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Manna Tree’s Growth Underscored by New Investment and Operations Team Members

Jun 24, 2021 | Blog, Company News

We are pleased to announce several additions to our management, investor relations, and operations teams, doubling our firm’s size.

“Manna Tree is experiencing meaningful deal flow and overall firm growth. To continue making high-quality, impactful investments in human health, we need to further build on the strong foundation our existing team has created. We believe we have the right people in the right places supporting our portfolio companies and overall operations in every corner of the organization,” said Brent Drever, President, and Co-Founder, Manna Tree Partners. “The new team additions will help fuel us as we source new deals and also build off of the momentum we have observed, in particular, in the functional beverage and nutrient-dense foods spaces.”

The new management team members include:

Sylvio Petto Neto, Director—Sylvio brings over 25 years of international experience in the food and agriculture sectors. His career experience includes operational and business development roles with Cargill, Syngenta, portfolio management with the Wheatsheaf Group, and his own consulting company, Green Prairie Consulting. Leveraging his consulting and industry skillset, Sylvio will lead Manna Tree’s efforts to support and manage its portfolio companies, including tracking growth initiatives, connecting appropriate service providers and advisors, and more.

Shannon Flahive, Vice President—Shannon comes to Manna Tree with more than a decade of strategy consulting and investing experience. Her career included time as a consultant with various firms including Cambridge Associates, Boston Consulting Group, Treacy & Company, and Egg Strategy. Most recently, she was with Blackhorn Ventures where she supported impact investment deal flow with financial modeling and business model and market analysis. At Manna Tree, she is working with the investment team to systematize and lead deal sourcing efforts, as well as continuing to build a network of service providers and subject-matter experts who can support Manna Tree’s portfolio companies.

Ben Tabah, Vice President—Ben joins Manna Tree’s investment team to lead deal due diligence, supporting the investment process from initial conversations to close. He began his career doing sell-side M&A advisory with Macquarie Capital in New York City. He then joined Wellspring Capital where he was a member of the investment team and engaged in the evaluation, execution, and oversight of leveraged buyout transactions totaling over $1 billion in enterprise value.

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Manna Tree has also made a number of internal promotions and further additions to its operations and investor relations teams.

Allyson Patterson has been promoted to Managing Director. Allyson heads the firm’s legal and compliance, manages fund operations and communications, and oversees the management company’s operations.

Charlotte Forfang has joined the investor relations team as an Analyst to support fundraising and investor relationships.

Lindsay Nistler has joined as an Associate to lead investor services, including management of new partner onboarding, drawdowns and distributions, and investor reporting.

Makayla Brown has joined as Executive Assistant supporting Co-Founders Brent Drever and Ross Iverson, as well as overseeing office administration.

We look forward to you meeting the new team members as we continue to grow the portfolio, engage investors, and uncover investment opportunities that will improve human health through nutrition.