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TEAM

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STEFAN WEITZ   Managing Director & Co-Founder, ‘87   LinkedIn    Tech, Product, and Strategy:  An 18-year Microsoft veteran who led and built technologies used by a billion people across the planet - and then went on to be a leader of and sell the 2nd largest independent eCommerce company in North America. A best-selling author on technology as magic, multi-patent holder, and investor, Stefan lives to envision and build the future.


STEFAN WEITZ
Managing Director & Co-Founder, ‘87

LinkedIn

Tech, Product, and Strategy: An 18-year Microsoft veteran who led and built technologies used by a billion people across the planet - and then went on to be a leader of and sell the 2nd largest independent eCommerce company in North America. A best-selling author on technology as magic, multi-patent holder, and investor, Stefan lives to envision and build the future.

KILEY TASLITZ ANDERSON  Managing Director & Co-Founder, ‘87   LinkedIn    Strategy, Marketing, and Operations:  A digital native, obsessed with architecting strategies that drive direct, lasting relationships with customers, Kiley has spent the last 10 years working with some of the world’s largest brands at the intersection of content, media, and data. Her entrepreneurial roots have found her building businesses, growing new verticals within existing businesses, and advising and investing in businesses where experience is as important as product.


KILEY TASLITZ ANDERSON
Managing Director & Co-Founder, ‘87

LinkedIn

Strategy, Marketing, and Operations: A digital native, obsessed with architecting strategies that drive direct, lasting relationships with customers, Kiley has spent the last 10 years working with some of the world’s largest brands at the intersection of content, media, and data. Her entrepreneurial roots have found her building businesses, growing new verticals within existing businesses, and advising and investing in businesses where experience is as important as product.

JESSIE GOLDBERG  Director of Marketing & Communications, ‘87   LinkedIn    Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations:  With a scrappy, strategic mindset, Jessie has built, scaled, and pivoted startups such as Go Try It On (acquired by Rent the Runway), Karma WiFi, and Electric Objects (acquired by Giphy). Jessie thrives while building brands from the ground up with her innate ability to carve out an identity and market position. Her approach to brand building leans on storytelling, honed at PEOPLE.com. Taking her love for startups one step further, she launched her own. The Intro was founded to connect women without the typical pain-points of networking.


JESSIE GOLDBERG

Director of Marketing & Communications, ‘87

LinkedIn

Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations: With a scrappy, strategic mindset, Jessie has built, scaled, and pivoted startups such as Go Try It On (acquired by Rent the Runway), Karma WiFi, and Electric Objects (acquired by Giphy). Jessie thrives while building brands from the ground up with her innate ability to carve out an identity and market position. Her approach to brand building leans on storytelling, honed at PEOPLE.com. Taking her love for startups one step further, she launched her own. The Intro was founded to connect women without the typical pain-points of networking.

KELSEY LAWRIE  VP of Talent Operations   Linkedin   As a talent strategist who thrives on scaling businesses thoughtfully and effectively, Kelsey has spent the last decade creating solutions in ambiguous situations, acting as a sounding board and aligning teams to a common goal. With a Master's degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and direct experience scaling startups pre and post acquisition (CBS Sports Network and Trunk Club), she is dedicated to building organizational designs that compliment and reinforce a compelling customer journey.


KELSEY LAWRIE
VP of Talent Operations

Linkedin

As a talent strategist who thrives on scaling businesses thoughtfully and effectively, Kelsey has spent the last decade creating solutions in ambiguous situations, acting as a sounding board and aligning teams to a common goal. With a Master's degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and direct experience scaling startups pre and post acquisition (CBS Sports Network and Trunk Club), she is dedicated to building organizational designs that compliment and reinforce a compelling customer journey.

GEORGE CHAO  President, Jetson    LinkedIn   An experienced strategist and general manager, George has spent the last 20 years across all areas in CPG and Retail. A former McKinsey management consultant, he has worked in Merchandising at Target, led the strategy group at Mars, built out edTech startup McKinsey Academy, and run omni-channel luxury chocolatier Vosges Haut-Chocolat - though his favorite job were his 2 years as a stay-at-home dad. He is passionate about building high-performing teams and leading them to both personal and business success.

