John McLean is the President & Managing Partner for Abington Emerson Capital, an investment company focused on providing capital to innovative and growing companies. John is an experienced senior executive who enjoys working with entrepreneurs and helping businesses achieve their goals. His extensive experience in sales, retail and marketing strategies, operational efficiencies, and general business development, has allowed him to deliver growth in all types of business environments. Prior to returning to San Diego in 2012, John spent two years in Portland, OR leading the U.S. Sales and Business Development for Nike – Golf Division where he guided the company through a successful restructure of its U.S. sales organization. Prior to Nike, John was an executive at TaylorMade-adidas Golf as the VP of U.S. Sales. There, he oversaw all U.S. sales and business development; including the centralized strategic accounts, corporate accounts, management group and mass merchant business. John helped lead the sales organization to record U.S. market share numbers in their two main product categories. From 2002-2008 John was responsible for rebuilding the Cobra Golf Brand at off-course retail as the Director of Strategic Accounts. Implementing sales, marketing, and merchandising strategies, he helped deliver record revenue for the organization in 2007. Originally from Roseville, Minnesota, John graduated from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver where he played Division 1 Hockey for the Pioneers.
Johnny Camarena is a member of the Credit Committee for Abington Emerson Capital in charge of investor relations and business development. Mr. Camarena previously served as executive vice president of Helvetica San Diego, Inc., managing the firm’s alternative assets and serving as a member of the credit committee. Prior to joining Helvetica, Mr. Camarena was a founding member and senior vice president of sales for Fieldstone Mortgage Company, working in business development and underwriting. Mr. Camarena graduated with a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Omid Shokoufandeh is an Associate at Abington Emerson Capital focusing on equity and debt investment opportunities in a variety of sectors. Prior to working at Abington Emerson Capital, Mr. Shokoufandeh was an analyst at Diamond Capital Advisors, a boutique investment bank, where he participated in various corporate finance and capital market transactions. Mr. Shokoufandeh graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics, Political Science, and Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Daina Grospina acts as the Controller for Abington Emerson Capital. As Controller, Ms. Grospina handles the accounting and bookkeeping functions for all investments and partnerships. Prior to joining Abington Emerson Capital, Ms. Grospina was Controller at Jumpstart Management Group where she was in charge of the Accounting and Human Resources Departments. Ms. Grospina graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Business Economics.