Our Team

 

Point Reyes Management was established in 2008 to manage the assets of the Collier and Reynolds familyOur diverse team has complimentary skills in early stage investing, the financial markets and real estate. 

Sophia Collier, Principal 

 

Sophia Collier is our executive manager and key strategist. She is an active investor, entrepreneur and artist with a 40-year career including executive positions and successful startups and exits in consumer products, financial services and technology. 

 

For 16 years, Sophia Collier was the CEO of Citizens Advisers, Inc., a SEC registered investment advisor that attained $2.5 billion in assets and Citizens Securities, a 50 state registered broker-dealer. At Citizens she participated in the purchase and sale of billions of dollars of securities, created a number of funds and structured products, in addition to being an active investor. Collier and her partners sold Citizens Advisers in April 2008 to the Sentinel Funds, a unit of National Life of Vermont.

 

Prior to founding Citizens, Collier co-founded American Natural Beverage in her kitchen in Brooklyn, NY when she was 21 years old. Under her leadership, the company achieved over $100 million in retail sales and was sold to the Seagram Beverage Company in 1989. Rockefeller and Co. was among the early investors in American Natural. The company's product, Soho Natural Soda, was the first in the new wave of alternative beverages and launched an industry generating billions of dollars in sales today.

 

Collier is also active as an artist, having developed a unique art form using computer simulation and computerized carving to replicate water surfaces. Her work has been in museum shows and is held in corporate and individual collections in the United States and internationally.

 

Chula Reynolds, Principal 

 

Chula Reynolds focuses on opportunities in real estate and resource technology including those applicable to oil and gas, agriculture and ranching.

 

Ms. Reynolds was a founder and former director of The Capital Network, which became one of the nation's largest venture capital networks.  She was an early investor in Dell Computer and other Austin based startups.

 

She has been active in commercial real estate development in Texas. One of her signature projects is 92 acre Parkline which she shepherded from a dusty field to a booming multi-use development anchored by Kohl’s and Home Depot.

 

Ms. Reynolds has served as Shareholder Representative to the Board of King Ranch, Inc., a company founded by her great, great grandparents, which engages in ranching, agribusiness, and energy-related enterprises. King Ranch is the United States’ largest juice orange producer.

 

Previously she was appointed to the Finance Commission of the State of Texas by Governor Ann Richards. Other former board affiliations include: Interfirst Bank Westlake, N.A.; founding Board member of Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders; Foundation for Women’s Resources which launched Leadership Texas and Leadership America; and the Advisory Board of School of Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin.

 

Ms. Reynolds was educated at Duke University, Trinity University and The University of Tennessee. She earned an M.A. in English Literature.

Matt Esh, Managing Director

 

Matt Esh focuses on putting analytics into action in support of our super angel and real estate portfolios. Matt has a unique background spanning eighteen years of investment, financial modeling, strategic planning and business analysis experience. 

 

Previously, Matt designed and developed sophisticated planning applications for Chevron, including the one that is currently used to forecast its cash flow, which averages over $1 billion in daily transactions. In addition, the strategic staffing forecasting application that he designed and developed earned Chevron’s Chairman’s Award in 2013, the highest level of recognition awarded by the company.

 

Prior to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer of private equity-backed HerbThyme Farms. During his tenure there he led the company through three acquisitions thus creating North America’s largest producer and packager of fresh culinary herbs. Before taking the CFO position, Matt was Director at KZC Catalyst Partners, a private equity division of Marsh & McLennan Companies where he was responsible for transaction origination, due diligence and portfolio management. 

 

Matt began his investment and finance career as a research analyst at Bear Stearns in New York.  He had primary coverage of ten companies in the Internet sector, responsible for developing investment theses, publishing extensive company-specific research reports, presenting investment ideas to the internal sales team and external clients.

 

Matt holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and received his bachelor's degree in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, where he graduated with distinction.

 

Jennifer Cagle, Project Manager

 

Jennifer has over 10 years of combined experience in architecture/design, construction, property management and project management.

 

Prior to Point Reyes Management, Jennifer worked for 5 years with Progressive Property Group in San Francisco as a Senior Portfolio Manager.  Jennifer obtained her sales license and took over management of a large portfolio for individual owners of single family homes, condos, and multifamily complexes in San Francisco and Marin Counties.  In addition to portfolio management, Jennifer was the head of capital improvement projects, supervising such projects as the MSSP program which brings all soft story buildings in San Francisco up to seismic compliance by 2019.   

 

Previously, Jennifer served as a Designer, CAD draftsperson, and Project Manager for a boutique design firm in Healdsburg focusing on high-end residential construction and design.  Jennifer began her career serving as an Assistant Designer for Mekus Studios, an architecture firm based in Chicago, IL.

 

Jennifer was educated at University of Illinois at Chicago and Harrington College, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts - Interior Design & Interior Architecture.

Gina Smith, Director of Administration

Gina brings a lifetime of practical experience in accounting and administration. Prior to Point Reyes, she managed the offices of a local accounting firm specializing in tax preparation and management of high net worth families.

 

At Point Reyes, she ensures that office, human resources and accounting functions are running smoothly as well as manages various regulatory filings.
 

Frederico Chaves, Office Manager

 

Frederico Chaves joined the firm in 2013 and brings over 10-year experience in office management. Frederico implements operational efficiencies, works closely with vendors and is responsible for the front office activities. He also organizes special events.

 

Prior to Point Reyes Management, Frederico was Operations Manager at EyeItalia, an online store based in Sausalito, CA. During his 7-year tenure with EyeItalia, Frederico was responsible for inventory control, customer service and also managed the shipping operations for the online store.

 

Frederico holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from the Helio Alonso University of Communications, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
 

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