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.
For the past 25 years, Paul Quilkey has created and led global investment and trading businesses within banks, hedge funds, and public and private companies. Paul joined Enron Capital and Trade in Houston in 1995 before going on to establish Enron Australia. As the CEO of Enron Australia, Paul lead teams focused on physical and financial commodities trading, structured products and corporate finance activities. Post Enron, Paul took a team to Westpac Banking Corporation in Sydney, Australia where he built and led Westpac Global Energy – a proprietary energy commodity and equity trading group that operated in the Asia Pacific, European and North American markets. During his Westpac tenure, Paul also restructured and ran Global Foreign Exchange and Commodities. After leaving Westpac in 2008, Paul returned to Austin, Texas and founded E360 LLC and e360 power LLC. Over the next 5 years, Paul successfully lead a team of proprietary traders focused on the most volatile energy commodity markets in the US, building AUM to ~$500m and generating superior risk adjusted returns. Alinga Capital leverages Paul’s years of experience in building trading and investment businesses in high growth frontier markets. Paul holds a BA from the University of Canberra, Australia, and an MBA in Finance from Rice University, Texas, USA.
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.
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