Senior Management Team
Nathan Hale - CEO
Nathan Hale founded Sawgrass Technologies, Inc. in 1988 in Columbia, SC, and relocated the company to Charleston in 1990. Sawgrass Technologies was originally a software/systems integration business, which Nathan refocused from software development to development of integrated software and ink technologies for the emerging digital decorating marketplace. As a pioneer in the field of digital transfer printing and the mass customisation of products, Nathan has positioned Sawgrass as a global leader in ink printing technologies.
Nathan is a born entrepreneur, and Sawgrass is his second successful start–up venture. Nathan’s first business enterprise was Tropical Snow, a flavored shaved ice business that he started in Isle of Palms, SC. As the business continued to thrive, he opened 125 franchises around the state of South Carolina before eventually selling the company. A native of Idaho and an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Nathan spent two years as a missionary in Michigan in the early 80's. He attended Brigham Young University.
Steven J. Carnevale - Chairman of the Board
In a career that spans 30 years, Steve Carnevale has carved out success in the diverse worlds of entrepreneurship and finance. Steve's early career included executive management positions in public and private companies. For the past 20 years, he has served as head of venture capital and crossover investing at two hedge funds: Talkot Capital and Strome Susskind. He typically serves as lead investor, actively involved with development of high level strategies and day-to-day operations with expertise in all corporate functions.
Steve has served on boards of directors and chaired many public and private companies. His most notable investment was eFax, one of the fastest-growing profitable public Internet companies (for 2010 listed as a top 100 Forbes Best Small Companies) with a market cap in excess of $1.5 billion, which later merged with J2 Global Communications (NASDAQ: JCOM). He currently manages his own boutique venture capital firm, Point Cypress Ventures.
Darcy Mauro - President, Sawgrass Consumer Division
Darcy was named the President of the Consumer Division in September 2009. In her role as President, she is responsible for the Consumer teams located in Mount Pleasant, SC, and Sheffield, UK. Prior to her being named President, Darcy was the VP of Global Sales and Marketing for Sawgrass. In her 5 years at Sawgrass, Darcy has been responsible for leading the growth in sales outside of the United States, as well as the coordination and management of global marketing campaigns, the implementation of marketing communications and product marketing initiatives.
Prior to joining the company, she served as Vice President of Marketing for CoLinx and Rockwell Automation, where she led the e-commerce marketing team. She was responsible for the development and implementation of ptplace.com, the first website in the power transmission market. In addition, Darcy was formerly a Director for The Gap Inc. and a member of the original team that developed the Old Navy concept. Outside of work, she is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Miss Porter’s, a girl’s boarding school in Farmington, Connecticut.