GEORGE CHAO
President, Jetson

LinkedIn

An experienced strategist and general manager, George has spent the last 20 years across all areas in CPG and Retail. A former McKinsey management consultant, he has worked in Merchandising at Target, led the strategy group at Mars, built out edTech startup McKinsey Academy, and run omni-channel luxury chocolatier Vosges Haut-Chocolat - though his favorite job were his 2 years as a stay-at-home dad. He is passionate about building high-performing teams and leading them to both personal and business success.

KITTAYA TRESEANGRAT  Design / Art Direction  Kittaya is a designer and art director based in Los Angeles. For the past nine years, she has worked with global companies across industries to help them evolve and scale their brands. Her capabilities span brand identity, website, print, art direction, branded environments, illustration, and more. She pays attention to the smallest details while always focusing on the bigger creative picture and a project’s overall strategic goals. She explores constraints with consideration, solves problems with creativity, and aims to consistently produce work of the highest quality in collaboration with the team.

KITTAYA TRESEANGRAT
Design / Art Direction

Kittaya is a designer and art director based in Los Angeles. For the past nine years, she has worked with global companies across industries to help them evolve and scale their brands. Her capabilities span brand identity, website, print, art direction, branded environments, illustration, and more. She pays attention to the smallest details while always focusing on the bigger creative picture and a project’s overall strategic goals. She explores constraints with consideration, solves problems with creativity, and aims to consistently produce work of the highest quality in collaboration with the team.

AMSEY BAI  Operations Manager  A natural cross-functional problem-solver, Amsey seamlessly takes ideas from concept to execution. With an inquiring mind and high mentality, she has a great interest in food and health, complemented by her bachelor's degree in dietetics and MBA, received with honors. She’s passionate about working with business founded in good work ethics and social responsibility.


AMSEY BAI
Operations Manager

A natural cross-functional problem-solver, Amsey seamlessly takes ideas from concept to execution. With an inquiring mind and high mentality, she has a great interest in food and health, complemented by her bachelor's degree in dietetics and MBA, received with honors. She’s passionate about working with business founded in good work ethics and social responsibility.

TIRATH KAMDAR  Growth, Data, Product, and Strategy   LinkedIn     Tirath brings 15+ years of experience in consumer focused industries including luxury, e-commerce, and next generation online marketplaces. He co-founded an online jewelry & watch marketplace, creating a certified secondary market, which was sold in early 2019. Prior to that he has been a growth marketing leader at top e-commerce companies and was an EIR at Lightbank where he helped build an internet lending business. Tirath also spent 7+ years in the B2B and B2C retail luxury industry. He has strong entrepreneurial roots in building businesses, while intersecting brand and a data driven approach. He invests in + advises technology companies, and lives to envision the next generation of consumer experiences. Tirath has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

TIRATH KAMDAR
Growth, Data, Product, and Strategy

LinkedIn

Tirath brings 15+ years of experience in consumer focused industries including luxury, e-commerce, and next generation online marketplaces. He co-founded an online jewelry & watch marketplace, creating a certified secondary market, which was sold in early 2019. Prior to that he has been a growth marketing leader at top e-commerce companies and was an EIR at Lightbank where he helped build an internet lending business. Tirath also spent 7+ years in the B2B and B2C retail luxury industry. He has strong entrepreneurial roots in building businesses, while intersecting brand and a data driven approach. He invests in + advises technology companies, and lives to envision the next generation of consumer experiences. Tirath has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

LIZ LENHART  Paid Media   LinkedIn     With an analytically driven mindset, Liz plans and executes all paid media strategies across multiple platforms. She has launched and helped numerous brands grow revenues from both paid search and paid social platforms. She has her degree in Marketing from Loyola University Chicago. Liz has worked at multiple agencies in Chicago gaining experience in direct to consumer paid advertising.

LIZ LENHART
Paid Media

LinkedIn

With an analytically driven mindset, Liz plans and executes all paid media strategies across multiple platforms. She has launched and helped numerous brands grow revenues from both paid search and paid social platforms. She has her degree in Marketing from Loyola University Chicago. Liz has worked at multiple agencies in Chicago gaining experience in direct to consumer paid advertising.

ERIM AMBROSE  Customer Service & Ops Specialist, Jetson   LinkedIn     Erin has worked with several start-ups to build a strong foundation for customer support and operations. She rolls up her sleeves to scan what is needed, and then works quickly to create it. Erin is a people person by nature, which allows her to engage with customers through empathy. Her sense compassion for the customer's experience allows her to operate the programs she develops seamlessly. She is solution oriented and rarely finds a problem she isn't eager to fix.

