About Us

Buyers of existing businesses are eight times more likely to succeed than new startups, put the odds on your side by buying an existing business. Locally owned, Saint Louis Group specializes in selling existing businesses in the St Louis metro area. Owner Dave Marlo has built a team of brokers who have experience as business owners and are focused on valuing, marketing, and selling small businesses.

As past business owners, each broker understands that the sale of a business is a major event in the lives of the seller, the buyer, and the business itself and is prepared to deal with the intricacies of each transaction. Saint Louis Group’s mission is to present the area’s best available businesses to the most capable entrepreneurs until a match is found and to facilitate a smooth change of ownership without interrupting the ongoing operation of the business.

David Marlo CBC, President
djm@saintlouisgroup.com

David Marlo is the president of St. Louis Group Business Brokers a Sunbelt office, he is a Certified Business Counselor and has thirty years of experience. Dave's motto "Do good things for good people."

Dennis Duffin, Vice President
dennisd@saintlouisgroup.com
314-503-7591 (mobile)

Dennis first came in contact with the St Louis Group through the purchase of his own business from the group. Years later after selling the business he still remembered how well their system of business ownership transfer worked. Believing in a product is critical in any sales organization, and Dennis believes in the St Louis Group methods and practices. He joined the group and after many years as a top producer he has taken the role of Vice President. His mission is a simple one, help his brokers any way he can in helping buyers and sellers attain their goals.

Jeff Bach, Business Broker
jeffbach@saintlouisgroup.com
314-941-8530 (mobile)

Jeff Bach learned about the Saint Louis Group when he listed his own business with them. He has owned and operated many businesses over an almost 30 year career as an Entrepreneur, selling and buying many of these. Jeff greatly enjoys putting good people together in business and seeing their futures grow. Selling or buying a business can be a simple and fun process with the experience of a Broker like Jeff and the Saint Louis Group. Your success is our priority!

Brian Canavan, Business Broker
brianc@saintlouisgroup.com
314-706-7075 (mobile)

Mr. Canavan has over 10 years of business ownership. Brian learned at a youthful age to understand and respect entrepreneurship. Brian owned and operated one of the most successful auto recondition businesses in the St. Louis area, and believes that everyone must have and implement an exit strategy. Brian lives by the motto of under promise and over deliver, and that the only thing that we have is our word. Academically Brian has attained a major in Marketing and a minor in Management. At the St Louis Group Brian has found that he has the ability to help others to obtain their American dream of owning their own business.

Bob Dopuch, Business Broker
bobd@saintlouisgroup.com
314-420-1001 (mobile)

With more than 30 years experience in advising corporate and governmental sector clients in strategic, financial, and operational management, Bob has the skills necessary to provide the practical advice needed by business sellers and purchasers.

Bob has co-founded, owned and operated companies in the airport consulting, program management, and retail services industries. His experience as a business owner provides him with a unique perspective he can apply to his engagements representing private business owners. He has the first hand knowledge of the challenges business owners face and is now using his personal experiences to successfully guide others through the complexities of a business transfer.

Bob is a St. Louis native, an alumnus of the University of Missouri, and has been a visiting instructor at Saint Louis University-Parks Air College.

Paul Highsmith, Business Broker
paulh@saintlouisgroup.com
314-346-8982 (mobile)

Paul has always prided himself with Integrity and a Strong Work Ethic - understanding this is what people expect when they seek his counsel and what they Deserve when utilizing his services with St. Louis Group.  With 22+ years of St. Louis area experience in the Finance, Management & Marketing Profession - Paul brings in-depth resourcefulness to the table along with an educated knowledge of the business industry.  He consistently proves to be a valuable asset to everyone he helps who is seeking to buy and/or sell a business.

"Be assured when working together  with you - I will be punctual with my responsibilities, keep you well informed at all times,  listen and act according to your goals, and ALWAYS seeking your best interests."    

It is this professional and sincere attitude which results in on-going and repeat referral business.  Paul is highly motivated to assist his clients from start to finish with their buying and selling needs - small to large businesses - whatever the situation may be.  Paul is a business owner himself (8 yrs in West County) and lives in the surrounding St Louis area with his wife,  4 boys and 2 dogs!

Give Paul a call today to see if he can be of help to you (314) 346-8982. (Be sure to ask him about the "STL Group Referral Program" as well when talking to him!)

Ken Kunkel, Business Broker
kkunkel@saintlouisgroup.com
636-346-0293 (mobile)

Ken Kunkel has owned and sold many businesses over the past 25 years. He has a strong understanding of what it takes to run a successful business and how it can effect your life. Ken's passion to help people reach their dreams to own a business or sell if it is time, will help you take the first step to change your life.

