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Fellows & Chairs
Dave is an entrepreneur, business leader, education reformer, and investor. At the age of sixteen, he began working at Hewlett Packard. From the manufacturing workers that he sat beside, Dave learned about the remarkable founders of HP and their HP Way. Later in life, Dave came to learn that too few companies lived by similar values.
Dave founded four companies including Good Technology and Drugstore.com. He also worked for three venture capital firms, KPCB, TPG, and Interwest. In his capacity as an investor, he worked with many successful companies, including Google, Amazon, Successfactors and Autotrader. Dave also helped develop the business plan and recruit the leadership team for Newschools Venture Fund. He continues to serve as a founding board member.
Dave founded Tugboat Ventures in 2005, an innovative entity with the objective of helping entrepreneurs bring their dreams to life through a long-term commitment to promising enterprises.
A small angel investment prior to Tugboat eventually opened his eyes to seasoned entrepreneurs who wanted to build large, profitable, innovative businesses that they would run privately for their lifetimes. In late 2012, Dave began a process of interviewing a number of these entrepreneurs—eventually over 100. He loved their persistence and purposefulness, and came to see that many embraced a people-first value system very similar to David and Bill’s at HP. Yet, across the board they felt underappreciated and often ignored due to having no plans to raise VC or PE, sell or IPO. These inspirational conversations led to a gathering in Sun Valley in October 2013, and the beginnings of the Tugboat Institute and Tugboat Evergreen, under The Tugboat Group.
Mr. Whorton has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford. Dave enjoys spending time between innovative Silicon Valley and mindful Sun Valley, Idaho.
Dan is a finance professional with over 25 years of experience. His particular focus has been driving profitable growth in operating companies.
Dan has been involved in both growth and transition phases of companies such as Intel Corporation, Affymetrix Inc. and NuGEN Technologies Inc. As a key finance business partner, he provided strong analytics, leveraged system capability and drove operational efficiencies at all levels of the organization. Additionally, Dan’s experience and leadership include international finance as well as financial partnership for a large corporate venture arm.
The Tugboat Group provides an opportunity to have impact in partnership with a group of innovative leaders who have a passion to build meaningful, long-lasting and profitable businesses. Dan looks to provide finance and operational leadership in growing Tugboat.
Mr. Benetz has a BS in Math-Applied Science from UCLA. Dan is based in Silicon Valley.
Jennifer joined The Tugboat Group after spending over three years at LinkedIn as a key accounts manager where she worked closely with global companies on their talent and recruiting strategies. Prior, Jennifer worked in executive recruiting and audit/tax at PwC.
Jennifer’s work at The Tugboat Group involves recruiting Evergreen leaders and entrepreneurs to Tugboat Institute, and supporting their ongoing experience as members of our Evergreen tribe. Jennifer also works on the Evergreen Journal team and marketing programs that foster awareness of the power and importance of the Evergreen path.
A Canadian native born in China, Jennifer is fluent in Mandarin and holds a BA from the University of Waterloo and MA from McMaster University. She enjoys reading and is an avid supporter of the arts. Jennifer is based in New York City.
Loida began her administrative career at Robertson Stephens where she spent 12 years in Corporate and Venture Services administering the Friends and Family program and stock distributions for the venture community. She has a wealth of experience and has worked with executives at top firms such as KKR and Worldview Technology Partners. Loida has been a member of the Tugboat team since 2007, providing comprehensive operational and administrative support for the organization.
Sherylyn has vast knowledge in administrative support and communications within various industries. She graduated from Menlo College and received a BS in Business Management with an international concentration. She represented Menlo College through the growing collegiate sport of Women’s Wrestling and currently uses the sport as an outlet to advocate for the empowerment of young women.
Sherylyn has over three years of administrative experience and over a year of coaching and mentoring experience. She has served in multiple roles in the areas of recruiting, human resources, and administrative operations.
Carlie is a Hawaii native, who is always eager to learn and try new things. She has held various administrative support positions within different capabilities. She received her diploma from Menlo College with a BS in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing.
Not only is Carlie a dynamic administrative professional with vast knowledge in different fields, she is also an enthusiastic friend with a passion for knowledge and enjoying life’s experiences.
Carlie brings over five years of administrative experience to the team. At The Tugboat Group, she will provide administrative support in various aspects of the company.
Maria is leading a working group of Tugboat Institute members and experts to develop a roadmap of improvements and enhancements to our Certified Evergreen program.
She also spends time building awareness for the Evergreen movement by growing the Tugboat membership.
Maria spent ten years working with The Advisory Board Company doing marketing, business development, and sales management before making the shift to public education.
She recently served her community for eight years as a Governing Board Member for the Menlo Park City School District.
Krista joined The Tugboat Group after six years in the nonprofit public relations sector.
She brings events management, marketing and development experience to the Tugboat team.
She graduated with a BA in Journalism and Communication and a Minor in Business Administration from The University of Oregon.
Based in Sun Valley, Krista is working toward her MBA at Boise State University and contributes part-time to The Tugboat Group.
Krista enjoys contributing to a team and approaches her work with curiosity and determination—she is a self-starter, hard worker, and people person.
She enjoys time outdoors, and her favorite way to unwind is with a great book.