LEADERSHIP TEAM


Phusion Projects was founded with a Small Business Administration loan in 2005.
Today it is a thriving international company with more than 90 employees.
As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Phusion Projects, Jaisen Freeman works with the executive team to manage the business and its growth, focusing on corporate strategy and innovation. As part of his work at Phusion, he oversees the development and introduction of all Phusion Projects brands into the market place and the development of the sales and distribution networks. In addition to his work at Phusion, Jaisen is on the board of Chicago Hope, a charitable organization that provides college scholarships and mentoring to exceptional underprivileged students in the Chicago area. He is also a member of the Chicago chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Mr. Freeman graduated with a business degree in marketing and has an M.B.A from The Ohio State University, where he was a four-year letter winner and captain of The Ohio State University’s varsity hockey team. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program. Jaisen spends his free time playing sports and traveling.
As Co-founder and Managing Partner of Phusion Projects, Jeff Wright is a member of the executive team that manages the business and its growth mission. He currently focuses on corporate strategy, strategic planning, and global business development. Jeff was instrumental in developing the international sales and distribution platform, which currently extends across five continents and more than 40 countries. Over the past 10 years, Jeff has built close working relationships across the global beverage industry. He has leveraged his passion for the industry, coupled with his service to the Company, to help position Phusion as a recognized and accomplished innovator and disruptor in the highly competitive alcoholic beverage market. Jeff is a community leader and donates considerable time and resources to The Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Mr. Wright graduated with an economics degree from The Ohio State University and also is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Management Program (OPM) for Owners and Presidents. Jeff is also a member of the Forbes Counsel and EO Arizona. Jeff, his wife, and two children reside in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to family activities, Jeff enjoys playing sports, traveling, focusing on fitness, and volunteering.
As General Counsel for Phusion Projects, Matt Dornauer is responsible for the Company’s global legal, compliance and regulatory matters, in addition to government affairs and risk management. He also serves as a member of the Company’s executive leadership team. His primary areas of focus include corporate governance, commercial negotiations, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property portfolio management, labor and employment issues, marketing law compliance, alcohol regulation, and providing business and strategic advice to the executive leadership team. Prior to becoming the first General Counsel of Phusion in 2013, Matt was an associate at the Chicago office of international law firm Sidley Austin LLP, where he began working with the Company in 2009. At Sidley, he was a member of the general litigation group and his practice included a diverse range of litigation, regulatory and transactional matters. Mr. Dornauer received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School and his B.A., summa cum laude, with distinction in Political Science from The Ohio State University. He is also a graduate of Harvard Law School’s Executive Education Leadership in Corporate Counsel program. Matt is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is a member of the Illinois State Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Outside of his work at Phusion, Matt maintains an active pro bono legal practice, including teaching Chicago public school students about the U.S. legal system and the legal profession. He also serves as a mentor to law students in Notre Dame Law School’s Alumni Mentorship Program. Matt and his wife reside in Chicago, and he enjoys spending his free time running and biking along Lake Michigan, backcountry skiing and traveling internationally.
As Chief Operating Officer for Phusion Projects, Ted McElroy is responsible for the Company’s Finance, Data Visualization and Analytics, and Supply Chain functions. He also serves as a member of the Company’s executive leadership team where he partners to drive strategic and business decisions that enable growth while helping to guide the organization through change. His primary areas of focus include forward looking Sales and Operations Planning, Financial forecasting and driving operational efficiencies. Prior to becoming Chief Operations Officer for Phusion Projects in 2019, Ted spent more than 10 years in various Financial leadership roles within the CPG industry and was most recently Chief Financial Officer for Lavazza Professional, where he partnered with the leadership team on the successful divestiture, acquisition and subsequent integration of the business within the Lavazza portfolio. Mr. McElroy received his MBA, with Distinction, from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and his B.S in Accounting from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. Ted has received recognition from Diversity MBA Magazine as one of the 2018 50 Under 50 Executive Leaders. Outside of his work at Phusion, Ted serves as a member of both the Business Opportunities Program Leadership Council and of the Alumni Advisory Council for Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life at Purdue University. He, along with his wife, have also endowed a scholarship at Purdue that is rewarded annually to a student within the Business Opportunity Program. Ted and his wife reside in Chicago. In addition to spending time with friends and family, Ted enjoys traveling, attending sports events and driving connections within his community.

