The principals of Mertz Taggart have successfully completed over 80 healthcare business transactions since 2006. We are an industry leading Healthcare M&A Firm that has experience owning/operating a healthcare company, which we believe gives Mertz Taggart a different perspective when representing our clients.

The Deal That is Right For You.

Mertz Taggart will help you define a practical business sale plan, with the ultimate goal of  maximizing your exit value.  Selling a business is a significant financial event in your life and its implications can impact retirement, future business endeavors and your personal net worth. Most business owners do not have the time, experience or resources to professionally market their business.  Selling at the wrong time, to the wrong buyer or without the right information can substantially lower the value of your business. Our goal is to maximize your company’s value by weighing all factors impacting the sale, creating competition among qualified buyers, and coordinating the process from start to finish.


Cory Mertz

M&AMI – Managing Partner

Cory Mertz 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 began his career at Jabil Circuit, where he was instrumental in the hyper-growth of the Fortune 500 electronics manufacturing services provider. Cory held several leadership positions while at Jabil, including managing the transition of multiple international acquisitions across Europe, South America and Mexico. This experience taught him the skills to quickly recognize opportunities, skillfully negotiate solutions, and successfully close transactions.

In 2006, Cory joined Stoneridge Partners, an M&A advisory firm that specializes in home care and hospice, as a dealmaker. While at Stoneridge, Cory had the opportunity to forge relationships with several industry leaders and private equity groups, having closed over 50 healthcare transactions, nationally.

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

Cory holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering magna cum laude from the University of Florida.  He currently lives in Fort Myers, FL with his wife and two children.

Kevin Taggart

CM&AP – Managing Partner

Kevin Taggart, CM&AP, is a Managing Partner at Mertz Taggart. Prior to co-founding Mertz Taggart, Kevin founded a land development and home building company. He gained invaluable experience running all aspects of the business, including raising money, negotiating and purchasing land, planning, and rezoning, permitting and building infrastructure (roads, sewers, water, pool, clubhouse, etc.), building houses, and putting together and executing a marketing plan.

Kevin has also been a co-owner of a home care company. As an owner, he increased volume through managing and measuring processes and systems and increased the EBITDA through topline growth and stringent cost controls. Kevin understands all aspects of running a healthcare company and brings a unique perspective to his clients. As a former agency owner with almost 200 employees, he has firsthand knowledge of the concerns owners face today. This knowledge better assists him in helping both owners and prospective buyers by implementing a genuinely client-focused strategy.

After successfully selling that company to a large publicly-traded company in 2010, he has been selling healthcare companies. 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. 

Kevin graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA and majored in finance. He currently lives in the Atlanta area with his wife and three children. His hobbies include running, coaching his children’s athletic teams, and spending time with his family.

Bruce Vanderlaan

JD – Managing Director

Bruce 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. When she moved into the Home Health Care field she and her business partner often consulted with him after he started practicing law, giving him a unique foundation and perspective.

He began his legal career with the premier law firm in West Michigan, and has represented businesses and health care practices for 26 years. In dozens of cases he has represented numerous clients in negotiations and transactions or has acted 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.

Bruce holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and is an honors graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law. He lives in Fort Myers, FL with his wife and daughter, and they enjoy sailing, skiing, running, and travel.

Sandra Zervoudakis

Sandra Zervoudakis

LMHC – Managing Director

Sandra Zervoudakis 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 completed her graduate degree in mental health counseling at Nova Southeastern University and subsequently began her work in the substance abuse and mental health profession.

Over the course of 16 years, Sandra has held executive titles of CEO, Executive Director, COO, and Senior Director of various behavioral health treatment facilities. Sandra has owned and operated her own facility, which she built from inception to a stable, operational state and ultimately sold it. Sandra has led complete reorganizations to multiple large and small facilities in order to re-staff and restructure to obtain profitability. Most recently, Sandra has worked with investors to open new facilities as well as assist facilities to improve their operations and profitability. Sandra’s work has included projects with individual owners as well as private equity groups to perform confirmatory due diligence.

She has been involved in setting up innovative systems in behavioral health facilities. Over the course of her career not only have these systems been successful but have set some of the standards for best practice in both inpatient, outpatient, and laboratory settings. 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.

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