Joshua Kovacs, CFE
Joshua Kovacs is the CEO of Oakscale, where he leads strategy and development efforts by connecting multi-unit franchise operators and private equity to high growth, emerging franchise brands. Mr. Kovacs has over 5 years of experience in franchise development and management: as a Vice President of STEM education franchise Engineering for Kids, he helped grow the concept into a Franchise Top 500 brand with over 100 units across 6 countries, and he has since served as a franchise development consultant for a variety of successful fast casual concepts including The Halal Guys and Mamoun's Falafel. Mr. Kovacs was awarded the Certified Franchise Executive designation by the International Franchise Association and holds a Certificate in Franchise Management from Georgetown University.
Joe Sexton is the Senior Director of Development at Oakscale, where he focuses on implementing marketing and sales strategies to drive growth for the portfolio of franchise brands. Mr. Sexton has 12 years of experience in franchise marketing, sales, and development: as Director of Franchise Development for Sky Zone, the brand received many accolades including being recognized as the 2nd Fastest Growing Franchise by Franchise Times in 2017 and rising to #53 on Entrepreneur's Top 500 franchises. Prior to leading development efforts for Sky Zone, he served as Executive Director of Franchise Development for Mathnasium Learning Centers and helped grow the brand from 450 locations to over 600 locations in his tenure, landing a spot at #83 on Entrepreneur's Top 500 franchises in 2015. Mr. Sexton also has extensive franchise experience in the children's services and flexible workplace industries.
Patrick Buckley is a Franchise Sales Associate at Oakscale, where he works under the Director of Development to drive growth for the portfolio of franchise brands. Before Oakscale, Mr. Buckley served as Territory Manager of Johnstone Supply, a national wholesale distributor with over 400+ locations and $2 billion in annual sales. Patrick has extensive experience serving as a purchasing advisor and supply chain consultant to entrepreneurs and contracting executives in the service sector.
Kayvon Bina is a Board Member of Oakscale and Co-Founder of Metric Collective. Prior to Co-founding Metric Collective and its respective portfolio companies, Mr. Bina had 9 years of experience in venture capital, private equity, mergers & acquisitions, and strategy consulting. Mr. Bina served as Vice President in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications group of Lazard, as an investment professional with Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, and as a consultant with Deloitte Consulting. Mr. Bina graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems, with a focus in Human-Computer Interaction.
Sandeep Kella is a Board member of Oakscale and Co-Founder of Metric Collective. Prior to Co-founding Metric Collective and its respective portfolio companies, Mr. Kella had 8 years of experience in turnaround investing, mergers & acquisitions, and operations. Mr. Kella served as the Vice President of Oracle Partners, a $200m middle-market private equity firm in New York City. Mr. Kella was also the Principal and Co-Founder of Kinetic Advisors, a national advisory firm providing strategic advice to middle market companies that also made debt and private equity investments. Mr. Kella graduated from The University of Michigan School of Engineering with a B.S.E. in Industrial & Operations Engineering.
Eli Robinson is the Chief Operating Officer of Oakscale’s parent company, Metric Collective. As part of his duties, Mr. Robinson has served as the general manager of a number of Metric Collective’s portfolio companies, as well as overseeing many corporate functions. Within franchising his specialty is on the technology and marketing side, having worked with hundreds of franchises as they navigate the complexities of the digital world. Prior to Metric Collective, Mr. Robinson worked as a senior consultant at the Monitor Group in New York City and Melbourne, Australia. He graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics.
INVESTORS AND ADVISORS
Brett Barna is an investor in Oakscale and founding partner of the Barna Family Office, where he manages a portfolio of private / venture investments and market securities. Prior, Brett managed money at Moore Capital Management for seven years, starting in 2009, where he oversaw a significant amount of capital both for the flagship investor funds and in a family office capacity. Before Moore, Brett was an analyst at Perry Capital, concentrating mostly on special situations / credit and the firm’s macro risks. Brett began his career in the restructuring group at the investment bank of Lazard Frères in New York. At the University of Michigan, he triple majored in mathematics, Chinese studies, and economics and was president of the Rugby Football Club. He currently supports several charitable foundations including The Robin Hood Foundation, Many Hopes, PANCAN, City of Hope Hospital, and Last Chance Animal Rescue.
Timothy Tully is an investor in Oakscale and a Co-Founder of Silver Swan Capital, a New York-based investment firm focused on private equity and debt investments. Prior to Silver Swan, Mr. Tully was a Managing Director at Och-Ziff Capital Management in the Structured Credit group, where he was responsible for the firm’s investments in commercial mortgage backed securities, commercial real estate CDOs, consumer asset backed securities, and various esoteric asset backed securitizations. Tim began his career at Och-Ziff in 2006 in the firm’s equities group, where he focused on merger arbitrage, special situations, and event driven/long-short investments in metals and mining companies. Before Och-Ziff, Tim was an Analyst at Lazard in the Life Sciences M&A group. Tim graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with concentrations in Finance and Accounting.
Pen King Jr. is an investor in Oakscale and Partner at Innovating Capital, a technology fund primarily focused on Blockchain, Cybersecurity, and Quantum Computing. He previously ran PKJ Ventures, an early stage Venture Capital firm based in New York City. Pen is a co-founder of TestBest, a China-based education technology company focused on improving access to high-quality education and training for international students. Pen co-founded Education Advance, a New York-based non-profit focused on providing stem scholarships to minority students. He received a B.A in sociology from Syracuse University.
Rob Huntington is an investor in Oakscale and CEO of Westside Franchise Brands. Mr. Huntington consulted with the Boston Consulting Group, led a $50M P&L for a Fortune 200 Company and was Senior Vice President responsible for a $15M P&L for a national franchisor with 300 locations. He has owned a franchise and ran franchise sales and operations for the Huntington Learning Center. He also was a top national consultant with The Franchise Consulting Company. Additionally, Mr. Huntington taught high school history in an underserved community. He graduated from the Kellogg School of Management with an MBA in Finance and from Dartmouth College with a BA in History.