Michael Granger of Chicago, Illinois, has been named to the board of directors of e-LYNXX Corporation, a leader in procurement innovation and management in the United States and Canada.
“Michael’s expertise in relationship building and business development has been key to our firm’s explosive growth,” said William Gindlesperger, chairman and chief executive officer of e-LYNXX. ” In addition to his network of contacts, he brings expertise in analysis of technology trends, expansion opportunities and investment. He has been an active private equity professional for the past two decades, focusing on integration of businesses and their processes. He is proven, trusted and enjoys a sterling reputation internationally”
Since 1993, Granger has served as founder and chairman of Capital Access Forum (CAF Investments, LLC), which assists emerging asset managers, brokers, entrepreneurs, institutional investors and lenders with placing assets and investments in entrepreneurial companies. Organized in collaboration with George Washington University, CAF Investments has advised the U.S. Commerce Department and recommended to the White House the $30 billion capital infusion that was provided to community banks in 2010.
Granger served as co-founder and general partner of Ark Capital Management Fund, LP, and co-founder and co-managing partner of Ark Private Equity Partners, LLC. Both are Chicago based national firms. Ark Capital Management Fund is a private equity firm that focuses on middle market companies emphasizing investments in minority and women owned businesses. Ark Private Equity Partners, LLC, is a private equity firm that focuses on small company buyouts.
In 1985, Mr. Granger began his private equity investment career at CIGNA Venture Capital, Inc., and then served as investment manager for Xerox Venture Capital. At both firms, he was responsible for investments in flourishing technology-driven firms that resulted in trade sales or initial public offerings. Prior to entering the private equity industry, he worked in the Bell System, AT&T, where he implemented cutting edge digital services.
In addition to being a published author on management, taxes and venture capital, Granger has served on a White House panel of industry leaders convened by the President’s Chief Economic Advisors. He has been a private equity investments expert for programs at Harvard Business School, Dartmouth College, the U.S. Commerce Department, the Small Business Association, the National Black MBA Association and the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs.
Granger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Dartmouth College. He also served in the United States Marine Corps.
Granger is a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Entrepreneurs, American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), several of Ark’s portfolio companies and other emerging companies. He also serves as an active participant in the Friends of Chicago State University (CSU) Mentoring Program that links CSU students with Chicago area executives.