Our Team

Aaron Thom

President

Aaron graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, with a Bachelor of Arts degree double major in Management and Economics, supplementing with a minor in Psychology. While at Hamline, Aaron interned at Scottrade, an equity trading firm and upon graduation, became employed full time, eventually receiving his Series 7 Trading License. After a few years, Aaron moved to a full service investment platform at Morgan Stanley in Minneapolis. Realizing he had a knack for C-Level sales, he decided to leave Morgan Stanley to pursue commercial real estate investing and property management. Aaron founded AAA Property Management Co., a commercial property management and sales company. Having his Real Estate Broker’s License and realizing he grew the property management company as far as he could, he decided to exit the company and transition AAA to a Midwest based firm in 2011. Knowing he needed higher education to grow companies past a certain point, Aaron entered into his graduate studies. He now holds his MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. He says this will help him grow Peak Development to the most dominant lead sourcing inside sales team for C-Level focused firms in the nation.


 

Brent Ganeles, CMSBB

Sr. Business Development Executive

Since joining Peak in 2014, he has been the top performing agent. Having previously spent 8 years managing bank branches in two of Minneapolis’ most affluent suburbs, he is an expert in cultivating long term relationships with business owners. His knowledge with both Main Street and M&A owners about all facets of running their business, and his personable and detailed approach to his craft makes him a key asset to the broker team.

That experience and passion has resulted in Brent sourcing over $100 million in listings for Peak, and resulted in more closings than any active agent.

Brent holds his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors. He recently got certified for scuba diving and is looking forward to using it during his travels.


 

John Edel

Sr. Business Development Executive

John has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of St. Thomas, with an emphasis in Business Communications and Finance. He has held a variety of marketing and management positions in the Financial Services Industry over the course of his professional career, as well as owning his own Entertainment Industry business as a sole proprietor. John prides himself in being highly self motivated and driven to help others successfully meet their business goals and objectives in highly competitive business environments.


 

Tim Witham

Sr. Business Development Executive

Tim received his International Business degree from the University of St. Thomas.  Before joining Peak’s Business Development Department he ran Operations for a multinational feed manufacturer.  Throughout Tim’s career he has established a vast network of business relationships in a wide variety of industries.  At Peak he looks to create a foundation for becoming a successful Business Broker.

 


 

Len Washko

Director of Research

Leonard Washko has 30 years’ experience practicing financial analysis, business valuation and strategic planning in the Midwest business privately held business community. As Senior Analyst at Sunbelt Business Advisors since 2009, he leads transaction support for the middle market Merger & Acquisition team, from engagement with client through due diligence and post-closing integration. Prior to joining Sunbelt, Leonard has at turns led the valuation group at RSM McGladrey, served as COO of a health care clinic, and taught finance and investment courses at The Carlson School of Business, Brown College, St. Cloud State and Long Island University. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned an MBA with Honors at Long Island University.


 

Scott Hagel

Legal Counsel

Scott Hagel is the legal counsel of Peak Development. He graduated from NDSU with a degree in Accounting and Management and received his J.D. from William Mitchell School of Law. Scott had been a shareholder at Henson & Efron, P.A. in Minneapolis for 15 years. He now is the COO of a Private Equity Group based in the Midwest and has advised thousands of transactions.

 


 

Tom Boyd

Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management and a minor in economics from St John’s University in Minnesota. He has over 10 years of sales experience while working in Denver and and the Twin Cities. He lives in Blaine, MN and enjoys sports and the outdoors.