ACKRELL SPAC Partners I Co.
- Consumer, Food, Beverage, Wellness
Michael K. Ackrell has been our Chairman since October 2019. Since 2003, Mr. Ackrell has been the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of Ackrell Capital, a U.S. registered broker-dealer focused on providing M&A and capital raising services to the consumer, technology, digital and hemp industries. Prior to this, Mr. Ackrell was the Senior Managing Director in charge of the U.S. Technology Investment Banking Group of ABN AMRO, from 2000 to 2001, and Head of Investment Banking at WR Hambrecht+Co., a San Francisco, CA-based investment bank specializing in the technology sector, from 1999 to 2000. Previously, Mr. Ackrell worked for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in New York, Menlo Park and San Francisco, CA as a Senior Vice President in the Technology Investment Banking Group from 1988 to 1999. Mr. Ackrell graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics (summa cum laude), with majors in Finance and Accounting. In the last five years, Mr. Ackrell has been a director of a number of private companies, including Stable Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of water-soluble CBD products, CMLM Holdings, Inc., doing business as QIND, a branded retailer of CBD products, American Giant, Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer of apparel and active wear, Vator, Inc., a professional network for entrepreneurs, and Scrubbed.net, LLC, an online accounting and bookkeeping services company. CMLM Holdings, Inc. was acquired by Next Frontier Holdings, Inc. in August 2020. We believe that Mr. Ackrell is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company given his extensive finance, investment banking and consumer and hemp industry experience.
Shannon Soqui will serve as our Non-Executive Vice Chairman upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since April 2020, Mr. Soqui has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of Next Frontier Holdings, Inc., doing business as Next Frontier Brands. Next Frontier Brands is an international provider of fast-moving consumer goods, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and wellness products. From 2018 to 2020, Mr. Soqui was the Chief Executive Officer of CMLM Holdings, Inc., prior to its acquisition by Next Frontier Brands. From 2017 to 2018, Mr. Soqui was the head of U.S. cannabis investment banking at Canaccord Genuity, a leading global cannabis investment bank. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Soqui was the Head of Cannabis Investment Banking at Ackrell Capital. Prior to Ackrell Capital, Mr. Soqui spent more than fifteen years in investment banking with: Clark Dodge & Co (2013 to 2014); Advanced Equities, Inc. (2010 to 2012); Pacific Crest Securities (November 2003 to April 2010); UBS Warburg (2001 to 2002); and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse (1997 to 2000). Prior to his career in investment banking, Mr. Soqui was a securities lawyer with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and Gunderson Dettmer, and was a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG. Mr. Soqui received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a J.D. (magna cum laude) from the Santa Clara University School of Law. We believe that Mr. Soqui is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company given his considerable experience with FMCG and hemp-related companies, financial and capital markets, internal controls, corporate accounting and governance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate operations, and numerous years of experience in advising publicly traded companies and their management teams and boards of directors.
Jason M. Roth will serve as our Chief Executive Officer upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since April 2020, Mr. Roth has served as Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the board of directors of Next Frontier Brands. From 2018 to 2019, Mr. Roth was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of Mile High Labs International, which we believe was one of the world’s largest processors of hemp-derived CBD concentrates in 2019. From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Roth was the Chief Executive Officer of Incense Specialties Inc., a vaporizer device company. From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Roth was a founder and Senior Vice President, Commercial Director, Compliance Director and member of the board of directors of Brooklands Inc., a medical device manufacturer. From 1998 to 2014, Mr. Roth was a founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of Safeguard Medical Technologies LLC, a medical device manufacturer.
Stephen N. Cannon has been our Chief Executive Officer and President since August 2019, our Director from August 2019 to September 2020 and will serve as our Chief Operating Officer upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since August 2020, Mr. Cannon has been the Chief Operating Officer and President of Global SPAC Partners Co, a proposed blank check company which filed a registration statement with the SEC on October 13, 2020 for a $200 million IPO and intends to focus on potential business combinations in geographic regions from the Middle East North Africa through SouthEast Asia. Since 2014, Mr. Cannon has been President of Everest Partners Limited, a privately-owned investment firm focused on Asian private investments. From 2017 until 2019, Mr. Cannon was the Chief Financial Officer of Twelve Seas Investment Company, a blank check company with $207 million held in trust that consummated its initial business combination with BPGIC Ltd, a petroleum and gas company located in the United Arab Emirates, in December, 2019. From 2017 until 2019, Mr. Cannon was the President, Chief Financial Officer and a director of CM Seven Star, a Nasdaq-listed SPAC, sponsored by a leading Chinese private investment firm, which consummated its business combination with Kaixin Auto Holdings in April 2019. From 2014 until 2016, Mr. Cannon was Chief Executive Officer and a director of DT Asia Acquisition Corp, a Nasdaq-listed SPAC, which consummated its business combination with China Direct Lending Corp. in July 2016. From 2010 until 2014, Mr. Cannon was a Partner and Head of China for RedBridge Group Ltd., a boutique merchant banking firm focused on Chinese and Arabian Gulf cross-border investments. From 2009 until 2014, Mr. Cannon was a registered representative of, and senior advisor to, Ackrell Capital. From 2007 until 2010, Mr. Cannon served in various capacities with Hambrecht Asia Acquisition Corp., a Nasdaq-listed SPAC, as a co-founder, initial Chief Financial Officer and a director, and then Vice President of Acquisitions. Hambrecht Asia Acquisition Corp. merged with SGOCO Ltd, a Chinese company, in April 2010. From 2005 until 2008, Mr. Cannon served as a Managing Director of Asian investment banking for WR Hambrecht+Co. Prior to WR Hambrecht + Co., Mr. Cannon worked at ABN AMRO, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Smith Barney Shearson and Salomon Brothers. Mr. Cannon currently serves on the board of the Cambodian Hotel Association. Mr. Cannon graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. We believe that Mr. Cannon is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company given his extensive finance, blank check and investment banking experience.
