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Meet the Simon Quick Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board

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Betsy Blunt Brown

President, Pendleton Square Trust & Family Office

Betsy Blunt Brown

President, Pendleton Square Trust & Family Office

Betsy is President of Pendleton Square Trust Company and also serves as a Director of the Trust Company. In these roles, she develops multi-generational family relationships and serves families and their advisors to deliver trust and family offices services as well as legacy plans. Prior to joining Pendleton Square, Betsy worked at Cumberland Trust and JPMorgan Private Bank serving affluent families throughout the Southeast. She also worked for more than 10 years at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. She was a Director in the Fixed Income Origination team within SunTrust Debt Capital Markets, where she gained considerable transaction experience executing public debt offerings, private placements, and syndicated bank facilities. 

Betsy is a partner in The JumpFund, an angel investment fund dedicated to investing in female-led businesses in the Southeast. Betsy earned a BS in Business Administration and a BA in East Asian Studies from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. She also holds an MBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Betsy serves as a Trustee of Girls Preparatory School, her alma mater. Betsy is also a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, the Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga, and the Endowment Committee for The Generosity Trust. Betsy lives on Signal Mountain with her husband and 3 active children.

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Mitch Cohen

Retired Vice-Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Mitch Cohen

Retired Vice-Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Mitch is retired Vice-Chairman of PwC. During his 36 year career he served as the client service partner on a number of the firm’s largest clients including AT&T, Comcast, and Xerox. In addition to his clients, Mitch had a variety of management responsibilities including the Firm’s strategy, M&A, public relations and communications, innovation and corporate responsibility.
 
Mitch is co-author of a groundbreaking study and book on self-made billionaires. Since the publication of The Self-Made Billionaire Effect, Mitch has been a frequent speaker in the media and at colleges and universities on innovation and entrepreneurship.
 
Since retiring from PwC Mitch has concentrated on investing and serving on the boards of various venture backed emerging companies including Farmer’s Fridge and Cordex Systems LLC.
 
Mitch is a graduate of Penn State University and serves on the Board of Visitors of the Smeal Business School. He also serves on the advisory board and finance committee of DonorsChoose and the Board of Directors of ProVetus.
 
Mitch and his wife Carri have two children and live in New York City.

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Vaughn Crowe

Managing Partner at Newark Venture Partners

Vaughn Crowe

Managing Partner, Newark Venture Partners

Vaughn Crowe is a Managing Partner at Newark Venture Partners. Prior to joining Newark Venture Partners, Vaughn served as Managing Director at Wesray Social Investments, the investment arm of Ray Chambers’ family office. While at Wesray Social, Vaughn led direct and LP investments and served on a three-person investment committee, where he worked with companies at every stage, including seed, series A, growth, and buyout. In addition to his investment responsibilities, Vaughn served as Executive Chairman of a portfolio company which, under his leadership, experienced the most profitable year in the company’s 55-year history.

Vaughn was born and raised in Newark, NJ. He attended Weequahic High School and then attended Colgate University where he earned a BA in Political Science with a minor in African-American Studies. Vaughn currently serves as Vice Chair of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, a RWJ Barnabas Hospital and New Jersey State Investment Council, the governing structure for the State’s $100b+ pension assets.

Vaughn enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, reading and listening to audio books, and watching sports competition – basketball, football, baseball, hockey, and soccer.

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Andrew Horowitz

Founder - Enclara Pharmacia

Andrew Horowitz

Founder - Enclara Pharmacia

An attorney by education, Andy Horowitz has formed and managed a number of regional and national businesses in the post-acute healthcare industry over his 30-year career, with a focus on the elderly and end of life.  Initially, his businesses included the large regional specialty pharmacy provider Partners Healthcare serving the long-term care industry, Infusion Therapy provider Solutions Healthcare and Care Alternatives hospice.  In 2006, he founded hospice specialty pharmacy provider Enclara Health. Years later, Andy founded Turn-Key Health as a subsidiary of Enclara Health focused on palliative care and the avoidance of of poor quality and extreme high cost at end of life. 

