Fredrick D. Schaufeld

Managing Director

Mr. Schaufeld is a co-Founder and Managing Director of SWaN & Legend Venture Partners (SWaN). Mr. Schaufeld is a Partner in Monumental Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Washington Capitals (NHL), Wizards (NBA), Mystics (WNBA), Capital City Go-Go (NBA-G) and the Capital One Arena. He is a Partner in the Washington Nationals (MLB), Team Liquid (e-Sports), the Professional Fighters League (PFL) and the Hill Top House Hotel, Harpers Ferry. Mr. Schaufeld also owns American Bike Ride, parent of the DC Bike Ride.

Mr. Schaufeld currently sits on the boards of Sugar23, Noodle Partners, CustomInk, DuraStat, José Andrés ThinkFood Group, Mindshow, PFL, M34 Capital, Curator Solutions, Georgiamune and Telos (Nasdaq: TLS). He is an advisor to the boards of Cava, ClassEDU, Growcentia and Biothread. He previously sat on the boards of American Honors College, Anonymous Content, Asurion, Bio-Warn, Framebridge, KIND Healthy Snacks, NEW, OrderGroove and SocialRadar.

Prior to SWaN, Mr. Schaufeld founded and led National Electronics Warranty Corporation (NEW), which was acquired by Asurion in 2008 (now NEWAsurion). NEWAsurion is the world’s largest consumer product protection company, employing over 20,000 people worldwide. During his tenure, NEW was recognized by Inc. Magazine in its “Inc. 500” list of the fastest growing private companies. He is the patent holder of the Rigid Insurance Form and a Founder and former President of the Service Contract Industry Council (SCIC).

In 1996, Schaufeld and his partner, Tony Nader, presented the financially-troubled Best Buy Corporation (NYSE: BBY) with their concept: “Making Best Buy Even Better,” suggesting comprehensive consumer extended warranties could be sold without pressure or sales commissions at significantly lower prices than offered by BBY’s main competitor, Circuit City. The adoption of the program led BBY to become the single biggest NYSE large cap turnaround/growth stock at that time.

Mr. Schaufeld is a recipient of Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. He is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC, the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and its Peace Action Network Arab American Action Forum. Mr. Schaufeld has been quoted extensively in numerous publications and has appeared on CNN and NPR.

Mr. Schaufeld and his wife, Karen, live in Virginia and are active in organizations dedicated to education, health, environment, peace, inter-faith tolerance, military support and the arts. He is the chairman of the Inova Health System Foundation and sits on the board of the Wolf Trap Foundation. He is a member of Venture Philanthropy Partners and a supporter of the Schaufeld Family Heart Center of the Inova Loudoun Hospital, the Schaufeld Program for Prostate Cancer in Black Men of the Johns Hopkins University Hospital, the Fredrick D. and Karen G. Schaufeld Lower School of Loudoun Country Day School, Leesburg, VA, the Fredrick D. Schaufeld Scholarship program, Westbury, NY, Lehigh University’s Karen Shihadeh Schaufeld and Fredrick D. Schaufeld Endowed Scholarship Fund and Joachim Schaufeld Center for Jewish Life, the Emil and Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center, Winchester, VA, All Ages Read Together, 100 Women Strong and the OneVoice Movement. He is a recipient of the Loudoun Laurels award and the Loudoun County Boy Scouts’ Good Scout award.

Mr. Schaufeld received his BA in Government from Lehigh University.

Anthony Nader

Managing Director

Mr. Nader is a co-Founder and Managing Director of SWaN & Legend Venture Partners (SWaN). He is a Partner in Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Washington Capitals (NHL), Wizards (NBA), Mystics (WNBA) and Capital One Arena; and a Partner in the Washington Nationals (MLB); aXiomatic, which has a controlling interest in e-sports franchise Team Liquid and the Professional Fighters League (PFL). He is a member of Venture Philanthropy Partners, The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., and the Young Presidents’ Organization-Gold.

He serves on the Board of Arlington Asset Investment Corporation (NYSE: AAIC), Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT), Optoro Inc., where he was recognized in 2015 by the Washington Business Journal as an Outstanding Director, BigTeams, DuraStat, MusiCapital and is an active Board Advisor for José Andrés Think Food Group.

Mr. Nader serves on a number of volunteer and for-profit Boards. He currently is the Chairman of the Inova Health System Board of Trustees. Inova is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that serves more than two million people each year throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area and beyond. He is the past chairman of the Inova Health System Foundation Board where he has served since 2001.

