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Kevin Albert

Kevin is a Partner and a member of Pantheon’s Partnership Board and is responsible for global business development and client service. Pantheon is a leading global investor in private equity, infrastructure, and real assets that has invested over $30 billion on behalf of institutional investors around the world.

Kevin joined Pantheon from Elevation Partners and prior to that led the Global Private Equity Placement Group at Merrill Lynch.

He holds a BA in Economics and a MBA in Finance, both from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Don Aviv

Mr. Aviv is the Chief Operating Officer of Interfor, Inc, a 36-year-old corporate intelligence and security consulting firm based in New York. Don oversees day-to-day operations of the company and heads Interfor’s Global Investigations Unit. He has extensive experience in corporate fraud investigations, physical & IT security consulting, crisis mitigation, threat assessments, business risk and corporate investigations and intelligence gathering.

Prior to joining Interfor, Mr. Aviv was the Global Security Manager for Parametric Technology Corporation, an international software company.

Mr. Aviv is a Board Certified Protection Professional, Board Certified Physical Security Professional. He is also a licensed New York State Private Investigator, attaining certification as a Professional Investigator and serves on the ASIS International Security Services Council.

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Michael Cohl

Mr. Cohl’s career spans over 45 years in the entertainment business, producing worldwide music tours including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, U2, Barbra Streisand, and many more, as well as films such as Pete Seeger: Power of Song (Emmy Award), LENNONYC (Peabody and Emmy Awards), a film about Harry Belafonte, Sing Your Song (Peabody Award), and The Rolling Stones classics Live at the Max and Shine a Light.

Mr. Cohl has also produced live shows such as the children’s show Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! (2010 Billboard Touring Award for Creative Content) and has spent decades on and off Broadway with shows including SpiderMan: Turn Off The Dark (for which Mr. Cohl was voted Producer of the Year 2011), Rock of Ages, The Lion King, and Spamalot (Tony Award).

Mr. Cohl was previously the chairman of Live Nation, was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and has received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. Among his many other awards, Michael has also been honored with the Billboard Legend of Live Award, the TJ Martell Foundation Man of the Year Award, and a JUNO Award for Special Achievement.

Mr. Cohl is the founder and chairman of Iconic Entertainment Studios and is currently developing, producing, and promoting over a dozen properties including David Gilmour, Transformers Live!, An Evening with Al Pacino, A Night with Janis Joplin, Alvin and the Chipmunks Live on Stage!, and many more.

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Mitchell Fox

Mr. Fox was group president and publishing director of Condé Nast Publications, responsible for more than a dozen of the company’s media properties. In 2000, Mr. Fox helped acquire, and later become the president and CEO of, The Golf Digest Companies. From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Fox oversaw all properties that operate under The Golf Digest Companies’ umbrella.

Prior to his position at the Golf Digest Companies, Mr. Fox served as executive vice president of corporate sales of Condé Nast Publications. Mr. Fox was also a member of Condé Nast Publications’ executive management team. In 1994, Mr. Fox was named publisher of Vanity Fair. He was named Condé Nast’s Publisher of the Year in January 1997. In December 1997, Mr. Fox was promoted to the position of vice president and publisher. Prior to that, beginning in 1989, he was publisher of Details magazine, earning Magazine of the Year honors and Top 10 Hottest Magazine honors two years in a row.

Mr. Fox is currently the president of WGA Global Marketing Group, a holding company with interests in insurance, media development, cross border e-commerce, and investments in cannabis related businesses.

Mark Gelnaw

Mark Gelnaw

Mr. Gelnaw is a highly successful executive in the fund management and financial services industries.  He is currently the Founder and President of Breakwater Ventures, LLC, a provider of consulting services to emerging ventures across multiple industries. Prior to Breakwater Ventures, Mr. Gelnaw served as the portfolio manager for Deutsche Bank’s Angel Fund. In conjunction with Stanford University, the Fund focused on investing in technology ventures. Mr. Gelnaw has a passion to assist developing enterprises in reaching their goals by levering his financial and entrepreneurial skills.

Mr. Gelnaw has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has held senior positions at Deutsche Bank, Lehman Brothers, Salomon Brothers, and Arthur Andersen (currently Accenture). From October, 1996 to May 2005, Mr. Gelnaw held various senior management positions at Deutsche Bank including Global Head of Business Development and Head of Strategic Funds. He also served as Chief Operating Officer for Deutsche Bank’s Equity and Asset Management divisions. Mr. Gelnaw was involved in all aspects of the business including structuring, marketing, investment management, and due diligence as well as serving as a liaison with all the service functions that interface with the business processes. In addition to his roles as Chief Operating Officer, he also served in the capacity of Global Head of Equity Finance and the Global Head of Proprietary Trading.

Mr. Gelnaw serves on the boards of several entities and non-profit organizations. Mr. Gelnaw is a Certified Public Accountant with Series 7 and 63 licenses. He is a 1979 graduate of Georgetown University where he earned a BSBA in accounting.

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Barbara Goodstein

Ms. Goodstein is currently the CEO of TIGER21, an organization made up of over 500 members who collectively manage more than $50 billion in personal assets. The organization’s mission is to help its members improve their investment acumen, tackle common issues of wealth preservation, manage family-related challenges, and understand estate planning options, philanthropic endeavors, and legacy impact.

