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Brendan Kennedy
Privateer Holdings CEO

Brendan brings a strong background of entrepreneurship and hands-on business experience to Privateer Holdings. He’s successfully led the development of new and existing companies, building teams, crafting products and guiding operations. With a voracious appetite for information, Brendan’s insight into technology and growth industries led him to the forefront of consultation and solutions for the venture-backed business community.

Chief Operations Officer of SVB Analytics, a non-bank affiliate of Silicon Valley Bank (NASDAQ: SIVB). SVB Analytics offers powerful solutions tailored to the needs of private, venture-backed companies. In 2006, Brendan joined SVB Analytics’ founding team. He was responsible for executing over 350 client valuation assignments and issuing valuation opinions for private companies. Brendan managed a group of 45 people in the US and 75 in India that rendered valuation opinions for emerging growth technology, life science, and venture capital companies. He also managed the delivery of capitalization and options management solutions via the CapMx software platform. During his tenure, Brendan helped grow revenues from $0 to over $8 million a year and client count from 0 to 3000. He closed four M&A transactions and managed the integration of the acquired companies.

President and CEO of Mindability, Inc. Brendan founded and managed the growth of a 30-employee software company focused on customer experience measurement. He built successful client relationships focused on satisfied clients such as: Amazon, Microsoft, Expedia, Korn/Ferry International, Home Depot, Macromedia, Deloitte, and The Walt Disney Company.

University of California, Berkeley: BA
University of Washington: MS in Engineering
Yale School of Management: MBA

Brendan lives in Seattle, WA with his wife, Maria. He has finished six Ironman triathlons.


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Michael Blue
Privateer Holdings CFO

Michael’s finance expertise and business management talents are honed by more than a decade in investment banking, private equity and consulting. Beyond his executive role in acquisitions and investments, his career has immersed him in nearly every aspect of business development and operations, across a spectrum of consumer and B-to-B industries.

Principal at Herrington, Inc., a private equity and development firm. Michael joined Herrington, Inc. in 2006 and led a range of development and business ventures for the firm. As COO of Ridge Capital Partners and COO of Gaillardia Development Company, Michael was responsible for planning, marketing and operating both development projects and existing companies across the country.

Vice President at de Visscher & Company, a private equity, investment banking and consulting firm based in Greenwich, CT. Michael led major assignments in the valuation, refinance, acquisition and sale of publicly traded as well as privately held companies. His experience in a variety of industries includes software development, healthcare, energy, real estate, textiles, retail and hospitality.

Harding University: BBA
Yale School of Management: MBA

Michael lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.


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Christian Groh
Privateer Holdings COO

Christian’s combination of professional accomplishments and business vision give Privateer Holdings a uniquely well-positioned partner. His more than 10 years of strategic sales, operations and management experience has consistently been in new commercial frontiers and instrumental in the emerging legal cannabis industry.

Director of Sales SVB Analytics. Christian was pivotal in growing its client base from 200 to 2500. He specialized in early stage, venture-backed companies focused on hardware, software, life science and clean tech.

Advisor for AB 223 Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Hon. Tom Ammiano) This bill would make findings and declarations regarding medical marijuana and provide that it is the intent of the Legislature to improve the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and the states medical marijuana program by establishing a comprehensive and multidisciplinary commission that is empowered to address issues regarding the legality and implementation of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and the states medical marijuana law.

Director at Nextel Communications where Christian created the corporation’s national affinity marketing program that resulted in $1.5 M in new revenue in less than 18 months. He served as subject matter expert in Transportation/Logistics vertical partnering with key industry associations through speaking engagements, conferences and sponsorships, elevating Nextel’s position as the premier wireless solutions provider.

California Maritime Academy: BS
San Francisco State University: MBA

Christian is married with two children. He has competed professionally in mountain biking.


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Patrick Moen
Managing Director - Compliance

Patrick, a highly decorated former DEA agent and licensed attorney, has joined the Privateer Team as Managing Director of Compliance, and also serves as in-house legal counsel. Patrick’s experience in criminal and regulatory matters assists the team in navigating the complex legal environment of the emerging cannabis industry.

Supervisory Special Agent at U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration. Patrick spent over 10 years as a criminal investigator and supervisor at the DEA, focusing on complex conspiracy investigations. Patrick’s expertise spans numerous disciplines, including financial investigations, wiretaps and electronic surveillance, undercover operations, and intelligence collection, and culminated with an assignment overseeing a multi-agency task force charged with investigating large scale drug trafficking organizations.

Police Officer. Patrick garnered firsthand experience regarding the social effects of our nation’s drug policies during his 5 years of service as a police officer.

Canisius College: BA
University of Connecticut School of Law: JD

An avid fitness enthusiast, Patrick resides in the greater Seattle area with his wife and three children.


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Sam Bulow
Strategic Investments

Sam’s depth of experience in portfolio management, hedge funds, valuation, financial modeling and analysis make him an invaluable addition to Privateer Holdings, where he directs due diligence on prospective investments. He brings an entrepreneurial spirit and a strategic mindset to the team.

Associate at Princeton University Investment Company, Sam managed the University’s investments in hedge funds and US equity managers. At Princeton, Sam reallocated more than $4 billion in assets, assisting the University in weathering the financial crisis. His operational responsibilities involved overseeing internal reporting and managing the relationship with the university's custodian.

Berry College: BS
Yale School of Management: MBA
CFA Institute: CFA Charterholder

A native Vermonter and an Eagle Scout, Sam is an avid outdoorsman and loves hiking, biking roads and trails, skiing, and white water rafting. In 2011, he hiked the length of Vermont on the Long Trail.