Executive Profile

Michael Vinje

Michael Vinje

Minneapolis Office

Michael brings a valuable combination of entrepreneurship and corporate leadership skills to his role as an Investment Banker at CFA. In 2004 Michael founded an IT and Business Services Consultancy. Over the next 12 years, Michael grew that firm from startup to $33m in revenue and 200 employees. During his ownership, he developed a strong staff of senior leaders and management consultants across 3 offices in the US. His firm was continually recognized for fast growth and as a “best place to work”. In 2015 Michael sold his firm to an international publically traded strategic buyer. Since then he has been participating in professional services transactions with the Minneapolis office of CFA.

Michael began his career as an aerospace engineer at Hughes Aircraft, Space and Communications in El Segundo CA. designing and testing commercial satellites. He later moved on to Honeywell Avionics in MN. working with cockpit devices for commercial and military aircraft. From there he entered the IT space at a fortune 50 health insurer and a small fast growing privately held technology consulting company.

Michael leverages his years of large corporate experience along with his success in starting, building, and running his own business, for his role at CFA as an Investment Banker. He understands first-hand what company owners are thinking about as they contemplate what most likely is a once in a lifetime transaction. Michael is a proven visionary, leader, and project manager, focused on completing maximum value transactions for his clients. When he is not helping clients with a transaction he is advising business owners on how to prepare for a transaction through CEO leadership groups such as Vistage.