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 425 engagements across 100+ different industries since its founding in 1998.  We conduct work across the United States and Internationally for companies from $0 to $10B in revenues.  We believe that the course remains the same regardless of the size, industry or goals of the company and owners:  Achieve the objectives at the highest value and lowest impact to the client, its investors, employees and customers. 


Our History

 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 22 years the company has provided these services to over 425 companies in more than 100 different industries across the U.S. and Canada.


Our Team



David Arnold

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.

Brent Keeton

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.