Executive Team

Daniel Frydenlund

Founder | Chairman & CEO

    • Daniel has led seed stage investing through IPO as a financial and operating executive for over 25 years having raised debt and equity capital exceeding $1 Billion.  Daniel lived in Europe for many years after first working abroad in South America in 1995 building what later became assets of Nextel International.
    • He has operating experience in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America and is comfortable working with all levels of management, investors and political advisors in developing countries.
    • Hired in 1989 as assistant controller with OneComm Corporation “Nasdaq CCAL”  a Centennial Ventures start-up, IPO July, 1993, Aqcuired by Nextel in 1994 at a $750 Million valuation.  Held positions in Finance, Operations, Treasury and took on direct P&L responsibility for the Pacific Northwest Operating Region as Director of Operations.
    • Hired by Donald Sturm as SVP and Chief Financial Officer of Hostmark LTD, London England, a Sturm Group Portfolio Company.  Europe’s largest data center operator at the time, brought in by The Sturm Group to drive change, restructure and exit.  Managed the restructuring and sale to WorldPort Communications based in Dublin, Ireland in less than 13 months.
    • Hired as Managing Director of the Sturm Group, a $500 Million Private Equity Fund with 17 technology investments.  Assumed Board Positions in all portfolio companies, CEO and CFO roles for the larger investments leading the restructuring of many domestic and international technology companies of the fund.   Closed multiple mergers and sales returning capital to the fund at unprecedented levels during post bubble years from 2000-2004.
    • Recruited by The Gores Group, London office, managed the financial restructuring of Real Software based in Antwerp Belgium.  Real Software had over 2,000 employees and revenues exceeding $175 million.
    • Founded The Stage Fund in 2009 to acquire companies in the mist of change due to economic shifts, the massive changes in Equity Capital investing and mismanagement.
    • Graduated from The University of Rhode Island, BS Accounting and Finance.

Greg Kincade

Founder | CFO

Greg has been in the technology business for over 20 years. Beginning his career as a software developer, Greg quickly moved his way up the development ranks to managing large software and hardware projects at major corporations.  He has extensive experience in providing clients with distinctive, substantial, and lasting impact by capturing business value through the practical application of technology.  He served at companies such as Lockheed Martin, Jones International, Jato Communications, Nextel, and ICG Communications.  In 2007, he became a founding partner of Riverview Systems, Inc., a SaaS based Visitor Management software company utilizing high-tech facial recognition biometrics.  He is currently a Managing General Partner for The Stage Fund holding the positions of CFO.

Greg has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado and Masters degree in Technology Management from the University of Denver.  He resides in Littleton, CO with his wife and three children.

Sherry Frydenlund

Partner | COO

Sherry has been working with her husband at The Stage Fund since it’s inception. Stepping in from the beginning of an acquisition, Sherry helps to lead the restructuring of the company.Sherry has successfully led financial and logistic operations for a $20 million commercial solar project in Canada as well as several other build outs. She was specifically instrumental during the early years with Skyetek and LogicTree, managing detailed financial reporting, billing and accounting.  Sherry also has extensive experience in marketing, project management,  brand strategy, product design and business development having been in the marketing and design business for over 20 years. Beginning her career as a college instructor for animation and design software systems as well as basic design principle courses, she very quickly gained experience in leadership, organization and dynamic situations. Sherry has also worked as an Art Director where she developed an internal design team and led the company toward increased productivity and profitability. She is passionate about finding ways to help create value for The Stage Fund’s portfolio companies as well as keeping an awareness of the innovative ways to deliver messaging.  Sherry is a motivated and independent thinker with a creative and analytical mind.

In her “spare time” Sherry teaches yoga and leads retreats locally and internationally. She recently returned from living in Northern India studying traditional yoga principles and philosophy. With almost 10 years of experience and extensive trainings from both the eastern and western worlds, Sherry now holds the prestigious Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 teaching certificate. In addition to this she is a cycle instructor and wellness coach speaking regularly about nutrition and exercise. Last but not least, Sherry is also a successful large format abstract oil painter with her works being shown and sold all around the Denver area. She lives with her husband in Denver, CO and has two grown children.

