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Marla DiCarlo is an accomplished business consultant with more than 28 years of professional accounting experience. As co-owner and CEO of Raincatcher, she helps business owners get their business ready to sell so they find the best buyer and get paid the maximum value for their business. Marla has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a member of several professional organizations.
Originally from Arizona, Marla, her husband, and three children relocated to Colorado in 2007. From 2000 to 2008, Marla worked as Director of Accounting for an M&A and Investment group that specialized in purchase, capitalization, and management of real estate and businesses in various sectors. While there, she was responsible for new business deals, investments, and financing. She worked with groups such as Credit Suisse First Boston, ISS Group, Venture West Group, and Madison Dearborn Partners.
In 2012, she opened Kaizen Business Results, a fractional CFO, accounting and bookkeeping firm, to help small business owners understand the story behind their numbers and get to the next level. Using her experience in cash management, strategic planning, operations, and budgeting, she was able to help the small business owner scale, working with owners between $100k to $15mm in revenue.
Marla’s prior industry experience includes real estate, commercial development, and investments. She also has formal training and practical knowledge in computer implementation and consulting. Marla has a background in strategic planning and projecting, calculating valuations, forecasting, and budgeting. She also has extensive experience in accounting software such as Great Plains Dynamics and SAP, and as a QuickBooks Proadvisor for more than 15 years, she has the knowledge and ability to handle a multitude of accounting projects.
Marla is an accomplished speaker and has taught classes with her local SBDC and SBA, plus various lenders and banking institutions. She is a certified Value Builder Advisor and has several years working in management accounting with an emphasis in taxes.
As a serial entrepreneur and small business owner, Marla has the heart and passion to help the owner get to that next level preparing them to make their Final Ascent.
VP of Business Brokerage Services - Managing Broker
Jason Thomas is a Senior Business Broker who partners with entrepreneurs and business owners to help source the best win-win deal for all parties. After spending nearly a decade in the real estate sales and development industry, Jason knows what it truly takes to get a large transaction through the finish line; hard work, communication, and the ability to connect with your clients.
Jason is a licensed business intermediary and real estate broker who has worked with both large national companies and smaller businesses and closed millions of dollars of transactions during his professional career. As co-owner in Raincatcher and an owner in multiple businesses, he knows the challenges that small business owners face day-to-day and cherishes the ability to help them reap the benefits of their hard work through the sale of their company.
Jason holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and a Bachelors in Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He is an active volunteer with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Guys Who Give organization.
When Jason is not looking for that perfect buyer for his clients he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two daughters exploring the backcountry of Colorado.
Jude David is a Senior Broker with Raincatcher. As a Louisiana native turned corporate attorney and investment banker, he is a passionate devotee professionally to corporate development through organic growth, business consulting, strategic planning, merger & acquisition negotiation, acquisition integration, and other partnership or venture structures. Although Raincatcher is designed to operate in a team environment, Jude’s primary role is negotiating deals to closing in the back half of the transaction.
Jude practiced as a corporate merger and acquisition attorney for seven years and made the transition into acquisition advisory brokerage. Throughout his career, Jude has placed emphasis on bridging the gap between ambition and moral integrity—a sometimes difficult task in the practice of law. With experience in M&A, business development, corporate development, consulting, management, and corporate law professionally, Jude’s career has centered around advising advisers, consulting for consultants, and providing strategic management advice to owners and managers. Because of the trust and confidence his clients have placed in him, Jude has acted as advisor in acquisitions amounting to more than $3 billion in the aggregate.
In his free time, Jude serves on numerous nonprofit boards, including the national Life Legal Defense Foundation, the Desormeaux Foundation / Women’s Center of Acadiana (Director and Treasurer), and the Jacob Crouch Foundation for Suicide-Awareness, Education, & Prevention. He additionally manages a private real estate network comprised of nine companies and more than 300 leased properties. When he has time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, college football, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Jude holds a Juris Doctorate (Magna Cum Laude), a Diploma of Comparative Law (Magna Cum Laude), a Master of Business Administration Degree (Summa Cum Laude), and a Finance Bachelor’s Degree from Louisiana State University. He was a Senior Editor of the LSU Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. He received honors and distinctions at every level of his education, including the LSU law “Corporate and Business Law Excellence” Award (awarded to a single student), the “Outstanding First Year MBA Student” Award (awarded to a single student), both “New Member of the Year” and “Member of the Year” from Theta Xi Fraternity (each awarded to a single student), and he was the two time Louisiana state champion in speech and debate.
