David Brunel has been both an investor and executive in numerous technology companies and is currently on the Board of Biodesix and Anark. David was the Chairman of eMotion, a provider of software for managing digital media, resulting from the merger of Cinebase Software and PNI Ltd. Previously, he was the COO of Ardent Software, a leading provider of enterprise software for data management and data warehousing, formed by the merger of Vmark Software and Unidata, Inc. (where David was founder and CEO). Ardent was subsequently acquired by Informix Software and the combined company was sold to IBM for $1B.
During more than 25 years of managing, David has overseen rapidly growing software companies where he was responsible for strategy, operations, and financing. He has extensive experience in growing companies, managing direct and indirect sales channels, building successful strategic relationships with major corporations, and consistently delivering shareholder value.
Stephen Collins is an co-founder and CEO of Anark and a 25 year industry veteran with an extensive background in visualization, MBE, and content management software. He is an experienced operator with strong sales, marketing, business development, technology licensing, equity financing experience.
Stephen has guided Anark through its evolution from innovative 3D digital web media software provider to a leading provider of intelligent information management (IIM) software that enables technical industry to connect the Digital Thread throughout their extended enterprise–across supply chain, manufacturing, and field service organizations.
Prior to founding Anark, Stephen worked for market leaders such as Xerox and Microage, where he consistently exceeded sales performance goals and company expectations.
Stephen enjoys working with passionate entrepreneurs with great ideas, and he serves on multiple boards and advisory boards of both for-profit and non-profit organizations, including his role as President and a founding board member for the 3D PDF Consortium.
Stephen earned his BA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1989, where he majored in History and minored in Marketing.
Mark Sawyer is President and CEO of Vico Software and co-founder of the company. Prior to forming Vico, Mark was entrepreneur-in-residence at Borealis Ventures, whom he joined in 2006. His prior industry experience includes his role as President and CEO of @Last Software in Boulder, Colorado where he led the merger between @Last and Google in March 2006. Before @Last, Mark was Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for design software maker Graphisoft, headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. From 1993 to 2000 he was with software industry leader Autodesk of San Rafael, California, finally serving as the company’s Vice President of the AEC division. Mr. Sawyer has also served as the President of ManagedOps of Bedford, New Hampshire, a venture-funded application services provider, now part of Navisite, Inc.
Mark holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.
Kevin Allen is the Managing Member of 5280 Partners, LLC, a Denver-based venture capital firm specializing in early stage technology and communications industry investing. Mr. Allen has served as a Director of numerous early stage companies and currently serves as a Director of CustomerLink Systems, an outsourced marketing services provider.
From 1996 through 2000, Mr. Allen was an executive officer of Rifkin & Associates, Inc., a privately held owner and operator of US based cable television systems. He ultimately served as Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Mr. Allen was responsible for overseeing all business activities of Rifkin & Associates, including all corporate development activities. In addition, Mr. Allen directed all of Rifkin & Associates’ capital formation and merger and acquisition efforts, raised well over $1 billion of debt and equity capital and negotiated the terms of ten separate acquisitions of cable television system groups involving over 250,000 customers.
Before joining Rifkin & Associates, Mr. Allen spent eight years as an investment banker for BT Securities Corporation (an affiliate of Bankers Trust Company) and Prudential-Bache Capital Funding. Mr. Allen’s investment banking clients included communications satellite owners and operators; international wireless communications services providers; and several cable television system operators, including Rifkin & Associates, Inc.
Mr. Allen received his Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado. Mr. Allen serves as a Director and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Colorado UpLIFT, a Denver-based charitable organization serving at-risk youth in the Denver community.
During his 30 years of legal experience, John was involved in a variety of industry sectors, with a focus on Energy. After 25 years as a private practitioner, in Houston, he co-founded and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Standard Renewable Energy Group, LLC (SREG). SREG is a private equity firm, based in Houston, Texas, engaged in the clean technology and renewable energy industries. John also serves as the Managing Director of The Wind Alliance, a public, private, University consortium formed to advance the renewable wind energy industry in the United States.
In 2003, John was appointed by Governor Perry to serve on the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System and served from 2003 until 2009. He was elected Chairman from 2005-2007 and served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents from 2007-2009. John is a Board member of the Houston Technology Center, The Greater Houston Partnership, the Association for Community Broadcasting and Chairman of the Board of the Ed Rachal Foundation. In addition to his business commitments and his state and local community service, John is a fifth generation Texas rancher.
John received a degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
Chris Kerr is the Managing Partner of Humane Capital, LLC, a New York-based social venture capital firm created by the Humane Society of the U.S. Prior to this, Chris served as the Director of Private Equities for the HSUS, assisting senior staff with diverse internal business development projects.
Chris has served as CEO of Abele Kerr Investments, a New York-based investment holding company. In 1997 he co-founded and was President of SteriLogic Corporation (which became a portfolio company of AKI), a New York medical waste management firm and medical device manufacturer. Chris merged SteriLogic into MedSolutions, Inc., which was sold to Stericycle (NASDAQ: SRCL) in 2007.
In 2003, Chris created and was the CEO of Oxus Environmental, a Maine healthcare services company wholly owned by AKI. Today Oxus is Maine’s premier medical waste management company, controlling over 95% of the medical waste generated in Maine and operating the state’s sole biomedical waste processing plant.
From 1989 to 1996 Chris was Co-Founder and CEO of Gurney Kerr, a construction management firm; an Inc. 500 company and one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies.
In addition to serving as a director of Anark, Chris serves as a director of Oxus Environmental and Pitcairn Financial Group, a $4 billion AUM wealth management firm. He has played pivotal roles in non-profit initiatives and as a staunch animal advocate is active with several regional and national animal organizations. Chris is a director of HumaneUSA PAC.
Chris received his BS summa cum laude in management from Babson College. He is an alumnus of the NVCA Venture Capital Institute.
Michael Block is the Manager of Holden Capital LLC, the general partner of a series of early stage venture capital partnerships. Active in the venture capital industry since 1988, the partnerships managed by Mr. Block have actively invested in dozens of seed and early stage companies in technology, life sciences, retail and business services.
Prior to forming Holden and its predecessor partnership in 1990, Michael worked in the family office of an active private equity investor developing their early stage strategy. He served as Director of Corporate Development at GD Searle & CO where he negotiated a host of corporate acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures in the United States, Europe, Australia and South America. From 1974 until 1980, Michael worked in the tax and law departments at several Fortune 100 companies.
Michael earned a J.D from the DePaul College of Law, and a Masters Degree in taxation from DePaul University’s Graduate School of Business. He received his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Illinois.