SBEA

Definitive Agreement

Black Rifle Coffee Company

SILVERBOX ENGAGED MERGER CORP I

Raised
$345M
CIK
1836707
Focus
Unicorns
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Joseph E. Reece, our Executive Chairman , is a Co-Founder and Managing Member of SilverBox Capital. He founded Helena Capital, a merchant bank, in April 2015 and served as Chief Executive Officer until January 2017, and then again since October 2018. Mr. Reece has also been serving as a Consultant to BDT & Company, LLC since October 2019. He previously served as Executive Vice Chairman and Head of UBS Securities, LLC’s Investment Bank for the Americas from February 2017 to September 2018. Prior to that, he was at Credit Suisse from 1997 to 2015, in roles of increasing responsibility, including eventually serving as Global Head of Equity Capital Markets and Co-Head of Credit Risk. His prior experience includes practicing as an attorney for ten years, including at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and at the SEC. Mr. Reece has been a member of the board of directors of Compass Minerals, Inc. since 2019, and previously served as a member of the board of directors of UBS Securities, LLC, of Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. and its predecessor company, Boxwood Merger Corp., of Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Inc., of RumbleOn, Inc, of CST Brands, Inc., and of LSB Industries, Inc. Mr. Reece also currently serves on the board of the Foundation for the University of Akron and Chair-ity, Inc. and has previously served on the boards of directors of the Georgetown Law Center, KIPP, The Fulfillment Fund, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Mr. Reece holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master’s of Business Administration and a Juris Doctor from the University of Akron and a LL.M from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Stephen M. Kadenacy, our Chief Executive Officer , is the Chief Executive Officer of Boxwood Capital, a private equity firm he founded in 2018 and a Co-Founder and Managing Member of SilverBox Capital. He has been serving as the Chairman of Centerline Logistics Corp, a leading marine oil transportation services firm and ship assist company, since July 2019. Mr. Kadenacy served as Chairman and CEO of Boxwood Merger Corp until its business combination and remained on the board of directors of the combined company, Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. Between May 2008 and July 2017, Mr. Kadenacy served in a number of senior leadership roles at AECOM, a large engineering and technical services business, including its President and Chief Operating Officer from September 2015 to July 2017, President and Chief Financial Officer from 2014 to 2015 and Chief Financial Officer from 2011 to 2014. During his tenure at AECOM, the company grew from approximately $5 billion of revenues in 2008 to approximately $18 billion in 2017. Previously, Mr. Kadenacy was a Partner at KPMG in Economic Consulting and served as a member of the board of directors of ABM Industries, a provider of facility management services, YMCA of Greater Los Angeles and the Board of Trustees for the UCLA’s Anderson School of Business. Mr. Kadenacy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of California Los Angeles and a Master of Business Administration from University of Southern California.

Duncan Murdoch, our Chief Investment Officer , has over 20 years of private equity and investment banking experience. Mr. Murdoch is currently Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Boxwood Capital, a position he has served since April 2020. Mr. Murdoch is also Chief Investment Officer of SilverBox Capital. Previously, Mr. Murdoch served as Chief Investment Officer of Boxwood Merger Corp. until its business combination with Atlas Technical Consultants, from November 2018 to February 2020. Prior to that Mr. Murdoch spent approximately 17 years at Macquarie Capital in New York where he was a Senior Managing Director, from 2006 to October 2018, and also served as Co-Head of the Principal Transactions Group U.S. from 2010 to 2018, and as Co-Head of the Industrials Group U.S. from 2006 to 2010. Mr. Murdoch also served on numerous committees at Macquarie Capital including the U.S. Capital Commitments Committee and the US Operating Committee. While at Macquarie Capital, Mr. Murdoch led numerous investments and acquisitions on behalf of Macquarie Capital and funds managed by affiliates of Macquarie Capital across multiple sectors, including infrastructure, business services, environmental services, aerospace, and consumer. Mr. Murdoch served on the board of directors of numerous private companies, including Brek Manufacturing Company, Utility Service Partners, Inc., Puralube, Inc., Icon Parking Systems, Smarte Carte, Inc., DNEG, Anaergia Inc., MST Global, and Skis Rossignol S.A. Previously, Mr. Murdoch worked for BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. in Toronto, for Macquarie in Sydney in their Corporate Advisory Group, and for justices in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia. Mr. Murdoch holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University, a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honors) from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Jin Chun, our Chief Operating Officer , has 20 years of private equity and investment banking experience. Mr. Chun is also Chief Operating Officer of SilverBox Capital, and a Partner of Boxwood Capital. From November 2005 to December 2020, Mr. Chun was a Managing Director of Macquarie Capital, based in New York where he was responsible for sourcing, executing and managing investments on behalf of Macquarie Capital and funds managed by affiliates of Macquarie Capital, and has been serving as a consultant to Macquarie Capital since January 2021. Past investments have included debt, preferred equity and common equity investments across technology, financial services, infrastructure, travel and leisure, and gaming sectors. Prior to that, Mr. Chun worked for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in its Industrial M&A team from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Chun serves on the board of directors of Read Ahead, Inc. Mr. Chun holds a Master of Finance (with Distinction) from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University.

