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Arthur Tew
Co-Founder

Growing up, I spent most of my time outdoors or in a theatre. After earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in Fine Art, I shifted my focus to business and startups. My entrepreneurial career began with a small group of partners in Western NC, where we set out to revolutionize ocular health. That project is now Eyenovia and was listed on the NYSE in 2019. Since then, I have had the pleasure of finding success in several other ventures, including Sociable Group, a television-supported eCommerce platform used by roughly a dozen programs, including The Today Show, GMA, and Fox & Friends. Over the last ten years, I have helped dozens of businesses to launch, grow, and/or exit.

 

I am a father of three, a devoted husband and passionate friend and entrepreneur 

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Sydney Andress
Digital Marketing Manager

 

 

I was raised in Northwest Arkansas, the headquarters of Walmart. The corporate store environment lent roots to my passion for marketing. I earned my Bachelor's in Public Relations in 2014 and started my career dipping my toe in different industries. I marketed attorneys, doctors, and even a Shark Tank Company. I joined the Sherpa team in 2021, excited to collaborate with exceptional brands. I enjoy British history, hiking with my Amstaff, and cooking with my husband in my free time.

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Chris Newton
Accountant

 

I’m a Raleigh native that studied History and Anthropology at East Carolina University then
came back home. Soon after I got back, I began working with startups and small businesses and discovered my love of bookkeeping and business development and have been doing it ever since. I have worked across a wide array of industries including manufacturing, warehousing, architecture and safety products. I believe in maintaining a positive mindset, creating partnerships with a purpose, and always striving for significant outcomes. When I’m not working I enjoy kayaking, camping and hiking with

my dog, JoJo.

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Mark Saad
Co-Founder

I’m a proud Raleigh native that loves problem-solving. Soon after graduating in Business Management - Finance & Entrepreneurship from North Carolina State University in 2008, I founded Flat World Trading Co. specializing in consumer product sourcing. In 2010, I founded the Kinder Soles footwear brand until it was acquired by Feelgoodz Holding, Inc., where I became CFO. From 2013 to 2018, I served as Feelgoodz Holding’s CEO leading the company to 500% growth. In 2019, I co-founded Sherpa Collaborative, bringing my talents and “non-traditional” strategies to earn other companies an impressive market share.

 

I am a dedicated father and husband and a passionate Arsenal Football Club supporter.

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Ellen Healy
Digital Content Manager

Having majored in Communication with a double minor in Journalism and English, you could safely say that I love to write. After college, I managed the communication and email strategy for a graphic design company, writing its blog and publishing its book series. I then found an opportunity in content marketing for the health and fitness industry, where I was introduced to Search Engine Optimization. SEO linked all the loves in my career life - writing, data analysis, strategy, and puzzles. I was brought onto Sherpa in 2022, and I'm ecstatic to be a part of this incredible team. Outside of work, you can find me hiking, biking, or anything outdoors. My favorite food is a sandwich. It is a real and true answer that I can and will defend.

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Pete Pagano
Co-Founder

After graduating in Physiology from West Virginia University, I moved out of the country to serve as the COO of Celtic Ireland, a restaurant group located in Belgium and Luxembourg.  In 2005, I became the owner of Tir na NOg, an Irish Pub which I enjoyed for the next ten years. 2008 was a busy year for me, as I became the co-founder of nOg Run Club, a 501 3c nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Triangle NFPs. That same year, I also co-founded Green Planet Catering and Fitvil, a training group management platform used by running stores and clubs around the US. In 2016 I became the Director of Business Development for City Market & Historic Market Hall. On weekends, you can find me exploring new things, seeking new experiences, traveling, or skydiving. 

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Casey Taylor
Senior Accountant

 

 

 

As a dedicated and detail-oriented accounting professional, I have been meeting the accounting needs of corporations and individuals for over 15 years. I’ve worked in various industries, including medical devices, digital marketing, and e-commerce. I was hired by Sherpa in October of 2020. I have a love for numbers and a deep passion for quality customer service. I enjoy spending time with family, camping, and getting outdoors.