John B. Weber is the Principal and Managing Director of Sage Intermediaries LLC, a boutique M&A advisory firm that caters to companies within the lower middle market. At Sage Intermediaries, John acts as a registered Business Broker in the State of Illinois, advising and representing business owners who are selling their privately held companies, throughout the sale process up to and including closing. Due to John’s broad industry experience throughout his career, rather than specializing in a particular industry, John serves business owners in a variety of industries, focusing on helping owners who are looking to sell and transition into retirement. Servicing this category of business owners demands an understanding of the challenges and emotions involved in transitioning away from their business and requires careful communication and empathy around the owner’s vision to continue the legacy of the business following the sale. In addition to business ownership, John has over 38 years of financial transaction experience helping companies of all sizes obtain debt and acquisition financing. John served as a commercial banker for regional and multinational banks, including National City, PNC, Associated Bank, and HSBC Bank USA, N.A., and Talmer Bank. Through this time, John’s knowledge of domestic and international financing, credit analysis, cash flow lending, bond financing, and non-conventional forms of financing has helped hundreds of substantial clients obtain the capital funding they needed to grow and prosper. During his banking career, John served in production roles and management roles, and actively assisted clients on both sides of acquisition transactions, demonstrating a passion for creating deals that meet the goals of all parties involved - from discussion phases through negotiation, documentation and closing. John has experience in a wide array of industries, including manufacturing, wholesale, retail, franchising, distribution, logistics, transportation, healthcare, business services, and not-for-profit organizations. John also served for one year as the Executive Director of the Minority Business Development Agency Capital Center, a public/private partnership between the Minority Business Development Agency of the US Government and the Association for Corporate Growth in Chicago, which was charged with helping minority-owned businesses access capital for economic growth and to develop job opportunities. Currently, John lives and works in Pendleton, Indiana, and his daughter Paige lives and works in Chicago. John is active in many organizations including serving as a board member and the past President of The Exit Planning Exchange of Chicago (XPX Chicago Chapter). He is a board member of Midwest Business Brokers and Intermediaries (MBBI) and participates in MBBI’s programs and sponsorship committees. He was also a former board member of the Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago.