Nate Morris, Chairman & CEO, Rubicon

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Nate Morris is the Chairman and CEO of Rubicon (NYSE: RBT), a leading digital waste and recycling marketplace and provider of innovative software-based products to businesses and governments worldwide. Legally formed in 2009 with a $10,000 line of credit and maxed out credit cards, today Rubicon operates in all 50 U.S. states and 20 countries around the world. The company is headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky.

Rubicon has ushered in a new industry standard that works to protect the United States against environmental and national security threats. The company holds more than 50 patents and helps Fortune 500 organizations, main street businesses, and governments around the world move toward increased recycling, efficiency, and tax-payer savings. Under Morris’ leadership, Rubicon has become a catalyst for groundbreaking change across the waste and recycling category while being recognized as “One of the World’s Most Innovative Companies” by Fast Company, an “Industry Disruptor” by Inc. Magazine, and a Great Place to Work™ 5 years running.

A ninth-generation Kentuckian, Morris’ family descends from Morgan County, in the heart of Appalachia. A product of public schools, Morris was raised in a union household by a single mother. He graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, as a Scottish Rite Scholar, and was elected Phi Beta Kappa.

Morris was the first Kentuckian to be named to Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list and is a regional winner of EY’s Entrepreneur of Year Award. He is also the youngest inductee ever to the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Morris is the founder of the Morris Foundation whose mission is to provide access to the American Dream for all Kentuckians. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council and as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. In 2019, he endowed the Nate Morris Fellowship through the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) at the Gatton College.

Committed to using business as a platform to protect the United States, Morris is a member of the Board of Directors of Business Executives for National Security (BENS.org).

Morris is authoring a book that will chronicle his life story and his fight to enter the waste industry. The book is scheduled for publication by the Crown Publishing Group in 2023.

Morris and his wife Jane reside in Lexington, Kentucky.

Osman Ahmed, Managing Director, 10X Capital

BIO

Osman Ahmed is Managing Director at 10X Capital, a multi-strategy technology investment firm. He was most recently CEO of Founder SPAC, a $321M special purpose acquisition company focused on digital transformation.

From 2015 to 2022, Ahmed was an investor at KCK Group, and he was previously CFO at Beehive3D, a KCK Group Portfolio company. He has held roles at Volition Capital, Scale Venture Partners, and Stifel Financial (NYSE: SF).

Ahmed has served on the Board of Directors of Harvest Sherwood Food Distributors, KCK Frontier Investments Ltd., and Kaidee. He has served as a Board Observer at Hibernia Networks, Yield Engineering Systems, and Emerging Markets Property Group, and he has led and participated in investment rounds for companies such as Axcient, Hibernia Networks, RingCentral (NYSE: RNG), TraceLink, and Kaidee.

Ahmed holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Prior Experience

10X Capital | Founder SPAC | KCK Group | Beehive3D

Barry H. Caldwell, Principal, Wroxton Civic Ventures

BIO

Barry H. Caldwell is a Principal of Wroxton Civic Ventures, which provides advisory services on financial, housing, economic development, energy, and education matters. He is also President and sole member of CFV Holdings LLC, a small production winemaking concern. He brings 16 years of waste and recycling industry experience as a member of the senior leadership team of Waste Management (NYSE: WM), where he held responsibility portfolios as Chief People Officer, Chief Legal Officer, and Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications.

Caldwell serves on several nonprofit boards of directors including Discovery Green Conservancy, KIPP DC Public Schools, the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and Electrification Coalition, whose mission is to drive policies and actions to facilitate the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

Caldwell holds an A.B. in history from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Prior Experience

Waste Management (NYSE: WM) | CIGNA Corporation (NYSE: CI) | United States Senate

Brent Callinicos, Former COO & CFO, Virgin Hyperloop

BIO

Brent Callinicos was most recently the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Virgin Hyperloop. Prior to this, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER) from September 2013 until March 2015, and remained an advisor to the company until September 2016.

Prior to Uber, Callinicos served as Vice President, Treasurer, and Chief Accountant at Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) from 2007-2013, where he was also responsible for Tax, Internal Audit, and M&A Finance. He also ran Google’s Green Energy investing and Google Financial Services.

From 1992-2007, Callinicos served in a variety of increasingly senior roles at Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), where he was most recently Corporate Vice President and Divisional CFO for Microsoft’s Platforms and Services Division. He also ran Worldwide Licensing and Pricing and Microsoft Financing, and he was Microsoft’s Treasurer from 2000-2004.

