Michael A Caso: Managing Partner, Omni Healthcare Communications, Healthcare
Mike’s foundation in the pharmaceutical and communications industries was established during his 22 years at Marion Laboratories/Marion Merrell Dow. During his tenure with Marion, Mike established non-traditional arenas for the company’s marketing efforts, including minority health, artificial intelligence, and managed care. Prior to starting Nexus Communications in 2002, Mike held executive management roles with 3 global communications organizations, establishing healthcare communication and medical education divisions for them. His therapeutic experience includes cardiology, neurology, oncology, surgery, infectious disease, and women’s health. Following the sale of Nexus in 2009 to UK-based Fishawack Communications, Mike held the roles of President, managing the US operations, as well as holding a position on the Board of Directors. During this period of time, Fishawack grew from a mid-sized communications organization to one of the largest independent healthcare agencies, with over 200 full-time staff.
Shu de Jong: Founder & CEO, Midnight Solutions, Restaurants/On-Premise Distribution/Pro Athlete Endorsement Liaison
Shu is a well-regarded consultant to the spirits industry, emerging restaurant concepts, as well as to other brands regarding on-premise distribution. In 2002, Shu created Panache Imports which became the importer on record and partner of 42 Below Vodka for North America. In 2007 Shu sold the Panache Imports rights in North America to Bacardi USA. At Midnight Solutions Shu has worked with the likes of Chelsea Hotels, Nike, Levis, RocNation, Sushi Samba, Marquee Nightclubs and many more.
Eric Skae: Managing Partner, The Bricktown Group, Natural Food and Beverages
Eric is a well-known, veteran operator in the natural food and beverage industries. He was the founder and CEO of New Leaf Brands Inc. (Ticker: NLEF), and also founded Skae Beverage International, the US distributor for Iceland Spring Water. He has served in senior-level sales, marketing and distribution roles at companies including Fresh Samantha, Hansen Beverage Company, and Arizona Beverages and consulted for numerous others.
Hal Woodyard: Founder & Managing Partner, Vision Partners Services, Food Industry
Hal has been a food industry executive for over 25 years and managed some of the world’s largest food brands to record sales and profits. He has also strategically and tactically guided smaller brands desiring introduction and expansion into the USA market to high levels of distribution with limited budgets. From 2012 to early 2016 Hal was the Vice President – Sales and Business Development for Euro American Brands where he managed a $50MM+ portfolio of international and private brands. Prior to that Hal worked for Nestle USA from 1984 until 2010. During his last seven years at Nestle he served as the Business Director – Emerging Markets, where his responsibilities included accountability for Sales, Marketing Plans and the Category Development of Nestle USA’s Emerging Markets product portfolio. While there, he successfully launched the new Nestle International Brands into the USA market through focused channels of distribution with an average annual growth rate of 28% per year.
Michael Schmitt: VP Al-Deera Holdings USA / VP Legendary Brands Advisors, Restaurants and Cleantech
Al-Deera USA is the US division of a Kuwait-based, diversified holding company representing multiple prominent, merchant families from throughout the Middle East. At Al-Deera Mike makes recommendations on potential follow-on investments for the parent holding company in Kuwait and represents the firm’s interests as an observer on multiple boards. Legendary Brands is the Food, Beverage and Retail Advisory Firm spun out of Al-Deera USA in 2014 with locations in NYC and Dubai. At Legendary Brands Mike works to identify emerging and disruptive restaurant concepts and food & beverage brands in the US (for expansion into the Gulf region) and cultivate relationships with owners, senior management and celebrity chefs. Mike previously worked in corporate development at BPL Global, Ltd., a smart grid technology company acquired by Danaher Corporation in 2013. Mike is a graduate of Bucknell University, and holds a Masters of Science in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh Schools of Business and Geosciences, as well as an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Mary Fisher: President & CEO, Colorscience, Health and Beauty
Colorscience is a former division of SkinMedica Inc., where Mary also served as Chief Executive Officer from 2008 until 2012. She led the successful sale of the company to Allergan, Inc. for $350 million with the potential for another $25 million contingent on certain sales milestones. Ms. Fisher has more than 30 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, including management and leadership positions at Acorda Therapeutics, Cephalon, Immunex and Boehringer Ingelheim. She is on the board of directors of Ovascience, Zeltiq and the Neuroscience Nursing Foundation. In 2013, Ms. Fisher was honored as Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year for San Diego and also received the EY Venture Capital Award of Excellence.
Peakstone’s Health & Wellness group is based in New York and focuses on “better for you” products and health-enhancing services spanning the spectrum from natural food & beverages to healthcare. The team is led by two industry veterans with significant domain expertise in their respective verticals. Anup Agarwal focuses on Healthcare (including medical devices, healthcare services and healthcare IT) while Stu Strumwasser concentrates on Consumer businesses (such as natural food & beverages, foodtech & bevtech, and green consumer products and services. (Bios below).
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Anup is a Managing Director at Peakstone, where he is responsible for transaction origination and execution as well as evaluation of principal investments, primarily in the Healthcare sector. Anup has completed over 30 transactions aggregating approximately $18 billion in transaction value for both US and emerging market clients.
Anup has advised both public and growth-oriented private companies on a number of strategic and financial transactions, including buy-side and sell-side M&A, capital raisings, leveraged buyouts, divestitures and recapitalizations. In addition to U.S. based companies and investors, Anup also has extensive relationships internationally specifically in Asia.
Previously, Anup worked in Lehman Brothers’ investment banking division. Anup also worked at Bear Stearns in New York in their investment banking division, as well as with the IL&FS Group in India. Anup received both a MS in Economics and BS in Engineering from BITS, Pilani, India and his MBA from the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia, where he was a Tayloe Murphy Scholar.
Stu is a Managing Director at Peakstone where he is responsible for transaction origination and execution with Consumer companies in the area of Health & Wellness. Stu began his career on Wall Street in 1990 at Paine Webber (now UBS AG). He was also VP-Investments at Advest, Inc. & Director-Investments at Oppenheimer & Co.
In 2005, Stu founded Snow Beverages, a manufacturer of natural soda, which he ran as CEO for six years. At Snow, Stu personally raised millions in angel financing and acquired distribution in top retail chains and natural/specialty distributors. In 2012, Stu founded Green Circle Capital Partners, a boutique investment bank focused on Health & Wellness.
A graduate of Cornell University, Stu has been a vegetarian since the age of fourteen and has observed the natural products industry evolve from a few small brands to an economic force creating a sea change in consumer health and eating habits. Stu is also a writer whose first novel, “The Organ Broker,” was published in 2015 and named one of five finalists for the Hammett Prize for literary excellence in crime writing.
|– Medical Devices
– Healthcare Services
– Healthcare IT
– Nutraceuticals & Supplements
– OTC Pharma
|– Natural food & beverages
– Foodtech & bevtech
– Nutraceuticals & supplements
– Green Cons. products & services
– Healthy restaurants
The Peakstone Health & Wellness group maintains a robust network of preferred vendors, many of whom we have longstanding relationships with, which we occasionally refer to companies. These are leading vendors in the natural products and other industries in areas such as sales & distribution, marketing, operations, professional services, and beyond.
Industry Advisors to the Health & Wellness Group: