Brian Slipka serves as managing partner of True North Equity Partners. His career highlights the unique skillset and drive that set him apart from others, no matter the peer group. He most recently served as senior vice president and senior director and head of TCF Technology Finance and was responsible for incrementally growing and leading the efforts to grow TCF’s technology finance companies in the United States prior to their integration into TCF Capital Solutions. Prior to his nearly 14 years at TCF/Winthrop, Brian held sales and leadership roles at PeopleSoft and Oracle, where he was responsible for the largest financial institution accounts, after starting his career at Ernst & Young. Brian graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and was voted by his peers as Student of the Year in 1999.
Throughout his career as a senior executive, Brian began investing in numerous operating companies, eventually forming the framework of today’s Paradygm Equity Partners (analysis and due diligence) and True North Equity Partners (acquisition platform). Over time, and with his own hard-earned capital, he began acquiring controlling interest in operating companies across varied and diverse industries. Today, the combined portfolio of small businesses has revenues in excess of $25 million and 140 employees. Brian’s experience includes building a startup, buying existing (including distressed) businesses, selling/exiting businesses, and angel investments in numerous companies, as a limited partner/investor, while serving on the boards of many. He is the owner of multiple types of commercial real estate, inducing retail, multi-tenant, medical office, and commercial.
Brian is active with SEARCH Ministries, Athletes in Action, and Eagle Brook Church. He and his wife, Megan, founded the Slipka Foundation, a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to character in leadership and community stewardship, where they have endowed numerous scholarships and community projects. The Slipkas have two children and reside in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.
Brian’s hallmark characteristics are servant-based leadership, a bias for action, and profitable growth. The business and mission of True North Equity Partners is to be a steward of our God-given resources and talents and to be a cultural witness to this with the businesses that True North Equity Partners conducts and leads.