Sunbelt Business Brokers AZ

Meet Our AZ Business Brokers

Our team of business brokers and advisors specializes in business sales and acquisitions of small to medium-sized businesses throughout Arizona with a focus on the Greater Phoenix area, Prescott, and Northern Arizona.

Tim Whipple

Principal and Designated Broker 

Tim Whipple is the Designated Broker of HUB Commercial, an affiliate of Sunbelt Business Brokers, and is a Certified Main Street Business Broker. He provides business brokerage and commercial real estate services throughout Arizona. Tim has successfully represented clients in hundreds of commercial real estate/business sale transactions in excess of $400 million.

Tim Whipple is an expert in business brokerage, marketing, real estate acquisitions, contract negotiations, lease review, and market research.  Tim is an active member of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA). He has been recognized as a top producer in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Bill Toole

Principal | Certified Main Street Business Broker

Bill’s passion is helping businesses drive outstanding results. With over 31 years as both an executive and entrepreneur, he has a unique perspective on leading teams and companies towards achieving long-term success.

Bill served as Chief Operating Officer for the last five years of his 31-year career with an international organization headquartered in Arizona and held various leadership positions before settling into his role as an executive. Bill was responsible for all aspects of operating this industry-leading chain which was home to over 150 locations and 3,500 team members in the United States and Mexico.

During his tenure as a senior leader, his company achieved record same-store sales growth for seven consecutive years. He is currently the co-owner of three high-volume local Arizona restaurants which operate as three separate brands as well as being a principal at Sunbelt Business Brokers.

Bill specializes in the sale of growing businesses and assisting sellers with securing a successful exit.

Brian Harron

Principal | Certified Business Broker 

Brian Harron specializes in selling restaurant and bar businesses throughout Arizona. With over 30 years of experience as both a restaurateur and restaurant broker, Brian has been privileged to sell many restaurant and bar businesses, and has owned and operated a few as well!

A former Chief Operating Officer of the National Restaurant Association, Brian has been the owner of a restaurant management, operations, and consulting company, president of a meat and grocery supply company, and publisher of a news magazine for the restaurant business.

He is a graduate of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at Cornell University. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education and Marketing from the University of North Dakota and has considerable professional education in the field of business brokerage and commercial real estate. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Business Brokers Association (AZBBA) Central Chapter and has won awards as an AZBBA Top Producer in 2014, 2015, & 2016 as well as the Top Producing Team in 2016 and 2017.

John Michael Byrne, CPA/ABV

Licensed Arizona Business Broker 

John is an experienced financial professional with strong knowledge of private company operations and value drivers. He has worked with both buyers and sellers in various roles as a CPA and trusted advisor. He understands the concerns of buyers and sellers and is ready to represent you in the purchase or sale of your business.

John was a practicing CPA for over 30 years in both public practice and with a publicly-traded company. He has been a trusted advisor to business owners assisting them to grow their business and creating value.  Most recently, he was a member of the Accounting Acquisition team for a national company responsible for the valuation of Target companies for financial reporting purposes.

John grew up in Northeast Ohio, graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Accounting, and later earned his Masters of Accountancy and Financial Information Systems. He has earned the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) credential issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

In his spare time, you can find him on the tennis court, hiking a local trail, or spoiling his grandkids.

Bryan Detwiler

Certified Main Street Business Broker

Bryan has over 25 years of business experience as an owner and CEO. In his various entrepreneurial ventures, Bryan has excelled in sales and marketing of both products and services.

A well-known fact is that most Main Street businesses are sold through online advertising. With Bryan’s demonstrated skills in promotions and digital marketing, he can bring his insights, creativity, and experience to help you achieve the best deal possible on the sale of your business. Bryan hosts his own weekly business talk radio program called Bryan2Business B2B Talk Radio, on 1510AM 105.3FM Money Radio.  We are very glad Bryan is on our team at Sunbelt Business Brokers.

Bryan Berkley

Licensed Arizona Business Broker

Bryan has an entrepreneurial spirit and over 35 years of business experience that he draws on. Starting at a young age, Bryan built a successful advertising company in NE Ohio. He is a seasoned hospitality veteran with 30 years of service and experience in the Arizona Restaurant industry.  Now he is a licensed broker at Sunbelt Business Brokers.

