In 2000, Joan Young acquired SUNBELT BUSINESS ADVISORS, Greater Bay Area, part of the largest business brokerage/intermediary firm in the world. After two decades of advising her clients on preparation for their exit strategies, in April of 2020, Joan sold her successful practice to Helen Liu, a professional Commercial Banker of 20 years with a background in finance and law. Joan’s confidence in Helen’s principals, business practices and experience working with wide variety of business owners in the Bay Area has allowed Joan to pass the torch to the next generation of professional Sunbelt business brokers.
Joan is now enjoying her retirement but remains in Helen’s corner, as an advisor and mentor to Helen and the team.
Joan has been successfully assisting buyers and sellers in small businesses since 1980, long before her venture with Sunbelt. Her diverse business experience ranges from manufacturing and distribution to retail, food, publishing, advertising, placement services, direct and internet sales and, last but not least, business and franchise consulting.
After spending a few years with Memorex Corporation and being named Manager of the Year, Joan co-founded a national publishing franchise company in Ft. Myers Florida and owned two franchises herself in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. Joan was VP for three national franchise companies at one time, and in 1990 started FRANNET of the Bay Area, Inc. (FRANNET is the largest franchise consulting group in North America). Joan sold FRANNET in January 2014 after owning it for 24 years.
Prior to starting Sunbelt, Joan worked with one of the premier M&A firms in San Jose for three years. This experience at the M&A firm eventually triggered Joan to acquire SUNBELT BUSINESS ADVISORS, Greater Bay Area, in 2000.