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Our Team

IVEST Consumer Team

 

Consumer Retail Specialists & Operators with a Proven Track Record of Building Value

 

 

George Jones
Co-Founder

 

With over 20 years of achieving over 30% IRR for investors in 5 world class Fortune 500 multi billion dollar companies, very few executives have the depth of experience and track record of success that George Jones has had throughout his long career leading some of North America’s most celebrated brands. His talent as a merchant and retail marketer are widely respected and he is one of the most knowledgeable CEOs in retail today. George Jones has had 17 of his direct reports go on to run $1 billion+ companies.

 

Prior Experience Includes:

  • CEO of Borders

  • CEO of Saks Department Store Group

  • President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products

  • CEO of Roses Stores

  • EVP of Target

  • Boards of Liz Claiborne and Guitar Center

Sam Bremner
Co-Founder

 

 

 

Sam Bremner has been in Private Equity for over a decade, teaming up with top tier funds. Early on Sam recognized that the most valuable asset, crucial to the success of a private equity firm, is the ability to discover great transactions and to develop collaborative relationships. Sam has built long standing relationships all with the singular vision of deploying capital behind the IVEST team.       

 

 

Aston Loch
Vice President

Aston has been with IVEST since foundin and has been involved in closing three transactions in consumer private equity for the past 5 years.  Is known for his solutions capability around transaciton modeling diligence and legal. 

Aston has a business finance degree from UBC.

Mark Matheny
Operating Partner

 

Mark Matheny is a global, strategic C-Level consumer brand, products, retail and licensing executive with a 25-year proven track record of successfully leading and significantly growing companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to large multinational organizations. As EVP-International at Warner Bros Consumer Products and CEO of Global Brands, Mark has launched and managed businesses in the USA, Europe, Asia and Latin America. 

 

Mark’s substantial in-country global experience and ability to cultivate relationships across borders has created tremendous shareholder value. Brands acquired and/or managed by Mark include leading entertainment, celebrity, corporate and sports brands.

Mary Drolet
Operating Partner

 

Mary has over 25 years of business experience with in-depth e-commerce, product development and management expertise. She has created, launched and distributed innovative brands with multiple retail and consumer product companies while serving as a Chief Executive Officer, President, Entrepreneur and Consultant. She is the founder of Club Libby Lu, an experience-based brand and specialty retail business which she sold to Saks Inc. and grew to 198 retail locations in 4 years. She also has extensive experience as a technology and social impact investor and consultant in the retail, e-commerce, and fashion industries.

Ken Armstrong
Operating Partner

 

Ken Armstrong has worked for more than three decades with some of the best companies and talent within the retail industry. Through these opportunities Ken has honed his skills in quickly analyzing an operation's strengths and weaknesses and executing actionable strategies resulting in improved bottom line performance. His hands-on success in buying, merchandizing, and all aspects of store operations enable him to see obstacles preventing an organization from reaching its potential. He moves quickly to identify ways to remove roadblocks, resulting in increased sales, lower expenses, and a better working environment.      

Jim Schneider
Operating Partner

 

A strategic senior executive driving brand vision initiatives, Jim focuses on increasing revenue and profitability while embracing collaboration and mentoring teams. Jim brings strong management skills with an entrepreneurial style and a highly successful track record managing world-class premier companies such as Bloomingdale's, Warner Bros., Hermes of Paris, Faconnable and Waterford Crystal. Jim successfully develops and implements comprehensive strategic best practices, initiating and executing new growth opportunities globally across multiple platforms including retail, wholesale, store expansion, social media, licensing, marketing, product development and brand building. Jim has successfully managed a broad range of divisions including operations, merchandising, human resources, marketing, product development, finance, PR, media, customer service and strategic planning.

Rob Gruen
Operating Partner

 

Rob Gruen is an experienced omni-channel retail professional whose results-oriented leadership has brought success to the specialty store, department store, superstore, mass merchandising and online segments of retail well as industries and companies dealing with retailers. Throughout his career Rob has held senior level executive positions at premier companies such as Target, Parisian (a division of Saks Department Store Group), Warner Bros., Home Shopping Network, Borders, Meijer, Roses Stores, Foley’s and others.  

JIm Williams
Operating Partner

 

Jim Williams is an  apparel manufacturing heavyweight who was formerly the CEO of Gold Toe Brands, for over 20 years, where he built the company to over $300mm in wholesale sales. During the past several years he has successfully lead a very challenging turnaround of Richelieu Brands as the Company's CEO which resulted in their succesful sale of the company. 

 

Jim is very highly regarded, not only within the apparel industry, but by retailers as well, as he has very strong senior level relationships which would are very valuable. He is also has a lot of excellent board experience with major companies.