Hemlock Partners

Clara Veniard.  Founding Partner. Prior to launching a search to acquire a business, Clara worked at Amazon where she led marketing and product management for Amazon Family, Prime’s membership program for families and worked in Amazon’s Consumable and Healthcare Pet product business. Previously, she worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as a business consultant, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer. Clara is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Outside of work, Clara loves the outdoors, cooking (she once owned a food catering business and comes from a family with generations of experience in food!), traveling and spending time with her three little girls and husband.  Although she is a longtime Seattle resident, she is fluent in Spanish and French, is conversant in Portuguese and Mandarin, and has lived in 7 countries, including 5 years in China.

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Martinique Grigg.  Founding Partner. Martinique began her career as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman (formerly Mercer) but quickly realized she preferred getting her hands dirty and jumping in to help businesses realize their full potential. Most recently she spent 6 years as the Chief Executive Officer of an outdoor recreation services, conservation and publishing organization and led them through a turnaround to become successful and growing. Martinique also has a background in retail where she had profit and loss responsibilities at both L.L.Bean and Amazon. While at Amazon, Martinique gained deep experience in ecommerce and vendor management. At L.L. Bean Martinique completed a 9-month rotational program through all aspects of the company and led a product category. Martinique graduated from Dartmouth College and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. In her free time Martinique loves to explore the outdoors with her family. She loves hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, mountaineering, scuba diving and traveling to new and exciting locations.