Zachary Venegas is Chief Executive Officer of Helix TCS Inc., a business services provider and digital firm focused on Technology, Compliance and Security solutions for the regulated cannabis industry. He oversees the Company’s M&A strategy and spearheads long-term planning and growth initiatives. Prior to joining Helix TCS, Mr. Venegas led Spruce Investment Advisors’ Strategic Advisory Group, closing a portfolio with a net asset value (NAV) of $500 million. He was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Scimitar, a Dubai-based private equity and venture firm, where he steered deal origination, negotiations, and capital raising, along with performing analyses at the macroeconomic and geopolitical levels to lead investments across four continents and multiple industries. Mr. Venegas received his MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Classical Arabic and Portuguese Languages from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Prior to his business career, he served with distinction in the U.S. Army as an Infantry officer. He speaks Arabic, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and has a conversational command of Afrikaans and Swahili.
Scott Ogur, CFA, Chief Financial Officer of Helix TCS Inc, oversees all accounting, finance, and investor relations functions. Mr. Ogur has nearly 25 years of experience, including multiple CFO roles in small and medium-sized enterprises. He was also the Chief Investment Officer of Scimitar, a private investment firm focused on frontier markets, during which time he partnered with Mr. Venegas on more than a dozen investments and dispositions. Prior to Scimitar, Mr. Ogur held accounting positions at JPMorgan Chase and Price Waterhouse. Mr. Ogur is currently a director of MetricStream, a governance, risk, and compliance software company, as well as Independent Diplomat, a not-for-profit entity. He has an undergraduate degree from Bucknell University in accounting, an MBA in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and is a CFA Charterholder.
Patrick Vo is a highly knowledgeable cannabis industry professional with a background deeply-rooted in corporate strategy, finance, and business development. Having begun his career with a Big 4 Accounting firm and eventually holding a business development role with a Fortune 500 company, his approach to managing growth is highlighted in the success of leading BioTrackTHC from just 40 locations in 2012 to over 2000 today. In the volatile intersection of cannabis and technology, Mr. Vo shines in his ability to stay calm while navigating unpredictable waters. By spearheading the company’s traceability RFP process until 2017, he was able to help establish the company’s dominant brand presence across 30 states, DC, and 4 countries. His time began at BioTrackTHC as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, eventually being trusted with the Chief Executive Officer role in 2015 where he currently leads the company’s business and financing strategies. Mr. Vo holds a Master of Science in Business from Indiana University, a Masters in Accounting from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelors in Accounting from the University of Arizona.
Terence “TJ” Ferraro began his professional career assisting local authorities to combat opioid diversion by creating a biometric-based tracking software that eventually drew the interest of cannabis operators, resulting in the creation of BioTrackTHC in 2010. As a self-taught programmer and technology inventor, Mr. Ferraro is considered one of the most experienced and effective traceability and seed-to-sale developers in the world, maintaining the company’s flawless track record in IT security and launching the world’s only private-sector traceability system within a 24-hour timeframe. As the company’s Chief Software Architect, he demonstrates unparalleled experience in government cannabis programs as it relates to technology infrastructure and launch timelines, being the only cannabis traceability company to never miss a deployment deadline. Mr. Ferraro and his innovative technology solutions are responsible for creating the most effective and transparent cannabis tracking programs in the world. His goal remains focused on establishing safety, accountability, and effective cannabis traceability infrastructure, throughout the US and internationally.
Dan McMahon is a seasoned cannabis industry veteran who has served at the forefront of the Washington cannabis program since its inception in 2013, project managing the development, launch, and lifecycle, of one of the world’s first cannabis traceability system contracts. Prior to his involvement with BioTrackTHC, from 2007 to 2012, Mr. McMahon worked closely with other participants of the underdeveloped medical cannabis industry throughout the pacific northwest to establish best practices, standards and safe access for patients and cooperatives. Mr. McMahon has since lead traceability projects and implementations in Arcata, CA., Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, and North Dakota. His professional background in cannabis makes him one of the most experienced state traceability Project Managers in the industry and his success is visible in the fact that every one of his traceability projects has launched successfully, on-time and within scope. In addition, Mr. McMahon lead the initiative for BioTrackTHC to become the only software solution in cannabis to receive a “Cole-Memo compliant” endorsement from multiple former state’s attorney’s general. Mr. McMahon received his BA in Business Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services from Western Washington University.
Paul has a 25 year track record as a successful entrepreneur. He is a Principal and Senior Advisor of Riverstone Investments. He currently serves as President and CEO of Yottabyte, LLC.. Prior to that he served as a principal of Netarx, a managed services organization, which tripled in valuation after he joined the company in 2010. Earlier, Paul co-founded and was CEO of Codespear, a developer of broadcast alert and interoperable communications software which he later sold Federal Signal. In 2007 he was a founding member of First Michigan Bancorp, Inc. (now Chemical Financial Corporation), a $20 billion bank holding company for which he was a director and chair of the IT Committee. Other companies he has founded include Logicalis, which he grew to over $300M revenue and subsequently sold to Datatech, an international IT and managed services provider. He was also a founder and director of the marketing and advertising agencies ePrize and Alteris Group. Paul served as a director of the Michigan Strategic Fund from 2007 through 2012 per an appointment by the Governor. Paul studied computer engineering at Lawrence Technological University.
Andrew is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Rose Capital. Andrew has 12 years of institutional investment and financial advisory experience, having invested, monitored and/or managed more than $800 million of capital in investments. Prior to forming Rose Capital, Andrew was a Co-Founder, Partner, and one of two Investment Committee members of Delos Capital, a middle market private equity firm. In 2016, Andrew was awarded the M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Award for his efforts as Co-Founder and Partner of Delos at the age of 33. Prior to co-founding Delos, Andrew was a Principal of the Americas business for Vision Capital, worked at Apollo Management, GTCR Golder Rauner as well as Lazard. Andrew has a BBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with a concentration in finance and accounting.