Board of Advisors
Michael Booth is a Partner at Calvert Street Capital Partners, a Baltimore-based lower middle market private equity and mezzanine investor, where he assists in managing their three private equity funds. Previously, he spent two years with Ernst & Young in the Mergers and Acquisitions Due Diligence Group, primarily serving private equity clients that targeted lower middle market companies. Michael also worked for three and one-half years in Ernst & Young's Auditing and Accounting Group. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Towson University.
Ned Churchill worked for H.J. Heinz Company for 32 years in a number of different positions: General Manager of USA Marketing, Vice President of Corporate Planning, Executive Vice President and CEO of Heinz Canada, and President and CEO of Heinz Australia. Ned retired from Heinz and returned to the U.S. to found WesCap Holdings, a leveraged buyout firm with an interest in food companies where he successfully liquidated his investment portfolio. He now serves on several boards of directors and is involved in angel investments. Ned earned an MBA at Harvard Business School and holds a BA from Wesleyan University.
Mo Frechette founded Zingerman's Mail
Order in 1994, a $10 million specialty-food catalog and website in
Ann Arbor, MI. It offers nationwide direct shipping of artisan
cheeses, estate olive oils, and other traditional foods, including
bread, pastries, cheese and coffee made in Ann Arbor by other
members of Zingerman's Community of Businesses. Zingerman's Mail
Order employs 50 full time and 400 seasonal employees. Mo is
responsible for strategy, food development and marketing. He has
extensive experience in Toyota's Lean Manufacturing principles,
which he used to lead the transformation of his business'
Bonnie Henry is the President and founder of DKH Enterprises. She works with early stage companies and their management teams to clarify strategy, accelerate growth, and position for exit. Bonnie has 28 years of entrepreneurial and leadership experience across multiple industries, thirteen of which with P&L responsibility. She founded in 1995 Hellas International, a Greek specialty food company, which she sold in 2004. She has worked with both large and early stage companies including: Frito-Lay, Pillsbury, Estée Lauder, Ross Stores, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Scottish Rite Children's Hospital. Bonnie earned an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and holds a BS degree in Business and Communications from SUNY, Plattsburgh.
Aden King is a principal
at King Partners and served for over 14 years as the internal
operating partner at Phillips Foods, one of the leading American
seafood manufacturers and restaurateurs. He was the executive in
charge to successfully lead, start, or restructure various company
and family divisions – starting and overseeing Phillips’ operations
in Latin America; creating and operating a successful franchised
restaurant concept; and turning around a restructured club and
retail sales division. He serves as a Director for
well as an advisory board member of Capital Bank and holds a BS from
Penn State University.
Tom Ponder is the Vice President of
Corporate Strategy at Acosta Sales and Marketing. Acosta provides a
range of outsourced sales, marketing, and retail merchandising
services to effectively move products off shelves and into shoppers’
baskets, ensuring clients are achieving their true sales potential.
Previously, he worked at Coca Cola as Market Unit Vice President,
Director of Cold Drink Operations, and Corporate Manager of
Strategic Initiatives. He has twenty years of notable
accomplishments leading operations and sales teams in multiple
industries and is experienced in launching multiple startup
operations in large and small corporate environments. Tom has an MBA
from Stanford University and a BA from Millsaps College.