Founders

 

David Batstone

Managing Partner & Co-Founder

David brings a sterling history of achievement and leadership in both the investment sector and the social enterprise space: a business professor at the University of San Francisco and a former investment banker in the technology industry; co-founder and president of the Not For Sale; co-founder and Managing Partner of Just Business.

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Mark Wexler

Partner & CO-FOUNDER

With years of experience building early and mid-stage social enterprises Mark brings a unique blend of expertise at the crossroads of social impact and financial scale. He has provided managerial and structural oversight of Just Business’s portfolio companies, and along with David Batstone, provides organizational orientation and mission. Additionally, he serves as the VP of Strategy & Mission of Not For Sale.


Partners

 

Dan Parodi

PARTNER

Dan is a serial entrepreneur and 30-year veteran of consumer product innovation and commercialization, mostly in the food and beverage space. He built one of the early RTD coffee brands whose wholesale customers ranged from national convenience chains to the U.S. military; exiting in 2005. While developing and producing other successful beverages under private label for large, national retailers, Dan also co-founded Street Life Ministries (a homeless care non-profit) and Peninsula Literacy Coalition (a collective impact non-profit to advance student literacy).

 

Hugh Marquis

Partner

Founder and CEO of Network Neighborhood, an enterprise delivering distinct customer solutions for the computer services industry. With a diverse background in Hospitality, Human Resources, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Hugh brings to ventures a dedication to superior customer experiences. His vision is to create successful, sustainable businesses. Hugh and his wife Jane, in 2008 launched the STOPstart foundation - STOP the trafficking, start a new life. Hugh also sits on the board for Not For Sale.

 

Mark Bauhaus

Partner

Mark Bauhaus is a near 30-year technology industry veteran and former EVP of Services, Support, and Operations at Juniper Networks. During his 5-year tenure at Juniper, he built a $1B revenue product business group innovating products for global firms such as ATT, Verizon, Apple, Citibank, IBM, as well co-driving Juniper’s global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. Mark launched his career at Sun Microsystems where he lead the Java & Web Services product business and founded a $600M global .Com/Java/Ecommerce/ISP consulting business which expanded to 35 countries.

 

Mike Hope

PARTNER

Mikel Hope retired as Partner with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) in 2000 after 27 years with the Firm. During his career he assited companies around the world with enterprise management integrated solutions and spent 5 years in Europe as the Managing Partner of EMEA Utilities Proctice. He was also the Dean’s Executive Professor of Management at Santa Clara University and has been involved in several charitable and non-profit organizations. He is currently co-owner of 2 small businesses.

 

David Drake

Partner

David Drake formed Revelation Software Concepts (RSC) in 1997 as a privately funded company. His express purpose was to develop and support RSC’s flagship product, the Rev-Trac change management solution for SAP solution-based business intelligence systems. David brings a rich history of leadership and programming, leading programming teams in developing SAP applications of all types since 1987.

 

Lenny Mendoca

PARTNER

Lenny Mendonca is a director emeritus from the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company. He is a senior fellow at the Presidio Institute, and also an advisor to entrepreneurs.  Lenny founded McKinsey’s U.S. state and local public sector practice, and led the Firm’s knowledge development efforts overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the Firm’s communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly. He also served for a decade on the McKinsey Shareholder Council (its board of directors). Over the course of his career he helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges. 

 
 

Leeba Lessin

PARTNER

Leeba Lessin is currently President of CareMore, and has provided leadership to CareMore for 10 years.  As CEO she guided the strategy of the company in geographic and product expansion.  She has over 28 years of experience in primary care practice and managed care. Ms. Lessin is a native of Southern California and received her BA degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and her MBA from the University of Washington.

Thomas Christie

PARTNER

Thomas Christie recently retired from his career as an Audit Partner at Ernst & Young with broad based skills and practical experience developed throughout a 28-year client service career in public accounting. He has extensive experience serving SEC registrants across the world. He also worked at Ernst & Young’s National Accounting Office and SOX in both US and Japan.

 

Andrew Keyt

PARTNER

As a 3rd generation business owner, Andrew Keyt has first-hand experience with the challenges of being part of a family owned business. He has dedicated his professional career to helping other families navigate the unique ownership challenges and complex transitions that come along with successful family business stewardship.

 

John Raabo Nielsen

PARTNER

John Raabo Nielsen is Senior Vice President, Global R&D at Coloplast A/S. He has a broad experience from among others positions as Vice President, International Manufacturing and Vice President, Marketing at Coloplast, and Business Development leadership positions at NKT A/S and Pronosco A/S.

 

Duke McKenzie

PaRTNER

Duke is an entrepreneur, digital media executive, and active angel investor. Duke co-founded UPTREND Media, shaped it into the largest independent digital media company in Canada and sold it to Yellow Page Group in October 2010. Previously, Duke contributed to the success of AOL and Shopping.com. Duke is a full-time advisor for eLUXE Media Group, sits on the board of Basha Beverages and is an investor in Shop.ca. Duke McKenzie has contributed significantly to the Canadian digital advertising industry, making him one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40”.

 

Allison Trowbridge

Partner

Allison comes to Just Business with a background in marketing, communications, and the anti-trafficking field. She previously served for six years as Communications Director and then VP of Partnerships. Allison is an advisor to MightyBell.com, an emerging social community platform and the co-author of Godspeed (David C. Cook, 2012).

 

Sam Baker

Partner

Sam began his career at Ebay Inc. and Adidas Group supporting executive decision making for a complex network of international subsidiaries and strategic acquisitions. Samuel moved to Central America where he served as a Kiva Fellow and led a project funded by the Master Card Foundation to launch innovative financial products for youth. He also partnered with local technology veterans to co-found Computod@s, a company providing computer and internet access to small businesses.