Pam Ludwinski, Business Broker
paml@saintlouisgroup.com
314-368-8811 (mobile)

Pam's thirty years of business experience provides her with the right expertise to help you navigate the process of buying or selling your business. As a former owner of retail and service businesses Pam understands the challenges related to small business ownership. Her experience as a Vice President and Director of Human Resources provides her with an understanding of the human side of business transactions. I look forward to guiding you through this life changing process; please contact me to discuss your options.

Kam M. Moy , B.B.A., Business Broker
kmoy@saintlouisgroup.com
314-369-3294 (mobile)

Mr. Moy has over 20 years of experience in the technology, publishing, and direct marketing industries. He has led the successful growth of several privately held start ups as a shareholder and in an executive management role. In addition, he has held senior positions in large global companies. Mr. Moy brings broad and deep business acumen that is enhanced by his ability to facilitate the collaboration needed to close business deals. Mr. Moy is a graduate of James Madison University.

Steve Normand , Business Broker
snormand@saintlouisgroup.com
314-795-7694 (mobile)

Steve has been deeply involved with management and marketing of small businesses for over thirty-five years. He is currently a small business owner along with his wife in O'Fallon, MO. He has used his extensive background in finance and marketing to hold decision making positions with multi-national companies as well as family owned businesses. A graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Steve brings his own style to the art of business brokerage. Realizing that his clients are facing life changing decisions he feels that insuring that the client is making informed and comfortable choice is of the utmost importance. Steve is confident that by being a strong listener and taking a consultative approach he can meet that goal.

Jared Ribley, Business Broker
jaredr@saintlouisgroup.com
314-497-1562 (mobile)

"In light of small businesses still contributing to 80% of the workforce, I find my position to be rather rewarding. I am afforded the opportunity to work with both current and potential owners on a day to day basis." In the past, Jared has owned and managed various companies which taught him first hand, the values and non-values of operating a business. After working with a number of startup companies, heading the development of new market territories and establishing various operational systems for small businesses, Jared has found a fitting environment to call home with the Saint Louis Group. Jared has earned his degree in Real Estate.

Robert Schmitt, Business Broker
robs@saintlouisgroup.com
314-757-4450 (mobile)

Rob has over 15 years experience as owner of several small businesses and strives to put other business owners in an optimal position for success. In addition to owning businesses himself, Rob also spent 14 years developing franchises and consulting business owners. He enjoys coaching new business owners, and helping them overcome inexperience to avoid the pitfalls of becoming an entrepreneur. If you are currently working and don’t enjoy your job, talk to Rob. Getting into business or selling your current business doesn’t have to be complicated. Rob and Saint Louis Group will take you through their proven process.

Jim Singler, Business Broker
jsingler@saintlouisgroup.com
314-330-2564 (mobile)

Jim has more than 30 years of sales, marketing and management experience, and has owned several businesses. He has worked with a variety of small businesses in the hospitality, manufacturing/distribution, retail and service industries, helping owners maximize profitability and increase market share. His clients appreciate his consultative style and his ability to listen. Jim, a graduate of the University of Missouri, is a native St. Louisian and is active in several community organizations.

David Wood, Business Broker
davewood@saintlouisgroup.com
314-341-3800 (mobile)

Growing up in a family business, Dave learned at an early age what it takes to be a successful business owner. This included employee management , customer service, marketing, and finances. After receiving a degree in electronics, Dave joined IBM’s Product Development Research Center in New York. Then joined AT&T Engineering Department in St. Louis. Started his own business that he managed for 20 years, during that time, Dave employed between 20 to 40 people with a lot of them being long time employees. Dave has been with Saint Louis Group Sunbelt since 1998, along with Dave's success with the company he has received many letters of appreciation from the people he has helped over his years as a business broker. Clients have described Dave as: “Innovative problem solver , easy to work with , accomplished negotiator , direct and fair , gains cooperation with others”.

Cindy Munoz
cindymunoz@saintlouisgroup.com

Cindy Munoz has been with us since 1997, coordinating business closings, she:

  • Contacts all parties to begin coordinating the closing
  • Verifies the business being purchased is in good standing with the secretary of state
  • Verifies the business is a corp., llc. Or sole proprietorship
  • Verifies who the officers or members of the business are
  • Verifies the business is current on paying their sales/use and withholding tax
  • Verifies there are no liens or ucc filings against the business assets, if there are we get the payoff amounts in the form of a letter from the bank the lien has been filed and we pay these liens off at closing
  • Works with the bank, seller, buyer, broker and closing attorney to coordinate items needed to complete bank loan (if applicable) and closing
  • Coordinates counting of inventory of the business generally the night before closing the following day

Sarah Sarkissian

Sarah Sarkissian, brings over 15 years of coordination of all front office activities, she makes sure everything in the front office runs smoothly.

Alice Staas

Alice Staas has been setting appointments with our clients since 2002, she has successfully marketed our business to hundreds of business owners in the St. Louis area.

Gwen Bond
gbond@saintlouisgroup.com

Gwen Bond joined our team with 20 years of professional administrative experience, she is our Closing Assistant.