Who we Are
Paine Pacific provides investment banking services including business growth advisory (business development services), M&A, equity and debt financing, management consulting and project management services to its clients in small to mid-cap market environments. Our clients are companies that want to grow organically or inorganically, buy or sell, restructure or raise capital through equity and debt vehicles.
Paine Pacific has been in more than 250 engagements across 50+ different industries since its founding in 1998. We conduct work across the United States and Canada for companies from $0 to $10B in revenues. We believe that the course remains the same regardless of the size, industry or objective of the company: Achieve the objectives at the highest value and lowest impact to the client, its investors, employees and customers.
Paine Pacific was founded in 1998 in Portland, Oregon to bring an operational style of M&A and business growth advisory to the underserved emerging markets. My career started in the small business sector primarily with startups and turnarounds. After a series of successes and one big failure, I realized how much work it took to run, grow and create a success for investors, principals and employees in the smaller cap markets. I also realized that most M&A firms had no interest in providing services to this range of companies. Thus the birth of Paine Pacific.
It became clear in the first few years that many of Paine Pacific’s clients had business and personal objectives but were unclear about how to reach them or were not in a position to achieve them in their current operational form. Paine Pacific provided these clients with the help they needed to understand what was possible and the best course to take based on their business, market and industry and then assisted them in getting there. While this was done typically done as part of a transaction objective, over time the business added this as a standalone discipline of Growth Advisory providing operational and strategic advice and implementation to help clients meet their stated or learned objectives or to lead them toward a considered transaction. Paine Pacific’s core business in M&A received the benefits of this new segment. In both disciplines Paine Pacific grew its business based on the premise of helping clients achieve their ultimate fiscal and company potential and realize the value in more successful transactions.
Over the past 20 years the company has provided these services to over 400 companies in more than 100 different industries across the U.S. and Canada.
Nels founded Paine Pacific in 1998 to apply his 12 years of experience in growing, funding and selling his businesses. Nels has a long family background in investment banking as well as venture capital. His father was one of the first venture capitalists in the Bay Area in1962 which laid the groundwork for his 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.
Nels spent the first part of his career in the computer technology and software businesses for the Bank of Boston and SDC in Boston. In 1990 he relocated with his family to Portland, OR, as part of a turn-around team for a software development company. 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 help companies like his grow and reach their ROI objectives through Growth Advisory, Transaction Advisory and a broad suite of strategic services for company growth objectives.
Nels graduated from SMU in 1988 and is an avid outdoorsman and cyclist living in Portland with his wife and six children.
Director of Client Services
Tara joined Paine Pacific in early 2012 bringing her experience in sales management and customer service for manufacturing, distribution and retail. She has direct experience in long term client relationships for contractional and manufacturing sales and the management of financials, training and growth. She managed wide territories in the NW including Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Minnesota, North Dakota and Kansas. She understands business to business relationships and the components that make them successful.
Tara was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She left Oregon to study marketing and play volleyball on a full scholarship at the University of Montana. Since her return to Portland she has married and recently added to her family of six.
Darsh has 30+ years experience with global financial institutions in Foreign Exchange (FX )and interest rates markets. Following completion of his MBA at Columbia University, Darsh started his career trading currencies at Chase Manhattan Bank on Wall Street. Eventually he moved to building and and managing small global markets teams across various international markets where he lived including Southeast Asia, London, Brazil and North America.
In 2008 he became the Head of Global Markets US for Bank of Ireland, including the launch of and leveraged this experience to grow an FX and international payments advisory platform called Global Payments Partners merging the gap between Banking and FinTech.
Darsh grew up between Bangalore, India and Amarillo, Texas. He attended Southern Methodist University before receiving his MBA from Columbia University in New York. He now lives in Weston, CT with his wife and 3 kids.
Founder and President, Arnold Partners
Dave is the principal and founder of a boutique executive search firm focused on CFO and Board search for both public and private companies. He has placed over 100 CFO's into a wide variety of industries up and down the West Coast. Dave has spent the last 20 years in executive search after beginning his career in finance at Sun Microsystems and Apple Computer. Dave holds a BA from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Managing Partner, Grange Capital, LLC
Brent Keeton is co-founder, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer at Grange Capital. He is responsible for oversight of portfolio management for all client accounts. Prior to co-founding the firm, Brent spent 16 years with Merrill Lynch and 3 years with UBS/PaineWebber as Senior Vice President, managing portfolios for high net worth individuals, retirement plans, and institutions.
F. Ward Paine
Founder and Managing Partner, Oscco Ventures
Ward was one of the first venture capitalists to open offices at 3000 Sand Hill Road in the late 1960’s. Since that time, Oscco Ventures raised 3 funds through five partnerships and invested in over 50 deals prior to retiring in 2000. Ward is the father of PPC’s principal partner, Nels Paine
James C. Towne
President & COO Microsoft Corporation
Jim was the first President of Microsoft Corporation in 1982. His career has included roles as VP, President, CEO or Chairman of Greenfield Holdings, Tektronix, Osteo Sciences Corp., Metheus, Photon Kinetics, and MCV. He holds an MBA from Stanford.