Advisory Group and Entrepreneur Program

Catalyst Advisory Group

Serving as a valuable resource across the portfolio, the Catalyst Advisory Group consists of successful entrepreneurs and executives who support our investment process by identifying investable opportunities, assisting in the due diligence process, and supporting the growth of our portfolio companies post-investment.

Catalyst Advisory Group members support our portfolio companies in a variety of ways – including but not limited to serving on a board of directors, sourcing executives to supplement management teams, providing strategic counsel, and arranging senior-level customer or M&A introductions.

  • John Alchin

    Comcast Executive, CFO (Retired), Comcast Corporation

    John served as Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Financial Officer of Comcast Corporation from 1990 through year end 2007. He managed Comcast’s capital formation activities, including equity and debt placements in domestic and international markets. He was also responsible for investor relations and treasury cash management functions.

    Before joining Comcast, John was a Managing Director of Toronto Dominion Bank. He was active in founding the bank’s U.S. Communications Finance Group in 1980, which rapidly became the largest lender to the cable television industry.

    In 2007, 2006 and 2004, John was named among America’s Best CFOs by Institutional Investor magazine. In 2005 he was recognized as CFO to Watch by Treasury and Risk Management magazine, and in 2004 he received the CFO of the Year award from the Broadcast Cable Financial Management Association.

    John earned his B.A. and his M.B.A. degrees from the University of Toronto. He serves as a member of the board of directors of Ralph Lauren Corporation and BNY Mellon Trust Funds. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) and is chairman of the PMA Finance Committee. He also serves as an Advisory Board Member of MANNA (Metropolitan AIDS Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) and on the board of Xplornet Communications Inc.

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  • Michael Azeez

    President, Unitel Wireless

    Michael previously served as President and Founder of Unitel, an operator of telephone systems in various rural areas across the United States. Currently, he is the managing partner for Vermeil Wines. He is a former Vice President and General Manager of American Cellular Network Corp. (ultimately sold to Comcast Corp.) where he was responsible for business development and implementation of operations at various locations.

    Michael is a past board member of the Cellular Telephone Industry Association, and is a current board member of Tribal Planet, InsPro Technologies, and Acrometis Software Solutions. He is an active private equity investor in the technology sector.

    Michael earned a BA in Business Administration from the University of Denver.

  • Rachel Bitte

    Former Chief People Officer, Jobvite

    Rachel spent four years as Chief People Officer at Jobvite building the talent function with a focus on change leadership and talent management. She has more than 20 years of human resources leadership and process excellence experience. Prior to Jobvite, she was Global HR VP for Mindjet, a global SaaS company in the innovation and collaboration space. She previously spent 12 years at Intuit in numerous roles including talent acquisition, HR management, and process excellence. She began her career at Apple where she started as a recruiter.

    Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in International Relations & Economics from Occidental College in Los Angeles. In 2020, she is currently building her talent consulting business to focus on coaching HR executives.

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  • Julian Brodsky

    Vice Chairman, Comcast Corporation

    Julian is a Founder of Comcast Corporation.  He has retired as a Director and Vice Chairman. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Comcast and also founded and served as Chairman of Comcast Interactive Capital Group, an in-house venture capital fund now known as Comcast Ventures.

    Julian is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and serves on the Board of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

    He is a Director of the RBB Fund, Inc., a mutual fund and Amdocs Limited. In the past Julian has served on a number of public company and nonprofit boards.

    Julian graduated from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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  • Steven Campione

    CFO, BrightFarms

    Steve is currently the CFO of BrightFarms, Inc. and leads the company’s finance, corporate development, legal and technology efforts. Over the past few years, Steve led multiple BrightFarms equity and debt raises including the sale to Cox Enterprises in August 2021. He works closely with the company’s CEO to design and implement the company’s high growth strategy that will transform the supply chain for leafy greens in the US over the next decade.

    Prior to BrightFarms, Steve spent 10 years as an investment banker with RBC Capital Markets and Daniels & Associates where he specialized in raising capital and providing mergers & acquisitions advice for high growth companies in the communications, media and entertainment sectors. During his tenure at RBC, Steve was recognized by Multichannel News in its annual “40 Under 40” list for his work in the media and telecom industries.

