Ventoux CCM Acquisition Corp.
- Hospitality, Leisure, Travel, Consumer, Technology, Infrastructure
Edward Scheetz, 55, has been our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman since August 2020. He is also the co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Ventoux Acquisition. From November, 2016 until present, Mr. Scheetz has actively pursued a range of projects in the hospitality and real estate sectors. In June 2018, Mr. Scheetz, with partners, acquired a mixed use hotel and condominium project in West Hollywood, CA. In March 2020, he began the redevelopment and expansion of the project. From 2013 until October 2016, Mr. Scheetz was Chief Executive Officer of Chelsea Hotels until the sale of that company. In March, 2011, Mr. Scheetz founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of King & Grove Hotels until 2013 when King & Grove Hotels became Chelsea Hotels. In 2005, Mr. Scheetz became Chief Executive Officer of Morgans Hotel Group Co. In 2006, he took Morgans public (NASDAQ: MHGC). Morgans was the developer, owner and operator of such iconic hotel properties as Delano and Shore Club in Miami, Mondrian in Los Angeles, Morgans, Royalton, Paramount and Hudson in New York, and Sanderson and St. Martin’s Lane in London. In 1997, Mr. Scheetz co-founded NorthStar Capital Investment Corp. (“NCIC”). While at NCIC, Mr. Scheetz co-founded real estate investment trust NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., which went public in 2004 (NYSE: NRF). Mr. Scheetz continued to serve as Executive Chairman of NRF through 2007. From 1993 until 1997, Mr. Scheetz was a partner at Apollo Management where he was the co-head of Apollo Real Estate Advisors and raised, invested and managed their first three real estate funds. Prior to his work at Apollo, Mr. Scheetz was at The Trammell Crow Companies and Crow Family Ventures where he was involved with Wyndham Hotels, assisted the Chief Financial Officer in restructuring The Trammell Crow Company, and was a Principal at Trammell Crow Ventures. Mr. Scheetz graduated from Princeton University where he earned an A.B. in Economics. We believe Mr. Scheetz is well qualified to serve as a director based on his extensive industry and transaction expertise and wide network of relationships with industry participants.
Matthew MacDonald, 36, has been our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary, and a director since August 2020. He is also the co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Ventoux Acquisition. Prior to co-founding Ventoux Acquisition in August 2020, Mr. MacDonald worked at Hyatt Hotels Corporation as the Vice President of Capital Strategy and Wellness Development, where he focused on acquiring hospitality companies and brands. Mr. MacDonald joined Hyatt in January 2017 as a result of Hyatt’s acquisition of Miraval Group, a leading hospitality wellness company. Mr. MacDonald joined Miraval Group, a KSL Capital portfolio company, as Vice President of Development in May 2016 following four years at Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Mr. MacDonald is a graduate of the University of Denver and received a Master in Real Estate Finance from New York University. We believe Mr. MacDonald is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his experience in sourcing, negotiating and executing merger transactions within the hospitality, leisure, travel and dining sectors.
Brock Strasbourger, 33, has been our Chief Operating Officer since October 2020. He is also the Chief Operating Officer of Ventoux Acquisition. Prior to his work at Ventoux Acquisition, Mr. Strasbourger worked for Convene since December 2018 as the Vice President and Head of Strategic Partnerships, focusing on corporate development, opening new revenue streams, and driving growth through external channels. Prior to Convene, Mr. Strasbourger was the Vice President of Digital at OTG Management, an airport hospitality and technology business, from March 2016 through November 2018 and spent nearly three years at Fancy.com as the Head of Business. To begin his career, Mr. Strasbourger spent nearly four years on the Emerging Markets Fixed Income Sales and Trading desk at Barclays Capital (NYSE: BCS). Mr. Strasbourger is a graduate from the University of Michigan with honors and distinction.
Prasad Phatak, 38, has been our Chief Investment Officer since September 2020. He is also the Chief Investment Officer of Ventoux Acquisition. Since July 2011, Mr. Phatak has been the Managing Member of Tappan Street Partners LLC, where he has led the investment research and portfolio management for several private investment funds these past nine years. Additionally, from December 2019 to September 2020, Mr. Phatak was a Partner at Markley Capital Management, a US-focused investment firm. Mr. Phatak founded Tappan Street Partners after leaving Eton Park Capital Management, where he began as a Research Associate in October 2005 and focused on investing in both public and private investments in a variety of industries. Prior to Eton Park, Mr. Phatak worked as a private equity associate for Madison Dearborn Partners from July 2005 to October 2005, and began his career in July 2003 at the Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX) in the Restructuring and Reorganization Advisory Group, where he worked for two years as an investment banking analyst, analyzing complex corporate restructurings in both out of court and Chapter 11 reorganizations. Mr. Phatak graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business with a B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting in May 2003.
