Our Dedicated Team

CEO, Co-Founder

Sam Borghese

Sam is the Chief Executive Officer of Zeal Reserve, as well as an economics professor at UCLA with deep experience in machine learning and financial forecasting.

Sam is the Co-Founder and CEO of Zeal Reserve. Currently, he is a Professor of Quantitative Economics at UCLA. Sam teaches 6 graduate courses in Financial Forecasting and Applied Data Management; these courses teach graduate students the most modern techniques in designing and deploying automated machine learning based trading strategies.

Sam started his career as an assistant researcher for the former Chief Economist of Soros Fund. He subsequently founded the UCLA QuantLab which disseminates Forex signals to investment banks based on economic fundamentals. Sam also has experience building systematic options strategies based on proprietary algorithms.

Sam earned his Master’s in Applied Economics from the University of California Los Angeles and two Bachelor’s degrees in Computational Mathematics and Economics. Sam is also a licensed Investment Adviser Representative (IAR) with a series 65.

COO, Co-Founder

Andrew White

Andrew brings over twenty-five years of institutional and private equity investment experience to the team and is the Chief Operating Officer of Zeal Reserve.

Andrew is the Co-Founder and COO of Zeal Reserve. Andrew has over twenty-five (25) years of institutional and private equity investment experience. During his career, he has sourced, negotiated, closed, and managed over $3.0 billion in commercial real estate investments and he has extensive principal investing experience that includes direct equity investments and JV partnerships.

Andrew has held senior investment positions with MetLife Real Estate Investors, ING Realty Partners, a national Value-Added private equity real estate fund operator with over $5.0 billion in AUM, a $5.0+ billion family office and a publicly traded REIT. While at MetLife he was responsible for asset management, acquisitions and dispositions. When he joined ING Realty Partners as a Senior Vice President, he was responsible for value-added and opportunistic investments in the Western U.S. He has structured and managed investments in all property types throughout the Western U.S. with a major focus on producing alpha returns by implementing research driven analysis and performance-oriented execution to generate value enhancement strategies.

Andrew earned his MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of California Graduate School of Management in Irvine and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

CMO, Co-Founder

Ace Estwick

Ace is Zeal's Chief Marketing Officer and a successful serial entrepreneur, with experiences in a range of industries including venture capital, digital marketing, and healthtech.

Ace Estwick is Co-Founder and CMO of Zeal Reserve. Ace is an experienced serial entrepreneur. His entrepreneurial portfolio includes organizations in venture capital, digital marketing, healthtech, and engineering. He is an idea-oriented project manager with specialized experience in strategy, marketing, and business development. Ace has founded and managed ten (10) businesses and teams in different industries. He currently performs business strategy, marketing, and operational support for Zeal.

Ace co-founded a USC-based incubator that received funding at a $5 million dollar valuation. His company was the highest-grossing in a cohort of six other startups. Many of his ventures have been in growth industries prior to mass adoption. He created marketing plans, product roadmaps, business plans, pro-forma financials, product formulas, packaging, and branding for a number of new products and companies. Ace’s last company was a multinational marketing company providing white-glove service to small and mid-cap businesses across the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Ace also created a digital interactive E-book teaching his clients about social media advertising and customer acquisition.

Our Trusted Partners

Sudrania Fund Services is a global fund administrator, providing full-scale cloud-based fund administration. With over $2.5 billion under administration, they provide best-in-class and cost-efficient solutions.

Founded in 2014, SFOX, or San Francisco Open Exchange, is helping thousands of traders, investors, and institutions invest in crypto assets at the best price across dozens of exchanges.

Weaver is the largest independent accounting firm in the Southwest US. They’ve served public sector entities for over 60 years, and are specialized to serve their clients in the digital currency space.

 

Piermont Bank is women-founded, entrepreneur-led, & technology-fortified. They provide an experience that blends the best of traditional banking and agile fintech.

Capital Fund Law Group advises fund managers throughout the world on all aspects of fund formation and ongoing operations. Their attorneys monitor and review regulatory changes, market trends, and technology developments related to crypto investment.

Nova provides modernized, intelligent onboarding services for clients like Pantera, Grayscale, and Circle. They are quickly becoming the industry standard.

 

Board of Advisors

Michael Hewitt

Blockchain Entrepreneur

Roni Crichton

Financial Services Strategician

Evan Katz

Award-Winning Fundraiser

Russ Wilcox

Quant & AI Consultant

Ryan Foss-Skiftesvik

Fund Marketing Specialist

Dallas Santana

Crypto IP Thought Leader