Elmer Baldwin joins Cherry Tree Companies’ team as Managing Director

Elmer Baldwin joins Cherry Tree Companies’ team as Managing Director

MINNETONKA, Minn., July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cherry Tree Companies announced today the appointment of Elmer N. Baldwin as a Managing Director in the company’s investment banking unit, Cherry Tree & Associates.

Baldwin will be based at the company’s Carlson Center headquarters and will focus on developing Cherry Tree’s established practice in information technology services and software solutions as well as expanding its existing coverage of the digital media sector.

Baldwin has a 30-year track record in information technologies, professional services, SaaS and digital media, including 20 years as President / CEO of five information technology companies. His career in the Twin Cities technology industry includes senior roles at Oracle, York & Associates and Egghead Software plus CEO roles at via World Network (Accenture), BORN, Analysts International and Internet Broadcasting.

As CEO, Elmer led many strategic M&A transactions. He has operated under virtually all ownership and governance structures, including publicly-traded companies, private-equity syndicates, and owner-operator. His own management consulting firm called Nuvolution was merged with Manchester Companies in 2013. Serving as President of Manchester Companies, he helped many companies navigate through their restructuring and renewal process.

“I look forward to putting my experience in the information technologies industry together with my M&A experience to help other CEOs meet their objectives,” said Baldwin. “Joining Cherry Tree is the natural next step for me to help create new value and liquidity in Minnesota’s super-vibrant IT and digital media communities.”

Most recently, from 2011 to 2014 Baldwin was President and CEO of Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc., a Saint Paul-based, digital media solutions business that served the television news market throughout the United States. IBS was sold to Nexstar Broadcasting in April 2014.

“We have known Elmer for over 20 years and are excited to have him join our team,” says Gordon Stofer, co-founder and president of Cherry Tree Companies. “He fits our Managing Director model perfectly, and provides us with additional IT industry experience and knowledge. When combined with Cherry Tree’s transaction experience, strong team and disciplined process, the results will be more great outcomes for our clients.”

For 34 years the Cherry Tree Companies, founded by Tony Christianson and Gordon Stofer, have served entrepreneurially led and managed companies with a variety of highly targeted professional services.

Cherry Tree & Associates is Minnesota’s eighth-largest broker-dealer investment bank providing strategic and M&A advisory services to middle-market firms. Its private placement team works with dynamic management teams and boards of directors to attract growth and expansion capital. It also provides fairness opinions and other valuation services. The investment bank’s senior professionals have strong records of M&A achievement as presidents and CEOs of operating companies, partners of private equity firms, and leaders in corporate M&A.

For more information, contact:

Gordon Stofer, gstofer@cherrytree.com, 952.253.6033

Elmer Baldwin, ebaldwin@cherrytree.com, 952.253.6001