JONATHAN SMIGA
KEEN GROWTH CAPITAL
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
ICS Nantucket Speaker
With more than 25 years of experience in the food, beverage and retail industries, Jonathan has a track record for building business and brands. He's held senior positions with legacy brands, like the Culinary Institute of America, Darden Restaurants, Disney, Illy Espresso, Robert Mondavi and Williams-Somona. Throughout his career he's successfully led finance, marketing, manufacturing, operations, business development and culinary programs. His wide range of skills are utilized at KEEN as he nurtures investor relationships and guides portfolio companies.

He believes in the "full circle of impact." Developing companies that have a positive influence on people, giving back to charitable organizations and providing guidance to entrepreneurs.

In addition to his corporate roles, Jonathan supports non-profits focused on the arts, education and food insecurity. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Art & History Museums of Maitland and on the New College Foundation Board of Directors for the New College of Florida.

Jonathan is a chef, wine enthusiast and co-founder of Dept. C Wines, inspired by the "Golden Slopes" of France's Burgundy region. Jonathan was raised in northern New Jersey and he graduated from the New College of Florida, the prestigious Cornell Hotel School, and earned an M.B.A. from the New York University Stern School of Business. Jonathan resides just north of Orlando, where he owns a horse farm with his partner Christine.