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John-Paul Lake currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Nereus Capital Partners, LP, a New York based investment advisor focused on infrastructure investments. Prior to Nereus he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Rain for Rent for 9 years, the leading provider of temporary liquid handling solutions. JP is the Co-Founder of Kern Citizens for Sustainable Government and is a Trustee with the Panama Buena Vista Union School District.


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David Higdon

David Higdon currently serves as President of Christ Higdon a Bakersfield based consulting firm.  David is the Co-Founder of Qubitekk, the first company to commercialize a new quantum optic-based cybersecurity solution. He served as President of Ellis Energy Investments for 8 years and oversaw the daily operations of a number of EEI portfolio companies. David was the Managing Partner of the Bakersfield Jam since its inception in 2006 and through the sale of the franchise to the Phoenix Suns in 2016. He has guided numerous companies through the investment, growth, and exit process.