Senior Managing Director
Mike Brase began his career as a Big-4 CPA in public accounting, where he worked primarily on Financial Services, Manufacturing and Governmental/Non-Profit clients. He has spent the last 20+ years leading and advising management within the health care and the post-secondary education service sectors.
Mike previously served in a variety of roles in the post-secondary education industry, including Vice President of Finance with responsibilities over accounting, budget/forecast planning, key regulatory measure oversite, cash forecasting, business analytics, student accounts, receivable management, and collections. His teams have provided support to operations on such things as forecasting, pricing decisions, maximizing sources of funding, analysis on the impact of anticipated discount programs, acquisition integrations and key insight to senior leadership on financial results.
Mike has led many large-scale change efforts in his Corporate Finance roles including working with cross functional teams to implement new business models, company-wide and functional performance metrics, system conversions, business reengineering and process improvements – all with significant return on investment.
Mike serves on the strategic advisory team for The Leadership Institute (TLI), an international ministry that focuses on training generations of leaders through the integration of spiritual formation and leadership development.
Mike is also a Board Member of Hand-Up Financial Group, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to help underserved individuals in the U.S. obtain access to higher education and the skills they need to better their lives. This mission is accomplished via a “hand-up” in the form of creative financial products versus additional “hand-outs.”
Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.