About

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Kunal Sethi

Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer

Member at Angel Capital Association and New York Academy of Sciences.

An Impact Investor in disruptive products and the founder of S CAP® NYC with nearly 15 years of financial experience focusing on Food, Life Science and Environmental Science, he believes in impact investing & partnering with entrepreneurs to be the social change.

This journey began with MetLife that led to managing investments at banks like ABN AMRO, RBS and ANZ for High Net worth Individuals & Institutions.

The transition to Social Entrepreneurship began with a couple of angel investments, he realized problems in the way we diagnose & treat diseases and identified the importance of healthy eating and drinking clean water. From thereon Impact Investing became his focal point of interest. By combining his banking experience with a life long passion for science, he chose to be the change by investing to start S CAP®. Originally from India, he moved to Singapore and finally to New York, to “ Make a Living, Not a Killing” in the Impact Investing world.

Today, he invests & partners with growth stage companies in Food, Life Science & Clean Tech using Impact Investing.

He also believes in creating sustainable jobs for Millenials as part of the solution. That’s why the S CAP® Millennial Program is important in Food, Life Science & Clean Tech.

Rick Lockett

General Partner and Chief Operating Officer

Rick has been involved in water treatment and water technology for 25 years, with experience in segments including drinking water, stormwater, waste and process water and swimming pool and spa treatment. Previously, Rick was President of Muntech Products, a consumer products company which grew revenue by over 3 times during his nearly two year tenure. Rick also led global sales and business development at the water technology start up HaloSource for nine years. As Senior Vice President- Global Water Business and then President, GM Americas, he led the growth stage of the business from $3 million in sales to a $16 million annual run rate upon his departure in 2012. Rick was an active participant on the Senior Leadership team of the company raising several rounds of venture funding, including participation in the three man roadshow team for a successful $85 million IPO on the AIM market in London in 2011 that was significantly oversubscribed. Mr. Lockett attended the University of Texas at Austin, studying business administration as a National Merit Scholar.

Kumar Palani

Kumar Palani

General Partner

Kumar has led in multiple verticals, including food & beverage, global supply chain, enterprise software, e-commerce and cloud technology over the last 23 years. As a Director, played a key role in SS&C Technologie’s growth from an IPO company to being acquired for nearly $1billion in 2005. During his 11 year tenure at SS&C, developed the distribution capabilities from the ground up and also oversaw sourcing, procurement and vendor alliances. Starting in 2006, founded an organic food & beverage company with a focus on sustainability, health and wellness. Built relationships in the industry from the farmer to retailers to promote ethical products both online and via retail stores. With knowledge of the whole business cycle from R&D to customer support, consulted for startups and mid-size companies to develop business plans, products and expand into new marketing channels. Mr Palani graduated from Rider University in New Jersey with an MBA focus in international business and economics and a BSBA in Accounting and Finance.

Phillip Cagnassola

General Partner

Phillip Cagnassola is the founder of Frasier Capital LLC and a proven investor. He has developed and sold several companies by identifying strategic niche markets capable of being leveraged through the infusion of human and financial capital. Prior to founding Frasier Capital, he was a general partner and member of Hamilton Robinson Capital Partners’ investment committee, a middle-market private equity firm. Phillip has created value from both the executive suite and the board room. He ran the business development group at Walker Digital (founders of priceline.com), was a senior executive at PC Flowers (an online CPG company that processed the first secured transaction on the internet), and chaired the boards of MEGTEC Holdings, Davis-Standard LLC, and The Fitzpatrick Company. Phillip graduated Fairfield University with a BS in Accounting where he currently serves as its Investor-In-Residence and is also a member of T1D Exchange’s Task Force.

Casey Sabol

Casey Sabol

General Partner

Casey Sabol is the Founder of LizzyJays Juice, a Cold Pressed Juice Company. She has 8 years experience in Food and Beverage, specific knowledge in co-pack manufacturing, supply chain management, operations and marketing in addition to 20 years in the Health and Fitness Industry. Casey has consulted for several companies in F&B and other industries on brand and packaging development, R&D, on-line marketing, production and logistics. She is passionate about helping other Entrepreneurs bring their ideas and products to market.

