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Empowering Through Innovation

I’m Matt Michaelis, Managing Partner at Perla Capital Partners.  Thanks for stopping in to learn more about us.

Perla Capital Partners was founded in 2010 with the purpose of EMPOWERING THROUGH INNOVATION by building infrastructure, both physical and digital.

Examples of our work include:

  • Leading Emprise Bank through a DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION to deliver personalized and predictive experiences leading to better financial outcomes for customers
  • Acquiring and building companies to support exponential growth in wireless data usage by developing and deploying wireless infrastructure including cellular towers and networks
  • Leading and driving positive change in the quality of life within my communities

Much of my experience was gained at firms including Salomon Brothers, Greenhill & Co., and Jeffrey Williams & Co.

I am a Peloton fanatic and a Kansas Jayhawk at heart


I’m driven to positively impact individuals – real people – through innovation that improves their daily lives. At Emprise, we describe it as “empowering people to thrive”. More broadly, its how do we “empower through innovation”.

I focus on the intersection of financial health and quality of life, but also believe in the importance of true community. I impact this through leading, advising, investing, contributing and serving. Always with teams that are deeply aligned around the core mission and values. Innovation allows us to leverage technology to effect change at scale. But I’m also committed to personal impact on local communities.

I’m always looking for interesting opportunities… let’s go build something