Bashaw Management

Ben Oehler


Ben Oehler is the President of Bashaw Group, Inc.  a consulting firm expert in strategic issues for family owned business and family offices. Prior to founding the firm, he was President and CEO of Waycrosse, Inc., family office for owners of Cargill Incorporated, one of the largest private companies in the world. Cargill is a major global player in several markets including food production, transportation and processing, as well as global trading in commodities and financial instruments. Cargill has been owned and controlled by its founding family since 1865. Ben has also been a professional advisor to private and public companies. An investment banker for 20 years, his transaction experience includes public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, mergers and acquisitions, fairness opinions and valuations of private companies, liquidity transactions. creation and oversight of foundations and charitable organizations, and creation and use of off shore entities. He has also played a leadership role in a number of corporate buy-outs and venture-stage companies and served on many corporate and nonprofit boards of directors. He has been a board member and builder of many non-profit organizations including the Minnesota Zoological Society, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, The Lake Country Land School, Greencastle Tropical Study Center, and the Melrose Institute and University of Minnesota Investment Advisor, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts and has completed course work at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management with a concentration in finance. During his career Ben was also trained and employed as a journalist, publicist and adult educator. He also received training and a decade of experience as a volunteer Stephen Minister, counseling individuals during times of transition and loss.

Timothy Naumann

Timothy Naumann is a Partner of Bashaw Group, Inc. He is also a Vice President at Bernstein Global Wealth Management. Previously, Tim was a director at Encore One, LLC, a family-based middle-market private equity fund. He also has experience as an investment banker with Goldsmith Agio Helms, where he participated in both client development and the sale of middle-market companies. Tim was also the manager of direct investments for Waycrosse, Inc., where he handled a portfolio of private equity investments for the family shareholders of Cargill, Inc. He conducted business and product line extension acquisitions as well as the sale of non-strategic product lines, monitored financial performance, and facilitated the development and achievement of strategic goals. Earlier in his career, he was an analyst with Norwest Venture Capital. Tim earned his MBA degree from the University of Minnesota and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA degree in Economics.


 “Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)


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