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Lisa’s diverse background, years of experience, dedicated work and an in-depth understanding of SMB in the AZ market places her and her team in a unique position to successfully transition a business from sellers to buyers in the most efficient way possible.

Link Business-Phoenix is headed up by Lisa Riley, Phd, CBI, CBB who has over 5 years of experience as a business broker, 20 years of experience as a business owner, and is passionate about transferring the ownership of a business from sellers to buyers. As the current chair of the Arizona Business Brokers Association (AZBBA), IBBA Market Pulse Chair, Board member of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA), a member of M&A Source, and many other local associations allows her to stay up to date with trends in the industry. Her great industry knowledge and large network of business owners and brokers ensures you get maximum exposure when it comes time to purchase or sell a business. Lisa and her team look forward to help transition your business from seller to buyer in the most efficient way possible.

Coming from the Midwest, Lisa brings integrity, hard work, and dedication to the sale of your business.



Link Business-Phoenix

– Present Scottsdale, Arizona Area

Guide entrepreneurs through the sale or purchase of a business. Lisa Brings 20 years of business experience combined with 15 years of teaching, and 25 years research which enables her to bring results to both buyers and sellers. Link Business-Phoenix is where results meets integrity in getting your business bought or sold.

Lisa and her staff will be happy to help you with your business buying and selling needs or in the preparation needed to get your business read to be sold.

Lisas unique understanding of the Phoenix business market allows her make sure you maximize your earning while making sure your business is transitioned in a timely manner.

Business Sales & Acquisitions

First Choice Business Brokers

(3 years 2 months)Scottsdale, AZ

Guides entrepreneurs through the sale or purchase of a business for a hassle-free transaction.

General Contractor/Builder

Dream Home Builder

(4 years)

Built and upgraded homes. Managed/hired subs, project management, procurement, and scheduling. Managed, hired, disciplined, and terminated subcontractors. Projects were completed on time, on schedule, and within scope.
Preformed final touches for faux painter (including venetian plaster), woodworker-built closets, wine cellar, shelves and general handywoman.


Center for Marriage and Family (CMF)

(10 years)Greater Omaha Area

NE Healthy Marriage Initiative Grant (2003-2007)
• Evaluate NE’s Healthy Marriage Initiative
• Worked with Project Director and key team participants (Doral Group, State HHS, AIM, Family Life Office)
• Designed various instruments (Pre and Post Assessments; Community Survey)
• Provided assistance on in-house instruments (Registration forms, evaluations)
• Collected, cleaned, and analyzed data for community survey
• Designed data flow process
• Identified data issues
• Provided on-going process recommendations
• Wrote monthly reports and final report Corazones Program Evaluation (2006-2007)
• Evaluate Spanish parent/teen sexuality communication program
• Designed and pre-tested instruments
• Collected, cleaned, and analyzed data
• Wrote Session reports
• Wrote Pre Assessment Report
• Provided overall Program Report HEARTS Program Evaluation (2004-2006)
• Evaluate parent/teen sexuality communication program
• Held focus groups
• Analyzed focus group data
• Designed and pre-tested instruments
• Mailed survey, collected data, analyzed results
• Modified and designed instruments (pre and post assessments; individual session assessments) based on pretest of those
• Collected, cleaned, and analyzed data
• Wrote nine brief Session reports (4 in 2005)
• Wrote Pre- and Post- Assessment Reports
• Wrote and presented overall Program Report

Associate Professor

Creighton University

(11 years)Omaha, NE

Courses Taught at Creighton University
SOC 101 Self and Society
SOC 212 Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
SOC 214 Statistics for the Social Sciences
SOC 214AA Statistics for the Social Sciences Lab
SOC 205 American Family Issues
SOC 223 Social Problems: Values, Issues and Public Policy
SOC 302 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
SOC 311 Sociology of the Family
SOC 320 Sociology of Deviant Behavior
SOC 325 Perspectives in Aging
HRS 331 Sophomore Honors Seminar in Social Science
SOC 341 American Cultural Minorities
SOC 400 Topical Seminar: Applied Sociology
SOC 493 Directed Independent Readings
SOC 497 Directed Independent Research
MLS 625 The Changing American Family

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Marketing Committee Member/Chair

International Business Brokers Association

– Present (4 years 8 months)


Arizona Business Brokers Association

– Present (2 years)

State Board Treasurer

Arizona Business Brokers Association

(2 years 2 months)

Vice President of Membership

Airpark Chatter Toastmasters

(2 years 1 month)

Vice President-DC Ranch


(1 year 1 month) 


University of Notre Dame

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Sociology

Thesis Title: Child Care Satisfaction: Antecedents and Consequen

University of Notre Dame

Master of Arts (M.A.), Sociology

Thesis Title: Athletic Participation and Substance Use: A Social Learning Analysis

Benedictine College

Bachelor’s degree, Sociology

Summa Cum Laude


International Business Brokers Association – IBBA

Board Member


Arizona Business Brokers Association – AZBBA

State Chair


AZBBA is a professional association dedicated to continuing education in the field of business transactions and to providing reputable services to business sellers and buyers. The Association is comprised of three Chapters serving most areas of Arizona.

International Business Brokers Association – IBBA

Marketing Chair – Market Pulse


The International Business Brokers Association and M&A Source, in partnership with Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project, have set a goal to provide quality information on a quarterly basis in order to become the go-to source for Main Street and Lower Middle Market transactions. The Market Pulse Report gives timely and accurate data to help you build and maintain a successful and…more

International Wine and Food Society – Paradise Valley

Board Member


A group dedicated to the study and enjoyment of food and wine




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