ken alston

  • CEO

Since 2010, Ken has been president of Alston & Co., a private investment firm that invests on behalf of his family.  The firm focuses on providing liquidity for retiring business owners who are passionate about their company's ongoing legacy. 

Ken was also the co-founder and managing director of Eventide Management where he focused on the origination, analysis, and structuring of investment opportunities resulting in the acquisition of Southern California Risk Management and Medical Audit and Management, one of the most successful search fund companies in history. Eventide was acquired by Odyssey Investment Partners and York Risk for over ten times invested equity capital - an annual return of over 250%. Today, York is the third largest TPA in the United States - employing over 5,000 people across three continents.   

Most recently, Ken was the chairman and CEO of a leading healthcare revenue cycle management company. In that role, the business grew to be named one of the fastest growing private companies in California by the Orange County Business Journal.  

Ken holds an MA from Columbia University, an MBA from Thunderbird where has was an endowed scholar in entrepreneurship, and a BA from Southern Methodist University. He has been a periodic lecturer on the subject of search funds and entrepreneurship-through-acquisition at Stanford University and USC.  


justin pierce

  • Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing

Justin and his brother formed Pierce Brothers Development in Charleston, South Carolina in 2000. Pierce Bros saw a lot of opportunity in in-fill development in and around Downtown Charleston.

As gentrification moved North on the Charleston peninsula Pierce Bros merely tried to get in the way of progress. They bought their first house in Charleston in 1998. After doing a down-to-studs renovation on this historic home Pierce Bros realized that holding this property and leasing it to college students was the best strategy.

Pierce Bros continued to buy “condemned” houses on the Upper Peninsula, renovate them and fill them up with college kids. Pierce Bros also developed a neighborhood from raw land to (24) fully entitled lots for sale. All the lots were sold to one builder. Their first neighborhood was Cloudbreak Court. Since venturing out of the downtown renovations, Pierce Bros has invested in raw land for development, joined partnerships owning apartment complexes and managed apartment complexes. Also Pierce Bros continues to own land that is earmarked for development when the time is right.

After attending Corona del Mar HS, Justin attended Vanderbilt University where he graduated with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish.

Justin lives in Newport Beach with his wife, Kristen, and his two young children.


brandon burkhart

  • Founder

Brandon is an Entrepreneur with 14 years of cultivation and product sales in the cannabis industry. He also has a General Building Contractor’s License (Residential and Commercial) and an HVAC Company that provides sales, installation and consulting services to the cannabis industry regarding heating, cooling and water delivery and filtration products, policies, procedures and timetables for indoor, outdoor and greenhouse grows.

Brandon is a self-taught businessman that has developed exceptional communication and management skills by listening to mentors, working tirelessly, paying attention to detail and developing a huge network of business relationships worldwide as well as being well read and educated by on-the-job training. This has served him well, his employees love working with him and his customers appreciate the knowledge that he eagerly shares. His financial success is also a measurement of his business acumen and understanding of what customers want and need. 

Brandon’s extensive experience includes strategic planning and managing financial and operational performance to ensure the company’s directives and goals are achieved efficiently. Mr. Burkhart is a creative thinker as well as flexible leader which allow him to make decisions quickly in changing and dynamic environments. As an astute businessman and tactician Mr. Burkhart uses superior communication skills to ensure that he builds successful and loyal teams to achieve company goals and objectives.