Wollermann & Associates

Wollermann & Associates

415 Canterbury Road
Surrey HillsVIC  3127

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About The Agency

Since 1994, Wollermann & Associates has become one of Australia's leading business brokers. You have access to experienced brokers specialising in various types of businesses. you benefit because our company has been marketing a wide range of businesses & property types in metropolitan & country areas of all the eastern States including South Australia & Tasmania. On the international front, you will benefit from our maintaining strong links with international connections to cope with the ever increasing demand from business migrants. Our ability to adjust to market trends & provide up to the minute advice on a broad range of business issues will keep you well ahead of the competition.

Agency Size: 11+


Listing Type

  • Commercial Sales
  • Commercial Leases
  • Businesses For Sale
  • Buyers' Agent

Property Type

  • Million Dollar Plus Properties
  • Retirement Accommodation
  • Property Management
  • Holiday Rentals
  • All commercial property types
  • Hotel / Leisure / Tourism
  • Restaurant / Cafe
  • Factory / Warehouse
  • Retail / Shops / Service Stations
  • Medical / Consulting Rooms
  • Showrooms / Bulky Goods
  • Commercial Land
  • Industrial Land
  • Rural Land
  • Commercial Farming
  • Offices
  • Businesses

Languages Other Than English

  • Italian
  • Greek
  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin
  • Vietnamese
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Gaelic


Certificate Sponsorship to the Victorian Newsagency Industry 2014
Award Finalist Business Broker of the Year REIV Awards 2013
Certificate Sponsorship to the Victorian Newsagency Industry 2013
Certificate Service as President of the Business Brokers Branch REIV 2005
Certificate Certificate of appreciation REIV 2012

Staff Profiles

Peter Granger
Business Broker


Following on from a successful career as a senior executive and leader in corporate organisations the last 15 years Peter has been a successful Business Broker and strategy consultant across a wide range of industries. A qualified Industrial Engineer, Business Broker, Business Valuer and Company Director, Peter has an extensive background that spans across a wide range of industries such as Manufacturing, Engineering Services, Import and Distribution, Wholesale, Building & Construction and Security. Peter will bring extensive business knowledge and experience to the task of selling your business and will focus clearly on finding the right purchaser and maximising your financial return from the transaction. For a confidential discussion on the most effective way of exiting from your business call Peter on 0412 522 501

Trevor Frost
Business Broker


Trevor’s experience in franchising covers a period of over 27 years. He’s held senior management roles within well-known award winning Australian franchise groups, Lenard’s, The Cheesecake Shop and Kwik Kopy Australia. A part of the role that he performed during this period was the writing of the franchise groups Franchisee Selection Process and conducting the interviews with the prospective Franchisees. More recently, Trevor has worked as a Consultant to a wide variety of established and developing Franchisors. His vast experience in this area includes having held the position as Secretary of the NSW Chapter of the Franchise Association, FAA, now known as Franchise Council of Australia, FCA. Trevor has also been a Franchisee, twice. During this time, he has built two successful businesses and has the necessary empathy and a complete understanding of the rigours of operating a business within a franchise system. During his career, as well as the two franchise businesses, Trevor has also owned and operated a Business Development Consultancy and a Real Estate Business that specialised in Motels and Caravan Parks. These skills have helped Property Owners discover the best use and often discover a higher value in the process. As a licensed Business Broker, he specialises in the sale of existing franchise businesses and boasts an impressive track record of selling over 300 franchise businesses along with a strong understanding of retail and commercial property. Trevor has incorporated his knowledge of property into his franchising career. This means he provides his Clients with a unique perspective that combines a thorough knowledge of the requirements of the Franchisor, the impact of the property lease on the business and the most effective method of sale for the Franchisee. The sale of an existing business can be an obstacle course. With some homework, asking the right questions and the services of an experienced and competent Broker, it doesn’t have to be. Trevor’s background provides all parties involved with a level of mutual understanding. The basis of a successful business sale is all parties working together and communicating for the best possible outcomes.

Geoff Watson
General Manager


Wollermann & Associates recruited Geoff from another business broking firm in April 1999. During the 1980's, he assisted many business migrants settle into Australia, providing financial and investment advice. In a 10-year period he assisted a range of businesses owners to understand their businesses better, particularly in the financial arena, by adopting a simple and understandable approach to business and financial management. A career as a business broker has enabled him to combine a very broad background in banking and finance with business development, sales, organizational systems and people skills to achieve a high level of success. Geoff's overall experience, communication skills and ability to quickly grasp new concepts enables him to gain the trust of those with whom he deals and which places him in a sound position to assist business owners within a wide range of industries. Moved to the new position of General Manager in December 2005 to manage the strategic development of the company.

