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Michael Knigin

Managing Director


| Mike serves as a Managing Director at Highlander. He focuses on management buyouts, recapitalizations, and growth investments in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, distribution and business services. He is also responsible for working closely with portfolio company management teams to develop and execute strategic plans, including product development, branding, and channel expansion. He also plays a key role in sourcing and analyzing new opportunities.


| Mike joined Highlander in 2022 with more than twenty years of experience in growing products and services businesses. From 2009-2021, Mike served as Chief Executive Officer of Apache Industrial Services, Inc. (Apache), a buyout he organized in 2009. During Mike’s tenure, Apache grew to one of the largest industrial service providers in its sector with annual revenues of approximately $1 billion and 8,500 employees. Previous to Apache, Mike served as a Partner of Nassau Point Investors, a boutique private equity firm (from 1999-2008), as well as, Chief Financial Officer and Director of HMT, Inc. (between 2000-2007), the leading products and services provider in its industry. Concurrently, Mike has served on the Boards of various companies eager to build their enterprises and grow in their respective industries. Mike began his career in the investment banking division at Deutsche Bank Securities.


| B.B.A., University of Michigan

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