Our Team

Behind every success is a great team

John Diaz

Founder and Managing Partner

John Diaz is the Founder and Managing Partner of Stone Mountain Ventures. His focus is on Pre-seed, Seed, and Series A investments, throughout the consumer, healthcare, and technology space. Before founding Stone Mountain Ventures, John worked at Bain Capital Private Equity as a Sourcing Associate, Grant Park Ventures as an Advisor, and Wellington Management as a Business Development Associate. Additionally, he previously interned with Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs and received his BBA in Finance and Risk Management from St. Mary’s University. Throughout his experience in these roles, he has been able to build strong relationships with top VC firms, industry experts, and angel investors across the US. Additionally, he has founded 2 companies.

Strategic Advisors

Abe SalDivar

Strategic Advisor

Abe Saldivar joined Napier Park in 2015 and is a Director in the US Credit Research group focusing on Autos, Building Materials, and Chemicals. Abe began his career at Morgan Stanley in the Leverage Finance Group, and was promoted to a role as a Par Loan and Distressed Research Analyst. Abe earned his double BBA from St. Mary’s University (Texas).

Chris Hanson

Strategic Advisor

Chris is the Co-Founder & CEO at Perikinetics; Founder at Tricera Labs; Former Corporate Development & Business Development at CoorsTekMedical; Former Engineer Lead at Shifamed (medtech incubator with several $100 million+ exits to Boston Scientific, Covidien, Abbott); Former Engineer at Boston Scientific. Received his MSc in EngineeringManagement & Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, followed by his BSc in Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Advisor
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Strategic Advisor

Director of Business Development at a Middle Market Private Equity firm. Previously led the #1 origination desk for a complex financial markets product at a major wirehouse bank. Prior experience includes banking, financial markets and restructuring in London / European markets, as well as junior investment roles at an APAC hedge fund.  Education includes a Bachelor of Economics and achievement in college- equivalent sports.

Susan Liao

Strategic Advisor

Susan is the founder of Startups for All, a purpose-driven incubator for self-funded founders from underrepresented populations. She has 20 years’ experience in digital innovation for Fortune 100 brands and 7 years’ experience leading product for start-ups and non-profit tech with expertise in inclusive leadership, multi-regional/global teams, social impact, edtech, bigdata/AI, and B2B2C platforms. Susan is a lifelong Michigan fan (Go Blue!) and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Susan holds a BSE in Computer Science from Princeton University.

Wyatt Queirolo

Strategic Advisor

Wyatt is currently a Product Engineer with Ridgeline Computer Software. Formerly, he spent time with Mavrk as aSoftware Engineer as well as a Technology Associate with Wellington Management.As a lifelong entrepreneur he has worked along bright minds in companies such as Conquest Consulting and Mirage3D. He spends his free time volunteering within Big Brother Big Sisters of America. Wyatt received his BSc in ComputerScience from Cornell University. 

Ken Tubman

Strategic Advisor

Ken is a seasoned IT professional with a passion for enhancing the interface between healthcare and technology. With extensive experience in enterprise-level software development and information architecture, Ken has a strong interest in user experience. He specializes in developing solutions that address complex business and clinical problems with simplicity and efficiency; focusing on internal and industry standards, automation and reusable technology.

Legal Counsel

Winston & Strawn LLP

Legal Counsel

Winston & Strawn’s team in Dallas delivers a complete range of legal services to Fortune 500 and other public companies, institutional and other private entities, including private equity funds, in a wide variety of sectors throughout the country.