Stu has been an investment professional for over thirty years and a vegetarian interested in the natural products industry for over forty. He spent the first fifteen years of his career on Wall Street at firms including Paine Webber (now UBS AG), Advest, Inc., and finally at Oppenheimer & Co. He left the industry in 2006 to launch Snow Beverages, a manufacturer of natural soda. At Snow, Stu personally raised millions in angel financing and acquired distribution in top retail chains including Whole Foods, Central Market, Stop & Shop, Super Target (nationwide) and many others. After serving as Snow’s CEO for six years Stu left in 2012 and founded Green Circle Capital Partners.
A graduate of Cornell University, Stu is also a writer whose first published novel, “The Organ Broker,” was released in 2015 and named one of five finalists for the Hammett Prize for literary excellence in crime writing (the prior year’s winner was Stephen King). He speaks on raising capital and entrepreneurship, has been quoted broadly on food & bev in leading media outlets such as Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Mergermarket, The Washington Post, Bevnet, Food Navigator, etc., and is a mentor for several Foodtech accelerators. Stu is also a Registered Rep with BA Securities, LLC (member FINRA & SIPC) holding Series 7, 63, 79 and 82 registrations with FINRA.