Certified Business Brokers (CBB) Represents Houston Top-Tier Graphic Design Firm, Gateway Design, Inc., in Sale of Business

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - April 14, 2011) - Gateway Design, Inc., established over 20 years ago, was sold by founder and owner Connie Senter to Chris Norton and Sanjay Parikh of Houston, partners at Norton and Park, Inc. The Company, headquartered in Houston, is a pioneer of the graphics design industry with a Fortune 500 client list. They provide a complete portfolio of graphic design and marketing services across a broad spectrum of online and print media.

"After 22 years of overseeing daily operations of the firm, my age told me it was time to sell the business," said Senter. She engaged Frank Stabler of Certified Business Brokers in Houston to market the business and represent the Company during the entire sale process.

Gateway was very attractive to buyers because of its history as a pioneer in the graphic design industry. The Company was instrumental in the advent of computerized printing technology with the development of a beta site for Apple in 1989. At that time, the ability to create art work and graphic design on the computer and send it directly to the printing press was a new process that held the promise of radical change in how advertising ideas were converted to printed material. Ms. Senter and her team seized on this technology, implemented the process, and became a leading visual communications/design enterprise.

The buyers were the perfect match for this acquisition opportunity. Norton's background includes a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and a Masters in Computer Animation. Parikh brings international marketing and management expertise to the table.

Parikh stated, "Norton and Park was originally interested in Gateway Design due to its reputation and tenure in the graphics industry. As we learned more about the company we found that the possibilities for growth were limitless. Our plan for the future is to add on to the existing services and offer turnkey solutions to our clients."

Senter, excited about beginning her retirement, said, "I plan to explore all the things I gave up when working. I look forward to watching Gateway excel under the new owners. They have an entrepreneurial spirit and vision and are motivated and positive. These are the traits for success.

CBB provided valuation and marketing services and represented the seller in the sale. Frank Stabler and Doug Ashby handled the details of the transaction.

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