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Clarence Stone has been licensed as a business broker/merger and acquisition specialist since 1979. Mr. Stone is one of the co-founders of California Equity Group (CEG) and is currently one of the principals at CEG. Clarence has substantial experience as a financial advisor regarding the merger, acquisition & divestiture process after personally completing over 250 transactions during the past 25 years with transaction values up to $100M.

Mr. Stone is also a certified business appraiser having completed over 500 company valuations. Prior to his tenure with CEG, Clarence founded, grew and eventually sold one of Northern California’s premier interior contracting companies. The experience of founding, developing, operating and divesting his own company along with continued investment and ownership into other privately held companies has provided Mr. Stone with a unique set of skills necessary to be a prudent and effective financial advisor for his clients.

In addition to serving on the boards of several privately held companies, Mr. Stone is involved in the non-profit community. He is the past President and a past board member of the California Association of Business Brokers--a non-profit, statewide industry trade association. Mr. Stone is also a former board member and the past Treasurer of the Sheriff's Advisory Board of Santa Clara County and he is an active member of the Rotary Club of Downtown San Jose.

Credentials and Education:

Mr. Stone holds a B.S. Business from San Jose State University where he graduated with academic honors. Accomplishments included advanced courses in Finance, Accounting and Economics.

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“For nearly twenty years, my law firm has performed escrow services for transactions where California Equity Group has acted as the merger and acquisition intermediary. It has been my experience that Clarence Stone and Michael Sieber are extremely proficient, hard-working, knowledgeable and creative deal-makers, especially at handling the inevitable difficulties between parties to a transaction. They each possess the myriad of legal, accounting, tax, psychological and negotiating skills necessary to effectively manage the complicated process of a company sale, merger, or divestiture. More importantly, I have found both of them to be honest, personable and staunch advocates for their clients. In short, Clarence and Michael from California Equity Group are some of the best business broker, merger and acquisition specialists in the business. I strongly recommend them to anyone who is contemplating the sale or purchase of a business.”

William H. Dunn, The Law Offices of William H. Dunn