Jonathan is currently the CEO of all companies launched by Verb Ventures, including ExecReps, Local Einsteins, and numerous other companies in the “beta phase” of development that are still a part of Verb Ventures.
By the age of 23, Jonathan had started two companies, authored seven books on entrepreneurial and financial topics with McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin, and begun his career as a serial entrepreneur. One year later, he founded Aspatore Books, which he grew over a nine year period into one of the five largest business/legal book-publishing houses in the United States, publishing over 300 titles annually with over 4,000 C-Level executive authors, eventually selling the company to Thomson Reuters.
Two years into running Aspatore Books, Jonathan founded ExecSense, which he also grew over nine years to being the leading eLearning company for business executives, eventually selling the company to the Financial Times, a division of Pearson. While serving as CEO of all the companies started or spun out by Verb Ventures, Jonathan guides the entrepreneurs and management teams throughout the lifecycle of the business while they run the day-to-day operations of the company. Jonathan’s other major role at Verb Ventures is to conceive all new company ideas, create an initial business model, then hand off the “game plan” to an entrepreneur that he mentors to test the viability of the business and scale it in the marketplace.
Jonathan advises and sits on the boards of several companies, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He is also actively involved in Junior Achievement and youth entrepreneurship in the San Francisco Bay area. Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and an avid tennis player.
Doug is current Executive Vice President of Nook Media. He has been Managing Partner of Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, since 2010. Mr. Carlson has been Executive Vice President of Digital Content and Marketing at NOOK Media LLC since October 2013. He served as Executive Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Zinio, LLC since 2005.
Mr. Carlson Co-founded FIJI Water Company LLC, Inc. in 1996 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1996 to 2005 and its President. He was responsible for FIJI Water ascent to the 2nd highest selling imported bottled water brand in the US by 2005.
Prior to joining FIJI, he served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for The Aspen Skiing Company from 1989 to 1996. Mr. Carlson has managerial and investing experience both within and outside the hospitality industry, as well as having been a certified public accountant. He was responsible for all personnel matters, all financial matters for it, all risk management programs, and for the Travel Agency and Tour Operations. From 1984 to 1989, Mr. Carlson served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aspen’s largest and leading hospitality company The Aspen Club Companies, a company which owned and developed the Hotel Jerome, the Aspen Club Lodge, and some 300 other units in Aspen. He has been a Director of Crimson Wine Group, Ltd since March 2013.
Doug graduated from Western State College in 1981 with a dual degree in accounting and economics and is a Certified Public Accountant.
With over 22 years of regulatory, industry and legal experience, Mr. Thelander advises clients on enhancing governance and risk oversight, particularly in the areas of regulatory compliance, operational and risk management to financial services companies and endowments, including investment advisers, mutual funds, private equity, insurance companies, venture capital funds and foundations. He also serves as a seasoned adviser to firms’ Boards of Directors, senior management, risk advisory, internal audit, and legal and compliance professionals.
Prior to joining Promontory, Mr. Thelander founded Thelander Advisers to assist financial services clients in managing business, operational and compliance risks. From 2004-2009, he was a Director and West Coast Director in Deloitte’s Regulatory and Capital Markets Consulting Practice. Before Deloitte, he was head of Asia Legal Services for Wellington Management Company, LLP. Prior to Wellington, Mr. Thelander served as a Senior Vice President of the Investment Advice and Products division of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. and also as Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel to Schwab’s International Group. He was also General Counsel for Montgomery Asset Management, LLC.
In public service, Mr. Thelander served as Senior Counsel in the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., specializing in insider training and complex financial fraud cases. He also served as attorney adviser, Division of Corporation Finance. David is a frequent speaker at industry forums, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Mr. Thelander received a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Oswego and a J.D., cum laude, from Vermont Law School, where he also served as Trustee for over nine years (including head of the Investment Committee for over three years).
KARIN E. STAWARSKY
Karin has spent 20 years working with senior leaders at the intersection of strategy and organization. She is deeply committed to building and scaling companies that more fully harness the power of talent and the organization’s potential to realize extraordinary results in the global marketplace. Karin aspires to fundamentally reframe how senior executives approach their organizations by pursuing a different path to sustainable growth that builds leadership and organizational capability in the process.
Karin is a Senior Partner at DSI, a global advisory firm that works with organizations to increase their capacity to adapt in a dynamic world, through strategy, organizational, and leadership development. She leads DSI’s organization transformation practice area and also has significant experience in strategic talent management. She has served as a trusted advisor to executives at leading organizations across a range of industries, from health care/life sciences to retail to consumer internet, in navigating significant points of organizational transition and evolution. Karin is currently working on a book that explores characteristics of organizational systems and leadership teams that support continuous innovation.
Prior to DSI, Karin was a partner with two boutique consultancies: TruePoint and The ClearLake Group, the latter which she co-founded. This followed a long track record at Monitor Group where she co-founded Monitor’s leadership/executive development business unit and was a global leader of the organization practice. In addition, Karin was the managing partner of Monitor’s San Francisco office (the first named to such a role in the company globally) and served on leadership teams for global accounts. Karin was nominated by Monitor’s co-Managing Directors for Consulting Magazine’s 2008 Top Women in Consulting Award for Client Service. She was consistently singled and recognized as one of the top leaders for developing talent in the firm. Her earlier career experience was in strategy and marketing at Arthur D. Little, Procter & Gamble, and The Common Fund.
Karin received her M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and is a summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bowdoin College. While at Tuck, Karin was selected by the faculty for the Joshua and Sabra Hamilton Prize for excellence as a general manager and selected by her peers to receive the Julia B. Stell Award for her leadership at Tuck and in the greater community.