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New Partner Spotlight: Chad Johnson

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Tell us a little bit about where you grew up, where you went to high school or college, areas of study, etc.
I grew up in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, and studied Political Science and Chemistry at the University of Minnesota undergrad, and then received my MBA from the U’s Carlson School.

What do you do for work and fun? Professional? Hobbies? Interests?
I am an investment banker at Cherry Tree, where I advise companies in M&A engagements and capital raising. I work with education technology companies nationally, and with Minnesota companies in a variety of industries. I was recently elected to the Education Board of the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), a national industry association supporting the advancement of technology in education. When I have free time I enjoy golfing, traveling, reading, and being outdoors.

Tell us about your family.
I have a nine-year-old daughter, Emily, who keeps us both busy with her piano and martial arts. We enjoy traveling together, and getting together with friends.

What made you get involved with SVP?
I have long had an interest in helping at-risk youth, and years ago volunteered with the YMCA’s Project Involvement and was an economics instructor with Junior Achievement. I had been looking for ways to get involved again, and was impressed by SVP’s mission and approach. It was the visit to Genesys Works that convinced me SVP was the right organization for me.

If you could change one thing in the community and had unlimited resources at your disposal, how would the community be different?
I would give every child a scholarship to attend the school of their choice.

What has been your most rewarding contribution to the community thus far?
Being able to invest in and advise early-stage companies, who add jobs in their communities, and create wealth that can be used to invest in other for-profit and non-profit ventures.

What are you most looking forward to as an SVP Partner?
Seeing the looks on kids faces when they are growing in the programs we sponsor and support.

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