Principal, Mergers & Acquisitions Master Intermediary (M&AMI) and Certified Business Intermediary (CBI), founded Creative Business Services in 1979. Prior to founding Creative, Schwantes successfully owned and operated five restaurants. Schwantes has also developed commercial projects including two condo hotels. With his background in sales and consulting, as well as on-going post-graduate development, Schwantes delivers experience-based expert advice in the brokerage industry. His areas of expertise include real estate investment, conversions, 1031 Starker Exchanges, taxation, and commercial property development. His specific areas of specialization are mergers and acquisitions with hotels, timber and sawmill companies, and specialized manufacturing/distribution firms. Careful consideration of all essential components in a successful transition enables Schwantes to deliver superior results to his clients. "I am surrounded by a cast of talented associates with an extraordinary desire for assisting buyers and sellers in the achievement of their professional goals in areas such as acquisition, divestiture, transition and retirement." Schwantes continues to attend industry conferences and is a member of the International Business Broker Association (IBBA) and M&A Source. He is a graduate of University of Wisconsin - Stout and enjoys spending time traveling as well as with friends and family. Mike also enjoys spending time with his loyal companion dog Caesar.