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Our Team

Every member of the BUSINESS HOUSE, provides personal attention and supervision to each and every client from the initial meeting to after the final transaction.


jeff-merryJEFFERY E. MERRY SR., MBA, J.D.
-Corporate Office

After employment by a Fortune 100 company, Jeffery Merry, began the BUSINESS HOUSE, inc.SM. Since its inception over 20 years ago, the BUSINESS HOUSE, inc. SM has become one of the most successful business brokerage firms in the Southeast.

As a Business Intermediary, Jeffery has been involved in over 200 mergers and acquisitions that have ranged in acquisition price from $60,000.00 to over $15,000,000.00. Jeffery specializes in serving the manufacturing, distribution, veterinary, service, and medical industries.

Jeffery is a lifetime member of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers (GABB) prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Club and was the first Georgia broker in the GABB to receive the Phoenix award for being in the Multi-Million Dollar Club for 10 consecutive years. Jeffery and the BUSINESS HOUSE, inc. SM has been a member of GABB for 20 plus years and has held the Presidency and Board of Directors positions numerous years.

Jeffery holds a Bachelors Degree from Mercer University, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Illinois, and a Juris Doctorate from Atlanta Law School. Jeffery is also a licensed real estate broker in Georgia and Florida. Further, he is an Adjunct Professor of strategic management, accounting, and finance in MBA programs.

Contact Jeff at:
Phone: (770) 540-8199


-Corporate Office

Dana Chitwood has been with the BUSINESS HOUSE, inc.SM since 2002 and brings a great deal of expertise to the business.  Administratively, Dana manages the office on a day-to-day basis and additionally, she is the president’s, Jeffery Merry’s Executive Assistant; further, she facilitates due diligence and closing packages, manages funding packages to financial institutions, manages buyers, coordinates with sellers to develop business analysis on available companies for circulation to prospective buyers, and manages the company’s invoicing, and scheduling.  With an educational concentration in Computer Science, Dana is fluent in an extensive variety of software packages, as well as computer network operations.

Past experiences include over fifteen years in research, development, senior administrative and direct interface contact with customers.  As well as over seven years experience in outside sales with a major clothing manufacturing company where she received numerous sales awards and commendations of excellence including nomination to the Leadership Board for the company.

Contact Dana at:
Phone: (888) 534-6630 Ext. 411


-Corporate Office

Jon Merry has been with the BUSINESS HOUSE, inc.SM since 2004 as a C.B.A.  He has a keen understanding for the buying and selling process and has assisted our staff of Senior Brokers with numerous M&A transactions.  In 2012, Jon obtained his Real Estate License and now excels as a Senior Business Broker.  Jon is well versed in the industry and handles a wide range of deal making activities to help meet our clients’ needs.  Jon is also member of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers where he received recognition for achievement into the Multi-Million Dollar Club for 2012 and 2013 for closed M&A transactions. Further, Jon is a member of the International Society of Business Analysts (ISBA).

In addition, Jon has been a Certified Machinery/Equipment Appraiser (CMEA) with the National Equipment Business Builders Institute (NEBB Institute) for over 10.  A CMEA is intensively trained in the legal requirements involving the USPAP standards, as well as the methodology approach employed in establishing fair market value, orderly liquation value, and force liquation value in any market condition.

Contact Jon at:
Phone: (678) 427-0004


– Senior Business Analyst – The Carolinas

As an executive of a public corporation to an award-winning business owner, John brings a breadth of experience to the Business House, inc. 

John spent 28 years in the industrial gas industry rising to an executive position as the Chief Operating Officer of a public corporation. This experience afforded him opportunities in distribution, sales, operations, and management. 

After employment with the public corporation, John purchased a small independent power equipment business. His vision and leadership caused the business to grow exponentially. He purchased a second business in the same industry and in a ten-year period, became one of the most awarded power equipment business owners in the country. 

John has been involved in acquisitions and divestitures for over 30 years having successfully completed over 100 transactions. He has confidentially represented buyers and sellers on all aspects of transactions including analysis, negotiations, brokerage services, and consulting. With a proven record as an Executive and business owner, John will lead you confidently through a successful transaction. 

John resides in Anderson, South Carolina with his wife of 49 years.

Contact John at:
Phone: (678) 878-5524


– Alabama and Tennessee

For over 20 years, Van Watkins has been actively involved in the Business Acquisitions Industry, focusing on Service, Distribution, Medical & Manufacturing businesses with between $1 million and $20 million in gross annual sales. He has distinguished himself as a Mergers & Acquisitions frontrunner and served for 7 years on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers. He is a past President of the GABB, and is a Lifetime Member of the “GABB Million Dollar Club.”

Though he primarily represents Sellers in strategic M & A transactions, Van is often retained to assist entities and high net-worth individuals with the purchase of companies. By virtue of his experience in the Business Acquisitions Industry, he offers invaluable confidential services to his Clients related to market valuations, contract negotiations, brokerage services, business & financial analysis and consulting.

Van is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson (since 1999), and offers real estate-related expertise in conjunction with his Business Acquisitions practice. Van and his wife Marsha reside in Winchester, TN. He has two children, Brian & Amy (both married), as well as two granddaughters, Sydney Claire and Adaline Kate. Van is a proud graduate of the University of Alabama.

Contact Van at:
Phone: (404) 226-5271


–Senior Business Analyst

Stuart J. Brady is a Senior Business Analyst with the BUSINESS HOUSE, inc.™ with more than 15 years of experience as a successful business broker. His area of focus has been the family owned and independent business owners with typical revenues in the range of $2M to $20M, and has worked with business owners in the manufacturing, distributing and services industries.

Mr. Brady comes from a family business background where he spent 17 years as a manufacturer’s representative of better women’s apparel in the southeast for Frank J. Brady & Sons. In addition to managing his 4-state territory, Mr. Brady was responsible for managing their 25 sales associates for their Atlanta showroom. Frank J. Brady & Sons serviced small boutiques, catalog houses, and select department stores throughout the Southeast.

Mr. Brady is still a small business owner today, owning and operating the Kirkwood Car Wash since 1997, a self-service car wash in the historic Atlanta neighborhood of Kirkwood. Mr. Brady has served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Business Brokers. Mr. Brady is also a long-time member of the Decatur Business Association, Knights of Columbus, as well as the Kirkwood Business Owners’ Association. Mr. Brady considers himself practically a native Georgian, attending Druid Hills High School, growing up and residing in the Druid Hills area. He attended Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.

Contact Stuart at:
Phone: (404) 663-8080