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Ben Capell Managing Director Peterson Ventures
Ben Capell Managing Director
Ben is the Managing Director at Peterson Ventures. He has been with Peterson Ventures since inception, raising over $300 million in capital and overseeing investments in over 100 deals in his 10+ years of experience including leading the firms investments into 6 unicorns in the last 10 years including Allbirds (BIRD), Ethos Life, Lucid Software and Nomi Health among others. Prior to joining Peterson Ventures, Ben was the first employee hired at an enterprise tech startup based in Northern Virginia and spent several years at Charles River Associates, a leading global economic and business consulting firm headquartered in Boston. Ben received an MBA and a B.S. in Finance from Brigham Young University, where he was a Hawes Scholar.
Ilana Stern Partner Peterson Ventures
Ilana Stern Partner
Ilana Stern is a Partner at Peterson Ventures. Stern is an active angel investor and board member, a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford GSB and the Founder and former-CEO of Weddington Way, a direct to consumer brand, which was acquired by Gap Inc. in December 2016. After selling Weddington Way to Gap Inc., Stern joined the executive team at Gap Inc. and was a leader in customer experience and innovation for the company. She began her career in NYC as a buyer for Bloomingdale’s. Identified as an “Accelerator” by WSJ, “40 under 40” by SF Business Times, Stern approaches brand building with unwavering focus and industry-changing boldness. Stern has an MBA from Stanford GSB and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.
Taylor Jones Principal Peterson Ventures
Taylor Jones Principal
Taylor is a Principal at Peterson Ventures. Prior to joining Peterson Ventures, Taylor was the co-founder and COO at Blue Matador, a cloud infrastructure monitoring startup. Prior to Blue Matador, Taylor worked in partnership and sales strategy roles at Google and marketing and finance roles at American Express. Taylor holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University.
Carolyn Carpeneti Talent Partner Peterson Ventures
Carolyn Carpeneti Talent Partner
Carolyn is a Talent Partner at Peterson Partners and Peterson Ventures. Prior to joining Peterson Partners, Carolyn was the Vice President of Talent at All Raise, a venture funded organization designed to support female founders and build diversity in the Board Room. Carolyn built out their Board Xcelerate program, which placed diverse candidates onto pre-IPO corporate boards. Prior to All Raise, Carolyn spent several years as an executive recruiter. Most recently as Managing Director at The Leadership Group, a boutique executive search firm focused on placing C-level executives, VPs, and Board candidates within early, late-stage, and public companies.
CJ Eckstrom Associate Peterson Ventures
CJ Eckstrom Associate
CJ is an Associate at Peterson Ventures. Prior to joining Peterson Ventures, CJ was an Investment Banking Analyst at Morgan Stanley in Los Angeles. While at Morgan Stanley, CJ worked with companies primarily in the consumer and digital commerce industries on a variety of M&A and equity transactions. CJ graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. degree in Finance.
Emily Jones Senior Associate Peterson Ventures
Emily Jones Senior Associate
Emily is a Senior Associate at Peterson Ventures. Prior to joining Peterson Ventures, Emily worked at the Blackstone Group, where she was an Analyst on the Portfolio Operations team. In this role, Emily was responsible for ensuring operational and commercial synergies across the entire portfolio. Before Blackstone, Emily was the first business hire at Boom Supersonic, a Y Combinator company focusing on commercializing supersonic travel. Emily completed her internships at Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and Boeing during her time at Babson College where she graduated with a B.S.
Laurel Mills Executive Assistant Peterson Ventures
Laurel Mills Executive Assistant
Laurel Mills currently holds the position of Executive Assistant for the Venture Team at Peterson Partners. Her previous role was as Executive Assistant to the Chief Product Officer at Overstock. Before transitioning to the corporate world, Laurel devoted eight years of her career to the education industry, teaching and mentoring students. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Utah Valley University and a Master’s degree in Learning and Technology.
Sam Woodbury Associate Peterson Ventures
Sam Woodbury Associate
Sam is an Associate at Peterson Ventures. Prior to joining Peterson Ventures, Sam was a Consultant at Bain & Company in Dallas, TX. While at Bain, Sam worked across several industries, including Private Equity, Technology, and Telecommunications, helping companies with M&A, growth strategy, and transformation. Sam previously worked as a software engineer for a venture-backed startup in Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. degree in Computer Science.
Clint Peterson Managing Partner Peterson Partners
Clint Peterson Managing Partner
Clint is a Partner at Peterson Partners. Prior to Peterson Partners, Clint was a Senior Principal with TowerBrook Capital Partners, a London and New York-based investment management firm with approximately $8 billion AUM. Before working with TowerBrook, Clint was an Associate at Soros Private Equity in London. Clint received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Stanford University.
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Eric Noble Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer Peterson Partners
Eric Noble Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
Eric is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining Peterson Partners, Eric was an Audit Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston and Salt Lake City. At PwC, Eric provided audit services to asset management clients, including; private equity funds, hedge funds, and endowments. Eric is a Certified Public Accountant; he holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Utah State University and a M.S. degree in Finance from Suffolk University.
Joel Peterson Founding Partner & Chairman Peterson Partners
Joel Peterson Founding Partner & Chairman
Joel is the Founding Partner and Chairman of Peterson Partners. Joel has a long history of successful growth capital investments in a variety of industries. He currently teaches Entrepreneurial Management at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, is the Chairman of the Board of Overseers at the Hoover Institution at Stanford as well as the Chairman of the Board at JetBlue Airways, and serves as a Director of Franklin Covey. He served formerly as Managing Partner of Trammell Crow Company. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Joel is the author of The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds that make a Business Great.
- Franklin Covey
In this smartly organized, evidence-based book, Joel Peterson decries the mediocrity created by self-centered leadership, profit-above-people mentalities, and cloak-and-dagger cultures. The JetBlue chairman and Stanford professor reawakens our instincts for using trust to catalyze people and companies to their highest potential – working together toward goals, innovating, and sharing knowledge. Click here to read an excerpt.