He has sold more than 700 businesses and spent over 75,000 hours helping business owners exit their business.

Russell was the TOP DEAL MAKER for the State of Florida in 2019, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, and 2005. He was the TOP DEAL MAKER in South Florida in 2021,2018, 2017, 2014, 2011, and 2008.

In 2023 Russell was elected to the Board of Governors for the M & A Source, a National Organization of M & A Advisors and has earned hi M&AMI certification.

Representing Companies from $5 million to $100 million

Top Platform Acquisition In Florida 2023 Sold By South Florida M&A Advisors

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President/M&A Advisor

Russell Cohen

Russell Cohen is the President of South Florida M&A Advisors, Inc. with more than 25 years of deal-making experience focused in Florida. Throughout his tenure, Russell has sold more than businesses than any other advisor in the state of Florida. Russell has a deep understanding of the intricacies of the business sales process and has a proven track record of successfully navigating transactions of all sizes in all industries. Russell prides himself on personally supporting sellers from engagement to closing through all facets of the transaction with experience, dedication, and integrity.

In 2023 Russell was elected to the Board of Governors for the M&A Source, a National Organization of M&A Advisors and in 2021 he earned his M&AMI certification. 

Russell was the TOP DEAL MAKER for the State of Florida in 2019, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, and 2005. He was the TOP DEAL MAKER in South Florida in 2021, 2018, 2017, 2014, 2011, and 2008.

In November 2023 Russell and his team at South Florida M&A Advisors, Inc. facilitated one of the largest platform deals in Florida of $100,000,000 between a private equity group and Florida roofing contractor.

M&A Advisor

Jose Yankelevitch

Jose has been in business since 1988, mainly in the Export Business of Industrial Parts and Equipment to South America.  He brings his industrial experience to our team helping him understand the intricacies of Industrial, Manufacturing and Testing Companies.  In fact his first M&A transaction was the $8.1M sale of a Specialty Materials Testing laboratory.  He joined our team 4 years ago and has brought his own business experience along to guide us in the ins and outs of the business world.  Jose clearly understands the Seller’s and Buyer’s needs, thus facilitating these types of transactions.

Jose has a degree in Architecture from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology).  The study of Architecture has given Jose the ability to take a look at a problem in its parts and find an optimum solution putting them all together to make them work as one complete solution.  Problem solving is his forte.


M&A Advisor

Denis Berger

My specialty as a Business Intermediary is in business mergers and acquisitions and highly valued companies. In choosing the right broker to market your business for sale, you can rely on me as a professional that represents you in fair & honest environment. My approach is to thoroughly prepare the seller in analyzing the benefits of acquisitions, mergers or business sales. My unique background as an Accountant & Financial management combined with years of entrepreneurial “hands –on” experience has given me a unique ability to effectively assist and advise my clients. In order market your business I would conduct an in-depth financial analysis along with comparable industry transactions to determine the most probable selling range for your business in order to Establish a competitive price based on an Asset Valuation, Market Comparison Valuation or an Income Based Valuation for your business

Business Transfer Advisor/CPA

Alan Vera

Alan has been an active Florida CPA since 2006 Alan and has over 15 years of expertise in accounting, taxation, auditing, and business valuations, He has an in-depth knowledge in cross border taxation and real estate tiered entity structures. Alan graduated cum laude from Florida International University’s prestigious accounting program in 2005. He worked for various large CPA firms immediately after college and then became an entrepreneur, owning his own CPA firm which he sold in 2019.

Alan has a deep focus on consulting clients on structuring including capital gain maximization and GAAP implementation for small medium size entities. Alan’s extensive knowledge of independent valuations of small to medium-sized entities has helped him to sell businesses throughout South Florida.


M&A Advisor

Gail Sagel

Gail is a strategic business leader, master networker, and innovative thinker. She began her career on Wall Street in energy derivatives. Parlaying her knowledge of petrochemicals, analytical expertise, business acumen, and entrepreneurial drive, she founded a groundbreaking one-stop cosmetics beauty destination in 2001. This venture offered a comprehensive array of aesthetic and beauty services long before the emergence of industry giants like Sephora, Blue Mercury, and Ulta Beauty.

Gail has built and sold multiple businesses and enhanced business valuations through her consulting firm, which provides executive leadership and strategic direction with solution-oriented approaches. Her expertise spans the beauty, medical, consumer packaged goods, and manufacturing sectors. Gail's unique combination of creative and analytical skills enables her to tackle complex challenges and deliver optimal solutions. Her deep understanding of both the seller's and buyer's needs makes her an invaluable asset in facilitating successful transactions.

Having graduated from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Marketing, Gail joins South Florida M&A Advisors, Inc. She brings her extensive experience and strategic insight to the team, enhancing our capability to provide clients with the expertise and guidance needed to achieve their financial goals and objectives.

Your Pharmacy & Healthcare industry Expert

Arthur Schreier

Arthur Schreier has worked in the Healthcare field for over 30 years. Beginning his career in Retail Management of large Chain Stores and Independent Drugstores. Arthur has held various management positions within the Retail healthcare field.

Arthur transitioned laterally into the Pharmaceutical Distribution/Wholesale segment of the business starting with Owens& Minor and ending as a Vice President for McKesson Pharmaceutical. During his tenure with McKesson, he always had a passion for the Independent and small chain Drug Stores Some of his accomplishments were:

Healthmart Initiative
RX Ownership Program
Six Time President Club Winner
Initiated and completed 35 Pharmacy Acquisitions and Mergers

Arthur’s keen insight and knowledge of the Retail/Wholesale Pharmaceutical Industry is essential to buying and selling of entities in the healthcare arena successfully.

He has successfully brokered over 250 million in healthcare businesses in his career.


M&A Advisor

Luis Camino

As a seasoned private banker at Gibraltar Bank, Luis Camino brought a wealth of experience in wealth management and financial planning. With a proven track record of building and maintaining strong client relationships, Luis specialized in providing tailored financial solutions to high-net-worth individuals and families.
Luis is also a seasoned professional in the real estate industry, having successfully served as a residential realtor since 2014. With a keen eye for market trends and a dedication to client satisfaction, he helped numerous individuals and families find their dream homes and investment properties over the years.

Now, Luis is excited to embark on a new chapter in his career as a business broker. Leveraging his extensive experience in real estate and passion for facilitating successful transactions, Luis is committed to assisting entrepreneurs and business owners in buying and selling businesses across various industries.
With a strong understanding of both the residential and commercial sectors, he brings a unique perspective to the world of business brokerage. Whether guiding clients through the process of selling their existing business or helping them identify lucrative investment opportunities, Luis  is dedicated to providing expert advice and personalized service every step of the way.With a proven track record of delivering results and a reputation for integrity and professionalism, Luis is poised to make a significant impact in the business brokerage industry.

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