Ed Mareth

Managing Partner

Ed Mareth is a private capital investment entrepreneur. He has 25 years of professional experience in sales, marketing, entrepreneurship and private capital deployment.  Ed has served as an executive manager for three of the nations “Best In Class” agricultural companies prior to founding Mareth Enterprises, LLC in 2002.  Since the founding of Mareth Enterprises, Ed has been involved in multiple startup companies located from the America’s to Africa that specialize in technology, medical services and agricultural.

Currently Ed is President of Mareth Enterprises, LLC with holding in socially responsible companies providing products and services in specialized markets.  He holds three corporate board seats and directs Project Genesis, a not for profit economic development company that he and his wife Julia founded in 2008.

Ed’s expertise is in the development of business to business connectivity with emphasis on product and service differentiation.

Ed graduated from Missouri State University with a BS in Agricultural Economics. Ed and his wife Julia reside in Purdy, MO with their three children Brittany, Alex and Emma.

Dan Tamkin

Managing Partner

Dan Tamkin is an experienced entrepreneur, venture investor and large company executive with expertise in the software and transportation space. Dan’s passion is re-invention and he loves to grow people and businesses while delighting customers. Most recently, as Chief Technology Officer, he built and ran the Digital Center for Innovation for Transdev, a $10bn transportation conglomerate, where he was responsible for introducing new technology and product innovation. Concurrently, he also started Transdev’s corporate development function to gain insight and access to new innovative technology companies and market intelligence. In addition, Dan is currently a mentor with Techstars Mobility in Detroit, advising start-up business in the software and transportation
space.
Prior to that, he founded and scaled to $100mm in contract wins a new division of Transdev called IntelliRide that focused on data analytics, routing, and on-demand resource allocation. Dan joined Transdev through the sale of Unified Dispatch, a call center technology company he acquired and turned around. The key to Unified Dispatch successful exit was the re-invention of the business around the foundational product and
technology concept for IntelliRide. At Unified Dispatch, Dan immediately brought focus and stability to the company and took a business that been losing money for four years and
made it profitable in month 1.
Before Unified Dispatch, he was an associate at Momentum Ventures in Los Angeles where he made investments in software and technology companies ranging from virtual machine management to smart sprinkler controllers. Before Momentum, Dan was part of the management team that turned around and sold Computer Motion, the world’s first medical robotics company where he raised $50mm across three rounds of funding. He came to Computer Motion via his position as an analyst at Robert W Duggan and Associates, a small cap investment fund.
Dan holds a Bachelor degree in Business / Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and resides in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, and son. Originally from
Chicago, he enjoys playing hockey and rooting for the Blackhawks and Kings.

Bryan Taylor

Managing Director | CEO Blue Cod

Bryan has more than 17 years of experience in the field of risk management and enterprise risk management.  He has worked as a practice leader in one of the largest insurance companies in the U.S. as well serving in senior executive roles with large independent insurance firms.  Bryan enjoys the top-to-bottom evaluation of a company’s core competencies because it is an essential part of any organization. He’s passionate about becoming a vested partner in client organizations by better helping them understand, mitigate and eliminate current as well as future risks.  He particularly enjoys creating solutions to drive a client’s growth and help eliminate those threats that could potentially bankrupt them.

Bryan received his BA from Southern Illinois University.  He currently serves on the Finance Committee for the Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado and has worked with numerous non-profits and charities including the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.  When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, hiking, kickboxing, golfing, skiing and enjoying Colorado’s ever expanding culinary scene.

Jamie Von Feldt

Managing Director | VEER Group

Jamie’s focus for the past 20 years has been on transforming vision into action in growth-stage firms.  She has a proven ability to drive business development, manage hyper-growth and deploy innovative solutions to ensure growth while balancing fiscal responsibility.

Early in her career, Jamie was Vice President of Operations for iXL, a global professional services firm that helped companies use the power of emerging technologies and advanced business strategy to build stronger, more profitable relationships with their customers, employees, and business partners. iXL has served the world’s leading companies, including GE, Virgin, AIG, Delta Air Lines, Chase and FedEx with 23 offices in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.  Jamie planned, directed and oversaw the company’s operational activities.  Responsibilities included developing and implementing growth strategies, measuring and improving effectiveness and efficiency of operational activities, developing cash flow strategies, and ensuring client satisfaction and quality assurance.

