Jennifer Fuller, Founder and Managing Principal
As Kent Hill Capital’s Managing Principal, Jen brings more than 15 years of professional experience in business strategy, finance, marketing and private equity. Until mid-2016, Jen served as a Director of Corporate Strategy at Nordstrom, a Seattle-based fashion retailer. At Nordstrom, Jen led teams developing innovative solutions to changing customer needs, human resources strategy, customer loyalty programs, technology/data systems evolution, acquisition integration and operational readiness. Prior to her work at Nordstrom, Jen worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company, advising executives of Fortune 500 companies on some of their most complex strategic and operational challenges in industries as wide-ranging as energy, semiconductors, plastics and financial products. During her time at Bain, she also analyzed potential acquisitions for private equity funds, including market size and growth modeling, extensive primary customer research and competitor analysis. Jen started her career in the private equity industry, where she conducted diligence on fund and private company investment opportunities and negotiated deal terms on behalf of her clients. Jen also grew up with a father who was a small business owner, so she understands the hard work, uncertain schedules and immense satisfaction that comes with running your own business.
Jen holds a BA in economics from Colorado College, where she graduated cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is an avid international traveler and has lived in 4 countries, including work experiences in Japan and Kenya. She is an active member of Social Venture Partners Seattle and serves on the board of Open Arms Perinatal Services. Outside of work, Jen enjoys hiking with her husband and 2 small children and supporting local non-profits that focus on social justice and racial equity.
Ryan Fuller, General Manager - MyAnalytics & Workplace Analytics, Microsoft
Ryan has been helping companies make data-driven decisions for almost 20 years as an engineer, entrepreneur, CEO and management consultant. He was the successful founder and CEO of VoloMetrix until it was acquired by Microsoft in 2015, where he currently serves as General Manager of MyAnalytics and Workplace Analytics. Prior to founding Volometrix, he worked at Bain & Company advising executives on some of their most challenging strategic and operational issues. He previously spent many years building and designing enterprise software products, running product teams and selling business intelligence solutions at two start-ups and Cognos. He is a frequent author for the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and other outlets and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, BusinessWeek and Inc. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and a BS in Computer Systems Engineering from Boston University.
Christy Johnson, Founder and CEO, Artemis Connection
Christy Johnson is an entrepreneur and educator. She is currently founder and CEO of Artemis Connection, a boutique strategy consulting firm she founded to combine the data-driven approach of the top three consulting firms with the principles of human centered design to develop innovative strategies. Artemis was started in 2015 and partners with clients across the mid market private equity, healthcare, software, education and nonprofit industries to develop innovative solutions to accelerate growth. She also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Washington and facilitates a course on designing organizations for Creativity/ Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has seven years of experience working in corporate strategy, including 3.5 years at McKinsey & Co. Previously, Christy was an award-winning economics and mathematics teacher and was recognized as National Teacher of the Year by Junior Achievement in 2005. Christy holds an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business with a certificate in Public Management and Master's in Education from Stanford's School of Education.
Tavan Pechet, President, Pechet Advisors
Tavan is an expert in the governance and management of family businesses. He has worked with families and their businesses for almost 20 years. He serves as an independent advisor and outsourced executive to family enterprises, helping them develop and implement governance, succession and strategic plans. Previously, Tavan served as the CEO of a "family office" (a specialized family financial enterprise) after working as an executive of a family operating business. He formerly served as an executive for a venture-backed technology company, practiced law with two large firms, and clerked for a federal judge. Tavan holds an AB from Harvard College, a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from UCLA Anderson. He volunteers with End Violence Against Women International and Social Venture Partners Seattle. He lives outside Seattle but remains loyal to the New England Patriots.
Paul Springer, Founder and Managing Partner, Graham Street Capital
Mr. Springer is the founder and Managing Partner of Graham Street Capital and has executive leadership experience across multiple Fortune 100 companies. He was a senior leader at Amazon.com, accelerating growth across several strategic initiatives including the Kindle ecosystem and other media businesses. Paul left Amazon to join Rhapsody/Napster International, where he served as the Chief Product Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Americas. Most recently, he served on the leadership team at the world’s largest video game publisher, Activision/Blizzard, as Senior Vice President of Product Management. In these executive leadership roles, Paul was responsible for strategy, customer acquisition, operations, product management, marketing, engineering and vendor management teams. Paul began his career as a strategy and technology consultant at Deloitte. He earned a BSc in Finance, Operations and Information Systems from Boston College's Carroll School of Management and a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.