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An ex-Army Ranger Captain, Mike has enjoyed a very successful career in mergers, acquisitions, and business development as the founder of CrossPointe Capital, a middle market investment-banking firm. In that capacity, he’s consulted with and evaluated over 5,000 companies. He’s been involved in transactions and projects covering a multitude of industry sectors…low tech, high tech, service, manufacturing, distribution, retail, software, and internet. As a franchise coach and consultant he has a special expertise in helping entrepreneurs safely select, evaluate, finance and succeed as individual, regional or master franchise owners. In addition, he built a multimillion-dollar international marketing organization serving the energy and technology industry sectors prior to becoming the C12 Cascades Chairman in 2014.
Mike has been a participant in peer advisory groups and strategic coaching organizations for many years and has experienced first-hand the practical value of engaging in strategic thinking with a select group of capable peer business leaders. He believes the Book of Proverbs provides clear guidance to seek Wisdom as a priority and to obtain the counsel and advice of other wise leaders as we design, develop and execute successful life strategies aligned with God’s plans and purposes.
He’s involved in community affairs as a City Club member, EDCO member and active Rotarian with Rotary Club of Greater Bend. He was Rotary Club captain of the community-wide Great Drake Park Duck Race in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, which set fund raising records year over year. As a Chamber of Commerce member he’s led top membership teams and projects and serves on the Bend Chamber Board of Directors. He served on the organizing board and spoke at the 2015 Central Oregon Economic Forecast and Business Conference.
His Christian leadership roles include finance committee chair for an $11,000,000 capital campaign, and serving as Chairman of the High Desert Men’s Summit and cross-denominational community worship events, which drew 2,500 attendees, and featured such noted speakers as Governor Mike Huckabee, James Ryle, Ryan Dobson, Ed Tandy-McGlasson and Ken Hutcherson.
He’s chairman of Frontline Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organized to fund local ministries and produce Christian leadership events in Central Oregon, such as the 2016 High Desert Prayer Breakfast. Mike also leads an initiative to bring the Global Leadership Summit to Central Oregon on August 11-12, 2016.
Mike is a member of Westside Church in Bend, OR.
His interests include just about any kind of outdoor activity, but specifically fly-fishing, hiking the Cascades, camping, rafting, skiing and horseback trail-riding. He’s a black belt martial artist in Aikido and loves a tough game of racquetball.
|Meeting Type:||C12 Group|
|Meeting time:||Group One: 9AM - 4PM on the third Thursday of each month
Group Two: 9AM - 4PM on the Tuesday following the third Thursday of each month
|Location:||C12 Cascades Marketplace Ministry Center, 55 NW Wall Street, Suite 150, Bend, OR 97701 - There is free parking onsite.|
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