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Certified Business Brokers Facilitates the Sale of Corporate Catering Company

Former employees acquire Houston top ranked caterer to corporate clients.

Houston, TX, January 07, 2008 --( Certified Business Brokers announces the successful sale of Ruth Meric Catering, a 19-year-old Houston catering company that ranked No. 11 on the Houston Business Journal list of largest catering firms.

Kris Zapata and Colleen Roach, two former employees, acquired Ruth Meric Catering for an undisclosed amount upon founder Ruthee Meric's decision to retire from the high-stress catering industry.

New owner Zapata, a chef and former employee at Tony's at Home catering company, says there will be no layoffs as a result of the acquisition, which included catering vans, kitchen equipment and the building and property at 3030 Audley in River Oaks.

In addition to offering gourmet take-out prepared meals, Zapata also plans to increase the number of weddings while maintaining and expanding the strong roster of corporate clients served in the past.

Zapata says the company will continue to operate under the Ruth Meric Catering name. "It's how people know of us, so we're just going to stick with what's been working," she says.

Meric began her culinary career in her hometown of New Orleans at the Royal Sonesta Hotel and later worked for the Brennan family in New Orleans and Houston before co-founding Charley T's restaurant. She founded the catering company in 1988 and has orchestrated events such as the opening of the
Children's Museum, Child Advocates Galas and dinners for former First Lady Barbara Bush, Martina Navratilova and Boutros Boutros Gali.

Certified Business Brokers (CBB) in Houston, Texas, assisted in the sale by performing a fair and accurate valuation and representing the seller in negotiations and structuring the deal. The firm, the largest in Texas, links business owners throughout the Houston Metropolitan area to qualified buyers from around the world.

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Established in 1974, CBB's team of professionals has over 230 years of collective experience selling businesses, and has closed business transactions in excess of one billion dollars in revenues. More information about Certified Business Brokers in Houston is available at (713) 680-1200 or

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Rose Stabler
Rose Stabler is Managing Partner of CBB and can be contacted at the main office at 713-680-1200 or on her direct line at 832-239-9256 or by email at

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