OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
john c. braddock
John C. Braddock (Denver) is the founder and senior managing partner of Broad Oak Advisors, LLC (2006-Present) and CEO and chairman of the board of directors of Broad Oak Group International, LLC (2019-Present). He has over 35 years of experience in the financial services and energy industries. John was an oil and gas explorationist with ExxonMobil in New Orleans (1978-1982). He then moved to New York as the land manager for Buckeye Petroleum Corporation, a position that evolved into managing due diligence investment research for Tower Capital Corporation (1982-1988), an affiliated venture capital firm. Mr. Braddock has also held a number of financial positions on Wall Street, including with The Bank of New York (1987-1988), as a co-founder and director of the capital markets group for the American Stock Exchange (1988-1992), and as a first vice president for UBS PaineWebber's structured products group (1992-1996). He was also the founding partner and managing director of the structured financial products group and later a director of investments at Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. (1996-2002), and a senior vice president with MFA, an investment management boutique in New York (2002-2006). Mr. Braddock has engaged in over $2 billion of public and private structured derivative and other fundraising transactions during his career on Wall Street. He is the author of Derivatives Demystified: Using Structured Financial Products (Wiley, 1997) and a contributing author to The Handbook of Equity Derivatives (McGraw Hill, 2000). Mr. Braddock holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and finance from Louisiana State University (1978), an MBA degree from Baruch College in New York City (1987), and an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps (1975). After the Marine Corps, John financed his college tuition through summer work as a roughneck on oil & gas drilling rigs across the U.S. Gulf Coast region (1975-1978). He holds Series 24 (principal), 7 (general), 22 (direct participation programs), 63 (New York State), 79 (investment banking), and 99 (Operations Professional) U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") securities registrations. Mr. Braddock is a guest lecturer in finance and a mentor to graduate business students, artists, and jazz musicians. He is originally from New York City and currently has homes in Denver and Salida, Colorado where Broad Oak's headquarters is located.
Mr. Lorenzo (Hee Jun) Kim (Seoul) is a co-founder and partner of Broad Oak Advisors, LLC (2006-Present), co-founder, president, and a member of the board of directors of Broad Oak Group International, LLC, (2019-Present), and the CEO of Ignite Innovators, a seed capital venture firm in Korea (2014-Present). He has engaged during his career, including during the time that he has been affiliated with Broad Oak, in approximately US$1.2 billion of financial and corporate transactions. Mr. Kim works on private equity, venture capital management and financial advisory assignments, including sourcing deals and funding, quantitative analysis, and strategic planning for clients in the Asia Pacific region. His business experience includes employment at a number of prestigious financial and operating companies in Korea and Japan, including CJ Corp, a Korean corporate conglomerate (2003-2007) and Core Finance Group, a Korean private equity firm (2007-2009). Mr. Kim is a member of Ignite Innovators, Inc. (2018-Present), the Korean Venture Capital Association and affiliated with IMBN Venture Co., Ltd. (a pan-Asian venture capital firm) (2009-Present), and TSUNAMI Network Partners Corporation (a Japanese venture capital firm) (2009-Present). Lorenzo earned a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biotechnology and Industrial Engineering from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea (2001). He also received an honorable discharge as a lieutenant from the Republic of Korea Army (2003). He resides with his family in Seoul, Korea.
AMBASSADOR CHRISTOPHER R. HILL
U.S. Ambassador Christopher R. Hill (Manhattan) is a member of the board of directors of and consultant to Broad Oak Group International, LLC (2018 to present). He advises the company on political issues relating to business conditions in Korea and throughout Asia. Chris is currently a George W. Ball Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Global Centers in New York City (2021-present). Previously he was the chief advisor to the Chancellor for Global Engagement at the University of Denver, and Professor of the Practice in Diplomacy at the University of Denver (2010-2020). As a former U.S. career diplomat, Ambassador Hill is a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq, April 2009 until August 2010. Prior to Iraq, Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which he was also the head of the US delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Earlier, he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. Previously he served as U.S. Ambassador to Poland (2000-2004), Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (1996-1999) and Special Envoy to Kosovo (1998-1999). He also served as a Special Assistant to the President and a Senior Director on the staff of the National Security Council, 1999-2000. Prior to joining the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Hill served as a Peace Corps volunteer where he supervised credit unions in rural Cameroon, West Africa. Hill graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a B.A. in Economics. He received a Master's degree from the Naval War College in 1994. He speaks Polish, Serbo-Croatian, and Macedonian. Ambassador Hill is author of Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir, a monthly columnist for Project Syndicate, a political television consultant to MSNBC and NBC, and a highly sought public speaker, and voice in the media on international affairs. He and his wife reside in Manhattan.