Jonas Grossman, 46, has been our director since July 2019. Mr. Grossman was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Chardan Healthcare Acquisition Corp. from March 2018 until its merger in October 2019 with BiomX (NYSE: PHGE). Mr. Grossman is currently a director of BiomX and since March 2020 is also a director of LifeSci Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company that recently announced a business combination with Vincera Pharma, Inc. Since April 2020, Mr. Grossman has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Chardan Healthcare Acquisition 2 Corp., a special purpose acquisition company. Mr. Grossman has served as Partner and Head of Capital Markets for Chardan Capital Markets, LLC, a New York headquartered broker/dealer, since December 2003, and has served as President of Chardan Capital Markets, LLC since September 2015. Since 2003, Mr. Grossman has overseen the firm’s investment banking and capital markets activities and initiatives. He has extensive transactional experience having led or managed more than 400 transactions during his tenure at Chardan. Since December 2006, Mr. Grossman has served as a founding partner for Cornix Advisors, LLC, a New York based hedge fund. From 2001 until 2003, Mr. Grossman worked at Ramius Capital Group, LLC, a global multi-strategy hedge fund where he served as Vice President and Head Trader. Mr. Grossman served as a director for Ideanomics, Inc. (formerly China Broadband, Inc.) (NASDAQ: IDEX) from January 2008 until November 2010. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business. We believe Mr. Grossman is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his long-running capital markets experience as well as his previous company board positions.
Woodrow ("Woody") H. Levin, 42, has agreed to become our director as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is part. Mr. Levin is the founder, and has been the Chief Executive Officer since February 2019, of Extend, Inc. Mr. Levin was the Chief Executive Officer of 3.0 Capital GP, LLC from November 2017 until January 2019. From September 2015 until October 2017, Mr. Levin served as Vice President of Growth at DocuSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: DOCU). In addition, Mr. Levin served as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Estate Assist, Inc., from February 2014 to September 2015 (at which time it was acquired), and BringIt, Inc., from June 2009 to September 2012 (at which time it was acquired by DocuSign). Before that, Mr. Levin served as Director Emerging Business — Office of the CTO at International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT). Since May 2013, Mr. Levin has served as a member of the board of directors of DraftKings Inc. (NASDAQ: DKNG), and he has served as a member of the board of directors of Extend, Inc. since February 2019. Since September 2020, Mr. Levin has been a member of the board of directors of 10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company. Mr. Levin received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin. We believe Mr. Levin is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive experience and knowledge as an executive for technology companies.
Alex Weil, 49, has agreed to become our director as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Mr. Weil has served as Managing Director and Co-Head of Fintech Investment Banking at Chardan Capital Markets, LLC, a New York headquartered broker/dealer, since March 2020. From January 2018 to March 2020, Mr. Weil served as Managing Director and Head of Insurtech Investment banking at SenaHill Securities, LLC, a New York headquartered broker/dealer. From January 2013 to September 2017, Mr. Weil, was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., a network of firms providing assurance, advisory and tax services. Prior to 2012, Mr. Weil held positions as a Director at Lazard Middle Market, LLC, an Executive Director at UBS Securities LLC and a Director at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Mr. Weil holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder. We believe Mr. Weil is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his extensive capital markets and transaction management experience and network of relationships.
Julie Atkinson, 47, has agreed to become our director as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Ms. Atkinson served as Chief Marketing Officer for Founders Table Restaurant Group since October 2019. She previously served as Senior Vice President, Global Digital at Tory Burch LLC from January 2017 to May 2018. Prior to joining Tory Burch, Ms. Atkinson served in various leadership roles at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., most recently as Senior Vice President, Global Digital from November 2014 to January 2017 and as Vice President of Global Online Distribution from September 2012 until November 2014. Prior to joining Starwood, Ms. Atkinson held multiple roles at Travelocity including marketing and operations. Since December 2017, Ms. Atkinson has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. (NYSE: BFAM). Ms. Atkinson holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from Amherst College. We believe Ms. Atkinson is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of her 20-year track record of executing innovative strategic and tactical leadership for global consumer brands.
Christian "Chris" Ahrens, 44, has agreed to become our director as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. Mr. Ahrens has been an Advisor with Certares Management LLC since October 2017. From January 2015 until September 2017 Mr. Ahrens was a Partner with Certares. Prior to December 2015 Mr. Ahrens was a Managing Director at One Equity Partners, the private equity investing arm of JPMorgan Chase, which he joined in September 2001. Mr Ahrens has served as a board member at Internova Travel Group since January 2015. Mr. Ahrens received his A.B. from Princeton University. We believe Mr. Ahrens is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his experience in corporate finance and investing.