SWAT EQUITY
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About

 
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SWAT Equity Partners is a venture capital firm formed to discover, incubate and invest in emerging consumer brands across various product, service and commerce sectors. SWAT is leveraging its partners’ dynamic combination of lethal marketing, branding and creative capabilities coupled with extensive operating, investment and financial experience to identify innovative consumer brands and prudently accelerate their growth. We believe strong brand identities are as important to long-term as financial and investment performance. Team members have invested in or played a senior executive operating / board of director role in many consumer branded companies over the past 20 years.

 

What Makes Us Unique:

Our portfolio has the benefit of SWAT's special relationship with NSG/SWAT, an integrated marketing communications company. NSG/SWAT provides a variety of services offered to help entrepreneurs create identities, brands, strategies, ideas and product to accelerate growth.

Where We Focus:

  • Differentiated product or service with an authentic branding position

  • High-growth, consumer branded businesses

  • Annual revenue greater than $1,000,000

  • Seed to Series A stage capital rounds

 

Portfolio Investments

 

Sectors of Focus

 

Team

 
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Richard Kirshenbaum

FOUNDING PARTNER

With over 30 years of experience, Richard Kirshenbaum is a leading figure in the advertising industry, co-founder of famed Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners, and a pioneer of concepts like the pop-up store, sidewalk advertising, and various forms of guerilla marketing. He is the CEO of boutique marketing communications firm NSG/SWAT.

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Sarah Foley

MANAGING DIRECTOR

A senior finance professional with 20 years of private equity and financial advisory experience. Most recently, Ms. Foley served as CFO of a New York City-based food company for over two years. Throughout her career, she has served as a member of multiple private company boards of directors. Ms. Foley is responsible for running SWAT Equity day-to-day.

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Mark Hauser

SENIOR ADVISOR

A global middle-market private equity investing professional who has served as an officer and on the boards of directors of numerous public and private companies. Mr. Hauser has over 20 years of experience investing in private, family-owned businesses in the United States and internationally.

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Joseph Mazzaferro

CREATIVE PARTNER - NSG/SWAT

A senior creative professional with 20+ years of creative marketing experience for brands with substance and style, Joseph is instrumental in business-building and award-winning ideas for the fashion, retail, blue chip technology and luxury industries. Previous clients include LVMH, Chanel, Microsoft, BMW and Absolut Vodka.

 
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Woody Wright

DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT - NSG/SWAT

Woody has spent his entire career in account management and brand strategy. He has worked across a multitude of verticals, including private aviation, hospitality, tech, wellness, real estate, beer, and fashion for clients such as Miller Lite, Wheels Up, Douglas Elliman, and 1 Hotels. Having worked with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, Woody is constantly pushing himself and his team to provide breakthrough thinking and execution that ultimately elevates and drives the business forward.

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Gerland van Ackre

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & ACCOUNT DIRECTOR - NSG/SWAT

Originally from Belgium, Gerland has spent the past 12 years in agency business development and account management on clients the likes of Patrón, Wendy's, and Burlington. An entrepreneur at heart, Gerland gets his kick from finding ways to get the job done and delivering work that works. For fun; he laces up to run marathons and recently completed his quest of running a marathon on all 7 continents.

 
 

299 Broadway, STE 920
New York, NY, 10007

 

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