Our Professionals

Our dedicated and experienced Business Brokers are Real Estate professionals, fully licensed with the State of Ohio.  Our team of professional agents come from varied backgrounds including former business owners, as well as, prior senior executives of large corporations.  As a result of years of extensive experience, they are equipped with a foundation of business experience and savvy that can be put to use on your behalf.

At Jim Tharp Realty we use customized strategies, exclusively tailored for your needs.  Additionally we focus intensely on bridging the gap between Buyers and Sellers.  You can trust the Jim Tharp Realty team to guide you through the entire transaction process minimizing the potential stress a business transfer may bring to your life.

We know what it takes to help sell your current business and/or help you buy your next business in the most professional, knowledgeable and effective manner possible.  Decades of proven experience serve to make us leaders in the industry.  Our methods, procedures and expertise are second to none.

Regardless of what kind of business you want to buy or what kind of business you want to sell, Jim Tharp Realty can help in a variety of important and critical ways.

We invite you to browse through our current listings.  Just click on the “Businesses For Sale” tab at the top of the page.  Or, browse the Buyer or Seller Tutorials, to familiarize yourself with the business transfer process.

Frank Nunziata

President, Owner, Licensed Real Estate Broker

Cell: 614 325-6206
Fax: 614 431-6450
Office: 740 965-1981
Email:[email protected]

Frank Nunziata is Jim Tharp Realty’s President, Owner, and the licensed Real Estate Broker. He has over 30 years of extensive experience in accounting, sales, marketing and business ownership. Frank holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and started his career, working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers as a public accountant. Additionally, Nunziata has held senior and executive level positions for numerous Fortune 500 companies. After leaving corporate America, Nunziata started an independent accounting practice, specializing in client businesses, having 50 or less employees.

Nunziata has detailed first-hand knowledge of what it means to operate a Main Street business as he has personally owned both independent and franchised business operations. Having been the Master Franchiser for Buffalo Wings and Rings, in central Ohio, Frank has gained in-depth knowledge of the franchising industry. He has been a licensed Real Estate agent since 2005 and has negotiated numerous leases for both existing and start-up businesses.

In addition, Nunziata has been a Business Broker since 2004, and his unique background differs markedly from most business brokers in the industry. Drawing on his vast experience in accounting, real estate, business ownership, and corporate America, Nunziata applies his experience to YOUR specific situation. Whether you are coming from corporate America, own your own business, or buying or selling a business, Nunziata has the experience to relate to your situation. His skills will be working directly for you in order to reach your goals.

Frank Nunziata is member in good standing with the OBBA “Ohio Business Brokers Association,” “Columbus Board of Realtors,” the “Ohio Association of Realtors,” and the “National Association of Realtors.”

Graduated: Saint Peter’s College BS Degree in Accounting 1981

Pricewaterhouse Coopers – Public Accountant
Kraft Foods / Nabisco – Internal Auditor, General Accounting Supervisor, Manager Manufacturing Accounting
L & F Products (Division of Eastman Kodak) – Corporate Accounting Manager
Reckitt Benckiser – Director of Corporate Accounting

Businesses Owned:
Owned an Accounting Practice specializing in client businesses having 50 or less employees.
Owned two independent Bagel Bakeshop Deli’s.
Owned two Quizno’s Classic Sub shops.
Owned a Sandwich shop Broad St Bagel and Deli.
Former Master Franchiser of Buffalo Wings and Rings for Central Ohio.
Former owner of Buffalo Wings and Rings (Full Service restaurant sports bar in Lewis Center, Ohio).

Business Brokerage:
Business Broker since 2004 working with Jim Tharp Realty
Principal Jim Tharp Realty

Real Estate Sales License 2005 – 2009
Real Estate Broker License 2009 – Present Acting Real Estate Broker for Jim Tharp Realty.

OBBA “Ohio Business Brokers Association”
“Columbus Board of Realtors”
“Ohio Association of Realtors”
“National Association of Realtors”

John Duncan

Sales Associate

Cell: 614 204-6833
Fax: 614 686-8185
Office: 740 965-1981
Email: [email protected]

John Duncan is lifelong resident of central Ohio. He is seasoned, professional entrepreneur with over 30 years of small-business experience. John was the Chief Executive Officer of Rent-A-Flick, Inc and directed the start-up and operations of this eight store video chain. During his time at Rent-A-Flick, John worked with Jim Tharp Realty to purchase other video stores to add to company market share, inventory and profits. John also owned and operated retail businesses in tanning, buy sell trade/video games, bakery, and pool/spa supplies. As a business owner, when John decided to sell the bakery and lease the space to a new tenant, he once again called on Jim Tharp Realty for a successful sale. John’s experience as a small business owner and former customer of Jim Tharp (both buying and selling) provides him with insight to the needs of our clients. John will use his experience to meet your objectives in finding a suitable match while providing a level of service that exceeds expectations.

