DOUGLAS | co-founder & principal
Raised in a corporate family, Douglas Aaring purchased and operated his first business at an early age. Now with 39 years of robust and successful business experience in the bag, he is tenaciously committed to building wealth without compromise and dynamic businesses that match reality, helping them to grow and become the preeminent player in their market.
Douglas has been involved with many business sectors working with small thru to large international corporations such as Roland Music and Roland DG Corp. Whatever the task at hand, he’s known as the guy “who gets it done”. In a nutshell, he’s results oriented.
As an entrepreneur and investor he offers a unique and genuine style of leadership and vision which brings out the very best in people and in each business venture he’s involved with. Don’t let this fun photo fool you – Douglas is dedicated and passionate about customer fulfilment and employee success.
JEREMY | co-founder & principal
Dr Jeremy Pearce has over 20 years of extensive senior management experience in both the public and private sectors. He has also worked as a consultant with the World Bank and in board advisory at KPMG.
Jeremy is a guest lecturer in business schools throughout Asia and Europe and has been published widely, including as sole author of the book Directors’ Powers and Duties in Vietnam. He has delivered numerous conference and seminar papers, around the world, in the areas of corporate responsibility, governance, ethics and decision-making.
Jeremy holds master’s degrees in law and business and has a doctorate in law. He is a member of New College, Oxford University and Trinity College, Cambridge University.
As a keen yachtsman Jeremy has sailed around the world via the capes and was the first to set a Guinness record for a non-stop circumnavigation of Australia. Jeremy is committed to improving company efficiency and performance through improved decision-making processes as a direct consequence of strong governance regimes.
CARL | senior venture consultant
Carl Allen is an entrepreneur, investor, and corporate dealmaker. Carl has worked on transactions worth over $50 billion, which includes over 250 acquisitions and sales, together with more than 100 capital fund raising projects. In a 24-year career, Carl has analyzed thousands of businesses, big and small, in 17 different countries and across nearly every business sector, including technology, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing, aerospace, consumer goods and services, business services, retail, professional services, finance, packaging, and corporate clothing.
Carl has a solid reputation as an investor and corporate dealmaker, having worked for Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard, Forrester, and Gartner. Carl walks the talk, having acquired and sold numerous businesses for himself.