Callinicos served on Rubicon’s Board of Directors prior to the completion of the business combination with Founder SPAC. He is a CPA and is currently on the Board of PVH (NYSE: PVH) and Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU), and he is on the Board of Advisors at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he received his M.B.A.

Prior Experience
Virgin Hyperloop | Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER) | Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) | Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) | Disney (NYSE: DIS) | Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG)

Andres Chico, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Rodina

BIO

Andres Chico is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Rodina, an investment firm focused on real estate, technology, hotels and resorts, and infrastructure investments. He is also Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tortuga Resorts, a diversified hotel platform based in Mexico.

Previous to Rodina, Chico worked at Riverwood Capital, a New York City-based private equity fund focused on investing in growth equity in the technology sector. He started his investment career at Promecap where he acted as an investment professional for over three years.

Chico served on Rubicon’s Board of Directors prior to the completion of the business combination with Founder SPAC. He is Co-Chairman of the board of Tortuga Resorts and RLH Properties (RLHA: MM), and currently serves on the board of SSA Marine Inc. Additionally, he is a mentor at Endeavor Mexico, working with young Latin American entrepreneurs.

Chico holds a B.A. in Finance from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and an M.B.A. from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Prior Experience
Rodina | Tortuga Resorts | Riverwood Capital | Promecap | RLH Properties (RLHA: MM)

The Honorable Paula J. Dobriansky, Former under secretary of state for global affairs

BIO

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky is a foreign policy expert and former diplomat specializing in national security affairs. She is a Senior Fellow in the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is Vice Chair of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. From 2010-2012, Ambassador Dobriansky was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI). In this position, she was responsible for designing and implementing a corporate approach for engagement in Washington DC and other key capitals around the globe and was instrumental in the development of their financial regulatory strategy.

Ambassador Dobriansky served on Rubicon’s Board of Directors prior to the completion of the business combination with Founder SPAC.

Ambassador Dobriansky brings over 30 years of government and international experience across senior levels of business, diplomacy, and the defense sector. She served as Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs from 2001-2009. Among her primary accomplishments, she established and led the U.S.-India, U.S.-China, and U.S.- Brazil Global Issues Fora—which advanced crucial work and international cooperation on environment, energy, health, development, and humanitarian issues. Additionally, she was head of delegation and lead negotiator on U.S. climate change policy.

In February 2007, as the President’s Envoy to Northern Ireland, Ambassador Dobriansky received the Secretary of State’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, for her contribution to the historic devolution of power in Belfast. During her extensive career in national security affairs, Ambassador Dobriansky has also held many Senate-confirmed and senior level positions in the U.S. Government including Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council, the White House; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs; Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE); and Associate Director for Policy and Programs at the United States Information Agency.

From 1997-2001, Ambassador Dobriansky served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Washington Office of the Council on Foreign Relations and was the first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies. During this time, she also served on the Presidentially-appointed U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy, Ambassador Dobriansky served on the Defense Policy Board, the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and as Chair of EXIM Bank’s Chairman’s Council on China Competition (C4). She is a Trustee of the Trilateral Commission, on the Advisory Board of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a member of EXIM’s C4, and Chair of the Bush Center’s Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council. Previous boards include the Western NIS Enterprise Fund, Smith Richardson Foundation, National Endowment for Democracy (Vice Chair), George Mason University Board of Visitors, and the World Affairs Councils of America as Chairman of the National Board.

She received a B.S.F.S. summa cum laude in International Politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Soviet political/military affairs from Harvard University. She is a Fulbright-Hays scholar, Ford and Rotary Foundation Fellow, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a recipient of various honors such as the Foreign Policy Association Medal for her service to country and leadership of the World Affairs Councils of America and the International Republican Institute’s Women’s Democracy Network Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Award (2008). She has received other high-level international recognition including the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of Poland, Poland’s Highest Medal of Merit; Grand Cross of Commander of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas; National Order “Star of Romania;” Hungary’s Commander’s Cross Order of Merit; Colombia’s Comendador Medal; and Ukraine’s Order of Merit. She has also received three Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters, one Honorary Doctorate of Laws, and one Honorary Doctorate of International Affairs.

Prior Experience

White House (National Security Council) I U.S. State Department | U.S. Naval Academy | Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs | Atlantic Council Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security I Defense Policy Board I Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI), Southern Company

Paula Henderson, Executive Vice President & Chief Sales Officer, SAS Americas

BIO

Paula Henderson is Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer, Americas at SAS, a leader in business analytics software and services.

