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EFO Ventures is an investment and incubation firm that backs founders and their innovative ideas not only with access to capital but also personal guidance and hands-on collaboration from the very first stages.  Our managing partners are both founders themselves, and together with a dedicated team of advisors, we bring decades of entrepreneurial experience to our work.  We provide our portfolio companies with all the resources and expert advice they need to turn their visions into disruptive reality.
 

We work differently because we’ve been there and understand the unique challenges of making great ideas turn into profitable businesses that make an impact in their industry and beyond. We invest in our companies for the long haul and understand that success takes hard work, dedication, and sheer perseverance, but also monetary proficiency, leadership development, and scaling at the right time.  Every business is unique and every stage of growth has its own challenges and opportunities— our host of connections from accounting, manufacturing, marketing, and sales allow us to plug our founders with a best-in-class group of advisors just when they need it.  

 

We pride ourselves in being engaged, guiding our portfolio companies to accelerate their growth.  A connection point of help, we offer a supportive ear when issues arise and are problem solvers with a wealth of solutions.  Our goal at EFO Ventures is to guide entrepreneurs in turning their own ideas and visions into successful companies.

For our investments, we look to find new ideas that solve meaningful business challenges through technology.  We seek innovators that want to disrupt their industry and grow beyond it. 

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Pete

BalLard

VENTURE PARTNER 

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A former management consultant turned entrepreneur with extensive experience forming, funding, and growing new ventures. Pete brings an innovative approach to strategy development, business planning, problem solving, and decision analysis. In the entertainment industry, he developed the unique business model of investing services for equity in film and television projects which led to over 15 investments.

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MARc 
NUDELBERG

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A former division 1 college football coach turned entrepreneur delivering the disciplines of winning to business. Using his relationship building, sales, and digital marketing expertise, Marc is able to help leaders and businesses grow and succeed in the modern landscape. Marc delivers energy, passion, and a competitive drive to help others achieve a championship mindset.

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SEAN FLOOD

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A seasoned entrepreneur with an extensive background in taking businesses from concept to scale, as well as developing cutting edge products.  As founder and CEO at Gotcha Mobility, LLC, Sean took the company from concept to one of the top five mobility companies in the U.S.  Overseeing the rapid growth to 120 employees, Sean understands how to best scale and build teams to execute on a vision. 

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TIFFANY

BOWAR

Operations Manager 

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Accomplished and goal-driven leader offering more than 20 years of experience in management, customer service, payroll, benefits, and day-to-day operations of a company. I am passionate about continuous improvement, increasing efficiency and organization, as well as overcoming challenges. I pride myself on my organizational skills and the ability to thrive under pressure which allows me to excel in multiple areas of business at once. I am continuously increasing my knowledge so that I can be a strong, dependable leader.

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LISETTE
GARCIA

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Consulting. Coaching. Counseling.
Professional with entrepreneurial spirit with over 22 years of business development, marketing, management and external affairs experience. Passionately driven visionary with a proven record of shaping strategy, achieving targets and cultivating relationships with internal and external stakeholders

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Thomas

Ashby

Operating Partner 

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Tom has enjoyed working in the bicycle industry for over 7 years, with the last 5 in the micro-mobility sector specifically. Through longterm working relationships with suppliers, he has developed an in depth understanding of the manufacturing and supply chain process from the ground up and is passionate about bringing products to life and market no matter the challenges.

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Paul

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Joe Paul is the 29th Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Prior to joining Alpha, he founded Campus 2 Careers Strategies; a training organization dedicated to equipping individuals with essential skills to successfully navigate both personal and professional relationships. He is the author of “Morning Cup of Joe,” “Love Yourself,” “100 Ways to Change the World, One Good Deed at a Time,” and a devoted philanthropist.

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STEVE NUDELBERG

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Author, expert sales trainer, business development expert, keynote speaker, and serial entrepreneur.  Steve’s specialty within organizations centers on creating daily sales processes, sales acceleration and development, social selling, the art of building relationships, storytelling to make conversations engaging, and pipeline development.

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BRETT FRAZEE

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A Senior Executive with over 15 years of experience facilitating sustainable growth, profitability, and cost savings. Leveraging successful corporate experience for PE, franchise, start-up, and niche companies in competitive markets. A proponent of leveraging centralized operating models to set goals, develop strategic plans, and optimize resources with the company’s bottom line in mind. 

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DAVID TOUWSMA

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A proven entrepreneur and C-Level executive with a broad range of leadership, sales, marketing, and operations experience.  David also has a wealth of finance knowledge including assembling investors to fund over $50MM of capital.  He is experienced in leading businesses and teams through explosive growth and specializes in mergers and acquisitions, early-stage company development, and restructuring businesses. 

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Lindsey

Gray

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A seasoned executive and founder, Lindsey has extensive experience and knowledge in operations, procurement and government affairs Her career has included a variety of industries including: telecommunications, non-profit, transportation, healthcare, gig economy and community planning.

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David 

Whitney

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David Whitney is an experienced entrepreneur, business investor, and strategic business advisor and development consultant.  David leverages decades of experience to assess and capitalize on opportunities, improving operations, increasing sales, growing profits, raising investor capital, and securing debt financing. He advises company senior leadership on best strategies and proven tactics for operating profitable teams.

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 Shawn O'Neill

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Shawn is the owner of Soffritto PR and an effective communications executive with 14 years of experience who provides long-term vision and innovative solutions.  Her work includes branding, integrated communications, strategic planning, and tactical execution, all with a proven record of accomplishment of reaching brand influencers. She is an expert in connecting companies to their influencer groups, creating ambassadors that spread the brand’s message. 

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Armand 

Kadima

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Armand has dedicated over a decade of his career to helping businesses launch and maintain successful operations. As an accountant with expertise in financial reporting, taxation, and business strategy, Armand has used his skills to advise many of Atlanta’s prominent businesses including several Fortune 100 companies.