In addition to John’s retail background, he owns a real estate investment company and has experience in property management, site selection, zoning and development. John’s holdings include residential and commercial units including a shopping center he developed. John is pursuing his Real Estate License in order to lend his personal experience to further the success of Jim Tharp Realty and our clients.

John has years of e-commerce experience through Tanningschool.com, a continuing education company he founded. Tanningschool.com. provides training and instruction for tanning operator certifications in Ohio and several other states. John’s clients are business owners of salons and fitness centers who need properly trained and certified employees to operate tanning equipment according to state and federal regulations.

John serves as a mentor for the Small Business Administration’s Columbus Chapter of SCORE. He fosters entrepreneurship by mentoring prospective and start-up enterprises toward successful feasibility, planning, launch and establishment. By mentoring, John, demonstrates his commitment to the ideals of small business ownership and his willingness to invest his efforts in the success of others. As a client of Jim Tharp Realty and in working with our Sales Associate John Duncan, you will find an individual who has walked the walk and is willing to help you down the path of buying or selling your own enterprise.

Professional Business Experience:
Graduated – Columbus State Community College, Associates of Science in Business and Marketing 1991
Attended – The Ohio State University, cinematography

Businesses Owned:
Duncan Investments LLC
1165 Williams Rd LTD
Rent-A-Flick, Inc
H2O Pool Supplies
My Old World Bakery

Mentor, Senior Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), Small Business Administration, OBBA “Ohio Business Brokers Association”

Bob Bruff

Sales Associate

Cell: 614 595-5932
Fax: 614 890-3941
Office: 740 965-1981
Email: [email protected]

Bob Bruff is a licensed Real Estate professional with the State of Ohio and a Sales Associate for Jim Tharp Realty. Bob offers more than 35 years of professional experience in domestic and international business-to-business and business-to-individual sales in both franchised business system concepts and non-franchised businesses, including several of his own.

Bob’s experience includes selling existing businesses and franchised business system concepts for Ford Motor Company, Budget Rent-a-Car, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Applebee’s International, Long John Silver’s, Hardee’s, Charley’s Steakery and W. g. Grinders. In one year, Bob sold over $18 Million in Ford Motor Company businesses; and, at another time was responsible for making Applebee’s International the “Fastest Growing Second-Tier Chain in the Country.”

Experience counts and Bob brings plenty to the table, as he has years of professional experience in franchised business concept development ranging from initial sale through real estate acquisition, construction management, personnel training and opening marketing strategies. Additionally, Bob also brings extensive experience in domestic and international restaurant ownership and operations, offering to share with any prospective business buyer or owner his owner/operator history with Burger King® in both the U.S. and Mexico, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar®, Hardee’s®, and Mama Mimi’s Take ‘N Bake Pizza®.

Owning a business comes with an array of demands and rewards.  Bob knows first-hand the rigors and rewards of owning your own business, either as a franchised concept or as an independent entrepreneur. This experience is invaluable as Bob transitions his franchise development and owner / operator experiences into business brokerage with Cornerstone as a natural extension of his own business endeavours. He offers expertise in management and cost controls, a thorough understanding of profit and loss statements, a strong background in market evaluation and potential, staffing challenges and marketing insights. Most importantly, Bob understands and relates to your possible anxieties and anticipated elation in owning and operating your own business; or the emotional challenges of selling your business. He will diligently represent you in either buying or selling your business with the dedication and professionalism you deserve.

Graduated from the University of Michigan: BBS Degree MBA Degree Post Graduate Degree in Real Estate

Ford Motor Company (Property Management and Real Estate Acquisition/Sales)
Burger King, Inc.: Real Estate Acquisition and Franchise Sales
Applebee’s International: Vice President of Franchise Development
Long John Silvers, Inc.: Vice President of Franchise Development
Gosh Enterprises, Inc.: Vice President of Franchise Development;    Charley’s Steakery
W. g. Grinders, Inc.: Vice President of Franchise Development Businesses

Owned and Operated:
Hardee’s®: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Burger King®: Troy, Michigan and Acapulco, Mexico
Applebee’s Grill & Bar®: Dallas, Texas
Mama Mimi’s Take ‘N Bake Pizza®, Powell, Ohio

Real Estate Sales Person License: 2011

University of Michigan Alumni Club: Lifetime Member
Sigma Phi Epsilon: Lifetime Member
Boy Scouts of America: Eagle Scout, Lifetime