OUR LEADERSHIP

A TEAM DEVOTED TO THE TEAMS

Aaron Kendle

Chief Executive Officer

Aaron Kendle has over a decade of military service and has deployed multiple times to numerous conflict zones around the world. For his distinguished service, Aaron has been awarded a Bronze Star with Valor, Presidential Unit Citation, multiple Commendation medals and multiple combat action ribbons.

Aaron is currently completing his Bachelor of Professional Studies in Business and Management from Excelsior College and is an expected 2018 graduate of the Harvard Business School Program for Leadership Development.

Paul Polakowski III

President

Paul Polakowski joined the SEAL Future Fund in July of 2015 to assist with the SFF’s development and expansion.  Paul is the founder of Ruby Street Capital (RSC), a private investment firm that is an active investor in the global credit and commodity markets as well as in early stage and emerging growth companies. Mr. Polakowski has over 18 years of experience in private equity and corporate finance. Prior to founding RSC, Paul was an investment associate at DB Capital Partners (the North American private equity affiliate of Deutsche Bank) and an investment banking analyst in the Global Communications & Media Group at Lehman Brothers.

Paul received a dual BA in economics and government from Connecticut College and holds a certificate in premedical sciences from Columbia University.

Yenieneh Yesus

Managing Director, Founding Team

Yenieneh Yesus is responsible for strategic planning and day-to-day operations of the SEAL Future Fund. Prior to joining the SFF, Mr. Yesus worked as a computer programmer and systems architect, eventually becoming the Director of Engineering at Cliqk Digital, a design firm based in New York City that provides IT engineering and automation services to commercial and residential clients.

Mr. Yesus served in the United States Marine Corps as a special operations force operator in the elite Second Force Reconnaissance Company. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Harvard University.

Allison Wilson

Managing Director, Founding Team

Allison Wilson is responsible for managing the community outreach activities of the SEAL Future Fund including all fundraising and networking events. Allison has been involved in the SFF from the beginning hosting and organizing events and raising awareness within the community.

Allison is a licensed real estate professional and the CEO and founder of My Savvy Stork, a boutique maternity concierge business. She is also the proud mother of five amazing children.

Jonathan Wilson

Co-Founder

Jonathan Wilson is the co-founder of the SEAL Future Fund and is a former SEAL with over a decade of experience. He has been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Achievement Medal, and various other honors.

Jonathan is currently a National Accounts Manager at Capital Group, an investment company with over $1.4 trillion under management.  In 2012, Mr. Wilson was selected as 1 of 15 of the initial 300 applicants to the inaugural Veterans Integration Program at Goldman Sachs & Co and was subsequently hired as a trading associate in New York. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, graduated from the Harvard Business School Program for Leadership Development and was recently accepted into the MBA program at the Said Business School at the University of Oxford in England.

Brian Martelli

Co-Founder

Brian Martelli co-founded the SEAL Future Fund as a transition platform after identifying a significant opportunity within an undeveloped military infrastructure.

While Chairman, Brian scaled the SFF across the United States and was selected by the US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship to assist in writing legislative policy for veterans on Capitol Hill. Prior to the SFF, Mr. Martelli was Co-Founder & CEO of Kapture, an ad/tech platform where he built a world-class engineering team. Brian spent over a decade in Institutional Equities, primarily at Deutsche Bank, helping transform an initial 8-person New York team into a global organization. He has been an angel investor in several technology start-ups including two Tech Crunch Disrupt winners and played professional soccer in South America at age 19.

Jeff Boss

Founding Team

Jeff Boss is a former SEAL whose eight deployments have resulted in 4 Bronze Stars with Valor, 2 Purple Hearts, 2 Presidential Unit citations, multiple Joint Commendation Medals with Valor, and six combat action ribbons for leadership and tactical acumen, among others. He retired as a member of Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

Now a sought-after executive coach and expert on leadership, culture change, and team performance, Mr. Boss is an executive coach and published author who writes weekly for Forbes and Entrepreneur. Jeff is the co-founder of Chaos Advantage a leadership consultancy for high performance organizations.

Jeff holds a BA in Spanish from Ohio State University and an MS in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University.

Jay Cecil

Founding Team

Jay Cecil currently works at Surveyor Capital, a fundamental equities hedge fund affiliate of Citadel.  Prior to Surveyor Jay was an equities trader at Point72 Asset Management, where he focused on public healthcare investments. His 17-year career in life sciences also includes Caxton AlternativeManagement, Caxton Associates, Piper Jaffray and Montgomery Securities.

He holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Biotechnology from University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lehigh University.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jeff Boss

BUD/S Class 236, NSWDG

Chaos Advantage

Denise Bottiglieri

Chief Executive Officer

Healthcare Consultancy Group

Dustin P. Branch

Partner

Ballard Spahr LLP

Jake Bullock

BUD/S Class 252, NSW

Jay Cecil

Trader

Surveyor Capital

Michael J. Ferrucci

Managing Director

Millennium Partners

Jason Larson

BUD/S Class 253, NSW

Applied Performance Sciences

Brian Martelli

Entrepreneur

Brad Peters

Chief Executive Officer

Blackfin Capital

Jonathan Wilson

BUD/S Class 252, NSW

Capital Group

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Joel Beam

BUD/S Class 253, NSW

The Scienomics Group

David Bruce

Philanthropist

Highland Street Foundation

Mike Gabelli

Managing Director

Gabelli Funds

Robert Gerber

Founder

Gerber Ambulance Company

Neil Grayson

Artist & Founder

Dactyl Foundation

Matt Iorio

Founder

White Elm Capital

Forrest Lindekens

Principal

Guard Hill Consulting

William McCuen

BUD/S Class 195, NSWDG

Mark Pennington

Partner

Lord, Abbett & Co.

Peter Rand

Managing Director

The Blackstone Group

Rich Reuter

Vice President

KarpReilly, LLC

Brett Staffieri

Managing Director

Riverstone LLC

Christina Vest

Managing Director

Hicks Holdings

Blake Wallach

Portfolio Manager

Point72 Asset Management

Doug Zych

Senior Partner

Jordan & Company