Our Team

Laurel Johnson headshotLaurel A. Johnson


Phone: 512-349-7100
Email: ljohnson@sunbeltaustin.com

Ms. Johnson is the owner of Sunbelt Business Brokers of Austin, Inc. and an experienced dealmaker.   Launched in November 1998, the Sunbelt Austin office has become one of the leading brokerage firms in Central Texas and one of Austin’s oldest business brokerage firms.  Ms. Johnson has over 30 years of business experience, both as an award-winning sales professional for three Fortune 100 companies and as a business owner in telecommunications, corporate training, and leadership development and coaching businesses.  Ms. Johnson has experience representing companies in a wide variety of business categories, including service, manufacturing, retail, construction, restaurants, and trades.    She has consulted on hundreds of deals, and her expertise spans a broad range of industries and deal complexities.  Ms. Johnson teaches and speaks on negotiation, both in the U.S. and abroad.  She is a licensed Texas Real Estate Broker.  Ms. Johnson has served as the President of the Austin chapter of the Texas Association of Business Brokers and has served on the state board of the organization.  Contact Laurel at ljohnson@sunbeltaustin.com.


michael headshotMichael Saldutte, Senior Advisor

Phone: 512-349-7100, cell: 512-955-1566

Email: msaldutte@sunbeltaustin.com

Mr. Saldutte has been helping people buy and sell businesses for over 15 years. Before moving to Texas, he owned a business brokerage practice in North Carolina. His corporate career spanned over two decades in the manufacturing sector. Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs and having owned his own businesses, he is very familiar with the needs and goals of business owners. He has helped manage very small transactions all the way to $20 million.   As a result, he is equipped with the skills and experience necessary to assist our clients in achieving their goals and aspirations regarding business sales and acquisitions. He is a licensed Texas real estate agent.  Contact Michael at msaldutte@sunbeltaustin.com.


Jeff Rabkin, Senior Broker  

Phone: 512-349-7100
Email: jrabkin@sunbeltaustin.com

Jeff Rabkin brings over 35 years of business administration and management skills to the Sunbelt Austin team. After college, Mr. Rabkin joined a multi-million dollar corporation. As Vice President, he was responsible for sales, advertising, and launching of the largest trade show of its kind in that market. In 1987 Mr. Rabkin moved to Austin, and from that period to now he has bought, operated, and sold several local businesses. His diverse business experience includes industries such as commercial printing, office supplies, wholesale automotive products, water purification, advertising specialties, and signage. He has also owned and managed commercial real estate in Austin.    As an entrepreneur, Mr. Rabkin has had many “hands-on” successful experiences with mergers and acquisitions. His broad range of proved success in business enables him to assist both buyers and sellers to achieve a successful and mutually beneficial ownership transfer. Contact Jeff at jrabkin@sunbeltaustin.com.


Steve Springfield, Senior Broker

Phone: 512-349-7100

Email:  sspringfield@sunbeltaustin.com

Steve Springfield brings over 30 years of business experience, management, entrepreneurship and deal making skills to the Sunbelt Austin Team. Mr. Springfield’s passion is centered on bringing great people together and constructing deals that create a winning solution for all parties. He has extensive business experience ranging from Fortune 100 organizations to owning several of his own businesses in varied industries including retail, service, and technology.   He understands the complexity of business ownership and the challenges of operating and selling a business, having sold several of his own businesses.  Mr. Springfield works hard to create a mutually beneficial environment so that both buyers and sellers feel comfortable working with the Sunbelt team. Contact Steve at sspringfield@sunbeltaustin.com.


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