Bradley Palmer is Chairman of Palm Ventures which he founded in 1992. Previously, Mr. Palmer was a Senior Associate with James D. Wolfensohn, Inc., a strategic advisory and investment banking firm with an extensive client base of multinational corporations. While at Wolfensohn, Mr. Palmer worked for James Wolfensohn, Paul Volcker and other firm partners on numerous acquisitions for major clients. Before Wolfensohn, Mr. Palmer was a Vice President in the Acquisition Finance division of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company where he financed numerous management-led buyouts.Mr. Palmer began his career as an entrepreneur, starting a multi-location restaurant concept in the Midwest which he sold successfully. Mr. Palmer holds a B.S. from Indiana University and a MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Palmer serves on numerous for-profit and charitable boards.
Russell Palmer, Affiliate, The Palmer Group, an investment company founded by Russell Palmer (Brad’s father), co-invests in many transactions with Palm Ventures. Prior to founding The Palmer Group, he was Managing Partner and CEO of Touche Ross & Co. for ten years and Dean of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania for seven years. Additionally, he serves or has served on the Board of Directors of Verizon, Honeywell, The May Department Stores Company, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Goodyear Tire, IMASCO, Bankers Trust Company, Alco Standard and Safeguard Scientifics, and the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, the National Constitution Center and as Chairman of the Board of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital System.
Jason Woody is a Senior Managing Director at Palm Ventures and focuses on investments in the education, business services and renewable energy sectors. Prior to joining Palm Ventures, Mr. Woody was an associate with Dubilier & Company, a private investment firm focused on the middle-market, and an analyst in the acquisition finance group at Chase Securities Inc. Mr. Woody holds a B.S. from Cornell University and a MBA, summa cum laude, from Babson College. Mr. Woody serves on the boards of several private companies.
Rob Pflieger is Chief Investment Officer at Palm Ventures focusing on the firm's private equity and public equity investments. Prior to joining Palm Ventures, Mr. Pflieger was the General Partner of Crystal Brook Capital Partners, a small cap focused hedge fund, which he founded in 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Pflieger was a Portfolio Manager and Senior Analyst at Artha Capital Management, Inc., a long/short Emerging Market hedge fund, from 2011 until 2014. Mr. Pflieger was responsible for the firm’s investments in Latin America and South Africa. Prior to joining Artha Capital, Mr. Pflieger was a Managing Director at Coeus Capital, a long/short US focused hedge fund, from 2006 until 2011. At Coeus, Mr. Pflieger was responsible for the firm’s investments in a number of sectors including technology, media and telecom. Prior to joining Coeus, Mr. Pflieger was a Partner at Generation Partners, a private equity firm focused on providing capital to growth companies through buyout and growth equity transactions, from 1996 until 2006. Mr. Pflieger holds a B.B.A., summa cum laude from the University of Michigan and an MBA, with high distinction from Harvard Business School.
Stephen Skoczylas is Chief Operating and Financial Officer at Palm Ventures. He has extensive finance, accounting, operations and executive recruiting experience. Prior to joining Palm Ventures, Mr. Skoczylas was a Managing Director at Glocap Search, where he led the firm’s C-Level executive search practice, working with corporate, hedge fund, and private equity fund clients. Previously he was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase, where he was CFO of various lines of business including the private equity division, and spent three years in the firm’s Paris office. Early in his career, Mr. Skoczylas spent four plus years at Peat Marwick Mitchell in the firm’s small business advisory group. He holds a B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from Boston College and a MBA from The Wharton School.
Julian Jaeger is a Managing Director at Palm Ventures and focuses on business development and talent relationship across all investments and ventures. Prior to Palm, Julian was the Chief Business Officer and the Chair of the Advisory Board of zkipster, a SaaS technology software company. Before joining zkipster, Julian spent three years leading partnerships at the Clinton Global Initiative, where he managed high-impact strategic partnerships and served as a member of the leadership team. Prior to CGI, Julian oversaw business development for North America at the World Economic Forum working from both the New York and offices, for nine years. Prior to his time with the World Economic Forum, he spent seven years at the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization with the Office of Management, Budget and Control. Julian currently serves on several other boards including Box, Team Rubicon Global, Mibi and Trusted Innovators. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from the International University in Geneva, Switzerland and a degree in hospitality management from Newbury College in Boston, MA.
