Our People

Our mission is to positively disrupt the broken retail dynamic in cities across America

Anthony Ackil

CEO, Founder

Anthony Ackil

CEO, Founder

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.

Damon Jones

Principal

Damon Jones

Principal

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.

Sonia Smyth

Principal, Founder

Sonia Smyth

Principal, Founder

Sonia worked on global engagement and partnerships for the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. She has also worked for and advised young companies, primarily in the food and beauty industries.

Sonia received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2018 and a B.A. with highest honors from Princeton University in 2011.

Eric Holstein

Principal, Founder

Eric Holstein

Principal, Founder

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

Bo Menkiti

Founder, Advisor

Bo Menkiti

Founder, Advisor

Bo is the Founder and CEO of The Menkiti Group, a real estate company dedicated to transforming lives, careers, and communities. Bo is also a Founding Partner and Chairman of Keller Williams Capital Properties (KWCP), a residential brokerage. Under Bo’s leadership, The Menkiti Group’s portfolio has grown to more than 1.5 million square feet of space delivered, leased, or in development; KWCP has grown to 1,000 associates across 8 offices in DC, MD, and VA.

The Menkiti Group and KWCP have been recognized as among the fastest growing private companies in the nation. Bo himself has also received numerous honors, including the National Association of Realtors’ prestigious 30 Under 30 Award in 2014. Mr. Menkiti is a trustee of the Federal City Council and serves on a number of boards, including City First Bank, the Meyer Foundation, and the District of Columbia Building Industry Association. In 2014, Mr. Menkiti launched the Capital Properties Menkiti Group (CPMG) Foundation, which provides community services in Housing, Youth, Education, and Entrepreneurship.

Michael Shreve

Principal, Founder

Michael Shreve

Principal, Founder

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).

Meg Folkinga

Principal

Meg Folkinga

Principal

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.

Mitchell Kahn

Principal

Mitchell Kahn

Principal

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.

Paul Twohig

Principal Advisor

Paul Twohig

Principal Advisor

A Global Retail and Food Service Executive, with demonstrated success leading some of the world’s best loved brands to improve profitability, enhance customer experiences, and expand brand presence in private and public ownership structures.

Innate capacity for 24×7 operational leadership, honed by passion for customer intimacy, and market development. Track record of aligning success of Franchisees and Franchisors. Servant Leader philosophy has produced deep bench strength, having developed successors for numerous roles.

Paul E. Twohig is President and Chief Operating Officer for MOD Super Fast Pizza Holdings LLC. In the past Mr. Twohig occupied the position of Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President at Panera Bread Co., President-Dunkin Donuts US & Canada Operations at Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. and President for Dunkin’ Donuts LLC (a subsidiary of Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.), Division Senior Vice President at Starbucks Corp. and Regional Manager-New England Region at Burger King Corp.

Mr. Twohig is also on the board of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. and was a member of the Senior Executive Team at Dunkin Brands that completed IPO in 2011. He is currently an investor in several privately held restaurant chains.

Steve Grossman

Principal Advisor

Steve Grossman

Principal Advisor

Steve is CEO of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit research and advisory organization dedicated to driving economic prosperity in America’s inner cities through private sector investment. Steve is leading the organization through a period of rapid growth and extending ICIC’s national visibility and brand; he also directs ICIC’s efforts to secure new partners and drive private sector engagement.

Prior to joining ICIC, Steve was elected Treasurer of Massachusetts in 2010 and served from 2011 until 2015. One of his principal achievements was the creation of the Small Business Banking Partnership, a pioneering initiative that was responsible for moving almost $400 million of state deposits into community banks that used these funds to make more than 10,000 loans with a value of over $1.6 billion, with a principal focus on businesses owned by women, minorities, immigrants and veterans.

Steve previously served for 35 years as President of Grossman Marketing Group, a fourth-generation marketing communications firm started by his grandfather. He has been an active leader in many civic, philanthropic and political organizations, including as a founding board member of Mass Inc. Steve graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar