Brad Hanson

Brad began his professional career with Salomon Brothers Inc., in New York, in their Merchant Banking Group where he worked on a variety of leveraged buyout transactions, high-yield debt offerings, “bridge” loan financings and equity investments deploying the firm’s own capital.

In 1988, Brad joined E.M. Warburg, Pincus & Co., Inc. in New York, a global private equity firm which has invested $35 billion in 650 companies in 30 countries around the world over the last forty years.  The firm continues to successfully invest across all stages of a company’s life cycle in a broad range of industries and countries around the world with a long-term orientation.

In 1991, Brad joined Warburg’s London office where he made and managed investments at a time when Europe was beginning to undergo structural, regulatory and financial change.  Brad worked throughout Europe with a concentration on publishing, cable television, telecommunications, nursing home and retail investments and served on numerous Boards of Directors.

In 1996, Brad was recruited to build and manage a global business development and acquisition group for Reuters Holdings plc in London, a global provider of news, information and transaction products.  Brad built and managed a transaction team and acquired six companies in the U.S., France, Spain, and U.K. in line with an approved strategy.  Brad was the Chairman of four of these growing companies and managed these stand-alone subsidiaries.  During his eleven years in Europe, Brad worked with companies in Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Czech Republic.

In 2006, after relocating back to Seattle with his family, Brad joined the Sienna Group, a Seattle-based investment firm.

Brad enjoys traveling and exploring a variety of outdoor activities and sports with his twin boys where he can teach them some of the things he learned as a summer commercial fisherman in Alaska from 1976-1984.

Brad graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Oregon in 1985 with a B.S. in Finance and Economics.

Jim Mullen

Prior to founding Lighthouse Ventures, Jim was the Chief Financial Officer for the Sienna Group, a private investment firm. As a senior member of the management team, Jim led the financial and corporate administration functions of the firm. In this role, he analyzed and executed on strategic growth objectives, participated in financial modeling, analytically reviewed acquisition opportunities and was a partner with, and resource to, the management teams of the acquired companies. During his tenure, Jim was involved in the start-up and management of sixteen investment and operating entities and was a member of the Board of Directors of several companies.

Jim was Vice President of Finance at aQuantive, Inc, a publicly- traded parent company of digital marketing services and technology companies. Recruited in 1999 in preparation for the company’s IPO, Jim managed the worldwide finance and accounting organization including financial planning & analysis, financial reporting, accounting, tax, credit, collections, treasury, insurance and risk management and financial systems. His financial transaction experience included a $144 million IPO, an $80 million convertible debt offering and the acquisition of nine domestic and international companies. During his six-year tenure, Jim advised on transaction structures, negotiated purchase agreements, critiqued acquisition valuations, determined financial reporting and accounting treatment of proposed transactions and managed investment bankers, attorneys and auditors on transactions. He also led internal due diligence efforts for the finance team.

As Corporate Controller of Teledesic, LLC from 1997 – 1999, Jim created a finance & accounting organization in support of Teledesic’s mission to develop the world’s first global broadband, low-earth orbit satellite system. These efforts enabled the Company to access the private equity and debt markets. Among other accomplishments, Jim implemented a complex restructuring of Teledesic to facilitate global investment and provide foreign investors tax optimization. Jim architected and implemented financial processes, systems and internal controls where none existed, including the creation of operating policies & procedures to establish and support Teledesic’s 30 foreign subsidiaries.

In 1993, Jim joined McCaw Cellular/AT&T Wireless and progressed to Director of Finance & Operations – Western Region, then the largest region of AT&T Wireless with revenues exceeding $1 billion. Jim led and implemented a broad range of financial initiatives that streamlined inventory operations and increased profitability. These process and system improvements resulted in multi-million dollar savings, the consolidation of wireless equipment distribution facilities from 9 to 2 and significantly reduced manpower requirements.

Jim was the Corporate Controller of B/Y Broadcasting, Inc. from 1989 to 1993. B/Y acquired and operated radio stations and launched a west coast traffic reporting service for radio stations. Jim provided strategic development and implementation of financial, operating and capital plans. Originally funded by Fremont Group (formerly Bechtel Investments, Inc.), a large family office with diversified interests, where Jim was a specialist within its finance & accounting organization.

Jim began his professional career with Arthur Anderson & Co. from 1982-1988 where he focused on emerging growth and technology companies. He initially joined the firm’s Boston office and later transferred to its rapidly growing San Francisco practice in 1985.

Jim graduated Cum Laude from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1982 earning a B.B.A. with a concentration in Accounting. Jim is a CPA (inactive) and member of the AICPA and Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Since 1996, Jim has been a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound Board of Directors. He has served as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer.