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Ned jests that he peaked at 18 when when he was awarded the Rhode Island Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the Providence Journal Bulletin. We, however, believe he’s just getting started. As CFO for The Frontier Project, he’s everything you would expect: an unflappable, levelheaded decision maker. He’s also everything you wouldn’t. Most days, he’s in a T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers—a fitting tribute to his laidback, humble nature.

Since starting with The Frontier Project in 2011, he worked as a consultant on client-facing work before pivoting to the Chief Operating Officer role in 2012, where he also began managing the finances. In early 2015, he became the Chief Financial Officer. He’s seen all parts of the business and knows what is needed—and not needed—to keep it profitable and successful. (It also doesn’t hurt that he’s started two businesses of his own, so he’s got first-hand experience to back it up.)

Ned’s time spent studying organizational psychology at Harvard, coupled with his experience both playing and coaching Division I college tennis, serves his well-rounded approach to navigating the interlocking financial worlds of all four business units of our growing portfolio. He intuitively understands that the financial health of a company starts with a company’s leadership and culture. It’s no coincidence that in the time he’s been with us, we were named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies. 

Despite his proclivity toward maintaining a low profile, he’s also made a name for himself in Richmond’s booming food scene as the founder and co-owner of Barrel Thief, which recently won a 2016 Elby Award for Best Wine Program in Richmond.

Oh, and did we mention he’s doing all of this with young twins (a boy and a girl) at home?