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John Foster

John Foster

International Business Intermediary




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John H. Foster is a respected business owner, entrepreneur, and business intermediary. Prior to joining Creative Business Services, John owned and operated Foster Needle Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, one of the largest employers in Manitowoc County. During his tenure with Foster Needle, John helped grow the company to become the world market leader in the manufacture and sales of felting needles.

Through strategic acquisitions and organic growth, Foster Needle became the world’s largest felting needle manufacturer with manufacturing plants in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Redditch, England.

John has developed and owned car wash investments as well as commercial real estate projects on Anna Maria Island, Florida. He is also an investor/member of a regional Angel Investment Corporation, which has holdings in a number of early stage businesses throughout Wisconsin.

During his tenure with Creative Business Services, John has worked with numerous banks, helping them with the disposition of bank owned/distressed properties and businesses. Having owned and managed a multimillion-dollar manufacturing company with plants and offices around the world, John provides a profound understanding of U.S. and international business, manufacturing, brand management, team building and, of course, M&A.

As a business intermediary, he has brokered nearly every imaginable type of business, including manufacturing companies, hotels, restaurants, car washes, convenience stores, and large commercial real estate projects.

He has personally bought and sold many businesses in the M&A market. John provides real world resources for business owners and banking institutions that are looking to improve and/or sell their businesses and assets.


Commercial & Investment Real Estate

Commercial real estate is any non-residential property used solely for business purposes. This includes retail properties, office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, apartment complexes, and vacant land that has the potential for development.

Commercial Real Estate primarily refers to buildings or land intended to generate profit, industrial real estate and retail real estate are merely subcategories of commercial real estate.


Manufacturing companies transform goods, materials or substances into new products.

Many manufacturers own plants, mills or factories that produce such goods for public consumption.


Services are occupations that require special training in the arts or sciences. Some require professional licenses such as architects, accountants, engineers, doctors, lawyers, and business brokers.

Regardless, the evaluation or value of a professional service business tends to be more subjective than scientific.


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CBS-Global expert: John Foster
Industry: Commercial & Investment Real Estate
CBS-Global expert: Bob Wolter, John Foster, Ryan Pankratz
Industry: Services
CBS-Global expert: Bob Wolter, Darren Harrington, Fan Zhang, Gary Van Sistine, John Foster, Josh Phillips, Juan Tapia, Mary Lou VanDeusen, Michael Schwantes, Mike Van, Ryan Pankratz, Tom Martin
Industry: General Business

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John Foster

International Business Intermediary