Ben Oehler
Ben Oehler is the President of Bashaw Group, Inc.  a consulting firm expert in strategic issues for family owned business and family offices. Prior to founding the firm, he was President and CEO of Waycrosse, Inc., family office for owners of Cargill Incorporated, one of the largest private companies in the world. Cargill is a major global player in several markets including food production, transportation and processing, as well as global trading in commodities and financial instruments. Cargill has been owned and controlled by its founding family since 1865. Ben has also been a professional advisor to private and public companies. An investment banker for 20 years, his transaction experience includes public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, mergers and acquisitions, fairness opinions and valuations of private companies, liquidity transactions. creation and oversight of foundations and charitable organizations, and creation and use of off shore entities. He has also played a leadership role in a number of corporate buy-outs and venture-stage companies and served on many corporate and nonprofit boards of directors. He has been a board member and builder of many non-profit organizations including the Minnesota Zoological Society, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, The Lake Country Land School, Greencastle Tropical Study Center, and the Melrose Institute and University of Minnesota Investment Advisor, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts and has completed course work at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management with a concentration in finance. During his career Ben was also trained and employed as a journalist, publicist and adult educator. He also received training and a decade of experience as a volunteer Stephen Minister, counseling individuals during times of transition and loss.
Thomas Martinson
Thomas Martinson is the CEO and founder of Martinson & Company, Ltd.   Prior to founding Martinson & Company in 1985, he was senior vice president and department head of corporate finance at Craig-Hallum, Inc., a Minneapolis underwriting and brokerage firm which during his tenure provided early stage capital for what have become some of the world’s leading medical device companies. Tom also held management and finance positions in health care administration as president of Bio-Tec, Inc., an early stage medical lab test kit company, and earlier with Metropolitan Medical Center.  Earlier in his career, he was portfolio manager and chief marketing officer with Marquette Capital Management Corp., a bank-owned institutional asset management firm. He was also a stockbroker with E. F. Hutton & Company, Inc., a NYSE member  firm.  He served as Chairman of the Board of: CerProbe Corporation (NASDAQ-CRPB), a Tempe, Arizona manufacturer of integrated circuit test products, Dynamic Healthcare Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ-DHTI) of Orlando, Florida, a medical software vendor, XRT, Inc. (private), St. Paul, Minnesota, a medical device developer. He has also served as a director of several public and private corporations and organizations including: Molecular   Biosystems, Inc. (NYSE-MB), Clarus Medical Systems, Inc. (private), Bio-Tec, Inc. (private/divested), the United Nations Association of Minnesota, the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District, the Martinson Clinic Foundation, and the Minnetonka Yacht Club.  He is a B.A. International Politics graduate of the University of Minnesota where he also completed numerous post graduate courses in health care administration.

 “Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)
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