Craig Connors is Chief Financial and Compliance Officer at Palm Management (US) LLC. Has extensive accounting, operations and regulatory experience, having held similar positions with Charter Oak Partners and Straus Asset Management. Craig began his career trading equities for Neuberger Berman and then Vector Capital, before joining ISF Management as its Operations Officer. He holds a BS in Business Management and Economics from Plymouth State University.
Joshua Horowitz is a Portfolio Manager at Palm Managment (US) LLC where he focuses on the Palm Global Small Cap Fund. He previously served as Director of Research for Inverlochy Capital, an asset management firm. Prior to Inverlochy he worked with a boutique European investment bank in Berlin and London. Mr. Horowitz also spent several years at Berggruen Holdings in New York, sourcing and working on several of their private equity deals, and helped oversee their entire public markets portfolio. He began his career at Crossway Partners LP, a value strategy hedge fund. Joshua holds a B.S. in Management magna cum laude from Binghamton University and also studied at the Bath School of Management in the U.K. He also completed the Business of Insurance program at St. John's University. Mr. Horowitz has previously served as a Director of The Lincoln General Insurance Company as well as 1347 Capital Corp (Nasdaq: TFSC), now Limbach Holdings (Nasdaq: LMB). He is currently a Director of 1347 Property Insurance Holdings (Nasdaq: PIH).
Matt Wiant is a 30-year veteran in consumer products and services working across multiple functions ranging from R&D, Engineering, Marketing, Biz Dev and Finance to running companies as President and CEO. In 2014, Matt started working on projects with Palm Ventures where he has participated in a number of businesses, often taking a temporary C-level role until a permanent team or person is hired. Prior to this, Matt was President and COO of “Murray’s Cheese” , served as CEO of “The True Citrus Co.”, was North American marketing head for Allied Domecq , CMO of Atkins Nutritionals, and SVP of New Ventures for Starwood Hotels. Earlier in his career, Matt launched Dannon Spring Water into a $200M company (now Dasani water) and started at Kraft/General Foods as a Food Process Engineer. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Cornell University and holds several patents in food processing and packaging design as well as a HACCP certifications for quality control systems. He also earned an MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship from Wharton with high honors.
Karen Johnson Orphanos
Karen Johnson Orphanos is a Director at Palm Ventures where she manages administration, finance and provides transaction support. Prior to joining Palm Ventures Ms. Johnson was Director of Operations for Reach Financial, LLC where she managed the financial operations for a specialty finance company that provided working capital to small businesses. She also coordinated all operations for a venture fund with fifty limited partners. Previously, she held several media-related positions in the advertising industry, including ad sales for Family Circle Magazine, and Vice President, Group Supervisor of Print Services at Young & Rubicam. She holds board positions with several community non-profit organizations. Ms. Johnson has a B.A. in English and Economics from Bucknell University.
James Doughtery is entrepreneur in residence at Palm Ventures where he focuses on fintech platforms and solutions. Spent the last 12 years building platforms in finance and research. James learned the platform business in Bloomberg terminal sales to hedge funds and banks. He co-founded Capvision and spent seven years turning it into the largest expert network in Asia. At different stages of Capvision's development, he acted as CEO, Director of Business Development and Director of Human Resources for the 250 person company. James spent seven years of his career building businesses on the ground in China and Germany.
Nicholas Gammell is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Palm Ventures, focusing on developing a fitness-technology platform company. His first startup company, GAIN Fitness, is a mobile platform for personal trainers and fitness consumers that has reached over 2 million people and guided more than 15 million workouts. Prior to founding GAIN, Nicholas worked at Google and YouTube for 3 years in various finance, strategy, and product roles. Nick started his career at Deloitte Consulting and hails from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied Business Administration and Decision Science, and played on the Varsity Football team.