EASTON, MARYLAND  September 9, 2015 — Pinoak Partners, LLC (Pinoak) is a new investment group that has been established to invest in entrepreneurial companies on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and throughout the Mid-Atlantic.  The founders of Pinoak understand there is a large and talented pool of entrepreneurs and business owners that need funding to start or expand their enterprises.  The objective of PinOak is to locate, fund and help in the success of these businesses. Members of Pinoak will be made up of successful business people and entrepreneurs who have a desire to help others succeed and see the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation flourish on the Eastern Shore and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Pinoak Partners has been established by two Easton entrepreneurs, Tom Haschen and Tony Kern. Tom Haschen is a local entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Papillon Agricultural Company and Novera Protein.  He is also involved in a number of other ventures including Banning’s Tavern located in downtown Easton.  Tony Kern has a long career in corporate finance, strategy and business consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touche. He has broad experience, both nationally and internationally, in a wide variety of industries and has started and sold several companies.

Michael Thielke, Executive Director, of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center, has announced that his organization will have a close working relationship with Pinoak. “I am very excited to be able to work with Pinoak Partners in assuring that qualified entrepreneurs will be able to obtain the equity and debt funding that they may need,” says Thielke.

The funds provided by Pinoak Partners will come from its members. Initially, the membership in Pinoak Partners will be limited to twenty members. “We will be attracting membership from a wide variety of business backgrounds including, technology, agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare and energy as well as people with expertise in accounting, legal, marketing and sales”, according to Tony Kern.  “We are looking to have a depth and diversity of business knowledge that will allow us to not only fund entrepreneurial projects, but, also provide specific business mentoring”, added Haschen .

In addition to existing relationships throughout the Mid Atlantic, Pinoak is advancing relationships with local and regional banks, economic development offices, colleges, civic organizations and other venture and entrepreneurship organizations to familiarize them with the group and invite them to refer candidates who need funding.  “Generally speaking, we are looking for Eastern Shore entrepreneurs and companies with products or services that are meaningfully unique, innovative, scalable and sustainable”, said Tony Kern.  “The Eastern Shore is a great place to live and work, but it is underserved from an investment perspective”, Haschen pointed out.  “We believe we can help ignite the entrepreneurial fire and accelerate the collisions between science, technology, the arts, manufacturing, agriculture and capital”, added Kern.

Individuals wanting additional information about Pinoak Partners and those looking for funding should contact Tom Haschen or Tony Kern by email at info@PinOakCapital.com, via phone at 410-822-2284, through the website at www.PinOakCapital.com or by mail at PinOak Partners, PO Box 2210, Easton, MD 21601.

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