Management Team & Senior Consultants

Dr. Dirk Laukien

President & Founder
Dr. Laukien is the founder of Black Forest Ventures. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Tufts University and a Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University. Dr. Laukien guides Black Forest Ventures’ principle investment strategy.

Jonathan Hitchcock

Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Hitchcock holds the position of Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for overseeing the financial and operational aspects of Black Forest Ventures’ various holdings and operating businesses. Mr. Hitchcock held senior financial and operational management roles at both a publicly-traded and privately-held multi-national companies, has Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a MBA degree in Management from Bentley University.

Haydar Kustu

Director of Business Development & Marketing
Mr. Kustu holds the position of Director of Business Development & Marketing as well as a B.S. degree in Marketing from University of Hartford. Mr. Kustu specializes in strategic marketing, public relations, branding and operational management for public, private and non-profit organizations.

Senior Advisors

Bernhard Wangler

Senior Advisor

Drew Peck

Senior Advisor

Real Estate

Sean Quinn

Senior Vice President

Technology

Scott Japczynski

Vice President

Hospitality

Joe Brassard

President, Hubbell & Hudson Management, LLC.

Aviation

David Riddle

President, Wing Aviation Charter Services, LLC.

Jeremy Gee

Vice President, Galaxy FBO