ambassaDor eric g. john
U.S. Ambassador Eric G. John (Seoul) is an advisory board member of Broad Oak Group. He advises the company on business and political issues in Korea and throughout Asia, including “smart farm” commodity cultivation for craft brewing and the company’s proposed brewery, tap house, and club venues and branding platforms in Korea. Eric is currently the president of Boeing Korea, LLC in Seoul. Ambassador John joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1983 and has served primarily in East Asia. He was the Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements from 2013 to 2014, and served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand from 2007 through 2010. He has three tours with the U.S. Embassy in Korea, portions of which overlapped with Broad Oak advisory board member Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, most recently as the Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. He also served as the Deputy Director of Korean Affairs in Washington, D.C. His other tours include Deputy Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; the Orderly Departure Program at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand; and the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In 2005, Ambassador John was named Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia. He served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. He retired from the Foreign Service in 2014. Eric grew up in New Castle, Indiana. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, a graduate degree in National Security Studies from the National War College, and an MBA degree from Indiana University Bloomington. He speaks Korean and Vietnamese and resides with his family in Seoul.
Helen M. knowles
Helen M. Knowles (Ontario) is an investor and member of the board of directors of Broad Oak Group International, LLC (2021-present). Ms. Knowles is a successful entrepreneur whose 25-year career spans many aspects of the international craft beer industry, including raw material purchase and sale transactions in Europe and North America, brewing, canning, packaging, machinery, marketing, sales, research, and investment. As a pioneering woman in the North American craft beer industry, Helen built Gilbertson and Page Canada Inc. into the largest raw materials supplier for the craft brewing industry in Canada (1991-2016). During her career, Ms. Knowles was also instrumental in developing the aluminum can industry in Canada, which expanded market access for craft breweries of all sizes. In 2016, Ms. Knowles sold Gilbertson and Page to Brewers Supply Group, Inc. headquartered in Shakopee, Minnesota, one of eight divisions of the Rahr Corporation, a privately held, family-owned enterprise since 1847 also headquartered in Shakopee, Minnesota. Rahr produces and distributes malt and related supplies for breweries, distilleries, and allied industries around the world. Helen has since refocused her business acumen on the packaging side of the craft beer industry. She is part owner of North Keg, a keg leasing and logistics company that was recently sold to Keg Logistics, one of North America’s leading keg supply companies (she has retained a stake in Keg Logistics, the new owner of North Keg), and part owner of Canada Kegs which sells kegs and environmentally friendly can carrier options, both of which are headquartered in Ontario, Canada. Ms. Knowles is an angel investor in innovative new projects in the craft beer industry. In addition to Broad Oak’s craft beer project in Asia, Helen is currently involved with one of Canada’s oldest craft breweries and is a key investor in ABV Technology, a North American company devoted to revolutionizing non-alcoholic craft beer and alcoholic seltzer water. Helen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Guelph (1992) and was a competitive ice hockey, ball hockey, and baseball player in Canada. Ms. Knowles is presently an avid golfer. Helen and her partner reside in Ontario, Canada and travel the world extensively.
