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Michael Tilson


Michael Tilson has been a hands-on local entrepreneur, a public company executive, and a CEO of a mid-size business.  He began his career as a software engineer, and rose to head a respected company that provided development services and consulting to major organizations such as IBM.  He has twice been CEO of a company that was successfully sold, and he has served on the integration team for a number of corporate acquisitions.  As an entrepreneur he has been a hands-on founder of several startup ventures.  He has a diverse general management background and has also maintained a management consulting practice.

Mike’s educational background includes a B.Sc. in Physics & Mathematics from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.  He moved to Santa Cruz in 1991. 

Mike knows what it feels like to close a big deal and he also knows what it feels like to face making the next payroll.  He brings not only a depth of practical experience but also empathy for the issues business owners face.

Licensed Agent CalBRE #01928119


"I worked with Robin McKee at Carmel Business Sales when purchasing my first company. As a new entrepreneur, I found Robin to be a very valuable partner during the investigation, due diligence and closing process. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all the steps that needed to be taken in order to complete all processes in time and correctly. During this process, I felt that she was more than a Sales Agent trying to make the sale and more like a Partner trying to help both parties pursue their best interests. Robin was indeed one of the main reasons why I decided to go forward with the sale as she worked tirelessly to remove any problems or uncertainties that we encountered along the way. I would highly recommend Carmel Business Sales and would love to work with her again in the future."
Kosta Roumeliotakis
Melina's Gourmet Foods Inc