WiT Media

General Partner

WiT Media is a full service boutique agency founded in 2009, based in New York City, working globally.  They are best known for delivering intelligent and impactful strategic awareness, creating lasting demand, and driving conversions for extraordinary lifestyle brands across the spectrum—many of them in the launch and relaunch phase.  WiT was named a Top Entrepreneur by Crains’ New York Business (the first marketing agency so awarded) and they have led campaign strategy and execution for Jet.com, Haven Life/Mass Mutual, E*Trade, Rainforest Alliance, American Museum of Natural History, Teladoc, New York Public Library, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, CVS Health, AwesomenessTV, Columbia University, The Financial Times, Marc Fisher, NYC Economic Development and other dynamic businesses and socially impactful non-profit organizations. Led by Clint White, Simona Kilgour, Kristen Earls and Jessica Ragusa, WiT received a Leadership Award for driving social change through media at the Social Impact Summit at the United Nations and have served as advisor to the Obama White House Office of Public Engagement on Social Impact Media as well as a member of the IAB Performance Advertising Committee.

Jeff Clark

Jeff Clark

Advisor

Jeff Clark has been in the grocery industry supporting emerging brands for over 30 years. His early career began in grocery retail management which progressed to working for a food broker and then Best Foods for 13 years. Since 2002, Jeff has been in the natural/specialty segment of the CPG industry working with brand roll-outs for several companies before starting his consulting business in 2009. He helps companies to expand distribution, manage brokers, forecasting, and presentation facilitation while focusing on shelf stable, refrigerated and frozen, HBC, and non-food products. He has working knowledge of package sourcing and logistics as well. Jeff studied Entomology at North Carolina State University. Jeff volunteers in his community with a local festival overseeing entertainment and concessions.

Sarah Lanphier

Advisor

Sarah Lanphier founded Nuts About Granola, llc DBA Crafted Co-Packing and Consulting and has 10 years of product development and co-pack management experience in the Specialty food industry. Her extensive knowledge in organic, Non-GMO, gluten free and vegan standards as well as various manufacturing processes has helped companies such as Martha Stewart, Lidl, Alpina and Sunkist to scale recipes for commercial production. Sarah graduated in 2009 with a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from Elizabethtown College.

Kevin Riveroll

Advisor

Kevin Riveroll has been in the consumer packaged goods industry for over 20 years. His marketing career started within large complex organizations such as Mars, where he mastered best practices, policies, and procedures. In 2008, Kevin’s entrepreneurial spirit and desire for better-for-you food options led him to the natural and organic snack food category, where he was a founding member for multiple startups. While his focus is certainly on marketing, he has also taken on sales roles to develop go-to-market strategies, distribution expansion, and broker management. Along with natural and organic, Kevin has extensive experience in Non-GMO, gluten-free, snacks, confections, frozen, and shelf stable categories. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Central Connecticut State University, where he was Captain of their NCAA Division 1 Track & Field team and has been a guest lecturer in recent years.

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Dorian Smith-Garcia

Advisor

Dorian heads S CAP®’s marketing development, which includes developing marketing & PR campaigns, overseeing industry & consumer outreach and key organization partnerships. Her responsibilities include driving awareness of S CAP® and our entrepreneurs by securing press coverage in trade publications and consumer focused outlets; coordinating event opportunities for speaking engagements and exhibitions, and establishing and maintaining partnerships within the impact community. Before joining S CAP®, Dorian launched a multi-faceted marketing consultancy that develops market entry strategies for Asian brands to launch in the U.S. by leveraging networks and relationships with Fortune 500 Firms like Microsoft, and Viacom as well as burgeoning influential networks. She holds extensive experience in marketing and public relations and specializes in influencer marketing to the millennial demographic.