Member Board of Directors & Advisor @ GU is a leading sports nutrition brand and the #1 energy gel in US run, bike, and outdoor channels. GU pioneered energy gels in the early 1990's in Berkeley, California when Dr. Bill Vaughan created the first GU to help his daughter win the Western States 100 and Hardrock 100
Member Board of Directors & Advisor @ GU is a leading sports nutrition brand and the #1 energy gel in US run, bike, and outdoor channels. GU pioneered energy gels in the early 1990's in Berkeley, California when Dr. Bill Vaughan created the first GU to help his daughter win the Western States 100 and Hardrock 100 ultra trail races. Twenty years later, GU produces gels, drinks, chews, and other products for athletes. It's a values-driven company based on athleticism, accountability, collaboration, innovation, longevity, and love.
Joined the Board and helped finance a transition in 2008 to keep GU an independent, Berkeley-based company for a second generation of family ownership. From August 2008 to Present (7 years 5 months) Chair Board of Directors @ Herb Pharm is the #1 liquid herbal extract brand in US natural food stores and is a pioneer in herbal remedies that grows, harvests, preserves, and produces herbal remedies from its pharm in Williams, Oregon. Throughout its 30-year history, Herb Pharm has built trust with customers the same way it produces its extracts: with responsible social and environmental policies, meticulous attention to detail, and ethical business practices. From June 2011 to Present (4 years 7 months) Managing Partner @ Adventure Funds manages a limited number of investments in branded NW businesses with strong management teams, business models, and purpose. From January 2007 to Present (9 years) Member Board of Directors @ Advisor to this premium tea brand founded by Steven Smith that creates, blends, and packages full leaf teas in its Portland, Oregon tasting room and atelier. From January 2011 to Present (5 years) Portland, Oregon AreaPresident & Chief Operating Officer @ From May 2012 to July 2015 (3 years 3 months) Chief Executive Officer/President @ Led and partnered to build a team that took Tazo from early stage operations in 1994 to a leading national tea brand in natural food stores, premium coffee shops, restaurants, and cafes. Sold to Starbucks in 1999 and continued to manage the business as President until 2005. From February 1995 to January 2005 (10 years) Portland, Oregon AreaAssociate @ First associate hired by this leading West coast private equity firm. Negotiated and structured radio station acquisitions and participated in due diligence and other aspects of investments in sporting goods manufacturing, beverage distribution, and building products distribution. From 1992 to February 1995 (3 years)
MBA @ Stanford University Graduate School of Business From 1988 to 1990 BA, Government @ Harvard University From 1980 to 1984 Tal Johnson is skilled in: Strategic Planning, Private Equity, Consumer Products, Entrepreneurship, M&A experience, Management, Nutrition, Executive Management, Sports Nutrition, Strategic Partnerships, Strategy, New Business Development, Cross-functional Team Leadership, P&L Management
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