ERIC M. WARNER
Eric Warner (Rocky Mountains) is an advisory board member of Broad Oak Group. Mr. Warner advises the company on craft brewery design, construction, operations, management, branding, brewing, marketing, and business strategies in Asia. He is a co-founder and member of the senior management team of Karbach Brewing Company in Houston, Texas. Karbach was acquired in 2016 by ABInBev. Eric successfully completed a degree in German Studies at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon before pursuing a formal education in brewing science in Germany. Mr. Warner is fluent in English and German. After three years of extensive brewery, lab, and course work, he was awarded the degree ‘Diplom-Braumeister’ from the world renowned Technical University of Munich at Weihenstephan. He is a certified Cicerone and the author of “German Wheat Beer” and “Kölsch: History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes” (Brewers Publications, 1998). Eric was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He currently resides with his family in the historic Rocky Mountain town of Salida, Colorado, where Broad Oak is headquartered.
Martyn Tipping (New York City) is a consultant to and an advisory board member of Broad Oak Group. He advises the company on international branding strategy. Mr. Tipping is a founding partner of TippingGardner, a Manhattan-based brand design, communication, and visual identity boutique. He and Broad Oak founder John Braddock have known each other and worked together since 2004. Martyn has overseen high-profile branding projects for clients in all major industries, all over the world. He has extensive experience throughout Asia, including Korea. Since founding TippingGardner in 2000, Martyn has advised clients including MillerCoors, Starbucks, Kraft, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, Time Warner Cable, Johnson & Johnson, American Express, Amnesty International, Rainforest Alliance, Verizon, GE, and Eli Lilly. Prior to TippingGardner, Mr. Tipping was director of verbal branding at Landor Associates, New York where he led branding programs for a wide array of major corporate clients. He holds a master of arts degree in modern languages and social psychology from the University of Cambridge, England and is a former faculty member at Georgetown University, where he taught brand strategy in the MBA program. Martyn and his family reside in the New York metropolitan area.
Angie Kim (Seoul) is a consultant to Broad Oak Group International, LLC. Ms. Kim advises the company on creative design, branding, and marketing strategies, including in the food and beverage sector in Korea and throughout Asia. Ms. Kim has experience managing cultural foundations, social entrepreneurship, youth program management, music content management, and luxury goods marketing in Korea and Singapore. Angie is a co-founder of the non-profit Lighthouse Cultural Foundation, the goal of which is to bring cultural activities to rural areas of Korea and educate youth who exhibit talent in music and art but have limited access to educators. Through Lighthouse, she promotes cultural startups in collaboration with venture capital and startup incubation organizations. Before founding Lighthouse, Ms. Kim was a member and professor of the Beautiful Mind Charity Organization in Singapore. At Beautiful Mind, Angie taught violin to musically talented but physically challenged young musicians and helped them to improve musical skills up to their professional career level. She founded Angie Kristine, an online merchandising company in Singapore for luxury baby fashion items and was the marketing director of Rishi Tea Korea in Seoul. Before Ms. Kim started her entrepreneurial career, she was concert violinist who played with numerous orchestras in Korea. Angie earned bachelor and master of art degrees majoring in music from the Yonsei University School of Music and completed executive MBA coursework in fashion marketing at the Yonsei University College of Human Ecology. Ms. Kim currently resides in Seoul with her family.
robert e. wolin, esq.
The leading international firm Kirkpatrick Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, LLP is legal advisor to Broad Oak Group. Our relationship partner is Robert E. Wolin, Esq. (Park City). The firm has approximately 2,000 lawyers who practice in 36 offices from Beijing and Hong Kong to Seoul, New York, and Washington D.C., with a major presence in Berlin, Boston, Dallas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Paris, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle. K&L Gates represents capital markets participants and leading global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions and philanthropic organizations. Bob has a substantial Asia-based international practice representing multi-national companies and prominent families in a variety of inbound business ventures in the United States. He has been counsel to companies both public and private, as well as individuals and families in industries ranging from finance and commodities to insurance and sports marketing. Additionally, Mr. Wolin has represented major figures in the sports, entertainment, marketing, and fashion arenas. He holds a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law (1973) and a B.A. degree from Lafayette College (1969) (Phi Beta Kappa). He served as Law Clerk to Honorable James A. Coolahan, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey. Mr. Wolin’s work with Broad Oak Group International centers exclusively on legal matters. He lives with his family in Park City and Dallas.