Montana Prairie Holdings Board of Directors
Managing Director, American Prairie Reserve
As a Managing Director for American Prairie Reserve, Pete helps oversee the integration of Wild Sky's brand and operations with American Prairie Reserve's mission. Prior to joining American Prairie Reserve, he served as Director of Development and Operations at the Property and Environment Research Center, and as Vice President at the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment. Pete holds an MS in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana and a BS in Geology from St. Lawrence University.
President, American Prairie Reserve
Sean is the President of American Prairie Reserve where he is committed to creating the largest wildlife reserve assembled in the continental United States. Prior to helping to launch American Prairie Reserve in 2002, Sean co-founded Catalyst Consulting, a Silicon Valley-based company specializing in organization alignment and strategy development. He serves on the board of the educational technology startup Planet3. Sean is also a National Geographic Explorer and featured in the National Geographic's innovators series.
Vice President of Finance and Operations, American Prairie Reserve
Heather provides leadership for American Prairie Reserve's finance, operations and risk management efforts. She serves as a strategic thought partner to American Prairie Reserve's Board of Directors. Prior to joining American Prairie Reserve, Heather worked as Director of Finance and Administration for the Information Technology Center at Montana State University in Bozeman and as Senior Vice President and Director of Capital Markets for Wells Real Estate Funds in Atlanta. She holds an MS in Accounting from Wake Forest University and a BS in Accounting from Auburn University.
Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Tengelmann Group
Founding Partner & Chairmain, Emil Capital Partners
Christian is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Tengelmann Group, Mülheim, Germany, a family business in the 5th generation, engaged in retail, real estate and venture capital businesses in Europe and North America. As Chairman of Emil Capital Partners, he manages all of Tengelmann's activities in North America, including a venture and growth capital fund. Prior to his current role, he ran the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, a major US supermarket business. Christian serves on various boards and holds a Master's degree in Social and Economic Sciences from the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna, Austria.
CEO, Montana Prairie Holdings & Manager of Economic Initiatives, American Prairie Reserve
Laura focuses on shaping and promoting Wild Sky, rancher recruitment, and business development. She is also a research fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center and at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. She has published several books including Environmental Entrepreneurship: Markets Meet the Environment in Unexpected Places and Accounting for Mother Nature. She holds an MS in Public Policy and a BS in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Utah State University.
Managing Partner, Levinthal Capital
Michael was raised in the Bay Area and attended Stanford University receiving a BS, MS and MBA. Michael joined Mayfield Fund where he spent 20 years as a Managing Partner before moving to Utah and starting his own fund: Levinthal Capital, where he works as an independent venture capitalist advising companies in the Intermountain Region and Silicon Valley. He is also an advisor to a number of emerging venture funds including 2X Consumer Partners. Over his career he has been actively involved on a number of non-profit boards including: Resurge International, the Leonardo Museum, San Jose Museum of Art. He currently lives in Park City, Utah and has twins at the University of Pennsylvania.
JACQUELINE BADGER MARS
Retired Vice President, Mars Inc.
Mrs. Mars is the owner of a working farm that specializes in organic farming and equine training and breeding. She is the retired Vice President of Mars, Inc., where she was responsible for development of new food products and their marketing strategy. She is a strong supporter of conservation groups as well as an advocate and supporter of women's education and their employment in the business community. A passionate promoter of the arts, she is Chairman of the Washington National Opera, a member of the board of trustees of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, as well as Vice Chairman of the National Sporting Library & Museum.
Managing Director, Kelso
George is Chairman of the Board of Directors for American Prairie Reserve. He joined Kelso in 1985 and is a managing director. He spent the preceding two years at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb, after earning an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Current Kelso related directorships include: Eacom Timber Corporation, Hunt Marcellus, and Venari Resources. Other directorships include: Evergreen Capital Trust, Insomnia Cookies, and Survey.com. Past directorships include: Americold Corporation, Charter Communications, CVR Energy, King Broadcasting, and Waste Services. He also served on the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council for 6 years and he was treasurer of the University of Puget Sound Board of Trustees on which he served for 23 years.
Retired Founder and President, Nancy's Specialty Foods
Growing up in Latham, NY, Nancy majored in biology and then chemistry at Russell Sage College. Upon graduation, she followed her future husband to Palo Alto, CA, where she worked for Syntex Corporation in pharmaceutical chemistry. Two children later and with a venture capital husband, Nancy started her own business, Nancy's Specialty Foods, parlaying Nancy's Quiche, both appetizers and entrees, to national distribution through retail and club store venues. She sold the business after 22 years of exciting entrepreneurism.