Jared Gurfein - President / CEO
Jared formed Viridian Spirits in 2006 with his partners—all close friends—after deciding to leave a 12-year career as a corporate lawyer. As a lawyer, Jared specialized in mergers & acquisitions, securities, and general corporate work, having worked most recently at U.S. law firm Jones Day, as well as having earlier spent five years at New York's Skadden Arps. Jared also spent five years as Vice President—Deputy General Counsel of NTL Incorporated, the UK's largest cable company, now known as Virgin Media. Prior to his stints with law firms and the private sector, Jared was law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Milton Pollack (SDNY). Jared graduated from Fordham Law School, where he was an editor on the law review (JD, 1994), and from the University of Michigan (BBA, 1991).
Eddie Soleymani - Partner
Eddie is one of the founding partners of Viridian Spirits. Together with Leon Redensky, another founding Viridian partner, Eddie founded Lynx Capital Partners, LLC in 2001. The trading and software development firm employs 250 staff and continues to thrive today. This profitable partnership has also extended to real estate investment through Lynx Developers I, LLC. Eddie earned a BBA from George Washington University (1991) and an MBA from Hofstra University's Fran G. Zarb School of Business (1992).
Jonathan Bonchick - Partner
Jonathan is a founding partner of Viridian Spirits LLC. Currently, Jonathan also holds the positions of Director of Buying & Merchandising for Duty Free Americas, Vice President—UETA Inc. of Panama and EVP—Innovative Liquors LLC. He has held various positions within Brown Forman Beverages Worldwide from 1993 to 2002 in Massachusetts, Ohio and Military & Transportation. In Jonathan's last position, he managed both North American Duty Free and the Caribbean. He has a BS in Finance from the University of Maryland (1991) and an MBA in International Business, University of Miami (1992).
Leon Redensky - Partner
Leon is one of the founding partners of Viridian Spirits. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 with a degree in Bioengineering, Leon went to work for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLC. A year later, he left to pursue a job in the equity-trading world. In the summer of 2001, Leon and Eddie Soleymani, another founding Viridian partner, formed Lynx Capital Partners, LLC. Lynx Capital is a trading and software development firm that is still thriving in these volatile market times.
T.A. Breaux - Master Distiller
T. A. Breaux is the creator of Lucid Absinthe Supérieure. He is a professional scientist who has dedicated well over a decade of research toward resolving the scientific and historical mysteries associated with absinthe. His quest for the unadulterated truth has taken him across the globe in search of obscure, overlooked, and forgotten information circling this often maligned subject. Armed with a respectable background in applied analytical sciences, he has perfected sophisticated techniques for the purpose of accurately reconstructing the most famous original brands of the liquor (see www.vintageabsinthe.com). His research has been recognized in books, magazines, newspapers, television, and filmed documentaries, and his educated insight is frequently sought by writers, researchers, and historians. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Breaux has made significant content and editorial contributions to fine publications such as "Absinthe, Sip of Seduction: A Contemporary Guide" (Corvus Publishing - ISBN: 0972577610) and "Absinthe, A Myth Always Green" (L'Esprit Frappeur - ISBN: 2844052002). Likewise, he is currently in the process of writing additional texts on the subject. Mr. Breaux's reputation for being a staunch promoter of truth and accuracy of information and education in all matters absinthe is surpassed only by his unceasing passion for recreating history through the fine art of absinthe crafting.