KEVIN M. MCGOVERN
Chairman & CEO
Kevin McGovern is the Chairman and CEO of McGovern Capital, a single-family office. McGovern Capital serves as an investment, strategy and licensing participant and advisor to global businesses. Through McGovern Capital and its affiliates, McGovern has co-founded over twenty-five (25) companies, six of which have become world/category leaders, and he has been lead negotiator/principal in over fifteen (15) global joint ventures. McGovern regularly speaks at business, academic and family office conferences in the US, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. He serves/served on many public and private boards.
McGovern was a founder of SoBe Beverages, the fastest growing beverage company ever in the US (sold to Pepsi), and McGovern Capital was one of three owners of KX Industries, L.P., the largest manufacturer and worldwide source of carbon water purification filters, having invented and supplied PUR to P&G, the first end-of-tap filter to Brita, and the first refrigerator water filter to Electrolux. Mr. McGovern has spent the last several decades working to provide clean drinking water to people with the worst water contamination issues (including bacteria, viruses, arsenic and lead); his water filters system was utilized by Elon Musk for Flint, Michigan. He also created the program, supervised, and negotiated all licensing of Tristrata’s alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) patents, which technology was incorporated in approximately 40% of all global skin care products, and is/was sold in approximately 80 countries.
McGovern Capital is currently involved in several consumer technologies including several innovative food and beverage companies; unique skincare technologies for women of color and CBD; interests in several teams/organizations in e-Sports. It is a principal in a leading drug company seeking the first FDA approved drug for plaque removal in the human body; and also participates in various other impact/environmental opportunities such as plastics-to-fuel and carbon underground agricultural products.
Kevin has successfully partnered and advised many celebrities and was a full partner and producer for Roy Jones, Jr. during his reign as the top boxer in the world. He has also worked in other sports industries such as golf development and celebrity management, race car driving, figure skating, eSports, and pro-football. He was a member of the Board and also one of the 3 members of the Executive Committee of The Sports Authority when it grew to be the multi-billion-dollar largest sports retail company in the world.
McGovern is actively involved in the medical cannabis industry with numerous companies across the globe. He is Chairman of Israel Plant Sciences which is working on uniform seed breeding for all agricultural purposes and cutting-edge cannabis drug solutions for intestinal bowel disease (IBD), addiction, and colon cancer. McGovern serves as Vice Chairman of PTS, a multi-state operator which has various state licenses/dispensaries including Illinois and Michigan. McGovern speaks at leading US and global cannabis conferences and events on topics ranging from medical marijuana and market trends to due diligence strategies and practices.
Mr. McGovern is also known for his nanotechnology involvement, serving as co-chairman of Angstrom Publishing LLC, which together with Forbes publishes a global monthly Nanotechnology newsletter currently entitled The Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech Report. He is a member of the National Board of the Smithsonian (the world’s largest research and museum institution) and is a Trustee Emeritus and a Presidential Councilor (highest honor to alumnus) of Cornell University (having served as the Co-Chairman of the Technology Transfer Committee and Co-Chairman of the Sports Task Force). He was recently appointed to the Cornell University global Committee on Research and Innovation. He also teaches a course on “Global Innovation and Commercialization” at the Cornell graduate business school and is/has been a guest lecturer at various academic institutions, including Cornell NY Tech, Stanford (business lecturer and executive programs), MIT, ESCP Europe, NTU in Singapore, and KAUST in Saudi Arabia. He also served as Chairman of Entrepreneurship@Cornell for over seven years. The McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in Life Sciences at Cornell University was recently acclaimed as one of the Top 10 Venture Development Centers in North America. In addition, he established the McGovern Fields at Cornell.
Mr. McGovern served on the Board of the US Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai and was appointed (only foreigner) to the Expo’s Post-Development Committee. He is also Vice Chairman of the Silver Shield Foundation, providing assistance to families of policemen and firemen who die in the line of duty in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. He serves on the Board of Point Hope providing global assistance to orphans. Mr. McGovern is a member of the Advisory Council to Consumer Reports, a non-profit member organization and magazine that works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace.
Mr. McGovern has received numerous awards including the Cornell "Entrepreneur of the Year", St. John's University School of Law’s "Distinguished Alumni Award" and The East West Institute's "Global Game Changer Award". In addition, he received the Pioneer Award from the United Nation’s International Council for Caring Communities, the Luce Foundation honored him as its 2015 Humanitarian of the Year, and he received the 2016 Gold Medal Award from the American Irish Historical Society.
