Russell Bernstein is a full-time business broker. 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. He has REALTOR®, CID®, and IBBA® memberships and has MBA, CIPS, and CBI designations, has RSPS and SFR certifications, and is currently pursuing a 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 the only Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) within 50 miles of New Orleans, only 1 of 2 within 100 miles of New Orleans, 1 of 500 in the world, and likely the only one in the world also with a CIPS designation. He also runs a business broker internship program with 15-25 interns currently in either undergrad or MBA programs globally.
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. In his career, Russell has also been a key contributor to the formation of 2 trade associations (+1500 members and +200 professionals, respectively).
Russell has a 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 a baby named Benjamin and live with their dog, Petey Pablo Boo-Boo Deux-Beux.