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Hero Cosmetics is a leading skincare and acne care brand helping consumers regain their skin confidence with innovative, safe-and-effective products.
Onda is a ready-to-drink sparkling tequila beverage made with real blanco tequila with only 100 calories, zero sugar and zero carbs.
$5 - $30 Million
$5 - $30 Million
Wine & Spirits
Trevor is a founder and partner at Aria where he oversees current and prospective investments and works closely with Aria’s partner brands including Onda and The Inkey List.
Prior to Aria, Trevor was a co-founding partner at Alliance Consumer Growth where he co-led the firm through three successful funds and over 22 investments in leading consumer brands from 2011 to 2019. At Alliance, Trevor served on the board of brands including: BarkThins (acquired by Hershey), OUAI Haircare (acquired by P&G); Evol Foods (acquired by Boulder Brands), LOLA, Clio, among others. While at Alliance, Trevor was named to Fortune Magazine’s 40-Under-40, which recognizes the most influential young people in business and to Forbes’ list of Top Dealmakers in the Consumer Industry.
Previously, Trevor worked in the North American buyouts group at TPG Capital, Harvest Partners, and began his career in the M&A group at Lehman Brothers. Trevor received a B.A. in political science from Northwestern where he was the captain of the men’s division-I varsity soccer team.
Trevor resides in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
Jackie is a founder and partner at Aria and oversees current and prospective investments. Jackie currently serves as a board observer at Onda and The Inkey List.
Prior to Aria, Jackie was an investor at CAVU Venture Partners from 2016-2020, where she was the first investment team hire in New York. Jackie led diligence and managed portfolio companies through three funds and served on the boards of Skinny Dipped Almonds, Bulletproof, Poppi, Chef’s Cut (acquired by Sonoma Brands) and WTRMLN WTR (acquired by Caribé Juice).
Prior to CAVU Ventures Jackie was an investor at BrandProject where she oversaw the firm’s investments in Freshly (acquired by Nestlé), Daily Harvest and Chef’s Plate (acquired by Hello Fresh).
Previously, Jackie worked at L Catterton, TRAUB and began her career at UBS Investment Bank in the Consumer Products & Retail group. Jackie graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Commerce and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jackie resides in Brooklyn with her husband and her two sons.
Dawn Techow is a founder and CFO/CCO at Aria.
Prior to Aria, Dawn was the founder and CEO of Relish Food Project, an outsourced accounting, finance and CFO services firm focused on early-stage CPG companies. Before founding Relish, Dawn was the COO at Peeled Snacks, where she was involved in all aspects of building an early-stage natural food company.
Dawn began her career as an Account Executive at FCB, an advertising agency and after business school, held several positions working with start-up non-profit organizations before joining Peeled Snacks.
She received a B.A. in History from Duke University and her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
A Louisiana native, Dawn lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and dog.
Dan is a senior associate at Aria and focuses on deal sourcing, investment execution and diligence, and partner company support.
Prior to Aria, Dan was on the investment team at L Catterton where he evaluated opportunities across the Consumer, Retail, and Technology industries and provided support to L Catterton's portfolio companies.
Dan began his career at Barclays in the Consumer Retail investment banking coverage group. He received a B.S. in Finance from Boston College.
Founder, Izba consulting; ops and supply chain expert for mirror, hubble, flex,unilever
Co-founder, bloomi; co-founder, rae wellness; strategy lead at target
CO-FOUNDER, CARE/OF; VP MARKETING, FINANCE & ANALYTICS, BONOBOS
DIRECTOR OF AMAZON, HERO COSMETICS; HEAD OF AMAZON, MUTESIX
Founder / CEO, Hero Cosmetics
COMPANY CEO, CARAVAN; SVP OWN BRAND, H.E.B.; CMO, PETCO; SVP MERCHANDISING, 7/11
FOUNDER/CEO, BARKTHINS; FOUNDER/CEO, CODY-KRAMER IMPORTS
High-Growth Pimple Patch Brand Hero Cosmetics Speeds To $630M Deal With Church & Dwight
The brand is launching a new dermatologist-developed range called Supersolutions with 5 new products based on consumer feedback.
Skin-care brand The Inkey List wants to evolve and deepen its education-focused premise with the launch of a new 1-on-1 coaching program called MyInkey.
Trevor Nelson discusses Aria's recent beauty investments, the moves early-stage founders can make to attract investor attention and the challenges brands are currently facing.
The minority investment will fuel The Inkey List's global expansion in North America and Asia as well as its home continent of Europe.
Beauty Independent talked to Aria’s Founders about the ever-evolving the Beauty category.
Sparkling tequila soda brand Onda has closed a $5 million Series A round led by Aria Growth Partners and beverage entrepreneur Clayton Christopher, the company announced last week.
Shay Mitchell, chief brand officer for Onda prides herself on working with a woman-owned distillery in what is traditionally a male-dominated space.