Jarrett graduated from Cornell University in 2003. After graduation, he worked for Media Venture Productions in Los Angeles and helped produce the movie "Waiting". In 2004, he relocated to Miami and worked for the Miami Marketing Group where he specialized in event marketing and corporate sponsorship. After moving to New York, he served as the Creative Director for The Water Initiative(R) and in 2015 he co-founded Rise Brewing Co., New York's original Nitro Cold Brew coffee company. Rise was acclaimed by BevNet as the leading national new beverage in 2017 and is now widely distributed across the United States. Jarrett primarily advises McGovern Capital on its food and beverage opportunities.
Advisor/Associate General Counsel
Katey graduated from Villanova University in 2003 with a B.S. in Computer Science and a Concentration in Cognitive Science. After graduating from Villanova, she attended Quinnipiac University School of Law, graduating in 2006. She is an Associate at McGovern & Associates and is admitted to the Connecticut State Bar. She enjoys volunteering with numerous organizations. Katey coordinates all legal/IP related matters and advises principally in areas that relate to her computer science background.
Alan’s career has focused on water solutions, operations and manufacturing since working with CH2M Hill in 1995. He had numerous roles at GE including Water Commercialization Leader with GE Automation Services (Where he was responsible for winning 500 projects), Global Industry Manager (where he focused on solving key customer challenges and creating new partnerships), and Global Marketing Director – Infrastructure (where he led the team for the strategic marketing of GE Intelligent Platforms’ Energy, Oil & Gas, and Water offerings). He founded a clean water movement called Our Water Counts (www.OurWaterCounts.com), which has won many awards, and he served as COO of The Water Initiative. Hinchman is a frequent speaker at consumer and water industry events and in 2012 was named the Executive Chair of the Water Innovations Alliance to lead the efforts to address America’s water infrastructure issues.
Peter Psaras has over two decades of international technology and business experience with a Fortune 35 listed $75 billion dollar multinational information technology services company employing over 350,000 and operating in over 170 countries around the world, where he ultimately reported to the office of two consecutive Chairmen of the Board & Chief Executive Officers.
Mr. Psaras co-created and launched highly successful software and technology businesses that grew revenue to over $1B within a two-year period across North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Mr. Psaras served as Global Brand Leader for enterprise software portfolios generating sales in excess of $1B annually, leveraging a global sales force of 1000, over 160,000 business partners and a 2000-member global research/development organization.
Mr. Psaras has served as corporate strategy adviser on numerous multi-billion dollar merger and acquisitions including Price Waterhouse Cooper‘s management consulting $3.5B, Lotus Development Corporation $3.5B, Rational Software $2.1B, Informix $1B, Tivoli Systems $743M and IBM PC $1.75B. Mr. Psaras has engaged a range of multi-million-dollar strategic consulting engagements with McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Booze Allen Hamilton, Mercer, CapGemini and Bain domestically and internationally.
Mr. Psaras has served as Global Brand Leader with a Fortune 240 listed $13B medical device company as a member of the leadership team responsible for the fastest growing medical device portfolio within the entire company. He originated and successfully achieved FDA approval of 510K application processes which launched entirely new medical device portfolios previously unavailable within the United States. Mr. Psaras worked alongside surgeons in live patient surgery operating rooms at hospitals across the United States.
Mr. Psaras was competitively selected and named a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering. He was the first person in his company’s 100-year history to receive this honor. Mr. Psaras was co-sponsored by both the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Mr. Psaras is a published scientist and author. He is Editor of a widely referenced and highly praised book published by the National Academy of Sciences titled “Advancing Materials Research”. He has received US and international patents on his inventions in the areas of integrated circuits and thin film physics. He has authored/co-authored two dozen peer reviewed scientific journal international publications. He has spoken at over 30 invited scientific and technical conferences around the world.
Mr. Psaras received his bachelors in metallurgical engineering science from CSU graduating with Summa Cum Laude Honors and an MBA in international business from the Lubin School of Business, Pace University, with 100% financial scholarship graduating with Deans List Honors. He has completed further executive management programs at Harvard Business School, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, Northwestern JL Kellogg School of Management and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to receiving his MBA degree, Mr. Psaras was accepted for doctoral PhD studies at both Cambridge University and Oxford University with a North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO Scholarship, as well as to Brown University and other highly ranked doctoral programs in the United States and Australia. He decided instead to pursue an MBA degree in international business, which led him to focus on mergers and acquisitions in the software and technology sectors.
Mr. Psaras is a dual citizen of the European Union and the United States. Mr. Psaras firmly believes in the importance of corporate social responsibility and is extensively engaged in such activities as the United Way and other global humanitarian causes.