Founder Bio 
 

Michael Sipe

Michael is the president and founder of CrossPointe Capital, a middle market mergers, acquisitions and business development firm that serves buyers, sellers and builders of small to medium sized CA, OR and WA manufacturing, distribution, sales and services companies. Project Teams are staffed, as each assignment requires, by professionals from law, accounting, finance, marketing, insurance, public relations and information technology.

Mike has been an entrepreneur since the fifth grade. Since then, his career experiences, which include civil engineering, publishing, computer simulation, multimedia production, direct sales, business consulting, training and education, manufacturing, retail and real estate, have proven invaluable in his current work as a business intermediary and consultant to growing companies.

In the process of buying and selling his own companies, Mike became intrigued by the absence of a well-developed market for mid-sized companies, and the frustrations and challenges consequently faced by potential buyers and sellers. He formed CrossPointe to help remedy this problem.

The subsequent years have been filled with great people, fine companies, and successful deals. In the process, Mike has made a rigorous study of the contract, accounting, tax and business issues involved in the transfer of a company. He has a special talent for designing creative solutions to the problems that can arise.

Mike is an accomplished writer, teacher and public speaker. He regularly addresses civic and professional organizations on mergers, acquisitions, marketing and business development topics.

Over the years, Mike has been actively involved with The Executive Committee (TEC), now Vistage, an international organization of CEOs, as a TEC Associate, a TEC approved consultant, and as a speaker to TEC groups.

He is a graduate of the highly select Silicon Valley Leadership Program, which involves leaders from various industry and civic organizations in an ongoing examination and intervention in the critical business and social issues facing the dynamic Silicon Valley.

Mike grew up in the high country of Northern Arizona. He attended Arizona State University and obtained a business degree on an Army ROTC Scholarship. He also graduated from the Army Ranger School, Engineer School and Topographic School before serving as an engineer officer in West Germany.

In his free time, you'll likely find Mike hanging out with his kids, fly fishing, white water rafting, hiking, skiing, competing in racquetball tournaments, deep in the mountains on horseback, practicing Bikram Yoga or continuing his lifelong training as a black belt Aikido martial artist.

Mike’s affiliations over the years include the leading professional M&A organizations in the world:

  • International Association of Business Brokers
  • M&A Source
  • Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors
  • Institute of Business Appraisers
  • In addition he is a member and past director of the California Association of Business Brokers
Mike is a consultant with FranNet Northwest. FranNet is the nation's leading franchise advisory firm for executive level individuals and equity investors seeking master franchise operations, regional territories or high quality individual franchise locations.

At a community level, Mike has been a leader in local ministry and non-profit capital organizations. Mike headed the finance committee for his local church multi-million dollar capital campaign. He is Chairman of the High Desert Men's Summit and lead the largest Christian Men's event in Oregon at the Summit in Bend, which featured Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ryan Dobson, Ed McGlasson, James Ryle, Dr. Ken Hutcherson and a massive region wide community concert for thousands featuring the area's finest Christian musicians.

He is currently The Chairman of the C12 Group in the East San Francisco Bay Area. C12 is the nations foremost forum for Christian CEOs and business owners. www.C12EastBay.com.

Mike is a past member of the Greater Bend Rotary Club and captained the club's Great Drake Park Duck Race - the most well known charitable project in Central Oregon.

In addition to his other business pursuits, Mike owns a multi-million dollar international technology and energy business which operates across the US and in 22 other countries.



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"I initially approached Mike Sipe to evaluate a potential sale of my business. Since I had what I considered a 12-year old 'niche' technology business, I was unsure if there was a market for it or not. Mike readily accepted the challenge to sell my business and worked diligently to find a buyer that met my requirements for a sale. Through the inevitable ups and downs of the process, and the many surprises, Mike remained a level-headed influence on both myself and the potential buyers. He often provided simple solutions for what, at times, seemed like insurmountable issues. I would highly recommend Mike and Private Equities to anyone considering a sale of their business."
Mike Quigley,
Former President,
CoolTEC Incorporated