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Our Team

We are an experienced, insightful and proven team of professionals with more than four decades of transaction experience. We are committed to helping business owners get where they want to go.

Chad Johnson

Chad Johnson

Managing Partner

Mik Gusenius

Mik Gusenius

Managing Director

Alex Brigino

Alex Brigino

Senior Analyst

Denise Engebretson

Denise Engebretson

Marketing Administrative Assistant

Dave Latzke

Dave Latzke

Managing Partner

Mike Buttry

Mike Buttry

Managing Director

David Wetterstrom

David Wetterstrom

Senior Analyst

Lora Hicks

Lora Hicks

Administrative Assistant

Jane Bortnem

Jane Bortnem

CFO, CCO and Partner

Elmer Baldwin

Elmer Baldwin

Senior Executive Director

Allison Murphy

Allison Murphy

Analyst

Gordon Stofer

Gordon Stofer

Founder, Co-Chairman

Merritt Jackley

Merritt Jackley

Director

Deb Opificius

Deb Opificius

Senior Accountant

Tony Christianson

Tony Christianson

Founder, Co-Chairman

Michael Amelio

Michael Amelio

Senior Associate

Charlotte Desai

Charlotte Desai

Marketing Associate

In Memoriam

Chuck Gorman

Chuck Gorman was a Managing Director at Cherry Tree for 20 years and proved to be an extremely successful investment banker. He always put his clients first, and in doing so, turned his engagements into big successes and enduring relationships.

Chuck had a huge impact on our firm both financially and culturally. He was a true gentleman, mentor, and leader — a dear and trusted friend forever. 

Wayne Atkins

Wayne was a Managing Director at Cherry Tree for more than 10 years. He was also a co-founder of Entrepreneurs House (E-House), a community service project for the Twin Cities entrepreneurial community. 

Wayne had a tremendous influence on everyone at Cherry Tree. He was deeply admired and his memory continues to be an inspiration to all of us.

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

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