Michael Auerbach
Michael Auerbach is an entrepreneur, investor, business consultant, and private diplomat. He founded Subversive Capital as a vehicle to invest in radical companies whose core missions subvert the status quo and require sophisticated government and regulatory strategies for success. Michael is an expert in the global cannabis industry and is a significant shareholder and board director of both Tilray, Inc. and Privateer Holdings, Inc. Mr. Auerbach has served as Senior Vice President of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm since 2012, he also serves as a General Partner of Subversive Capital, a venture capital firm and a private investment fund focused on investing primarily in publicly listed securities of issuers in the cannabis industry which is in the initial stages of raising funds. Since June 2019, he has served as a director of Tuscan II, a Delaware blank check company seeking to complete its initial public offering. Since March 2019, he has served as a director of Tuscan Holdings, a Delaware blank check company that raised U.S.$276,000,000 in its initial public offering in March 2019 seeking to consummate an initial business combination. From September 2009 to July 2012, he was Vice President, Social Risk Consulting at Control Risks, a global risk consulting firm. From September 2010 to January 2011, he was also an Adjunct Professor at The New School for Social Research. From 2007 to 2009, he was Chief Executive Officer of Social Risks, LLC, a January 2004. Mr. Auerbach also sits on the boards of Privateer Holdings, Inc., Tilray, Inc., Duco Advisors, Inc., and MainBase, SA. He has an MA in International Relations from Columbia University and BA in Critical Theory from the New School.
Morgan Callagy
Mr. Callagy started his investment career at Ark Asset Management a multi-billion dollar long-only investment firm based in New York. In 1996, Mr. Callagy joined Veronis Suhler Stevenson (“VSS”), a New York-based private equity firm, where he spent 22 years in a variety of positions, including as one of the founders and most recently head of the firm’s London office where he was based for close to 20 years. Mr. Callagy while at VSS was responsible for the Firm’s investments throughout Europe and his role included sourcing, due diligence, transaction execution, portfolio management, fund raising, and various portfolio board level responsibilities. Mr. Callagy, limited partners, sponsors and banks, were involved in the deployment in aggregate of over $2 billion across the media, technology, software and entertainment value chains and served on the Executive Committee of VSS and the investment committees across several of VSS’s funds. Since leaving VSS in 2017, Mr. Callagy, has been a advisor to La Jolla Group Inc. and its portfolio of active consumer brands. Mr. Callagy and Daniel Neukomm founded Revelstone Capital in 2017 to focus on investments across the active consumer brands and media landscape and to enhance the performance of companies in the consumer space including La Jolla Group’s portfolio of brands. Mr. Callagy has served as the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Revelstone Capital Acquisition Corp., a Nasdaq-listed blank check company, since its inception in April 2021 and is one of its directors. Mr. Callagy has over 25 years of investment experience. Mr. Callagy has invested in numerous businesses including several consumer businesses across multiple consumer segments, more recently including Caliva (now part of TPCO), a California-based cannabis company, he was an early investor in Spiritual Gangster, a branded apparel lifestyle company where Mr. Callagy has served on the board of directors since 2015, and Teton Gravity Research, an action sports content business where he was Chairman of the Board. Mr. Callagy earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Georgetown University.
Mark Castaneda
Mr. Castaneda served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer (Secretary during 2018) of Tilray Brands, Inc., a leading global cannabis-lifestyle and consumer packaged goods company, from March 2018 until his resignation on March 2, 2020, at which point he assumed a business development role for Tilray Brands, Inc. through his retirement in September 2020. Mr. Castaneda previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Treasurer of Primo Water Corporation, a publicly traded water marketing and distribution company, where he helped lead its initial public offering in October 2010, from March 2008 to January 2018. From October 2007 to March 2008, Mr. Castaneda served as the Chief Financial Officer for Tecta America, Inc., a private national roofing contractor, and from October 2004 to August 2006, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Pike Electric Corporation, a publicly traded energy solutions provider, where he helped lead its initial public offering in July 2005. Mr. Castaneda also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Blue Rhino Corporation from November 1997 to October 2004 and as a member of the board of directors of Blue Rhino from September 1998 to April 2004. Mr. Castaneda helped lead Blue Rhino’s initial public offering in May 1998. Mr. Castaneda began his career with Deloitte & Touche in 1988 and is a certified public accountant. Mr. Castaneda has served on the Audit Committee of Ranir Global Holdings, LLC from August 2016 to June 2019. Mr. Castaneda holds a BS in Accountancy and a Masters, Taxation from DePaul University.
