Daily News: April 23, 2012

M&A Advisor Names Cascadia Capital’s Schiller to 40 Under 40 List

Cascadia Capital, a diversified, boutique investment bank focused on serving both private and public growth companies in the Pacific Northwest, announced that Christian Schiller, managing director of the firm’s Middle Market practice, has been named a 2012 M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 Western region honoree. Schiller was chosen for his relationship-oriented business approach and outstanding track record of successful M&A transactions by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders.

Since 2010, The M&A Advisor’s prestigious 40 Under 40 awards program has recognized, by region, the top business leaders under the age of 40 who demonstrate dynamic leadership and excellence in diverse facets of M&A advisory services.

“The M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 program recognizes the professional, civic and community accomplishments of emerging leaders in M&A, and it is a great privilege to be named alongside this group of my fellow west coast leaders and deal professionals,” said Schiller. “As a member of the Seattle and Pacific Northwest business community, I strive to serve not only as a leader in M&A, but also as a broader business resource to assist CEOs and CFOs across the region to grow their companies and expand the economic opportunities within the region. Through this work, I’ve gained deep insight into the business community, and see this as an opportunity of a lifetime to be part of the region’s continued growth and success.”

Christian leads Cascadia Capital’s Middle Market practice, which is focused on sourcing and executing buyside and sellside M&A, equity and debt private placement, and strategic advisory transactions with private and public companies mainly in the Pacific Northwest. Over the past year, he has played an integral role in the successful completion of several marquee transactions, including Saltchuk’s acquisition of Interstate Distributor Co. in May 2011, a deal valued in excess of $100 million, and most recently, Lowe’s acquisition of Seattle-based Allied Trade Group in December 2011. As a member of the board of the Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University, he is an active participant and leader in the family business segment across the Pacific Northwest, working proactively with family businesses to facilitate various strategic initiatives. Christian has also made significant contributions to the Seattle Community, serving on the board of Wellspring Family Services in Seattle, an organization dedicated to helping homeless families find and afford safe housing, as well as address the core issues to prevent homelessness.

The M&A Advisor will recognize the 2012 honorees at a black tie awards gala on Thursday, May 31, at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.