Benjamin C. “Ben” Mahrle, ABI, AM&AA

Benjamin C. “Ben” Mahrle, ABI, AM&AA

Founder & Managing Broker
Ben has been an active business broker since 1994 and is the founder & managing broker of Northern Colorado’s largest and most successful business brokerage & middle market M&A advisory firm.
Born and raised in Michigan, Ben received his B.A. in accounting from Michigan State University. After serving in the Navy Ben moved to Tampa, Florida where he joined a national CPA firm, received his CPA certification and founded his own CPA firm in 1974. Before relocating to Colorado in 1993, Ben also became a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and expanded his financial services operation, while at the same time organizing or managing a number of other businesses in the wireless cable television, direct mail, residential land development and construction, limousine service and manufacturing, video game distribution, property management and citrus growing industries. Ben has extensive experience in contract negotiations, mergers & acquisitions, retirement planning, income tax litigation issues and real-world based small business financial planning.
In 1994 Ben started his career as a business intermediary in Fort Collins, establishing his own business brokerage firm in March, 1997. He was affiliated with the Sunbelt Business Brokers franchise from 1998 to 2006. During his business brokerage career he has been responsible for over 200 successful business ownership transfers.
Ben has earned industry designations as an Accredited Business Intermediary (ABI) from the American Business Brokers Association, an Accredited Merger & Acquisition Advisor (AM&AA) from the Association of Professional Merger & Acquisition Advisors and is a former Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) from the International Business Brokers Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors and past Secretary of the Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries (CABI) and a long time member of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), having served on their Leadership Council. Ben has also been active in state and local politics as well as many local business and civic organizations including an appointment to the Larimer County Rural Land Use Advisory Board. Ben is active in his church, enjoys hunting, hiking and snowshoeing in the mountain backcountry. He is happily married to Nancy Foreman-Mahrle and has one son, Matt, who lives in Las Vegas.
Carlo Rota

Carlo Rota

Business Planner, Mentor & Coach
Carlo M. Rota is a Management Consultant, Executive Mentor, and Business Coach with a mission to help companies and managers reach their utmost potential. Consulting with his clients, he strives to empower them with the tools needed to increase and sustain high profitability, giving the company the financial freedom to grow and prosper. As a Mentor and Coach, Carlo enjoys seeing his clients improve their capabilities and sharpen their business acumen. He guides his proteges to understand the instruments of business management and to fulfill their life’s dreams.
Over the course of his 40-year career, Carlo has become known as a trusted partner across the U.S. and Europe. He loves to work with those enterprises that are in need of a well defined strategic vision, notable team development, increased operations efficiency, and highly effective P&L management. Having profound analytical skills, coupled with a substantial professional background, Carlo enjoys transitioning and growing companies into commercial successes. His results have earned him a reputation as a thought leader among business consultants and mentors. To put it simply, few things bring Carlo more pleasure than watching his clients grow in their abilities and reach their potential, and he excells at setting innovative directions and implementing effective processes.
Regardless of industry, size of company, or situation, Carlo can help. His education, know-how and professional experience in manufacturing, distribution, construction and the finance industry have given him a unique opportunity to see the many sides of what it takes to reach new levels of success. Carlo is a gifted expert at seeing what is necessary to bring the big picture together.
In addition to his year long experience as a turn-around management consultant and coach, Carlo held various executive positions in different industries and Company’s. He also owned and started his own businesses. In his corporate career, Carlo served as president and CEO of Environmental Systems, Inc., a mid-sized commercial electrical contractor and prior to coming aboard ESI, Carlo was the CFO / General Manager for a good sized flooring contractor and countertop/surfaces manufacturer. He also held a COO and Vice President position with Weider Europe BC, a large Europe wide branding distributor. Earlier to Weider, Carlo was an investment banking project manager, leading new issues for bonds and stocks before becoming the director and VP of a high net worth private banking unit for Credit Suisse in Zurich, Switzerland.
Carlo has also started and was CEO of ProForm Sports in Switzerland, a branding distributor for sports nutrition, fitness clothing and fitness equipment and merged the business later with the Better Bodies Company. He was also founder and General Partner of Rota Consultants, a company specializing in Asset Management and International Finance Management.
John F. Ingell

John F. Ingell

John is an experienced business broker and advisor (17 years) bringing over 40 years of entrepreneurial and global corporate business leadership and merger and acquisitions experience and expertise to Mountain States Business Brokers & Advisors.

He started advising small and medium business in 1999 in new product/venture capital development and expanded into planning, exit planning and business brokerage, forming his own firm, Sunbelt Business Brokers of Denver, in 2001.

He is a member of the
International Business Brokers Association (IBBA)
Denver Chamber of Commerce Gold member
Advisor on two Advisory Boards associated with engineering and manufacturing for the State of Colorado.
Additionally, he has held the designation of Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) through the IBBA.

Experiences and Education include advanced degrees in Physics and Engineering as well as extensive coursework in business and technology and experiences in
• Consulting Engineering (Energy sectors)
• Sales Leadership, Business Development, Marketing and Project Management experience in
o heavy equipment (locomotive and mining),
o high tech (fiber optic, data and internet of things),
o global manufacturing,
o venture capital, Merger & Acquisition, and global joint venture programs
• Project Management Experience
o global manufacturing,
o venture capital, Merger & Acquisition, and global joint venture programs
• Professor of Engineering with a focus on the intersection of technology and business
o engineering economics,
o innovation, product design and manufacturing
o teaching & training
• Leadership Experiences as a Vice President at multiple global companies (including managing P&Ls in excess of a $430M)

John’s experience in business, technology, education and as a business owner and a business broker enable him to provide clients with a unique perspective as they work through the process of planning, exit planning and successfully transferring business ownership.

When not assisting clients, John enjoys his family, interests at the intersection of technology and business, education, biking, hiking, skiing, diving and teaching sailing.

Curtis Wray

Curtis Wray

Business Broker
Born and raised in Arkansas, Curtis attended the University of Arkansas and majored in general business. His education was interrupted when he joined the National Guard for active duty. After returning from basic training, Curtis and his future wife, Becky, were approached to purchase a business. By the time he was 22, Curtis owned his first business. The couple purchased and sold additional businesses, experiencing many of the same things buyers and sellers go through today.
For more than 25 years, Curtis has worked in real estate—from selling residential properties to managing more than 3,000,000 square feet of commercial property. While working in commercial real estate, he was involved in all phases of operations from purchasing and selling shopping centers, development and building, leasing, maintenance and promotion.
In 2014 Curtis and Becky moved to Summit County to open a business brokerage office. With 27 years of experience in purchasing and selling businesses, Curtis understands selling can be a very emotional time. He shows great empathy and knows what needs to be done to separate yourself from the business you have spent a life-time of building or even a business your parents left to you.
Rotary Club of Summit County
Summit County Chamber of Commerce
Colorado Association of Business Intermediaries
International Business Brokers Association
Leonard Abels

Leonard Abels

Business Broker
My wife, Jane, and I moved to Fort Collins in 2004. Prior to that, I operated a distribution business in New York City for 25 years. Having hands-on experience, I’m very familiar with the rewards and challenges that come with owning your own business. After moving to Fort Collins, I first concentrated on residential real estate. Soon, though, business brokerage and commercial real estate became my primary areas of interest. I find it very satisfying to assist in the sale of a business: to help business owners exit a business in which invested years of effort; and to help buyers through the unfamiliar process of buying a business and getting started on their American Dream.
Business owners and business buyers are, by nature, entrepreneurial. As such, they often have a go-it-alone orientation. Buying or selling a business requires just the opposite. An experienced team will simplify the process and help you avoid making very costly mistakes. Working with your lawyer and accountant, I look forward to assisting you in this important transaction.
• Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce
• Fort Collins Board of Realtors
• No. Colorado Assoc. of Commercial Realtors
• Colorado Assoc. of Business Intermediaries
• Colorado Assoc. of Realtors
• International Business Brokers Assoc.
Terry Aul

Terry Aul

Buyer Coordinator
Born and raised in Chicago, Terrie first moved to Colorado in 1981. After years of growth and advancement in the administrative field, she became Mountain State’s office manager in 2005. Following the growth of the company while becoming familiar with the field of business brokerage, led to her current position as Buyer Coordinator. She has an ability to relate to the client in a personable yet professional manner, guiding them to the source they need. In addition to attention to detail, Terrie has a true compassion for the well being of others, which is a great combination for a team. She oversees the broker/buyer/seller relationship, assisting in making this as efficient and effective as possible.

When she isn’t assisting Buyers, Terrie enjoys amateur photography, art, music and traveling whenever she can.