Troy Datcher
Troy Datcher has served as Chief Executive Officer of The Parent Company since September 2021. Troy Datcher joined The Parent Company from Clorox Co. where he most recently served as senior vice president and chief customer officer responsible for the company’s worldwide sales organization. During his tenure, Datcher deployed global sales plans for over $6.7 billion in annual revenue across The Clorox Company’s vast portfolio of brands. Prior to his combined 20-year tenure at The Clorox Company, Datcher served as national sales account manager at The Procter & Gamble Company
Al Foreman
Al Foreman has over 20 years of professional experience in private equity, corporate finance, financial technology, and a broad range of transaction experience that includes the origination, structuring, and execution of debt, equity, and M&A transactions globally, as both a principal and an agent. Mr. Foreman is a Managing Partner and the Chief Investment Officer of Tuatara Capital, a role he has held since January 2014. In this role, Al is responsible for formulating Tuatara’s macro investment strategy and for the structuring and oversight of portfolio investments. Prior to co-founding Tuatara in 2014, Al was a Managing Director with Highbridge Principal Strategies, LLC, a $45 billion alternative investment management business. Before Highbridge, Mr. Foreman worked in investment banking as a Managing Director in J.P. Morgan’s Financial Sponsors Group, and he joined the bank as a Managing Director and founding member of the management team for the J.P. Morgan Private Equity Fund Services business. Earlier, Al was a financial technology executive at Vitech Systems Group and Virtual Growth Incorporated, and he began his career as a Management Associate in Citigroup’s Private Bank, where he co-founded Citibank’s Professional Sports Group. Al earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Connecticut where he was a United Technologies Finance Scholar and a two-time Scholar Athlete Award Winner. Al also holds a J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and an MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. Mr. Foreman serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Connecticut Foundation, and he is a member of the University’s Investment Committee and Athletic Steering Committee.
Leland Hensch
Leland Hensch is a private investor and a general partner of a private investment fund focused on investing primarily in publicly listed securities of issuers in the cannabis industry which is in the initial stages of raising funds. Mr. Hensch began his career in 1992 with Hull Trading as an equity derivatives trader on the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. His first trading assignment was in the Frankfurt, Germany office from 1994 to 1998 where he traded on the Deustche Terrmine Borse. Mr. Hensch was hired by Goldman Sachs London in 2001 to head the UK Derivatives desk. In 2004, he relocated to New York to run Macro Derivatives Trading desk. In 2009, Mr. Hensch started Goldman’s Emerging Markets equity trading team in Sao Paulo and was later promoted to Head of Americas Equity trading in 2013. Mr. Hensch was named partner in 2012 and retired in 2016. Since leaving Goldman Sachs, Mr. Hensch has made a number of investments across cannabis, real estate, hospitality, media, and technology businesses. He has been an active investor/owner in the hospitality and media businesses. Mr. Hensch sits on the investment board of The Foundry Mezzanine fund and is still active in equity market trading. Mr. Hensch has a BS in Finance from The Kelley School at Indiana University.
Daniel Neukomm
Daniel Neukomm is currently Executive Chairman of the iconic surf brand O’Neill as well as Executive Chairman of Irvine-based parent company La Jolla Group, Inc. (LJG), both positions which he has held since 2013. LJG includes apparel brands in the active consumer space, O’Neill, Spiritual Gangster, Hang Ten, and others, and is a best in class middle market multi-branded operating platform that has unlocked value in emerging brands as well as its flagship brands by reducing costs and providing sophisticated management tools. In addition, Neukomm is a founding partner at Revelstone Capital, a private equity firm which is focused on investing in growth stage consumer companies in the outdoor and active lifestyle space with offices in Irvine and London. Before LJG, he was an operating partner for a Silicon Valley-based family office, where he focused on early-stage venture investing and corporate strategy for middle-market portfolio companies including La Jolla Group. Neukomm began his career starting Mountain Oxygen, a supplemental oxygen services company based in Aspen, Colorado. Neukomm earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Vermont and an MBA in finance and strategy from the International School of Management in Paris.