Ben Murray, Founder
Ben has over 10 years of strategy and management experience in Europe, specializing in financial services through his work at Roland Berger and the Bank of England. Since founding New Forest in 2014, he has built a portfolio of privately held businesses in the insurance services industry across the East Cost, taking an active role in day-to-day operations. Ben is originally from Scotland, and graduated from Oxford University with an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He now lives in Boston and enjoys winter sports in New England and coaching local rugby teams.
Adam Barker, principal
Adam has over 10 years of investment experience, focusing on SMEs, whether mature businesses or start-ups. He has experience investing in and building companies in the US, China, Hong Kong, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe in both traditional industries and frontier technology. At New Forest, Adam focuses on identifying businesses where technology can transform the business model. Adam is originally from San Francisco, and holds an MA from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
LINK MOSER, OPERATING PARTNER
Link grew up in New Hampshire and knew from an early age he wanted to work for himself. Link’s learned sales and marketing at his family’s landscape nursery business. In the mid 1990’s, Link recognized the potential of the Internet and founded a small web design company. He grew that business to over 300 clients through multiple acquisitions and taught himself new technologies and skills along the way. Link offers a unique balance of marketing expertise, leadership skills and entrepreneurial savvy. He brings 22 years’ experience in digital marketing strategy, lead generation and interactive media experience and has a history of developing and delivering highly effective campaigns that drive sales, expand brand awareness, engage target audiences and maximize organizations’ marketing ROI.
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.