Mr. Nader joined Mr. Schaufeld at NEW in 1990 as Chief Operating Officer. He was named President in 1999 and Chief Executive Officer in 2006 and grew the company at a compounded growth rate in excess of 20% for over 20 years. Under his leadership, NEW grew to be the largest global provider of extended service plans for the consumer electronics and appliance industry. During his tenure, Mr. Nader focused the organization on delivering high quality customer care, developing innovative solutions, and creating strong client partnerships, with emphasis on hiring, developing and retaining extraordinary people. NEW was recognized by JD Power for providing “Outstanding Customer Service Quality” and by both the Washington Business Journal and the Washingtonian Magazine as one of the top 50 places to work. In 2008, he successfully merged NEW with Asurion, where he is currently Vice Chairman.

Before joining NEW, Mr. Nader was the Product Manager for extended service contracts at Progressive Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio where he worked from 1986 through 1990. Prior to Progressive, he served as a Retail Banking Officer for Ameritrust Company, N.A.

He is a graduate of John Carroll University and holds an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Nader and his wife, Annette, have three children.

David Strasser

Managing Director

Mr. Strasser is a Managing Director of SWaN & Legend Venture Partners (SWaN).

Mr. Strasser sits on the boards of CAVA, Ordergroove, Urban Stems and Think Food Group. He is an active advisor to the boards of WTHN and Lekka Foods.

Prior to joining SWaN, Mr. Strasser covered the consumer and retail industries as an equity research analyst at Salomon Brothers, Citigroup, Bank of America Securities and Janney Montgomery Scott, for nearly two decades. Mr. Strasser’s in-depth understanding and insights into the world’s largest retailers, including WalMart, Home Depot and Best Buy, has led him to become an industry expert. He is a sought-after resource to many large U.S. retailers and media outlets.

In 2001, Mr. Strasser joined Andor Capital, where he built and led its consumer team. Andor Capital was one of the largest long/short hedge funds at the time with over $10B in AUM.

Mr. Strasser previously served on the board of Seeds of Peace, a conflict resolution organization that leads various cross cultural initiatives, including an annual summer experience in Maine where Israelis, Palestinians, Egyptians, Jordanians, Afghani, Indian and Pakistani teenagers are brought together to foster cultural and religious understandings of their respective worlds. Prior to Wall Street, Mr. Strasser was a franchisee of I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt in New York City. He was also an analyst in the M&A department at Lehman Brothers following his undergraduate studies.

Mr. Strasser earned a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

David Bosserman

Senior Advisor

Mr. Bosserman is a Senior Advisor to SWaN & Legend Venture Partners (SWaN). Mr. Bosserman has been an integral part of SWaN since 2013 and served as a Managing Director in its first two funds. Throughout his career, Mr. Bosserman has completed more than 20 domestic and international M&A transactions, totaling more than $8 billion in transaction value.

Mr. Bosserman currently serves on the boards of BigTeams and CAVA.

Previously, Mr. Bosserman spent 12 years in numerous senior executive positions at NEW Corp. (“NEW”), now NEWAsurion, the world’s largest consumer product protection company, employing over 16,000 people worldwide. As NEW’s Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Bosserman was responsible for every aspect of the company’s financial and operational support functions.
He led the corporate development, strategy, planning, budgeting, analytics and reporting, as well as its customer service and information technology functions. Mr. Bosserman led multiple merger, acquisition and recapitalization transactions during his tenure at NEW.

Prior to NEW, Mr. Bosserman served as Chief Financial Officer at worldweb.net, where he successfully led the sale of the company in early 2001. Before joining worldweb.net, Mr. Bosserman was the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Best Software, Inc., a leading provider of business application software solutions, for which he successfully managed the company’s initial public offering. Mr. Bosserman was also a certified public accountant at Deloitte.

Mr. Bosserman received his BS in accounting from Arizona State University.

Alex Brick

Senior Advisor

Mr. Brick is a Senior Advisor to SWaN & Legend Venture Partners (SWaN). Mr. Brick brings decades of extensive experience as a retail entrepreneur and executive both in North America and Europe.

Mr. Brick currently serves on the board of One Night and is an active Board Advisor for CaaStle.

Previously, Mr. Brick spent 5 years as Investment Director at LTG Capital sourcing and managing a portfolio of both direct and fund investments in private and public companies across the consumer sector. During his tenure, he led investments in a variety of brands including Mint Velvet, Evereve and Everyman Media Group, among others. Mr. Brick held several Board positions across the portfolio throughout his time at LTG.

Prior to LTG Capital, Mr. Brick was CEO of Gordon Brothers Europe, where he established the brand in Europe and worked with several leading retailers, providing investment capital as well as rapid solutions and reliable outcomes for clients at all points in the business lifecycle. Mr. Brick also served on the Global leadership team of Gordon Brothers Group.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Brick co-founded Specialty Retail Group with his brother in the early 1980's. As co-CEO, Mr. Brick led all aspects of the company's strategic development and future planning as well as hiring senior talent across finance and operations. The company grew to be one of the largest menswear retailers in the U.K. under 3 brands: Suits You, Racing Green and Young's Hire. During his tenure, Mr. Brick was involved in a number of trade associations including spending several years on the British Council of Shopping Centres. The company was sold to a U.K. Private Equity fund in late 2005.