Following that she became CEO of Northstar Knowledge, an executive development company focused on developing and delivering high-quality consulting services and solutions to CEOs and executive leadership teams seeking to improve effectiveness, innovation, and productivity.  Jamie provided strategic leadership for the company to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans, and policies. Responsibilities included financial performance, evaluation of potential alliances, mergers, and partnerships, balancing resources, building the culture, managing change, and ensuring proper operational execution to deliver company performance.

After 8 years as CEO, the company was acquired by Aileron and she took the role of Vice-President of Services with this same company dedicated to helping CEOs and their executive teams to improve their leadership and innovation competencies through consulting and learning solutions. Her responsibilities included development of the business model, P&L, building strategic alliances and partnerships, analysis of market trends and opportunities, team development and the quality management of all products and services.

Jamie has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Northern Colorado and an Executive MBA from the University of Denver.  She lives in Denver and enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons traveling, hiking, reading and cooking.

Paul Cooley

Managing Director

Mr. Cooley has experience in operational due diligence along with direct leadership and management of portfolio companies, including oversight and control with a particular emphasis on sales and marketing development in technology driven organizations. Paul has over 30 years of experience in software, professional services and high-tech industries and was educated at Northern Michigan University, College of Business.

Paul most recently served as Chief Executive Officer at Gores Group owned Astadia, where he drove leadership and performance in Enterprise Cloud, Enterprise Application Solutions and Digital Marketing. He clarified and upheld Astadia’s mission to help customers get the most from their sales, marketing and technology platforms and provide measurable results for them, their employees, and their customers. He achieved this in an environment of divestiture and high turnover. Before his appointment as CEO of Astadia, Paul was a Managing Director at The Gores Group.

Prior to joining The Gores Small Capitalization Group, Mr. Cooley was President & CEO at Marlin Equity Partners owned FCTI, a Los Angeles based ATM company. He was focused on the strategic growth of FCTI’s market share within the ATM Services industry. He was brought into FCTI in 2011 to create a scalable growth model and ultimately provide an exit strategy. He successfully led the sales process of FCTI from Marlin to strategic buyer, Seven Bank of Japan and was retained as the president during the transition.

Before his leadership in the FCTI exit, Paul served as President of ProLogic Redemption Solutions, another Marlin Equity Partners owned business, where he stabilized the customer base, turned the company around financially and operationally, secured strategic partnerships and significantly grew market share.

In 2004, Paul was appointed President of Proxicom where he successfully executed an operational turnaround, was responsible for the merger and acquisition of Daou Systems and positioned Proxicom for its sale to iCrossing.

Paul’s private equity experience goes back to 1997 where he started with The Gores Group as EVP of Operations for the Americas with Artemis Management Systems. There he was responsible for directing all business operations, sales, marketing and IT activities throughout North and South America.

Before entering the private equity arena, Paul held senior management positions with JBA International as the Brand Manager for Canadian Operations, Ameriquest/Robec as National Sales Manager and Versyss Incorporated as Regional and National Sales Manager.

Paul consistently demonstrates spirit, enthusiasm and steady leadership that contribute to his ability to step into changing environments, assess teams, assess markets and grow an organization’s value.

Kevin Dietz

Chief Technical Officer

Kevin Dietz is currently the founder and CEO of LotsOfJots, a startup company in the enterprise collaboration space.  Mr. Dietz has worked in the software industry for nearly a quarter of a century, the majority of that time spent in startup companies.

In his first startup venture Mr. Dietz teamed up with friends and fellow ex-Hewlett-Packard employees to found The Software Edge, makers of the first defect-tracking system available on the Microsoft Windows platform.  The award-winning product became PVCS Tracker when the rapidly-growing company was acquired two years later by INTERSOLV for $7 million.

After the acquisition of The Software Edge, Mr. Dietz leveraged his experience from his first venture when he founded TeamShare, makers of TeamTrack, one of the first task-tracking and business workflow systems to be fully architected around the World Wide Web and the HTML markup language.  The company built a marquee customer base with large installations at many Fortune 500 companies, closing a total of four rounds of financing—two from a network of angel investors and two from venture capitalists—before being acquired by San Mateo-based Serena Software for $18 million. TeamTrack was renamed and continues to be sold by Serena under the name SBM (Serena Business Manager).