ERIM AMBROSE
Customer Service & Ops Specialist, Jetson

LinkedIn

Erin has worked with several start-ups to build a strong foundation for customer support and operations. She rolls up her sleeves to scan what is needed, and then works quickly to create it. Erin is a people person by nature, which allows her to engage with customers through empathy. Her sense compassion for the customer's experience allows her to operate the programs she develops seamlessly. She is solution oriented and rarely finds a problem she isn't eager to fix.

STERLING PARTNERS

STEVEN TASLITZ   Chairman & Co-Founder, Sterling Partners   LinkedIn   Steven co-founded Sterling Partners in 1983 and currently serves as the company’s Chairman. Under his leadership, Sterling Partners has invested in various sectors over the years including healthcare, media, education, data centers, branded foods, and financial services.


STEVEN TASLITZ
Chairman & Co-Founder, Sterling Partners

LinkedIn

Steven co-founded Sterling Partners in 1983 and currently serves as the company’s Chairman. Under his leadership, Sterling Partners has invested in various sectors over the years including healthcare, media, education, data centers, branded foods, and financial services.

AVI EPSTEIN  Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, & Managing Director, Sterling Partners


AVI EPSTEIN
Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, & Managing Director, Sterling Partners

MICHAEL GERSHENZON  Vice President, Sterling Fund Management   LinkedIn    Finance, Operations, and Strategy:  A self-proclaimed finance nerd, Gersh has spent the last 10 years working on deals ranging from pre-revenue seed investments to billion dollar buyouts - and everything in between. His analytical orientation and ability to think creatively has led to many successful outcomes for founders and shareholders alike. More than just an investor, Gersh dives in operationally with management teams to help them with anything from strategy development to acting as the CFO.


MICHAEL GERSHENZON

Vice President, Sterling Fund Management

LinkedIn

Finance, Operations, and Strategy: A self-proclaimed finance nerd, Gersh has spent the last 10 years working on deals ranging from pre-revenue seed investments to billion dollar buyouts - and everything in between. His analytical orientation and ability to think creatively has led to many successful outcomes for founders and shareholders alike. More than just an investor, Gersh dives in operationally with management teams to help them with anything from strategy development to acting as the CFO.

ANGELA MEADOWS  Investment Team Coordinator, Sterling Partners


ANGELA MEADOWS

Investment Team Coordinator, Sterling Partners

RENEE BERGHOFF  Director of Human Resources, Sterling Partners


RENEE BERGHOFF
Director of Human Resources, Sterling Partners

STACEY LAGER  Director of Talent Acquisition, Sterling Partners


STACEY LAGER
Director of Talent Acquisition, Sterling Partners

 
KRISTINA ST. CHARLES  Vice President of Legal Affairs, Sterling Partners


KRISTINA ST. CHARLES
Vice President of Legal Affairs, Sterling Partners

 
 

Advisors

BETH KAPLAN  Advisor   LinkedIn   Beth Kaplan is an Advisor at ‘87. Beth brings a wealth of knowledge of the CPG space, particularly around growth companies with direct-to-consumer models. Beth has experience across finance, operations, merchandising, customer insights, business development, and retail. Outside of her role at ‘87, Beth is a Managing Member of Axcel Partners, LLC, which focuses on investments in consumer-facing, early stage and growth companies. She is also currently a Director at the Meredith Corporation. Previously, Beth was President and Chief Operating Officer at Rent the Runway.


BETH KAPLAN
Advisor

LinkedIn

Beth Kaplan is an Advisor at ‘87. Beth brings a wealth of knowledge of the CPG space, particularly around growth companies with direct-to-consumer models. Beth has experience across finance, operations, merchandising, customer insights, business development, and retail. Outside of her role at ‘87, Beth is a Managing Member of Axcel Partners, LLC, which focuses on investments in consumer-facing, early stage and growth companies. She is also currently a Director at the Meredith Corporation. Previously, Beth was President and Chief Operating Officer at Rent the Runway.

 
 

Disclaimer: Employees of Sterling Fund Management, LLC provide operational support services to ’87 and its portfolio companies on an as-needed basis pursuant to a services agreement between the two organizations.