We’re proud to welcome Nels Paine, Managing Director of Paine Pacific in Portland Oregon, as our guest speaker for the March e2e event in Laramie. Nels founded Paine Pacific in 1998 to apply his personal experience in operations, management, fundraising, and mergers and acquisition transactions to the underserved emerging growth and middle market companies. Today, Paine Pacific has evolved to a broad suite of strategic services around company growth objectives that has engaged more than 150 clients in over 30 industries.
Nels has a strong family background in investment banking and venture capital. Growing up around the venture capital business (his father was one of the first venture capitalists to break ground on Sand Hill Road in Northern California in 1962) laid the groundwork for his interest and subsequent career in small to mid-size businesses. He has proven success in building, managing and achieving product, marketing and financial goals of small businesses, start ups, and turnarounds with twelve years experience in the technology and high technology industries for medical and computer products.
Nels spent the first part of his career in the computer technology and software businesses at the Bank of Boston and at Software Developers Company in Boston, MA. Following the decline in the market in Boston, he relocated with his family to Oregon, joining a turn-around team for a software development company in 1991. After rebuilding and selling this business, he co-founded a spin-off software publishing business that he sold two years later. In 1994, Nels co-founded a medical device company, which he sold in 1997. Taking this broad experience, Nels founded Paine Pacific in 1998 to provide M&A services to a broad range of companies within the technology and services markets. Today this has evolved to a broad suite of strategic services around company growth objectives. Nels graduated from SMU in 1988 and is an avid outdoorsman and cyclist living in Portland with his wife and 6 children.
Nels also has a local connection with Wyoming. His great grandparents (Nels A. Pearson - President of State Senate in 1935), grandparents (General George O. Pearson - Sheridan Armory adorned with his name and contained his memorabilia) and mother (Mary Pearson (Paine)) all lived in Sheridan.
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