Venture Connectors was pleased to host the team from Beyond Zero in June, who shared the manufacturing firm’s journey from startup to success, and how they found the perfect partner to manufacture their patented machines that turn alcohol into ice. The team includes Jason Sherman, Tim Couch, Bob Mandel and Paolo Pincente.

Jason Sherman is the inventor and founder of Beyond Zero. A master of thermodynamics with no formal training, he developed the only machine in the world that makes, stores and serves ice made of alcohol. Mr. Sherman relocated the company to Louisville from Miami in 2015 to manufacture the company’s products in partnership with Winston Industries.

Sherman comes from a background of finance and entrepreneurship with experience in Florida, New York, Atlanta and internationally in Doha, Qatar. Prior to founding Beyond Zero, Sherman served as finance director at Quickparts.com, where he learned about manufacturing processes and helped the company become an “INC. 500 Fastest Growing Company in America.”  Sherman received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University, and his juris doctorate from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. He also studied international law at Cambridge University’s Downing College in England.

Tim Couch is vice president of marketing & sales for Beyond Zero. He has 20 years of experience in the liquor and beverage industry. Couch previously served as on- and off-premise manager at Redbull North America and was part of the team that launched the product in Florida. He later worked in management positions at Southern Wine & Spirits and Constellation Brands, and was a key member of the Svedka vodka product roll-out in the Florida market.

Bob Mandel is chief financial officer for Beyond Zero. He is an  accomplished senior executive with over 30 years of  experience in financial management and operations. Mandel’s expertise lies in scaling early-stage companies into high-growth entities, and he has extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions, private placements and restructurings. He previously served as CFO for OptionMonster Holdings Inc. and Univa UD.

Paolo Pincente is director of operations for Beyond Zero. He is now in his third decade of hospitality management and operations. Pincente has been an instrumental part of the creation, management and operation of some of the largest nightclub and lounge brands in the world.  He most recently served as director of operations for Miami’s national award-winning nightclub Club Space. He got his start in Chicago with Big Time Productions, most famously known for its Crobar Nightclub brand, and was a crucial part of Crobar's expansion to South Beach, Fla.