ACG Cup Northwest Committee
Hosting/Supporting Organization Leaders
Executive Managing Director
FEI – Portland Chapter
Sponsors – Primary Contacts
University Program Coordinators
Donna L. Paul, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance
Carson College of Business
Washington State University
ACG Cup Northwest University Campus Liaisons
ACG Cup Northwest 2022 Judges
DOUGLAS K. ADLER
DOUGLAS K. ADLER
Doug is a strategic financial and operational leader with a keen ability to drive value. He currently runs Tusten Advisors, a consulting and financial advisory services firm for high-growth businesses. Recently, as CFO of Atmosera, a leading Microsoft Azure Cloud Hosting and Architecture company, he was responsible for finance, accounting, capital raising, M&A and procurement of the company. Doug joined Atmosera with more than 20 years of experience as a key strategic and financial advisor to a variety of high growth technology and telecom companies. Doug spent 14 years as a Managing Director of Investment Banking at TD Securities in New York where he co-founded and co-lead their mergers and acquisitions practice in the telecom, media and technology sectors and their Equity Capital Markets business. Doug has structured and raised over $27 billion in debt and equity capital and advised on $8 billion in acquisitions over the course of his career. Doug is the President of the Financial Executives International (FEI) Portland Chapter and is on the ACG Cup NW Committee.
Adam is a Managing Director at pHpartners, focused on providing M&A and capital raising services for middle market clients. Adam also leads pH Capital Partners, pHp’s merchant banking division. Adam is based in Portland, Oregon. Adam has over 15 years of experience advising companies of various stages of growth. He has deep experience in the technology, financial technology, consumer and retail and business services sectors. In addition, he has worked with many closely-held, family-owned businesses in transition.
Prior to pHpartners, Adam covered the Pacific Northwest region for Wells Fargo Securities’ Middle Market Investment Bank. Previously, Adam worked at Financial Technology Partners where he was an execution banker for one of the nation’s leading verticalized boutique M&A firms. Adam began his investment banking career in the Technology Group at Banc of America Securities. Prior to his investment banking career, Adam worked at Silicon Valley Bank, executing venture debt transactions for leading emerging technology and life sciences companies.
Cari Thomas has more than 20 years of financial and management experience, with a key focus on aligning organizations and managing risk in high-growth sectors. She is currently CFO at Quatris Healthco, where she oversees HR and the finance functions. There she prioritizes growing the people needed to thrive in a tumultuous healthcare environment, leveraging the most suitable technology to operate in a fast-paced and ever-changing market, and maintaining a fiscally sound firm. Within her first year, she co-led a NetSuite migration that has positioned the firm for continual growth and set up financial reporting systems to help the company optimize resources. Previously, as the CFO of Jibe Consulting, Cari played a key role in establishing an Indian subsidiary that allowed for local- and offshore-market growth. She also implemented an Oracle ERP system that transformed finance from a back-office player to a strategic front-office partner for our workforce. In her CFO capacity at Jibe, she won the 2013 CFO of the Year award, given by Portland Business Journal. Outside of work, Cari supports her senior finance peers as a board member and the past President of Financial Executive International Organization in Portland.
Benjamin Ertischek is an executive with more than 20 years of responsibility for Leadership, Strategy, Finance, Accounting, IT Systems & Applications, Product and Business Development, Ben thrives on building businesses by nurturing ideas and people working in collaborative teams. His passion and commitment to evolve ideas, develop people and build successful businesses is second only to his ability to think outside the box, challenge the status quo and cast a vision for what can be. In addition to operating roles leading companies, Ben has deep experience in raising equity funding and completing both buy side and sell side M&A. He has had significant M&A roles from Director of M&A at Xerox to leading many of the many activities at Viewpoint and MediaShift Technologies as CFO. Ben has also run a boutique consulting firm providing M&A advisory services to companies and private equity firms.
Brendan Gutierrez McDonnell is an equity partner at global law firm K&L Gates LLP. Brendan served as the Portland office managing partner for eight years, and also served on the firm’s Management Committee for seven years. He is a current member of the firm’s IDEA Group, an internal committee that assists in advancing the firm’s strategic priority of embracing innovation to drive value, and serves as the Portland office recruiting partner. He is a forward, visionary thinker, solving legal and business issues affecting public and private growth companies. Brendan is on the leading edge of ushering disruption into the traditional practice of law by leveraging technology, including artificial intelligence, to more efficiently serve his clients.
