about our firm.
Established in 2006, Synergy Business Services is equipped to assist with every aspect of the business transfer process. Our founders and executive advisors have themselves owned (and successfully sold) a variety of small businesses.
Chris & Barbara Taylor founded Synergy Business Services in 2006 after successfully selling their own business (a small but booming chain of drive-thru espresso stores). It wasn’t their first successful sale of a home-grown business, but it proved to be a turning point nonetheless. The challenges of that transaction experience, and the lessons learned from their sellers’ perspective, helped fuel the Synergy vision.
Drawing from a wealth of first-hand experience between them – including business development and brand management responsibilities at a fortune 500 company, Chris and Barbara founded what is today Synergy – a full-service business brokerage firm that emphasizes simple awareness & planning as a means to selling a business for maximum value.
The Taylor’s entrepreneurial history includes the successful sale of no less than four businesses representing an equal number of industries. Their experiences at Synergy, coupled with Barbara’s national perspective as a regular contributor to the New York Times, have afforded the Taylor’s a rare, highly-effective skill set. Despite sustained success, Chris and Barbara are determined to remain a boutique firm – positioning Synergy as a small, yet highly-capable facilitator of small business success.
While completing his graduate work, Chris served as a consultant for the U.S. Small Business Administration. That passion for small business continues today as President and Co-founder of the Apex Group – a Northwest Arkansas peer group dedicated to supporting the efforts of local small business owners. Read more
Barbara Taylor is a regular contributor to the New York Times’ online feature “You’re the Boss - the Art of Running a Small Business.” Her blog Transaction, addresses the mechanics of buying, selling, and valuing privately-held companies. Barbara’s contributions regularly appear in various small business publications nationally. Read more
Rick Harris comes from a career in financial services that spans almost two decades. In addition to a successful five-year stint as an entrepreneur, Rick was an investment advisor with Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. Rick also led the development of a software solution that was adopted by 26 Morgan Stanley offices nationwide. Read more