Meet Our Buy-Side Team

In addition to our normal M&A activity on behalf of sellers, Cherry Tree has a robust and well-developed process to assist clients in their Buy-Side activities.  We help identify and investigate core market opportunities as well as adjacent market segments that might offer incremental growth, work with our clients to develop useable screening criteria, develop actionable targets in selected markets, and support the negotiation and diligence necessary to close productive transactions.  We have worked with both Strategic buyers and Private Equity Investors.

Chad Johnson | Managing Director, Team Lead

Chad Johnson is a Managing Director in Cherry Tree & Associates’ investment banking practice. Chad has a long and successful track record advising entrepreneurs in the sale of their businesses, and advising numerous public and private companies in the acquisition of complementary businesses. Previous experience includes growing and recapitalizing a successful software firm, managing corporate M&A, and working in a venture capital firm. He received his BA and MBA from the University of Minnesota. >>more

EMAIL:  CHAD JOHNSON   |  Direct: 952-253-6001

Dave Latzke | Managing Director

Dave Latzke, a Managing Director at Cherry Tree & Associates, has more than 30 years experience serving as financial advisor and CFO across many industries. Dave’s experience includes acquisition and divestiture transactions, the capital markets (debt and equity/public and private), restructuring projects, as well as public offerings and organizational structure and governance work for public companies. >>more

EMAIL:  DAVE LATZKE  |  Direct: 952-253-6032

Mik Gusenius | Director

With more than 10 years of experience advising companies across a range of industries, Mik has been involved in more than 30 completed M&A transactions totaling nearly $1 billion of transaction value. Previous engagements include work with Deluxe Corporation (NYSE:DLX), CTI Group (OTC:CTIG), and Avtex. >>more


EMAIL:  MIK GUSENIUS
   |  Direct: 952-253-6005

Matt Otto | Senior Associate

Matt is a senior associate with the firm providing support to both the investment management and investment banking teams. He also works on projects with the wealth management division. >>more 

EMAIL:  MATT OTTO   |  Direct: 952-253-6035