A network design engineer by training, an experienced manager, an Army veteran who served with Special Forces, an empathetic customer advocate, and a product-focused leader that loves to think big. An MBA at Carnegie Mellon sparked his passion for tech, and for data-centric, mission-driven companies solving “real problems.” He's always enjoyed helping teams and has long been an advisor/mentor/advocate for entrepreneurial ventures in various organizations. His investments have spanned sectors, but always gravitate toward high-performing operators.
Eduardo Mestre was Vice Chairman with responsibility for the management of Evercore’s U.S. advisory practice from 2004-2012. Evercore Partners is a leading investment banking boutique providing
advisory services on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructuring and other strategic corporate transactions.
Eduardo currently serves on the Board of
Directors of the Avis Budget Group, Inc. Eduardo also serves as a member of the boards of the International Rescue Committee, a leading refugee and displaced persons relief organization. Eduardo is also a member of the Board of Cuba Emprende, which has founded an academy for micro entrepreneurs in Cuba through
the Catholic Church that has graduated over 1,800 aspiring small business owners on the island.
Paul Kruschel is a transportation and logistics industry veteran with 13 years of experience in sales, management, and operations. Paul spent 11 years as a Sales Executive at CH Robinson, a Fortune 500 provider of multimodal transportation services and third-party logistics. In 2015, Paul joined Thermo Fisher Scientific, a Fortune 200 biotechnology product development company, where he created and now manages a truckload brokerage network for sensitive
André Lessa is a senior technical lead and entrepreneur. He blends over 18 years of experience in developing complex software systems, with a very inventive mind. His skills include problem solving, technical product development, data science, and software architecture design.
He was a lead engineer focused in R&D and innovation at Vivisimo, an enterprise search company acquired by IBM in 2012. Later, he founded Meaningfy, a (Machine Learning focused) startup, taking it from concept to production while going through two startup accelerators. Currently, he is the CTO at OnlyBoth, a company using Artificial Intelligence to create the industry's first automated benchmarking engine.
Noah Robbins is an agriculture industry pioneer with years of experience in growing, operations, and sales.
In 2013, Noah founded Ark Foods, a company focused on growing 'curious' vegetables for the high-end restauranteurs and adventurous eaters alike.
Now in over 50 locations throughout the East and West Coast, including Whole Foods and Costco, Ark Foods is poised for continued strong growth within the specialty agriculture space.