Michael is a senior investment and operating executive with a record of building entrepreneurial enterprises and managing alternatives funds and portfolios. From 2014 to 2019, Mr. Chorske was a founder and executive managing director of Emergent Holdings, LLC, an investor in and developer of aquaculture businesses. In this capacity, Mr. Chorske was a founder and co-president of Whole Oceans, LLC. In addition to his executive leadership roles, Mr. Chorske was appointed or acted as the chief financial and corporate development lead, and managed capital formation and stakeholder reporting, for each of the above companies. Mr. Chorske has served as a director of Healthy Business Group, LLC since 2011, and as director of Riff, LLC since 2019. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Chorske was a partner of GCM Capital LP, where he managed a $100 million investment fund pursuing a public and private structured convertible debt and private investment in public equity (“PIPE”) strategy. Mr. Chorske earned his MBA from Columbia University.
Scott has served as the Chairperson of our Board of Directors and our Chief Executive Officer since our inception. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Spike Capital, an investment platform dedicated to the cannabis industry that includes our Adviser. Prior to founding Silver Spike Capital, Scott had been the co-founder and chairman of Egg Rock Holdings, LLC (“Egg Rock”), the parent company of the Papa & Barkley family of cannabis products, with related subsidiary assets in manufacturing, processing, and logistics. From 2016 to 2018, he was also President of Fintech Advisory Inc., the investment manager for a multi-billion dollar family office fund focused on long-term and opportunistic investments in emerging markets. From late 2013 to 2016, Scott served as a Portfolio Manager at Taconic Capital Advisors, a multi-strategy investment firm. Prior to joining Taconic, he was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Caxton Associates from 2009 to 2012. He was also a Senior Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets at Marathon Asset Management from 2007 to 2009. Earlier in his career, Scott held leadership positions at Bank of America and ING Capital. He was a founding member of the Emerging Markets business at JP Morgan where he worked upon graduating from Bowdoin College in 1983.
Scott is Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Spike Acquisition Corp. and Silver Spike Acquisition Corp. II, each a blank check company whose sponsor is an affiliate of our Adviser. On June 16, 2021, Silver Spike Acquisition Corp. consummated a business combination with WM Holding Company, LLC, which operates Weedmaps, a leading online listings marketplace for cannabis consumers and businesses, and WM Business, a comprehensive SaaS subscription offering sold to cannabis retailers and brands. In connection with the transaction, Silver Spike Acquisition Corp. changed its name to WM Technology, Inc.