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Michael Bontrager

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Michael Bontrager founded Chatham Financial in 1991 and led the company as CEO through the end of 2018 when he transitioned into the role of Executive Chairman. As an independent advisory services and technology firm, Chatham specializes in interest rate, foreign currency, and commodity risk management. With offices around the world, Chatham's team of capital markets experts, risk management advisors, CPAs, lawyers, quantitative analysts and technology developers serve more than 1,800 clients annually advising on over 16,000 transactions with a principal amount of nearly $500B. Chatham approaches its business with a multiple bottom line, purpose driven philosophy and is committed to making a positive impact for its clients, associates, communities, and the capital markets at large. Prior to starting Chatham, Mike was a Vice President in the Derivative Products Group at Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase), and spent nine years in various credit, corporate finance, and derivative roles in New York and Zurich, Switzerland. He holds a BA in Economics from Wheaton College and received an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.