Mackenzie Robinson, is in charge of philanthropy for Venture Beyond (VENBEYCAP), a company established to manage the investments, land and corporate holdings of American entrepreneur Courtney Jordan. Most notable of which are Host Rite, and CellCom Mobile. Robinson has held this position for little over a year. Having moved clear across the pond from her posting as a Director in charge of educational programming. Already, “Mac”, as she is known, has made her mark in the London society circles. Having thrown her first event as a Londoner in April which according to the Manchester Courant raised over £200,000 for the Courtney Jordan Foundation, which is the charity arm of VENBEYCAP. With the a mission to provide aid and resources to aspiring entrepreneurs in the third world.
“After the rebranding and restructuring of our company and our philanthropic endeavors, we needed someone strong to oversee our new phase of growth and to coordinate giving and involvement from all our portfolio companies.” says Mandee Woodard, Executive Vice-President of Business Affairs for VENBEYCAP. Woodard who also started at the companies charity the then called ‘The Courtney Jordan Group“. Since, has moved to London where she has lived for more than 3 years. “Mac was the best choice, clearly, she has over exceeded any and all goals set, this event is a prime example.”
At the ‘Winter in Summer Gala’ Mac and her team turned the VENBEYCAP Hertfordshire Retreat from a drabbed farmhouse into a spectacular winter wonderland. The event started with private cabins reserved for a train ride east of London to Hertfordshire, the trip ending with walking into a fully restored farm building on the estate. When we walked in we were met with simple decorations woven together to create a winter festival. Greeted by guests dressed in spectacular fashion and Mac hosting the event along side her ‘special guy.’ Who is also the Executive Director of the Courtney Jordan Foundation, Noah Brunch. However, the one guest not in attendance was Courtney Jordan himself. Jordan who is one of only three Americans voted to the London “Power One Hundred” lists absence was felt throughout the night, with many guests wanting to meet the man behind the name. Throughout the night we could hear many people asking about ‘Brash Entrepreneur‘. ” We miss having him here, but we know health is the more important” Says Woodard on the absence of Jordan. ” He will be more than proud, she [Mac] took Courtney’s idea and brought it to life with amazing diligence and brilliance. says Heather Montgomery, President and CEO of VENBEYCAP. ” Jordan who has been recovering from surgery is scheduled to be the keynote at the 2019 London Expound Symposium in Brighton.
“Our goal for the year was to raise £500,000, which thanks to Mac we have exceeded that goal.”Montgomery added. Exceed that goal they did, by the end of the night the Foundation raised over a million pounds for the companies charity. The Courtney Jordan Foundation, which is currently setting up infrastructure in Bangladesh, to be a resource to entrepreneurs. The organisation and it’s benefactors will take equity stakes in the companies, while pairing them with accomplished entrepreneurs as advisors to insure growth and provide the necessary resources to the budding entrepreneurs.