The Warson Capital Partners
Mike Thaman is a co-founder and Partner of Warson Capital Partners. Founded in 1994, Warson has successfully served the capital needs of emerging growth companies nationally and internationally with a focus on St. Louis and the Midwestern United States for more than 20 years. Throughout this time, Mike has focused on sourcing capital for growth companies as well as buy-side and sell-side merger and acquisition transactions, particularly in the areas of healthcare and medical instruments, national and local defense; specialty retail, automotive dealerships; manufacturing; real estate development; and financial institutions.
Prior to co-founding Warson in 1994, Mike served as President and CEO of NationsMart Corporation, a start-up multi-unit retail company based in St. Louis and funded through a successful IPO in 1993. Previously, Mike served as President of New Legends Associates, Inc. in a successful turn-around of a troubled planned community development encompassing 1,000 acres of residential real estate and multiple golf course property located in St. Louis County, Missouri. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Landmark Bancshares Corporation, a $2.5 billion St. Louis-based bank holding company with 50 bank locations, from 1981 through 1991 when he concluded the successful merger of Landmark with St. Louis-based Magna Group Inc. (now Regions Bank) to form the region’s third largest banking group at that time. As Executive Vice President, Mike directed strategic expansion activities that grew Landmark from assets of $300 million to the $2.5 billion level, and directed capital formation programs that raised more than $100 million in a five-year period, listing Landmark’s stock on the American Stock Exchange and later on the New York Stock Exchange.
Mike is a certified public accountant and began his career in practice for ten years with the St. Louis office of KPMG, an international public accounting firm. He has served on the boards of directors of several privately-held companies, and presently serves as a director of PALM Integrative Health, LLC. He has been involved in community service organizations as well as civic matters within the City of Frontenac, Missouri where he served as chairman and/or member of several boards, commissions and committees. Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Missouri – Columbia.