Since joining SAS in 2002, Henderson has served in key leadership positions, partnering with organizations across commercial industries and the public sector to create transformational digital solutions. With a focus on modernization and optimization, Henderson and her team help organizations reach their business objectives and, ultimately, improve the lives of consumers, citizens, and communities. She is inspired by the endless possibilities of using data and analytics to make a positive impact.

Henderson received her M.B.A. from Meredith College and her B.S. from North Carolina State University. She serves on the Executive Roundtable board for the North Carolina State Chamber and as the Chair of Roadside Alliance. She is also on the boards of The Institute for Emerging Issues, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, and First Flight Venture Center, Inc.

Prior Experience

SAS Institute

Coddy Johnson, Operating Partner, Goodwater Capital

BIO

Coddy Johnson is a longtime senior technology leader and executive. He currently serves as an advisor to several private equity firms, including TPG and Goodwater Capital. In addition, he serves on the boards of multiple technology companies, including Scopely—one of the fastest growing mobile game companies—and Photomath, the world’s largest math app.

In July 2020, Johnson retired as President and COO of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), a leading technology and entertainment company with over 400 million monthly players engaged in global franchises that include Candy Crush, Call of Duty, Diablo, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft. Johnson was responsible for the companywide P&L and all business units and product lines with over 9,000 employees and $8B+ in annual revenue. Prior roles at Activision included executive strategy, operations, and planning positions, including COO and CFO for Activision Publishing, COO of Activision Studios, and SVP and Chief of Staff.

During a two year hiatus from Activision, Johnson was co-founder and COO for Altschool, a Silicon Valley education technology company that raised over $200M to develop personalized, whole-child learning platforms for students and classrooms.

He attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with honors as an Arjay Miller Scholar, going on to work as a consultant at Bain & Company. Prior to business school, Johnson was the National Field Director for President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, overseeing nationwide voter turnout and helping to pioneer analytics-based voter persuasion; for this work he was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 Election by the American Association of Political Consultants. From 2001-2003, he served in the White House as Associate Director of Political Affairs, and from 1999-2000 he served as a Regional Director on President Bush’s first national campaign.

Johnson’s philanthropic energy is devoted to the environment and education. He serves on the board of the Environmental Defense Action Fund, a leading conservation group, as well as education technology boards.

Johnson attended Yale University, graduating magna cum laude in 1999 with a degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. He was also a four-year letter-winner in Varsity Lacrosse. Johnson grew up in McLean, Virginia where he met his wife during high school. They married a decade later and now live in Charlottesville, Virginia with their two daughters and twin sons.

Prior Experience

Goodwater Capital I Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) I Altschool

Jack Selby, Managing Director, Thiel Capital

BIO

John R. Selby (Jack) is a technology, finance, and film entrepreneur.

Selby’s primary role is as Managing Director at Peter Thiel’s family office, Thiel Capital, based in Los Angeles, California. Selby joined PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) as an original employee and later served as a Corporate Officer/Senior Vice President, overseeing the company’s international and corporate operations. As a “PayPal Mafia” member, Selby co-founded, along with Thiel, Clarium Capital Management, after selling PayPal to eBay in October 2002.

As an active technology investor and advisor, Selby is involved with notable companies such as SpaceX, Palantir (NYSE: PLTR), Affirm (NASDAQ: AFRM), Blend (NYSE: BLND), Offerpad (NYSE: OPAD), Myeloid Therapeutics, Kisbee Therapeutics, Resonance Medicine, Paradox, Q Bio, Senzo, Halo, Group Nine Media, Wick Communications, and more.

As an independent producer, Selby’s film credits include Windfall, Silk Road, Freeheld, Bernie, and Act of Valor, as well the documentaries Fastball, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, On the Line: The Richard Williams Story, and more.

Selby’s philanthropic activities include the Navy SEAL Foundation, and he is a member of the Advisory Council to the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, a member of the Board of Directors at the Arizona Commerce Authority, Co-Host/Founder of the Arizona Technology Innovation Summit with Governor Doug Ducey, Chairman/Founder of invisionAZ, a member of the Board of Directors at the Grand Teton Music Festival, and Co-Founder and member of the Board of Directors for the Wyoming Global Technology Partnership with Governor Mark Gordon.

Selby received a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College and currently serves as a Charter Trustee and member of the Investment Committee for the college’s endowment.

Prior Experience

PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) | Clarium Capital Management | SpaceX | Palantir (NYSE: PLTR) | Affirm (NASDAQ: AFRM)