Tom First joined Castanea Partners as an Operating Partner in 2016 to focus on opportunities in the branded food and beverage sector.
Prior to joining Castanea, Tom was a Managing Partner at First Beverage Ventures, the investment arm of First Beverage Group. Tom was co-founder of Nantucket Nectars, an award-winning juice company which sold to Cadbury Schweppes PLC in 2002.
A serial entrepreneur, Tom also founded O Beverage, which was sold to Polar Beverages. Tom is a director on the boards of Q Drinks, Health-Ade Kombucha, Purity Organic, Repsly, and Project Juice. He is also a minority co-investor in Essentia Water, a Castanea portfolio company.
Tom graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in American History.