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Management Team

Tom Chicoine - Partner


Tom has thirty years of senior management responsibility within the food manufacturing and distribution industry. He is presently the president of Temp Chain Solutions, an organization providing technology, data management solutions and professional services to the perishable goods industry. Tom was also the Founder and CEO of Truck Care Network, an organization that developed unique processes, programs and information systems to networking maintenance and rapid services for the trucking industry. Prior to the incorporation of TCN in 1996, he held corporate officer positions within the convenient store industry managing multi-facility dairy manufacturing & food distribution operations for the Lawson Company, Cumberland Farms and Dairy Mart Convenient Stores. Tom holds a degree in Dairy Science from the University of Massachusetts and is certified in HACCP development and implementation.      

Jim Balestra - Managing Director, Partner


Jim's career of over thirty years has been as a senior executive in the fields of global transportation and logistics; cold supply chain management; telematics and security technology; and, venture capital. In addition to founding and managing Big Sky Partners International over ten years ago, he was the Founder and President CF Forwarding, a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Freightways; Executive Director Special Commodities American President Lines; Managing Director International Roadway Express, Vice President International Americold Logistics; Managing Partner CNF Ventures; Chief Operating Officer Safefreight Technology; and, Senior Vice President USA Latium Fleet Management. Jim earned his BA from LaSalle University and holds post graduate degrees from Columbia University and the University of New Mexico.