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Gil Ahrens

Gilbert von der Schulenburg Ahrens


Two decades of Wall Street experience as investment banker and navigator of venture capital ecosystem.  Managing Director at J.P.Morgan and Jefferies and extended stays at Piper Jaffray and Cowen.  Earlier, managed pioneering ecommerce deployment at a Fortune 50; was a strategic planning manager in Japan; and co-founded an award-winning consumer electronics start-up.  

Throughout, helping companies and executives optimize outcomes.

Degrees from New York University (BA, Psych), Boston University (MBA).   Studied music at the New England Conservatory.


author of  Shattered, Shaken and Stirred


Heros, Scoundrels and Spies

Several relatives played significant roles during dramatic turning points in the histories of the United States and Germany.  Direct descendant of Israel Bissell, who has been credited with performing the real midnight ride in 1775 (while Paul Revere slept in a tavern) that warned American colonists of the British invasion.  Another relative, Daniel Bissell, was the second U.S. soldier awarded a Badge of Military Merit by General George Washington.  The medal was a predecessor to the Purple Heart, given originally to soldiers who exhibited unusual courage.

Grandfather Maximilian was a decorated pilot, a master of aerial reconaissance and instrumental in targeting Hitler's "Wolf's Lair."  Uncle Fritz-Dietlof preferred the title "Scoundrel" over "Count" when addressed by Hitler's henchmen and executioners.  Uncle Friedrich Werner was Ambassador to Russia and architecht of the Hitler-Stalin Non-Agression Treaty.  They were all executed for their roles in "Operation Valkyrie", the July 20, 1944 assassination plot against Adolf Hitler.  


Lives in San Francisco Bay Area with family, including an unusually beneficent Scottish Terrier, Bella.  

Supports New Canaan Society and the Navy SEAL Foundation.  


R.I.P. Sparky

Background

Factoids & Tidbits


CHILDHOOD DREAM PROFESSION

Formula 1 Racing Driver


RETIREMENT DREAM PROFESSION

NHL Hockey Coach


MOST UNLIKELY PROFESSION

Hollywood Confidant


GREAT-GRANDFATHER'S PROFESSION

Connecticut Tobacco Farmer


GRANDMOTHER'S PROFESSION

Equestrian: 1936 Berlin Olympics


FAVORITE VACATION SPOT

Just about anywhere in Italy


PHILOSOPHY

There's only one God...and its not me