Reliant Business Valuation is the nation’s most comprehensive provider of SBA related business and equipment appraisals. Over 150 regional and national SBA lenders depend on Reliant Business Valuation when they want the highest quality valuations in a timely manner.
The Reliant Business Valuation team has extensive experience with small business valuations and SBA financing, and its management has firsthand ownership experience of multiple small businesses, including multi-unit franchised restaurants, liquor stores, a sports bar, a physical therapy practice, a web development company and a financial services company. This comprehensive experience, along with significant appraisal education, helps our team understand the intricacies of the businesses we appraise, while enabling us to add unique value to a nationwide roster of clients.
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Your Valuation Team
Neal Patel, CBA, CVA
Principal and Founder
Neal founded Reliant Business Valuation in 2009. He currently serves on the Ethics Oversight Board of the National Association of Certified Valuators and was previously the Chair of the Board of Governors at the Institute of Business Appraisers. Neal graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Computer Science. Neal has experience buying, selling, operating and appraising SBA financed businesses for over 15 years. Neal is a founding committee member of the SBA America East Conference.
Rohul Patel, MCMEA
Senior Financial Analyst
Rohul works closely with the team to ensure appraisals are compiled with the highest level of quality. Rohul has completed the CBA business valuation training classes and passed the final exam. He has earned the Master Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraiser designation through the NEBB Institute. Rohul graduated from Temple University's Fox School of Business with a B.A. in Finance and Management Information Systems.
Kevin Zaballero, CVA
Senior Financial Analyst
Kevin is a team lead responsible for valuation analysis, review, and appraisals, along with work flow management. Kevin joined Reliant in 2013 and currently holds the Certified Valuation Analyst designation from the NACVA. Kevin graduated from La Salle University with a B.S. in Finance.
Robert Vafiadou, CVA
Senior Financial Analyst
Robert’s responsibilities are related to multiple aspects of the valuation process including financial analysis, application of valuation approaches and report review and completion. Furthermore, he is the lead employee responsible for rule of thumb analysis. Robert has earned the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation from the NACVA. He graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in Management and a minor in Finance.
Yesenia works closely with management on all day to day activities. Her main focuses include managing the order processing department, maintaining client relationships, managing accounts receivables, and handling general office administrative duties. Yesenia has a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Business Administration from Rutgers University. Prior to working with our firm, she had over five years of experience working for small businesses.
Matthew Lore, CVA
Matt is involved in many aspects of the valuation process. Matt joined the Reliant team in 2014 after graduating from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in Economics. In addition to being the office "Excel guy" Matt has earned the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation from the NACVA.
Timothy Gbur, CVA
Tim developed an enthusiasm for valuation while earning his B.S. in Finance at The College of New Jersey. This interest led him to a role as a financial analyst at Reliant where he now performs in-depth analysis of financial statements and compiles appraisal reports. Tim has earned the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation from the NACVA.
Michael Schykerynec, CMEA
Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraiser
Mike conducts in-depth research for the equipment appraisal division and earned the Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraiser designation from the NEBB Institute. Mike graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Economics.
Sandra works on the processing end of appraisal orders. She reviews and gathers the necessary documents to commence the reports. She also manages the internal business valuation questionnaire for each subject business. Sandra graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Spanish and is currently pursuing a law degree at Drexel University.
Ben's responsibilities are primarily related to financial analysis within the valuation process. Ben became interested in business valuation after studying the subject in college and joined Reliant in the spring of 2017. Ben graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in Finance and a Minor in Accounting.
Senior Research Analyst
Charisse is part of the Research Analyst team and is responsible for collecting data, analyzing information, and conducting extensive research for various industries. She has over 14 years of retail management experience prior to joining the firm. Charisse was on the Dean’s List and graduated cum laude from Devry University with a B.S. in Technical Management with a concentration in Accounting.
William conducts in-depth industry and economic research for business valuations and also assists with internal business valuation questionnaires. William graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Economics. William has experience as a Teaching Assistant for the University of Rhode Island, and has also interned at the McGuire Air Force Base where he worked closely with Human Resources.
Todd conducts in-depth financial analysis within the valuation process. Todd became interested in valuation after studying the topic intensely as an undergraduate. Todd graduated magna cum laude from The College of New Jersey's Honors Program with a B.S. in Finance and a minor in Actuarial Science.
Michelle conducts in-depth industry and economic research for business valuations and assists with marketing. She graduated cum laude from Rowan University in three years with a B.S. in Marketing and enjoys giving back to the community.
Patricia Johnson, MBA
Patricia is involved in many aspects of the valuation process. Pat graduated from Monroe College and earned both a B.B.A and an MBA (Finance).
JoAnna is involved in many aspects of the valuation process, starting with research analysis. JoAnna graduated from The College of New Jersey and earned a B.S. in Finance.
Ariel is part of the Valuation Processing team and is responsible for collecting financials, analyzing information, and conducting extensive research for various industries. Ariel has experience working in multiple legal positions and graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Public Policy.
John is involved in many aspects of the valuation process, starting with research analysis. Prior to joining our team, John was an SBA credit analyst. John graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Finance.
Nylo has served multiple roles at Reliant from team motivator to stress reliever. He brings out the best in our team and is always willing to give a hug. Feel free to stop by our office and give him a hug.
At Reliant, we strive to make a great product. Our staff members pride themselves on providing professional and accurate business appraisals—every detail matters. We’re looking for dedicated, analytical minded individuals to join our team.
At Reliant Business Valuation, our mission is to provide unbiased business valuations and equipment appraisals based on sound financial analysis, theory and real world perspectives.
We aspire to fulfill our role as a critical link between capital providers and the entrepreneurs who drive our economy.
Learning and Development
We provide every new team member with extensive training and mentoring, to support their continued education and growth.
We offer benefits to all full-time, regular employees, as well as part-time employees who work 30+ hours a week. Eligibility may vary for specific benefit programs based on your employment status. Join our workforce and begin realizing benefits including health care and a 401k plan.
Reliant provides employees with a competitive salary, paid time off, holiday allowance, individual and company performance based incentives, bonuses, and profit sharing.
Business and Equipment Appraisals for SBA Lenders
Our outstanding quality, superior service, and quick turnaround time are just few of the reasons why over 100 SBA Lenders engage our services.
Contact us today to learn how we can assist your SBA lending department.