Our Team

Allan Taylor & Company was founded by two serial entrepreneurs with a passion for helping business owners finish strong. Drawing on their own experience as selling owners, as well as decades of combined business expertise, Chris and Barbara have built Allan Taylor from a local business brokerage into the nationally recognized boutique M&A firm that it is today.

Barbara Taylor

Barbara Taylor is a nationally recognized expert on the topics of selling, buying and valuing privately-held businesses. Her popular blog “Transaction” ran in the New York Times for three years. Barbara was also named one of “7 People Every Entrepreneur Should Follow on Twitter” by CBS MoneyWatch.

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor is a serial entrepreneur who grew up in a family-owned business in Colorado. His passion for small business ownership has shaped every phase of his life, from consulting with the U.S. Small Business Administration as a graduate student, to launching eight entrepreneurial ventures (to date) of his own.

John Dye, CPA

John Dye’s professional accounting career spans more than two decades. His breadth of experience covers working at a super-regional accounting firm, growing a small local accounting office, and launching out on his own founding a popular CPA and consulting firm in Bentonville, which sold to a strategic acquirer in 2017.

Shelia Darby

Shelia Darby, MBA, CVA, MAFF

Affiliate Valuation Expert

Shelia Darby has 20+ years as an experienced valuation and financial professional. Ms. Darby is a recognized thought leader valuing complex initiatives and companies. 


I had the pleasure of having Allan Taylor & Company on my team for three years. They led our efforts to define and evaluate all layers of my business. They helped me measure where we fell into each category, determining and planning what steps were …read more
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Allan Taylor & Co. was instrumental in helping us grow our business from a small start-up to one of the top competitors in our area prior to selling. Chris and Barbara helped us see our business for what it was: An asset that provided a healthy ret …read more
Brent & Mandy M.
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Selling my business of 23 years was emotionally difficult for me, but Barbara and Chris patiently walked me through the process beginning to end. After I decided to sell, their professionalism, experience, and knowledge landed me multiple offers in suc …read more
Terri H.
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We couldn’t have been more pleased with the professional manner, advice, and attention to detail that Allan Taylor offered us throughout the selling and post-sale process. We felt lucky to have found them!…read more
Blair and Leslie E.
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