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-Albert Einstein

Our Team

Ed Knox-New York Office

EdKnox 150BWEd founded Yarmouth Venture Group in 1999 and brings an abundance of experience and insight to the numerous and complex issues of business ownership transfers.

After purchasing, building and/or selling ten companies since 1982, his passion is to guide talented individuals into ownership of businesses which perform in the Micro Market. His range of deal experience spans most industries. He serves on the Board of Directors of four companies and is the Treasurer and Board Member of a Non-Profit, Camp Wilbur Herrlich.

Ed lives just north of New York City with his wife and has two adult daughters.

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Alan Rose-Boston Office

AlanRose150bwAlan is a senior finance and operations executive with over thirty years of Micro Market experience as a senior commercial lender, CEO and both as a principal and advisor in mergers and acquisitions.

Alan’s background includes strategic management, mergers and acquisitions and management and control systems for the financial, production and sales fields for companies in a variety of industries. With a core belief in solid fundamentals reinforced by defining expectations and analyzing results, Alan has achieved success in a variety of arenas by consistently valuing relationships over transactions.

Alan lives west of Boston with his wife and two daughters.

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John Sheridan-Philadelphia Office

John Sheridan

John brings over 30 years of practical business experience to his work, having operating and investing experience in businesses large and small.  Transforming lives through business ownership is what gives purpose to his work.  

A graduate of The Boston College School of Management with a concentration in Finance, he began his career in industrial real estate marketing and sales. His work led to a career in construction and real estate development leading and managing profitable, growing businesses ranging in size from startups to public company businesses with over one hundred million dollars in revenue.   

Since 2006, John has helped successful business owners to grow profits, build great teams and create lasting value in a variety of industries including professional services, software and technology, manufacturing, construction, and distribution.  

As a consultant to companies large and small throughout the United States, he is known for his work on systemization as the approach to business growth, transforming entrepreneurial companies into professionally managed and systematized enterprises that produce predictable results.

John lives in New Jersey and is a Board Member and Past President of The Rotary Club of Trenton, New Jersey.

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George Scheeler-Baltimore/Washington Office

GDS-BWHead-Shot-2014George Scheeler is a results oriented executive with over 30 years of financial and operations experience. He has invested his career in helping small and medium sized businesses grow and become more profitable.

George has held the position of CFO and CEO for several public and closely held companies and financial institutions and was a Fast Company magazine finalist for Innovator of the Year. George was also Adjunct Faculty in Finance for the Graduate program in the Sellinger School of Business and Management, Loyola University of Maryland.

George received his MBA from the College of William & Mary. He has served on the boards of International Care/IC Orphans, The Harford County Public Library Foundation and currently serves on the Good Shepherd Services and has coached a High School baseball team to a state championship..

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Jim Pabis-Upstate New York Office

PabisBWJim’s experience includes more than twenty years in business and the military starting and growing high performing organizations. His broad-based knowledge of business functions includes leadership, finance, sales and operations.

Most of Jim’s business experience involves the Micro Market sector.  He participated in the management led buy-out of a $30 million dollar manufacturing company which then acquired and integrated two additional companies. Eventually, he was involved in the divestiture of this company to a major strategic acquirer. For the last 16+ years he has owned a successful national executive search firm.

Concurrently he managed a successful military career in the Army National Guard achieving the rank of Colonel. He most recently concluded a successful Brigade Command leading 1800 people geographically dispersed across the state of New York.  Jim is a veteran of the Iraq War where he was involved in managing over 26,000 detainees. He was also involved in leading the response to several New York state emergencies including “9-11 Ground Zero”, Hurricane Irene, and Super Storm Sandy.

Jim’s education includes an MBA from the Sage Graduate School and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. Jim has taught leadership at West Point and entrepreneurship at Siena College.

Jim has been involved with several not for profits. He was the Chairman of the Board of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Saratoga Economic Development board and a member of the Saratoga National Bank Community Advisory Board, among others.

Jim lives in Ballston Lake, New York and Naples, Florida with his wife and son.

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Michael Smith-Richmond Office

Michael Smith

Michael is an experienced business leader with over 30 years of broad experience in strategic management, operations management, marketing management, acquisitions and integration, and financial management.  With a history of building organizations and driving growth in businesses ranging from Fortune 50 to small business, in industries ranging across Industrial Manufacturing, Consumer Packaged Goods, Construction, Business Services, Real Estate Development, Global Logistics, Consulting and Not-for-Profit, Michael has held positions including  CEO, COO, CFO, President, Brand Manager, Vice President Marketing & Development, and Controller. Importantly, Michael has over 25 years of owner/operator experience in small and mid-size businesses.

“I believe in Freedom, including Freedom for business owners: Financial Freedom, Freedom to pursue a lifestyle, and Freedom of choice as to how they spend their time, build a legacy, and transition their business when the time comes”.

“I help Business Owners Work Their Way to Freedom.”

Michael holds an MBA from Emory University with concentrations in Finance and Marketing Management and a BA from Northwestern University with a double major in Economics and Economic Geography.
Active in Association and Community service leadership, Michael has served in several volunteer roles, including:


  • Member of four Advisory Boards to startup technology and business services organizations
  • Director, Needle’s Eye Ministries – 2 years (current)
  • Former Vice President, Chair – Board Resources & Governance: St. John’s Church Foundation (Historic site/education) – 20 years

Other Leadership

  • Resident business coach at BizWorks Business Incubator – Chesterfield County, Virginia
  • Former Lay Member, Judiciary Committee of The Bar Association of the City of Richmond – 3 years
  • Past President, Officer and Director: Cast Polymer Association (Trade Assn. - $2Bn Industry) - 6 years
  • Past President, Officer and Director: Rotary Club of West Richmond – 8 years
  • Former Trustee, past Vice President: West Richmond Rotary Club Foundation – 3 years
  • Past Trustee: St. John’s Church Endowment Fund – 2 years
  • Former Senior Warden, Treasurer and vestry member: St. John’s Church – 6 years

Ecstatically married to Gloria, they share four children and six grandchildren and reside in Richmond, Virginia.

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