Fog and Nature

Growcore Investments: We scale consumer brands.

About Us

Growcore™ invests in the creation of scalable platforms within growing consumer verticals. We provide long-term capital - debt and equity -  and extensive experience working with founders to grow unique brands.  We believe in building strong partnerships that depend on identifying and investing in experienced, proven management teams. Our reputation of respect, integrity and forward-thinking comes directly from our founders, the Fireman family, and extends to our network of loyal investors and entrepreneur advisors.  The Growcore team has a proven track record developed over 39 transactions and over $400m invested across a wide range of consumer categories.

GC-Brand-Guide-Assets-120220.png
 
Analysing Data

The Team

 
FIREMAN, DAN 2_edited.jpg

Dan Fireman

Managing Partner

As a Co-Founder of Growcore, Dan focuses on all aspects of the firm’s investment strategy, execution and portfolio company management. Dan received his BA from Emory University and his MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

AKELMAN, CHRIS 1_edited.jpg

Chris Akelman

Partner

As a Co-Founder of Growcore, Chris is responsible for evaluating and executing new investment opportunities and supporting portfolio companies. Chris received his BA in Economics from Brown University.

HOWARD, DEVON 2_edited.jpg

Devon Howard

Principal

Devon has been with the Growcore team since 2015. He is responsible for evaluating and executing new investment opportunities and supporting portfolio companies. Devon received his BComm in Finance with a minor concentration in Entrepreneurship from McGill University.

KAZOREK, RUSS 1_edited.jpg

Russ Kazorek

Vice President & Controller

Russ has been with the Growcore team for over 10 years and has over 18 years of private equity experience in finance. He is responsible for the financial accounting and tax reporting functions of the firm. Russ received his BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont.

LAGOO, AJ 1 (v2)_edited.jpg

Andrew (AJ) Lagoo

Vice President

AJ joined the Growcore team in 2018. He is responsible for evaluating and executing new investment opportunities and supporting portfolio companies. AJ earned his MBA from Columbia Business School along with BSB's in both Finance and Marketing from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

MACKINNON, MOLLY 2_edited.jpg

Molly MacKinnon

Manager of Accounting & Investor Relations

Molly has been with the Growcore team since 2015. She is responsible for managing accounts payables and receivables, investor relations, reporting, benefits and marketing. Molly received her BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

GOODING, VINIQUA 1_edited.jpg

Viniqua Gooding

Executive Personal Assistant

Viniqua joined Growcore in 2020. She is responsible for maintaining the Partners daily schedules, correspondence, contacts, personal projects, meeting arrangements as well as travel. Viniqua received her BA in Communication from The University of New Hampshire.

ROGERS, BEN 2_edited.jpg

Ben Rogers

Analyst

Ben joined Growcore in 2020. He is responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities and supporting portfolio companies. Ben received his BS in Philosophy and Political Science from Emory University.

OLSON, PATTI 2_edited.jpg

Patti Olson

Accountant

Patti joined Growcore in 2021. She is responsible for the financial accounting of the firm and funds. Patti received her BS in Management from Bentley University.

1_edited.jpg

David O'Connor

Head of Business Development

David focuses on business development and analyzing potential acquisitions for Growcore. David received his BA in Managerial Economics from Bentley University.

Investments

Over the last thirteen years, the Growcore team has completed 39 transactions and has deployed over $400m in capital across a wide range of consumer categories.

 
Artboard+3@2x.png

Docklight Brands

Current

A portfolio of CBD-infused beverage, food and skin care brands.

Untitled.png

Dr. Jolly's

Current

The #1 selling extract brand in Oregon.

GRI .png

Garden Remedies

Current

A vertically integrated cannabis company serving medical and recreational consumers in Massachusetts.

leafly-logo.png

Leafly

Current

The largest cannabis website in the world, producing cannabis focused content and facilitating online ordering in select markets.

purity_logo_540x_1_360x_edited.png

Purity Organics

Current

A multi brand holding company focused on better for you, organic beverage products.

THC Logo small.png

The Herb Center

Current

One of the first dispensaries in Bend, Oregon and a local favorite due to its vast array of products and consistently low prices.

TPCO-Logo-Black-Web (002).png

The Parent Company

Current

The largest vertically integrated omnichannel cannabis platform in California.

tilray-logo-696x385_edited.png

Tilray

Current

A global leader in cannabis research, cultivation, processing and distribution.

Tumalo_MasterLogo (002) small 2.png

Tumalo Industries

Current

A cannabis focused portfolio of brands, farms, dispensaries, and manufacturing facilities which embody the commitment to quality and innovation that reinforce Oregon’s reputable cannabis market.

Anytime Fitness Logo.png

Bandon Holdings

Realized

The largest network of gyms in the Anytime Fitness franchisee system.

canarchy-collective-logos.png

CANarchy

Realized

A disruptive collective of independent brewers dedicated to bringing quality & innovative flavors to beer drinkers in the name of craft beer.

Presentation12.jpg

Dunn's River Brands

Realized

A holding company of beverage brands focused on tea and functional wellness.

new_edited.png

Evolution Fresh

Realized

A producer of cold-pressed fruit juices, fruit smoothies, gourmet soups, salads and signature bowls.

hudson-jeans-logo.jpg

Hudson Jeans

Realized

A premium denim manufacturer and distributor.

a00348b7e4eb9e0278e532e039eeba54.w1440.h

IdeaPaint

Realized

A producer and distributor of dry erase paint for the office, school, and home.

100.jpg

Left Coast Ventures

Realized

A leading manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of premium cannabis products focused on the California market.

newton-running-logo-vector.png

Newton Running

Realized

A manufacturer and distributor of premium natural running footwear.

logo-for-athlete-feed_9d72c245-05ef-47d7

Pilla

Realized

A manufacturer of technical sports eyewear.

PMGT+Color.png

Privateer Holdings

Realized

A private equity firm focused on shaping the future of the global legal cannabis industry.

7Ak5B8vS_400x400.jpg

Serena & Lily

Realized

A lifestyle retailer focused on home décor.

29203.png

Skip Hop

Realized

A global lifestyle brand devoted to designing innovative products for parents, babies and kids.

unnamed_edited.png

Surfside Holdings

Realized

A southern Florida based operator of Dunkin' Brands restaurants.

Image by Max Bender

We are always looking for the next big idea. Get in touch with us to find out more.

Thanks for submitting!