    After RBC, Steve held the CFO and COO roles at Rural Media Group, Inc, a multimedia entertainment company that created and distributed agricultural news and information, as well as western sports and lifestyle content. During his time with RMG, the company quadrupled its revenue and EBITDA and launched four new verticals including a global streaming service, SiriusXM radio network, a live Ag news cable network and a major annual rodeo event.

    Steve received an M.B.A. from New York University and a B.A. from Rutgers University, where he also founded the men’s intercollegiate club volleyball team.

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  • Stephen Chandler

    Managing Partner, Notion Capital

    Stephen is an entrepreneur, investor and company builder, with 20 years experience in forming, funding, running, advising and investing in technology businesses. A co-founder of over ten businesses with involvement in dozens more, Stephen has helped a number of leading tech companies to develop and execute winning market strategies, either as an external professional advisor, a non-executive director, or as a member of their senior leadership team.

    Stephen is currently Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Notion Capital, a London headquartered venture capital firm focused on cloud computing and SaaS, and a board director of several high-potential tech companies. He is also Co-Founder and Chairman of SeedCloud, a seed incubator that helps great technology ideas become successful businesses.

    Stephen was previously President, EMEA and CFO at MessageLabs, the global leader in SaaS messaging security acquired by Symantec in 2008 for $700 million.

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  • Brian Deevy

    Former CEO, Daniels & Associates

    Brian is a member of the Board of Directors, and Audit Committee Chair of Liberty Media Corporation, and a member of the Board of Directors and Investment Committee Chair of The Daniels Fund.  He is a founding partner and member of the Advisory Board of the Catalyst Investors Funds, and serves on the Board of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation.

    Brian was the Head of RBC Capital Markets’ Communications, Media & Entertainment (CME) Group. He was responsible for strategic development of the CME Group’s business, which included mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital formation, and financial advisory engagements. He also directed the group’s efforts on behalf of clients across sectors of the communications industry worldwide including cable, satellite/DBS, programming services, wireline and wireless telecom, telecom infrastructure, Internet communications, web hosting, Internet content, radio and TV broadcasting, out-of-home advertising, publishing, software and technology. During his tenure with Daniels and RBC Capital Markets, he led the firm to more than 2,000 completed transactions in these sectors valued at over $185 billion.


    In addition to his financial expertise, Brian is recognized as one of the cable industry’s most prominent leaders; he was inducted into the Cable TV Pioneers and received the NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Associates. Prior to joining Daniels, Brian was with Continental Illinois National Bank. He received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth.


  • Chris DeMarche

    VP of Engineering, MotionDSP

    With more than 30 years of experience in large scale operations, software development and wireless & IP network  technologies, Chris currently consults and serves on several boards. He co-founded Verio in 1996 and served as its CTO until 2000, a year after its merger into NTT. Prior to Verio, he was senior VP and acting CTO for Nextel Corporation/OneComm.

    Chris earned his B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy, an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and his M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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  • John Dwyer

    President and CEO, Interop Technologies

    John is President and CEO of Interop Technologies, a global provider of advanced communications networks and managed services for the mobile ecosystem. He has leveraged his lengthy wireless operator and management expertise to lead Interop to a strong market position in North America and increasing success internationally. Interop Technologies specializes in cloud-based solutions that enable operators to quickly and easily launch advanced ip communication offerings. By virtualizing all the functions of a complete ip network, Interop eases the financial and technical burden on operators’ resources to truly meet the demands of its customers.

    Before founding Interop Technologies in 2002, John served for three years as Chief Operating Officer of Wireless One Network until its successful sale in 2001. Previously, John spent seven years with Ameritech Cellular in Chicago, where he held corporate engineering and product management positions before becoming the Company’s Director of National Accounts. John received a B.S. degree from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA from Benedictine University.

