Arthur J. (AJ) Brohinsky
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.
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.
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.
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.