Bob Nilsen, Managing Partner
Bob began his career as a consultant at world-renowned Bain & Co. He thereafter went on to serve in various positions of leadership for some of the world's largest restaurants. He served as Senior VP of Yum Brands, COO of Taco Bell, and world-wide President of Burger King. In 2004, Bob led the purchase of Café Rio where he served intermittently as Chairman or CEO for nearly 15 years before the company's highly succesful acquisition in 2017. Bob holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Randy Rigby, Partner
Randy served as Senior VP of CFS Financial and was a founder at Rigby & Christensen, a private equity group. He went on to serve as President and COO of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment. Randy's sterling career, however, is most recognized for the 10+ years he served as the President and face of the Utah Jazz. He sits on the Board of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and on the Advisory Board at Brigham Young University. Randy earned a bachelor's degree (BS) in Finance from Brigham Young University.
Bridger Thomas, Partner
Prior to the founding of Nilsen Ventures, Bridger was a Vice President at Alder Holdings where he helped lead the organization to over $30 million in new contracted revenue in 2014 and to over $40 million in 2015. Prior to that, he served as the VP of Sales and Revenue at Silverline Securities in Salt Lake City. Additionally, he sits on the board of American Indian Services. Bridger holds an MBA from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.
Kevin Pohmer, Partner
Kevin enjoyed 14 years at J.P. Morgan Chase in Worldwide Securities as an Executive Director. Thereafter, his career as an entrepreneur began as CEO of Financial Guard, a pioneer of the financial Roboadvisor industry. Kevin led the team that built, brought to market, and scaled Financial Guard to its successful purchase by Legg Mason (NYSE: LM) in 2016. Kevin is currently acting CEO of IXN Tech and advises and invests in several other early stage ventures. He holds an MBA from The Ohio State University
J. Mark Smith, VP
Prior to joining Nilsen Ventures, Mark was the VP of Finance at Alder Holdings. Mark earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting at Brigham Young University where he co-founded the Accounting Society, the largest student club at the Marriott School of Business. He is also currently serving as the Chief Operations Officer at Greenix where he has led the company's operations from $2,000,000 in recurring annual revenue to $45,000,000 in just 36 months.
Bari Cruze, Associate
Bari gained experience working in corporate finance with two Fortune 500 companies, General Electric and Fifth Third Bank. Prior to joining Nilsen Ventures, he operated a private money brokerage for real estate projects in London, England. Bari earned a bachelor’s degree (BS) in International Business from the University of Cincinnati. He is also currently serving as VP of Operations at Greenix, a Nilsen Ventures company.