In 2014 Andy partnered with Consonance Capital Partners to purchase and combine excelleRx/Hospice Pharmacia with Enclara Health to create Enclara Pharmacia, which served over a third of the patients enrolled in hospice nationally, through comprehensive mail order and local pharmacy offerings, digital solutions and clinical support. The deal also included PBM Plus, which was integrated into Enclara Healthcare to create GuidantRx, a boutique pharmacy benefit management provider specializing in self-insured employer pharmacy benefits management and co-pay card services. Enclara Healthcare would grow to be leading solutions provider focused on simplifying care delivery in complex care populations to improve patient experience, quality and cost.

In 2020, Enclara Healthcare, including Enclara Pharmacia and GuidantRx, were sold to Humana. Turn-Key Health was sold in a separate transaction to CareCentrix. Andy led Enclara Healthcare through a successful transition period before stepping down as CEO in September 2020. He remains affiliated with Enclara as a special advisor to the executive team.

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Ellen Knarr

Partner - Day Pitney LLP

Ellen Knarr

Partner - Day Pitney LLP

Ellen Knarr counsels public companies on corporate and securities law matters at Day Pitney LLP. Ellen primarily practices in the areas of public reporting responsibilities, SRO-compliance, corporate governance best practices and certain executive compensation matters and advises senior management, boards of directors and board committees with respect to these and other legal compliance matters. Ellen's practice involves representation of numerous NYSE- and Nasdaq-listed clients covering a wide array of industries, including retail, hospitality, banking, technology and document and data services companies.

In addition to the corporate and securities work she handles for public company clients, Ellen is a dedicated leader and participant in a variety of firm initiatives and also participates in pro bono matters. As a leader at Day Pitney, she serves as the office managing partner of New York office. Ellen also serves on the leadership committee of Day Pitney's firm-wide women's initiative, Women Working Together (WWT®), and she is an active member of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. From 2007 to 2015, Ellen served as Secretary to the New Jersey Corporation and Business Law Study Commission, a legislative commission dedicated to improving and modernizing the New Jersey Business Corporation Act.

Ellen graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 2005 and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2002. Ellen has been honored as a "Woman Worth Watching" by the Profiles in Diversity Journal in 2017 and was Chosen as one of the "New Leaders of the Bar" by New Jersey Law Journal. Additionally, she received the Outstanding Nonprofit Project Award from the Pro Bono Partnership in 2013. 

Read Ellen's full bio here.

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Krishna Mikkilineni

Senior Vice President at Honeywell International

Krishna Mikkilineni

Senior Vice President at Honeywell International

Dr. Krishna Mikkilineni is Senior Vice President, Engineering, Operations and IT. In this role, he oversees the effectiveness of Honeywell’s research, development, engineering, supply chain, and operations, strengthening the company’s ability to create differentiated products and solutions for Honeywell’s markets across the globe. He also isresponsible for expanding Honeywell Operating System (HOS), driving Velocity Product Development (VPD™), and increasing dedication to quality and delivery throughout the organization. Krishna leads the Honeywell Operations and Technology Leadership Councils and is responsible for the company’s Information Technology (IT) function.

Since joining Honeywell more than two decades ago, Krishna has been instrumental in leading globalization initiatives, establishing worldwide processes, successfully executing large-scale, multi-location projects, and leveraging talent in emerging regions to meet Honeywell product development needs. As the President of Honeywell Technology Solutions (HTS), he grew the organization to nearly 9,000 engineers across China, India, and Eastern Europe and established operations at SEI-CMMI Level 5 rating, PCMM Level 5 rating, AS9100, BS7799, ISO9001-2000, and ISO14001 quality standards, among many other quality certifications.

Krishna holds a bachelor of engineering degree in electronics and communications and earned a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Florida. He also has received a number of recognitions at Honeywell, including the Lund Award and the Senior Leadership Award.

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David Olk

Co-Founder ShopKeep.com Inc.

