World Class Mergers & Acquisitions  |  For Companies $5 Million to $100 Million in Revenue

Meet Transworld M & A Business Advisors

Len Russek
Managing Director

Over 25 years experience in M&A, venture investing, raising capital, and strategic planning; both with $2.0 billion diversified holding companies and as an independent advisor. CPA with an international firm. Expertise in finance, accounting, value-based planning, contract negotiations, business valuations, and structuring creative transactions with entrepreneurial management and strategic buyers or financial investors. Solid reputation as a capable and experienced M&A expert as buyer, seller and intermediary. Len Russek is a Certified M&A Intermediary.

Mike Ertel
Managing Director

With over 30 years of experience in corporate management with companies such as 3M, Bemis Packaging, GE Major Appliance, Hillenbrand Industries, Batesville Casket, and Premier Bedding, and 20+ years in marketing and strategic planning, Mike Ertel brings the expertise to confidentially market businesses to serious and well-qualified prospects, and to work closely with other trusted advisers to maximize the net proceeds from the largest and most significant transactions in many business owners’ careers. Mike Ertel holds several certifications including Certified Business Intermediary (CBI), M&A Master Intermediary (M&AMI) and Certified M&A Advisor (CM&AA).

Peter Berg
Managing Director

Peter Berg brings over 30 years of Investment Banking and Mergers & Acquisitions experience to his position as Managing Director at Transworld M&A Advisors. He is also a shareholder and member of the Board of Directors. He has closed more than 200 transactions representing over $1 billion dollars in lower middle market transactions since joining Transworld in 2000. He is skilled at negotiating complex transactions and working with both the Buy and Sell Side, Private Equity, Family Offices, Strategic Buyers, CPA’s, attorneys and financial advisors in moving transactions towards a successful result. He is a Certified Business Intermediary, Certified M&A Professional and holds the Merger & Acquisition Master Intermediary designation.

Lawrence D. Sandidge, MBA, ALM
Managing Director

Lawrence "Larry" Sandidge has a diverse background in the Electronics and Finance industries.  His career began as a Sales Engineer in the Semiconductor Industry with Texas Instruments and later National Semiconductor.  In the Electronics industry, he also had his first entrepreneurial venture starting a Manufacturers Representatives firm with principal companies in active and passive components. In the Finance industry, Mr. Sandidge served as Vice President at Merrill Lynch and Wachovia Securities in an investment capacity.  This experience has provided him with a vast background in Financial and Business Analysis throughout a wide variety of industries. Mr. Sandidge's educational background includes a BA in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University, an MBA from the University of Tampa and a Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) from Harvard University.

Tom Jones

Thomas I. Jones, PA has extensive knowledge in business sales, mergers and acquisitions in many industries including Manufacturing, Distribution, Service, Healthcare and Franchises. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in economics, Tom embarked on a career in the business brokerage field, and he has never looked back. Though he has extensive knowledge in the manufacturing, distribution, and service industries, his true area of specialization is the healthcare industry. Tom has been distinguishing himself within the industry for over a quarter of a century, and his accolades speak for themselves.

Stephen Reesing

Stephen Reesing has over 30 years of experience in the finance industry as a CPA, CFO, Corporate Development Manager, Business Broker and M&A Advisor. He began his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen and Company in Houston, TX. He subsequently held CFO positions with three companies in Austin in the manufacturing and financial technology business segments including one startup that went public with a valuation that exceeded $1 Billion. He has closed acquisition or recapitalization transactions worth hundreds of million dollars in his career. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas and is a Certified M&A Professional.

Leanne Erwin
Vice President

Leanne has over 25 years of healthcare transactional, consulting, and operational experience. Prior to joining Transworld M&A Advisors, Leanne held senior operator roles in several middle-market healthcare firms, assisting firms with their acquisition-based value-creation strategies and leading their operational target integration efforts. Leanne previously held senior operations consulting roles with the State of Florida and Broward Health, the largest public health system in South Florida. Leanne began her career in the healthcare services group of Accenture. With management and operator experience in healthcare providers, payers, consulting, and government organizations, Leanne has a holistic perspective of how healthcare delivery, finance, and regulatory mechanisms inter-relate and affect enterprise value. Leanne holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University, and an AA in Nursing from Broward College.  

Stephen Edwards
Partner Region; Sydney Australia

Stephen Edwards has over 20 year’s senior executive experience as a CEO, Managing Director, Shareholder, Investor and Chairman across a range of different companies and industries. He has a passion for helping Business Owners; particularly Founders realize their dream or strategic objective - via an acquisition, or business sale. Stephen has led many successful transactions across manufacturing – retail – industrial – technology and services and has had a lot of exposure to mid- tier family owned businesses $2 million - $150 Million.

Peter McDonald
Partner Region; Australia

Peter has over 20 years of experience in various senior leadership positions and over 15 years of both private and public company board experience. Prior to joining the Transworld M&A team, Peter spent 8 years as CEO of a publicly listed Australian company with annual sales of approximately $200 million and international operations in Australia, the USA, China, the Middle East and Japan. His career has spanned across manufacturing, commercial and agricultural, and retail home improvement and leisure industries. In his corporate career he was involved in a number of acquisitions and divestments. Since joining Transworld in 2016, Peter has successfully led a number of large M&A transactions across a variety of industries where the businesses have been sold to both local and international buyers.

Jim Shergold
Partner - Region: Australia

Jim Shergold has extensive operational and transactional experience having spent over 20 years in private equity and CEO roles. Jim holds an MBA and an Accounting degree and has bought and sold businesses valued from $100,000 to $100 million. These businesses have spanned across industries including; mining, waste management, hospitality, packaging, pharmaceuticals and financial services.