Senior Advisory Board

 

Stephen Babson
Stephen Babson
Seattle, Washington
Managing Director, Endeavour Capital

Boards & Affiliations:

  • Board of Directors of ESCO Corporation, Zoom+care, USNR, New Seasons Market, Bristol Farms / Metropolitan Market ("Good Food Holdings"), Vigor Industrial, Genesis Financial Solutions, Pacific Market International, and OFD Foods
  • Board of Directors of Columbia Sportswear Company and Pendleton Woolen Mills
  • Former board member of Roseburg Forest Products

Previous positions:

  • Chairman of Stoel Rives LLP, one of the largest law firms in the Pacific Northwest

Key areas of focus:

  • Food and consumer, specialty retail, niche manufacturing / industrials, transportation and logistics, and business services industries

Education & Notable Awards:

  • Undergrad: B.A. from Stanford University
  • J.D. from Stanford Law School
  • M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business

 


Mark Baum
Mark Baum
Reston, Virginia
Chief Collaboration Officer & Senior Vice President, Food Marketing Institute Managing Partner of MARCAT Group, LLC

Boards & Affiliations:

  • Board of Directors of KeyImpact Sales & Systems
  • Industry Venture Partner (IVP) with 2X Consumer Partners
  • Founding Champion of the Network of Executive Women (NEW), a CPG/Retail industry organization dedicated to providing career opportunities for women and minorities
  • Director on the Board of Oswego State University (NY)
  • Board Member of the Student Conservation Association
  • Director of Nature's Best Photography for the National Wildlife Federation's President's Advisory Council

Previous positions:

  • Partner & CPG/Retail Practice Lead at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants
  • Executive Vice President of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)
  • President & CEO of Association of Sales & Marketing Companies (ASMC)

Key areas of focus:

  • Baum's career in the food, beverage, and CPG industry spans over 35 years

Education & Notable Awards:

  • Undergrad: Oswego State University (NY), political science/economics
  • Graduate: Marymount University, marketing and organizational development

 


Benno Dorer
Benno Dorer
San Francisco, California
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Clorox Company

Boards & Affiliations:

  • Chairman of Board of Directors of The Clorox Company
  • Board of Directors of VF Corporation
  • Vice Chair Executive Committee, Grocery Manufacturers Association
  • Executive Committee, Bay Area Council
  • the board of directors of the Chabot Space & Science Center Foundation in Oakland, California, and the executive committee of the board of the Bay Area Council.

Previous positions:

  • Senior Vice President – Cleaning Division and Canada, The Clorox Company,
  • Senior Vice President – Cleaning Division, The Clorox Company
  • Vice President & General Manager – Cleaning Division, The Clorox Compny
  • Proctor & Gamble – Marketing, Glad Products

Key areas of focus:

  • Consumer goods, product marketing, corporate strategy, organizational culture, and leadership
 

Education & Notable Awards:

  • Undergraduate degree in economics from University of Freiburg in Germany
  • Graduate degree in business administration (Diplom-Kaufmann) from Saarland University in Germany

 


Jeff Garwood
Jeff Garwood
Daufuskie Island, South Carolina
Managing Member, Liberation Capital

Boards & Affiliations:

  • Advisory Board/Board Member Aquatech, Miox, Desalitech
  • Board of Directors/Advisor of many Partner firms associated with Liberation Capital
  • Ownership of WaterCoolTower and Zysense

Previous positions:

  • President and CEO of GE Water & Process Technologies – a $2.5B global infrastructure business
  • President of GE Fanuc – a $1B global automation business
  • President of GE's Garrett Aviation Services, GE Aircraft Engines
  • COO at Commerx and Youcentric

Key areas of focus:

  • Global private equity, global infrastructure, industrial automation, water process technology, operations in general

Education & Notable Awards:

  • Undergraduate: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, NC State University, Summa Cum Laude
  • Graduate: MBA from the University of North Carolina

 


D. Mark McCoy
D. Mark McCoy, PhD
Greencastle, Indiana
President, DePauw University

Boards & Affiliations:

  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • Park Tudor Board of Directors

Previous positions:

  • Dean of the DePauw University School of Music
  • Taught at the primary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Conductor and Composer

Key areas of focus:

  • Higher Education, Conducting, Composition and Performance

Education & Notable Awards:

  • B.A. from Shepherd University
  • M.A. from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins
  • Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University
  • Who's Who among America's Teachers
  • International Who's Who In Music and Musicians

 


Scott Moses
Scott Moses
New York, New York
Managing Director and Head of Food Retail & Restaurants - Investment Banking, PJ SOLOMON

Boards & Affiliations:

  • Board of Directors of UpLift Solutions, a national nonprofit organization that works with food retailers, governments and other constituents to bring full-service grocery stores to underserved markets across the country

