Prior to becoming a founding partner at Midwest Growth Partners, Mike was a founding partner at Top Tier Holdings, LLC, a small, closely held private equity fund. Mike was responsible for developing Top Tier's investment portfolio by sourcing and executing on investment opportunities. Prior to co-founding Top Tier, Mike worked as business manager for a privately held, diversified commercial scale farming operation in north central Iowa. Mike started his M&A career in 2003 with the acquisition of a retail pharmacy, which today is 1 of a 19 location investment platform still under management. Mike is a board member for GRX Holdings, LLC, Top Tier Holdings, LLC and is the board chairman for Iowa Steel Holdings, LLC and Inland Coatings Holdings, LLC.
Mike received his B.S. from Iowa State University, where he earned the distinctions of Cardinal Key Honor Society inductee and C. H. Sandage Excellence Scholar. Mike also earned his MBA from the University of Iowa. In 2015, Mike was honored as a member of the 16th annual list of "Forty Under 40" presented by The Business Record.
Outside of the office, Mike has served on the Board of Governors as program co-chair for Leadership Iowa and also as a founding board member of Leadership Iowa University. In his free time, Mike takes great pride in working on the family farm operation and also enjoys hunting and fishing activities with family and friends. Mike and his wife Lindsay and their young family (Payton, Sawyer and Madison) are active members of Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, Iowa and live in rural Adel, Iowa.