Ian Wollermann
Managing Director


Following his completion of a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Diploma of Education, and a short period as a secondary school teacher, Ian opened his first business at the age of 22, and in doing so became the youngest Franchisee in Australia for a prominent Franchise company. During the following year Ian became involved in a number of successful business operations including retail, wholesale, manufacturing, importing, and property development. In 1987 Ian entered business sales as a partner in a small business brokerage firm, which was soon purchased by Ed Doherty Pty. Ltd. He stayed on as a consultant with Doherty's for 12 months and subsequently became a partner in Doherty's Business Broking division, arguably one of the highest achieving business brokers in Southern Australia. Now as the Managing Director of Wollermann & Associates, Ian's primary role is the sale of Newsagency businesses. In a very short time Ian has risen to become the leading Newsagency broker in Victoria and in 1997 was appointed the VANA (Victorian Authorised Newsagents Association) accredited business broker. Tatts and Australia Post also recommend Ian and his company as a preferred business broker. Ian is in his 21st year as an active member of the Business Brokers Branch of the R.E.I.V., (including a four year period as President), which is at the forefront of developments in the business brokerage industry.

Gamil "Bud" Baddour
Business Broker


Before he came to Wollermann and Associates in 2014 Bud (Gamil Baddour) had been involved in a number of interesting occupations and business ventures – all of which had prepared him for the career that he has developed as a specialist business broker. Bud spent 38 years working in major financial institutions such as ANZ and Barclays, and left that career as a Senior Manager. He then owned and managed several small businesses before joining Wollermann and Associates as a business broker – specialising in selling Supermarkets, Bud spent 12 years working for Benchmark Business and Commercial Sales as a Business Broker in Brisbane and Gold Coast also specialising in selling Supermarkets. If you’ve had a Supermarket for sale in Qld, Bud would have known about it. When Bud started is Business Broker Career he originally specialised in selling cafes and hospitality sales, but soon switched to become expert in the sale of independent supermarkets. He has now become a recognised expert in the sale of these businesses – selling a supermarket in most states is no easy feat. Usually he sells supermarkets which operate under either the Foodworks, IGA or Spar banners. Over many years Bud has built up a large client base, and he has earned the respect Metcash and many seasoned business owners – due to his extensive knowledge of the market. When he is not busy talking to people about supermarkets, Bud can usually be found watching his favorite football team – Collingwood.

Des Carroll
Business Broker


Des Carroll brings to Corporate Business Brokers a broad experience base in technology, consultancy, sales and marketing, quality management and venture capital together with exposure to a wide range of industry sectors. As a chartered professional engineer since 1972, Des has had extensive experience in telecommunications and information technology both in Australia and France. His roles in network planning, research and development and systems consultancy underpin an appreciation of computer-based network technologies and the use of evolving Internet-based business practices for competitive advantage. This technical background is complemented by his experience in the area of organisational quality programs and continuous improvement, customer and market focused business processes, business planning and facilitation. In his role as a national business management executive with Telstra he was responsible for building strategic relationships with and responding to the total telecommunications needs of many of Australia’s top 200 companies in sectors as diverse as health, education, manufacturing, mining, information technology and State and Federal governments. In a subsequent role as a consultant registered with AusIndustry, he gained a thorough appreciation of the issues confronting small to medium enterprises through his work in business diagnostics, strategic business planning and venture capital raising. Similarly, Des’ honorary role as an Evaluator for the Australian Quality Awards for Business Excellence provided unique insights into the philosophies, cultures and practices of successful businesses. Since 1999 Des has applied his expertise to the role of business broker where he finds considerable satisfaction in supporting clients at both the personal and business levels. Outside his primary business interest Des is a Director of the Southern Cross Youth Initiative, a national drug rehabilitation program that supports youth in a live-in educational environment for 12 months while overcoming addictions.

