OUR GUEST SPEAKER!
Partner, Powerplant Ventures
Executive Chairman, Veggie Grill
Pillan is Co-Founder and Partner at Powerplant Ventures (PPV), an investment fund that supports world-changing, plant-centric companies that deliver better nutrition in more sustainable and ethical ways. PPV investments include Beyond Meat, Thrive Market, Ripple Foods, REBBL, Beanfields and Vive Organics.
Prior to starting Powerplant, Pillan co-founded Veggie Grill, the largest 100% plant-based restaurant company in the United States. Pillan currently serves as Veggie Grill’s Executive Chairman. Prior to entering the food arena, Pillan co-founded Guidance Solutions, one of L.A.’s first e-commerce development firms and named one of the regions’ 15 fastest growing technology companies in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Pillan earned an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from UCLA. When not helping advance a plant-centric future, Pillan enjoys playing beach volleyball and trying to reclaim his glory days of playing collegiate baseball and basketball at MIT.
We look forward to seeing you there!
The AthletesTouch Team
Athletes Teaming Up In Business
Proudly Sponsored ByWHENAugust 19, 2020 at 5:30pmWHEREZoom Video Conference Call
(Link Provided after RSVP)
Los Angeles, CA
Google map and directions
Mark Ross donated 2019-12-03 16:30:24 -0800
We are an exclusive community of former college and professional athletes excelling in the world of business. We are competitors, teammates, friends, and trusted advisors. We expect nothing but success at the highest level as business professionals.
From the backboards to the boardrooms or the courts to the court of law, we maintain the passion, discipline, and fortitude to thrive in the sport of business. The uniforms may be different, but the athlete is always the same.
Mergers and Acquisitions | Capital Raises | Valuations
Mergers & Acquisitions Leader and Joint Venture Expert who has Initiated & closed multimillion-dollar deals.
Mark R. Ross is a Managing Director of Diamond Capital Advisors. Mark has over 30 years of experience leading companies to unprecedented growth, both as an entrepreneur and as a banker. He has closed over 25 transactions, with a combined value of over $500 million.
Prior to Diamond, Mark was a Managing Director at Chatsworth Securities; Mosaic Capital; and the founder and Managing Partner at Cogito Capital Partners, a corporate advisory firm working with rapidly growing, emerging technology companies on their scalability, infrastructure and media/ convergence strategies.
Mark co-founded AutoWeb [NASDAQ: “AWEB”], and spearheaded its merger in 2001 with Autobytel [NASDAQ: “ABTL”]. He then served as Vice-Chairman of Autobytel and as a senior member of the Board’s Audit Committee until 2012. He also founded and was CEO and Chairman of On Word Information which he later sold to Motorola. Mark has served on the Board of many early stage growth companies, such as iCastle.com, Salon [NASDAQ: “SALNC”], MoreDirect, and Mediaplex [NASDAQ: “MPLX”]. Currently, Mark serves on the Board of Chiller Ventures and CosmoMD.com.
Mr. Ross received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and pursued his graduate studies in education at the University of Massachusetts and at Hofstra University. He holds a Permanent Teacher’s Credential from the State of New York and Series 7, 63 and 79 with FINRA.
Mark is the proud father of his wonderful daughter, Caroline. Mark’s passions, other than caring for his family, are photography, skiing and cooking for friends and family.
College/Pro Team: Lehigh University
Chapter: Playa Vista (TechBiz)
Specialty: Mergers & Acquisitions
Preferred Contact: email@example.com