Advisory Board

Mr. Brimacomb began advising and investing in early-stage and emerging companies as a venture capitalist in 1991. Prior to that time, he covered and worked with early-stage companies as a research analyst and investment banker. For over two decades, Mr. Brimacomb has helped numerous companies develop into “investment grade” opportunities, attract funding and create shareholder value.

In 2005, Mr. Brimacomb founded his own advisory practice, Brimacomb & Associates, where he assists business leaders in refining strategies, assembling resources and securing funding. In essence, Mr. Brimacomb’s main responsibility at Brimacomb & Associates is to act as a shareholder value architect on behalf of his portfolio companies.

Prior to founding his own firm, Mr. Brimacomb joined Sherpa Partners in 1998 and co-founded the Sherpa Trek I venture capital fund in 2001. At Sherpa, he was responsible for firm strategy, fundraising, deal flow, due diligence, investment decisions, portfolio company support, executive recruitment, marketing, operations, public relations, investor relations, finance, legal and human resources.

Previous to Sherpa, Rick was Senior Director at Smaby Group, Inc. where as a venture catalyst he led strategic and financial advisory practices serving early-stage companies. He also co-founded Cartia, a venture capital-backed software startup, where he was Vice President of Finance and ‘right-hand-man’ to the Founder and CEO.

Mr. Brimacomb’s early-career experiences include venture capital, investment banking and investment research at Norwest Venture Capital, Piper Jaffray and Needham & Co., respectively. At Norwest, Mr. Brimacomb focused on traditional venture investing and management buyouts. At Piper he was active in public and private offerings, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital. While at Needham, he was a research analyst covering high technology companies.

Mr. John Dean Buck serves as the Chairman of the Board of Patterson Companies, Inc. Mr. Buck is the principal owner of Whitefish Ventures, LLC, a family investment fund. He has been its Chief Executive Officer since 2000. Mr. Buck has served as Non-Executive Chairman of the board of Medica and previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Medica from February 2002 to May 2003. Previously, from 1996 to 2000 Mr. Buck worked for Fingerhut Companies where he held senior executive positions, including President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Fingerhut, Mr. Buck was Vice President of Administration at Alliant Techsystems, a leading supplier of aerospace and defense technologies. Prior to that, Mr. Buck spent 21 years at Honeywell, Inc., including a four-year international posting, and most recently serving as Vice President of Administration. He served as a director of Evine Live, Inc. from 2004 to 2015. Mr. Buck also previously held executive positions at Graco Inc.

A franchising industry expert and consultant with 30+ years of experience who is looking to help founders and franchisors with strategy and execution so they can improve their performance. Experience includes strategic consulting and business transformation, acquisition integration, board development, executive coaching and new growth options for franchise brands and systems. He typically work as a consultant with founders, partners and members of the ownership group and executive management team.

John grew up in the franchise industry with the opportunity to watch and learn from some of the best – experiences that shaped his career and inspired his passion for franchising done right. Today, he pays it forward by offering his perspective, experience, advice, and connections to select franchisees, franchisors, and suppliers so they can “see what they don’t see” and achieve their highest levels of success.

John’s franchising career began in the mid-1980’s when he became involved with my family’s franchise system, The Barbers, which was the franchisor for Cost Cutters, City Looks, and We Care Hair. There, he played a large role in the $59 million acquisition and integration of our 1,000+ salon franchise organization before moving on to roles as a franchisee, multi-unit owner, area developer, franchisor, and board member for organizations such as The International Franchise Association, PostNet, Sport Clips, Big Frog, Office Pride, Seva Beauty, and more.

High performing leader with proven track record of optimising value through leading winning teams, developing distinctive brands and accelerating business performance and growth.

Specialties: Start ups, CEO,MD, Board, Turnaround, Operations, Exit, Strategic Planning, Branding, Commercial planning, Sales, P&L Management, Pricing, Budgeting, Marketing, Advertising, Venture Capital, Product Launch, Operations, Customer Service, Swedish, Spanish, International, Global Hospitality, Travel, Hotels, hostels, Member Clubs, Consulting, Consumer Services, Food & Beverage, Concept Development, Product Development, Restaurants, bars, clubs, capital raising, growth capital

Creative Strategist, Board Advisor to 3 Digital Businesses. Counselor to Private Equity. Strategy & Marketing that Works.

Former CEO Carlson Marketing, EVP Chrysler & RJRNabisco, CMO @ Ford, & Partner, Booz Allen

Smartphones & Ai are changing us. Replace “Tell & Sell” (& paid media) w/ Remarkable Responsiveness in Real Time. In Our New Wireless World, Customers expect “I Ask, U Answer Now,.” They want Truth, Instant Answers & Service, all in Real Time. They shun Interruptions & Hype.

Brand Discipleship can drive quantum leaps on bottom line, as done at STP, RJR, Chrysler, Jeep, Ford & Mazda Cars as well as Clients of Booz Allen, Carlson Marketing, and EngageNextGen.

 Make what U Make Remarkable, Make Customers Your Disciples, Respond Instantly & Authentically. That’s Marketing That Works!