Our People

Founders

Anthony Ackil

Founder, CEO

Anthony Ackil

Founder, CEO

Grew up in Canton, Massachusetts. In 2004, Anthony co-founded b.good LLC, a Boston-based healthy fast casual restaurant chain dedicated to using food to improve communities. As CEO Anthony grew the business to 70 fast casual restaurants in 10 states, with additional locations in Canada, Switzerland and Germany.

In 2014 b.good founded the b.good Family Foundation, a 501c3 organization that issues quarterly micro-grants to enable individuals to make positive change in our communities. Anthony currently serves on the Board of Project Bread a charitable organization dedicated to ending hunger in the Boston area.

Anthony was named the 2015 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year for the New England region. In 2018 Anthony was honored as Fast Casual Magazine’s Top 25 Executives. In 2018 and 2017 b.good was honored as Fast Casual Magazine’s Top 75 Brands. Anthony currently coaches and mentors a number of local entrepreneurs. Anthony attended Harvard University, graduating in 1999 with a B.A. in Government.

Michael Shreve

Founder, Real Estate Services

Michael Shreve

Founder, Real Estate Services

Mike was one of the first employees at T3 Advisors, a Boston-based real estate brokerage firm advising tenants in the technology and biotech industries.  Mike spent 14 years with T3, engineering creative real estate solutions for clients in the innovation economy.  Mike subsequently founded his own real estate firm, expanding across a broader set of real estate interests including property investment and management focused in low-income areas.

Mike attended Harvard University,  graduating in 1999 with a B.A. in Economics. He currently lives in Auburndale, MA with  his wife and three children, Vivi (12),  Ben (9), and Jimmy (7).

Eric Holstein

Founder, COO

Eric Holstein

Founder, COO

After starting his career with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Eric joined LRA by Deloitte as a Senior Consultant in the Food and Beverage practice, working with clients such as Compass Group, Marriott, British Airways, and Bloomberg. After advancing in the corporate world, Eric founded several food-related businesses, including Fork Food Lab, an incubator kitchen in Portland, Maine providing production space and support services to 50 small food businesses.

After New York City-based Pilotworks acquired Fork, Eric joined the company as Vice President of Operations and oversaw growth from two to six locations. He stepped back in June 2018 to join Attic Ventures as their Entrepreneur in Residence, where he has been creating a digital services ecosystem for small businesses.

Eric attended Colby College and holds a certificate in Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management from Cornell University

Meg Folkinga

CMO

Meg is an experienced leader and consultant who leverages creativity and a strong focus on ROI, to maximize growth for her clients, gained through a career in multiple and diverse roles.

Meg’s career, as an entrepreneur, began with her own photography company followed by co-founding a successful children’s clothing e-commerce site. For the last 5 years, Meg has worked specifically in digital marketing, including working under Anthony Ackil, at B.GOOD, as Director of Digital Marketing.

She now mentors and consults for numerous companies in various industries across North America and Europe, including Energy Storage, Textiles, Hospitality, and Retail. Meg currently specializes in digital marketing strategy development and execution, as well as content creation.

Meg grew up in a small rural farming town in Northern Alberta, Canada. She has lived and worked throughout Western Europe and the United States. She is now settled in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband Mark, and three children; Mila, Seamus, and Hugh.

Business Services

Mitchell Kahn

Partner, Investments

Mitchell Kahn

Partner, Investments

Mitch is the founder of Hexagon Real Estate LLC and Hexagon Hospitality LLC, businesses that specialize in investing in the real estate and hospitality sector. Current real estate investments include buildings in New York City located at 28 East 13th street, 358 West 39th Street, 69 Clinton, 410 West 47th Street and a portfolio of houses and small buildings in the Philadelphia, PA area. Current hospitality investments include Gregory’s Coffee, B. Good, The Juice Shop Kitchen & Juicery and The Hummus & Pita Co, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, Taqueria Dianna and Upside Pizza.

Mr. Kahn was a co-founder and the managing principal of Red Pine Advisors LLC, which specializes in providing valuation opinions relating to thinly-traded financial investments, with a focus on structured, commercial real estate, residential real estate and other credit instruments. Red Pine Advisors sold itself to Houlihan Lokey, a Los Angeles-based investment bank, in 2010.

Prior to founding Red Pine. Mr. Kahn was Co-President of RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE: RAS), a mortgage REIT active in a variety of real estate and structured credit investment asset classes, and President and a founder of Taberna Securities, the broker-dealer subsidiary of RAIT. Under his direction, Taberna was the leading provider of corporate-level unsecured debt capital to REITs and other real estate companies in the form of trust preferred securities and subordinated notes, lending approximately $5.5 billion.

Mitchell Kahn practiced law at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft from 1998-2003 and received a J.D. with honors from George Washington University in 1997.

Austin Brinson

Principal Finance and Analytics

Austin Brinson

Principal Finance and Analytics

Austin Brinson was the VP of Technology at B.GOOD, a restaurant chain with more than 75 locations across four countries. In that position, he modernized all restaurant systems, built a real-time business intelligence environment, led the development of a custom ordering and loyalty app, and stood up a small team to manage all technology. Before joining B.GOOD in 2016, Austin served in various roles at Burger King, including the Director of Beef, and Director of Performance Analysis. In his roles, he oversaw performance analysisand competitive intelligence for the North America business.

