SEARCH MODELS W/ NICK HASCHKA, SEARCH FUND ACCELERATOR & NEXT COAST VENTURES (ETA CLUB)
by Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Club
Tue, Oct 12, 2021
12 PM – 1 PM EDT
Founder & Co-Owner at Wright Gardner, LLC
^[redacted] is an experienced small business owner, entrepreneur, and investor. He is the co-owner at Wright Gardner, LLC, a family-owned business operating horticulture services brands in Northern California.
Prior to that, Nick was Chief Commercial Officer at Evercar, where he led strategy and business development, and oversaw the company's key P&Ls. He led the development and closing of first-of-kind strategic deals with two auto OEMs, a large insurance company, the US Federal Government’s General Services Administration, and the top two US ride-hailing companies. He also helped design and pass legislation in California that opened the market for hourly rentals in ride-hailing (AB 2763).
Before Evercar, Nick was Director of Strategy with NRG Energy’s internal innovation group, Station A, where he launched strategic innovation projects and investments in solar, storage, microgrids, and energy software. He also was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he advised Fortune 500 and private equity clients in a variety of growth strategy and operational improvement engagements, and was a graduate of McKinsey’s prestigious Operations Academy (formerly the Production Systems Design Center). Nick was co-founder of 532 Solar, a solar project developer that was sold to Amonix, a solar PV system manufacturer.
Nick holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research from MIT.
Partner, Search Fund Accelerator
Chris Fuller is a Partner at Search Fund Accelerator, the first and most advanced accelerator in the search fund world. At SFA, Chris works extensively with SFA entrepreneurs to evaluate transactions and CEOs as a board member and thought partner. Prior to SFA, Chris worked at Checketts Partners Investment Fund, a New York City-based growth equity, and Credit Suisse in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Chris is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Partner, Next Coast ETA
Anthony Walker is currently a Partner at Next Coast ETA, a division of Next Coast Ventures dedicated to the Entrepreneurship through Acquisition asset class. Prior to joining Next Coast, Anthony was Vice President, Global Investment Research at Goldman Sach. In 2019, he co-founded Ellisen Inc., a startup focused on helping institutions of higher education better recruit and retain diverse talent. Before joining Goldman, Anthony spent approximately 5 years managing long-short equity portfolios at Millennium Management and Citadel LLC, two of the largest asset management funds in the United States. He has also worked in long-only asset management and from 2012 to 2015 was a Vice President and member of the Investment Committee at Chicago based Ariel Investments, where he was responsible for covering the energy and industrial services sectors. Anthony began his career in sell-side equity research and spent five years at Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers covering the Oil Service and Drilling space.
Anthony earned his BA from Columbia University (NY) where he double concentrated in economics and political science and received his MBA from the University of Chicago.