The Murphy Idaho Team

Rodney R. Wolfe, CMA, CCIM, BCI, CMAI

Business Transfer Expert, Broker & Owner-Boise/Southwest Idaho

Phone: (208) 286-2300  

Cell: (208) 866-5228

Rod Wolfe is the President and Principal of the Boise Metro area office of Murphy Business & Financial and Designated Broker for the State of Idaho. Rod has over 25 years of experience working with businesses to achieve their goals of growth, operational efficiency, and peak performance. His depth of experience is the result of senior level positions in finance and accounting including financial management of a thirty company international portfolio of manufacturing, logistics, and sales organizations, Vice President of Regional Development for a National Commercial Finance Company, and an Investment Services Adviser with a Global Commercial Real Estate Firm.

In addition to his practical experience directing dozens of successful mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions, Rod has earned advanced level certifications only available to the most experienced professionals in the M&A, Accounting, and Commercial Real Estate professions: Certified Merger & Acquisition Intermediary, Board Certified Intermediary, Certified Management Accountant, and Certified Commercial Investment Member. Rod holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the prestigious College of Idaho and is a Master of Results for his clients.  Rod has recently completed the Certified Valuation Analyst education program with NACVA and successfully passed the required exam.

Rod has been married to Lisa, his best friend and lifelong partner, for over 27 years. They share their home with their mini-labradoodle, Buddy, who adores them without question, and a black manx rescue cat, B.B., who mostly ignores them. Rod enjoys running, cycling, and mountain biking, and has been known to participate in the sport of triathlon. He spends whatever time he can spare with Lisa, travelling, exploring, enjoying the great outdoors, tropical islands, and foreign lands.

David Choate, BTS

Business Transfer Expert, Adviser, Associate Broker-Boise

Phone: (208) 286-2300  

Cell: (208) 850-3451

David is currently a licensed real estate Associate Broker with MBFC of Southwest Idaho. He has over 25 years experience in commercial real estate sales and management. He grew up in Ventura County, California and graduated from UCLA with a BA degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Business. He has been a licensed real estate agent since 1992.

After graduating from college, he moved to the San Joaquin Valley in California for some family real estate development opportunities where he managed, leased and sold retail properties. While there, he also ran a successful campaign for city council and was the youngest city council member ever to be elected to serve in Porterville, California. 

In 1999 he moved his family to Boise, Idaho where he went to work selling and leasing office buildings with Coldwell Banker Commercial, Capitol Commercial Associates, where he formed many relationships, both with clients and other brokers. 

After four years of office brokerage, he had an opportunity to go to work for a large title company to take advantage of those relationships and was hired as a commercial escrow officer and account executive. Being a commercial escrow officer gave David tremendous insight as to the inner workings of closing commercial properties, medium to high-end businesses and the nuances of complicated 1031 tax deferred exchanges. 

After five years at the title company, where he closed over $150 million in transactions, David caught the entrepreneurial spirit and decided to go into business for himself. He purchased a franchise and has been involved with that for the past 5 years.

David lives in Boise with his wife and daughter and enjoys the outdoor lifestyle that Idaho affords, skiing, camping and spending time on the state’s beautiful lakes with his family.

Sheila Spangler, CVA, BCA, CBI

Business Transfer Expert, Adviser, Associate Broker-Boise

Phone: (208) 286-2300  

Cell: (208) 761-6255

Sheila Spangler, CVA, BCA, CBI

Sheila Spangler specializes in business sales, business valuation, buyer searches, negotiation, deal structure, and financing.  Prior to joining Murphy Business & Financial, she led her own business brokerage firm for several years.  Additionally, she founded and launched the Zions Bank Business Resource Center, and the Women’s Business Center, two business-consulting organizations focused on growth and capital access.  Additionally, she held the position of Vice President-Commercial Lender with several large banking institutions. During her 30-year career in finance as a business intermediary and commercial lender, Sheila originated and closed numerous SBA 7(a) and 504 loans, commercial real estate, and operating capital loans.

She holds the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and the Business Certified Appraiser (BCA) credential from the International Society of Business Appraisers.  She also earned the Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation from the International Business Brokers Association and the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) credential from the Association for Finance Professionals.  Additionally, she is an Idaho real estate broker. She has a master’s level degree from Pacific Coast Banking School, at the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boise State University. 