Bryan’s background includes ownership of multiple restaurants, corporate management with a Fortune 500 company, industry sales, and years of restaurant/bar/business brokerage experience having been originally licensed in 1996. He has owned a video/tv production company producing over 100 television episodes.

Currently, he co-owns a Holistic Spa with his wife and an e-commerce business that includes a full line of nourishing organic skin products. Bryan attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.

Ansel Hall

Certified Main Street Business Broker | M&A Advisor

Ansel Hall has 25 years of investment banking experience providing M&A advisory and capital raising services to companies across multiple industry sectors including consumer products, retailing, manufacturing, business services, real estate services, industrial services, and human capital management, among others. He has sold companies to both private equity firms and strategic corporate buyers across the country which makes him a valuable team member at Sunbelt Business Brokers.

Ansel also co-founded a consumer products company and acquired an auto dealership providing him with first-hand experience in the joys, and trials, of owning and operating a small business as well as the start-up, acquisition, and sale of businesses. He is highly analytical with an ability to identify and address core transaction issues in advance of commencing a sale process.

He leverages his financial and transaction expertise to work through any challenges in representing his clients towards the successful completion of transactions. Ansel received his MBA with a concentration in Finance at UCLA and has a B.S in Agricultural Economics and Business Management from UC Davis.

Sharon Mortensen, CCIM

Certified Main Street Business Broker | Associate Broker (Prescott Office)

Sharon Mortensen is an Associate Broker and the Branch Manager for the company’s Prescott office. She specializes in commercial real estate sales and leasing, and business brokerage.  Her background compliments what we do at Sunbelt Business Brokers very well.

In addition, Sharon has 19 years of experience as a bar, restaurant, and coffee house owner and operator in Arizona. She graduated with a BS degree from Colorado State University and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and a board member of the Prescott Area Commercial Group (PACG).

Sharon has been a Prescott resident since 2007.

Tom Konkowski

Licensed Arizona Business Broker 

For the past 25 years, Tom Konkowski has led a team of financial professionals who with their varied skills and years of experience provided comprehensive, personalized services to business owners, retirees, and pre-retirees wishing to pursue their retirement dreams.  Tom is the newest team member at Sunbelt Business Brokers.

Tom managed $65 million+ of clients’ investment accounts and has experience helping business owners maximize the value of their business to exit into the retirement they deserve.

Recently, Tom has stepped back from his day-to-day Investment Management Role to focus on helping entrepreneurs and business owners in the Phoenix and Prescott area accomplish their goals, whether it be to start a business or sell a business they already own. 

Tom’s credentials include a Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS), Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®), Certified Funds Specialist (CFS®), Certified in Estate Planning (CES®), Certified Income Specialist (CIS®), and Certified Tax Specialist (CTS®), and is a published author of “Financial Life Management”(Amazon).  

A native of Arizona, Tom serves the community through various ministries at his church. He and his wife, Jacque have been married for 38 years, have two sons and one granddaughter. Tom’s leisure activities include golf, racquetball, and now pickleball.


Neal Kumar, CFA

Licensed Arizona Business Broker | M&A Advisor

Neal has deep experience in M&A and entrepreneurship. His breadth of experiences help him provide best-in-class advice to clients as they undertake business sales and/or purchases. 

His most recent professional experience includes corporate development at a private equity-owned education company. In this role, he sources and executes acquisitions for the company. 

Prior to his private equity corporate development career, Neal was an investment banker with Lazard, Houlihan Lokey, and JPMorgan where he worked on complex M&A and capital raising deals in the Technology, Industrials, and Real Estate sectors. 

Neal was also a Senior Instructor with a top financial training provider where he led financial modeling and valuation seminars at the undergraduate, business school, and corporate levels. He’s taught at leading business schools, including MIT Sloan, London Business School, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, and Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

Lastly, Neal co-founded a global education technology company called Cognitir, which helps business and finance professionals obtain in-demand tech skills through live in-person, live virtual, and self-paced online courses. The company is still successfully operating today.

Neal has an MBA from London Business School and a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. 



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