Mike Kohnen is the Midwest Technology Team Leader at Silicon Valley Bank. Previous to Silicon Valley Bank, he served as First Vice President in the commercial banking group at LaSalle Bank where he managed a portfolio of public and private middle-market companies. Mr. Kohnen was also an active member of LaSalle Bank’s Commercial Banking Strategic Initiatives Committee from 2002-2005.
Prior to his position at LaSalle, Mr. Kohnen served as a senior associate at the Bank of Nova Scotia’s Wholesale Banking group. In this position, he gained fundamental experience dealing in large corporate transactions to Fortune 1000 companies located primarily in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Mr. Kohnen is also the founding Chairman of the Strategy, Execution & Valuation Alumni Association at DePaul University. In 2009, Kohnen joined the Center for Strategy, Execution & Valuation at DePaul as a Teaching Fellow.
Mr. Kohnen earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance with a minor in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He completed his M.B.A. at DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in autumn 2005 with concentrations in Strategy, Execution and Valuation and Corporate Finance. Mr. Kohnen was honored as the 2005-2006 recipient of DePaul’s Helene Ramanauskas-Marconi Prize. This recognition is awarded annually to the top student in the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.