Tony Christianson

Tony Christianson | Managing Partner

Throughout 30 years working as a director or investor in more than 120 companies, Mr. Christianson has been involved in more than 200 private equity financings, 100 merger and acquisition transactions, and 24 initial public offerings. He serves as Managing General Partner of the Cherry Tree Partnerships and Chairman of Cherry Tree Companies.


Direct: 952-253-6003


  • Strategic development and planning
  • All phases of corporate finance
  • Businesses with a focus in information services, education, publishing, healthcare/bioengineering

Prior Experience

  • Vice President, Norwest Venture Capital
  • Consultant, Arthur Andersen


  • BS in Accounting, St. John’s University, Collegeville
  • MBA, Harvard Business School, Baker Scholar


  • Supporter, Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, 1995
  • Director of the Year, Minnesota, 2003

Board Positions

  • AmeriPride Services, Inc.*
  • Arctic Cat, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAT)
  • Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA)
  • Computer Petroleum Corporation
  • The Dolan Company (NYSE: DM)
  • Fair Isaac Corporation (NASDAQ: FICO)
  • Fourth Shift Corporation (NASDAQ: FSFT)
  • Greenspring Companies
  • J3 Learning, Inc.
  • Midway Airlines (NASDAQ: MDWY)
  • Molecular Genetics (NASDAQ: MOGN)
  • Peoples Educational Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEDH)
  • PLATO Learning, Inc. (NASDAQ: TUTR)
  • Titan Machinery, Inc.* (NASDAQ: TITN)
  • Transportation Corp. of America (NASDAQ: TCAM)
  • Varitronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSY)