Meet The CBI Team
Office: (479) 770-8989
Cell: (479) 957-5139
Jon Holbert is Managing Partner of the CBI TEAM of Northwest Arkansas located in Springdale, Arkansas. He has been an involved with CBI since 2011 and has had great success helping his clients reach their goals. Jon has facilitated dozens of deals and fully understands how to facilitate the process of selling a business. Jon has over 35 years of business experience as an executive in multi-million dollar companies and as an owner/operator of several other successful businesses.
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Jon was born in Plainview, Texas and moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1992. He has three adult children, one granddaughter and another grand on the way. He resides with his wife DeLee on the White River below Beaver Dam. His hobbies include fishing, shooting sporting clays and gunsmithing. Jon is a member of the International Business Brokers Association.
Office: (479) 770-8989
Cell: (479) 236-9759
Before joining the CBI TEAM, John enjoyed a 30+ year career in the finance industry. Starting from the ground up, he has experienced and successfully managed at all levels of the industry, from customer service and collections, lending and regulatory compliance, to analytics and business analysis.
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Born and raised in Fullerton, California, John is proud to call Arkansas “home”. He has lived in Fayetteville and been calling on those “Hogs” since 1993. In June 1985, John married his lovely bride, Lesley. The Green family relocated to Arkansas in search of a better place to raise their children, which they found here in Northwest Arkansas. John and Lesley have three sons, two grown, and their youngest is attending school at John Brown University. John and Lesley are very involved in serving their Grace Church of NWA community, and have a separate ministry serving the Gypsy community in the Ukraine.
Carol M. Gresham
Office: (479) 770-8989
Cell: (870) 404-7936
Carol Miller Gresham has over 30 years of diversified experience in business ownership including, the sale of two highly successful companies which she founded. She has been involved in development, marketing, organizational leadership, education, healthcare, the non-profit world and philanthropy. Her work in higher education, real estate and health-care as well as the building of her own successful companies has created a full circle of experience.
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Raised in Mountain Home, Arkansas since third grade, Carol is proud of her Arkansas roots. She is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University. She is married to Rip Gresham, also an Arkansas native, entrepreneur and CPA. Together they have owned and operated businesses in Arkansas.
Carol says, “Because of my broad work background, I feel I have the ability to understand a variety of businesses, organizational structures and communities. Building strong working relationships is a natural because I am able to understand and relate to individual’s business situations and concerns.”
CBI TEAM founder and Chairman said about Carol, “We’re excited to have Carol join our team. Her professionalism, attention to detail and ability to relate to business professionals makes her a great fit for our company.”
- MBA (Marketing), Capella University
- McNellis Compression Planning Certification
- Arkansas Leadership, Class III
- Leadership Strategies Institute, Effective Facilitator Training
- BME (Music of Education), Ouachita Baptist University
- Chief Operating Officer, Circles USA
- Consultant/Facilitator, N. Central Arkansas Poverty Consortium
- Vice-Chancellor for Development, Arkansas State University-Mtn. Home
- Owner & Founder, Relocation Services of Arkansas & CMP Market Research
- Vice President of Operations, Landmark Properties
- Networking and building relationships to help others reach their goals
- Compression planning with groups to solidify their work
- Working with organizations to create energy and motivation
- Family and lifelong friends
- Being outdoors in the mountains or by the water
Office: (479) 770-8989
Cell: (870) 350-0272
Paul is a retired Military Officer who now works with CBI TEAM’s Northwest Arkansas office. By holding both insurance and real estate licenses, he is able to manage all services related to transferring business ownership or maximizing retirement after a sale.
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Paul earned a BA at the University of Arkansas and later did a MBA Certificate program with Tulane, which sparked his interest in buying and selling businesses. Having served many small business insurance needs over the years and helped the owners with retirement programs, it only seemed natural to help owners sell their businesses and successfully enter retirement.
Paul was born and raised in Arkansas. His hobbies include travel (which was extensive during his time in the military), hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. He played collegiate and clubside rugby until he was 40- at which point he realized “it’s a young man’s sport.” Paul enjoys helping people and looks forward to helping you reach your goals.
Business ManagerOffice: (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 and his wife have five children and six grandchildren. He enjoys camping, hiking and traveling.
System Administrator and Closing CoordinatorOffice: (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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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.
Founder/ChairmanOffice: (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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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.