OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
john c. braddock
John C. Braddock 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), of which he is the major shareholder. 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 resides in Salida, Colorado where Broad Oak's headquarters is located.
Mr. Lorenzo (Hee Jun) Kim 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.
stephen l. jensen
Stephen L. Jensen is the chief information officer (CIO) of Broad Oak Group International, LLC (2019-Present). His responsibilities include developing traditional and new media communication and marketing strategies and operational solutions. Starting in 2013, Mr. Jensen was an investment banking partner of affiliate Broad Oak Advisors, LLC. During that tenure, he also served as the CIO of Dera Capital (2015-2016). Dera was a New York-based start-up investment firm that applied cutting-edge theories of complexity science to financial markets to improve investment outcomes. Previously, Stephen was an independent investor and original member of a collaborative investing group where he engaged in researching undervalued equities in the technology sector (2009-2013). For nearly 18 years, Mr. Jensen held management positions at Morgan Stanley (1990-2008), including as a vice president based in London, New York, Frankfurt, and Paris. There he developed and managed information technology systems, globally distributed teams, and operational improvement programs. Stephen builds working partnerships and communicates across cultures and at all business levels. He strives to develop and achieve long-term organizational improvement strategies, particularly during periods of growth or change. Stephen applies leading service management protocols so that business efforts and spending stay aligned with business needs. Early in his career, he was an intern at the Chicago law firm Hopkins & Sutter (now merged with Foley & Lardner LLP) (1990) and a sportswriter for the Daily Courier News (1989-1990) in Elgin, Illinois. Stephen earned a B.A. (Honors), from Northwestern University in the American Culture Writing Program (1989). He is a citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom. Mr. Jensen resides with his family in Salida, Colorado.
Jonathan Sigel is a managing partner of Broad Oak Advisors, LLC and chief marketing officer (CMO) for Broad Oak Group International, LLC. He collaborates with other team members in developing marketing strategies, including traditional and new media communication. He oversees strategic planning, new client development, quantitative analysis, and due diligence research (2018-Present). Mr. Sigel is a seasoned executive with over 15 years of experience and a proven track record of achievement in finance, high-tech market management, market analysis, and business development. Most recently, he was with Cross Match Technologies, Inc., a biometric identity and security technology service provider headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (2017-2018). Early in his career, Jon was a consulting analyst for Broad Oak in New York City where he helped develop financial models and valuation studies supporting a successful $150 million financing for a Texas-based oil and gas exploration start-up (2005-2006). He went on to become the first-place winner of an IBM Corporation leadership competition and spent 11 years with the company, rising from an analyst to numerous senior marketing management roles with both marketing budget and personnel management responsibilities. He oversaw marketing personnel transfer plans for IBM's $5 billion divestiture of its Intel server business to Lenovo (2004-2013 and 2015-2016). He was also a senior manager of marketing programs and enterprise solutions with NEC Corporation U.S., headquartered in Irving, Texas (2013-2014). Mr. Sigel was awarded a bachelor of science degree by Harvard University (1994) and an MBA degree in finance and marketing from Baruch College, City University of New York (2004). He is also a professional musician. Mr. Sigel is originally from New York City and currently resides with his family in West Palm Beach, Florida.
AMBASSADOR CHRISTOPHER R. HILL
U.S. Ambassador Christopher R. Hill (retired) 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 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. Chris and his family reside in New York City.
ERIC M. WARNER
Eric Warner is an advisory board member of Broad Oak Group. Mr. Warner advises the company on craft brewery design, construction, and management, and 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 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 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.
ambassaDor eric g. john
U.S. Ambassador Eric G. John (retired) 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.
Martyn Tipping 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.
Steven Shaiken is a consultant to and advisory board member of Broad Oak Group focusing on international food, beverage, and location-based entertainment projects, including Broad Oak’s U.S. craft beer branding, promotion, marketing, export, distribution, and sales activities in Asia. Mr. Shaiken has over 40-years of experience in the global branded destination entertainment arena. His career spans senior executive positions in high profile organizations including Universal Parks & Resorts, Royal Caribbean International, Starwood, and Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Steve was also the president of Smithsonian Business Ventures based in Washington, D.C. and a senior vice president of global retail and revenue at Universal Parks & Resorts where his responsibilities included helping to manage resorts in Orlando, Japan, Hollywood, and Spain that collectively generate over US$1 billion of annual merchandise revenues. He was the president of Spencer Gifts, a wholly owned division of Vivendi Universal, and the executive managing director at Adventure World Warsaw where he was in charge of marketing, revenue management, food and beverage service, hotel management, park operations, and staff recruitment for this US$800 million project – the first of its kind in Central Eastern Europe. Mr. Shaiken presently consults within the branded and themed environment, having worked for such notable clients as Disney, Universal, Aramark, Hudson News, and Sea World. Steve was most recently a non-executive board member for DXB Entertainments in Dubai UAE . Mr. Shaiken resides with his family in San Diego and Palm Springs, California.
Court H. johnson
Mr. Court Johnson is an advisory board member of Broad Oak Group regarding issues relating to investment banking and the food & beverage industry. Court is originally from Chicago. He was a vice president of mergers and acquisitions for Bankers Trust Company in New York where he arranged numerous multi-billion dollar takeover and antitakeover financings in the oil & gas sector (1983-1987), a founding partner of Johnson & Campbell, a financial consulting company headquartered in Denver that arranged private financing for middle-market corporations (1987-1991), the founder and owner of Johnson Communities Inc., a residential real property developer in the western U.S. (1992-present), and recently acquired and transformed the 100 year old Lariat Saloon in Buena Vista, Colorado with a million dollar renovation into the top regional restaurant, bar, and rock-n-roll music venue in the Rocky Mountains (2015-present). The Lariat has achieved an eight-fold increase in revenues since Court and Robbie acquired the property in 2015. Mr. Johnson received a bachelor of arts degree from Western State University (1977), a juris doctor degree from the University of Colorado School of Law (1981), and a MBA degree from Cornell University (1983). He and his family reside in Denver and Buena Vista, Colorado and Maui, Hawaii.
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. 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.