An ex-Army Ranger Captain, Mike has enjoyed a very successful career in mergers, acquisitions, and business development as the founder of CrossPointe Capital, a middle market investment-banking firm. In that capacity, he’s consulted with and evaluated over 5,000 companies. He’s been involved in transactions and projects covering a multitude of industry sectors: low tech, high tech, service, manufacturing, distribution, retail, software, and Internet based businesses. As a franchise coach and consultant he has a special expertise in helping entrepreneurs safely select, evaluate, finance and succeed as individual, regional or master franchise owners. In addition, he built a multimillion-dollar international marketing organization serving the energy and technology industry sectors prior to becoming the C12 Cascades Chairman in 2014.
Mike has been a participant in both secular and faith-based peer advisory groups and strategic coaching organizations for many years and has experienced first-hand the practical value of engaging in rigorous, diligent thinking with a select group of capable peer business leaders. He believes the Book of Proverbs provides clear guidance to seek wisdom as a priority and to obtain the counsel and advice of other wise leaders as we design, develop and execute successful life strategies aligned with God’s plans and purposes. He believes Jesus gave us clear instructions to seek first the Kingdom of Heaven, to love God and love people. He believes the Great Commission is as true for us today as it was when Jesus told his followers: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” He sees the primary mission field for business leaders to be the marketplace.
He’s actively involved with a number of community organizations, such as City Club, EDCO, Rotary Club and the Bend Chamber of Commerce. Mike serves on the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Greater Bend. He was Rotary Club captain of the community-wide Great Drake Park Duck Race from 2011-2016, which has consistently set fund raising records year over year. As a Chamber of Commerce member he’s led top membership teams and projects and serves on the Bend Chamber Board of Directors. He served on the organizing board and spoke at the 2015 Central Oregon Economic Forecast and Business Conference.
His Christian leadership roles include serving on the leadership team and speaking at the “Hub Nation Faith-In-Business” event, serving as finance committee chair for an $11,000,000 church capital campaign, and serving as Chairman of the High Desert Men’s Summit, which drew 2,500 attendees, and featured such noted speakers as Governor Mike Huckabee, Ryan Dobson and Ken Hutcherson.
He’s Chairman of Frontline Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organized to fund local ministries and produce Christian leadership events in Central Oregon, such as the annual Good Friday Leaders Prayer Breakfast, the annual Community Prayer BBQ and the annual Community Leaders Christmas Social.
Mike is a long-time member of Westside Church in Bend, OR. He and his wife Cathie also attend Eagle Mountain Church and attend special events at Bethel Church (Redding, CA), such as “Heaven in Business.” Mike and Cathie are both Ministry Training Institute Graduates (MTI) through Westside Church.
Mike’s interests include just about any kind of outdoor activity, but specifically fly-fishing, hiking the Cascades, camping, boating, shooting, mountain biking, skiing and horseback trail riding. He’s a racquetball player, Bikram (hot) yoga practitioner and a black belt martial artist in Aikido.
After 30 years of varied business and ministry experience, Mike joined C12 Group as Area Chair for Portland-Vancouver. His experience includes
- 10 years in corporate management and marketing roles, including Business Unit Manager for TransTechnology Corp. and President of a direct marketing company
- 10 years in government and ministry in roles such as CIO and Development Director with organizations such as Greater Portland PRC, Luis Palau Association, and the largest ESD in Oregon
- 10 years consulting and helping business owners build their companies using best practice methods such as E-Myth Mastery and Full Spectrum Business Development
This experience, combined with formal education and specialized post-graduate training in Enterprise Development, prepare Mike to help Christian CEOs, Presidents and Owners to build great businesses as they increase their ministry impact.
Mike has seen first-hand the differences in organizations with and without a God-centered focus and brings an informed and practical perspective. As a C12 Chair, Mike dedicates his gifts and experiences as a resource for business leaders. Together, they learn from one another and from C12 proprietary business development resources, encourage one another, and hold each other accountable to take their business, and ministry, impact to the next level.
Mike has served in local churches, teaching, leading worship, and facilitating small groups. He has helped several non-profits to build their capacity for ministry, also. Mike is married to Melody, has five children and one grandchild, and resides in Beaverton, Oregon.