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 Board of Directors

Paul Thiel – Chairman

Paul Thiel joined CRT after serving as CEO of TruCost Inc., an information services provider in the hospitality industry based in Sorrento Valley, and two media companies in Orange County, McClain Publishing Co. and Freedom Interactive Inc. He holds an MBA from the University of Virginia, a BA from the University of Connecticut, and completed executive programs at Stanford Business School and Northwestern University. Thiel started his career as a financial journalist, writing for The Washington Post, the New York Times and the Florida Times-Union.

Joshua Vannetti - Chief Financial Officer

Joshua is a Manager at Vantage Point Advisors, Inc., a boutique business valuation and litigation support firm headquartered in San Diego, CA.  He assists clients with a range of valuation related services pertaining to financial reporting, tax reporting/compliance, succession planning, and advisory.  In addition, Joshua serves as an expert witness in litigation matters which contain significant valuation and/or forensic accounting elements.  Joshua is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA).  He completed his undergraduate education with a B.S. in Accounting from San Diego State University.  

Dennis Dillon Dennis Dillon – Vice Chair, Client Acquisition

Dennis has ran and managed different companies for 25 years. These companies produced consumer products and included fireplaces, products for new homes and crafting supplies These businesses ranged in yearly sales of $12 million dollars, $60 million and $200 million. Additionally, Dennis has managed both closely-held businesses to public corporations. Lastly, Dennis has been involved in over 10 M&A transactions.

Since retiring, he has been an active volunteer for the City of Carlsbad. 

Cory Grant – Vice Chair, Sponsor Development

Cory is Chairman & Managing Partner for CRT Sponsor, Grant, Hinkle & Jacobs.  Business Succession planning often includes more than just considering the obvious; who will run the business after the transitional event. With a comprehensive approach to the estate and retirement planning objectives of the senior group and the desires of those coming into leadership, a balanced approach that keeps the business on the right track can be developed. Interacting with senior management to really understand the culture and flow of the organization and provide advice accordingly while working closely with the team of advisors usually yields the best results.

David Kramer – Vice Chair, Marketing

Dave is the Principal for CRT Sponsor, Outsource CFO Services.  Strategic and hands-on financial executive with over 25 years of full-time experience in public and private companies with international operations. Range: start-up through mid-sized, high tech and life sciences, including over 10 years of manufacturing. Expertise in leading finance and operations during periods of both cash constraints and rapid growth. Successful in raising over $60M in equity and debt, reducing cash burn, improving profits, and coordinating collaborations. Familiar with the venture-backed environment, as well as the IPO and reverse merger processes. Board experience in private companies. Harvard MBA.

  Brett Pernicano - Vice Chair, Partner Relations

Brett Pernicano is a Portfolio Manager at Dowling & Yahnke, an independent, fee-only registered investment adviser.  Dowling & Yahnke provides comprehensive portfolio management and retirement planning services.  Located in San Diego, California, the Firm currently manages approximately $3 billion for more than 1,000 clients, primarily individuals, families, endowments, and foundations.  With over eleven years of experience, Brett has provided clients with financial guidance in areas including asset management and comprehensive financial planning.  Brett holds the designation of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP
®).  He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Washington with a degree in Business, emphasis in Finance.

Susannah Stewart – Vice Chair, Program Development


Susannah Stewart is a strategic global executive having held C-level positions (CEO, COO, CBDO, CIO-innovation and CSO- strategy) in both Europe and the US, creating high-performance corporate cultures to guide businesses through periods of rapid growth or disruptive change, solidifying engaging brand stories, and fast-tracking sustainable results. Positions held range from Fortune 1 and high-growth companies to SME’s, start-ups, and non-profits operating in diverse countries and industries sectors such as luxury yachting, med-tech, fashion, food and beverage, cosmetics, military, logistics, consulting, and sports.  Her business passions are innovation and sustainability.

Dana Shertz – Vice Chair, Mentor Development

Dana’s Leadership experience expands from officer roles in privately held start-ups to billion dollar publicly held companies. Comfortable and competent in either environment. Thirty plus years of experience in successfully building market presence and generating record profitability and sales in highly competitive markets. Dana has a Business Consulting Practice, Contineo Ventures focused on Sales & Marketing strategies for mid-market companies. Previously he has served as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Callaway Golf, President & COO of MacGregor Golf and COO of Endev Enterprises, a Hospitality Development company.