Jude has been married to Ashley David, his high school sweetheart, for more than 10 years, and they have three children: Colby, Grace, and Caleb. They continue to live in their family home in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Director of Florida Business Brokerage and FL Employing Broker
A Business Broker since 1997, Patty Grace brings a level of expertise to the profession that only experience can provide. Patty was born in Key West Florida, is a graduate of University of Florida (Go Gators!). Having bought and sold several of her own successful businesses lead her to the profession. Her success as a Business Broker she credits to the understanding she gained from the prospective as a former Business Owner, Seller and Buyer.
Former CEO and Principle of her own brokerage she acquired extensive experience negotiating the successful sale of many types of businesses. She understands the importance of skill, confidentiality and professionalism, knowing the life altering importance of the successful merger, sale or purchase of a business.
Her professional experience also includes her former positions as Vice President and Managing Broker of the marketing division of The Deltona Corporation and Executive Vice President of Brown Land Planning.
Her extensive knowledge and expertise as a Business Broker is wide ranging to include manufacturing, service businesses, construction, transportation, hospitality and retail.
Patty now lives in Gulfport, Florida with her Husband Michael and two senior dogs Bruno and Benny.
As the Managing Broker at Raincatcher, LLC, Keith Marlow serves to establish a win-win environment in deal making. With more than 20 years and $800 million in transactional experience, he values the power of proper deal structure and execution, thereby ensuring each sale brings its seller significant reward.
Keith brings a well-rounded perspective, having also been involved in the start-up and operation of several companies, including Timbers Resorts, LLC, Marble Distilling Company, and the launch during his college days of Pinnacle Associates, Inc., a commercial appraisal firm based in Ohio. Keith is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Finance.
After college, he moved to Aspen, Colorado to begin his career in brokerage services. He, his wife, and their two children still reside in the beautiful Aspen Valley, along the banks of the Roaring Fork River in Carbondale, Colorado.
Mark Halma has been a deal maker since he began his professional career. He has spent time working for organizations across multiple industries and phases such as tech start-ups, Fortune 100 consulting companies, and business brokerage firms. This array of experience has made Mark a savvy business- minded individual who enjoys working with organizations of all backgrounds and situations. As an Associate Broker at Raincatcher, Mark is passionate about helping business owners navigate the exit process, ensuring maximum value and return for all the hard work they’ve put in. He understands the value of a strong partnership, and has a track record of delivering successful outcomes for entrepreneurs and business owners alike.
Mark studied at Loyola University of Chicago where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Quinlan School of Business. During this time, Mark graduated with honors and was an All-Conference player for the Rambler soccer team. As someone who truly believes in giving back, Mark is an active volunteer with Denver Kids Inc, and works with the elderly through Volunteers of America. When Mark isn’t closing deals, Mark can be found in the outdoors outside exploring the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, or enjoying the many activities found around Denver where he resides with his wife, Sophie, and dog, Gnocchi.
Tim Rinaldi is an Associate Broker at Raincatcher who is passionate about having an impact. On our team, this enables him to partner with entrepreneurs and business owners to achieve their goals in selling their businesses. With a background in sales, he has consistently surpassed his quotas through his ability to develop relationships and determination to put in the activity required to move the deals forward to closing. He actually first developed these interpersonal skills as a medical school student in his work with patients, though he decided to leave in his third year to pursue his entrepreneurial passions. After leading business development for a startup, he then moved to Boston and led the sales development team for a global software company.
Tim first realized his joy in impacting others while leading mission work in Honduras, Kenya, and the Dominican Republic as a college student in Tulane University’s Honors Program. He met his wife, Emily, through his mission work, and they now live back in Louisiana with their three sons, Luke, JJ, and Michael. He’s also pursuing an MBA with the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and enjoys spending his free time exercising, playing golf and basketball, watching his favorite sports teams, and traveling.
Chase Kenner is an Associate Broker with Raincatcher and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. Chase has over a decade of experience assisting business owners achieve financial peace of mind. Before joining Raincatcher, he served as Director of Financial Planning and Head of Research to a wealth management firm that provides services to hundreds of families with assets totaling more than $1B. Chase also served on the firm’s buyer-side M&A management team where he was responsible for coordinating the operations and integration process resulting from the acquisitions of other financial firms in need of a succession plan.
