The Tom West Award is the business brokerage profession’s highest honor. IBG Business is honored to have two of its founders as recipients of this prestigious award, Gary Papay and John Johnson. It is awarded annually to one member of the business broker profession to recognize exceptional contributions in promoting the goals and ethics of the IBBA and the business brokerage profession. The award is named after founder, first president, and long-time leader Thomas L. West, who is credited with the profession’s early growth, creating a group of founders for IBBA, developing the IBBA and the stature of the profession.
IBBA is the world’s premier association for professionals in business brokerage and mergers and acquisitions with members across the U.S. and in more than 14 other countries. As the leading association for business intermediaries, it advances professional development, educates, provides resources and promotes high ethical conduct. It sponsors national educational programs and collaborates in grass roots programs benefiting business communities across the country.