Meet Our Education Team

Cherry Tree has been a leader in education-related transactions for over 35 years – well before investing in for-profit education became common. One of Cherry Tree’s founding investors, Charles Oswald, was the Chairman and CEO of National Computer Systems (or “NCS,” which was acquired by Pearson Education), a world leader in school test scoring, analytics, and services. Mr. Oswald’s influence triggered a series of investments and investment banking transactions that laid a strong foundation in this important vertical sector. Cherry Tree’s education practice is nationally known and continues to be a primary focus of the firm.

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

Chuck Gorman | Senior Advisor

Chuck Gorman has over 30 years of experience in leading companies from early stage startups to exits. He has been President and CEO of three technology companies from 1980 thru 2001 that experienced consistent growth and profitability for shareholders. For the past sixteen years he has led Cherry Tree in successful investment banking efforts for private placements and sell side engagements with Bailiwick, Chamilia, Avtex (A Pohlad Company), Analyst International, Atomic Learning, WACS, XRS (acquired GeoLogic), netASPx (a GTCR company, AmCom, The Bayard Group (acquired Cellnet), UnityWorks Media, Infinite Power Solutions, Vitesse Learning, Hunt Technologies, and many others. In total he has been responsible for over $1Billion in transaction value for the clients he has represented. Chuck will continue to focus on technology, SaaS and IT Services sectors for Cherry Tree. >>more

EMAIL:  CHUCK GORMAN   |  Direct: 952-253-6008

John Bergstrom | Managing Director

John Bergstrom has been involved with advising companies on strategy, capital formation, and merger and acquisition transactions for over 30 years and has been formally associated with Cherry Tree since 1985. In addition to his significant transaction experience, John has been a member of numerous boards of directors, both private and public, including the Dolan Company, Peoples Publishing, and Capella Education. >>more

EMAIL:  JOHN BERGSTROM   |  Direct: 651-227-9758

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

Ben Ikeda | Senior Associate

Ben is a senior associate with the firm providing buy-side and sell-side transaction support to the investment banking team. Prior to joining Cherry Tree, he worked as a health care consultant, specializing in health information technology. Ben also has experience evaluating health care venture opportunities. >>more 

EMAIL:  BEN IKEDA   |  Direct: 952-253-6015