of “The Manufacturing Summit”, Rhode Island’s leading manufacturing policy organization, and oversaw its daily operations. An acknowledged authority in economic development matters particularly in manufacturing and technology he has been featured or quoted in numerous regional and national articles. He created and had passed into Rhode Island law five manufacturing and economic development statutes. His legislative initiatives in 2012 and 2013 expanded to enhancing business brokerage regulation in Rhode Island and he is a former member of New England Business Brokers Association (NEBBA) www.nebba.com
Mr. Flynn is a member of the Kent-Washington Board of Realtors and a member of the Northstar Realty Commercial team of which he is a Broker Associate. He is a member of RICIE www.ricie.com, the Rhode Island Commercial Information Exchange.
Other Board Directorships and Trustee positions held, present and past, include Business Brokers Association of New England www.bbane.org, the federally financed Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Services (RIMES), The Rhode Island Export Center at Bryant University, Key-Tech, Inc., American Diabetes Association (Rhode Island Affiliate), and “Save The Bay” www.savebay.org which is New England’s largest environmental organization.
Mr. Flynn is also a Cooperating Intermediary with The Gottesman Company of Manhattan as well as an "Industry Expert" for the "Business Reference Guide" which is the dominant provider of "Rules of Thumb" for small business and middle market valuations and is published annually.
The Manhattan based Axial has published articles by Mr. Flynn (please see our "News and Articles" tab on this site) and he is frequently quoted in business publications as an authority on middle market transactions.
Other business interests include:
Boston Valuation Services www.BostonValuations.com a leading provider of valuation services to business buyers, sellers, estates, attorneys, lenders, and New England business brokers as well as brokers throughout the Metro New York market and Northeast. The company maintains a network of "SBA Qualified Source" credentialed experts.
Mr. Flynn is also a shareholder and member of the management team of Growgenics, Inc. www.growgenics.net an advanced LED horticultural lighting technology company.
Senior Commercial Broker
Jim is a licensed Rhode Island real estate Broker serving Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He has over twenty years experience and success in the commercial real estate industry.
He began his real estate career in property ownership and the management of commercial business properties as well as multi-unit residential properties. He has an extensive knowledge of state and local laws regarding town inspections and zoning. He has been a top performer in real estate offices on many occasions.
As a business owner of a successful auto parts store prior to his real estate career, he has an empathy with those seeking to buy or sell as small business.
Jim is an active member of his community. He volunteers at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State and has been a mentor a thirteen year old child. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Greater Providence Board of Realtors. He lives in Warwick, Rhode Island with his wife Lauren. He has one son Jake and recently became a proud grandfather of a baby girl Hope.
Senior Regional Broker-Middle Market Transactions, Connecticut
Geoff's background includes over twenty years of experience in Sales, Sales Management, and Executive Recruiting for the high technology and post-production industries. His clients included The Walt Disney Company, Eastman Kodak, Industrial Light and Magic, and Digital Domain (founded by Oscar winning director James Cameron) the VFX Studio that produced The Titanic. His management experience includes several years with Agfa/Miles where he was responsible for major technology license agreements with OEMS including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Matsushita and Commodore. He also funded and managed a boutique stone design-and-build firm "Arcadia", focusing on traditional dry-wall construction and hardscapes.
Geoff is a graduate of Harvard University (Bachelor of Arts Anthropology) and Boston University (MBA). He lives with his family in Guilford, Connecticut.
Referring Broker, Massachusetts and New England
Ted is a experienced loan specialist having owned GENCO Mortgage in Newport, Rhode Island. He specializes in financing products for small and middle market businesses. Such products include private money loans for startup as well as for hospitality businesses such as bars and restaurants. Product lines include unsecured credit lines.
Ted is a licensed Massachusetts realtor and active in the Bay State business community.