Inn Consultants and Brokers Since 1993

The B&B Team
The members of the BB team

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About The B&B Team

Inn Consultants & Brokerage for Distinct Lodging Properties

Thank you for your interest in our inn consultants and broker services for the bed and breakfast, boutique hotel/motel, cabin/cottage and related lodging industries.

Mission Statement

The B&B Team® inn consultants help our clients reach their personal and financial goals in the Innkeeping industry.

The B&B Team®

The B&B Team® is a full-service inn brokerage and consulting firm with its principal office in Vermont. As bed and breakfast inn consultants and brokers, we can help you buy or sell a bed and breakfast inn anywhere in the country. Our consulting for current and aspiring innkeepers is nationwide, and we have served clients from Maine to Florida and from New Jersey to Washington state.

We are Eben Viens, Peter and Peggy Scherman, Rick and Janet Wolf, Julie Pankey, and Kim Williams.

Eben Viens has a long history within the hospitality industry. His early years were spent under the wing of Inn guru Bill Oates and behind the scenes at two historic New England Country Inns. He has worked on behalf of countless Inn Buyers and Sellers over the last 10 years and draws on his background in anthropology and passion for hospitality design (in all things) in his work as managing partner of The B&B Team®. Eben is based in Vermont but spends most of his time visiting Inn owners throughout the country, extracting stories from financial statements, and enjoying authentic expressions of hospitality.

Peter Scherman spent 12 years as a hippie farmer in the mountains of Costa Rica before returning to the USA in 1983. He was an exclusive inn broker and consultant for almost 28 years, gaining a reputation for knowledge, forward-thinking, and honesty. Involved in dozens of inn sales over the years he guided many current and future innkeepers to successful careers in the Innkeeping industry. An Ethics instructor and past leader in the REALTOR® organization, he has always placed high importance on the values embedded in long-term business and personal relationships. As the founder of The B&B Team®, Peter built the strength of the brand with Rick and Janet Wolf. In 2021 Peter is retiring and maintaining a “behind the scenes” role working closely with our new owner, Eben Viens.

Rick and Janet Wolf, as former owners of Captain Fairfield Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine, bring a wealth of innkeeping experience to the team. Rick’s consulting background and his corporate career in marketing and brand development made him a great asset to our clients. His leadership on the founding Leadership Team of the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals and his former service on PAII’s Advisory Council allowed him to offer insights that benefited the industry. Rick and Peter were regular speakers at Innkeeping conferences nationwide. In addition to knowing the “back of the house,” Janet is a ServSafe™ Food Protection Manager and our ‘blogger extraordinaire’. Like Peter, Rick and Janet are retiring in 2021 but are on tap as needed to provide continuity and support to Eben Viens in Maine and beyond.

Julie Pankey is the Southern Maine based spa and wellness tourism expert of The B&B Team®. With over 25 years of experience, she has contributed to the development of multiple brands within the health, wellness, spa and tourism sectors. A few notable brands are Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Spa at Norwich Inn, Marriott International, Cliff House Resort and Spa, Catania Hospitality, Pacifica Hotels, Sebasco Harbor Resort, Hermann Hill and many more. Julie also has created The SpaHive Community to connect spa, wellness and hospitality professionals through a private online community, education sessions, pop up boutiques and special events.

Kim Williams is an Executive Broker at Coldwell Banker, K-C Realty in the charming town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Eureka Springs is located in Northwest Arkansas which is one the fastest growing metroplexes that boast being the home of corporate giants like Wal-Mart, Tyson and JB Hunt and annually ranks in the top 5, for places to move to and raise a family. She has had much success listing and selling Bed & Breakfast, Residential and Commercial property in this region for the past 25 years. Her goal is to develop a personal bond with her buyers and sellers and then create a smooth and successful transaction for them, by being both professional and knowledgeable about their property and this fast-growing area. As a Consultant with The B&B Team®, she plans to cover an even greater area and hopes to have continued success through her relationships in the community and strong work ethic.

If your goals are to be successful while enjoying life as an innkeeper, The B&B Team® is ready to lend a helping hand. Simply put, our inn consultants will help you reach your goals with our guidance. Our job is to tell you what you need to know, so you can make educated decisions about what serves your best interests. You can count on us to be frank in our assessments. And we have a passionate commitment to client communications.

We believe in the power of association and associations and are members and supporters of many state and national innkeeping associations. We are very proud to be founding Legacy Members of the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals, now the Association of Lodging Professionals (ALP) who are working hard to forge a powerful and inclusive association of professionals in the unique hospitality industry.

Other memberships include:

Select Registry: Distinguished Inns of North America (Select Registry®)
Association of Lodging Professionals (ALP)
StayVA, formerly Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia (STAYVA)
North Carolina Bed & Breakfast Inns (NCBBI)
South Carolina Bed & Breakfast Association (SCBBA)
Hospitality Maine (HM)
Florida Bed & Breakfast Inns Association (FBBI)
Maryland Bed & Breakfast Association (MBBA)
Pennsylvania Tourism & Lodging Association (PT&LA)
Pennsylvania Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (PABBI)
Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association (WBBA)
Vermont Lodging Association (VLA)
National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)

We speak frequently at innkeeping conferences around the country about a wide range of issues designed to help innkeepers reach their goals. Let us know if you’re looking for engaging industry presenters.


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