Our Team

Lakeside Capital Group’s values are driven by the values of our team members. We care about the success of companies we invest in and the impact they’ll have on our region, so we don’t just invest and disappear. Our team consists of trusted advisors who personally invest in their work and community.
John Hemmingson

John Hemmingson

Founder/Chairman

John is Lakeside’s founder. His extensive business experience includes start-ups, divestitures, mergers, public offerings and restructurings. John cares deeply about the success of the Inland Northwest he calls home and founded Lakeside to build a stronger community by investing in businesses poised to add quality jobs and value in the Spokane and Couer d’Alene area. He sits on several boards of companies in which Lakeside has an investment. John is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Gonzaga University, a member of the Advisory Board for the Boys & Girls Club of Spokane, and serves as the Chairman of Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs (SNAP). John earned his associates degree in Business Administration from National American University in 1974 and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program. John currently resides in Liberty Lake, Washington.

Tom Vertin

Tom Vertin

Partner

In 1974, Tom founded a business management firm that today serves the interests of a diverse range of businesses, including funeral homes located in seven Midwestern states. As an entrepreneur, he has been involved in several start-up ventures, hospitality concerns and real estate developments.

Steve Helmbrecht

Steven M. Helmbrecht

Chief Executive Officer

Steve brings over 25 years of business experience to the company including financial management and reporting, equity and debt offerings, mergers and acquisitions, international sales and operations, start-ups, strategic planning and building high-performance teams. Previously, Steve was Executive Vice President and CFO of Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), a global technology and services company providing solutions for electricity, gas and water utilities to help them measure, manage and analyze energy and water. He has a Master of Taxation from the University of Denver and a BA in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Washington. Steve is an active community leader who has served on a variety of nonprofit boards primarily in the areas of education, economic development and international trade. Currently he serves on the Board of Regents of Gonzaga University, the boards of the Rypien Foundation, Big Table and Urbanova, and the Boards of Directors of Washington Trust Bank and W.T.B. Financial Corporation. Steve and his wife Theresa have two children, Lauren and Brett.

Melissa Wells

Melissa Wells

President

In addition to running day-to-day operations, Melissa oversees the development and management of both high-end residential and commercial properties, completes financial analyses to assess company viability and administers community outreach for Lakeside’s Chairman. Melissa brings over 12 years of experience in the financial industry and a wealth of leadership to the Lakeside management team. Melissa holds her real estate license in the state of Idaho and is a member of the National Association of Realtors. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, Cum Laude, from Arizona State University.

Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed

Chief Financial Officer

Jerry brings over 20 years’ accounting, financial and management experience to the company. At Lakeside he is responsible for the financial oversight of Lakeside and its portfolio of companies and assets. Additionally, he is involved in strategic planning, deal analysis, due diligence and implementation of all new investments. Previously, he was with Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), a global technology and services company providing solutions for electricity, gas and water utilities to help them measure, manage and analyze energy and water, where he held several positions including Director of Internal Reporting & International Controller. He holds a MBA from Gonzaga University and a BS in Accounting from the University of Idaho. Jerry is actively involved in the community, currently serving on the Dean’s Business Forum Board for Gonzaga University’s School of Business Administration. Jerry and his wife Jacki have one child, Sydnee.

Kris Moore

Kristopher A. Moore

Senior Vice-President of Business Development

Kris has a diverse background in international sales, scalable operations, contract negotiation and intellectual property. At Lakeside he is focused on qualifying new opportunities and late stage capital investments. Previously, he was Director of Business Development and Intellectual Property Strategy with Microsoft (NYSE: MSFT), a global software, services and devices company providing technology solutions, where he also excelled in OEM sales, Windows Finance and Business Management. He holds a BA in Communications with emphasis in International Relations from University of Southern California. Kris is involved in the Seattle community where he actively supports development of the College Success Foundation and volunteers at St. Joseph School.

Steve Cease

Steve Cease

Senior Vice-President of Business Development

Steve Cease is Senior Vice President, Business Development of Lakeside. Previously, he was Global Engineering Director Cytec Industries (NYSE: CYT), a global specialty materials company providing technology solutions. Steve holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and executive education from Columbia University. Steve brings 30 years of industry expertise in Business, Technology and Operational leadership roles, including major Mergers and Acquisitions.

