Gordon Stofer

Founder, Executive Chairman

Gordon has been working with middle market companies for over 40 years as an investor, director, and M&A advisor. He has be active in over 400 transactions including financings, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. He has held more than 30 directorships in growing private and public companies, where he frequently chaired important committees including audit, compensation, and special committees dealing with acquisition and sales.

He was the CEO of Cherry Tree’s investment banking activities for more than 20 years and, as Executive Chairman, continues to provide strategic and operational direction to an experienced and accomplished group of M&A professionals.


  • Strategy Implementation
  • Management Development
  • Marketing & Corporate Finance

Prior Experience

  • Northwest Growth Fund (now Norwest Equity Partners), Vice President
  • Honeywell, Inc., Marketing Manager
  • Maine National Bank, Assistant to the Controller
  • United States Navy, Officer


  • BS in Industrial Engineering, Cornell University
  • MBA, Harvard Business School, Baker Scholar

Board Positions

  • Bright Start, Inc.
  • Buffets, Inc. (Public)
  • Cherry Tree and Associates, LLC
  • Cherry Tree Wealth Management, LLC
  • DataMyte Corporation
  • FilmTec, Public
  • Harmony Brook, Inc.,(Public)
  • Insignia Systems, Inc. (Public)
  • MakeMusic, Inc. (Public)
  • National Information Systems
  • Pet Food Warehouse (Public)
  • PowCon, Inc.
  • Ringer Corporation (Public)
  • Select Comfort, Observer (Public)
  • VEE Corporation


  • President, MN Venture Capital Association 1990
  • Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, 1995
  • Director of the Year, Minnesota, 1997
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Westminster Church
  • Chairman of the Endowment Investment Committee, Westminster Church

Cherry Tree & Associates provides investment banking services through our FINRA-licensed broker dealer.