Shane operates Antler Ridge, his private family office, and is a partner in a Chicago IL based multi-family office/ private equity firm. He started his career in the independent retail industry and transitioned to corporate retail where he found himself in an executive role with a Fortune 50 retailer. He used the knowledge gained in this consumer centric environment to lead two international multi-brand consumer products conglomerates. Shane has extensive experience in the outdoor lifestyle, sporting goods, apparel, and fitness industries. Additionally, Shane has lead world class manufacturing facilities and supplied products to the automotive and medical industries as well as the US Military. As an investor and portfolio manager Shane has identified companies for acquisition and piloted the due diligence process.
The multi-family office operates as TNE Management and has holdings in manufacturing, infrastructure, consumer goods, hospitality, commercial real estate, technology, and consulting. During the TNEM portfolio buildout Shane was focused on sorting through opportunities and focusing on those that not only needed capital but also could benefit from a strategic relationships. Shane specializes in business development, strategic management, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, negotiations, multi-generational companies, infrastructure creation, and brand revitalization.
He obtained his MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School in Manchester, England, studied towards his Doctor of Business Administration at Fox School of Business, Temple University and is currently pursuing his PhD in Public Policy at Liberty University, Helms School of Government. Shane obtained his Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Sigma Certifications from Villanova University.
Shane is a Board Member for Vertigo, Katharos International, and True North Enterprises. He serves as Strategic Partner to Integrated Strategy Group, US Aerospace Defense Group, and YUDU Outdoors.
Shane is married to his best friend, Stephanie. They have two sons, Michael and Easton and two grandchildren, Hayden and Grayson. Shane and Stephanie currently reside in Chicago, IL.
Jeff grew up in a small southwest Mississippi town but a successful sales and management career brought him to much larger towns like San Diego, San Antonio, and Chicago. He currently resides in small-town Mississippi again, but his (and his family’s) bags stay packed.
Jeff has a JD from Mississippi College School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Mississippi, Illinois, and Louisiana. His diverse legal experience includes real estate litigation and transactions, securities law regulatory compliance, defending government entities and officials, and capital formation. He has also had hands-on experience at launching a start-up, choosing and mentoring salespersons and executives, and heading the turnaround of a distressed consumer products company.
Jeff loves speaking to anybody that will listen, and with a good interpreter who understands deep southern English, he can be an effective communicator.
Joel Smith, MBA
Joel Smith is the President of U.S. Aerospace Defense Group, a certified Veteran owned company providing consultation services and insurance solutions to the aerospace and defense industry, government contractors, and government agencies. He is a widely-respected business professional and executive with a successful record of leading companies in the aerospace and defense industry. Joel has been a vital leader in the space, aerospace, and DoD industry supporting programs to include: COSMIC-2, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Lockheed Martin Space Systems - Satellite redesign, NASA Space Station programs, and DoD CARB programs.
Both a visionary leader and hands-on manager, he chaired numerous Proposal Committees and Engineering Change Boards for aerospace and defense programs. Earlier, Joel Smith spent 23 years in program management, procurement, contract management, negotiations, and auditing in the aerospace industry. He managed over $150 million in annual sales and was a liaison to the Department of Defense and key manufacturers within the aerospace and defense industry.
Joel holds a Master of Business Administration from Belhaven University and a Bachelor of Commercial Aviation from Delta State University. As a Lean Six Sigma Expert and a C.A.S.E auditor, he has served as an advisor to government and private contractors and manufacturers. Joel is also a commercial multi-engine pilot. He is a 23-year Veteran of the U.S. Military serving in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. For many years, Joel and his wife have been active leaders for local and national charitable organizations.
Licensed - Surplus Lines Insurance, Insurance Producer, Consultant and Public Adjuster