Mitch grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. An avid hockey player, he began living with host families across the country to play competitively at a national level. Mitch was drawn by an overwhelming sense of duty to serve his country and subsequently attended the United States Naval Academy where he was commissioned as a naval officer.
Mitch served five years aboard USS DECATUR, a guided missile destroyer based out of San Diego, California. His first assignment was as the Repair Division Officer, in charge of leading a team of 10 sailors tasked with maintaining critical fire protection equipment and fighting fires. He completed an eight-month deployment to the Persian Gulf, ensuring coalition stability from ballistic missile threats. During his second tour, Mitch shifted roles to the ship’s Navigator, where he led a department of 30 personnel. He completed a seven-month deployment to the South China Sea, with a focus on countering Chinese aggression in the region. Mitch’s last tour was at the Naval Academy, where he taught seamanship and navigation to freshman midshipmen. Upon transitioning out of the Navy, Mitch spent time in a business development role at a supply chain family business out of Minneapolis.
Mitch is a believer in servant leadership, a trait that his role model, the late Senator John McCain, embodied in the truest sense. Mitch partnered with NextGen Growth Partners to lead one great business and team with integrity, transparency, and humility.
Mitch is a proud husband and father to Henry (3) and Katherine (1). He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.