About/Commerce

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” ~ Peter Drucker

Twelve years’ experience as a business broker and twenty years’ experience as an attorney enables Don Busby with Commerce Business Advisors to provide you with the best service whether you are buying or selling a business.

Our goal is to not only obtain a great deal for you but to take as much of the hassle and frustration out of the process as possible. We know the potential pitfalls and have the legal training and experience to represent you effectively and well. We offer exit strategy and transaction advisory, financial advisory, advisory services to sell your company at the highest value, joint ventures and acquisition advisory services. Learn more about our services for business buyers and selling your business.

We work with business owners over a period of weeks, if not months, to prepare their business for market, improving the chances of success, offering hands-on, down-to-earth, honest advisory services for middle-market businesses. While offering services to all business sectors, we have specific experience in energy, manufacturing, healthcare, professional services, business-to-business (B2B) services, food and beverage, and building trades.

Don Busby

Carl MehlmanDon Busby has extensive experience with businesses as an adviser in his capacity as an attorney and later in his capacity as a business broker for business owners and potential business owners.

Don has been successful in selling businesses of many sizes ranging from $100,000 to $20,000,000.

Don is an accomplished negotiator, but his overall policy is to fashion a transaction that makes sense for both the buyer and seller with the overall intent of providing the best value for the business.

In addition to a BBA from The University of North Texas and a doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas at Austin, he has over 150 classroom hours of coursework in business transactions, evaluations, negotiations, financial statements and recasting along with other related topics through the International Business Brokers Association.

Don Busby is an active member of the Austin community – he works with The Neighborhood Austin to assist poor individuals, families, group and those in need who are struggling and have fallen through the cracks, and The Busby Foundation to bring people and resources together to help families face ALS with dignity and strength. Don is also an active member of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, International Business Brokers Association and Texas Association of Business Brokers.

Carl Mehlman

Carl MehlmanCarl brings over 30 years of success and achievement in leading start-ups and diverse businesses in generating over $300 million to Commerce Business Advisors, as a Senior Advisor and Broker on all buying, selling and advisory transactions.

In addition to his role at Commerce Business Advisors, Carl is an Ambassador & Partner with 7 Mindsets, an educational and personal development company, focused on empowering individuals with the tools to lead happier, more successful and fulfilling lives.

Born in New York and having served many years in California as a business executive, Carl now resides in Southwest Austin. Carl’s second career centers on providing service to others and positively impacting lives. Carl is involved in numerous community and civic projects developed to assist individuals through such programs as C.E.O., Community Employment Outreach, in partnership with Travis County Health & Human Services and Veterans Services, as well as a LEO Club Advisor at The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Carl’s skills consist of the following:

  • Accomplished business manager, entrepreneur and sales executive with a stellar record of achievement and success, as a top performer of leading wholesale, retail and service businesses
  • Integral contributor to the start-ups, growth and optimization of a number of diverse businesses – highly skilled at leading and mentoring staff to great accomplishments
  • Reputable for significantly growing sales and profitability for top-tier, industry leading companies and brands, including Macy’s, Bullocks, Nine West Group, Naturalizer, Carlos Santana, Hush Puppies, Chinese Laundry and Dr. Scholl’s
  • Brand building
  • Business profitability
  • Strategic Planning
  • Financial management
  • Operational efficiencies
  • Negotiations
  • Product development

Carl moved to Austin in 2014 and soon began to immerse himself in the community, to help guide Austin on a path to becoming a 7 Mindsets Community.

Carl previously served as:

  • Chief Administrative Officer, Cels Enterprises, Los Angeles, CA
  • Director of Operations/General Manager, Edible Karma, Beverly Hills, CA
  • President/Director of Sales, G&J Footwear, Huntington Beach, CA
  • Key Accounts Director, Hush Puppies
  • West Coast Account Director, Carlos Santana, Naturlizer and Dr. Scholls
  • Macy’s West / Bullocks, Buyer/Group Sales Manager

 

Professional Affiliations

Austin Chamber LogoThe Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce

IBBA LogoInternational Business Brokers Association

TABB LogoTexas Association of Business Brokers