Vice President Honored as Top Deal Maker Among M&A Peers
Cascadia Capital, a diversified investment bank serving both private and public growth companies, today announced that Mike Kelley, vice president, has been named a winner of the 5th Annual M&A Advisor 40 UNDER 40 Award in the Deal Maker category.
The M&A Advisor, renowned globally for its recognition of leading M&A, financing and turnaround professionals, created this award to promote mentorship and professional development amongst the emerging business leaders. Kelley has been chosen from a pool of international nominees by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders based on his achievements in M&A and industry expertise.
“It is a tremendous accomplishment to be recognized amongst a group of distinguished colleagues for my work in the M&A industry,” said Kelley. “Over the past several years, I have found deep satisfaction in guiding business owners and executives through what is frequently the largest transaction of their career. I’ve learned that M&A deals extend far beyond the balance sheet, and will continue to focus on outcomes that meet clients’ complete set of desires and long-term interests.”
As vice president at Cascadia Capital Kelley is focused on executing buy-side and sell-side M&A, equity and debt private placement, and strategic advisory transactions with private and public companies in the middle market. His work has covered all sides of a transaction from providing debt financing, acting as a buy-side principal, sell-side advisor, as well as operating roles within a high profile public company.
Prior to Cascadia Capital, Kelley was with General Electric (GE) for 11 years, most recently in buy-side M&A as part of GE’s Corporate Business Development team where he was part of several large, international acquisitions and joint ventures. Kelley started his career at the Commercial Finance unit of GE Capital where he led due diligence teams on over $3 billion of debt at 50+ companies. He was later selected for GE’s high profile experienced leadership program, Corporate Audit Staff. By the time he left GE, he had worked in 16 countries including as an expat Finance Manager in GE’s Oil & Gas headquarters in Florence, Italy.
“In 2010 we initiated the 40 UNDER 40 Awards to recognize the emerging leaders of the M&A, Financing and Turnaround industries,” said David Fergusson, President of The M&A Advisor. “It is our belief that this group of accomplished women and men will have a significant effect on the advancement of our industry. And it is our great pleasure to recognize them and provide a forum for them to meet and engage with one another.”