Rod Thomson
Business Broker


Rod brings to Corporate Business Brokers his multi-faceted business background and years of experience in a variety of business settings. He started as a farm consultant in Tasmania when the farmers were changing from a dairy base to the inclusion of vegetable production. With a down-turn in agriculture production he took the opportunity to hitch-hike from Malaysia to London; a journey taking 8 months. On returning to Australia Rod gained the position of Operations Manager for Union Bulkships (jointly owned by TNT and Union Steamship Co. of New Zealand). He was responsible for the overall supervision of freight to and from New Zealand and Tasmania. Rod was later selected for the position of Personnel Assistant to the Stores Director of Myer as it moved from a state base to a national operation and later merged with Coles. In 1986 he took the opportunity to become the owner/operator of the Golden Trout Hotel/Motel Conference Centre at Eildon. After increasing revenue to more than $2 million per annum the business was sold in 1989. Subsequently, Rod was then offered the position of General Manager of Geotrack International; a university based geological consulting company that commercialised the investigative technique ‘apatite fission track analysis’. Its customer base was the major oil exploration companies throughout the world. In 1997 Rod utilized his acquired business skills and became a business broker. In 2002 he became a licensed Estate Agent and setup his own company specialising in the sale of large hospitality venues. He worked with Spotless Ltd (selling a number of businesses including Leonda on the Yarra) and Peter Rowland. In 2009 he joined the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) to establish their business broking/advisory division. Rod is an REIV Accredited Business Broker and in 2011 qualified as a Registered Business Valuer (Australian Institute of Business Brokers). Outside business Rod’s interests are keeping fit, horse riding and sailing.

Lachlan Anderson


Growing up in a major regional centre of Australia allowed Lachlan to develop sound interpersonal skills and a solid work ethos. These traits, as well as having a keen interest in business, lead him to complete tertiary studies in Financial Services, Accounting Principles and Retail Operations, helping him develop a high level of understanding of the financial aspects of small and medium sized businesses. Lachlan commenced his working career at a young age within his family’s hospitality and leisure related businesses, eventually moving on to successfully manage one of their restaurants. Lachlan left the family business to take-up a position as Maitre’d at a gourmet restaurant for a number of years. Using his solid knowledge of hospitality management he helped grow the business to become one of the region’s top restaurants. With his experience and working knowledge of the hospitality and service industries in various roles, Lachlan brings to Corporate Business Brokers invaluable attributes in customer service, conflict resolution, business analysis and financial management skills. Commencing with Corporate Business Brokers in late 2009, Lachlan has been primarily working within the retail industry and has been involved in a number of business sales, most notably within the supermarket sector. Outside of the office, Lachlan’s interests include travel, golf, basketball and martial arts.

Damian Burgess
Business Broker


Damian joined the team at Wollermann and Associates as our specialist broker for Licensed Post Offices. In 2001, after 32 years in banking in Australia (Melbourne, Country Victoria and Darwin) and Overseas in which he specialised in lending to medium and small businesses, he purchased his first post office in conjunction with his wife. Since that time he has been successfully involved with 2 other post offices in metropolitan Melbourne. During this same period Damian has operated his own finance broking business capitalizing on his expertise in lending to small and medium businesses. Over the past 9 years Damian's experience in the day to day operations and management of post offices and finance provides him with invaluable knowledge and experience to assist perspective vendors and purchasers. Damian is married with 5 grown up children and several grandchildren.

Gary Lay
Business Broker


With an extensive background as a successful small business operator and senior manager in local government, Gary joined Wollermanns and turned his attention to business sales over 14 years ago and has established himself as a top performer in the field of business broking. Specialising in Professional Services (incl. Real Estate Agencies, Owners Corporation), Import/Export. Wholesale, Distribution, Service, Retail and General Businesses. Gary offers his clients extensive support and service throughout the sale process. His depth of knowledge in the industry allows him to thoroughly assess any businesses saleability and create the ideal campaign to successfully target potential buyers, providing meaningful empathy and advice to vendors and purchasers alike. Gary has a strong focus on honest and ethical standards, a devotion and perseverance that has seen him achieve outstanding results for business owners, which has resulted in maintaining long term loyalty and ongoing business relationships with his clients As a business broker, Gary is part of the driving force pushing Wollermann Business Brokers to the forefront of business sales. If you are considering selling your business, contact Gary for a confidential chat about your plans, aspirations and goals.

Jim Glentis
Business Broker


Jim has joined the team at Wollermann & Associates as a specialist Business Broker in the Hospitality Division to assist with the high demand, such as Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Coffee Lounges and all other Takeaway Food outlets. He has a career spanning over 20 years as a Business Broker, Real Estate Agent and has also been actively involved as owner operator in two successful food businesses where he gained most of his knowledge in the hospitality industry Jim has excellent client and vendor relation skills and has the ability to communicate effectively with all multicultural clientele and understands the importance of achieving top outcomes. If you are considering selling your business now or in the near future please call Jim for a confidential free no obligation chat.

