Ben moved across the Atlantic so that he could work in businesses where people matter. Before New Forest he was a strategy consultant, through which he worked with many interesting businesses to help them deal with problems that they faced and helped people buy and sell companies. But he had to leave it to somebody else to use his work to make a difference. Ben also worked at the UK central bank helping to protect people’s jobs and savings during the financial crisis and creating new safeguards to protect them in the future. His experience of working in all these different organizations across many countries helped him discover his true passion - to build a great environment where people come first.
Ben is Scottish which means that capitalism is in his blood; he believes in hard work and rational decisions, not following the latest management fad. He learned to speak German by working on a farm, and while studying at Oxford University he played rugby and read a lot of books about the economy. When he isn't working he likes to explore the outdoors and meet other people who share his passion for small businesses.
Adam met Ben at Oxford University on the way to rugby practice. Through the sport and business he has become passionate about building teams with people from all walks of life. He started his career as an investment banker in the UK where he learned about buying and selling companies. Adam also worked in Asia as a consultant and investor, where his work involved helping US companies enter new markets and form joint ventures, overcoming many unique challenges along the way. He returned to the US in 2012 to attend Harvard Business School.
Raised in California and Scotland, Adam has worked in cities across the US, Europe and Asia. He is proud to speak three languages - English, American English, and Chinese. Living overseas has given him a great perspective on why the US is still the best country in the world for entrepreneurship and a renewed appreciation for fresh air, blue skies, and Dunkin' Donuts.
Paul Thomson founded Scottish American, which is a national insurance business with 15 offices and 120 people. He is the Scottish whilst the rest of his team are the Americans. He's passionate about creating American jobs and building a unique work environment. Paul was a professional rugby player, before becoming a Scottish Chartered accountant. he's also been a furniture removal man, building site laborer, door to door salesman, barman and now goes by the job title Chief Gopher. He graduated from Harvard Business School where he won no awards, proving that they probably shouldn't have let him in. Paul is an entrepreneur and loves hanging out with those brave enough to start their own entrepreneurial journey. He spends his weekends with the kids at United Cerebral Palsy in New York. They tell him his accent is barely decipherable, so he communicates with his hands. This is mostly effective.
James M. Sharpe
James M. Sharpe
At Harvard Business School, Jim is an Entrepreneur in Residence concentrating in the area of turnarounds, entrepreneurship and running small businesses. He has taught entrepreneurship, turnarounds, launching new ventures and running small and medium size enterprises. His interests are in the areas of business acquisitions, manufacturing, B2B niche marketing, pricing, leadership, family balance, large/small company differences, ethics, exit strategies and employee empowerment. Jim sold his company, Extrusion Technology, to a private equity firm in December 2008. He had purchased the aluminum extrusion fabricator in 1987 after an 11 month unfunded search and grew it from $4 million to $32 million, developing a value-added products niche in the Datacomm/Telecom electronics markets and a supplemental factory in Xiamen, China. After taking on substantial debt, Jim transformed the second generation, family-owned business. A focus on quality led to early qualification for ISO-9000 in 1992 and emphasis on lead time reduction and lean manufacturing techniques resulted in a Bronze Shingo award in 2008. Jim has a BS degree from Babson College and after graduating from Harvard Business School in 1976, joined General Electric and moved on to Product General Manager positions within the GE materials businesses. After 5 years, he left GE to run 3 turn-around situations which prepared him to strike off on his own in 1987.
Mason is responsible for all investment decisions for Greybull Stewardship, an investment partnership formed to provide an ideal home for growing, profitable companies. He founded Greybull Stewardship in 2010 after being a founder and owner/operator. He was a co-founder of a company that went public, investor in Zipcar, and was President of the National Holistic Institute, which he bought with a partner after an independent study project at business school.