Previous positions:

  • Managing Director and Head of Food, Drug, and Specialty Retail Investment Banking at Sagent Advisors
  • Executive Director, Retail Investment Banking at JP Morgan
  • Vice President, Retail Investment Banking at CitiGroup
  • Associate, Retail M&A at Wasserstein Perella (Dresdner Kleinwort, Wasserstein)

Key areas of focus:

  • Mergers, acquisitions, sales and divestitures of traditional and specialty grocers and restaurants
  • He has advised clients in some of the largest and most significant retail M&A transactions of the past two decades, with a combined value of over $50 billion

Education & Notable Awards:

  • B.A. in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania
  • J.D./M.B.A, Columbia University. Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an executive editor of the Columbia Business Law Review
  • Named to the "Top 50: Americas M&A Dealmakers" list by Global M&A Network (2013)
  • Named to the "40 Under 40" lists of promising finance professionals by IDD (2011) and The M&A Advisor (2015)

 


Jeff Nagel
Jeff Nagel
New York, New York
Operating Partner, AEA Investors

Boards & Affiliations:

  • Boards of Directors: Visual Comfort Group, TricorBraun, Springs Window Fashions, LoneStar Group, Sparrows, and VJ Technologies
  • BeLocal Group, Founder: An innovation-based philanthropy bringing crowd-sourced solutions to developing country challenges
  • Acumen Fund, Partner: Changing the way the world tackles poverty by leveraging the power of markets and entrepreneurship
  • Carnegie Mellon Tepper School, Advisor to the Accelerate Center for leadership

Previous positions:

  • Chief Executive Officer of NBTY Inc., a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group
  • Corporate Officer of GE
  • VP and GM, Global Services division of GE Oil & Gas
  • President and CEO, GE Inspection Technologies
  • President, GE Home Electric Products
  • VP of Marketing at Energy Biosystems Corporation

Key areas of focus:

  • Working with portfolio companies to maximize value creation through improved performance and cross-portfolio best practice development
  • Background in strategy, market/product development, services, manufacturing, M&A

Education & Notable Awards:

  • M.B.A. with Honors, The Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with Honors, Carnegie Mellon University; General Motors Scholar

 


Shane Sampson
Shane Sampson
Boise, Idaho
EVP & Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer, Albertsons

Boards & Affiliations:

  • 2017 Co-Chair FMI Industry Collaboration Council
  • Various community boards across the U.S. (i.e. Food Bank, etc.)

Previous positions:

  • President of Jewel-Osco
  • President of Shaw's and Star Market
  • Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations at Ahold's Giant of Landover
  • President of both the Florida & Intermountain Divisions of Albertsons, Inc.
  • Regional Operations Manager, Sam's Club

Key areas of focus:

  • Sampson has spent over 35 years in the grocery industry working for a number of prominent chains
  • 4th Generation Retailer

Education & Notable Awards:

  • Retail TouchPoint 2018 Retail Innovator Award
  • Mass Market Retailer Merchant of the Year 2017
  • California Coast University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • USC Food Industry Executive Program
  • Harvard University Ahold Leadership Academy

 


Joe Sheridan
Joe Sheridan
Hillsborough, New Jersey
President and Chief Operating Officer, Wakefern Food Corp.

Boards & Affiliations:

  • Chairman of the GS1 US Board of Governors
  • Chairman of the FMI Board of Directors
  • Seton Hall University Board of Regents
  • Previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Grocers Association

Previous positions:

  • Executive Vice President of Wakefern Food Corp.
  • Succession of management positions in all areas of Wakefern over the course of more than 40 years, including bakery, general merchandise, grocery, direct store delivery and marketing

Key areas of focus:

  • Overseeing the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States; grocery industry, food marketing

Education & Notable Awards:

  • Bachelor's degree in Management Science, Kean University
  • Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
  • GMA Industry Collaboration Leadership Award

 


Dan Silver
Dan Silver
Newark, New Jersey
Vice President, Panasonic Eco Solutions.

Boards & Affiliations:

  • Teacher, Finance Committee at Unitarian Congregation Montclair

Previous positions:

  • President at Panasonic Eco Solutions (Solar, Ventilation Products, and Power Tools)
  • President at Panasonic Home & Heath Co.
  • 30+ Years with Panasonic

Key areas of focus:

  • Sales, marketing, and product development for consumer goods; corporate alliances; branding initiatives. Executive and transformational life coaching

Education & Notable Awards:

  • B.A. in Political Science, Amherst College
  • M.A. in International Business, Johns Hopkins
  • Certified Coach, Coaching for Transformation, New York Learning Center
  • Fluent in Japanese

 


Mark Verdi
Mark Verdi
Boston, Massachusetts
Partner, Avalt Capital

Boards & Affiliations:

  • Board of Directors of Genpact Limited, & Pizza, Performance Filtration Group, & Dig Inn
  • Previously on the Board of Directors of Burlington Stores, Inc., Bloomin' Brands Inc. (Outback Steakhouse), Trinseo SA and Mainspring Inc.
  • Advisory Board of The Grossman School of Business at University of Vermont

Previous positions:

  • President at C&S Wholesale Grocers
  • Managing Director at Bain Capital
  • Partner at IBM
  • Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Finance & Operations of Mainspring Inc.

