Michael is responsible for leadership of CCP, including strategy and direction, portfolio company support, new investments, and day-to-day operations. 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 national sales organization for the Hardware and Two-step Distribution channel, managing a national network of sales rep organizations and leading key national account relationships.
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 Board of Yellowstone Forever (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.