SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Sep 19, 2012) - Cascadia Capital (www.cascadiacapital.com), a diversified, boutique investment bank focused on serving both private and public growth companies in the Pacific Northwest, today announced that Michael Butler, Chairman and CEO, has been appointed to the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as a Chamber Trustee. Butler will work with influential leaders from organizations including, CenturyLink, Costco Wholesale, McKinstry, Microsoft, Puget Sound Energy, Recreational Equipment, Inc., Safeco Insurance, Swedish Medical Center, The Boeing Company, and Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, among others, to help the Chamber fulfill its role as a policy advocate, community convener and coalition-builder, business resource provider, and community partner.
"Michael's longstanding relationship with the Seattle business community and deep understanding of the region's top economic issues will be a tremendous asset to the Chamber," said Maud Daudon, President & CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. "Michael's background is a natural fit with our goals of fostering wise investments and sustainable policies that will lead to Seattle's economic growth and competitiveness in local and global markets. We look forward to Michael's leadership on the Board and his unique insights on how to enhance the local business climate."
"In my experience at Cascadia Capital, I have witnessed the tremendous value of building relationships with local businesses and the successes that can be achieved through open communication and collaboration," said Michael Butler. "It's my privilege to work with the esteemed members of the Chamber Board to serve as a voice for our business community, advocate for our region's diverse interests, and build greater economic opportunities."
Cascadia Capital has successfully closed numerous high profile deals in the Pacific Northwest over the last several months including Saltchuk's acquisition of Interstate Distributor Co., a deal valued in excess of $100 million, Lowe's acquisition of Seattle-based Allied Trade Group, HSN's acquisition of Chasing Fireflies, and ALS Laboratory Group's acquisition of Columbia Analytical Services. In addition to his role as CEO, Butler leads the organization's Sustainable Industries practice, where he has helped propel Cascadia into some of the most important transactions in this market including, Plasco Energy Group's Growth Equity Financing, Ecova's acquisition of Prenova and FRX Polymer's Series B Growth Equity Financing.
Prior to co-founding Cascadia Capital, Butler served as a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers, where he was responsible for global equity sales and equity syndicate. He also served on the firm's Equity Commitment Committee, Equity Syndicate Committee and Private Equity Commitment Committee. Before joining Lehman Brothers, Butler was a Principal with Morgan Stanley & Company, where he was responsible for divisional global product and risk management and was a member of the division's Operating Committee. He has been involved in numerous equity financing transactions for both public and private companies.
The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse network of influential business leaders in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization of 2,200 businesses representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people. For more information, visit www.seattlechamber.com.
About Cascadia Capital, LLC
Cascadia Capital is a diversified, boutique investment bank serving both private and public growth companies around the globe. Cascadia's business is diversified in terms of the industries the firm covers -- Information Technology, Sustainable Industries and Middle Market -- and in terms of the range of advisory services it provides -- Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Financing and Strategic Advising. This diversification provides the firm with stability amidst market fluctuations. Cascadia is a pure advisory firm and unlike other investment banks, is not conflicted by trading, lending, research or cross selling business. For over a decade, the firm has delivered the best outcomes for clients based on its transaction experience, domain expertise and commitment to building long-term relationships. Cascadia always acts in the long-term interests of clients, and honors its position as a trusted advisor. For more information, visit http://www.cascadiacapital.com.