Mr. Atchison has financial, sales/marketing and general management skills. Joe's last position in corporate America was as the President/CEO of a manufacturing company in Irvine, CA for 11 years. In that role he focused the company's efforts on new product development (five patents issued), manufacturing efficiencies (gross margins increased from 23% to 52%) quality (achieved ISO9001 and QS9000 certifications), and a strong emphasis on sales, marketing and customer service resulting in double digit sales growth. Prior to that he was the Chief Financial Officer of two publicly traded companies.
During his corporate career, Mr. Atchison was successful in selling a number of divisions, subsidiaries and stand alone businesses. These successes motivated Joe to start his Sunbelt Business Brokers office. Mr. Atchison is also President of Atchison Advisory, Inc., which provides operational improvement consulting to under-performing companies in an effort to help them achieve their potential and thus be able to sell sooner and at a better price and more favorable terms.
Mr. Atchison is a Certified Business Intermediary (International Business Brokers Association), a Certified Business Broker (California Business Brokers Association), a Certified Middle Market Business Intermediary and is a Certified Public Accountant - inactive (State of California).
His education includes a bachelors of science in accounting and a Masters in Business Administration - Finance. Joe serves on the Forms Committee of the California Association of Business Brokers. Mr. Atchison is the Treasurer and a Board member of Project: Steps to Christ, Inc. – a non-profit company based in New York.