Twila is the Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and President of True Investments, LLC, which she co-founded with her husband, Alan True. Twila is responsible for the firm’s overall strategy, finances, operations, and culture, with a focus on growing assets under management and scaling processes.
Twila has experience as a successful operator of an opportunistic business that scaled quickly and achieved a successful exit. Specifically, together with her husband, Twila managed True Innovations, a multinational consumer products licensing and manufacturing business based in Asia that employed more than 4,000 people. Started by Alan to manufacture innovative and affordable home and office furniture, True Innovations became a market leader in designing, manufacturing and selling office and home seating to big box retailers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Its customers include Costco, Sam’s, Walmart, Target, Office Max, Office Depot, and Staples. True Innovations distributes its products throughout North America, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Asia. In 2011, True Innovations was acquired by Li & Fung, a publicly traded company in Hong Kong.
Prior to scaling the True Innovations business, Twila was Chief Executive Officer of Synthane Taylor, a circuit board manufacturer with 300 employees. Due to her status as a female and an American Indian, the businesses that Twila owns, including the General Partner, can benefit from privileges such as advantageous investment opportunities by virtue of this status or financing by institutions with mandates to facilitate business by minority-owned enterprises. For the past 15 years, Twila has assembled an extensive private portfolio of real estate in multiple asset classes throughout Asia and North America. She has managed construction of residential developments in Thailand, China, and the United States. She specializes in distressed residential real estate investments. True Investment Partners, LP was the first venture that Twila led that deployed an outside investor’s capital. This real estate private equity fund is executing its business plan and is investing in single family residential rentals in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. The buying period for this portfolio spanned February 2013 through January 2014.
In addition to being a disciplined corporate leader, Twila is a dedicated philanthropist. Together with Alan, Twila co-founded True Children’s Home in 2006. This charity’s mission is to save orphaned children’s lives, fund corrective surgery, provide post-surgical care, place children with foster families, and facilitate adoption. True Children’s Home merged with Love Without Boundaries in 2011. Twila also founded the True Sioux Hope Foundation, which provides resources to the members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, which is the poorest reservation in the United States, and the reservation Twila is a member of.