Brendan regularly counsels corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions and public and private financings, including private equity and venture capital transactions. He also advises companies on a variety of everyday business issues, including advice on securities laws, corporate laws (including director and officer duties), executive compensation plans and general corporate contracts. He has worked with clients at every stage of development, from initial formation to Fortune 100 status. Brendan’s accounting background affords him an advantage in understanding his clients’ business and financial objectives. He works directly with his clients to implement tailored solutions to their complex business problems. Brendan received his J.D. from University of California, Davis School of Law, and his B.S. from Loyola Marymount University.
I am currently leading PNC’s expansion in the Pacific Northwest, based in Portland, Oregon. My background includes several years of credit products & capital markets origination experience, in addition to consulting on operational treasury and risk management strategies for the public & private sectors. My team and I are focused on delivering business (succession) strategy, capital structuring, and treasury solutions to middle market and large corporate companies in Oregon, SW Washington, and Idaho.
I attended undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a Bachelors in Economics, Philosophy, and Political Science. For post-graduate work, I earned an M.B.A. from the Villanova University School of Business.
I have the pleasure of participating in several volunteer activities, including serving on the board of the Portland Business Alliance, Sport Oregon, and Social Venture Partners – Portland. Prior to arriving in Portland in 2020, I served as a Champion fund raiser for Emily’s Entourage, a charity that provides research funding for rare mutations of cystic fibrosis, while also participating as a mentor for Philadelphia Reads, an organization whose focus is to help to strengthen the literacy skills of Philadelphia’s youngest and neediest school children.
Sean holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with dual concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship from the University of Washington Foster School of Business.
Sean is currently a Senior Associate for Meridian Capital. He enjoys seeing his work have a positive impact on his clients’ businesses. Prior to Meridian Capital, Sean worked at Exvere, a Seattle-based mergers and acquisitions advisory firm. He also gained experience through a year-long internship with Ignition Partners, an early-stage enterprise software venture capital firm.
Sean played for and captained the men’s club lacrosse team at the University of Washington. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the gym, golfing with friends, reading, cooking, and watching the Seahawks and Husky football games.
Caleb Pilling joined Geffen Mesher in 2007 as one of the firm’s first interns, working in both the assurance and tax departments during his first three years with the firm. Although working in both departments provided valuable experience for serving his clients, Caleb knew where his passions were and transitioned into providing full-time assurance services to clients in the manufacturing, distribution, construction, and real estate industries.
Caleb shifted his focus again in 2016 when he worked with Raymond Cheung to co-found the firm’s mergers and acquisitions advisory services group, where he now spends most of his time advising clients through transactions. What began as a practice helping existing clients in the Pacific Northwest, has grown into a thriving practice advising clients internationally. He currently serves as co-chair of this group and has advised clients through deals totaling over $350 million.
As a native Oregonian, Caleb is highly involved in serving his local community through volunteer work for Accounting Aid for Fraud Victims (AAFFV), an Oregon-based nonprofit providing forensic accounting services to elder victims of fraud abuse. He also served as Treasurer for the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN), helping further the state’s economic development and business environment. When not in the office or volunteering, Caleb may be found outdoors with his family enjoying the Oregon coast and mountain biking the Cascades or rooting for the Oregon Ducks and Timbers.
Mr. Cabrera is a Professional Engineer with over 40 years of experience in the fields of Civil, Transportation and Traffic Engineering, and Forensic Engineering. His practice currently focuses on providing Transportation Safety consulting services to legal, insurance, governmental and corporate clients throughout the United States. Specific areas of expertise include roadway design, traffic control device uses, highway work zone temporary traffic control, vehicle collision reconstruction, vehicular dynamics, vehicle damage, speed analysis, nighttime visibility, roadway drag factors, reaction times, and computerized crash simulation. Mr. Cabrera’s experience has been acquired over three decades of providing professional engineering services to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), County and municipal governments, and private clientele.