Wayne Millage bio

Wayne Millage

Wayne has over 35 years’ experience in the packaging industry experience across many roles, while always prioritizing a focus on product differentiation and profitable growth. Wayne is the former Chief Executive Officer of Trojan Lithograph Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of consumer packaging. Prior to his role at Trojan, Wayne held several C-suite roles including as the former President of Allpak Container and Allpak Container East and as the former Vice President of Business Development at Crown Packaging.

Sriraj Kantamneni bio

Sriraj Kantamneni

SriRaj Kantamneni (Sri) is a 20-year veteran of the Ag and Food industry, currently a Senior Vice President & Chief Information and Digital Officer at Schreiber Foods. Prior to this, he held various leadership roles at Cargill for nearly 20 years. Sri has worked in six different countries, in Asia, Latin America and Europe, and understands the world's growing need for healthy, nutritious, and sustainable food and protein. He's also been involved in and seen firsthand, the many disruptive and transformative trends impacting food and agriculture today.

Sri personally invests and advises start-ups and early-stage companies in this transforming industry through as a partner and co-founder in his own venture fund, Azul Ocean Ventures. In his last role at Cargill, as Managing Director in Digital Insights, Sri invested in disruptive and early stage technologies serving the aquaculture and livestock industries. These transformative technologies like computer vision and acoustics unlocked new and unique insights enabling modern farming operations to glean untapped value. Today, at Schreiber Foods, a leading dairy, cheese and alternative beverage company, Sri leads the technology and digital organization.

Sri received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University and M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Sri grew up in the heartland of the United States in Iowa City, Iowa, but now lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Finlay Bruce bio

Finlay Bruce

Finlay is an Senior Analyst at Novelty Hill supporting the leadership team in executing deliverables at each step of the deal process. Prior to joining Novelty Hill, Finlay was a Tax Consultant at Deloitte, where he helped prepare tax returns for multinational private equity firms as well as high net worth individuals. Finlay is also a fully licensed CPA in the state of Washington.

Finlay holds a bachelor’s in accounting and a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business. Outside of the office, Finlay can be found skiing, cycling, or golfing with friends.

Nick Colmenero Bio

Nick Colmenero

Nick serves as an advisor to Novelty Hill Capital. He is currently the Head of Corporate Development at Convoy, where he oversees mergers and acquisitions, investments, strategy, corporate finance, and investor relations. Convoy is the leading digital freight network, using technology to make freight more efficient, reduce shippers' costs, increase carriers' earnings, and eliminate carbon emissions - the Company has raised over $1BN to drive digital freight transformation and is supported by some of the top investment firms in the world including: T. Rowe Price, Baillie Gifford, Generation Investment Management, Fidelity, and more.

Previously, Nick worked at Meridian Capital, where he focused on consumer and retail investment banking services. Prior to this, he worked at Starbucks in the Company's Corporate Development & Strategic Business Alliance unit, supporting global business development, transaction execution, and cross-functional project management with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, strategic commercial partnerships and joint ventures.

Nick received his B.A. in Finance and Accounting from University of Washington.

Nathan Miller bio

Nathan Miller

Nathan Miller is a Director at Novelty Hill Capital and supports all aspects of the transaction process. Prior to joining Novelty Hill, Nathan was a Vice President at Meridian Capital, a Seattle-based Investment Bank, where he was a member of the consumer team. Before Meridian, Nathan worked as a Senior Analyst at Arlington Capital Advisors, a consumer-focused Investment Bank based in Birmingham, and as an Associate at KPMG in the Financial Services Audit practice.

While in Birmingham, Nathan served on the Junior Board for Better Basics, Inc., a not-for-profit with the mission to provide literacy intervention and enrichment programs for students in central Alabama. While seeking similar organizations in the Seattle area that support a similar mission, Nathan is taking full advantage of the Pacific Northwest’s outdoor recreation opportunities and finding new ways to introduce people to the outdoors.

Nathan holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting with a concentration in Professional Accounting from the University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Business. He has his Series 63 and Series 79 licenses with FINRA.

Michael Barber bio

Michael Barber

Michael Barber is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Novelty Hill Capital. Michael has over 25 years of experience both as an investment banker and transactional attorney, having represented numerous founders and entrepreneurs across various consumer industry sectors in fundraising and acquisitions. Prior to founding Novelty Hill Capital, Michael was Managing Director and executive leader at Meridian Capital, leading the consumer division and business development initiatives. He has also served as a longstanding advisor to Nordstrom in various capacities. Michael began his legal career at Thompson & Knight of Dallas, Texas. Michael holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a J.D. from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, and a BA in Art History with a concentration in International Studies from Davidson College.