In recent years, Mr. Dietz has worked as a consultant in the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) field, and developed BuildBeat, a continuous integration server, and MergeMagician, an automated merging server, two products designed to serve the agile software development tools market.

Through these experiences, Mr. Dietz has gained key knowledge and insights into the areas of enterprise software architectures, HTML interfaces, cloud-hosted systems, database storage, to-do list management, workflow, and text rendering, all of which are highly relevant to enterprise collaboration software.  He brings a deep insight and strong product vision with him as he embarks on his new venture.

Mr. Dietz lives with his wife in Belmont, CA.

John A. Reeves

Sr. LP Advisor

  • Dr. Reeves has worked in the Energy sector for 40 years
  • Serves as a Director, Officer, and major Stockholder Mid-Continent Minerals, Inc.(Annual sales of $300 million)
  • Serves as a Director and Officer of Mid-Continent Coal and Coke, Inc.
  • Serves as a Directors, Officer, and major Stockholder Diamond K Gypsum, Inc. (Annual sales of $20 million)
  • CEO of GoldenTaylor Energy, LLC a private E & P Company with producing assets in Kansas
  • CEO of TexKanOk Energy, LLC a private land acquisition company
  • CEO of GoldenEye Resources Corp a E & P Company
  • Drilled over 100 coal methane wells, oil wells, and gas wells
  • Worked for the largest Canadian Oil and Gas Company doing merger, acquisition, and divesture work
  • Operated several independent oil and gas companies
  • Founding Member of Blue Mountain Hospital
  • Worked on properties in Indonesia, Alaska, Gulf Coast, USA, and Great Britain

Graduated from the Colorado School of Mines, BS Physics/Geophysics, MS Metallurgy, and PhD Mineral Economics (Investment & Finance). Lived, worked, and studied mining engineering in Great Britain.

Operations Team

Carmen Damazio-Medeiros

Finance

Carmen is a graduate from the Brazilian University of Mogi das Cruzes in Social Communication. She is an accounting professional with over 17 years of experience including a Bookkeeper Certification. Carmen joined the Stage Fund team in February of 2013 and is completing her Bachelor Degree in Accounting at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Sean Leonard

Technology

Briana Milligan

Customer Relations

Briana, a Colorado native, graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Political Science and Journalism. During her time at CSU, Briana was a legislative intern to a State Representative and State Senator. Here, Briana grew her skills in communications, press releases, research and drafting legislative documents.  After graduating, she worked at ClearChoice Management Services, LLC as a Marketing Analyst. While working at ClearChoice, Briana learned about social media, marketing and commercial shoots.

In 2011, Briana went to work for the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA), a quasi- governmental entity that accelerates the adoption of electronic services by helping state and local governments in Colorado place more services, products and information online.  Over the next four years at SIPA, Briana was a liaison between over 300 government entities in Colorado and over 10 vendors, including Salesforce.com, Google, Perceptive Software, Colorado Interactive and Tempus Nova.

Matt Smith

Technology

Matt Smith is an experienced and driven IT professional with expertise in Business Intelligence and Database Administration. He has a demonstrated history of delivering solutions that improve functionality and add business value. Since receiving a MSBA in  Computer Information Systems, Matt has worked to design, implement and maintain database infrastructure and business intelligence applications. When not at work, Matt enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his wife and son.

Ian Pollock

Accounting

Ian settled in Colorado over 20 years ago after graduating with a degree in Business and Law from the University of Woverhampton in England where he is originally from.  His first position in Colorado was as the financial manager for a quarter horse business.  For the 15 years, prior to joining The Stage Fund, Ian was in the insurance industry acting as an advocate for policyholders.  In his State licensed role as a Public Adjuster, he assisted in the adjustment of first party property claims for both commercial and residential clients, specializing in inventory and loss of business income claims.  Ian also holds a Colorado Real Estate License and is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Denver Metro Association of Realtors.  He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and two young sons.