Jimmy Lackie has over three decades of experience in venture capital, private equity and alternative investments. He has served as a director, board observer, consultant and/or investor in start-up and later stage businesses across multiple sectors including: telecommunications, information technology, energy, insurance, finance, real estate, and specialty retail and medical devices. Jimmy actively manages holdings in various hedge funds and was a co-founder of River Street Management, LLC, an advisory and management services company in 2009.
Jimmy began his career in commodities futures trading with Cook Industries, Inc. (1976-78), Dunavant Enterprises, Inc. (1978-81), Refco, Inc. (1981-91), and Lackie Trading Inc. (1991-Present) and although not actively trading, remains registered as an Introducing Broker with the Commodities Future Trading Commission(CFTC) and is a member of the National Futures Association (NFA).
Jimmy has served on the Board of Directors of Youth Villages Inc. of Memphis, TN, since 2005 and is the Chair for the organization’s 2015 Capital Campaign. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Campbell Foundation and the University of Memphis Foundation. Jimmy is an Eagle Scout and served as President of the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America (2013-15).
Jimmy attended the University of Memphis on a football scholarship (1973-’76) graduating cum laude in Finance in 1976.
Stephen Roberts has extensive experience in sourcing, structuring, and managing equity investments. He has been involved in all aspects of entrepreneurial businesses, including line management, capital allocation, personnel, sales, and marketing. For the first 10 years of his career, Mr. Roberts was a transactional lawyer. He subsequently began investing in and operating cellular telephony properties. Mr. Roberts has made direct equity investments and/or served as a director in businesses in the telecommunications, energy, medical devices, insurance, and information technology sectors. Mr. Roberts graduated cum laude from the Harvard Law School in 1986 and summa cum laude from Mississippi State University in 1982.
Scott Chou has been in the venture capital industry since 1997 and was recently recognized by Always On as a Top 100 venture capitalist. He is known for his focus on disruptive technologies and for authoring Maxims, Morals, and Metaphors - A Primer on Venture Capital. Scott’s passion for early stage technology ventures extends back to high school when he joined his first startup as a software engineer. He has since worked for five more technology ventures including Poqet Computer and ICE in addition to world-renowned research and development organizations such as Bellcore and IBM. His broad expertise in technology spans the industry from manufacturing to software development to chip design. Scott actively maintains his technical expertise as the creator of Remind Scott!, a popular mobile app for Android and iOS devices. He completed the prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program in 1999 with Onset Ventures and later joined Gabriel Venture Partners in early 2000 where he focused on research labs for fundamental innovations. Scott's first investment at Gabriel was in the seed round of NextG Networks which eventually sold to Crown Castle for $1 billion. Scott’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with honors from Caltech as well as master’s degrees from Harvard University and Stanford University.
Tony Tsao has extensive experience in venture capital, alternative investing and investment banking for high-growth technology and healthcare companies. He is responsible for all aspects of the ESO Fund's investment process, including sourcing, structuring, executing, and managing transactions with employees of venture-backed companies. Previously, Tony served as a Principal at Western Technology Investment, a leading venture debt fund. Prior to WTI, he was a Vice President at Saints Capital managing direct secondary investments, and an Investment Manager at H&Q Asia Pacific focused on early to late-stage venture capital. He began his career in investment banking with Lehman Brothers in New York and London. He earned a BS in Economics, cum laude, and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Kenneth Goldman has over twenty years experience in various finance and operations roles. Prior to joining the ESO Fund, he managed claims and pricing functions at the PMI Group, where he led a decision science team in developing predictive analytics for assessing mortgage default risk. At ESO, Ken manages the inside sales team and specializes in developing methodologies for rapid risk assessment and pre-qualification. Ken began his career as a financial analyst at the Thelen law firm and operated his own consultancy through the dot.com era, serving in diverse roles from web developer and financial tool builder to project manager and corporate technology trainer. He began his education at Yale University and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Cal State.
Chris Lu is a recent graduate from Washington University in St. Louis. He studied computer science and finance and enjoys exploring the intersection of the two fields. Previously, Chris completed a technical internship in cyber security as a consultant for PwC. He worked with the CIO of a large Fortune 500 company to analyze and improve internal and external network security. Before PwC, Chris worked multiple summers for a wealth management firm in DC.
Sean is a recent graduate from the College of William and Mary where he majored in Computer Science and Economics. Prior to joining ESO, Sean worked as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton where he developed several tools, including pattern detection and text analysis tools using Solr and Stanford NLP as well as a backend solution to functionally track munitions and fuel data for war gaming applications. Before Booz Allen, Sean interned at a small startup in Mclean, VA where he developed his technical skills in MySQL as well as schema design.
Nairie Krikorian has fifteen years of experience in sales and operations roles. She is a relationship manager at ESO where her primary role is to guide clients through the process of making educated decisions regarding their stock options. She's also a founder of HES, an organization that helps Middle Eastern students make informed choices about their futures and acts as a gateway to American colleges. Nairie holds a Finance degree from San Jose State University. She is actively involved in the community and also a board member of the Armenian Cultural Foundation.
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