About Russell

Russell Bernstein

Russell is a business broker, valuation consultant, and business operations consultant. He is a SCORE volunteer mentor and the founder of the Louisiana Business Brokers Association. He is a recent graduate of the Economic Development Ambassador Program with New Orleans Business Alliance and winner of the 2018 Rising Star Award from the New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors (NOMAR). He has REALTOR®, CID®, and IBBA® memberships and has MBA and CBI designations. He also has RSPS and SFR certifications, and is currently pursuing the CCIM designation.

Until 2018, Russell was THE ONLY member of the International Business Broker's Association (IBBA) in New Orleans. As of August 2019, he is still the only Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) within 50 miles of New Orleans and only 1 of 2 within 100 miles of New Orleans.

Russell has +10 years experience in entrepreneurial and administrative support for Fortune 500 companies such as Ticketmaster, Hilton, and UBS and for other organizations such as Canyon Capital Advisors (a hedge-fund), Crusader Entertainment (Academy Award Winning movie production company), and The Salter Group (a forecast and valuation firm). From 2012 to 2018, Russell was a full-time pedicab driver in the French Quarter. 

For 3 years, Russell also once ran the largest unpaid FLSA-compliant internship program for a for-profit company in the world with a mission of the social impact achieved from fostering the development of Soft Skills in business, the lack of which is the core aspect of the Skills Gap in the USA.

Russell is also the founder of 10 non-profit organizations, including 501c3's, a 501c4, 501c6's, and a 501c12. He has also created a 527 PAC, and he spearheaded a national NGO for teachers in another country with 60 volunteers across 16 chapters helping 1500 members among 24000 teachers nationwide.

Russell has an MBA in Financial Decision Systems from Loyola Marymount University where he also earned a Certificate in International Business with a group dissertation on Sales Practices in Asia and where his final exam in his Real Estate course was praised by his professor as “the best presentation [his professor has] seen in over 30 years of teaching”. He also has a self-designed Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media from UC Berkeley.

Russell is married to an accomplished woman in the education industry, and they have two boys named Benjamin and David and live with their dog, Petey Pablo Boo-Boo Deux-Beux.

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