Mike Franson

Senior Advisor

Mr. Franson has served software and technology-enabled services businesses with a broad array of strategic financial advisory services over his 39 year career, including capital formation and merger and acquisition advisory services. Mr. Franson has completed 100 transactions over the course of his career representing in excess of $4.0 billion in transaction value. Mr. Franson was a co-founder of St. Charles Capital (“SCC”), a leading M&A boutique headquartered in Denver. Mr. Franson served as SCC’s President from 2007 to 2014, growing the firm to 25 investment bankers while being the firm’s leading producer. SCC was acquired by KPMG in 2014, and, Mr. Franson served as the Global Head of KPMG’s Technology, Media and Telecom group until his retirement in 2016, leading a dedicated team of 200 investment bankers focusing on middle-market M&A in over 80 countries. Mr. Franson also led SCC’s and its predecessor’s merchant banking efforts that included growth equity investments, buyouts and recapitalizations. The partners of SCC and its predecessor invested over $4.0 million in these transactions, which generated returns in excess of private equity market returns. Mr. Franson currently serves as a Senior Advisor to CoorsTek, Inc., the global leader in advanced industrial ceramics, and also serves on the board of directors of a publicly traded company in the building materials industry. Mr. Franson has previously served on numerous other for-profit boards, including boards of three public companies.