Business Brokerage

At SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate, we are proud to offer business sales services to our clients. Whether you are a company looking to sell, someone looking to acquire a proven business within the Florida market, or a business owner wishing to receive a valuation of their business, our team has the expertise and skill to meet your needs. Our approach to selling a business is hands-on and personal. We want to understand as many aspects and components of your business as possible. In order to properly value the business, we have to look at more than just the financial statements.

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Our team is made up of two registered Florida real estate sales advisors, Tyler Davis and Larry Montanus. Both advisors have specialized skill sets in financial accounting and experience holding senior executive positions. Together, they help customers navigate any level of business needs to lead to the best resolution.

Business Brokerage Team

Larry Montanus

Larry Montanus

Advisor & Business Broker

Larry Montanus

Larry has extensive business history, having held several senior executive positions. He was active in the citrus industry as president and COO of the publicly traded Orange-co Inc, and as Florida Citrus Operations Manager for Procter & Gamble. In total Larry spent 16 years at P&G. He was an Executive VP of Europe’s largest packaging company based in Paris. In that role, he was responsible for restructuring the company through a series of acquisitions and divestitures totaling almost $800 million, including:

  • The purchase of Anchor Hocking Closures from Newell Corp. for $120 million.
  • The purchase of Zeller Plastik, a German packaging company for $165 million.
  • The merger of citrus companies Orange-co and American Agronomics. The merged companies had 26000 acres of groves and 3 plants.

Larry’s education includes a BA in Economics from the University of Cincinnati, and the Wharton School of Finance/University of Pennsylvania MBA program.

He is a member of the Lakeland Association of Realtors® (LAR), the Florida Realtors®, and the National Association of Realtors®. Larry is also a member of the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce.

Tyler Davis

Tyler Davis

Asset Manager & Associate Advisor

Tyler Davis
Asset Manager & Associate Advisor

Tyler Davis brings a wealth of financial knowledge to the team, having spent over five years working at PwC, one of the largest professional services firms in the world. While there, Tyler provided tax planning and consulting services to some of the largest public and private insurance companies in the country. Tyler worked on several mergers and acquisitions while at PwC with total transaction volume in excess of $9.1 billion. 

Tyler is a native of Carrollton, GA. He graduated summa cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Samford University and received his Master of Tax Accounting degree from The University of Alabama where he was awarded a Graduate Council Fellowship. In college, Tyler was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi, and Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Tyler passed the CPA exam in 2014 prior to beginning his career at PwC.

Tyler joined SVN Saunders Ralston Dantzler in May of 2019 where he assists with internal financial accounting issues, leasing, and business brokerage. Tyler is a licensed Florida Real Estate agent, a member of The Lakeland Rotary Club, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mike Shenefield

Mike Shenefield

Advisor, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Mike Shenefield
Advisor, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Mike Shenefield is an Advisor at SVN I Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate in Lakeland, Florida.

Mike specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), focusing on the acquisition and divestiture of middle-market businesses in the Florida and Georgia markets.

His background as a corporate executive involved in M&A work and serving as an intermediary in this space dates back more than 35 years.

For the past several years, Mike has served in a senior management capacity in the Material Handling Industry, focusing on financial management, acquisitions, and business development. During this time, he led two major acquisitions, one for a large strategic buyer and one for a private equity company based in New York City.

During the first half of Mike’s career, he worked for large, publicly traded companies, including Ford Motor Company, Schering-Plough Corporation, and the Mead Corporation. He served in various senior management capacities focusing on financial management and corporate development initiatives involving business planning and business acquisitions. Most notably, he served as Vice President of Finance for the Plough Consumer Operations Group, a $1.0 billion group of companies based in Memphis, TN including such well-recognized brands as Maybelline, Coppertone, St. Joseph Baby Aspirin, and Dr. Scholl Foot Products.

In 1983, Mike and his family moved to Central Florida. He shifted his career focus in the direction of smaller, privately-held companies, serving in various executive-level financial management positions with a continuing focus on business acquisitions and divestitures, corporate development, restructuring, and business planning. More specifically, Mike served as the Chief Financial Officer of Citrus World Cooperative (Florida Natural  Growers) in Lake Wales, Florida. He headed up a strategic, operational, and financial restructuring initiative significantly reducing debt and strengthening the Company’s Balance Sheet, which ultimately served as the financial platform to launch the national roll-out of the Florida Natural Brand of juices. He also served as the “point person” for Citrus World Cooperative in a middle-market acquisition of a complementary juice processing company in Orlando.

In addition to Mike’s corporate ventures in financial management and business development activities, he organized and managed the Central Florida Office for Corporate Finance Associates for a number of years. This very old and well-established Investment Banking Company serves middle-market companies in business financing and acquisitions with offices throughout the country and internationally.

With a proven mix of corporate business acquisition success and several years working directly in the M&A space, Mike has a track record of success and accomplishments in middle-market company acquisitions and divestitures. Today, Mike’s clients reap the benefits of his ability to

  • Groom and position companies for sale
  • Develop confidential offering memoranda
  • Assess fair market values for buyers and sellers
  • Conduct confidential searches for buyers
  • Screen prospective buyers for sellers
  • Assist with the deal structures and negotiations
  • Close transactions
  • Aid new business acquisition integrations

Mike earned an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mike also earned an MBA “With Honors” in Finance from Western Michigan University by graduating first in his MBA class. 

Mike and his wife, Donna, have lived in Polk County, Florida for more than 30 years. They have four (4) children and six (6) grandchildren. Mike is a Veteran of the United States Army.

Get Started

If you are looking at buying or selling a business in Florida, or just want to consider your options, contact Larry Montanus or Tyler Davis. We will then schedule an initial meeting to learn more about you and your business goals. 

From there, we can begin the process of confidentially marketing your business or finding the perfect business for you to acquire. You can rest assured that confidentiality will remain a priority throughout the process.