Ventoux CCM Acquisition Corp.

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Ventoux CCM Acquisition Corp. is a newly organized blank check company incorporated in Delaware and formed for the purpose of entering into a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, recapitalization, reorganization or other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. While we may pursue an initial business combination in any region or sector, we intend to focus our efforts on businesses in North America within the hospitality, leisure, travel and dining sectors with an emphasis on consumer branded businesses that have attractive growth characteristics. In addition, we intend to pursue technology companies operating in these sectors, such as business and consumer services and infrastructure. However, we do not intend to invest in businesses with large exposure to investments in physical real estate.

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Ed Scheetz, Chief Executive Officer


Edward Scheetz, 55, has been our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman since August 2020. He is also the co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Ventoux Acquisition. From November, 2016 until present, Mr. Scheetz has actively pursued a range of projects in the hospitality and real estate sectors. In June 2018, Mr. Scheetz, with partners, acquired a mixed use hotel and condominium project in West Hollywood, CA. In March 2020, he began the redevelopment and expansion of the project. From 2013 until October 2016, Mr. Scheetz was Chief Executive Officer of Chelsea Hotels until the sale of that company. In March, 2011, Mr. Scheetz founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of King & Grove Hotels until 2013 when King & Grove Hotels became Chelsea Hotels. In 2005, Mr. Scheetz became Chief Executive Officer of Morgans Hotel Group Co. In 2006, he took Morgans public (NASDAQ: MHGC). Morgans was the developer, owner and operator of such iconic hotel properties as Delano and Shore Club in Miami, Mondrian in Los Angeles, Morgans, Royalton, Paramount and Hudson in New York, and Sanderson and St. Martin’s Lane in London. In 1997, Mr. Scheetz co-founded NorthStar Capital Investment Corp. (“NCIC”). While at NCIC, Mr. Scheetz co-founded real estate investment trust NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., which went public in 2004 (NYSE: NRF). Mr. Scheetz continued to serve as Executive Chairman of NRF through 2007. From 1993 until 1997, Mr. Scheetz was a partner at Apollo Management where he was the co-head of Apollo Real Estate Advisors and raised, invested and managed their first three real estate funds. Prior to his work at Apollo, Mr. Scheetz was at The Trammell Crow Companies and Crow Family Ventures where he was involved with Wyndham Hotels, assisted the Chief Financial Officer in restructuring The Trammell Crow Company, and was a Principal at Trammell Crow Ventures. Mr. Scheetz graduated from Princeton University where he earned an A.B. in Economics.

Matt MacDonald, Chief Financial Officer


Matthew MacDonald, has been our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary, and a director since August 2020. He is also the co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Ventoux Acquisition. Prior to co-founding Ventoux Acquisition in August 2020, Mr. MacDonald worked at Hyatt Hotels Corporation as the Vice President of Capital Strategy and Wellness Development, where he focused on acquiring hospitality companies and brands. Mr. MacDonald joined Hyatt in January 2017 as a result of Hyatt’s acquisition of Miraval Group, a leading hospitality wellness company. Mr. MacDonald joined Miraval Group, a KSL Capital portfolio company, as Vice President of Development in May 2016 following four years at Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Mr. MacDonald is a graduate of the University of Denver and received a Master in Real Estate Finance from New York University. We believe Mr. MacDonald is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his experience in sourcing, negotiating and executing merger transactions within the hospitality, leisure, travel and dining sectors.

Brock Strasbourger, Chief Operating Officer


Brock Strasbourger has been our Chief Operating Officer since October 2020. He is also the Chief Operating Officer of Ventoux Acquisition. Prior to his work at Ventoux Acquisition, Mr. Strasbourger worked for Convene since December 2018 as the Vice President and Head of Strategic Partnerships, focusing on corporate development, opening new revenue streams, and driving growth through external channels. Prior to Convene, Mr. Strasbourger was the Vice President of Digital at OTG Management, an airport hospitality and technology business, from March 2016 through November 2018 and spent nearly three years at as the Head of Business. To begin his career, Mr. Strasbourger spent nearly four years on the Emerging Markets Fixed Income Sales and Trading desk at Barclays Capital (NYSE: BCS). Mr. Strasbourger is a graduate from the University of Michigan with honors and distinction.

