Office Personnel For Firstbiz® of NW Arkansas - Fort Smith

Richard Coelho

Richard is The Founder / President of FNBC of Northwest Arkansas. His background includes many years as a private investor and business owner in the Transportation and Automotive industries. “Owning a Business Brokerage is a natural progression for someone who loves doing deals”.

Prior to that he was Director of International Development for one of the largest transportation companies in America, developing and managing sales and operations in 160 countries throughout the world. He has traveled extensively worldwide. Also, while earning his stripes in corporate America, he spent several years developing and designing sales training. This involved selection of a sales model, then developing an entire curriculum for over 800 Sales Personnel, training trainers, then implementing the training at a class room level.

Richard has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major course study of Supply Chain Management and Real Estate Licenses for Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Philip (Daren) Wright

Daren, is the Sales Manager of FNBC-NW Arkansas “FIRSTBIZ Fort Smith.”

He has been in the Real Estate industry since 2001 and holds licenses in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, where at an early age learned the value in building relationships. At the age of 18 he started his career in management and has since owned two construction companies. In 2001 he started in Real Estate helping buyers and sellers fulfill their dreams.


Daren is dedicated to using his experience and knowledge to help people turn their dreams into realities and make buying and selling businesses as painless a process as possible.

Bennett Batchelor

Bennett Batchelor has experience throughout Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma as a financial advisor. He has 18 years of experience in insurance, employee benefits and estate planning. In the course of those 18 years, Bennett has underwritten insurance and employee benefits in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Texas and Mississippi. Most recently, he has worked with retirees and those soon to retire to avoid the common and costly financial mistakes that are inherent with retirement.

Prior to his involvement in insurance and retirement planning, Bennett spent 17 years in the Savings & Loan and Banking industry.  He was past president of the Oklahoma Savings League Career Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and is a graduate of the Institute of Financial Education at the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. Bennett is a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing.  Having had Mortgage and Commercial lending experience, Bennett feels he understands the financial needs of both sellers and buyers in the commercial and business market. He looks forward to helping both seller and buyer accomplish their goals.

Steve Bunten

Prior to joining FNBC, Steve was trained in sales and marketing from Basic Business to Business to Major National and Government accounts.  Steve worked as a team manager specialist in cold calls and telemarketing, and has experience in recruiting, sales training and sales management.  He owned and operated Master Lease Brokers, along with Bunten Homes, Inc., and is also the co-author of “How to Master the Basics of Sales”.  Originally from the Mid-West, Mr. Bunten is now residing in Fort Smith.

Doug Harp

Colt Smith

Colt has lived in the Fort Smith area all of his life, and knows the community very well. He is a 2000 graduate of Southside High School and has attended Westark and the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Prior to coming to First Biz he was the office manager of a very successful local automotive business. Colt is now able and willing to do anything he can to make the “American Dream” come true for you.