Tony Christianson | Managing Partner

Tony Christianson has spent more than 30 years in the venture capital and private equity communities in a variety of capacities. He has served as Managing General Partner of the Cherry Tree Ventures partnerships and founded a number of companies throughout his career.


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)