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Meet the team

Michael Choules

Vice President of Finance

Michael is the Vice President of Finance at Northrim Horizon. Prior to Northrim, Michael was the Assistant Controller at Plexus Worldwide. Prior to Plexus, he worked at Onsemi in their accounting department and at Ernst & Young as an audit manager in their Phoenix office.

Michael received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University. He is a licensed CPA in Arizona.

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Brad Johnson

Vice President
Phoenix, AZ

Brad is a Vice President at Northrim Horizon. Prior to Northrim, Brad was a Senior Associate at Partners Group in their direct private equity buyout fund. Prior to Partners Group, he worked as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan in New York and Perella Weinberg Partners in San Francisco.

Brad received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accountancy as well as a Bachelor of Arts Minor in English from Arizona State University with an Honors distinction from Barrett, The Honors College.

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Andy Verchota

Operating Partner, CEO
Horizon Commercial Pool Supply
Minneapolis, MN

Andy is an Operating Partner of Northrim Horizon and serves as the CEO of Horizon Commercial Pool Supply in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to Northrim, Andy was the Head of Corporate Development & Business Development for 80 Acres Farms and was a Senior Manager at Bain & Company. He began his career as an Equity Analyst at Cortina Asset Management.

Andy received a Master of Business Administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Marquette University.

Joe Calland

Operating Partner, CEO
Desert Care Landscape
Phoenix, AZ

Joe is an Operating Partner of Northrim Horizon and serves as the CEO of Desert Care Landscape in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to Northrim, Joe was a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and was a Manager of Strategy at Treehouse Foods. He began his career as a Consultant at the Cambridge Group.

Joe received a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University.

Horizon Commercial Pool Supply

CEO:  Jason Gillet
President: Andy Verchota
Sector:  Business Services
Location:  Minneapolis, Minnesota
Investment:  2022
www.horizonpoolsupply.com

Horizon Commercial Pool Supply provides commercial pool services, chemicals, and equipment to apartments, hotels, municipalities, schools, gyms, and waterparks in Minnesota

Lee Harcourt

Controller
Phoenix, Arizona

Lee is the corporate controller for Northrim Horizon and is the CEO of Sentier Finance, an outsourced financial controller company. Prior to Northrim, Lee was an Associate Director of Account and Financial Reporting at Manifest, a New York-based advertising firm, and a Senior Staff Accountant at CBIZ MHM, a financial consulting company. Lee received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University.

Clark Peterson

Operating Partner, CEO
Northstar Preschools
Salt Lake City, UT

Clark is an Operating Partner of Northrim Horizon and serves as CEO of Northstar Preschools in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to Northrim, Clark was a Vice President at Newlight Partners LP (formerly known as Soros Fund Management), a $4+ billion private equity firm based in New York. Clark began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Credit Suisse in New York. Clark received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Brigham Young University.

Tanner Payne

Operating Partner, CEO
Total Apartment Solutions
Dallas, TX

Tanner is an Operating Partner of Northrim Horizon and serves as the CEO of Total Apartment Solutions in Dallas, Texas. Prior to Northrim, Tanner was an Associate at McKinsey & Company and was Director of Store Operations at PetSmart. He began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst for JP Morgan in Dallas.

Tanner received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor and Master of Accounting, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University.

Christian Richter

General Counsel
Phoenix, AZ

Christian is a Partner and General Counsel for Northrim Horizon. Prior to Northrim, Christian was an Associate at Snell & Wilmer LLP in Phoenix in the corporate & securities group and at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (a top 20-Vault ranked firm) in New York and Hong Kong.

Christian received a Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in English with minors in Chinese and Business Management from Brigham Young University. Christian is a member of both the New York and Arizona State Bars.

Danny Payne

Partner
Phoenix, AZ

Danny is a Partner at Northrim Horizon. Prior to Northrim, Danny was an Associate at The Cynosure Group, an investment firm commissioned to acquire companies on behalf of the Eccles family. He began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York.

Danny received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Brigham Young University where he was a Brigham Young Scholar. Prior to attending BYU, Danny played football at Snow College where he was a two-year starter and the 2010 Top of the Mountains Bowl Defensive MVP.

Brad Gulbrandsen

Managing Partner
Phoenix, AZ

Brad is the Managing Partner of Northrim Horizon. Prior to Northrim, Brad was an investor at Clayton Dubilier & Rice, one of the oldest private equity firms in the world. He began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York.

Brad received a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Finance, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University where he was a Gordon B. Hinckley Presidential Scholar.

Northstar Preschools

CEO: Clark Peterson
Sector: Education Services
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Investment: 2021
www.northstarpreschools.com

Northstar Preschools provides early childhood education services across 10 locations in Utah and Texas under the Discovery Clubhouse, Premier Academy, Fair Oaks Day School, and Compass Children’s Academy brands

Desert Care Landscape Resources

CEO: Joe Calland​
Sector: Business Services
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Investment: 2021
www.desertcarelandscape.com

Desert Care Resources provides landscape maintenance and enhancement services to commercial properties, HOA communities, schools, and other properties in the Phoenix metro area

Total Apartment Solutions

CEO: Tanner Payne
Sector: Business Services
Location: Dallas, Texas
Investment: 2020
www.totalcleaningservices.com

Total Apartment Solutions provides housekeeping, make ready, valet trash, and renovation services to luxury multi-family communities in Texas, Georgia, and Colorado.

“When Northrim Horizon initially approached us about buying our company, we weren’t interested as we wanted to keep running it ourselves. However, after further collaboration with Northrim, we were able to creatively structure a partnership that worked for both sides. Northrim has proved to be everything you want in a partner: trustworthy, reliable, and passionate.”

Desert Care – Jeff Meyer and Vince Rector

“After owning Discovery Clubhouse for over 20 years, I was approached by Northrim Horizon about selling my business. Frankly, I didn’t need to sell but I was willing to explore the idea for the right buyer and for the right price. Northrim was transparent, direct, and fair throughout the process, and I am grateful I picked them to carry on my legacy.”

Discovery Clubhouse – Brian Christiansen

“Deciding to sell our school was one of the most difficult decisions we ever made. We put our blood, sweat, and tears into running it and have loved every student, teacher, and parent we’ve had the privilege of working with. Throughout the transition, Northrim Horizon went above and beyond to ensure everyone was taken care of and treated us like family.”

Premier Academy at Trophy Club – Pete and Judy Ehrenberg

“Northrim Horizon was the ideal buyer for me and my business. They had committed funding, closed quickly, were easy to work with, and treated me and my employees fairly. I didn’t know fully what to expect when I decided to sell my business and retire, but the Northrim team was generous with their time and was flexible around how I wanted to transition out of the business.”

Total Apartment Solutions – John Lee