2018 NOMAR-CID Rising Star Award Winner and Economic Development Ambassador for the New Orleans Business Alliance, Russell Bernstein is a full-time business broker. 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.
As of 2018, a business broker certification/license was only required in 14 States. Until 2018, Russell was THE ONLY member of the International Business Broker's Association (IBBA) in New Orleans. He is still 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.
Russell has lived in New Orleans since Fat Tuesday 2012. From the time you meet Russell, you will feel at ease with his sense of ambition and professional working style. You will feel confident in his ability to represent your best interest throughout the your business transaction.
Russell continually upgrades his education and knowledge. Being raised in a family of 4 and competing on championship-winning teams at both the high school and collegiate level, Russell knows what it means to have a strong work ethic, high morals, and core values. Russell has also lived in 3 continents, traveled to over 30 countries, and studied (but does not speak) 5 languages.
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). 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 where he played water polo as a goalkeeper for the California Golden Bears.
Russell is married to an accomplished woman in the education industry, and they have a son named Benjamin and live with their dog, Petey Pablo Boo-Boo Deux-Beux.