Mr. Brick is a trustee of Medical Aid Films, a U.K.-based charity which uses innovative media to transform the health and wellbeing of women and children around the World.

Mr. Brick received a BA in Accounting and Finance from University of London.

Mark Mason

Director

Mr. Mason is a Director at SWaN & Legend Venture Partners (SWaN). He joined the firm full-time in 2017 after serving as an MBA intern in 2016. Mr. Mason focuses on investment thesis development and new investment diligence while working closely with existing portfolio companies as an active board member and advisor.

Mr. Mason serves on the boards of WTHN and One Night and is an active advisor to the boards of MusiCapital, Showfields, Mindshow and ThinkFood Group.

Prior to SWaN, Mr. Mason worked at Berkshire Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm, where he focused on investments in the retail/consumer and telecommunications space. Previously, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. and a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Mr. Mason earned his Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Aaron Pollock

Associate – Senior Finance Lead

Mr. Pollock is a Senior Finance Lead at SWaN & Legend Venture Partners (SWaN). He joined the firm in 2013. Aaron oversees fund valuations, new business diligence, and KPI reporting, and is actively involved in strategy, FP&A, and board of directors operations for Noodle Partners, UrbanStems, MusiCapital, OrderGroove and others.

Prior to SWaN & Legend, Mr. Pollock was an investment banker with Grace Matthews, a middle-market specialty chemical sell-side advisory firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Mr. Pollock received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Investment and Banking, and his Bachelor of Science in Communication Science and Rhetoric from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Nick Gillette

Associate

Mr. Gillette is an Associate at SWaN & Legend Venture Partners (SWaN). He joined the firm in 2014. Nick focuses primarily on deal flow management, research and due diligence, and serves as the primary fund liaison to portfolio companies and LPs. Nick currently sits on the boards of Sugar23, Mindshow, BioThred and Wellspring.

Prior to joining SWaN, he took a lead role in redeveloping a local café in Leesburg, VA called Shoe’s Cup & Cork, where he continues to serve as a Partner.

Mr. Gillette received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Lehigh University through the Integrated Business and Engineering (IBE) Honors Program.

Max Schaufeld

Analyst

Max Schaufeld has been working at Swan since 2019 as an Analyst. Max focuses on vetting new deals, research, due diligence, and advising on capital allocation. Additionally, he focuses inwards on how to help our existing portfolio companies create more value for their shareholders and SWaN.

Max applies a value investment framework to the companies he looks at, understanding not only the qualitative elements and perceived market value, but also the company's intrinsic value based on its fundamental financials and the present value of all of the cash it will distribute over its lifetime.

Percy Li

Analyst

Mr. Li is an analyst at SWaN & Legend Venture Partners. He joined the firm in 2021.

Prior to joining SWaN, he was a Senior Quant at Constellation Energy, working on pricing energy derivatives.

Mr. Li received a Bachelor of Science degree from Lehigh University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied Math and Statistics from Johns Hopkins University.

Rodney Brown

Chief Financial Officer

Rodney Brown joined SWaN in July 2014 and is the Chief Financial Officer of the firm.

Prior to SWaN, he served as Vice President and Controller for NEW Corp. (now NEWAsurion Corp.), leading the company’s accounting, tax and auditrelated processes. He also led due diligence efforts for M&A and liquidity transactions.

Rodney received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Radford University.

Dave Crum

Treasury / Finance

Dave Crum joined SWaN in June 2014 and is focused on treasury, financial planning and analysis functions.

From 2002 to 2014, Dave held leadership positions at NEW Corp. (now NEWAsurion Corp.), including Senior Director for Financial Planning and Analysis as well as lead roles in treasury management and compliance.

Dave received a BA in History from St. Lawrence University and an MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Nee-Nee Garnett

Accounts Payable

Nee-Nee Garnett joined SWaN in 2015 and oversees all accounts payable activity.

Prior to joining SWaN, she worked at NEW Corp. (now NEWAsurion Corp.) for over 20 years in various positions within the Claims Payables and Finance Departments.

Anthony Francis

IT Manager

Anthony Francis is the IT Manager at SWaN. He joined the firm in Summer 2013.

After moving to Northern Virginia in 1998, he worked at Bowman Consulting Group as their IT Manager for 6 years. He transitioned to directing Technology at a local church and consulted many churches worldwide for 19 years. He has extensive experience in Network Design, Infrastructure Management, CRM Systems, and Volunteer management.

He enjoys traveling with his wife and three children. He is a foodie and loves cooking in his pastime.