Through our consulting practice, Thoroughbred Spirits Group (TBSG), we have identified numerous investment opportunities that are either too small for multinationals or unknown by the industry & investors at large.
As a fifth generation distiller, Scott has over 20 years of experience in multiple aspects of the spirits business, ranging from business and product development to sales and marketing. Scott is an expert in creating strategies to mitigate risks in startup and emerging spirits businesses and managing brand portfolios of all sizes, including long-established, internationally distributed brands. Scott has championed TBSG’s commitment to deliver superlative results while building internal capabilities in portfolio companies. Throughout his career, Scott has worked with companies and brands such as Ambrabev, American Born Moonshine, Ascendant Spirits, Azul Tequila, Bently Heritage Craft Distillery, Blaum Bros. Distilling, Dancing Cat Distillery, Dutch’s Spirits, Few Spirits, Glass Vodka, Gran Centenario, Grande Arnage Cognac, Hangar One Vodka, Jackpot Spirits, Maestro Dobel Tequila, Matusalem Rum, Rio-D Cachaca, Spring 44 Distillery, St. George Spirits, and Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey.
Scott learned the distilling business from his grandfather, Joseph D’Anna, who owned the world famous Bucket O’ Suds in Chicago, Illinois. “The Bucket” offered over 80 proprietary spirits that Joe made by hand from personal creations and recipes handed down or improved over 10 generations. Throughout his career, Scott has owned several distilling companies, including J. D’Anna Distiling, a manufacturer of cachaça and cognacs with facilities in Brazil, France, and the United States. Scott spearheaded the sale of J. D’Anna’s brands in 2009.
During his time at Proximo Spirits, the spirits division of the Beckmann family, Scott oversaw new brand development and was on the team that purchased Hangar One Vodka and Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. An entrepreneur at heart, Scott left Proximo in 2011 to start TBSG, which was an original concept he developed as an incubator for Brown-Forman Corporation (an original suitor for J. D’Anna Distilling). In addition, Scott assisted in the concept and operational design behind The Distilled Spirits Epicenter, which is the United States’ only institution dedicated to the education of the distilling industry.
Scott also serves as a guest speaker and mentor for the Entrepreneurship Department at his alma mater, Miami University, the Distilled Spirits Epicenter, the American Distilling Institute, American Craft Distiller Association, and the Craft Beverage Expo, and is a contributing writer to Artisan Spirit Magazine.
David brings with him more than 15 years of experience in business development, strategy, and finance and more than a decade in the spirits business. David has been a partner in a successful spirits company and worked with client brands focusing on increasing shareholder value by launching new offerings, opening new channels, and enhancing brand equity. David has also held a variety of operational roles and has been responsible for P&L, operations, and performance management. Companies and brands David has worked on/with include Bently Heritage Distillery, Boteco Vodka, Espirito XVI, Few Spirits, Grande Arnage Cognac, Grande Turks Rum, and Rio-D Cachaca, along with numerous yet-to-be-released brands.
Prior to founding Thoroughbred Spirits Partners, David was involved with both dynamic start-ups and large Wall Street firms. In the capital markets, he was a portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Executive Vice President at Dominion Partners Private Wealth Management. David’s expertise in venture capital has helped investors evaluate potential investments and seek out innovative new ventures with exceptional returns as well as raise capital for numerous start-ups. In 2005, David joined Scott Schiller to create J. D’Anna Distilling to design and manufacture new brands of cachaça in Brazil and cognacs in France for sale in U.S. markets, eventually selling the brands in 2009. At Thoroughbred Spirits Group, David helped advance strategy and facilitate product development, improve operational costs and quality, and provide guidance for exit strategies.
David graduated from Auburn University and holds his B.A. and M.B.A. With his family having roots in the commodities business, David is a member of the board at Solauro, LLC, a mining and reclamation business in Nevada, as well as a family office with a presence in multiple states. David is also involved in a variety of philanthropic, academic, and cultural pursuits. David actively supports Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, St. Jude Hospital, and Camp Southern Ground.
Leo comes to the Thoroughbred Spirits Partners team with nearly two decades of investment management and consulting experience, including internal finance, macroeconomics, commodity and foreign exchange hedging, alternative investment vehicle operations and compliance, and financial statement analysis, among others. Leo has served as the managing partner of a family office and as President of his own alternative investment advisory and consulting firm, Axios Capital Advisors, LLC. Thoroughbred Spirits Partners has utilized the contacts and service providers already in place at Axios Capital Advisors, LLC to create the operational and business structure of the Fund.
Leo’s role at Thoroughbred Spirits Partners is operational in nature, including ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, accurate reporting to investors, and working with the Fund’s service providers to ensure timely and accurate creation and distribution of the Fund’s capital account statements, financial statements, annual audits, and tax filings.
Leo is a Cum Laude graduate from the Else School of Management at Millsaps College and is also a Master’s Program graduate from the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.
Todd brings over 15 years experience to the Thoroughbred team as an entrepreneur and investor in sectors including real estate, consumer products, health and wellness, and alcoholic beverages including both wine and craft spirits. Starting his career as an accountant and moving into private equity, he has experience managing investments at both the operational and board levels. Over the last five years, he has been an active investor in craft spirits, craft wine, and media businesses.
With deep experience in investment management from origination and risk mitigation to return structures, Todd brings a wealth of knowledge to the Thoroughbred Spirits Partners Team by helping diligence and structure deals and manage active investments.
Todd serves as a member of the board at Review Trackers, Inc, Open Sky Media, Inc, and at St Matthews Episcopal Church in Evanston, IL. He also serves as board chairman at LEND, a micro-finance non-profit.
Todd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Business and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies and Economics. He lives in Evanston with his wife, Jennifer, and their children, Cash and Finley.
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Thoroughbred Spirits Partners Fund I, LP
1201 Elm Street, Suite 4920
Dallas, Texas 75270