Strategic Partners & Advisors

Tom Anderson, PhD & Spencer Imel, Co-Founders
The Langston Co.

Human Behavior, Explained

The Langston Co. is a consumer research and strategy firm serving internationally-recognized brands and capital partners. Langston combines rigorous research methods with a practical understanding of how decisions get made in business to deliver intuitive and actionable findings. Its products range from highly customized growth research to ongoing brand tracking solutions. Langston’s team has worked in more than 20 industries, from education to entertainment, FinTech, and fitness, and is comprised of an international network of consultants in Europe, North America, Asia, and Brazil.

Elizabeth K. Briody, PhD, Principal & Founder
CulturalKeys LLC

Improving Organizational Effectiveness

CulturalKeys was established in 2009 based on evidence that knowledge of culture can make an enormous difference in shaping solutions and achieving results. It is dedicated to helping companies and non-profit organizations diagnose and solve organizational and cultural issues, while strengthening their connections with customers. CulturalKeys specifically works with organizations to improve organizational effectiveness by identifying and helping to remove internal and external cultural obstacles to success. It also assists companies on how to understand and reach customers better by capturing diverse and changing behaviors, preferences, and perceptions and their implications for marketing and selling products and services.

Shinji Nakamura, Senior Executive Officer
OGI Holdings Company, Limited (OGI Holdings)

Business Development Advisor

A seasoned veteran of the M&A and private equity worlds, Nakamura currently guides the investment direction of OGI Holdings, a multi-disciplined asset investment/management company. He began his career with Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan (currently Shinsei Bank) where he worked for seventeen years providing guidance on financial products and M&A services to corporate clients. In this capacity, he was also a member of the bank’s strategic planning team. Nakamura then joined Cerberus Japan, a leading US private equity firm, where he played a critical role in the acquisition of Aozora Bank and Kokusai Kogyo by Cerberus Capital Management. He later became CEO of Japan Sotheby’s International Realty, where he led the initial implementation of the master franchise for Japan. Since 2009 Nakamura also served on the Board of Trustees of Colorado Heights University, located in Denver. Leading up to his current role at OGI Holdings, he was Managing Director of Nimbus Associates, a boutique M&A advisory firm in Tokyo.