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  • David Eisenberg

    Founder & CEO, Floored

    David is the SVP of Digital & Technology atat CBRE, which acquired Floored, the business he founded, the leading technology company providing 3D and virtual reality software to the real estate industry. Floored was the output of David research at Accel Partners, where he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence in 2012. Prior to Accel, he served as the Head of Product Marketing at TellApart (purchased by Twitter in 2015) and as Chief of Staff at Bonobos, the first vertically integrated, digitally-native, men’s brand.

    David is also an active early-stage investor. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Red Swan Ventures where he has invested in businesses like Warby Parker, Coinbase, Oscar Health, and over 60 others. His portfolio is available at He also manages one of the most active angel investing syndicates on the AngelList platform.

    David received his BA in Psychology from Harvard University.

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  • Harold Furchtgott-Roth

    President, Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprises

    Harold was the former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission and is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, where he founded the Center on the Economics of the Internet. He is an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and president of Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprises, an economics consulting firm. He co-founded a wireless company and has consulted to scores of businesses. He serves on various advisory committees. He is the author or coauthor of four books and over 50 professional papers and journal articles. His scores of op-eds and columns have been widely published.

    Harold received a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University and a B.S in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Marc Gabelli

    Managing Director, Gabelli Group Capital Partners

    Marc is an executive at the Gabelli Group, which controls several financial service companies including GAMCO Investors (GBL:NYSE) and Associated Capital (AC:NYSE). He is an investment manager with a focus on global, catalyst-driven value investing. He has managed a variety of portfolios, including the #1 ranked global equity fund for the period from 1994 through 2000 and several five-star mutual funds.

    Marc received his B.A. in Economics from Boston College. He holds an MBA from MIT, and the SEP diploma from Stanford University. He is a member of The New York Society of Securities Analysts.

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  • Mike Kalogris

    Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Arete Capital Partners
    Mike is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Arete Capital Partners, a private investment company investing in projects that provide an improved quality of life and opportunities for the people, communities and environments they impact.

    Since 1988 Mike has consistently distinguished himself as a leader in the highly competitive wireless industry. He was Chairman and CEO of SunCom Wireless, a company he also founded. There he led the company’s development, establishing SunCom Wireless as the first member of the AT&T Wireless Services Inc. network of affiliates as well as one of the leading wireless services carriers in the Southeast. He previously served as Chairman of Triton Cellular Partners, L.P., which specialized in acquiring and operating rural cellular properties. Mike earlier served as President and CEO of Horizon Cellular Group, which became the fifth-largest independent cellular company in the U.S. Prior to Horizon, Mike served as President and CEO of Metrophone, a cellular carrier in Philadelphia, the nation’s fourth-largest market.

    Mike has served on the board of directors of Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) since 1990 where he has held many offices including serving as its Chairman.

    Prior to joining the wireless industry, Mike spent 17 years at the IBM Corporation where he held positions in sales, marketing, product development and corporate finance. He was the youngest member of IBM Acorn Taskforce, which launched the original IBM personal computer. Later he launched the first American-made IBM P.C. printer and “token ring” local area network technology, which linked personal computers for the first time. He also developed the first retail strategy for IBM and realigned four business units into a single division. In 1988 he received the prestigious President’s Award for his work in the marketing and distribution of IBM personal computers and related products.

    Mike received a B.S. in economics and secondary education from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in business policy from Columbia University.

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  • Paul Lightfoot

    Founder & President, BrightFarms

    Paul is the author of the Negative Foods Newsletter, which covers the foods that have carbon neutral or carbon negative footprints, and the technologies, people and companies that bring negative foods to market

    He is the founder and president of BrightFarms, which builds and operates high-tech greenhouse farms to eliminate time, distance and costs from their produce supply chain. Paul has been leading the company since 2011 on its mission to provide consumers with the freshest, tastiest and most responsibly grown produce. BrightFarms is creating the first national brand of local produce, and was 235th on the 2017 Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies (10th among all food companies on the Inc. 500 and the only produce company to be included in the list).

