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Investment Team

Jake Capps
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Jake Capps

Managing Partner
Jake Capps

Jake Capps

Managing Partner

Managing Partner

Jake Capps has been a private equity investor for two decades primarily within the consumer sector. Jake founded Meaningful Partners to serve others and empower growth in leaders defining the next generation with a commitment to positive purpose.  Prior to starting Meaningful Partners, Jake worked at Lion Capital from 2007 to 2016, where he was a Partner at the firm which managed and deployed over $4 billion of equity capital exclusively within the consumer sector. During his tenure at Lion, Jake helped lead the North American operations and was the lead investor / Board member for various companies. Prior to Lion, Jake was a Principal with Crestview Partners, a $1.5 billion private equity fund where he was an active investor across a variety of businesses. Prior to Crestview, Jake worked for Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst where he worked on a multitude of deals including the public to private buyout of Premier Foods, one of the large food conglomerates in the UK/Europe. Prior to Hicks, Muse, Jake began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as an investment banker based in New York. Jake is originally from Texas but now resides in Manhattan Beach, CA with his wife and three children. Jake holds a BA from Dartmouth College where he was co-captain of the Men's basketball team and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Amin Maredia
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Amin Maredia

Managing Partner
Amin Maredia

Amin Maredia

Managing Partner

Managing Partner

By emphasizing purpose, customer and team, Amin has a demonstrated track record in working with growth stage, private equity backed and global Fortune 100 companies over two decades. Prior to founding Meaningful Partners with Jake, Amin served as CEO of Sprouts Farmers Market (NASDAQ: SFM), one of the largest healthy grocers in the United States. Over seven years, Amin helped lead the company from $600mm to $5+ billion in sales, 4,000 to 30,000 employees and helped take the company public in 2013; yielding top decile returns to its private equity shareholders over a four-year period. Prior to Sprouts, Amin served in key global strategic roles at Burger King Corporation including strategy and finance. During his tenure, Amin supported mature markets, including U.S. and Europe, as well as growth in Asia and Latin American countries including entry into China, Brazil, Russia and India.  Amin helped the company go public in 2006, which yielded top decile returns to its private equity shareholders.

With the belief that serving those less fortunate is not an opportunity but a responsibility, Amin has been involved in global service work for over two decades around health, education and economic development in Sub-Sahara Africa, former Soviet Union countries, India and the United States. Amin attended the Harvard Business School Management Program and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston. Amin and his wife Zahara have two college-attending children.

Pierre Guo
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Pierre Guo

Vice President
Pierre Guo

Pierre Guo

Vice President

Vice President

Pierre joins Meaningful Partners from Castanea Partners, a consumer-focused private equity firm, where he worked on buyout and growth equity transactions exclusively in the consumer sector. He was immediately drawn to Meaningful Partners given its Purpose + Profit approach and hasn’t looked back since joining in 2019. He has broad consumer experience beginning his career in the consumer investment banking group at Piper Jaffray & Co. Following Piper Jaffray, Pierre worked at Netflix in their Strategy and Planning group.

Pierre is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, but now lives in Playa Vista, CA. He graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with an BA in Government.

Advisory Board

Arthur J. (AJ) Brohinsky

Arthur J. (AJ) Brohinsky

Advisor

Managing Director and Operating Partner, CDPQ

Arthur J. (A.J.) Brohinsky is currently Managing Director and Operating Partner of North American Private Equity at CDPQ where he oversees the firm’s U.S. private equity portfolio and sits on the Boards of AlixPartners, MyEyeDr., PetSmart/Chewy, TeamHealth and USI. He is an experienced business leader with a track record of driving results across diverse industries. He has a proven ability to build, lead and manage teams, to drive operational transformations and to effectively partner with senior executives. Before joining CDPQ, he was a Managing Director and Operating Partner at Reservoir Capital. Previously, he was a Director in Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.’s operating executive group. Earlier in his career, he was a founder and executive for SmartOps Corporation, a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and in management roles for the Royal Dutch/Shell Group.

A.J. currently lives in New York City and is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Business School.

Craig Dubitsky
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Craig Dubitsky

Advisor
Craig Dubitsky

Craig Dubitsky

Advisor

Chief Innovation Strategist, Colgate-Palmolive

Craig is obsessed with design, transformational brands, and making stuff that elevates the every day. He is currently the Chief Innovation Strategist at Colgate-Palmolive. Prior to Colgate, he was the Founder & CEO of Hello!, a leading naturally friendly personal care brand. Previously, he was an early investor and board member in Method, the co-founder and creative lead at eos, the CMO of Popcorn, Indiana, and a board member of the Art Directors Club. He is Chairman of Lexicon’s Advisory Board, and was named to Advertising Age’s Creativity 50 as one of the Most Influential and Innovative Creative Thinkers and Doers. He’s an Entrepreneur in Residence at Babson and a founding advisory board member at the University of Rochester’s Ain Center for Entrepreneurship at the Simon School of Business.

Craig lives in Montclair, New Jersey and is a graduate of the University of Rochester.

Sean Kelly
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Sean Kelly

Advisor
Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly

Advisor

CEO & Co-Founder, SnackNation

Sean is a three-time Inc. 500 listed entrepreneur and the CEO of SnackNation, the country’s leading provider of better-for-you snacks, drinks, and coffee for the office. He is a frequent speaker and contributing author on culture, leadership and the food industry, an active CPG angel investor, and hosts Brand Builder, a podcast about scaling high-performing teams and businesses. SnackNation has been named one of the country’s Best Workplaces by Inc. Magazine, a Top Company Culture by Entrepreneur Magazine, and a Certified Great Workplace by Great Place to Work®. In 2019, Comparably ranked SnackNation the #1 mid-sized company in the U.S. for professional development. The Company has donated more than six million meals to families in need through its partnership with Feeding America.

Sean lives in Venice, California and is a graduate of Columbia University.

Robyn Rutledge
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Robyn Rutledge

Advisor
Robyn Rutledge

Robyn Rutledge

Advisor

Founder & CEO, SBG Growth

Robyn is a highly successful investor and operator with two decades of experience in food, beverage, wellness and other segments of the consumer industry. She has led teams across all facets of sponsor-backed investing including prospect selection, negotiation and structuring, strategy development, and value creation through execution. She is the Founder & CEO of SBG Growth, a consumer-focused investment and advisory business. Through SBG, Robyn invests directly in consumer-oriented businesses, often serving on the Board of Directors and/or an advisor to the CEO and senior management team. Prior to founding SBG, Robyn was a Partner at TSG Consumer Partners, a leading private equity firm focused exclusively on the branded consumer sector. She began her career at Goldman Sachs & Co.

She is based in the San Francisco Bay area and a graduate of Queens University and Stanford Graduate School of Business.