Prasad Phatak, Chief Investment Officer


Prasad Phatak, has been our Chief Investment Officer since September 2020. He is also the Chief Investment Officer of Ventoux Acquisition. Since July 2011, Mr. Phatak has been the Managing Member of Tappan Street Partners LLC, where he has led the investment research and portfolio management for several private investment funds these past nine years. Additionally, from December 2019 to September 2020, Mr. Phatak was a Partner at Markley Capital Management, a US-focused investment firm. Mr. Phatak founded Tappan Street Partners after leaving Eton Park Capital Management, where he began as a Research Associate in October 2005 and focused on investing in both public and private investments in a variety of industries. Prior to Eton Park, Mr. Phatak worked as a private equity associate for Madison Dearborn Partners from July 2005 to October 2005, and began his career in July 2003 at the Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX) in the Restructuring and Reorganization Advisory Group, where he worked for two years as an investment banking analyst, analyzing complex corporate restructurings in both out of court and Chapter 11 reorganizations. Mr. Phatak graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business with a B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting in May 2003

Board of Directors

Woody Levin


Woody Levin is the founder and has served as Chief Executive Officer of Extend, Inc., which offers an API-first solution for merchants to offer extended warranties and protection plans, and 3.0 Capital GP, LLC, which is a multi-strategy crypto asset hedge fund. Mr. Levin also served as Vice President of Growth at DocuSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: DOCU), which allows organizations to digitally prepare, sign, act on, and manage agreements. In addition, Mr. Levin served as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Estate Assist, Inc., a digital estate planning platform until its acquisition, and of BringIt, Inc., a virtual currency casino and arcade until its acquisition. Mr. Levin served as Director Emerging Business — Office of the CTO at International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT), which manufactures and distributes slot machines and other gaming technology. Mr. Levin serves a member of the board of directors of DraftKings Inc. (NASDAQ: DKNG) and of Extend, Inc.

Julie Atkinson


Julie Atkinson is the Chief Marketing Officer for Founders Table Restaurant Group, which includes the Chopt and Dos Toros restaurant brands. She previously served as Senior Vice President, Global Digital at Tory Burch LLC from January 2017 to May 2018. Prior to joining Tory Burch, Ms. Atkinson served in various leadership roles at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., most recently as Senior Vice President, Global Digital from November 2014 to January 2017 and as Vice President of Global Online Distribution from September 2012 until November 2014. Prior to joining Starwood, Ms. Atkinson held multiple roles at Travelocity including marketing and operations. Ms. Atkinson is an accomplished digital, marketing, and technology executive with a 20-year track record of innovative and strategic leadership for multiple global consumer brands. She also sits on the board of directors of Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. (NYSE: BFAM).

Chris Ahrens


Chris Ahrens is an Advisor with Certares Management LLC (“Certares”), a travel focused investment firm. Prior to joining Certares, he was a Managing Director of One Equity Partners (“OEP”), the private equity investment arm of JPMorgan Chase. He was active in OEP’s travel industry, technology and healthcare investments. Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors of Internova Travel Group, a leading premium corporate, leisure, franchise and consortia travel company operating under a variety of diversified divisions and brands, including Tzell Travel, Protravel International,Travel Leaders Network and Nexion.

Jonas Grossman


Mr. Jonas Grossman is a partner, the President and Head of Capital Markets for Chardan Capital Markets, LLC, a New York headquartered broker/dealer, established in 2003. Since 2003, Mr. Grossman has overseen the firm’s investment banking and capital markets activities and initiatives. He has extensive transactional experience having led or managed more than 400 transactions during his tenure at Chardan. Healthcare Acquisition 2 Corp.

Alex Weil


Mr. Alex Weil is currently co-head of FinTech investment banking at Chardan. Mr. Weil has spent his career, which spans over two decades, providing strategic advisory services to global companies, senior executives, boards of directors, and investors. Mr. Weil’s background in strategic advisory work was built during his career at both global

Bernard Van der Lande


Bernard Van der Lande is Managing Director of Cindat, an international private equity investment platform for whom Mr. Van der Lande oversees US and European operations as well as strategy and fund formation initiatives. Consistently in the vanguard of cross-border and digitized capital formation strategies, Mr. Van der Lande has transacted on or recapitalized a variety of public and private investment vehicles. Bernard Van der Lande was previously Managing Director of Easterly LLC, a private asset management holding company with interests in boutique investment management firms. Previously, he was Managing Director of CBRE Capital Advisors, Inc., CBRE's real estate investment banking business, and Managing Director of Hodges Ward Elliott, another capital markets and investment banking business.