    Previously, Paul was CEO of BSG, which owned and operated two software businesses that improved the productivity of retailers and distributors. Before BSG, Paul was the founder and CEO of Foodline, a venture-backed software company that provided customer and reservations information technology to restaurants (investors included American Express, Zagat Survey and Ticketmaster (now IAC/InterActiveCorp)). Earlier in his career, Paul was a transactional attorney at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

    Paul has a B.A. from Lehigh and a J.D. from Fordham Law. He is Treasurer of the BOD of the Brennan Center for Justice.

    Paul has been recognized by Chain Store Age magazine as a “Rising Star in Retail” and was a winner of YPO’s CSR Award for Environmental Sustainable Business Practices. Fast Company featured him on its list of “1000 Most Creative People in Business,” and his 2012 TED talk, A Produce Supply Chain Revolution, has been viewed nearly 70,000 times.

    A healthy and sustainable food zealot, Paul has delivered keynote speeches at a myriad of conferences, and has been featured multiple times in national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

    Paul is an active member of YPO, and currently sits on the board of YPO’s Health & Wellness Network. He is a longtime member of, and contributor to, Harvard University’s Private and Public Scientific Academic and Consumer Food Policy Group (“PAPSAC”).

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  • Karl Maier

    Former Executive Chairman, Galvanize

    Karl has been Executive Chairman, CEO or President of several venture capital and private equity backed companies over the past 20 years, ranging from start-up to publicly-traded, $600M revenue businesses. He was most recently Executive Chairman of Galvanize, which was sold to K12 in January 2020. Previously he was Executive Chairman of Closetbox; President of the international group at Zayo; CEO of Market Force Information; Executive Chairman of Vector ESP, CEO of VIA Net.Works; and CEO of Cordillera Communications.

    Karl has been involved primarily with B2B businesses in the telecom and technology enabled services sectors and more recently has worked with B2C businesses. He has extensive experience turning around financially distressed businesses and leading companies through successful exits. Karl lives with his wife, Julie, in Boulder, Colorado and has two college-aged sons.

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  • Greg Marchbanks

    CEO, Prime IX Investments

    Greg began his career with Century Development Corporation in Houston, Texas, a major commercial real estate development firm. He then joined Prime Cable in 1982 and later served as CEO before the company was sold in 2000. He directed Prime Cable to diversify its interests into other communications businesses outside the cable industry. He also serves as the CEO of Prime II Investments, a holding company of private equity investments.

    Through the Marchbanks Company, Greg has investments in real estate and early stage private equity. In 2006, he joined forces with Liz Lambert, the creator of the renowned Hotel San Jose in Austin, Texas, and Bill Gernstein to form Bunkhouse Group LLC, a unique boutique hotel management and consulting group. Greg received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • John McKinley

    Former CTO, AOL

    John is the CEO of This is his second senior care startup.  The first, OurParents, had a successful exit to RealPage. He is an active and successful early-stage investor, whose current company,, utilizes innovative wireless technology to allow seniors to live independently longer.

    Over the last six years, companies in his portfolio have successful exits to such acquirers as Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, RealPage, AOL, Zynga and others. John also has run a number of large tech organizations. Most recently, John served as the Chief Technology Officer for News Corporation, in charge of shaping the overall technology strategy of the corporation, where his team launched a number of critically acclaimed apps for Fox, Fox Sports, BTN, FX, and American Idol, among others.

    John was founder and President of Digital Services for AOL where he developed and launched numerous award-winning wireless and online services businesses.  He also served as AOL’s CTO.

    Previously, John was Executive Vice President and head of Global Technology and Services for Merrill Lynch where he oversaw the creation of the top rated ML Direct and ML Online services.

    John has been an advisor to or member of the Boards of Directors at Equifax, Powerset, MessageLabs, Xoopit, Proxicom, MyQVO, ObjectVideo, and Reputation Institute.

    John is a graduate of the Wharton School.

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  • Michael Morini

    CEO, WorkForce Software

    As the Chief Executive Officer of WorkForce Software, Mike’s leadership style is focused around what he calls the 3C’s: culture, customers and community. Mike is a 30‐year software veteran experienced in growing and scaling enterprise software companies.

