Meet The CBI Team

Carl Grimes

Carl Grimes

Founder/Chairman

Office: (479) 770-8989

    

Carl Grimes sold a business in 1983, and that experience began his career selling business. However, before founding Confidential Business Intermediaries/The CBI TEAM in 1994, he published an award-winning newspaper, built and operated a state-of-the-art cable television system, owned a real estate firm, a retail catalog sales business and an abstract and title company. All these businesses were successfully sold and led Carl to the profession of full time business brokerage. He received the designation of Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) and Fellow of the IBBA from the International Business Brokers Association.

“Being a professional Business Intermediary requires extensive training and commitment to meeting the reasonable expectations of our clients, the owner of privately held businesses. It’s not a part time job, it’s a full time career,” Grimes said.

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An Arkansas licensed real estate broker since 1982, Carl is also the president of the Professional Association of Arkansas Business Brokers.  Having handled transactions worth as little as $10,000 to as much as millions of dollars, Carl has been involved in the sale of over 700 businesses in his career as a professional business broker. His areas of specialty in business sales include print businesses, motorsports industry, title companies, cable television systems, renewable energy, retail stores, manufacturing, and restaurants.

Born and raised in Clarendon, Arkansas, Carl is proud to be a native “Arkansawyer”.  In 1971, Carl married his high school sweetheart, Kathy. In 1984, he started his first business in Northwest Arkansas.  Carl and Kathy have two grown sons, Casey and Connor, and daughters-in-law Loryn and Heather, and two grandsons, Greyson and Cache. Both sons have achieved a high level of success in the family business of CBI. Connor is the Owner of the CBI Central Arkansas office.

A graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership Fayetteville, a program conducted by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, Carl has served as a city councilman, school board member, and a Chamber of Commerce president. A member of New Heights Church in Fayetteville, Carl has also served as an elder, a deacon, and a Sunday School teacher.

Dave Godwin

Dave Godwin

Strategic Growth Advisor/Intermediary

Office: (479) 770-8989
   

With more than three decades as a serial entrepreneur, Dave Godwin successfully developed and operated eight unique restaurant concepts, Dave Godwin understands operations, growth and profitability. Having created dining concepts that earned national recognition for innovation and performance, he positioned those businesses for strong sales. Today, he brings his experience to other entrepreneurs to help them strengthen and grow businesses that bring more value at sale.

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CBI’s exclusive availability of The Value Builder System™ allows owners to grow profits and maximize the value of a company.  This approach ensures owners can earn the most cash at closing.  In fact, reports show those companies who unlock the opportunities that come from The Value Builder System™ can often earn offers more than 71% higher than an average-scoring business.

Led by Certified Value Builder™ Dave Godwin, CBI’s Value Builder program helps clients benefit from his focused and profitable growth strategies to position them for successful exits.  The Value Builder System™ is a statistically proven methodology designed to improve the value of a privately held business.  At the core of the system is The Value Builder Score™, an evaluation system driven by an algorithm that evaluates a business on the eight core value drivers acquirers take into consideration when buying companies.  The Value Builder Score™ gives a comprehensive assessment of the “Sellability” of your business, whether you want to sell next year or just to know that you’re building a valuable asset for the future.  To see what your company is worth, CLICK HERE to take our FREE 13 minute assessment.

In addition to his specialized expertise in the hospitality industry, Dave holds an Arkansas Real Estate Sales License, is a member of the International Business Brokers Association/M&A Source and is a current candidate for IBBA’s Certified Business Intermediary designation.  Dave and his family make their home in Northwest Arkansas. He remains energized by the growth in his home state and is excited to partner with business owners to develop solutions to the challenges they face as they start, operate, grow and sell their businesses.

Kelly Tivis

Kelly Tivis

Business Manager

Office: (479) 770-8989

    

As Business Manager, Kelly Tivis helps maintain the processes and procedures used by all CBI TEAM offices. He manages the Loans4Biz program, which provides buyers with a variety of competitive financing options for their business acquisitions. He also introduces franchise opportunities to clients who are interested in franchising.

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Kelly joined the CBI TEAM in 2016 after experiencing the challenges and rewards of ownership and management of several family-owned businesses over a fifteen year period. During this time in his life, he and his family also helped found and develop a children’s home in Mexico. Before then, he worked for ten years for Electronic Data Systems as an Information Analyst.

Kelly and his wife have five children and six grandchildren. He enjoys camping, hiking and traveling.

Leland Eidson

Leland Eidson

System Administrator and Closing Coordinator

Office: (479) 770-8989

  

Leland Eidson is CBI TEAM System Administrator and Closing Coordinator for the Northwest Arkansas Office. Working in the Northwest Arkansas Office since early 2014, he began his time with the company as a telemarketer. Displaying a passion for technology, and a keen eye for detail, Leland quickly began taking on new responsibilities in the office, as something of a “jack-of-all-trades”. In 2016 Leland was promoted to full-time system administrator and took over Closing Coordination duties for the NWA office in early 2018.

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Before joining the CBI TEAM Leland had an extensive career in sales and business management. During this time he collected several sales awards, as well as developing management training programs that are still in use today. Additionally, Leland used this time to further his education earning a degree in computer science, as well as an A+ general information technology hardware certification.

Leland was born and raised in Springdale Arkansas, where he still resides. He is active in his community and has a passion for helping people. When not working, or volunteering, Leland enjoys camping, hiking, and competing in collectible card game tournaments. An avid self-styled super nerd, Leland has the knowledge and experience to provide the best possible service to CBI TEAM clients.