John Hetherington
Business Broker


John is a Licensed Business & Real Estate Agent and an REIV Accredited Business Broker. Prior to becoming involved in business sales in 2002, John was a Senior Executive in the Banking & Finance sector and dealt with a very wide range of businesses in debt and equity funding. This experience and the extensive networks that were developed over a 25 year professional career have proved invaluable in John's business broking activities. John specialises in the sale of manufacturing, processing, wholesale & service businesses and has successfully concluded a number of multi million $ transactions – but devotes equal attention and commitment to all clients. John’s networks extend to Bankers, Solicitors, Accountants and Business Advisors, plus an extensive satisfied client base that actively refer new clients – both buyers and sellers. Wollermanns has formed an association with John and his company, Business Sales Pty Ltd, to optimise their respective resources and skills and thereby deliver quality outcomes to clients.

Robert Dale
Business Broker


In 1985, after a career in the banking industry spanning more than 20 years, at a variety of locations including Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and London, Robert became the owner/operator of the Hughesdale Newsagency / Tatts outlet. 1989 saw him purchase a second, larger outlet in East Bentleigh. These businesses were very successful and by 1993 had sold both stores (Hughesdale - 1990 and East Bentleigh - 1993).With his intimate knowledge of the Tatts rules and regulations, Robert joined Doherty's Business Brokers in 1993 to specialise in the sale of Tatts outlets. In 1994 he left Doherty's to join Ian Wollermann in the opening of Wollermann & Associates and has continued to build on his already impressive record as a specialist Tatts business broker.

Wendy Ni
Business Broker


Wendy has had an extensive career in newsagencies, tatts outlets and other retail businesses. She studied Medicine in Beijing Medical University of China, graduated as a doctor in 1986 and was trained as a specialist in the area of cardiovascular medicine at Fujian Provincial Hospital of China. Wendy arrived in Melbourne in 1989. She gave up medical professional career after her arrival to Australia due to the commitment to her young family. Wendy has a strong retail background in Australia. She and her husband operated a convenience store in Fairfield and a take away business in Clayton between 1990 to 2000. In 2001, Wendy and her family purchased the Huntingdale Newsagency and Lotto, and some years later, she purchased another newsagency and lotto business in Moonee Ponds with another business partner. This has given her a wonderful appreciation of small business operations and the dynamics of a family or partnership business. These experiences have given her the ability and knowledge which will not only be able to assist a new person entering into the newsagency sector, but also be able to assist the vendor to prepare and market their businesses, to achieve a successful outcome for all parties. Wendy is also a contract interpreter with an Interpreting service company for Mandarin/Fuqing/Fujian and English. She is also very involved in Chinese community groups and assists people in need. She is an experienced broker in the sale of Newsagencies, Tatts Outlets and Licenced Post Offices.

Colin Crawford
Business Broker


Colin joined the Wollermann team in early 2012 with over 30 years of extensive experience under his belt in assisting business owners release the financial worth of their businesses. He is passionate about assisting people in the purchasing and selling of a business to achieve their financial and family security. It could be a purchaser buying their first business, or a seasoned business owner looking for a new challenge, and exiting their current business. Now specialising in selected franchises and hospitality including supermarkets, Colin’s wealth of experience will be able to guide business owners and purchasers through the selling and buying process from the initial inspection through to settlement. Having owned and managed a franchise and business strategy company prior to joining our team, Colin is well aware of the key skills required to build a successful individual business or a national network. His company was involved in developing the Optus World franchise, the Shell and Coles multi-site business model through to appointing franchisees for Gloria Jeans, RACV, United Home Services, Subway, ABS Auto Brakes, Nutshack franchise chain and many, many more. One of his finest achievements involved the national roll out of a vending machine operation, appointing licensees to exclusive territories throughout metropolitan and county Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. Marketing and recruiting licensees has raised several million dollars for the licensor. Colin knows what it takes to appoint franchisees and assists business owners to achieve their national expansion plans. As a former director and advisor to client companies, Colin had consulted in various industries including Food and Hospitality Retailing, General Engineering, Renting Equipment, Commercial and Residential Maintenance, Franchising, Automotive Mechanical Repairs and General Retailing.

Patrick Cheng
Business Broker


Patrick has over 20 years experience as a business broker. He is fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and speaks several other dialects. Patrick has lived in Australia since 1988 having migrated here from Malaysia. He has been a successful businessman in the Engineering and fire protection industries. Since arriving in Australia Patrick has been working actively as a Business Broker with several firms and achieved outstanding results. He has had a distinguished career in this field and we are pleased that he has re-joined this firm to offer our many clients his specialist skills. He specialises in the hospitality field and is looking forward to achieving excellent results for both our vendors and purchasers. He brings a wealth of knowledge to our company and most importantly loves what he does.




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