Meet The Board of Directors
Nathan Johnson is Executive Chairman of the Board and an investor in TruConnect, where he oversees the strategic vision and effective governance of the organization. Mr. Johnson is also a Managing Partner of Gemini Partners, a middle-market investment bank, where he has financed, sold, and advised several small- and middle-market telecommunications companies including Telemac, Distributive Networks, and Pulse Entertainment, among others. Prior to Gemini Partners, Mr. Johnson served as Vice President in investment banking at Deutsche Bank, where he advised several Latin American companies including Telefonos de Peru and a Venezuelan phone company in their efforts to take the companies private. Mr. Johnson received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Finance and Multinational Management. He also received his MA from the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Latin America and Spanish.
Matthew JohnsonBoard Member
Matthew Johnson is Managing Partner of Gemini Partners and a Board Member and investor in TruConnect. At Gemini Partners, a middle-market investment bank, Mr. Johnson has financed, sold, and advised several small- and middle-market telecommunications companies including Telemac, Distributive Networks, and Pulse Entertainment, among others. Previously, Mr. Johnson served as Vice President in investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston where he financed numerous telecommunications companies specifically located in Latin America, including Bestel Communications, a company that operated fiber loops stretching from the U.S. to Mexico, and Globopar, a telecommunications and media conglomerate based in Brazil. Mr. Johnson holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Darryl ThompsonBoard Member
Mr. Thompson has held the role of Chief Investment Officer at New General Market Ventures based out of New York since 2016. Previously, Mr. Thompson has served as a Managing Member of Bacara Partners, President of Belenos Capital, and Partner at TSG Capital Group. He holds an MBA from Stanford University, a Master’s Degree in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BA in Mathematics & Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Richard StarkeBoard Member
Managing Partner as well as a co-Founder of Banyan Investment Partners based in Miami, FL. Prior to forming Banyan, Richard was a Managing Director in Bank of America’s Miami based Global Corporate and Investment Banking Group. His responsibilities included the origination, underwriting and structuring of approximately $5.0 billion of syndicated senior credit facilities to primarily low or below investment grade corporate clients. Finally, Richard’s prior experience was in the Media, Telecom and Leveraged Loan Groups at both NationsBank and Shawmut. In addition to Banyan, Richard is the Chairman of Ale Viola, LLC, a company that was formed in 2018 to take control of IPPOLIITA, the fine jewelry company, along with the company’s magnetic founder, Ippolita Rostagno. Richard is also a Managing Partner of BCP Capital, LLC which assumed control of the J. Peterman, Territory Ahead and Guideboat catalog businesses in 2019. Richard received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a double major in Finance and Marketing from The E. Claiborne Robins School of Business at The University of Richmond.
Moe VelaBoard Member
Mr. Vela is the Founding Partner and CEO of The Vela Group, LLC and MoeVela LLC, global business development consulting firms with clients in the U.S. and Latin America; and on the Board of Directors of TransparentBusiness, the market’s leading transparency and people-management software. In addition to running his firm, Mr. Vela has previously been Of Counsel at the law firm of Stein Mitchell Beato and Missner, and a partner at the law firm, Holland & Knight. Mr. Vela’s areas of experience include business development, public policy, public relations, government relations, regulatory affairs, management consulting, and Latino and LGBTQ advocacy. Mr. Vela was also an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law. Mr. Vela is a longtime Washington insider. Mr. Vela’s leadership and counsel have been sought by some of the country’s top political and business leaders. Mr. Vela served in President Obama’s administration as the Director of Management and Administration, and Senior Advisor in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden. A proud Texan, Mr. Vela earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law.