Larry Halvorson, III

Business Transfer Expert, Adviser, Sales Associate

Phone: (208) 286-2300

Cell: (208) 890-0310

Larry comes to Murphy Business and Financial after a successful 40-year career in Financial Services and Wealth Management. After finishing his degree in Accounting at the University of Idaho, he sold life insurance for Northwestern Mutual for 25 years; was a Wealth Advisor for Key Private Bank; Vice President of United Heritage Financial Services, Inc; and President/Owner of Nexus Wealth Management, Inc.

Larry worked with his clients as a part of their Business and Estate Advisory Team including their CPA, Tax Attorney, Banker and Trust Officer. They helped their clients formulate their Business Succession and Exit Plans with the focus on maximizing value to the client and their family while minimizing estate, income and transfer taxes. This included the passing/selling of their business to the next generation, to key employees or to outside purchasers.

Over the years, Larry earned the professional designations of (AEP) Accredited Estate Planner, (ChFC) Chartered Financial Consultant, (CLU) Chartered Life Underwriter and (CWS) Certified Wealth Strategist. He previously held FINRA Securities Licenses Series 6,7,63,26,24.

Larry also served as President of both the Idaho Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and the Financial Planning Association of Idaho. He has been a member of the Boise Estate Planning Council for over 30 years.

Larry comes from a family of business owners and understands their feelings, challenges, business issues and family concerns. His family has owned many retail stores (shoe, fabric, auto supply); restaurants – franchise & non-franchise, catering; car sales, trailer manufacturing, mini-storage, fencing, games/arcade, bars, logging, payday loans; trucking, transport, moving business, commercial property, & ice business (grandfather)…

Larry would welcome the opportunity to meet you, discuss your situation and help develop a strategy for selling your business or help you buy a business!

Darrell "Gus" Gustaveson

Business Transfer Expert, Adviser, Sales Associate

Phone: (208) 286-2300

Cell: (208) 230-1675

Darrell “Gus” Gustaveson has spent 30+ years preparing to be a business intermediary.  His leadership positions across a variety of industries including Banking, Manufacturing, Consulting, and Finance, combined with experience as Principal and Executive in the sale and acquisitions of multiple businesses, ranging from Mainstreet to M&A transactions, enables Gus to be ready and able to serve as your business intermediary.

With expertise in Commercial Lending, Gus can assist business buyers in acquiring loans to support their purchase.  His experience as CFO in manufacturing and other industries allows him to help sellers maximize their enterprise value.  Finally, his expertise in sales and negotiation afford him the ability and unique skillset to address both buyers and sellers concerns and ensure the transaction is a win-win for both parties.

Gus is the father of seven and grandfather of 11 and counting.  He and his wife Terri live in Star, Idaho and love to travel, golf and fish.

Ken Bohenek, BCI

Business Transfer Expert, Adviser, Owner-North Idaho

Cell: (208) 502-0223

Ken Bohenek is a business broker in the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho area for Murphy Business and Financial Corporation. As a former business owner Ken came to Murphy with a desire to assist other business professionals. Having been previously involved in the transfer of businesses within his family and friends, he recognized the importance of having a qualified broker involved. Ken comes from a family of entrepreneurs in businesses ranging from bars, restaurants and a plumbing & heating company established for over 38 years.

In his spare time Ken enjoys staying active and is an avid high performance automotive and motorcycle enthusiast.

Neil Bradshaw, MBA, MS

Business Transfer Expert, Adviser, Owner-Southern Idaho

Cell: (208) 721-2162

Neil Bradshaw is a Business Broker and Principal for MBFC of Southeast Idaho. Neil has more than 25 years of business experience from investment banking, project finance, equity analysis, business development and brand marketing. His business transaction experience ranges from the sale of utility projects to the sale of a consumer goods company.

Prior to joining Murphy, Neil was part-owner of a branded consumer goods company that targeted the outdoor market. Neil managed the business development and international sales for the company until its successful sale to Newell Brands.

Neil has lived in Idaho for more than 10 years. Prior to moving to Idaho, Neil lived in London where he was head of the JP Morgan’s Global Utilities Equity Research. Prior to this, Neil was as a director at Fieldstone Private Capital Group, where he was responsible for the financing and development of electricity and gas projects.  With Fieldstone, Neil was based in New York, then Kuala Lumpur and finally Johannesburg.

