Our Team

Jon Holbert

Jon Holbert

Managing Partner

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 developed an interest in business sales, including mergers and acquisitions after selling several companies he has owned and after participating in the sale of a large company he managed to a publicly held company. Jon says “I found I enjoyed selling companies more than working in them.” Jon’s broad knowledge of business allows him to serve businesses of all sizes and types and he finds all businesses interesting.  Jon holds an Arkansas Real Estate Sales license and can facilitate the real estate portion of a deal as well. His objective is to provide his clients with sound business advice and first class service while maintaining the highest level of professionalism and confidentiality.

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.

John Green

John Green

Senior Intermediary

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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As Vice President of Risk & Decision Management, John successfully managed over $1,000,000,000 in credit card lending, and developed successful custom predictive decision models in the process.  While most of their competition folded during “The Great Recession,” John led a team that successfully navigated those times to a prosperous outcome. As a lender he has handled transactions ranging from consumer loans in the hundreds of dollars, to commercial loans in the millions.

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

Carol M. Gresham

Business Intermediary

Office: (479) 770-8989
Cell: (870) 404-7936


Carol Miller Gresham has joined the CBI TEAM as part of the Northwest Arkansas office. Carol 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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Carol’s leadership skills, business and community involvement as well as volunteer leadership with state and national associations has created a network of business partners and friends across Arkansas and the United States. Carol has been a licensed real estate broker in Arkansas since 1986. She worked with apartment developers across the United States in providing market research and feasibility studies for potential new properties as well as selling existing ones.

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.”

Professional Credentials:

  • 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

Work History:

  • 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

Professional Passions:

  • 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

Carol’s Passions:

  • Family and lifelong friends
  • Music
  • Being outdoors in the mountains or by the water
Paul Kauffman

Paul Kauffman

Business Intermediary

Office: (479) 770-8989


Paul brings 30 years of business operations and management experience to the CBI TEAM. In his career. Paul has worked in daily operations, financial management, staffing, marketing, departmental leadership and ultimately, executive leadership for large companies in Northwest Arkansas. Paul has played a key role in the success and growth of the companies he has led and has extensive experience in restoring profitability for struggling enterprises. Paul has participated in several, successful ownership transitions where he produced favorable and desirable results for both buyers and sellers.

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Paul’s family settled on a large farm near Booneville, Arkansas when his father retired from the U.S. Navy. He credits his values and strong work ethics to the honest, hard-working rural farm life he grew up with. After high school, Paul enlisted into the United States Army Reserves, remaining an active Reservist for 8 years.

Paul has lived in Northwest Arkansas for over 20 years now with strong relationships in church and the local community. Paul and his lovely wife, Tamra, have three adult children and one wonderful grandson. He enjoys hunting and spending time in the beautiful outdoors here in Northwest Arkansas.

Sarah Hansen

Sarah Hansen

Business Intermediary

Office: (479) 770-8989


Sarah Hansen is an intermediary for the CBI TEAM with a diversified background in both corporate sales and business ownership. A native Arkansan, she grew up in Mountain Home, Arkansas. After graduating from John Brown University in 2001, where she spent a summer interning as a sports photojournalist at the Kodiak Daily Mirror in Kodiak, Alaska. Sarah used her journalism degree to land a position at Arkansas NBC news as a television producer in Fayetteville. She then joined the Wal-Mart Team at Procter & Gamble, where she executed multi-million dollar retail projects on P&G’s behalf with Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club through retail coverage initiatives.

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Sarah then transferred with P&G from Northwest Arkansas to Sarasota, Florida, where she called on veterinarians as a territory sales manager on behalf of Iam’s Veterinary Diets for the state’s entire west coast. She then had an opportunity to join P&G’s pharmaceutical division, where she met with physicians to discuss clinical studies for several key pharmaceutical and OTC brands. When P&G sold the division in 2009, she was recruited to Colgate Palmolive as an Oral Care Consultant to dentists, and grew her territory to become one of the top consultants in the nation.

Sarah then went overseas for two years to do volunteer mission work at a Christian radio station in Grenada, West Indies. While there, she dusted off her journalism degree and formed a writing company providing content for various websites, and ghostwriting several books for international speakers and authors. In her spare time, she also raced with the Grenadian National Triathlon Team. When she returned to Northwest Arkansas, she formed a real estate investment company with her husband doing residential redevelopment.

Sarah currently lives in Springdale, Arkansas with her husband, Chris, and their two dogs. She is a triathlete, hiker, saltwater reef enthusiast, personal development junkie, and actively involved in several outreach projects with her church to give back to the local community.

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.

Carl Grimes

Carl Grimes


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.