Sunbelt was founded by Ed Pendarvis in Charleston, South Carolina in 1978 to serve the “Sunbelt” region of the US. Ed developed a highly successful business brokerage operation and began franchising business brokerage offices under the Sunbelt marks during the mid 1990’s. Sunbelt international and Sunbelt Canada has enjoyed tremendous success as a franchise system and has expanded to become the world’s largest business brokerage operation with approximately 250 franchised office locations in 30 countries.
Sunbelt International was acquired in 2006 by Merrymeeting, Inc, a privately-held investment company that specializes in developing and supporting franchise networks. With the backing and resources of Merrymeeting, Sunbelt has been able to maintain its leadership in the business brokerage industry by investing in professional education programs for our office owners and brokers, developing leading edge technology and systems, and leveraging our international office network to better serve our clients.
Sunbelt Canada is owned by Master Franchisor, Greg Kells. Under Greg’s vision and management, Sunbelt Canada has quickly grown from a single office in Ottawa in 2002 to 30+ offices, ready to serve Canadians from Coast to Coast. Greg also holds Master Franchise rights for Sunbelt in other countries including: Brazil, France, Spain, and Portugal. Sunbelt sells more businesses than any other firm in the whole world.