Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PearlRock Partners
Brian Kelley is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PearlRock Partners, an investment vehicle. Prior to that, he was a partner at Lindsay Goldberg LLC, a private equity firm. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. and President of the Coca-Cola Company's North American operations. Brian was President and Chief Executive Officer of Sirva, Inc., a relocation services company, an executive and other positions with Ford Motor Company, General Electric, and Procter & Gamble. Brian previously served as a member of the board of directors of Keurig Green Mountain, Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. and AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Brian holds a B.A. degree in economics from the College of the Holy Cross.
COO and President of North America for FOCUS Brands
Kat Cole is the Chief Operating Officer and President of Focus Brands. She is responsible for leading the company’s seven brands and overseeing its licensing and international divisions, building revenues and profits through global licensing, manufacturing and ecommerce. Kat joined Focus Brands as President of Cinnabon and successfully drove the multi-channel business to record sales and growth, brand expansion and franchise evolution. Prior to Focus Brands, Kat was a Vice President at Hooters of America, Inc. Kat invests in and advises founders of early stage startups, and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a member of the board of directors of Milk Bar, past chair of the Women’s Foodservice Forum, and an active humanitarian, including on the United Nations Global Entrepreneurs Council. Kat received her MBA from Georgia State University.
Co-Founder and CEO of Once Upon a Farm
John Foraker is a leading authority in the organic and natural foods industry. John is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Once Upon a Farm, LLC, a fresh kid nutrition brand. Prior to that, John was Chief Executive Officer and a director of Annie’s, Inc., a leading natural & organic food brand, taking it public in 2012 just prior to the company’s buyout by General Mills, Inc. Previously, John served as President of the Annie’s Operating Unit at General Mills and was a member of the General Mills North American leadership team. John was awarded EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 in Northern California, recognizing his entrepreneurial excellence in the retail and consumer products category. Prior to his tenure at Annie’s, John served as Vice President at Bank of America, overseeing commercial banking client relationship management in the bank’s premium wine business portfolio. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Former President and COO of Consumer Foods International division
Dean Hollis spent 21 years with ConAgra Foods before retiring as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Consumer Foods and International division. Dean is a senior advisor for Oaktree Capital, a $100 billion worldwide private equity firm. In addition, Dean is currently chair of the board of directors of Hain Celestial Group, Inc., and chair of the board of directors of SunOpta, Inc. Dean is also chair of the board of directors of Boardriders, Inc. Previously, Dean was chair of the board of directors of Advance Pierre Foods, Inc., on the board of directors of Diamond Foods until its sale to Snyder’s-Lance, chair of the board of directors of Boulder Brands until its sale to Pinnacle Foods and on the board of directors of Landec Corporation. Dean holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stetson University and serves on its board of directors.
Jason H. Karp
Jason H. Karp, our Executive Co-Chairman, is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HumanCo. Jason is driven by a passionate belief that improving health is the most effective strategy to increase global prosperity. Jason is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of Hu (as in Human), one of the fastest growing snack companies in the U.S. Previously, Jason served as the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Tourbillon Capital Partners, an investment fund that managed over $4 billion, and he has over 21 years of investment experience. Jason is also a member of the board of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Jason has a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Executive Officer & Director
Ross Berman, our Chief Executive Officer, is the Co-Founder and President of HumanCo. Ross has over 20 years of investment experience, including in public and private equity markets and in the consumer sector. Prior to co-founding HumanCo, Ross was the President and Chief Strategy Officer at Tourbillon Capital Partners, the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Green Owl Capital Management and a Co-Founder and Co-Portfolio Manager of BAM Capital Management. Ross is currently a board member of Hu (as in Human), one of the fastest growing snack companies in the U.S. and is also a board member of Maccabi USA, a not-for-profit organization with a mission of building Jewish pride and community through sports. Ross has a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.