TK is the Founder and Managing Partner at Wasabi Ventures Stables. His job is to steer the business and horse racing aspects of the operation working closely with both the business and racing sides of the operation. It has been his life long dream to build a world class racing stable. Since hearing the stories of his great grandfather about the racing business in the 50s and 60s, he has romantically dreamt of making a stable a reality. After a long professional career in the startup world where in his 25 years of startup activity, he has been a part of over 1,500 rounds of financing as an investor, founder, or adviser, he decided to bring a lot of that experience to the racing industry.
Michele Pesula Kuegler is the Director of Aftercare and Community. Her role at WV Stables combines her passion for animals with her skills in social media, community building, data analysis, and philanthropy. In addition to this role, Michele works as CEO of The Horse Fund, food blogger, and wine educator. Basically, her days are filled with horses, wine, food, and the WVS community.
After a short career as a corporate attorney, George decided to follow his passion and embarked on a career in the Thoroughbred industry in 2012. He established his Housatonic Bloodstock LLC in 2014, which provides pedigree analysis and mating recommendations to clients, as well as assistance identifying and inspecting potential purchases both privately and at auction. His prior industry experience included stints at Claiborne Farm, Country Life Farm, and with Shug McGaughey. He has been a part of the Wasabi team since shortly after its inception. George returned to the equine industry in 2012 and worked at Country Life Farm in Maryland until late 2015, where he researched pedigrees, helped to plan matings, and identified racing and broodmare prospects at the sales. Among the horses picked out by George at the sales were If Not For Her, a $25,000 yearling purchase who went on to become a stakes-placed winner of $123,590 before re-selling as a broodmare prospect for $135,000, and Baby Love, a $24,000 broodmare purchase while carrying the stakes winner/Grade 3-placed Bonus Points in utero. George now concentrates all his energies exclusively on Housatonic Bloodstock. Housatonic Bloodstock LLC offers a range of services to Thoroughbred owners and breeders, including pedigree analysis and mating recommendations, as well as assistance identifying and inspecting potential purchases at auction. Housatonic Bloodstock has been involved in buying, selling and breeding race horses since 2014. The name Housatonic is taken from a river that flows through Western Massachusetts, where George grew up. He now lives in Baltimore with his wife and two small children.
Ron has been working professionally in Software and Internet businesses for over 25 years. Whether it is helping to design and scale large enterprise websites, leading development teams to create database middleware solutions or participating on teams to deliver state-of-the-art mobile applications, Ron’s passion for building world-class software is undeniable. As the Director of Engineering Innovation at Alumni Ventures Group (AVG), Ron oversees the design... Over the past several summers, Ron has guided high school students in summer internship programs helping them to unlock the magic that coding and engineering have to offer. Ron enjoys traveling with his family, a round of golf with his sons, and coaching football. After years of listening to TK talk about horses and horse racing, he became interested in and now enjoys the claiming and handicapping aspects of the sport.
Tamarie is a former Air Force brat, who moved all over the country including Hawaii. Since 1980 she has been settled, educated, married and raised a family in New Hampshire. Tamarie has 30+ years of accounting experience in the NH area. Her vast range of work experience includes everything from general contractors to real estate developers to law firms to accounting firms to governmental agencies to real estate brokers to venture capitalists to start-ups. She works for companies she likes that have both ethics and integrity. Tamarie prefers working with smaller entrepreneurs due to the hands-on, creativity and general excitement of a new company.