Mark Adams is a global communications professional with expertise in corporate and executive communications, PR, product marketing, advertising, and venture capital. His work experience includes acting as the executive communications director for Hewlett-Packard and as director of communications for Intel Capital, Intel’s financial organization. Adams has a degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Indiana University. He has worked extensively in corporate social responsibility and with organizations including Net Impact, the Intel Foundation, and Social Venture Partners Portland.
Katherine Allan is a senior leader, coach, and sommelier with a specialization in growth strategy, digital advertising, commercialization, and innovation. She teaches wine classes, advises local startups, and volunteers as a financial coach in Portland. She is a founding member and officer of the Oregon Sports Angels, a local investment network that coaches and invests in Oregon sports startups. During more than 11 years at Google, she played many roles across sales, marketing, and business development. In addition to large-scale corporate initiatives, she helps small local businesses improve their operations and drive profitability.
Tim Berry is the founder and chairman of Palo Alto Software, which is now based in Eugene, Oregon. He is also the conceptual author of business writings including Business Plan Pro, LivePlan, Lean Business Planning, The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan, and 3 Weeks to Startup. Berry taught at the University of Oregon for 11 years, where he received a master’s degree in journalism. He also holds an MBA from Stanford and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Notre Dame.
KaLynn Gates is an entrepreneurial lawyer and healthcare evangelist with a mission to make healthcare affordable for all. As president and corporate counsel of HealthFirst Financial, her expertise and leadership have doubled the company’s national footprint while helping hundreds of thousands of patients manage more than $400 million in medical bills.
Jay Gentzkow is a director of corporate development and head of investor relations at FLIR Systems, an intelligent sensing and solutions company and maker of sensor systems that enhance perception and heighten awareness, helping to save lives, improve productivity, and protect the environment. Formerly, he worked as a technology investment banker at Pacific Crest Securities, where he advised emerging growth companies on mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private capital raises, and other strategic advisory. Gentzkow received his bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Oregon.
Jay Haladay is the founding partner of 10 Branch, an investment and advisory firm that is associated with the Haladay Family Office and is dedicated to providing both financial and operational support for growing businesses in Oregon. He spent more than 40 years in the technology field, working for the first 10 years at the IBM Corporation. The past 30 years have been spent founding, developing, and operating vertical market software businesses. Haladay recently retired as CEO and chairman of the board of one of these firms, Viewpoint Construction Software, the largest dedicated provider of construction specific software to this large global market. Based in Portland, Oregon Viewpoint serves more than 8,000 construction customers in 26 countries. In elevating Viewpoint to this stature, Haladay was responsible for raising more than $500 million in growth equity during the past six years.
Shane Johnson has been active in the Oregon startup community for more than 15 years and is currently a managing director of the Coast to Crest Fund, where he is responsible for mentoring the portfolio companies and for deal flow development. He helped to found three internet startups and has had two successful exits. Johnson’s startups have all been located in Eugene, Oregon, and he believes strongly in the community and people who have aided his success. He has been a local advisor, mentor, and active angel investor since 2011. He has been the entrepreneur in residence at Fertilab, an accelerator and coworking space for entrepreneurs in Eugene since 2013, and he serves as the lead mentor in Eugene’s Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN), as well as an advisor to several local companies. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Rochester.
John Kochis is the president and founder of Gemini Consulting with offices in Portland, Oregon and Santa Barbara, California where he focuses on achieving the financial goals of privately owned wineries. He currently consults on multiple winery projects throughout the West Coast that range from startups to those with decades of history. Koch is also the CEO of Aspira Corporation, a wine company focused on developing and marketing California wines in Asia. In 2015, Koch is acquired the Ground Effect wine brand and repositioned it to focus on California Cabernet Sauvignon.
In her role at Rogue Venture Partners, Caroline Lewis identifies new investment opportunities, leverages her experience to support portfolio companies, and engages with Portland’s startup ecosystem. She serves on the boards of Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and Young Entrepreneurs Business Week. Lewis previously served as senior director in strategy and operations for Nike’s global design, product, and merchandising sector, where she managed a portfolio of strategic programs focused on consumer experience, digitization, and big data. Lewis has also worked as a management consultant for Propeller and Hitachi Consulting, where she worked with Fortune 100 companies on enterprise technology implementations and organizational restructuring. Her love for startups comes from her early career experience as a founder of an e-commerce business and as a leader at a consumer health product company. Lewis holds an MS in psychology from Davidson College and an MBA with a focus on entrepreneurship from Portland State University.
Aditi Martin is the director of the innovation and awards program at the Oregon Health and Science University’s (OHSU) Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, the associate director of strategic partnerships at OHSU’s School of Medicine, and codirector of the Precision Medicine Innovation Co-laboratory. Martin aims to foster a thriving regional environment to support innovation, enable productive collaborations that drive technology development, complement faculty expertise, and enhance research and clinical programs across OHSU. Prior to joining OHSU, she served at the Office of Technology Ventures at Johns Hopkins University, where she managed intellectual property and led the negotiation and execution of a variety of technology development and collaborative agreements focused on translation of biomedical advances. She has also worked in the startup world developing a cancer diagnostic platform. Martin received her undergraduate degree in microbiology and molecular genetics from Michigan State University and her PhD in pharmacology and toxicology from Virginia Commonweatlh University. She is also a certified licensing professional.
