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Mercato Partners Acquisition Corp

Underwriter: BofA Securities
Raised
$233M
CIK
1853436
Focus
Technology, Consumer
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Greg Warnock, Ph.D., has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chair of our board of directors since our inception. Dr. Warnock brings public company experience, private equity investment, fund management and operational experience as well as his association with Mercato, where he serves as co-founder and managing director. His operating experience spans technology, consumer and biotechnology businesses. Dr. Warnock has sourced 32 Traverse investments and 14 other investments through his Mercato Partners practice, including Skullcandy, Fusion-io, Inc., Cradlepoint, Inc. and Galileo, Inc., and currently serves on the board of Stance Inc., a privately held branded consumer goods company. Prior to Mercato, Dr. Warnock was a co-founder of vSpring Capital, a regional investment firm targeting both early and growth-stage companies. As lead managing director, he assembled the team, secured a Small Business Investment Company license, developed and documented the investment practice and oversaw the administration of the firm. He led the investment committee and participated in over 50 financings in 32 companies. Previously, as an individual investor, Dr. Warnock financed over 30 small businesses, was principal in more than 20 merger and acquisition transactions and launched and operated several businesses. Including a handful of other investment firms and practices, his investing experience has funded and benefited over 150 different companies. Dr. Warnock received a B.S. in Computer Science and a Master of Human Resource Management from the University of Utah. Dr. Warnock completed a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Venture Finance at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. We believe Dr. Warnock is well qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his significant investment experience.

Scott Klossner has served as our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since our inception, managing the financial and accounting functions of the company. Mr. Klossner brings over 35 years of financial and operational experience to the team. His experience spans public offerings, private placements, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, mergers and acquisitions, institutional negotiations, strategic growth and planning, productivity enhancement and team building. He previously served as chief financial officer of Kount Inc., an industry-leading digital fraud protection software-as-a-service company, which was recently acquired by Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) in February 2021. Prior to Kount, Mr. Klossner served as chief financial officer for several fast-growth companies, including online retailer Backcountry.com, which was acquired in 2007 by Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: LSXMB) for $120 million. During his tenure at Backcountry.com, the company’s revenue grew from $27 million in 2005 to over $325 million in 2012. Mr. Klossner received his B.S. in finance from the University of Utah and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Greg Butterfield has agreed to serve on our board of directors . He currently serves as the chairman, chief executive officer and co-founder of Lumio, Inc., a U.S. residential solar provider. Mr. Butterfield brings over 25 years of executive and investment experience to our team. Mr. Butterfield is the founder and current managing partner of SageCreek Partners LLC, and he also serves on the board of directors of Focus Universal, Inc. and Venafi, Inc, in which Thoma Bravo completed a majority investment to drive Venafi’s valuation to $1.15 billion. Prior to SageCreek, he fulfilled multiple executive level operating positions in technology related businesses taking two companies public as chief executive officer (Altiris and Vivint Solar). Vivint Solar was valued at $1.6 billion at its initial public offering in 2014, and Altritis was acquired by Symantec (now NortonLifeLock Inc. (NASDAQ: NLOK)) for $830 million in 2007. After joining Altiris in February 2000, Mr. Butterfield guided the company to eight consecutive years of revenue growth and profitability. In Mr. Butterfield’s first year with Altiris, annual revenues were $3 million; in 2007, annual revenues exceeded $300 million. During his time at Altiris, he assisted with the successful initial public offering in 2002 and was a driving force behind eleven acquisitions. Mr. Butterfield was inducted into the Utah Technology Hall of Fame in 2009 and was invited to the 2006 and 2007 World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer. He was also the winner of the 2002 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and served as the chairman of the board of the Utah Information Technology Association from 2003 to 2005. Mr. Butterfield spent several years as Board of Trustee member for Utah Valley University and Chairman of UVU Board of trustees. Mr. Butterfield received a B.S. in business administration, finance from Brigham Young University. We believe Mr. Butterfield is well qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive corporate finance and management experience.

Joshua James has agreed to serve on our board of directors . Mr. James adds over 25 years of public and private company operating experience having served as founder and chief executive officer of both Domo, Inc. (NASDAQ: DOMO), a software-as-a-service company, and Omniture, Inc., an online marketing and web analytics business. Before founding Domo in 2010, Mr. James was the chief executive officer of Omniture, which he co-founded in 1996 and took public in 2006. In 2009, Mr. James led Omniture through its $1.8 billion sale to Adobe. Mr. James has served on the board of directors of various privately held and public companies. He founded Silicon Slopes, an initiative with the mission to promote the interests of Utah’s high-tech industry and is a board member of Parity.org where he was a co-founder of the Parity Pledge initiative. Mr. James attended Brigham Young University for three and a half years and studied entrepreneurship. We believe Mr. James is well qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his significant management and technology industry experience.

Michael Rosen has agreed to serve on our board of directors . Mr. Rosen brings over 35 years of investment, fund management and restaurant operational experience to our board. He currently serves as the co-chairman, chief executive officer and co-founder of Context Capital Management, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisory company with $730 million in assets under management that specializes in capital structure arbitrage. Mr. Rosen is also the owner of the San Diego-based restaurants Juniper and Ivy and the Crack Shack. Previously, Mr. Rosen was the co-principal owner of Rochester Capital Advisors, LP and FMC, Inc., the two investment advisers to The Rochester Funds, a mutual fund company specializing in the management of convertible securities and high-yield municipal bonds. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Rosen served as a Portfolio Manager and President of the Rochester Division of OppenheimerFunds, Inc. BusinessWeek named Mr. Rosen the “Best Bond Fund Manager” in 1992. Mr. Rosen has served on the board of a variety of organizations including on the Board of Trustees for the University of Rochester, Entravision, Global Locate, Inc., Danskin, Inc. and Palmer R. Chitester Fund. He received a B.A. in Economics and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Rochester in 1981 and 1983, respectively. Mr. Rosen is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. We believe Mr. Rosen is well qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive advisory, transactional and principal investment experience.