CRAIG KINZER, General Partner, Denny Hill Capital. Craig is the founder of a number of Northwest companies, and a long time venture capitalist. He was the co-founder of Screenlife, the developer of SceneIt?®, the DVD game marketed nationally by Mattel and the world’s biggest selling board game after Monopoly®. Craig led the company through its start up years as Chairman of the Board, and orchestrated the sale of the Company to Paramount/Viacom for $40 million in September of 2008, just before the economic downturn.
Craig founded Kinzer Capital in 1998, a venture capital and investment advisory firm specializing in early stage companies with industry focus reflective of the Pacific Northwest economy. He co-founded Capital Partners II in 2000, a venture fund targeted at angel investors to compete more effectively in the financing of Pacific Northwest technology based companies. Both of these funds are significantly outperforming other same vintage year funds.
Craig is also Founder and Principal in charge of Kinzer Real Estate Services (KRES). Clients include Russell Investments, Children’s Hospital and Research Center, Starbucks Coffee Company, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Washington.
Prior experience includes Touche Ross and Co. where he served as a tax attorney, CPA, and business and real estate consultant to corporate clients. Craig holds both a Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Washington School of Law and School of Business respectively. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from California Lutheran University in political science and economics. While at California Lutheran University, Craig was a Division II all league defense back, and Student Body President.
Craig is an instructor at the University of Washington and a lecturer for CLE classes. He has served on a number of community boards, including the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Community Development Round Table. Craig is an avid sports fan, and mixed business with pleasure when he partnered with Howard Schultz, John Stanton and other community leaders in the acquisition, ownership and sale of the Seattle Supersonics. He is a pilot, scuba diver, and enjoys kayaking and hiking in the western states, especially the Grand Canyon. Craig is a strong supporter of community youth programs, and coaches youth football and basketball. Craig and his wife, Danna, have five children.