Business is a sustainable and uniquely powerful channel of cultural influence that enables individuals and communities to flourish financially, emotionally, and spiritually.

The Ambassadors Impact Network grew out of the common interests of our founders, who have been investing in faith-driven companies and venture funds for a while. As it turns out, many others share our passion for financing and partnering with faith-driven entrepreneurs.

As a result, we combined our expertise and resources to form an angel investing network with the goal of benefitting entrepreneurs who are growing great companies — that shape culture, have social and spiritual impact, and generate competitive financial returns for stakeholders. While we all live in North Texas, we are investing in companies nationwide.


Will+Thomas_black+and+white.jpg

WILL THOMAS

Will serves as Managing Director and Founder of Ambassadors Impact Network. He has been investing in organizations that demonstrate social and spiritual impact since 2013. Additionally, Will serves on the board of two publicly-traded companies and as Chairman of the board of Marketplace Chaplains.  Previously, he was Vice President at Capital Southwest Corporation where he made investments in private companies and provided advice. Prior to his private equity experience, Will served as an evaluator pilot and in numerous leadership positions in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Major. He has served on the board of eleven private companies. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Will and his wife are blessed by their three exciting children and attend Providence Presbyterian Church.


eliot.jpg

ELIOT KERLIN

Eliot serves as Director and Founder of Ambassadors Impact Network. He is a Senior Partner & Chief Structuring Officer at Insight Equity, where he has been since 2005. Eliot directs investment strategy and serves as board member for a number of portfolio companies where he leads acquisitions, recapitalizations, financings, and operational improvement initiatives at portfolio companies. Previously, Mr. Kerlin served as Turnaround Manager for Bay State Paper Company, Investment Banker in the Global Communications Group at Merrill Lynch in New York, and Senior Associate at Jupiter Partners. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, the DFW Private Equity Forum, Casa Del Lago, and was formerly a Director of BraveLove and the Prison Entrepreneurship Program. Eliot holds an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School and a B.B.A. in Finance with honors from Texas A&M University. Eliot and his wife have four children and attend Park Cities Presbyterian Church.


JJ%2BBarto.jpg

J.J. BARTO

J.J. serves as Director and Founder of Ambassadors Impact Network. He is a private equity independent sponsor and consultant who assists with management for private family office clients. He has been making investments in privately held companies for 20 years. He has served as CEO of Cabe Long Properties since 2002, where he oversees all operational and investment activities related to the real estate firm. Active in the Dallas philanthropic community, he has served in various capacities as a member of the Conference of Southwest Foundations and as a board member for private foundations. Additional service includes former chairman of the board of the Covenant School and founding the Heritage School of Texas, and various other advisory board roles. Formerly an adjunct professor at SMU’s Cox School of Business, J.J. holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma in Letters, a Classics-focused Liberal Arts degree, a Masters in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, and has completed post graduate work at Texas A&M. J.J. and his wife are the proud parents of three boys and members of Watermark Community Church.