Neil started his career as a financial analyst for USL Capital in San Francisco where he specialized in the sale and leaseback of power projects.

Neil holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacture and Management from Birmingham University, UK and received an MBA while on scholarship to the University of Kansas. Neil is a licensed real estate agent in the state of Idaho.

When not working, Neil likes to ski the backcountry and climb the peaks of Idaho and beyond. Neil likes to golf when the snow has melted. Neil sits on various boards in his local community and is President of the Ketchum Innovation Centre, a non-profit dedicated to supporting and mentoring young entrepreneurs.

Per Lindfors

Business Transfer Expert, Adviser, Southern Idaho

Cell: (208) 309-0056

Per Lindfors is a Business Broker for MBFC of Southeast Idaho. Per has close to 30 years of business experience from the financial industry. Prior to joining Murphy, Per was co-owner of an investment advisory company in Sweden and managed a range of different investment funds for that company since 2002.

Per has lived in Idaho for the past 17 years and prior to moving there he lived in southern Spain for two years working for a family office. Before that he spent two years in Dublin, Ireland, working as head of trading for a large Commodity Trading Adviser. Per was born and educated in Stockholm, Sweden.

Per is a licensed real estate agent in Idaho. He is also a certified instructor in the traditional Korean Martial Art, Soo Bahk Do, and teaches both kids and adults on how to improve their health and human relations through the practice of martial arts. Per is also a certified stress management coach with the Institute of HeartMath.

Bruce Burns, CBI, M&AMI

Merger & Acquisition Adviser,  Regional Developer Mountain West & New Mexico

Phone: (505) 881-5352

President and principle of Affinity Ventures, Inc., a privately held healthcare M&A firm specializing in lower middle market transactions.

Vice-President of Mergers and Acquisitions of Abbey Home Healthcare, a publicly traded healthcare company. Responsible for growing the company from $180 Million in revenue to over $550 Million in a 5 year period. Involved in over 50 transactions with value exceeding $350 Million and a $1.1 Billion merger of two publicly held health care companies.

Vice-President of the western region of Abbey Home Healthcare. Responsible for the largest region in the company with over $70 Million in revenue and 45 operating units. Involved with a private placement which lead to an IPO in 1991. Senior manager and a shareholder of the company.

Executive Vice-President and shareholder of a national rental equipment company based out of Los Angeles, CA. Responsibilities included all operations and sales activities of the 20 location organization.

From 1971 to 1984, held several general management positions as a line manager for a national health care company and received numerous awards as the top performing operating unit in the company.

Founder and majority shareholder of 8 privately held companies.

Tom Nelson, BCI, CMAI

President, Regional Developer Mountain West Region

Phone: (406) 256-7470

Cell: (406) 861-1052

  • 16 years experience in financial management
  • P&L responsibilities in $10 million lumberyard
  • Supervisor of up to 60 employees
  • Licensed by Montana Board of Realty Regulation
  • BA degree in business administration

Shan O'Keeffe

Agent, Executive VP – Murphy Valuation Services LLC 

Phone: (727) 725-7090

Cell: (813) 785-6610

    • 14 years experience in various management positions with General Electric Co.
    • Former Group Executive of a multinational aviation components company.
    • Former Executive Vice President of a $100 million aerospace group.
    • Vice President of a multinational materials & equipment manufacturing company.
    • Small business owner/operator
    • BS Mechanical Engineering, post graduate studies in Business Management
    • Certified Lean Six-Sigma practitioner
    • Licensed by Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
    • Member Business Brokers of Florida (BBF)
    • Member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA)
    • Member International Society of Business Appraisers (ISBA)
    • Master Certified Machinery & Equipment Appraiser (MCMEA)
    • Member of the Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA) 

    Industry focus:

    • Manufacturing
    • Construction
    • Retail and related Business Services 

    10 years of experience providing Business Consulting, Valuation and Intermediary Services to small businesses including: 

    • Business Analysis
    • Enterprise Restructuring
    • Organizational Re-engineering
    • Cash Flow Improvements
    • Employee Productivity Programs
    • Lean Six-Sigma Implementation
    • Sales & Marketing
    • Strategic Planning
    • Business Valuation
    • Machinery & Equipment Appraisal

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