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COURTNEY REUM

Courtney Reum is an innovator with impact towards global change. In April 2016, Courtney co-founded M13, a brand development and investment company accelerating businesses at the nexus of consumer products, technology, and media. M13 focuses on building emerging entrepreneurial businesses in Los Angeles, leading more than $100 million of investments over the next 5 years.

Courtney Reum began his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in New York working with such brands as Procter & Gamble, Under Armour and Vitamin Water. After a successful career at Goldman Sachs, Courtney and his brother Carter Reum established VEEV Spirits in 2007 as a two-man startup. They sought to change the spirits industry by creating a one-of-a-kind vodka alternative. Their commitment to innovation and sustainability earned VEEV the title of winner of the Technomic Fast 50 Award, and one of the "250 Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S." by Inc. Magazine. Carter and Courtney were named as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of both 2014 and 2015 by Goldman Sachs at its annual Builders + Innovators Summit. VEEV Spirits quickly expanded with the addition of VitaFruteTM Cocktails by VEEV, the first line of organic ready-to-drink cocktails helping to double the size of the company in 2 years.

While growing both brands, the brothers began investing in other companies providing first hand experience, guidance and capitalization to many emerging businesses. Early investments include Bonobos, Birchbox, Warby Parker, Pinterest, Lyft, Krave Jerky, Kevita, and numerous others. In 2016, Carter and Courtney sold a majority stake of VEEV Spirits to a larger company allowing them to found M13 and focus on their entrepreneurial stewardship of consumer brands. M13 has investments and involvement in more than 100 companies spanning consumer brands, media and technology.

Courtney holds a B.A. with distinction from Columbia University in New York and is an alumni of Harvard Business School. Courtney is an active member of the Young President's Organization (YPO) internationally and he serves as the President of the Bel-Air Chapter. Courtney served as one of the Mayor Eric Garcetti's Commissioners for the Los Angeles Convention Center & Tourism Authority and is philanthropically involved as a Board Member of the LA Opera and City Year organization helping underserved schools.

Courtney has been featured on the Forbes "30 Under 30" list, the Inc "500 fastest growing private companies in America," Richard Branson's best-selling book "Screw Business as Usual", and most recently the Goldman Sachs Builders + Innovators 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.

In July of 2017, Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, hand selected Courtney & Carter Reum to work on the City's branding initiatives and partner engagements as part of the Mayor's office EIR program. This signature Executive in Residence program was created in an effort to merge the arts and entertainment industries with traditional consumer product industries. The Executive in Residence program is an independent project created to build new opportunities for local designers, artists, and manufacturers and the knowledge & experience that Courtney & Carter offer is unmatched.

 

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