The Team…

Everyone at Benchmark Business Investments and our partners work together as a team to help you sell or buy a business. Every client is treated with equal respect, trust and passion regardless if it is a $50,000 business or a $20,000,000 business. Put our team of business brokers in Montana to work for you.


 scott sittingScott Phillips Co-Owner CBB, CMSBB

Scott is a Certified Business Broker. Besides helping sellers and buyers to realize their dreams, Scott has been in the trenches. He has over 20 years experience in buying, owning and selling businesses. Businesses Scott has personally owned range from entertainment, retail, service, and overseas companies as well as internet startups. He understands the challenges that a business owner faces and is uniquely qualified to help discover the true value of your business and the opportunity it holds for a buyer.  Scott received the highest score in the history of the Certified Business Broker certification exam.  Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons camping in the splendor of Montana. Like Damian, Scott believes in giving back to the community and donates his time serving on the board for the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter.

damianDamian Forrester Co-Owner SRS,CRS,ePro,GRI,AHWD

Damian is a Business Broker and a Certified Real Estate Broker who has built one of the most recognized real estate companies in Billings Montana. His commitment to building relationships and trust is why he has won numerous awards locally, statewide and nationally. Damian also has a passion about serving the people and community he lives in. He served 8 years in the United States Marine Corp and If there is a community event or project, you will likely see Damian rolling up his sleeves and helping out. Damian’s qualifications means Benchmark Business Investments can assist buyers and sellers in Montana, broker any real estate that may be associated with a business. When not serving the community, Damian can be found spending time with his wife traveling, cooking and spending time outdoors.



Jolene crop Jolene Crum  Broker

As a former Malta, Montana high school graduate, Jolene possesses a degree in Biotechnology.  She has a long history of helping people reach for the stars.   As an undergraduate Jolene worked on an experiment that launched with the Space Shuttle.  she enjoys helping people reach great heights in their next adventure whether it is selling an existing business or purchasing a new one.     Jolene brings a “get it done” attitude and spends her free time  teaching, coaching and volunteering activities with her five children.  A true Montanan, she met her husband riding horses in the mountains at the Guest Ranch that he helps manage.  She still spends part of her  summers at the guest ranch  in Paradise Valley.



Brian photo Brian Hawkins  Broker

Brian Is a recent Montana transplant originally from Washington State but loving the Montana lifestyle. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry with a focus on customer service and distribution. He has helped companies develop growth projections and worked closely with the sales forces to procure sales leads. Six Sigma White Belt certified, Brian has studied the business of logistics and always looks for ways to increase efficiency and enhance performance metrics. Brian is ready to put his business knowledge to work for you in selling your business. He enjoys the outdoors, and spending time with his family.



thor photo crop Thor Swensson  Broker

With a background in real estate development and commercial insurance,  Thor has the business experience to facilitate your sale and network with potential buyers.  Swensson recently appeared on the CNBC program ‘Make Me A Millionaire Inventor’ and secured a $500,000 investment for his product called The Tailgater.  His connections and business network make him an excellent choice for your business needs.



Treece Photo crop Kirk Treece Broker

Kirk is a Business Broker. He has over 25 years experience in managing and operating businesses. He is also a business owner himself. His experience in managing and business ownership makes him a solid asset, understanding the challenges of business owners along with the skills to discover the hidden value of a business. His professional career has been focused on taking care of the customer and he will work diligently to provide for their needs. Kirk has expanded his career from the Lumber Industry in Arizona, Hotels/Marina in the Virgin Islands to the Solid Waste Business in the Western United States. Kirk has a Bachelors in Accounting from Northern Arizona University and his CPA Certificate with the State of Arizona.As a professional he considers it his responsibility to be active in his community and has served on several boards and is currently the Executive Director of Recycle Montana. Kirk’s free time is spent with his family and dogs enjoying the outdoors, hiking, fishing, and camping. He also appreciates the frustrations of golf.

Service Providers:

steve photo Steve Mariani Financing

Steve has been involved in small business since 1978 and is the guru of SBA financing.  In fact, banks come to Steve to better understand SBA rules and regulations.  It is his experience in locating financial solutions, from SBA, 401k Rollovers, traditional bank loans and more, that has made him the go to guy for business acquisition financing.  Steve works with some of the most aggressive non bank SBA lenders in the world.   He is dedicated to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and committed to their ultimate success.  Steve prides himself on being honest with unparalleled integrity and we are proud to recommend him to our clients.