Key areas of focus:

  • Private equity, acquisitions and integrations. Consumer, technology, industrial and business services

Education & Notable Awards:

  • B.A. in Business/Accounting, University of Vermont
  • M.B.A. Harvard Business School

 


Chris Williams
Chris Williams
St. Louis, Missouri
Chief Sales Officer, Joint Venture, Anheuser Busch – Keurig InBev

Affiliation:

  • Chief Sales Officer - Anheuser Busch-Keurig Joint Venture

Previous Positions:

  • Vice President, National Retail Sales, Category Management, and Shopper Insights - Anheuser Busch InBev
  • Vice President and Team Lead, Walmart, Walmart International and Sam's Club
  • Region Vice President - Anheuser Busch InBev
  • Vice President Sales, InBev International - InBev
  • Region Vice President, Northeast - InBev USA
  • Vice President / Director National Retail Sales - InBev USA

Previous to Anheuser-Busch InBev:

  • Region Vice President, Midwest / Director, National Retail Sales / Sales Director, Southeast- Diageo
  • Region Sales Director, Midwest - Modelo USA (Gambrinus)
  • Specialty Brand Director - The Steph Brewery Company

Key areas of focus:

  • Managing route to market, revenue management, field sales, key account management category management, trade relations, and internal communications
  • Sales and marketing and industry trends

Education & Notable Awards:

  • B.S. in Marketing and Business Administration, Kent State
  • Executive M.B.A. Program, Business Administration, and Management, INSEAD and Wharton

 


Michael Mick Cochran
Michael “Mick” Cochran
Atlanta, Georgia
Partner and Chairman of the Corporate Practice, Dentons

Boards & Affiliations:

  • Vice Chairman of the Board of First Step Staffing
  • Former board of directors member of PTV Holdings, First Call Wireless, Lanscott-Arlen Fabrics, and IMS Group

Previous Positions:

  • Partner and Corporate Department Chair of McKenna, Long, and Aldridge
  • Partner at Equity Capital Partners, Inc.

Key areas of focus:

  • Law, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and distress transactions, representing buyers, sellers and financiers in their investing activities and financing needs in a vast number of industries

Education & Notable Awards:

  • Undergrad: B.A., University of Washington
  • JD University of Chicago Law School
  • Ranked by Chambers USA as one of the leading Corporate/M&A lawyers in Georgia
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Corporate Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights and Insolvency and Reorganization Law

 


Amy Gile
Amy Gile
Boise, Idaho
CEO and Co-Founder, Silverdraft

Boards & Notable Work:

  • Featured Speaker: TEDx Boise, SHETech, Micron MPower Singapore and Idaho, Autodesk Innovation Forum
  • Currently co-producing the upcoming feature film production of King Lear starring Al Pacino

Previous Positions:

  • Professional SAG/AFTRA-accredited actor
  • Worked both nationally and internationally in film, television, theater, and commercials for over 20 years
  • Produced numerous live and stage productions including Special Olympics World Winter Games Kick-Off Ceremony

Key areas of focus:

  • Producer – Entrepreneur – Technologist – Creative
  • Advancing technology solutions for production and artists
  • Focused on building the highest performance compact supercomputers for complex visualization, graphics and media
  • Working with creative industries to empower product design and production through visualization and storytelling and changing the way things get made

 


Travis Nelson
Travis Nelson
New York, New York
Management Advisory Board, TowerBrook Capital Partners Director at The J.Jill Group

Boards & Affiliations:

  • Management Advisory Board of TowerBrook Capital Partners
  • Board of Directors of the J.Jill Group
  • Previously served on Board of Directors of The Broadlane Group, Inc., Vistage International, Inc., BevMo, Inc., Rave Cinemas LLC, FloWorks LLC, True Religion, Inc., and GetActive Software, Inc.

Previous Positions:

  • Managing Director of TowerBrook
  • Managing Director and co-founder of Pacific Partners
  • Principal at Goldman Sachs, Oak Hill Capital Partners and Freeman Spogli & Co.
  • Consultant to Rich Santulli, CEO of NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway company

Key areas of focus:

  • Investing, corporate finance, mergers, and acquisitions

Education & Notable Awards:

  • B.A. from DePauw University
  • M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business