Matthew (Matt) Karnes has over 25 years of diverse finance and accounting experience. Prior to founding GreenWave Advisors LLC, Matt worked in equity research focusing on the Radio Broadcasting and Cable Television industries for First Union Securities. Matt also covered Satellite Communication at SG Cowen and in addition, worked with the top ranked Consumer Internet analyst at Bear Stearns & Co – this team was consistently recognized by the Institutional Investor’s “All America Research Team”. As a sellside equity analyst, Matt authored and co-authored numerous emerging industry research reports including such names as Google, Sirius, XM Satellite Radio, DIRECTV and EchoStar Communications.
Matt was also Principal and Senior Equity Analyst at Bull Path Capital Management, a New York City based hedge fund, where he was responsible for investment strategies of emerging technologies primarily within the Technology, Media and Telecom sectors. Prior to his career on Wall Street, Matt held various finance and accounting positions at PriceWaterhouse Coopers and Deloitte as well as at Texaco Inc. where he worked throughout the U.S., Europe, The Caribbean and Asia. Additionally at Chase, Matt was responsible for implementing the bank’s corporate accounting policies on commodity, interest rate and foreign currency derivative products. Matt graduated from Fordham University with an MBA in finance and earned a B.S. Business Administration with a double major in accounting and finance from Miami University (OH). Matt is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Most recently, Mitch Hara was Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Business Development for Clever Leaves International, Inc. (f.k.a Northern Swan Holdings), one of the largest, vertically integrated cannabis producers in the Western Hemisphere, where he was responsible for the Company’s investments, acquisitions and business development efforts on a global scale, and currently remains a Senior Advisor. Including Cannabis, Mitch has over 30 years of experience in the retail and consumer products sectors, from an investing, transactional and operating context, in highly disruptive environments. In addition to being an active angel investor, he spent 20+ years on Wall Street, building M&A, Restructuring, Leveraged Finance and Industry practices at premier investment banking boutiques Wasserstein, Perella and PJ Solomon, and bulge-bracket firms, Merrill Lynch and Citigroup. After his tenure on Wall Street, he spent four years as SVP of Corporate Strategy/M&A at HSN, Inc., then a publicly traded company (now part of Qurate Retail Group), where he also ran their VC Incubator. Subsequent to that, Mitch was CEO of Beekman 1802, a high-growth, premium branded consumer products company, where he orchestrated the acquisition of its largest licensee, creating over $100MM in shareholder value. Over his career, Mitch has originated, structured and executed over $50BN in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, leveraged buyouts, and structured debt and equity financings. Prior to joining Clever Leaves, he was a strategy and fundraising Consultant for branded, CBD-based and other CPG companies, including Cannuka and Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics. In addition to Clever Leaves, Mitch currently serves on the Advisory Boards at Greenwave Advisors, Hand In Hand Soap and Kirsh Helmets and is a Mentor at HBS Start Up Partners and a member of HBS Alumni Angels of Greater New York.
David Traylor is Senior Managing Director at Golden Eagle Partners, a firm he founded in 2012 to advise life science companies. After advising on various transactions in the life science sector, he took an interest in the cannabis sector and started advising cannabis companies in 2013. In 2014, he joined Surna, Inc. (OTC:SRNA) as Chief Business Officer. After close to a year stint at Surna, Mr. Traylor re-founded Golden Eagle Partners to provide his knowledge to companies across the cannabis sector. Before Golden Eagle Partners, Mr. Traylor served at leading investment banking firms including Pacific Growth Equities (which later became Wedbush), Caris & Company and Headwaters MB (which later became Capstone Headwaters). During his banking tenures he has advised private and public biotechnology and medical device companies in various transactions including IPOs, public offerings, private offerings, mergers and acquisitions totaling over $500 million in value.
Before investment banking, Mr. Traylor spent fifteen years in diverse operational roles in biotechnology companies, from research and development to business development, manufacturing, program management and senior management. He began his career in biotechnology, with a position in bioprocess manufacturing at Synergen (acquired by Amgen), and then moved into R&D and process development positions at Somatogen, a company pursuing a recombinant blood substitute. After Somatogen (acquired by Baxter), he led the management of programs and development initiatives at Affymetrix (acquired by Thermo Fisher), the leading innovator in microarray technology. Mr. Traylor began his business development career at Deltagen then moved over the lead the U.S. operations for atugen AG (acquired by Silence Therapeutics), a Berlin-based functional genomics company. At Bioseek (acquired by Asterand), David led the business development efforts for one of the first systems biology companies.
In 1988, Mr. Traylor was one of five Colorado players selected to play for the Denver Rifles in the American Lacrosse League (ALL) – the first U.S. professional field lacrosse league. Mr. Traylor is parlaying his athletic background and knowledge in cannabis as a valuable member of Athletes for Care. He received B.A. degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and an M.B.A. from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is also the inventor on three issued U.S. patents. Mr. Traylor is a registered representative and has passed the FINRA Series 7, 63 and 66 examinations.
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