At PHT Investment Group, we have a highly regarded investment team responsible for our disruptive strategies and acquisitions.
With entrepreneurial roots planted by our Founder & CEO, our firm has developed extensive knowledge, experience, and industry networks. PHT Investment Group is operated by an investment team with more than 60 years of combined experience in transformation and turnaround investing, professional consulting, and negotiating M&As within privately-held companies.
Jim White, PhD
PRESIDENT & CEO
Dr. Jim White is Chairman and CEO of Post Harvest Technologies, Inc. and Growers Ice Company, Inc., Founder and CEO of PHT Opportunity Fund LP and PHT Investment Group LLC, and Founder and President of JL White International, LLC. He is the author of several acclaimed books, including the first published book on Qualified Opportunity Funds: Opportunity Investing: How to Revitalize Urban and Rural Communities with Opportunity Funds.
Dr. White achieved international recognition as CEO of Blount World Trade Corporation, Owner and Managing Director of ACEC Centrifugal Pumps NV, Belgium, and as Vice President and Division Manager of Ingersoll Rand Equipment Corporation. Throughout his 40+ year career, he has bought, expanded, and sold 23 companies, operating in 44 countries. Dr. White acquires struggling businesses to revive and develop them into profitable enterprises using his business turnaround strategy. In addition to turning around struggling businesses, Dr. White has worked on dozens of industrial and commercial real estate development and Design-Build projects, infrastructure projects, as well as mining, power, oil & gas, agriculture, and manufacturing projects. To date, Dr. White has generated more than $1.8 billion in revenue. Dr. White holds a B.S. in civil engineering, an MBA, and a doctorate in psychology and organizational behavior.
Dr. White is also the founder of the customized yearlong, leadership and management transformation process, The Circle of Success; Jim White’s Classic Movie Series; and The Red Carpet Tour.
These innovative events have attracted more than 100,000 participants worldwide, including Fortune 500 CEOs, management teams, entrepreneurs, governments, and trade associations.
In addition to Opportunity Investing, Dr. White has authored several other best-selling books—most recently, Broken America: Ten Guiding Principles to Restore America. He is also author of the critically-acclaimed: What’s My Purpose? A Journey of Personal and Professional Growth, which has been lauded by such industry leaders as Steven M.R. Covey and Jack Canfield.
Chief Administrative Officer
Nick Stoll is the Chief Administrative Officer of Post Harvest Technologies (PHT). He oversees the financial and business operations that support our business strategy, and is responsible for finance, controllership and corporate development and strategy, in addition to creating goals, policies, and procedures for efficiency and compliance.
For the last 18 years, Nick was the Controller for various businesses including Growers Ice Company (affiliate of PHT), New Leaf Community Markets (Division of New Seasons), Prescience International (acquired by Johnson and Johnson), and Multigig, Inc (acquired by Analog Devices).
In the first 11 years of his career Nick lived and led businesses in Spain. He holds a Masters in Finance and a Masters in Management of Technology from Golden Gate University, and he received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis. Nick played football and rugby at UC Davis, currently referees Junior College football, and regularly travels to Europe to visit his grown children.
Jakob Levison is a Senior Associate overseeing PHT Investment Group’s Business Development and Investor Relations efforts, responsible for equity raising, new business generation, leasing and marketing, and relationship management with current and prospective investors in PHT Funds and Joint Ventures. Prior to joining PHT Investment Group, Jakob worked at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, M&T Bank’s Management Development Program, and most recently Blockworks – a fast-growing startup at the intersection of finance and digital assets. Jakob received his B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) with a concentration in Choice and Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania.
Director of External Affairs
Scott holds a doctorate in educational leadership and a master’s degree in non-profit management. He is an active leader for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). As Director of External Affairs, Scott brings his extensive community relations, communications and management experience to PHT’s portfolio to drive awareness and growth.
Scott Klein is a well-regarded community activist and entrepreneur. Scott is a published author who hosts the popular “Get Down to Business” radio show in Chicago and serves as an Officer in the US Army Reserves, as well as the Chairman of the Village of Skokie Economic Development Commission. Scott holds a doctorate in educational leadership and a master’s degree in non-profit management. He is an active leader for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). As Director of External Affairs, Scott brings his extensive community relations, communications and management experience to PHT’s portfolio to drive awareness and growth.
Human Resources Manager
Derek Bartholomew is a Human Resources (HR) professional with over fourteen (14) years’ experience working in Fortune 500 and 100 Companies. Namely, The Goodyear Tire& Rubber Company, Honeywell, and Amazon.
He has a broad and in-depth working knowledge of several functional HR areas, which include Labor & Employee Relations, Staffing, Change Management, Organizational and Career Development, Compliance, Executive Coaching, Diversity and Union Avoidance.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics& History and a Master’s degree in Labor Relations&Human Resources from Cleveland State University. Additionally, he earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Development& Change Management from Case Western Reserve University.
He is an ACC Coach and certified to administer the following programs:
• DDI Learning System
• Emotional Intelligence Quotient 2.0 & EQ 360 Feedback Survey
• Hogan Assessments HPI/HDS/MVPI