President and Managing Partner
John Kerschen has more than 25 years of financial experience in commercial banking, merger and acquisition advisory, and private capital investment. Since joining Charter in 1996, he has been responsible for more than 100 acquisition transactions with aggregate value of more than $1 billion. These transactions include diverse industries, such as manufacturing of metal parts, plastics, electronics, and medical devices, as well as construction services, energy services, business services, and various distribution industries. John’s significant banking and financial background combined with his strong transaction management skills have been instrumental to Charter’s success over the years.
John is also active in various investment funds and capital raise. He is Managing Director for Michigan Accelerator Fund I, a venture capital fund investing in early-stage Michigan companies, focused primarily on life sciences technology.
He is a past national Board member for the Association for Corporate Growth and is a current board member for Hastings Mutual Insurance and the Michigan Medical Device Accelerator. He has a BA from Michigan State University and an MBA from DePaul University.
John has attained FINRA securities registrations including the Series 79, 62, 63 and 65, as well as the Certified Valuation Analyst designation from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.