Integrity, Experience and Passion


With over 100 years of experience and over seventy-five engagements, Watershed partners are committed to assisting its clients achieve success and scale a sustainable economy.

Each partner has domain knowledge in multiple industries, in both operational and financial capacities making Watershed one of the most experienced teams in the sector. Specific industry sector experience includes: organic foods, renewable energy, energy efficiency, media, water, sustainable ag and & aquaculture, green consumer products, manufacturing, industrial technologies, recycling, bio-plastics, advanced lighting, green building products, transportation and environmental services.

The Watershed team brings a diverse set of functional backgrounds to clients including private equity, venture capital, investment banking, securities law, and operational management.

“Watershed was instrumental in helping us craft our story and getting us in front of the right investors.”

- Company Client

Michael Whelchel – Co-Founder & Partner
Michael Whelchel

  • 15 years private equity & growing companies
  • American Industrial Partners, Stony Point Management
  • Kellogg School of Mgmt (MBA, MEM)

Shawn Lesser – Co-Founder & Partner
Shawn Lesser

  • 15 years institutional equity sales
  • Deutsche Bank, Morgan Keegan
  • Syracuse University

Lydia Miller – Managing Director
Lydia Miller

  • 20 years asset mgmt
  • UBS, SBC Brinson Partners
  • University of Chicago (MBA)

Jordan Bebee – Vice President & Due Diligence Leader
Jordan Bebee

  • 9 years in private equity fundraising and public accounting experience
  • Thomas Capital Group, Moss Adams
  • Linfield College (BA Accounting)

Linda Truong – Client Relations
Linda Truong

  • 3 years business development
  • University of Calgary

Dan Kolber, President,
Intellivest Securities

Dan Kolber

  • 25 years experience as securities attorney for exempt and registered offerings
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • University of Boston

Ben Taube – Director
Ben Taube

  • 16 years experience in environmental public policy, non-profits, and corporations
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Denver

Dr. Peter Adriaens – Director
Peter Adriaens

  • 25 years experience with clean technology companies
  • Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan