Founder & CEO, Managing Broker
In addition to being a successful business owner, Keith attended Royal Roads University (RRU) in the Executive MBA program. His final project focused on exploring the succession pathways available to business owners on Vancouver Island. He uses the results of that research on a daily basis, working creatively with buyers and sellers to structure traditional and non-traditional transactions. During his time at RRU, Keith was the Entrepreneur in Residence and remains active as a panelist and mentor for students in RRU’s Bachelor of Commerce program.
Keith founded Chinook because he loves small business and wanted to help business owners successfully transition to the next stage of their life. He believes business owners truly are a breed apart and is always grateful when a client affords him the opportunity to help with a transaction.
A successful entrepreneur and broadly engaged human being, Mike Lenz founded two companies and purchased three more before starting his career as a business intermediary in 2005. His biggest endeavor was a printing company in Toronto. He bought a tiny shop in a downtown basement with antiquated equipment doing a few hundred thousand in annual revenues. In his 10 years at the helm the company grew into a dynamic, modern operation with sales of more than $5,000,000 and a staff of 25. In addition to helping people buy and sell businesses, Mike also lends his considerable expertise to business owners in helping them analyze operations, evaluate value drivers, develop and implement business plans for reasons from improved performance and ease of management, to securing financing for business growth and ultimately to achieve maximum value in a business sale.
After 12 years of service, Mike still goes to work excited with the opportunity to help people see their business and personal aspirations become reality. Each day he looks forward to sharing his experience, training, insight, wisdom, passion and patience in the service of his clients.
In 2006, while still working in the investment industry in various roles with each of the big five banks, Darrel Degelman and his wife bought their first business: a self-storage facility in Brandon, MN. In 2010, after completing his CFP, PFP, FMA, CIM and FCSI designations, Darrel hung up his hat in the world of finance to become a full-time entrepreneur, purchasing a cleaning company. Originally the company had six staff construction cleaning homes for eight of Calgary’s home builders. Within four years they sold the business with a staff of 68 servicing 32 homebuilders.
Having purchased and sold businesses on Vancouver Island, Darrel has truly come to appreciate the personal satisfaction that comes with nurturing something until it flourishes and hopes to use his own experience to help others realize their dreams.