Hands-on, local service

Bluegrass Business Advisors was established in 1991 as a business intermediary and broker to assist business sellers and business buyers achieve their goals. Bluegrass Business Advisors has participated in hundreds of transactions ranging in size from $20,000 to over $35 million. Bluegrass Business Advisors will help a seller properly price, finance, and market his business as well as prepare it for market while being mindful of the confidentiality and discretion concerns of the seller.  We will also assist a buyer in finding and acquiring the perfect business in a number of ways: prescreening opportunities to match a buyer’s skills and interests, keeping the buying process on track, and assisting with financing and paperwork.

Meet Our Team

“The business of America is business.”Calvin Coolidge

Steve Pulliam


Steve Pulliam has been a successful business intermediary since the early 1980’s and founded Bluegrass Business Advisors in 1991.  He has been involved in hundreds of transactions from relatively small to over $35 million. Pulliam has a strong track record in negotiating, financing, and strategic planning as well as a keen understanding of the value of confidentiality, respect for employees and customers, and the value of a well-planned process for a sale or acquisition.  Over many years in business, Pulliam has established a reputation of getting outstanding results for his clients.

A Frankfort KY native, Pulliam has resided in Lexington since graduating from UK.  As a local entrepreneur, he has extensive knowledge of the Lexington and central Kentucky business environment.  He is also a licensed Kentucky real estate broker and founder, with a partner, of the Lexington office of Sperry Van Ness; the business was sold in 2015 and is now SVN Stone Commercial Real Estate. Pulliam is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).

Education: Business Degree at University of Kentucky; Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Finance Officer

John Hilliard


John Hilliard joined Bluegrass Business Advisors in 2010. He is also a licensed Kentucky real estate broker associated with SVN Stone Commercial Real Estate, a Lexington KY commercial real estate firm. For over twenty years, Hilliard was Treasurer of a large, multi-national, private service company. In addition to his duties as the senior financial officer of the company, his responsibilities included acquisition of numerous businesses to expand the company’s market share and geographic reach. He was responsible for analysis of business opportunities and negotiations with sellers and sellers’ agents and attorneys. In addition, he was responsible for the acquisition, disposition, and leasing for a portfolio of over 200 owned and leased properties used in the company’s operating businesses. Prior to his corporate role, Hilliard operated a real estate business, built homes, owned, operated, and sold a restaurant business. He also operated a farming operation specializing in direct-marketed, grass finished beef.

Education: Master of Science in Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Analysis, University of Wisconsin;
Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, University of Illinois-Urbana

Justin Ryder


Justin serves as an advisor. Justin’s passion is to deliver value to clients within the context of service, leadership, and teamwork — attributes that perfectly highlight SVN Stone’s competitive advantage.

Justin is a native Kentuckian and graduated from the Gatton College of Business and Economics with a degree in Business Management. Prior to joining the SVN team, Justin worked with a nonprofit ministry where he was a proven leader and creative marketer.

Justin and Libby are the proud parents of three wonderful daughters, and enjoy family dates in Lexington. When not at work, Justin enjoys his family, Crossfit, and Cycling.

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We are your Central Kentucky business brokers. Call us today at 859-276-5300 to find out more about our services.

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