M&A Advisor at Calder Capital
Graduate of Hope College
Lover of 90s Music
Motto: Nothing is that hard if you’re willing to spend the time to learn and figure it out.
Favorite Activity: Basketball
Karaoke Night Song: “How’s It Gonna Be” – Third Eye Blind
What motivated you to become an M&A advisor?
Flexibility and the ability to work on what I like.
How did you come to work at Calder Capital?
I met Max [Managing Partner at Calder Capital] randomly through a professor from GVSU and we wrote out a plan on a napkin.
What kinds of businesses do you like to work with?
All kinds, but generally industrial, manufacturing, distribution types of businesses. These are in some ways quick to understand, but each has its nuances.
What motivates you to work hard each day?
It’s fun and rewarding. . . it’s also difficult, which is also rewarding when you finally get it across the finish line.
Describe the wildest thing that’s ever happened to you at work/during a project.
I’ve had a number of wild things. . . someone called me after they signed the deal and told me they couldn’t work it out, before they let me know they were joking. I had a deal basically sealed up, and then the background check came back on one of the owners – let’s just say that deal didn’t close. I had my buyer call off a deal like 3 days before closing…and we figured out a way to bridge the gap and get it done. I don’t know, a lot of wild things happen in every deal.
What career advice would you give to your younger self?
Learn to prioritize better and don’t be afraid to try new things.
What is one thing that most people do not know about you?
I am very much into philosophy and am always open to philosophical thoughts and debate.
To read about Patrick’s most recent acquisition, click here.