He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Judit Valls

Graphic Designer

Judit Valls

Graphic Designer

Judit began her career working with small companies and entrepreneurs in Europe. Through design and creativity, she helped various clients such as Adidas, University of Barcelona and Waterpolo World Championships to succeed in their events.

She now specializes in Brand and Event Design, including the Communication and Corporate field.

Dave Folkinga

Digital Marketing

Dave Folkinga

Digital Marketing

From a family of artists and entrepreneurs, David has been able to develop a wide base of practical skills that continue to serve him well. Offering support in data and analytics as well as web development and digital marketing David is able to implement strategies on-the-go for your rapidly adapting business. David has worked on system implementation with various small companies in the Edmonton area in addition to supporting social media and brand management work. With practical skills supplementing formal education in business and technology management Dave brings a keen eye and a detail-oriented approach to ever-evolving challenges.

Acadia University – Wolfville, Nova Scotia – Graduated 2016

Toni Daly

Digital Marketing

Toni Daly

Digital Marketing

Toni is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Streetlight Ventures. Her responsibilities include paid advertising, strategy, and, copywriting. She crafts creative concepts for companies small and large, turning boring brands into game-changing industry leaders that get people talking. How does she make this happen? With crisp copy that cuts through the noise, backed by sharp strategic thinking. Prior to joining Streetlight Ventures, Toni developed her skills at Postmedia Inc. as a Senior Account Manager and Dubdub as an Influencer Marketing Specialist where she worked with brands such as L’Oréal, General Motors, Microsoft and IKEA. In her spare time, she enjoys talking about herself in the third person.

Real Estate Services

Mark Murphy

Principal Real Estate

Mark Murphy

Principal Real Estate

Mark grew up in Duxbury, Massachusetts and has a passion for helping businesses improve and find the best locations. Mark worked 8 years for b.good a fast casual restaurant chain out of Boston where he ran the operations for the companies Canadian restaurants, overseeing all aspects of the business from restaurant operations to site search and development to finance and administrative functions.

Working with b.good helped fuel Mark’s passion for small business and helping companies achieve their goals. Mark is focused on both real estate and operational support at Streetlight, his experience running companies and understanding how the right site can make or break a business is invaluable.

Mark graduated with a BS from the Lally School of Management and Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Troy, New York.

Mark played 12 years of professional hockey throughout North America and Europe

Damon Jones

City Partner, Principal – Washington DC

Damon Jones

City Partner, Principal – Washington DC

Damon Jones, M.A.T., PMP, is an educator, author, entrepreneur and community development specialist. Mr. Jones is an experienced consultant with over 20 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating curricula, programs and learning models for communities, nonprofits, and agencies. He has a proven track record of creating frameworks that benefit communities, companies and people.

Damon is a former Program Director with Goodwill Industries International where he engaged local Goodwill organizations and national partners to advance career navigation programs, build out apprenticeship frameworks, and improve the operational efficiency of member organizations. Damon is also a former Educational Program Specialist for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Washington, DC, where he provided resources and accountability in the areas of federal grants management, compliance, and meaningful program implementation resulting in improved overall academic achievement in schools in his portfolio.

Mr. Jones earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Economics, Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from Trinity University, Washington, D.C.

Susi Musi

City Partner, Principal – Seattle

Susi Musi

City Partner, Principal – Seattle

Although she was born in Mexico City, Susana (Susi) Musi has called Seattle home for most of her life. She pairs her deep knowledge of Northwest markets with extensive experience in business development, marketing, and branding.

Susi began her career working with artists and entrepreneurs to find the money, people and space needed to produce their best work. She secured donations for the new Seattle Symphony hall, authored grants for arts recycling programs in NYC, and launched technology companies as far away as Switzerland. Back in the US, she resumed work with creative agency, Publicis in the West. Susi served as the project manager for the complete rebrand of Washington’s Lottery, as well as print, radio and television for Ben Bridge Jewelers and Safeco Insurance. Seeing the shift from traditional to interactive media, she left to head up business development for an emerging interactive agency, securing accounts with Midway Games, Surreal Software, Getty Images, HomeTeam, and La Plaza Midway. But it was La Plaza – the Hispanic destination retail concept – that sparked Susi’s interdisciplinary practice specializing in retail and real estate clients.

She has worked with commercial and residential clients from Bellingham to Burien and Vashon to Sammamish. As a commercial broker, Susi represents tenants such as Keller Williams Seattle Metro, PromoShop, ARC Architects, Marshbank Construction, HIIT Lab, Little Trailblazers, Impact Hub Seattle, and landlords such as STS Construction/Blue Stone Apartments, and WeWork.

Susi earned her Master of Arts Management from the Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University. She is fluent in Spanish, enjoys skiing, photography and traveling with her family.

Caroline Pararas

Data and Analytics

Caroline Pararas

Data and Analytics

Caroline boasts over 30 years of experience in community development. She began her career in Washington, D.C. with the Council of Chief State School Officers. In 2014, she created the Greater Portland Sustainable Food Production Cluster. Designated by the White House as one of the nation’s 12 Manufacturing Communities, the cluster attracted $48 million in State, Federal, and private funding to grow the region’s food industry. She enjoys every aspect of community development, from designing walking tours to engage residents to writing an economic impact statement for a food business incubator.