Council Tree invests private equity in early stage venture and growth-oriented companies. Our investments range in size from $500,000 to $2 million deploying our own capital, and more with participation from co-investors. We are flexible on the industries we consider, though we typically have a personal relationship with the management team or investor group with whom we are investing. Recent investments include:
Initially when Council Tree was formed in 1998 we worked to fund and advise media and telecom companies building out or extending their operating footprints and geographies, including larger-size companies in wireless and broadcast TV. In these efforts we worked closely with our partners, including Madison Dearbon Partners, Catalyst Investors and Doyon, Limited. Illustrative investments include:
While these growth-oriented partnerships were formative to Council Tree’s evolution, in recent years we have shifted our focus to earlier stage companies, using our own capital for funding, and informed by our experience working with successful businesses and management teams.
George joined Council Tree in 2003. Previously, from 1991-2003, George was with TD Securities as Managing Director and Head of the U.S. M&A Group. The principal sector focus was media and telecom, most notably wireless and cable television, where TD was the industry-leading banker and advisor. During his tenure George grew TD’s M&A business from startup to 25 people and completed transactions totaling over $20 billion. Clients included AT&T Wireless, Dobson Cellular, Rural Cellular Corporation, Wireless One Network, Comcast Corp., Lonestar Wireless, Charter Cable, Cablevision Systems, Cook Inlet Communications, Madison Dearborn Partners.
George received a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from the University of Virginia.
Steve founded Council Tree in 1998. Previously, from 1984-1998, Steve held a variety of senior management positions with Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI), an Alaska Native Corporation. Initially he was CIRI’s General Counsel in Anchorage, AK. From there Steve became COO of CIRI’s Energy & Natural Resources business. Finally, Steve was appointed COO of CIRI’s wholly-owned Cook Inlet Communications business where he managed the $500+ million sale of its radio and TV stations, followed by the redeployment of a portion of that capital into new CIRI-controlled wireless partnerships, including with Western Wireless / Voicestream (the predecessor companies to T-Mobile).
Steve received a BA from Colorado State University, a Masters Degree in Philosophy from Columbia University and a law degree from the University of Colorado.
Jonathan joined Council Tree in 2003, and during this time he also served as CFO of Thames Valley Communications from 2013-2020. Previously, from 1996-2003, Jonathan was with TD Securities as Vice President in the M&A Group. Jonathan focused on media and telecom including wireless, communications towers, cable and television and was involved in transactions totaling over $8 billion. Before TD, Jonathan worked at UBS Securities in equity research.
Jonathan received his Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and his MBA from Columbia University.
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