Richard Augustyn


Richard is the Founder and CEO of both NIP Group, a top 100 business insurance broker, and Extensis Group, a top 20 HR Outsourcing company. Richard has been a successful serial entrepreneur and accomplished investor for more than 20 years.  He currently serves on the board of several high-growth companies. His early business success landed him a spot among the Forty Under 40, a program that honors young men and women who have made outstanding contributions to their fields.



Tomas Bergstrand


Tomas is the founder of Archipelago Ventures, LLC a Boston-based private investment firm established in 2008. Archipelago Ventures serves as a vehicle for diversifying assets into privately held investments. Since its founding, Archipelago has made investments in search funds, search fund acquisitions and in select startup ventures in the US and in Europe.


Prior to Archipelago Ventures, Mr. Bergstrand owned and managed a custom boat building business based in Massachusetts. He also served as CFO at institutional brokerage Enskilda Securities, Inc in New York City and held operational positions for the Swedish banking group SEB in Singapore and the US.


Mr. Bergstrand holds a Master's degree in Finance from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree from Bryant University in Rhode Island.



Thomas Cassutt


Thomas is a Managing Partner at TD Investment Company, which has made investments in more than eighty private companies, and is CFO of American Security Products, a leading manufacturer of high-security safes.  From 1984 to 2011, Mr. Cassutt was Co-President of Nelson Nameplate Company, a manufacturer of membrane switches and product identification based in Los Angeles, California. 


Prior to joining Nelson, Mr. Cassutt was the Controller of Bristol Corporation, the parent company of ten manufacturing companies from 1978-1984.  He currently sits on the board of American Security Products, Columbia Sanitary Products, Scottish American Insurance Services, and Positive Coaching Alliance.


Mr. Cassutt received his Bachelors degree in Physics from the University of California, Irvine where he was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate.  He received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller scholar.