Ms. Goodstein’s experience spans business development, marketing and operations, having held senior leadership roles at firms including Bankers Trust, Instinet.com, Vonage, and American Express.

Among the Top 25 Women in Finance (U.S. Banker’s Most Powerful Women Annual Ranking in 2008 and 2009), she participates in FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women Summits, is a member of the Women’s Forum, and FORTUNE’s Global Mentor Program. Ms. Goodstein has also won AWNY’s “Impact” and “Changing the Game” awards for Innovation.

Ms. Goodstein is a board member of Manning & Napier, a New York Stock Exchange listed investment management company with over $50 billion in assets under management, and is a board director for God’s Love We Deliver, a non-profit annually delivering over a million meals to NYC’s homebound.

Ms. Goodstein received her M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Brown University. She holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.

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Peter McDonough

Mr. McDonough is one of the world’s leading brand and marketing executives, with over 30 years’ experience growing and managing some of the globe’s most iconic brands.

In his most recent corporate role at Diageo, Mr. McDonough served as President, Chief Marketing Officer, and Chief Innovation Officer for Diageo North America, from 2009-2015. Diageo (NYSE: DEO), with a $65 billion market capitalization, is a global leader in beverage alcohol, owning iconic brands in spirits, beer, and wine, including the top two largest spirits brands in the world, Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff, and 20 of the world’s top 100 spirits brands. In his role, Mr. McDonough transformed and built the marketing and product development organizations that delivered accelerated growth and positioned Diageo as the industry leader in product innovation.

After teaching at The University of Canterbury’s Graduate School of Business in New Zealand, Mr. McDonough relocated his family to Switzerland to serve as Procter & Gamble’s Vice President of European Marketing for Duracell Batteries and Braun Appliances.

Prior to his overseas roles, he served as Gillette’s head of North American marketing for the company’s flagship blade/razor and personal care business. Earlier in his career, he served as director of North American marketing at Black & Decker where he was involved in launching the DeWalt Power Tool Company.

Mr. McDonough is an alumnus of Cornell University and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business.

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Lindy Snider

Ms. Snider is the founder and CEO of Lindi Skin LLC, the first full line of skin care products for cancer patients found in most major cancer centers across the U.S.  She served in multiple senior level roles at Comcast-Spectacor, a leading hospitality firm in the live sports and entertainment industry, in sales, marketing, operational and strategic capacities across the organization. Ms. Snider was a key member of the senior team managing the development of the Wells-Fargo Center at the South Philadelphia Sports Complex and oversaw the project’s capitalization process. She served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Flyers organization and was also responsible for helping develop the organization’s Ticketmaster franchise in the Tri-State Area.  She serves on the Boards of CancerForward and Fox Chase Cancer Center, is a Board Member at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and served as a Member of the Board at the American Jewish Museum and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She attended Ithaca College and The University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Snider is an active investor and advisor to many companies, including medical cannabis-related businesses. She is a passionate entrepreneur, dedicated philanthropist, and champion of both start-ups and women-owned businesses, currently sitting on over 20 boards and advisory groups.  Focused on new business development, brand marketing, and investing, she identifies and helps mentor innovative companies and initiatives in the start-up and medical cannabis spaces, including Greenhouse Ventures, Kind Financial, Athletes for Care, Lenitiv Scientific, and the Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Initiative (ESII), a division of the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp.

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Richard Taney

Richard Taney brings to Viridian an abundance of knowledge and experience spanning a variety of fields including finance, investments, medical devices, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals. Mr. Taney was President and CEO of New York-based PalliaTech, Inc, a producer, manufacturer, dispenser, and tester of cannabinoid medicines operating in six states.

Prior to joining PalliaTech, he was President and CEO of Delcath Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCTH), a medical technology company that developed a patented system for the targeted delivery of ultra-high dose chemotherapy to the liver for treatment of a variety of cancers. During 2011 and 2012, Mr. Taney served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of MGT Capital Investments, Inc. (AMEX: MGT), a medical technology company engaged in the development and commercialization of computer-aided detection applications that analyze computer tomography (CT) scans.

Mr. Taney is also the founding member of T2 Capital Management, LLC, an investment management company, and a founding partner of Sandpiper Capital Partners, an investment partnership focused on private equity investments and advisory work for privately held companies involved in a variety of emerging technologies.

Prior to establishing his money management and advisory ventures, Mr. Taney spent 20 years advising institutional and high-net-worth clients at Salomon Brothers, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and Banc of America Securities.

He earned a B.A. degree from Tufts University and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law.

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Sean Welch

As Founding Partner of the The IM. Group, Mr. Welch is responsible for oversight of the business management services for the Company’s entertainment and media clients.

Over his tenure working within the entertainment and media space, his experiences have included working with entities such as ESPN, BMG, Sony Music, Universal Music, Warner Music, Infinity Broadcasting, CBS Broadcasting, and other Fortune 500 corporations.

Mr. Welch is a former financial specialist for Accenture’s Corporate Transactions Services Group where the landscape of deals included structuring and negotiating transactions ranging from $25 million to $5 billion in total deal valuation. Additionally, his experience includes working with the Compliance Group of the investment bank, Deutsche Bank AG.

He is a proud graduate of the University at Albany’s business school.