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joint venture, they already would have met with the company’s leaders, which would make the business relationship stronger and communication better. “I’m thinking they’re great guys. I’d like to be partners with these guys. They bring something to the table for me,” Brav said. “We can talk to them and I can get some straight information back. I’m thinking we’ve got a joint venture partner that has no limitations on their end. I’m the limitation.” “We didn’t think what happened next was going to happen,” Larson said. After the Vancouver projects tour, www.BizTucson.com

Brav and Larson were dropped off at their hotel, where they shared their impressions of the JV Driver Group with each other, still thinking they were looking at exploring joint ventures for mining projects in Arizona. “We talked about how we felt very comfortable with them because their presidents were in button-up shirts and jeans just like us,” Larson said. “They were regular guys. We realized they were a company that was different from the typical companies that we see of their size.” Brav and Larson joined Sanders and

other JV Driver executives for dinner a short time later and that’s when things escalated quickly. “They said, ‘Well, we really like your company. We like everything we’ve been talking about. We’d like to buy your company,’ ” Brav recalled. “Just like that,” Larson said, adding that the first reaction was to say nothing. “We had to think about what we were going to say.” Then Brav informed them that he was about to convert his company to an employee stock ownership plan – continued on page 150 >>> Summer 2018

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