John Ireland is a Venture Partner with Tycoon Venture Partners. John has held positions as CEO, CFO, COO, and Director of Business Development in both private and public corporations in several verticals. This experience makes him uniquely qualified to advise companies on all aspects of their business. He has been a lead mentor in the Clean Tech Open accelerator for over 10 years.
Mr. Ireland has worked in many industries helping companies prosper. He has been engaged by various companies including but not limited to, a solar thermal company, a privately held software company, an electronics company, an electronic component manufacturer, an upstream energy transaction exchange, a healthcare leasing company, a medical imaging enhancement company, a transaction based marketing company, an unmanned aircraft cargo company, a plastic recycling company, an embroidery and printing company, a SaaS-based search management company, and a tree seed oil company.
More specifically, Mr. Ireland recently worked as CFO and COO for Sightlines, a facility benchmarking firm that grew from less than $1 million in revenue to over $7.5 million while he was employed by them. Mr. Ireland was able to develop the service so it was sold for 13x EBITDA.
Mr. Ireland was the Founder and CEO of Downstream Energy Corporation focusing on providing an Internet-based solution that would be an innovative alternative to the existing manual business processes and proprietary technologies available to support communication between suppliers and marketers of petroleum refined products.
Mr. Ireland gained a great deal of experience by spending eight years at Tosco Corporation in Business Development and Strategic Planning. Mr. Ireland was instrumental in the growth of Tosco Corporation through mergers and acquisitions from a single refinery to the largest independent oil refiner and marketer in the United States whose assets included 7 refiners and over 5,000 retail assets before its sale to Phillips Petroleum in 2001.
John graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in biochemical engineering. He also holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.