Los Angeles, CA — FocalPoint Partners, a leading middle-market investment bank, is pleased to announce the addition of food industry executive Michael Schall as Managing Director in its Los Angeles office.
For the last 10 years, Mike served as advisor and senior principal, Global Growth and Business Development at Whole Foods Market, where he provided leadership on investments/acquisitions, new ventures, and strategic partnerships. Mike advised executive leadership on strategy, business initiatives and operational improvements in perishable, grocery, prepared foods, produce and floral categories. Mike also was deeply involved in the creation of Whole Foods Market’s Engine 2 Plant-Strong exclusive brand.
In addition to this experience at Whole Foods Market, Mike has served in board and C-level positions in a wide range of food companies for more than 30 years, including Fresh Food Concepts, Monterey Gourmet Foods, Guiltless Gourmet, Townsend’s, David Michael Flavors, Wise Foods, and The B. Manischewitz Company. In these roles, he has successfully navigated significant growth periods, food recalls, and §363 bankruptcy filings; led sales, marketing, culinary, product development, and quality assurance teams; negotiated strategic joint ventures with Fortune 500 companies such as ConAgra & P&G; and served on audit and strategic M&A committees. He has also been involved in numerous capital raising and M&A transactions as either part of the acquiring entity or the seller.
Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in marketing from The University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing from California State University at Los Angeles. He successfully completed advanced management development programs at Unilever and Xerox and is a trained expert flavor profile panelist. He is a frequent speaker at food and beverage industry events and author of numerous food industry articles and blogs. Mike is an Advocate for Atlanta-based OnBoard, a non-profit advocacy supporting women in leadership in the boardroom and the C-suite.
Mike Schall commented, “The culture and thought leadership at FocalPoint Partners perfectly complements my 30 plus years of transactional and operational experience, and the development of industry relationship equity in the food and beverage sector. The principals of the firm share my core values and obsession with for delivering best-in-class service to the client and maximizing stakeholder value.”
“We believe that Mike’s experience both as a deal guy and as an operating executive elevates FocalPoint’s food and beverage team to the next level,” noted Duane Stullich, Managing Partner. “His wealth of sector experience and expansive collection of relationships throughout the food and beverage, flavors and retailing industry will allow us to drive extraordinary results for our clients.”
“Mike understands how to position our clients’ businesses to buyers and/or investors in a way that will truly maximize value,” said Bob Woolway, Managing Director. “He fits in perfectly with our food and beverage practice and contributes further to our significant momentum.”
About FocalPoint Partners
FocalPoint is an independent investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private placements, financial restructurings, and special situation transactions. With offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Shanghai, the firm has provided advisory services to middle market clients across industry sectors since 2002: business services, consumer, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrials, and media/technology. For more information, please visit www.focalpointllc.com and and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.