John Graaff
Founder, Senior Partner and CEO

“The best part about this job is helping entrepreneurs realize the fruits of their labors. All deals are different, but one thing remains constant: The owners of growing businesses work hard each day, put in long hours, and assume financial risk. Core Capital Group was created to help these entrepreneurs maximize their efforts by providing a winning structure to help them achieve their dreams.”

Entrepreneurial Background
John GraaffFor over 20 years, John founded and operated high-technology companies in hardware, software and systems integration. He is credited with designing and developing one of the first computer-based security, safety, environmental control, and energy management systems for commercial and industrial buildings. He also helped establish a world-leading solar energy cell manufacturing facility.

John led two of his companies through initial public offerings, raising capital and completing acquisitions to achieve company-specific strategic growth.

Investment Banking Experience
He founded Core Capital Group in 1991 to provide an alternative to the “bulge-bracket” approach in investment banking. Leveraging his entrepreneurial background and network of trusted business contacts, he forged a boutique M&A practice with senior-level dealmakers and proven processes that provide clients with maximum value. John has completed strategic and financial transactions, including debt and equity, and restructuring in a wide variety of industry sectors as a senior dealmaker.

John received an Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and completed graduate work in Business Finance at the University of Colorado.

He and his wife Mary enjoy traveling and spending time helping charitable organizations in the community. John is a pilot and uses aviation to provide personal and rapid service to Core Capital Group’s clients.