Joe Maruschak is an investor, serial entrepreneur, and the executive director of RAIN Eugene, a nonprofit organization that works with entrepreneurs and university researchers to launch high-growth traded sector startups. RAIN (the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network) is a government-funded initiative to invest in the creation of high-growth companies in Oregon and accelerate the state’s transition from a resource-based to a knowledge-based economy. Maruschak also serves as the managing director of the Coast to Crest Fund, which was formed to invest in Lane County companies with high growth potential. In 2001, Maruschak cofounded his first company, the BraveTree video studio, which was later acquired by GarageGames. He then joined the GarageGames executive team until its acquisition by IAC.
Alexis Nelson began her career in the investment management industry at Allianz Global Investors in San Francisco. She left her corporate job to pursue a lifetime dream of starting a company. Combining her passion for travel and cycling, Nelson and two business partners started a custom bicycle touring company, LifeCycle Adventures, in northern California’s wine country. Now the company operates in four states and six countries, and is still growing. They relocated their headquarters from California to Portland in 2015. Nelson currently sits on LifeCycle’s board of directors. She is also an active investor in the Oregon Venture Fund as well as the founder of the Impact Investment Fund at Portland State University’s School of Business. Nelson holds her MBA with a focus in entrepreneurship from Mills College and will soon have her MS in finance from Portland State University.
More than 15 years ago, Jill Nelson founded Ruby Receptionists, and as a hands-on CEO has made it her passion to help other entrepreneurs discover new ways in which to set themselves apart and accelerate their own growth. Ruby’s friendly, live receptionists provide its more than 10,000 small businesses customers a platform to improve brand reputation, win new business, and build customer loyalty. Nelson’s commitment to innovation along with a focus on providing a stellar customer experience has enabled double-digit revenue growth every year and has given Ruby the record-breaking position as one of Oregon’s fastest growing companies for the past 11 years. Nelson has received the Pacific NW 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and became the first woman to be named the Oregon Technology Executive of the Year in 2017.
Kate Niedermeyer is the cofounder of Resku, the official source for restored and restocked Nike shoes. Prior to starting Resku, Niedermeyer was an entrepreneur for Nike and for Intel, where she focused on building new ventures in a wide array of areas including cloud services, fintech, e-commerce, and apparel customization. She is an investor in Oregon Venture Fund and member of Pipeline Angels, and a mentor for Plug and Play accelerator. Niedermeyer holds an MBA from the University of Oregon and a BA from Reed College.
Robert Pease is a partner with Cascade Angels Fund, a seed stage fund based in Bend, Oregon. He has more than 20 years of experience as an investor, founder, operational executive, and consultant. His experience includes early-stage company formation, growth to scaling and exit, and seed stage investing. He was previously CEO of LoopFuse, Inc. (sold to Salesfusion, Inc.), vice president of marketing at Gist, Inc. (sold to Blackberry, Ltd.), and has held a variety of senior marketing and product roles in four other venture-backed technology startups. He began his career as a management consultant with Accenture’s global communications and technology practice based in Washington, D.C. He holds a BBA in finance from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.
Anthony Rodio is president and CEO at YourMechanic. Rodio is an advisor and investor to many Silicon Valley startups. He has an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University, where he was a Dean’s Scholar and graduated Beta Gamma Sigma. In addition, he received a MS in economics from Portland State University, and a BS in finance from the University of Oregon.
Ketan Sampat is the cofounder of CafeGive Social, the provider of a cause marketing software-as-a-service platform for businesses and nonprofits. He is also a faculty member at Portland State University’s School of Business Administration. Sampat was the founding president of TiE Oregon and continues to be active in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Portland as a mentor and angel investor. He has more than 25 years of experience in ecommerce, internet applications, semiconductors, and software development. He held several technology development and executive roles at Intel including the responsibility for market expansion in South Asia as president of Intel India. He has been granted six U.S. patents related to streaming media and ecommerce. Sampat also serves as a board member and treasurer for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and Foundation, an organization committed to providing and increasing access to healthcare. He was granted a degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology–Bombay and a graduate degree in computer science from Syracuse University.
As one of the cofounders of OpenSesame, Tom Turnbull believes there is no greater adventure in business than working with a team to build something new. He loves the energy and culture of startups and has worked at four—including OpenSesame. Turnbull earned a JD from the University of Washington, and a MBA from New York University. He also holds a bachelor of arts in philosophy from the University of Puget Sound.
Rick Turoczy has worked with startups in the Portland area for 20 years. As the founder of Silicon Florist, he has blogged about the Portland startup scene for nearly a decade. That project led Turoczy to cofound the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), a startup accelerator formed in partnership with global advertising firm Wieden+Kennedy. Those efforts led him to cofound TechFestNW, a tech event run in collaboration with Willamette Week and MusicFestNW; Oregon Story Board, a startup accelerator focused on the digital storytelling industry in Oregon; and Built Oregon, a digital magazine revealing the stories of founders from around the state. Turoczy currently serves on the board of the Technology Association of Oregon and the board of the Oregon Video Game Association. In 2014, he was named the “Small Business Advocate of the Year” by the Portland Business Journal.
Tom Wright-Hay is currently the director for information services and continuous optimization for Blue Star Gas. He has more than 25 years of experience in management, strategic planning, sales and marketing, engineering, and lean manufacturing. His career began as a project manager in a refinery for a Fortune 500 energy company and progressed to include internal business consulting and strategic planning roles. He also served as CEO and general manager of a recreational products manufacturer where he successfully employed Lean to turn the company around. As a consultant with the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP), Wright-Hay worked with numerous companies in the high-tech, wood products, metal fabrication, heavy equipment, and medical products industries. He served on OMEP’s board of directors, was a member of the State of Oregon’s Manufacturing Workforce Committee, and has guest lectured at the University of Oregon. Wright-Hay holds a degree in mechanical engineering from California State University, Fullerton and an MBA from the University of Oregon.