The principals of Mertz Taggart have successfully completed over 100 healthcare business transactions since 2006. We are an industry leading Healthcare M&A Firm that has first-hand experience owning and operating a healthcare company.


Cory Mertz Managing Partner Mertz Taggart

Cory Mertz

M&AMI – Managing Partner

Cory Mertz, M&AMI, is a managing partner of Mertz Taggart. Cory has a track record of successful transactions within the rapidly changing healthcare industry. Coupled with a wide variety of business experience including business development and operations management, Cory’s skill set has helped many healthcare entrepreneurs realize their exit planning goals.


Cory is a speaker at regional and national healthcare conferences on topics ranging from maximizing value for your company to the processes and pitfalls of selling a healthcare company.

He currently lives in Fort Myers, FL, with his wife and two children.

Kevin Taggart Managing Partner Mertz Taggart

Kevin Taggart

CM&AP – Managing Partner

Kevin Taggart, CM&AP, is a Managing Partner and co-founder at Mertz Taggart. Previously, he founded a land development and home building company, where he gained invaluable experience running all aspects of the business, including putting together and executing a marketing plan.


He was also co-owner of a home care company, and after successfully selling to a large publicly-traded company in 2010, he has been guiding other healthcare companies through the sales process. Kevin has been invited to speak at several national and regional healthcare conferences with topics ranging from the process of selling a healthcare company to maximizing value before a sale.


He currently lives in the Atlanta area with his wife and three children.

Bruce Vanderlaan Managing Director Mertz Taggart

Bruce Vanderlaan

JD – Managing Director

Bruce Vanderlaan, JD, literally grew up in the health care business. For 25 years his mother was the Director of Nursing at a nursing home in Ludington, Michigan where he often accompanied her to work. After he became a practicing attorney, his mother and her business partner consulted with him about on legal issues in the Home Health Care field. 


He has represented businesses and health care practices for 26 years in negotiations and transactions, and as the closing agent in closing the deal. He doesn’t just hold a law degree, he built a successful long standing practice in the field.


He lives in Fort Myers, FL with his wife and daughter.

Sandra Zervoudakis Managing Director Mertz Taggart

Sandra Zervoudakis

MS, LMHC, CAP – Managing Director

Sandra Zervoudakis, LMHC, CAP, is an industry expert in the mental health/substance abuse market. She has worked as an operator of numerous hospitals and behavioral health treatment facilities, including ones owned/operated by HCA, Psychiatric Solutions and UHS.


Sandra has proven to be a leader not only in the inpatient hospital settings and in residential treatment facilities, but also in the not-for-profit and community services spectrum. Sandra has always exemplified the commitment to serve clients and families in need with professionalism and empathy.


Sandra lives in Boca Raton, FL with her husband and three children.

Anke Stugk Senior Financial Analyst

Anke Stugk

Ph.D. – Senior Financial Analyst

Anke Stugk, Ph.D. joined Mertz Taggart as a Financial Analyst in February 2020. Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Stugk gained experience as Head of Research at a public business development firm and as Program Chair for business and finance at a private University.


She is an accomplished researcher and analyst offering a rich mixture of experience involving critical thinking, research ability, leadership, financial analysis, and strategic planning. Throughout her career she focused on identifying new growth opportunities in public and private sectors across multiple industries.


Dr. Stugk lives in Fort Myers, FL.

Crystal Hackbarth Business Development Mertz Taggart

Crystal Hackbarth


Crystal Hackbarth joined Mertz Taggart in 2015 and leads the inside business development efforts at the firm.


Since joining the firm, Crystal has been a key team member and has played an integral role in the growth of the firm. Her expertise is monitoring industry-wide shifts, managing CRM databases and leading market research initiatives.  With her entrepreneurial approach Crystal expanded her role to in- and out-bound sales and has initiated multiple successful transactions for Mertz Taggart. Crystal is a licensed Real Estate agent in Florida and holds a degree from Ridgewater College.


She lives in Fort Myers, FL, with her husband and daughter.

Eduardo Tavel Financial Analyst Mertz Taggart

Eduardo Tavel

Financial Analyst

Eduardo Tavel works as an Analyst at Mertz Taggart, a role that allows him to capitalize on his corporate finance experience involving financial modeling, financial analysis and M&A exposure. He is a member of the CFA Institute and a Level II Candidate.


Born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Eduardo moved to the United States after receiving the Latin America-Caribbean Scholarship for excellent academic performance. He enrolled at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Finance and in Economics.


Eduardo spends his free time watching soccer matches or performing fitness activities. He lives in Bonita Springs, Florida, with his fiancée.

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