Long Long has been our Chief Financial Officer since October 2019. Since August 2020, Mr. Long has been the Chief Financial Officer of Global SPAC Partners Co. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Long was Vice President of Twelve Seas Sponsors I LLC, sponsor of Twelve Seas Investment Company. From 2006 to 2016, Mr. Long worked for IBM in a variety of Corporate Finance, Audit, and Managerial roles, both within the US and internationally. From 2015 to 2016, Mr. Long served as Finance Controller for IBM China’s Consulting Business Unit and Sales Channels. From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Long served as the Strategy and Planning Manager for IBM China and, from January 2012 to December 2012, as a Senior Finance Analyst for IBM China. From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Long served as Internal Auditor for IBM’s Asia Pacific region and, from 2006 to 2009, as a financial analyst for IBM’s worldwide operations. Mr. Long graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration degree, majoring in Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Electrical Engineering.
William A. Lamkin will serve as a director commencing upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. From 2004 to 2019, Mr. Lamkin was a Managing Director and registered representative of Ackrell Capital. Prior to that, Mr. Lamkin served in various capacities as a technology investment banker with ABN AMRO; Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette; KidderPeabody; and PaineWebber. Prior to his investment banking career, Mr. Lamkin practiced law with the firm of Broad, Schulz, Larson and Wineberg. Mr. Lamkin currently serves as an independent Trustee and Chair of the Audit Committee for two real estate investment trusts, Office Properties Income Trust (NASDAQ:OPI) (since 2019) and Service Properties Trust (NASDAQ:SVC) (since 2007). He also currently serves as an independent Trustee for Tremont Mortgage Trust (NASDAQ:TRMT) (since May 2020), a commercial real estate finance company. He previously served as an independent Trustee and Chair of the Audit Committee for Select Income REIT (NASDAQ:SIR) (2012 to 2019) and Commonwealth REIT (NYSE:CWH) (now Equity Commonwealth; 2006 to 2014). Mr. Lamkin has also served as an independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of a private insurance company, Affiliates Insurance Company. Mr. Lamkin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Westmont College where he majored in both business administration and psychology, a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. We believe that Mr. Lamkin is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company given his investment banking and legal background and extensive experience serving on publicly-listed and private company boards.
Daniel L. Sheehan will serve as a director commencing upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since 1995, Mr. Sheehan has been an attorney licensed in the State of California. From 2004 to the present, Mr. Sheehan has been the founder and managing partner of Silicon Valley Wealth Law, a law firm specializing in estate planning, tax planning, business planning, and special needs planning. Mr. Sheehan has designed and drafted over 1,000 estate plans for clients throughout Silicon Valley. Mr. Sheehan has expertise in handling federal and state income tax matters and disputes, in the formation and operation of business entities, and has provided strategic planning and technology enhancement guidance to new business ventures and established companies. Mr. Sheehan has senior management experience with companies in a range of industries, including computer-aided manufacturing, real estate development, health care, mining, and law. Mr. Sheehan has frequently consulted with venture capitalists to review and advise them about investment opportunities. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Sheehan was Chief Executive Officer of North Star Resources, a provider of technology for the extraction and refining of precious and strategic metals. From 1996 to 2004, Mr. Sheehan was a partner in the law firm of Davidson, Sheehan & Jewel. In 2010, Mr. Sheehan filed for personal bankruptcy under Chapter 13, which was completed in May 2014 with no debts being discharged. Mr. Sheehan graduated from St. Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management with honors. Mr. Sheehan received his Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law. We believe that Mr. Sheehan is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company given his lengthy legal career and experience as a senior executive.
Seymour Ferreira has been our special advisor since September 2020. Mr. Ferreira currently is the Chair of the Management Board and Group Chief Executive Officer of Amber Beverage Group, an international producer, distributor, logistics provider and retailer of beverages, where he has been employed since March 2013. Amber Beverage Group has a portfolio of more than 130 beverage brands across spirits and wine categories and distributes into more than 70 markets globally. Amber Beverage Group has more than 2,200 employees. Mr. Ferreira is on the board of directors of several companies, including Think Spirits Pty Ltd., Talvis (Distillery) and Cellar Trends Limited. Mr. Ferreira has a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Sheffield Hallam University, and has attended numerous advanced management courses at INSEAD, Babson and Henley Management College.
Bryan A. Castillo has been our special advisor since November 2019. Since 2015, Mr. Castillo has been a Managing Director at Ackrell Capital, focusing on the consumer and hemp industries. Mr. Castillo provides M&A advisory and capital raising services to clients globally. From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Castillo was a Senior Vice President at Enverra Capital, an investment bank specializing in cross-border cleantech and energy industry transactions. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Castillo was a Senior Vice President at RedBridge Group Ltd. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Castillo was a Financial Analyst at Pulte Homes, a national home construction company. Mr. Castillo graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.