John C. Johnson – Founder and Managing Partner

John Johnson
John Johnson
John Johnson

If you are considering selling a business, today or in the future, you need expertise, experience, resources and leadership. John Johnson offers all this, and much more.

As founder and managing partner at IBG, John has delivered peak performance and exceptional results for hundreds of clients during the past three decades. He stands ready to do the same for you.

Unlike some purely academic advisors, John has “walked the walk” of creating, building and selling his own businesses. He knows well the work, challenges, high emotions, and the exhilaration that go with a successful business sale. John understands what a successful sale looks like, and he can help you achieve it.

With a deeply rooted determination to perform, John’s early experiences in entrepreneurship and Fortune 100 firms built his passion for achievement and cultivated his talents for leading today’s business owners through the intricacies of selling a business. You can count on John to have your back at every step, twist and turn of the process.

John’s quiet determination, business savvy and strong work ethic will enable him to achieve unparalleled results for you. He knows what buyers look for, and what sellers need: buyers who are well informed, nurtured, and fully motivated to make their best offers. His keen deal sense, creativity and refined insights will bring you:

  • MORE MONEY
  • BETTER TERMS
  • MORE CHOICES
  • LESS STRESS AND CHAOS
  • HIGHER SATISFACTION AT CLOSING

John will personally work one-on-one with you from engagement to closing, but he does not work alone. To better serve you, he has formed powerful partnerships with teams of award-winning brokers with refined talents and deep resources for selling a business. These industry leaders are also committed to providing you with the best in M&A performance.

John offers you big competitive advantages in selling your business by capitalizing on a rich blend of expertise, experience, resources and leadership.

When selling a business, you need expert counsel from someone adept at strategic planning, company and financial analysis, business ownership, and mergers and acquisitions. Long before his career guiding owners in selling businesses, John Johnson cultivated broad knowledge and deep skills that can be invaluable to you now.

John will leverage his training as a petroleum engineer at the University of Tulsa, where he was an honors scholar, on your behalf. He will also call upon wisdom gained while earning his MBA from Texas Christian University’s M.J. Neely School of Business.

You will also benefit from John’s uncommon breadth and depth of expertise. He holds certifications as both a Master Mergers and Acquisitions Intermediary and a Lifetime Certified Business Intermediary. You will profit from his past service as a court-appointed receiver and as an expert witness on topics ranging from business valuations to oil and gas property management.

John understands every aspect of deal-making, and he’s ready to put that to work for you. He has written and taught courses in the leading professional associations, and he was chosen to lead re-writing of the national certification exam to strengthen it for the business broker profession. He is recognized as “Industry Expert for the Oil and Gas Industry” by Business Brokerage Press.

John has earned top awards in the business community and in the M&A broker profession:

  • The M&A Source Darrel Fouts Award for Visionary Leadership in the M&A Profession
  • The IBBA’s Chairman’s award for professional leadership and its Tom West Award for outstanding contributions to development of the profession and its ethics
  • Acquisition International’s – USA M&A Broker of the Year
  • Finance Monthly’s 2016 Deal Maker of the Year for the APSCO Sale
  • ACQ 5 M&A Awards – Gamechanger of the Year
  • S. Small Business Administration’s Award as Oklahoma’s Financial Services Advocate of the Year

All of these honors uniquely qualify John to serve your business transition needs. If you are in search of a leader, a strong advocate, a dealmaker and a game changer, look no further than John Johnson.

If you are considering selling a business, today or in the future, now is the time to contact John to confidentially discover how, together, you can achieve your business sale objectives.

There is no substitute for experience, and you will find no one with a deeper well of experience to draw upon than John Johnson. Selling a business can be complicated, and pitfalls abound, but John’s wealth of experience will guide you through every aspect of the deal.

Equally comfortable in Fortune 100 companies or small business, John was raised in an entrepreneurial family. He appreciates and respects your sacrifices, stresses, risks, and hard work as a business owner. He also knows the relief, freedom and exhilaration you will feel from letting a beloved business change hands in the best possible sale.

The experience John will bring to bear for you is both broad and deep. Following an early career in Fortune 100 companies – Amoco (Standard Oil of Indiana) and Union Pacific Corporation – John focused on small- to mid-sized enterprise businesses. In large company settings, he contributed to major strategic and investment decisions through financial analysis, economic evaluations, strategic plans, and mergers and acquisitions. He built and successfully sold a private distribution business to a private investor, then later on to a public company strategic acquirer in oil and gas. He owned a land and cattle business, limestone mining interests, and a fiberglass product manufacturing business. He also acquired and manages oil and gas interests.

For more than 30 years, John has put full-time focus on mergers and acquisitions broker work in selling businesses. Many firms might use senior personnel to recruit your business, then turn your real work over to junior staff. As an advisor, advocate and intermediary for business owners, John prefers to personally work eye-to-eye with you from start to finish to ensure your maximum success. He has managed scores of business sales – giving counsel, preparing value assessments for “hold-and-grow or sell-and-go” decisions, and guiding clients through acquisition or divestiture decisions. He can do the same for you.

If you are considering selling a business, today or in the future, now is the time to contact John to confidentially discover how, together, you can achieve your business sale objectives.

Structuring a good business deal requires an extensive network of resources, and John Johnson has just such a network ready to work on your behalf. IBG Business is an award-winning, industry leading, nationwide, M&A broker and advisor firm. As founder and managing partner at IBG, John works with top M&A industry professionals to create performance partnerships and empower your best business sale outcome.

Similarly, John has brought together experts in oil, gas and energy business sales and acquisitions as founder and managing partner of The Oil and Gas Advisor. This firm specializes in mergers and acquisitions of energy-related industrial firms in manufacturing, wholesale, propane, logistics and services.

John was an originator of the M&A owners roundtable group of industry leaders who focus on M&A broker practice improvements. As long-time leader in the M&A brokers’ professional associations, John is well-known and respected across the country. Thanks to his leadership roles and excellent reputation, John can reach out to deal professionals in the regional and national business community for cooperation, ideas and assistance with any issue you may encounter.

If you are considering selling a business, today or in the future, now is the time to contact John to confidentially discover how, together, you can achieve your business sale objectives.

If you are selling a business, you need someone with strong leadership skills working on your behalf. From an early age, John Johnson distinguished himself as a high achiever and natural leader.

In college, John was chapter president of the prestigious engineering honor societies, Tau Beta Pi and Pi Epsilon Tau, as well as the student chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. As a proven lifelong leader, John was selected for Leadership Oklahoma, where he served as a vice president and board member. John has served in a variety of leadership capacities for the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, and Entrepreneurs of Tulsa. He has also been a director of the Tulsa Executives Association, the Tulsa Economic Development Corporation, and Oklahoma Private Enterprise Forum, as well as numerous youth, church and community groups.

Within his profession, John’s leadership is unmatched. As a Fellow and Life Member of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA), he has served multiple board terms and as officer, including president and past presidents’ council chair. He was selected as chairman of The M&A Source, the leading association of dedicated M&A broker professionals. John created the first strategic plans for both of these organizations, plans that have been their foundations for growth over two decades. He serves as co-chair of the industry-wide steering committee to achieve regulations appropriate to the M&A industry. He is also a founder and director of the esteemed Business Intermediaries Education Foundation.

If you are considering selling a business, today or in the future, now is the time to contact John to confidentially discover how, together, you can achieve your business sale objectives.

If you are considering selling a business, today or in the future, now is the time to contact John to confidentially discover how, together, you can achieve your business sale objectives.

Contact John Johnson for a free, confidential visit on what you should know today about selling your business.