The Partners and Advisors of Preserve Capital have spent their careers investing in, developing and managing consumer-facing companies. As a result, we offer you an accumulation of market-specific knowledge, experience and contacts to help you realize your dreams.
Scott Killips, Partner
Scott has over 25 years of investing and operating experience in the consumer sector as a founder/entrepreneur, operating executive, consultant and venture capitalist.
Before founding Preserve Capital, Scott was the Co-Founder of Mobile Campus (www.mobilecampus.com), the leading mobile messaging service that connects college students with their university community and advertisers.
Scott was the Founding General Partner of Accenture Technology Ventures, a $500 million investment fund and the fund's top performing investment professional. Scott's key investments included Navitaire, a $100+ million revenue management company serving the airline industry; AKQA, the award winning digital marketing agency serving leading consumer brands such as Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Nike, ESPN and X-Box, and Adaytum, a leading enterprise business planning software company that was acquired by Cognos.
Before founding Accenture Technology Ventures, Scott was Managing Partner of Accenture's New Business Group that was comprised of four different software companies. During his tenure he turned around the performance of this group from a $25 million annual loss to a $6 million annual profit.
Earlier in his career Scott was Managing Director of Brenton Capital, a boutique management buyout firm focusing on investment opportunities in small, privately held consumer companies. He was also a partner with Booz Allen & Hamilton, where he developed and helped implement business strategies for manufacturers, distributors and retailers of consumer goods. He began his career in new product management with The Gillette Company.
Scott holds an MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and a BS from the University of Denver. He is an avid auto racer, skier, cyclist and golfer.
Terry Hunt, Partner
Terry has spent the majority of his career in senior management positions of Natural Foods companies. He is a proven operator having built two significant businesses by recognizing and responding successfully to changing consumer tastes for new products, initiating new product development, successfully executing new distribution strategies and installing and operating cost effective and profitable infrastructures.
Terry believes that among the most important components in motivating and inspiring team members is exhibiting honesty and trustworthiness, treating others with dignity and respect, and working well with others in a team setting.
Prior to founding Preserve Capital, Terry was the CEO of Good Health Natural Foods, a leading supplier of all-natural snacks, beverages and body care products. Terry was a member of a group that completed a private equity purchase of the company.
Under Terry's leadership, Good Health nearly doubled revenues to $28 million in just over two years. Key elements of the growth program included a rebranding and reintroduction of the product lines, investments in key sales personnel and the creation of a vendor partnership program.
Prior to Good Health, Terry was President and Co-founder of Sunspire Natural Foods, a manufacturer of over 200 internationally distributed natural confections. The Sunspire line of confections became the dominant brand within the Natural Foods industry and acquired its main competitor, FruitSource Chocolates. Sunspire was sold in 1999 to a private equity firm and became the platform for further acquisitions. The resulting 5 company combination, nSpired, was sold in 2004 to American Capital Strategies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACAS).
Earlier in his career, Terry was an auditor for Arthur Young and Co.
Terry holds a Master's with an emphasis on History and Literature from Stanford University and a BS from Menlo School of Business.
He lives in San Francisco with his wife Laura and their two children and is a passionate guitar and tennis player.