Daniel E. Esters, our Chief Financial Officer , is Chief Financial Officer of SilverBox Capital and a Partner of Boxwood Capital since April 2020. He formerly served as the Chief Financial Officer of Boxwood Merger Corp. from November 2018 to February 2020. Mr. Esters spent 24 years serving in a variety of capacities at several investment banking firms where he accumulated extensive transaction experience including origination, due diligence assessment, structuring, negotiation and marketing of a wide range of merger and acquisitions, debt financings, restructurings and public equity offerings. From August 2014 to September 2018, Mr. Esters served as a managing director of M&A Capital LLC, a boutique investment banking firm and independent sponsor. From May 1996 to August 2014, he served in the Investment Banking department of Jefferies LLC, where his last role was as Managing Director within the firm’s financial sponsor group. Previously, Mr. Esters served with the Investment Banking department of PaineWebber, Inc. and with the audit practice of accounting firm Price Waterhouse LLC, where he earned his C.P.A. license. Mr. Esters holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Master of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Joseph K. Hurd III, one of our independent directors , has been the Global Managing Director, Corporate Development at SOSV LLC, a multi-stage venture capital fund since October 2019 and the founder and managing partner of The Katama Group LLC, a strategic advisory consultancy based in Los Altos, California since September 2004. He is also a Venture Partner with Good Growth Capital LLC, an early-stage technology venture fund, a position he has held since July 2019. Since February 2018, he has served as a Non-Executive Director of GoCo Group plc, a UK-based financial services comparison website which was acquired in February 2021 by Future plc, a British media company, where he serves on the remuneration and nomination committees. Previously, Mr. Hurd was the Director, Emerging Businesses at Facebook from January 2016 until June 2017 and the Vice President, Strategy & Business Development at Gannett from October 2013 until October 2015. From 2009 to 2012, he served as a political appointee in the United States Department of Commerce, where he was on the White House Business Council. Prior to that, Mr. Hurd held senior executive roles at VideoEgg, Friendster and AOL, and started his professional career as a corporate securities lawyer at Linklaters LLP. Mr. Hurd is an elected Trustee of Menlo College in Atherton, California and The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Mr. Hurd holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and an A.B. cum laude from Harvard College. Mr. Hurd is well-qualified to serve on the board of directors due to his significant investment experience, financial expertise and legal experience.

Peter Richards, one of our independent directors , has been Founder and General Partner of Dune Road Capital, an investment fund focused on technology and financial services sectors, since January 2016. He has also been Executive Chairman of Gridics, a real estate development software company, since January 2017, and a member of the board of directors of StorCentric, a data management software company, since June 2015. Mr. Richards previously co-founded and served as a General Partner of Empire Capital Management, a technology-focused hedge fund from 1996 to 2015. Mr. Richards has a BA from Harvard University. Mr. Richards is well-qualified to serve on the board of directors due to his significant experience in the areas of equity capital markets, venture capital and technology and financial services investments.

Laura Sachar, one of our independent directors , has been co-founder and Manging Partner of StarVest Partners, a venture capital firm, since 1998, having been a part of investing nearly half a billion dollars in over 50 technology companies. Prior to StarVest, Ms. Sachar was responsible for direct private equity investments at Gabelli Securities, and was a Financial Analyst in investment banking at Prudential Securities. Ms. Sachar has served on 12 corporate boards, including as Audit Chair. Ms. Sachar currently serves on the boards of directors of three companies where StarVest is an investor: RetailNext, Persado and SEP Rhino Holdings, Inc. (d/b/a Ceros). Ms. Sachar has a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She serves on the board of the Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp; on the board of governors of the New York Academy of Sciences as Treasurer, and served for nine years on the boards of Ballet Hispanico and TrailBlazers Camp. Ms. Sachar is well-qualified to serve on the board of directors due to her significant investment experience and financial expertise.

Glenn W. Welling, one of our independent directors , has been the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Engaged Capital, LLC since its founding in 2012. Prior to founding Engaged Capital, Mr. Welling was a Principal and Managing Director at Relational Investors, LLC, an investment fund, which he joined in July 2008, where he was responsible for managing the fund’s consumer, healthcare and utility investments. From February 2002 to May 2008, Mr. Welling was a Managing Director of Credit Suisse Group AG, an investment bank, where he also served as the Head of the Investment Banking Department’s Advisory Business. Mr. Welling has been a member of the board of directors of The Hain Celestial Group since September 2017. From May 2015 to June 2020, Mr. Welling served as a member of the board of directors of TiVo Corporation, a provider of digital entertainment technology solutions, where he was chairperson of TiVo’s compensation committee and a member of the corporate governance and nominating committee and the strategy committee. Mr. Welling served as a member of the board of directors of Jamba, Inc., a leading restaurant retailer of better-for-you food and beverage offerings, from January 2015 to September 2018, where he also served as the chairperson of its compensation committee and as a member of its finance committee. From 2015 to 2018, Mr. Welling served on the board of directors of Medifast, Inc., a manufacturer of medically based, proprietary healthy living and meal replacement products, where he was a member of the audit, compensation and mergers & acquisitions committees. Mr. Welling serves as Chairman of the Board for the University of Pennsylvania’s tennis program and as a member of the Wharton Executive Education Board. Mr. Welling is well-qualified to serve on the board of directors due to significant experience in the areas of investments, finance and corporate governance.