Chase has helped many different types of investors plan for the future, but he learned early in his wealth management career that he was most fulfilled when he was able to roll up his sleeves and directly help business owners and entrepreneurs strategize ways to maximize the value of their number one asset. Chase’s background in providing financial planning to business owners from multiple sectors and industries, combined with his buyer-side M&A experience, helps him deliver a holistic perspective to Raincatcher’s clients. His passion to help business owners succeed, pairs perfectly to the client-centric environment Raincatcher’s team is known for and when you work with him, it’s evident that he truly cares about the satisfaction of our customers both before the transaction takes place and the quality of their lifestyle afterwards. Chase aims to maximize the customer experience by combining his passion for working with business owners along with his intent to always align the outcome of his services with the values and future goals of our clients.
Chase graduated from the University of Louisiana where he earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He currently resides in South Louisiana with his wife, Megan, their two children, Oliver and Olivia. In his spare time, he enjoys taking his family and their three crazy dogs out to the family farm or enjoying his favorite pastime, fishing.
Keli Johnson is a natural at business and sales and understands firsthand what it takes to establish, run and sell a successful business. She brings Raincatcher her passion and understanding of the entrepreneurial spirit. As an Entrepreneur, Keli personally founded, built and sold Orange County, CA’s premier baby gear destination along with a very profitable online storefront. Prior to this venture, Keli established a successful sales career within several different industries exceeding yearly quotas. Keli has experience initiating and maintaining relationships with top US Retailers, and has strong knowledge of retail channel sales, contracts/negotiations, marketing/promotion and product merchandising both in store and online.
With close to 20 years in sales and marketing, Keli brings with her wide range of technical and marketing knowledge in a range of industries from notebook computers and home networking products to baby gear and equipment. Keli is a licensed business and real estate broker in the state of California. Keli has an innate ability to absorb, create and articulate ideas resulting in helping others succeed. This is apparent in her natural ability to connect, listen, navigate and achieve goals for her clients.
As a daughter of a very successful entrepreneur, she was raised in an entrepreneurial family, and along with husband have created numerous successful businesses. A California native, Keli’s passions are family, longtime friendships, cooking, reading, wellness, yoga, beach, snowboarding, hiking and her rescue dogs.
Broker Support Manager
Shelene Flood is an administrative professional with over a decade’s worth of experience in service leadership, financial management, and data analytics; with a proven track record in identifying strategic solutions to improve efficacy and maximize results. As Broker Support Manager, she provides a high level of diverse support to the Raincatcher team thereby ensuring our ability to run like a fine-tuned, well-oiled machine.
Shelene holds a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, her home state. She moved to Colorado in 2010 and enjoys maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle with her husband while exploring the great outdoors.
Broker Support Specialist
Sara Burnette is a Broker Support Specialist with Raincatcher and loves hearing “the story behind the business” from the owners that she talks to every day. She understands firsthand the work that goes into doing your best to achieve the American Dream and enjoys watching it happen for the owners selling their business.
Sara studied at Abilene Christian University and presented a study along with her co-authors at the Southwestern Psychological Association. She completed her Bachelor of Science with the University of Maryland University College. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a part of the Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter. She also worked with various charities and volunteered services at the local hospital.
She began her career as an administrative assistant with a national insurance company. Rising through the ranks, she acquired her Qualified Plan Financial Consultant and Series 6 license. From there, she spent time building area networks of individuals and business owners by helping them with financial and insurance services. When not working for Raincatcher, Sara can be found helping her husband as business partners along with a friend in growing their own aquaponics farm, First Fruits of Paradise. Born and bred in Texas, she lives her life and raises her children with faith while juggling a family business and a small home farm with too many animals to list here.
Broker Support Specialist
Chelsea Craig is a Broker Support Specialist with Raincatcher, with a passion for working with a variety of clients, to help them achieve their own American dream. She strives to do everything she can to make a business owner’s transition as smooth as possible, and firmly believes in the power of treating clients with the same compassion and understanding as one of her own family members. She has also had the personal experience of working for business owners who have started companies from the ground up, all the way through selling their business. She understands the amount of work that goes into owning a business and the emotion behind making the decision to sell.
She began her career serving in the United States Army as a Psychological Operations Specialist. After meeting her husband of ten years, and starting her family, Chelsea moved into the civilian world, where she began working in sales management. With almost a decade of experience in sales and service, Chelsea has become an accomplished sales manager and has been given multiple awards for customer service, sales, and company growth.
Chelsea lives with her husband and three children, on the beach in South Carolina. When not working for Raincatcher, she enjoys spending time with her children on the beach, exercising, surfing, and rock climbing with her husband. She is an avid traveler and has a passion for working with underfunded communities and teaching her children to volunteer in her local community.
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