    With an extensive background building out global cloud‐based platforms, he has helped shape and guide multiple fast‐growth companies in the cloud arena. Before joining WorkForce Software, Mike held previous CEO, President and COO positions at SAP, Aria Systems, OutlookSoft, InterWorld, and Verbind.

    Prior to life in software, he was a former Buffalo Bills free agent in the NFL and a third round draft choice of the NJ Generals in the USFL – where he learned that recognizing your strengths is just as important as recognizing your weaknesses. While he did not exactly make it into the NFL Hall of Fame or even a regular season play, his successful career as a college and professional athlete instilled in him the magic of the power of teamwork. As a result, he is a tremendous team player, and believes that teamwork makes the dream work. Mike earned a bachelor’s degree at Colgate University and currently lives between New York and Los Angeles.
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  • Robert J. Murphy

    Co-Founder and Former COO/CMO, MINDBODY

    Bob is an investor and entrepreneur involved in SaaS and healthcare related businesses. He currently serves on the boards of  Virtuagym, a SaaS-based wellness technology platform based in Amsterdam; iKizmet, a business intelligence software focused on the fitness industry; and, a developer of marketing software tools for advertisers.

    Bob was the co-founder and COO/CMO of MINDBODY, Inc. from 2005-2016. MINDBODY had a successful IPO in 2015 and was purchased out of the public markets in 2019 by Vista Private Equities. Bob helped grow the company from less than $1 million in revenue to over $150 million in 2016, and more than 60,000 customers worldwide.

    Bob graduated from Boston University with a BS. From there he had a career in commercial real estate in New York City, and founded the first commercial real estate database listing company, which was sold in 2000. He co-founded Be Yoga with his wife and sold it to Yoga Works in 2005.

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  • Brian Perkins

    Principal, Brian Perkins Ventures

    Brian retired from Johnson & Johnson after a 32-year career. While at J&J, he held various positions including J&J Executive Committee member, Worldwide Chairman of Consumer Pharmaceuticals & Nutritionals, President of McNeil Consumer Products, Corporate Vice President/Head of Global Marketing Group and Chairman of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies Foundation. In these roles, Brian worked on numerous iconic brands including Tylenol, the Johnson & Johnson corporate equity, Johnson’s Baby, Listerine, Imodium, Acuvue, Splenda and Neutrogena.

    Currently, Brian invests in and actively partners with exceptional entrepreneurs and management teams in consumer tech/media and health/fitness. He leverages his experience and network of partners in the areas of brand building and capital formation to support these start-up companies. Brian holds a BA from Rutgers University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is past chair of the Rutgers University Board of Overseers and also past chair of The Ad Council.


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  • Steve Platt

    CEO, BrightFarms

    Steve Platt is CEO of the mission-driven indoor farming leader BrightFarms, and a veteran CPG executive with a proven record of growing brands. Under Steve’s leadership, BrightFarms was acquired by lead investor Cox Enterprises in 2021, resulting in a clear roadmap for future growth and a positive exit for initial investors. His passion for BrightFarms’ mission and products led him to the company, which grows pesticide-free leafy greens in its 6 high-tech facilities across the country. BrightFarms grows and delivers its greens to local retailers as soon as 24-hours from harvest, producing fresher and more nutritious salads, and significantly reducing overall environmental impact compared to West Coast farms.

    Before joining BrightFarms, he was CEO of Icelandic Provisions, where he led the company to become the fastest-growing brand in dairy yogurt. Previously, he was an Executive at Danone, launching the Dannon Oikos brand and spearheading brands like Dannon, Activia, Light & Fit and Danimals. Prior to his work in the food industry, he worked at Crayola, McKinsey & Company and served as an officer in the U.S. Army.

    Steve received a B.S. in industrial engineering from Penn State University and an M.B.A. from Emory University.

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  • John Scarpa

    Director, Unitel Wireless

    John co-founded Unitel Wireless Communications, a former telephone systems operator that acquired, built and managed RSA cellular markets until the company’s sale to Dobson Communications in the late nineties. Prior to co-founding Unitel, John co-founded and served as president and COO of American Cellular Network Corporation which was licensed to operate cellular systems in the northeastern U.S.

