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Posted By Joe Hamilton


After his own exit from Aberdeen Marketing, Inc., Emery Ellinger founded Aberdeen Advisors with the goal of helping entrepreneurs exit better, finding the right buyer at the best possible price. Now, Aberdeen Advisors is a powerhouse, boasting the largest volume of mergers and acquisitions sales in Tampa Bay. Ninety-five percent of sellers working with Aberdeen receive multiple offers for their companies, and Aberdeen Advisors has a close rate more than three times that of the industry average.

Years in St. Pete

17 years.

Organizations involved in

St. Anthony’s Hospital & Foundation, Leadership Tampa Bay, Canterbury High School and many other things.

What gets you out of bed every day?

I like to help people, that gets me out.

Why St. Pete?

It was not strategic, but I look smart being here now, 17 years later. Helped fund a business down here and ended up running it, which was not the plan, but that brought me down here and I’m super thrilled to be here.

What is one habit that you keep?


Who are some people that influence you?

Ron Fleisher, he was in my CEO group years ago and he’s still one of the smartest people I know.

What is one piece of insight - a book, methodology, practice - that you would share with our readers?

I like Think and Grow Rich, it’s a book I read years ago and I want to read again. About great attitude, mindset and how that can really drive you forward.

What is one thing you wish you knew about your work 3 years ago?

Well, the bull market continues, I might have ramped it up even further than I have.

What’s next?

I may buy a business. Even though I have a business, I may be interested in having another one.

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