Investment Banking and Capital Market Contacts

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Senior Banking Contacts

Nathan Aslesen

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Nathan Aslesen Managing Director

(612) 334-8215

Mr. Aslesen joined Craig-Hallum in 2020 and is based in Chicago, IL. He has extensive merger and acquisition, strategic advisory and capital markets experience across a range of industries including industrials – manufacturing and distribution, food and beverage, transportation and logistics, healthcare, consumer, technology and business services. Mr. Aslesen’s client experience includes working with founder/family owned businesses, private equity firms and their portfolio companies as well as larger corporations to complete corporate divestitures and sales. Prior to joining Craig-Hallum, Nathan was a founding member and Managing Director at FINNEA Group and was also previously with Macquarie Capital performing both merger and acquisition advisory as well as principal investing activities for Macquarie’s direct investment strategy. His transaction background is comprised of sell-side and buy-side M&A advisory transactions, capital markets transactions, and debt and equity principal investment transactions. Nathan received his BBA with a double major in Finance and Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Joe Dews

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Joe Dews Managing Director

(612) 334-6369

Joe joined Craig-Hallum in 2019 and is based in San Francisco. He has over 20 years of investment banking experience with leading companies in the technology, energy tech and industrial tech sectors, and has completed over 100 strategic and financing transactions. Prior to joining Craig-Hallum, Joe was focused on M&A at AGC Partners, and completed a broad range of financing and strategic transactions at Think Equity, Needham and Dain Rauscher Wessels. Joe also worked as VP Business Development in the software industry at Versata and as a Field Applications Engineer in the semiconductor industry at Cirrus Logic KK in Tokyo, Japan, and received a B.S. in Applied & Engineering Physics from Cornell University.

Kevin Harris

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Kevin Harris President

(612) 334-6320

Gustavus Adolphus College, BA History

Rick Hartfiel

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Rick Hartfiel Head of Investment Banking

(612) 334-6381

Mr. Hartfiel joined Craig-Hallum as the Director of Investment Banking in 2005. He brings over 30 years of investment banking experience focused on emerging growth companies. At Craig-Hallum, Rick has managed over 100 equity offerings (IPOs, follow-on offerings, registered directs and PIPEs) and M&A transactions. Prior to joining Craig-Hallum, Rick was a Managing Director at Dain, Rauscher, Wessels — a national investment banking firm covering technology, consumer, and healthcare companies. Previously, Rick was an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Hartfiel has a B.A., magna cum laude, from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ryan Hultstrand

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Ryan Hultstrand

Ryan Hultstrand Vice President

(612) 334-6367

Alex Knopick

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Alex Knopick Managing Director

(612) 334-6341

Mr. Knopick joined Craig-Hallum in 2004 and is a Managing Director in the investment banking group. Mr. Knopick has 20 years of experience in research sales, capital markets, and investment banking and has led transactions in the consumer, technology, and healthcare sectors. Previously, Alex managed the institutional sales team at Dougherty & Company and led the integration software practice team at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.

Mitch Lang

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Mitch Lang Vice President

(612) 334-8217

Mr. Lang joined Craig-Hallum in 2021 and has significant investment banking experience focused on M&A advisory transactions & capital raising engagements across a variety of sectors. Prior to joining Craig-Hallum, Mr. Lang spent time in M&A advisory, corporate M&A, and capital markets transactions. Mr. Lang received his B.S. and MBA from the University of St. Thomas and is a CFA charterholder.

John Lipman

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John Lipman Partner Managing Director Investment Banking

(612) 334-6377

Mr. Lipman joined Craig-Hallum in 2012 and has more than 15 years of investment banking experience advising growth companies in the healthcare, industrial and technology sectors.  Mr. Lipman has completed over 125 equity, convertible and debt offerings and advisory assignments for growth companies, including over 75 since joining Craig-Hallum.  Prior to joining Craig-Hallum, Mr. Lipman was a Managing Director at Rodman & Renshaw LLC, and Carter Securities LLC, a firm he founded that specialized in raising equity, equity-linked, and debt capital for growth companies.  Mr. Lipman has over 20 years investing experience in small capitalization companies, and started his career in venture capital and investor relations.

Jack McCarthy

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Jack McCarthy Vice President

(612) 334-6342

Mr. McCarthy joined Craig-Hallum in 2011 and has significant investment banking experience across a variety of sectors. Jack has executed over 100 transactions spanning M&A advisory and capital raising engagements. He received a B.S.B. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Jack is a licensed CPA (Inactive).

David Wambeke

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David Wambeke

David Wambeke Managing Director

(612) 334-6387

Mr. Wambeke joined Craig-Hallum in 2007 and is a Managing Director in the investment banking group. He has been involved in numerous public equity financings, private placements, and M&A advisory assignments across a wide variety of industries. Prior to joining Craig-Hallum, Mr. Wambeke was enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as an artilleryman and military police officer. During a deployment in Baghdad, Iraq, Mr. Wambeke was wounded in combat and awarded the Purple Heart. Mr. Wambeke received a B.S. from the University of Minnesota.