David Olk

Co-Founder ShopKeep.com Inc.

David is the co-founder of ShopKeep, a technology company that provides cloud-based operating software to over 40,000 small and medium businesses. As one of the Company's founders, COO and CFO, David helped build ShopKeep from a kernel of an idea to one of New York’s largest software as a service companies. Prior to ShopKeep, David was Director of Mergers and Acquisitions of IAC, Barry Diller's publicly traded holding company of numerous consumer facing technology brands including Tinder, Match, Vimeo, College Humor, Citysearch, Ticketmaster, and Ask. 

David spent the first part of his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers' Mergers and Acquisitions team. He was also a board member of Kickstarter, which he helped finance and advise from the earliest stages. David loves the NYC tech space and is currently a board member or advisor to over 15 well funded businesses. He's a TechStars Mentor, Entrepreneur in Residence at Columbia Business School and a member of the Board of Directors for the University’s Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center. David loves to SCUBA dive, is not as great a skier as his wife, and has run a few Triathlons as a member of the Michael J Fox Foundation's Team Fox (“run” being very generous). A Certified Public Accountant, David has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Tulane University and an MBA from Columbia University. He currently resides in Manhattan with his wife and two sons.

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Katharine Procter

CIO of Hintz Capital Management Inc.

Katharine Procter

CIO of Hintz Capital Management Inc.

Katharine Procter has served as CIO of Hintz Capital Management Inc. since February 2020. Prior to Hintz Capital Management, Ms. Procter was a Managing Director (2011 to 2019) on the Investment Team and a Managing Member of White Elm Capital, LLC, a global long/short equity investment firm founded in September 2007.   From 2002 to 2010, Ms. Procter was a Limited Partner and analyst at HHR Asset Management where she was responsible for investing in equities in a long/short hedge fund across a variety of sectors.  Prior roles held by Ms. Procter include Principal and technology analyst at ABRY Partners’ long/short equity TMT fund (2000-2002), Assistant Vice President and international healthcare analyst at T. Rowe Price Associates (1998-2000), and Associate in the Latin American Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan & Co (1992-1997).  

Along with the Advisory Board of Simon Quick Advisors, Ms. Procter is also a Board Advisor of Octahedron Capital, a global long/short technology crossover fund based in San Francisco, CA. She leads the long / long bias team on the investment committee for the endowment at Phillips Exeter Academy (~$1.6BN AUM). She is a trustee at the Pingry School, an independent, co-educational, K-12 day school, where she serves as Treasurer of the executive committee, chair of the finance committee and a member on the investment committee (~$125MM AUM), strategic planning committee and committee on trustees.  She is an Advisor to the Dartmouth Women in Business club. She also serves as a class agent for Dartmouth College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Since its founding in 2012, Ms. Procter has participated on the Morgan Stanley Women’s Investment Roundtable, a group of thirty female portfolio managers.  

Ms. Procter received a B.A. in Government, cum laude, from Dartmouth College in 1992 and received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1999.

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Carey Smith

Founder - Big Ass Fans

Carey Smith

Founder - Big Ass Fans

A career entrepreneur, Carey Smith founded Big Ass Fans in 1999 and served as its CEO, or Chief Big Ass as he preferred, for 18 years. While other companies made and lost their fortunes, Carey’s contrarian business practices and relentless pursuit of new markets and high-quality products led to sustained, rapid growth.

By 2017, Carey had grown the fan and light manufacturer to more than $250 million in annual revenue and around a thousand employees. And he’d done it without any outside investors. Ready for a new challenge, he sold Big Ass Fans for $500 million. The company’s stock appreciation rights program paid out $50 million to more than 100 loyal employees who shared Carey’s work ethic with 15 becoming instant millionaires.

Carey is now focused on his latest business — Austin-based The Kitchen. He modeled this twist on the classic business incubator after a group at Big Ass Fans that explored new technologies outside the company's core efforts. And when the staff of The Kitchen succeed, they’ll profit, too, as they have stakes in both the company and the businesses they build.