Ross Jordan

Ross Jordan

Agriculture Operations Manager

Ross has managed our growing farm portfolio since its inception. Along with the management of the day-to-day operation on farms, Ross has been focused on the financial performance of the farm by implementing multiple cost saving measures within the operation, but also is committed to farming practices that promote long-term sustainability of the land.  He is the fourth generation in his farm family and previously was employed as a market analyst with Ambassador Programs. He graduated from Washington State University with a BA in Business Administration / Management Information Systems in 2002. He also received a Masters certificate from University of Idaho in Geographic Information Systems. Ross is currently living in the Cheney area with his wife Erin and four kids Estelle, Gracelyn, Emmett, and Sullivan.

Angie Rothrock

Angie Rothrock

Vice-President

Having been with the company for over thirteen years, Angie is continually called upon to assist and manage new ventures. Her diverse project portfolio includes spearheading successful virtual education programs, online store development, e-learning, day-spa and medical office management, multi-media and sales. Currently, Angie oversees Lakeside’s commercial real estate properties located in Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Kansas City. She also oversees Lakeside marketing initiatives, Zi Spa, and numerous philanthropic efforts throughout our community. Angie graduated with honors from Washington State University, earning her BA in Communications.

Jerry Reed

Benjamin Ostrow
Senior Associate

Ben is a Senior Associate for Lakeside Capital Group Management.  He is responsible for analytical, quantitative, and general due diligence as well as management and analysis of portfolio investments and operations.  Ben sources information to better understand business models, industry trends, and financial performance.

Previously, he was with Malkin Capital and Owl Creek Asset Management in New York, and Stadium Capital Management in Connecticut, as an Investment Analyst. Ben focused on small-cap equities and distressed credit, with an emphasis on Consumer, Technology, and Industrial sectors.

Ben received an MBA from Columbia Business School as a member of the Value Investing program, and a BS in Commerce (Finance and Marketing) from the University of Virginia.

Jerry Reed

Joshua A. Hemmingson
Accountant / Financial Analyst

Josh is a Senior Accountant and Financial Analyst at Lakeside.  He is responsible for the monthly financial analysis and reporting, guides cost analysis processes by establishing and monitoring procedures and materials reconciliations, monitors financial results and variances, determines cost of operations by establishing standard costs; collecting operational data.

Previously, he was with Dorian Studio Photography as a Staff Accountant where he prepared month-end financial reports, assisted with reconciling accounts, posting journal entries; accounts receivable, payable and reconciled bank statements.

Josh has a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Accounting from Gonzaga University, and earned his CPA in 2017.

Breanna Regalado

Reilly D. Roach
Accountant / Financial Analyst

Reilly is a Senior Accountant and Financial Analyst at Lakeside.  He handles the day-to-day accounting operations for the company, including accounts payable and receivable, fixed asset management, reconciliations, and reporting and analysis of financial information.

Previously, he was with Centennial Mortgage as an Originations Analyst, The Boeing Company as a Procurement Finance Analyst Intern, and he also spent three summers at Northwest Grain Growers as an Elevator Operator.

Reilly graduated with a double major in Accounting and Finance, and double minor in Mathematics and Entrepreneurial Leadership from Gonzaga University. He was honored on the President’s List 2013 and 2014 and the Dean’s List in 2016.  As a student he also consulted with local entrepreneurs about logistical concerns for their innovative ideas.

In December of 2012 he earned his Eagle Scout rank; the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).  Reilly is also involved in several community service agencies.

Claudio Hersy

Claudia Hersey

Executive Administrator

Claudia is Lakeside’s Executive Administrator. Previously, she was executive assistant to the Executive Vice President and CFO, and to the Vice President of Investor Relations, of Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), a global technology and services company. She was also Secretary to the Audit and Finance Committee of the Board of Directors at Itron. Claudia has 40 years of administrative experience supporting executive management teams in corporate finance, tax, treasury, internal audit, external reporting, internal reporting, and investor relations. She holds an Associate of Arts Degree – English Major, from Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA. Claudia and her husband Paul each have two children, six grandchildren, and one expensive Scottish Terrier named Bentley.

Breanna Regalado

Breanna Regalado

Senior Accountant

Breanna is a Senior Accountant at Lakeside. She handles the day-to-day accounting operations for the company, including accounts payable and receivable, fixed asset management, reconciliations, and reporting and tracking of financial information. Previously, she was with Openeye, a global technology company providing solutions for surveillance and loss prevention through the design and manufacture of digital video recorders and surveillance equipment for the security industry, where she held the position of Accounts Payable and Accounting Analyst. She graduated Cum Laude, with a BA in Accounting, from Whitworth University. She stays actively involved with her community through her home church. Breanna and her husband, Joseph Regalado, live in the North Spokane area.