‘Āina Koa Pono – a Hawai‘i-based, locally owned biofuels company committed to sustainable, locally grown and processed liquid fuel for power generation and transportation.
Kenton Eldridge – Co-Founder and Chairman
Kenton Eldridge brings 40 years of business experience. He spent 25 years in retail management, 10 years with Federated Department Stores and 15 years with Duty Free Shoppers (DFS). He has extensive business operating experience in the U.S. and Asia.
Kenton Eldridge has been actively involved in the investment community since retiring from DFS in 1997. From 2000 to 2009 he was a board member of HiBeam (Hawaii Business and Entrepreneur Acceleration Mentors) and has served as a mentor and investor for several Hawai‘i start-up companies. In 2009 he co-founded Sennet Capital, a merchant bank located in Honolulu.
He serves as the chairman of the board of trustees of the Nature Conservancy. He also serves on the advisory boards of Innovasc and Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawai‘i.
Prior to his retail career, Kenton Eldridge spent four years as a U.S. Army officer, serving in Europe and Vietnam. He attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA and the Army Officer’s Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA.
He received his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.
Chris Eldridge – Partner
Chris Eldridge is a partner in ‘Āina Koa Pono and is the founder and president of America’s Mattress Hawaii, the state’s largest chain of specialty sleep shops.
Chris Eldridge has 20 years of entrepreneurial and start-up experience having founded four companies including America’s Mattress and PortaBox Storage. PortaBox Storage/FileMinders grew into Hawai‘i’s largest commercial records and data storage company and was sold to Access Information Management in 2005.
Chris Eldridge serves on the Board of Directors for Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children as well as on advisory boards for several private companies. He is a member of the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii’s Corporate Council for the Environment, and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He attended Punahou School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business from Boston University.