Managing Director


Michael has spent the last 20 years investing in private equity and direct venture investments. He has served as a Managing Director with Wind Point Partners focusing on CEO-centric middle market buyouts and AGR Partners/TIAA-CREF focusing on investing in food/agribusinesses as well as establishing AGR’s Chicago office.   Michael has held Board roles for Bakery Chef, Ames True Temper, and Procyon Technologies, among other buyout and early stage businesses.
Prior to joining Wind Point, Michael spent six years at Werner Ladder (Michael’s family business) where he led Werner’s Hardware National Accounts as VP of Sales, managing a national network of sales rep organizations and leading key account relationships. In addition, Michael participated at the Board level in major strategic decisions including business direction, generational transition, and ultimately the decisions to seek liquidity through sale.
Prior to joining Werner, Michael served as an Associate at Goldman Sachs & Co., and as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Co.
Michael is a member of the Advisory Council of the Yellowstone Park Foundation and created Park Journeys, Inc., a 501c3 organization which helps bring youth to National Parks.
Michael holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Wharton.