Investors & Advisors

Investors & Advisors

Value-added investors and advisors

SMS Assist is fortunate to have some of the most distinguished and experienced investors and advisors to help steer the company's long-term strategic initiatives and goals.

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SMS Assist Advisory Board Member

Venture Partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital

Carter received his early training in the restaurant division of PepsiCo, Inc. (Pizza Hut International and Taco Bell) from 1986-1990 and then at Frito-Lay from 1992-1997, where he became director of Marketing, managing the $1.5 billion tortilla chip category and launching Tostitos salsas and dips. Carter then served as vice president of product...

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Chief of Staff to President George H.W. Bush.

Samuel K. Skinner has had a distinguished career in both the governmental and private sectors. As Of Counsel to Greenberg Traurig, he consults with clients in a variety of areas including strategizing on complex litigation matters, state and federal regulatory matters, governmental matters, transportation issues and corporate governance.

Mr. Skinner is the retired chairman, president...

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Partner and Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company

John Cook is a partner and director emeritus of McKinsey & Company. Mr. Cook has spent 25 years with the Firm, having completed consulting assignments across five continents. He led McKinsey’s Packaged Goods Practice, Food Retailing Practice, and the Firm’s Global Corporate Strategy Practice. He has led impact across a wide range of clients in a variety of industries, including...

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Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Hyperion Homes, LLC

Co-Founder of Ranieri Residential, LLC.

Co-Head of the Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Investment Group.

Mr. William J. Young is a co-founder of Hyperion Homes, LLC and has been its managing partner since June 2012. Mr. Young is a co-founder of Ranieri Residential, LLC. Mr. Young serves as co-head of the Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Investment Group. Mr. Young joined...

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Managing Director of City Capital Advisors, L.L.C.

Scott Lang is a managing director of City Capital Advisors, LLC. Scott has more than 20 years experience advising private and publicly held companies in mergers and acquisitions, private and public capital raises, and financial restructurings across a broad range of industries. Scott is also head of City Capital Investors, the merchant banking affiliate of City Capital Advisors. Scott...

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Managing Partner of Granite Creek Partners, L.L.C

Mark Radzik is a managing partner of Granite Creek Partners, L.L.C. Prior to co-founding Granite Creek, Mr. Radzik served as managing director at Equity Group Investments (“EGI”), billionaire investor Sam Zell’s private company from 1998-2005. While at EGI, Mr. Radzik sourced, structured and invested in buyouts, growth equity and distressed situations. Mr. Radzik invested in senior debt,...

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Managing Partner of Granite Creek Partners, L.L.C

Brian Boorstein is a managing partner of Granite Creek Partners, L.L.C. Mr. Boorstein began his career in private equity with one of the largest and most successful investment firms in the country, Golder, Thoma & Cressey. In 1988, he was one of the three founding members of Heller Equity Capital Corporation. There, he was responsible for executing a middle-market equity investment...

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Managing Partner of Pritzker Group Venture Capital

Chris joined New World Ventures in 1996 and has served as its managing partner since 1998. During this time, he has led the organization and capital formation for four technology venture funds and has led or overseen investments in more than 70 companies. For more than 15 years, Chris has assisted management teams in building businesses, including helping set strategy, with execution...

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Chairman of American Investment Holdings (AIH)

Owner and Chairman of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Jeff Vinik is the owner and chairman of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League, and serves on the NHL Board of Governors and the League’s Executive Committee. In addition, Mr. Vinik is the chairman of American Investment Holdings (AIH), a multipurpose investment enterprise he founded in 2013. Through AIH and other personal...

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Dr. William (Bill) H. Comrie is known as one of the most successful retailers in Canadian business history. Among his many accolades and awards, he is an inductee in the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame; has an honorary doctorate in laws degree from the University of Alberta; has a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Retail Council of Canada; is an Officer of the Order of Canada, which is the highest civilian honor bestowed on a Canadian...


Managing Director and President of Brookside Equity Partners

Mr. Hawks is a managing director and the president of Brookside Equity Partners. He focuses on overseeing the investment activities of Brookside Equity Partners. Prior to co-founding Brookside Equity Partners, Mr. Hawks commenced his professional relationship with a predecessor company of The Brookside Group where he focused on private equity and mezzanine investments. Prior...


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