Curiosity Retreat 2016

The October 2016 Curiosity Retreat in Gateway Canyon explored issues ranging from the future of the ...


National Park centennial and Teddy Roosevelt Society

In September 2016 I completed my six year term as a presidential appointee to the board of trustees ...


Important 2016 Conservation Conferences

In September 2016 I participated in two important global conservation conferences. The World Cons...


Sculpture Park at Portland Museum of Art

The Shaw family is pleased to play a leadership role in creating a public sculpture park at the Port...


Black Point Group™ is a private investment partnership focused on long term value creation via active involvement in public and private growth companies. The partnership seeks to leverage its operational and investment expertise in life science, technology and other domains, including significant involvement in public service.

David E. Shaw Managing Partner
David Evans Shaw is Managing Partner of Black Point Group, with wide-ranging interests in technology companies and public service. His business creation, leadership, investment and board experience includes IDEXX Laboratories (founder, CEO), Ikaria Pharmaceuticals (founding CEO, chair), Sapphire Energy, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Vets First Choice, Itaconix, Skinetics, Modern Meadow, Cyteir, Cytyc, Physion, Venrock Associates, MyTaskIt, New Mounta... read more
Benjamin Shaw Founding Partner
Ben Shaw is a Founding Partner of Black Point Group, and manages a mix of private and public equity investment activities in the healthcare, internet media and technology sectors. Ben is also Founder and CEO of Direct Vet Marketing Inc d/b/a Vets First Choice, a leading provider of ecommerce and marketing solutions for veterinary hospitals and their pet owner clients. Vets First Choice enables home delivery of FDA- and EPA-approved pharmaceutic... read more
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Andrew McDonnell Manager, Financial Analysis
Andrew McDonnell is responsible for financial analysis and business support.   Andrew’s experience includes accounting, financial reporting, treasury management, M&A and corporate development at C&S Wholesale Grocers and Vets First Choice. He graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Accounting and holds a M.B.A. from Plymouth State University.
Sandi Knakal Executive Assistant
Sandi Knakal is Executive Assistant at Black Point Group. She is experienced in managing businesses in law, retail, art, and other entrepreneurial endeavors. Sandi’s ten year post in the studio of the world renowned artist Ellsworth Kelly has led her to pursue many exciting volunteer opportunities in the visual arts in her native state of New York and in her new home in Maine.
RHONDA WANSER Content Manager
Rhonda Wanser plays a lead role in media projects for Black Point Group and David Shaw including creation of short films, website content and social media. Rhonda has nearly 20 years experience in video production on projects ranging from documentaries & TV spots to marketing videos.