JAISEN FREEMAN

MANAGING PARTNER


As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Phusion Projects, Jaisen Freeman works with the executive team to manage the business and its growth, focusing on corporate strategy and innovation. As part of his work at Phusion, he oversees the development and introduction of all Phusion Projects brands into the market place and the development of the sales and distribution networks. In addition to his work at Phusion, Jaisen is on the board of Chicago Hope, a charitable organization that provides college scholarships and mentoring to exceptional underprivileged students in the Chicago area. He is also a member of the Chicago chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Mr. Freeman graduated with a business degree in marketing and has an M.B.A from The Ohio State University, where he was a four-year letter winner and captain of The Ohio State University’s varsity hockey team. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program. Jaisen spends his free time playing sports and traveling.

JEFF WRIGHT

MANAGING PARTNER


As Co-founder and Managing Partner of Phusion Projects, Jeff Wright is a member of the executive team that manages the business and its growth mission. He currently focuses on corporate strategy, strategic planning, and global business development. Jeff was instrumental in developing the international sales and distribution platform, which currently extends across five continents and more than 40 countries. Over the past 10 years, Jeff has built close working relationships across the global beverage industry. He has leveraged his passion for the industry, coupled with his service to the Company, to help position Phusion as a recognized and accomplished innovator and disruptor in the highly competitive alcoholic beverage market. Jeff is a community leader and donates considerable time and resources to The Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Mr. Wright graduated with an economics degree from The Ohio State University and also is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Management Program (OPM) for Owners and Presidents. Jeff is also a member of the Forbes Counsel and EO Arizona. Jeff, his wife, and two children reside in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to family activities, Jeff enjoys playing sports, traveling, focusing on fitness, and volunteering.

MATT DORNAUER

GENERAL COUNSEL


As General Counsel for Phusion Projects, Matt Dornauer is responsible for the Company’s global legal, compliance and regulatory matters, in addition to government affairs and risk management. He also serves as a member of the Company’s executive leadership team. His primary areas of focus include corporate governance, commercial negotiations, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property portfolio management, labor and employment issues, marketing law compliance, alcohol regulation, and providing business and strategic advice to the executive leadership team. Prior to becoming the first General Counsel of Phusion in 2013, Matt was an associate at the Chicago office of international law firm Sidley Austin LLP, where he began working with the Company in 2009. At Sidley, he was a member of the general litigation group and his practice included a diverse range of litigation, regulatory and transactional matters. Mr. Dornauer received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School and his B.A., summa cum laude, with distinction in Political Science from The Ohio State University. He is also a graduate of Harvard Law School’s Executive Education Leadership in Corporate Counsel program. Matt is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is a member of the Illinois State Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Outside of his work at Phusion, Matt maintains an active pro bono legal practice, including teaching Chicago public school students about the U.S. legal system and the legal profession. He also serves as a mentor to law students in Notre Dame Law School’s Alumni Mentorship Program. Matt and his wife reside in Chicago, and he enjoys spending his free time running and biking along Lake Michigan, backcountry skiing and traveling internationally.

TED MCELROY

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER


As Chief Operating Officer for Phusion Projects, Ted McElroy is responsible for the Company’s Finance, Data Visualization and Analytics, and Supply Chain functions. He also serves as a member of the Company’s executive leadership team where he partners to drive strategic and business decisions that enable growth while helping to guide the organization through change. His primary areas of focus include forward looking Sales and Operations Planning, Financial forecasting and driving operational efficiencies. Prior to becoming Chief Operations Officer for Phusion Projects in 2019, Ted spent more than 10 years in various Financial leadership roles within the CPG industry and was most recently Chief Financial Officer for Lavazza Professional, where he partnered with the leadership team on the successful divestiture, acquisition and subsequent integration of the business within the Lavazza portfolio. Mr. McElroy received his MBA, with Distinction, from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and his B.S in Accounting from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. Ted has received recognition from Diversity MBA Magazine as one of the 2018 50 Under 50 Executive Leaders. Outside of his work at Phusion, Ted serves as a member of both the Business Opportunities Program Leadership Council and of the Alumni Advisory Council for Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life at Purdue University. He, along with his wife, have also endowed a scholarship at Purdue that is rewarded annually to a student within the Business Opportunity Program. Ted and his wife reside in Chicago. In addition to spending time with friends and family, Ted enjoys traveling, attending sports events and driving connections within his community.