Reliant Business Valuation is the nation’s most comprehensive provider of SBA related business and equipment appraisals. Over 100 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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Neal Patel, CBA, CVA
Principal and Founder
Neal founded Reliant Business Valuation in 2009 to provide SBA lenders the highest quality business appraisals while providing superior service. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Governors at the Institute of Business Appraisers, and has earned CBA and CVA designations. Neal graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S in Computer Science. Neal has experience buying, selling and funding SBA financed businesses for over 10 years.
Rohul Patel, CMEA
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 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
Kevin is a team lead responsible for work flow management along with business appraisal assistance including research and financial statement analysis, application of the valuation approaches, and report composition. Kevin has earned the Certified Valuation Analyst designation from the NACVA. Kevin graduated from La Salle University with a B.S. in Finance. Prior to Reliant, Kevin contracted for SEI Investments as well as Bloomberg, LP.
Rachel Kozicki, MBA
Rachel is involved in many aspects of the valuation process. Rachel graduated from Ashford University with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), specializing in Finance, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from Northcentral University.
Robert Vafiadou, CVA
Rob is involved in many aspects of the valuation process, and has earned the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation from the NACVA. Rob 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 relating to appraisal orders, including appraisal engagements, invoicing, and gathering documents. Yesenia graduated from Rutgers University - Newark with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Business Administration.
Rob serves as a knowledgeable research analyst for both business valuations and equipment appraisals. Rob graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.A. in Psychology, which has granted him a unique perspective with regard to business organization and employee development.
Matt is involved in many aspects of the valuation process. Matt graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in Economics and is currently studying for the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) exam.
Tim is involved in many aspects of the valuation process. Tim began as an intern at Reliant and transitioned to a full-time position after graduating from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in Finance.
Financial / Technology Analyst
Brendan is responsible for aspects of the valuation process including financial statement analysis and report composition, and has worked closely with management on projects relating to workflow process automation, content generation, data accessibility, and data security. Brendan graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in Finance and a Minor in Economics.
Mike conducts in-depth industry and economic research for business valuations. In addition to business valuations, he also conducts research for equipment appraisals. 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 and management side of appraisal orders. She deals with initial emails to clients, reviewing incoming orders and gathering the necessary documents to commence the reports. She also manages the internal business valuation questionnaire in regards to each subject business. Sandra graduated from Rutgers University - New Brunswick with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Spanish.
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.
Matthew conducts in-depth industry and economic research for business appraisals. Matt graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.S. in Finance.
Charisse is part of the Research Analyst team, and is responsible for collecting data, analyzing information, and extensive research for various industries. Charris has over 14 years of retail management experience prior to joining the firm, and graduated cum laude from Devry University with a B.S. in Technical Management with a concentration in Accounting.
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. Please visit our Employment Opportunities page to find out more information about available opportunities at Reliant.
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.