Jason G. Weiss
Mr. Weiss has served as a member of our Board since the Aldabra Merger. He was Aldabra’s Chief Executive Officer, Secretary and a member of Aldabra’s Board of Directors from Aldabra’s inception in 2004 until the completion of the Aldabra Merger. Since June 2009, Mr. Weiss has been the managing member and sole owner of Terrapin Palisades Ventures, LLC, a private investment company and the general partner of several California and Uruguay-focused agricultural investment partnerships, as well as a New Zealand real estate focused investment partnership. From 1988 to June 2009, Mr. Weiss was a managing member and co-founder of Terrapin Partners LLC, Terrapin Asset Management, LLC and TWF Management Company LLC, all private equity and asset management companies. From March 2007 until February 2008, Mr. Weiss was the Chief Executive Officer of Aldabra 2 Acquisition Corp. In February 2008, Aldabra 2 acquired the paper and packaging assets of Boise Cascade, LLC, changed its name to Boise Inc. (NYSE: BZ), and Mr. Weiss became a director of Boise Inc. In the fall of 2013, Boise was sold for approximately $2 billion.
From March 1999 to December 1999, Mr. Weiss served as the chief executive officer of PaperExchange.com, Inc., a web-based trading platform for paper and pulp, and from December 1999 to March 2000 he served as executive vice president of strategy. He also served as a managing member of e-STEEL LLC, an Internet-based steel marketplace, from September 1998 to March 1999. Mr. Weiss also served as a managing member of Terrapin’s portfolio company, American Classic Sanitation, LLC, a temporary site services provider from August 1998 to December 2000 and from January 2004 to March 2004. He also served as its chief executive officer from August 1998 to December 1999. Mr. Weiss serves as the Vice Chairman of the national board of the Humane Society of the United States (“HSUS”), the largest animal protection organization in the world. He is the Chairman of HSUS’ Investment and Pension Trust Committee (which has approximately $200 million of assets), the Chairman of HSUS’ Risk Management Committee, and he serves on HSUS’ Executive Committee. Mr. Weiss received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan (with Highest Distinction) and a Juris Doctor (cum laude) from Harvard Law School.