BEVERAGE EXPERTS.

Team.

Nate Patena | Managing Partner

Nate Patena is a Managing Partner at RedDecimal, LLC, where he specializes in strategic corporate development, manufacturing facility design, and supply chain management. Before founding RedDecimal, he was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Core Nutrition, LLC, a premium water company that sold to Keurig Dr. Pepper for $525 million in 2018. Prior to Core, Nate served as Chief Operating Officer of KeVita, Inc., an industry leading kombucha and probiotic beverage company that sold to PepsiCo for $240 million in 2016. Career highlights:

• Led numerous rounds of financing, including multiple strategic investments by global food and beverage brands

• Built and directly managed the operations and finance organizations that led to two top-10 beverage acquisitions of the past decade (totaling more than $750 million)

• Designed and built several small and large scale manufacturing facilities including fermentation plants, processing facilities, filling / packaging lines, and fulfillment centers

Nate was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up outside of Chicago, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management from Columbia College. He also holds an MBA and Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University. He currently lives in Westlake Village, California, with his wife, Susan. He is an avid golfer and pilot, and spends his free time volunteering with several charitable organizations in the greater Los Angeles area.

Jon Ballas | Managing Partner

Jon Ballas is a Managing Partner of RedDecimal, LLC, where he specializes in supply chain development, contract manufacturing strategy and negotiation, and manufacturing facility design. Before founding RedDecimal, Jon was Senior Vice President of Operations at Core Nutrition, LLC, a premium water company that sold to Keurig Dr. Pepper for $525 million in 2018. Prior to Core, Jon served as Vice President of Operations at KeVita, Inc., an industry leading kombucha and probiotic beverage company that sold to PepsiCo for $240 million in 2016. Early in his career, Jon held operational leadership roles at numerous entrepreneurial beverage brands including Neuro, Coco Libre, and Sunkist Naturals. Career highlights:

• Responsible for the planning, design, procurement, and buildout of several state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in the United States

• Directly negotiated more than $300 million worth of contract manufacturing agreements with key cold fill, hot fill, ESL, retort, and aseptic packers across North America

Jon is a native of Burbank, California. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge. He currently lives in Woodland Hills, California, with his wife, Morgan, and son.

Ben Rush | Partner

Ben Rush is a Partner at RedDecimal, LLC, where he specializes in manufacturing process development, quality assurance and control systems, and audit support. Before joining RedDecimal, Ben was Director of Quality and IT at Core Nutrition, LLC. Prior to Core, he served as Senior Director of Quality and Maintenance at KeVita, Inc., where he was responsible for nearly $20 million worth of manufacturing facilities. Ben began his career at Anheuser Busch, where he spent 17 years in various management roles across the operations, quality, supply chain, and maintenance organizations. Career highlights:

• Designed, implemented, and maintained numerous quality plans that support initiatives including FSMA, HACCP, SQF, ABI, Organic, Kosher, and Non-GMO programs, among others

Benjamin is a native of Los Angeles, California, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Food Science at California State University, Northridge. Benjamin currently lives in Thousand Oaks, California, with his wife, Jennifer and their two sons. He spends his free time coaching his sons in various sports, traveling, boating, diving, and “hacking at” golf.