    John currently serves on the board of Unitel and has also served on the boards of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, the Telecator Network of America and the New Jersey Cable TV Association. He is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

  • Michael Schwartz

    Founder, Schwartz & Company, LLP

    Michael was CFO of JLL Partners, a private equity firm making control investments in middle market companies, from March 2001 through December 2015. A CPA, he is the founder and managing partner of Schwartz & Company, LLP, a regional Certified Public Accounting Firm with a focus on accounting and tax matters for private equity firms and their portfolio companies.


    Michael holds a Bachelor Degree in both Accounting and Education from City University of New York, a Masters Degree in Taxation from C.W. Post Long Island University and a Masters in Education of Science from the City University of New York.


  • Brian Selander

    CEO, GovSourcing

    Brian is the CEO of GovSourcing, serving businesses growing their public sector footprints and government leaders reducing costs. Brian’s own background is a mix of public and private leadership, including senior roles with multiple current and former Governors and United States Senators. Before leading GovSourcing, he was the President of an eCommerce company, the COO of a young millennial focused media company and Managing Director of a management consulting firm that were both acquired and was the “Offensive Coordinator” of a digital sports network that was Fast Company’s #3 Most Innovative in the World in video.

    He is on the boards of multiple start-ups and the non-profit Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation (HOBY). He graduated from Rutgers College, holds a Masters from the University of Pennsylvania and completed the Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard.

    Brian graduated from Rutgers College, holds a Masters from the University of Pennsylvania and completed the Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard.

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  • Kevin A. Stephens

    Director, Crown Castle / Director, Consumer Cellular

    Kevin is a high achieving executive with a consistent record of executing high ROI enterprise expansion strategies and accretive M&A transactions in both fast growing start-ups and mature multi-billion dollar companies. Currently, he serves as an independent Board Director at Crown Castle International Corp. [NYSE: CCI] and an independent Board Director at Consumer Cellular, a privately held wireless service provider.

    In his most recent executive role, Kevin was Executive Vice President & President, Business Services at Altice USA Inc. [NYSE: ATUS], a Fortune 1000 internet service provider, where he led the $1.4 billion business services division. Previously as President, Commercial & Advertising Operations at Suddenlink

    Communications, Kevin oversaw all B2B customer segments. In earlier positions, Kevin held senior sales and marketing positions at Cox Communications, Choice One Communications, and Xerox Corporation.

    Kevin is currently a member of the investment committee for Cultivation Capital, and in 2020 was an advisor to Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners (MSIP) for a $3.2B acquisition.

    Kevin received his MBA from University of Southern California and his BBA from University of Michigan.

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  • Walter Turek

    Director, Windstream Communications

    Since 2011, Walter has served as Executive Chairman of Ascentis Corporation, a provider of human resources software and solutions. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Windstream Corporation (NASDAQ:WIN) and Spark Networks, Inc. (NYSEMKT:LOV). He was previously Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) from 2002 to 2009. Walter has also served on the Board of Directors of Mykonos Software, Inc. a provider of fraud and theft security solutions for internet websites; Greenway Medical Technologies Inc. (NYSE:GWAY); and Earthlink Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:ELNK) as well as in audit and compensation committee chairman and member roles.


  • Joelle Vail

    Chief Revenue Officer, Capital Factory

    Joelle has built her career dedicated on driving startup, mid-size and enterprise organizations to successful growth and scalability. With more than 25 years of hands-on business experience, Joelle currently sits as Chief Revenue Officer of Capital Factory, in Austin, Texas focused on successfully growing entrepreneurs by introducing them to their next investors, customers and employees. Previously, she was the COO for Ascentis Corporation, a provider of human resource technology solutions, and a regional executive at Paychex (NASDAQ: PAYX). Joelle actively consults business founders and executives, and mentors at high school education business incubators.

    Joelle received her BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester and her Graduate Certificate of Management in accounting, finance and marketing from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business, in Rochester, NY.

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  • Ben White

    Partner, Notion Capital

    Ben is one of the best known technology entrepreneurs in the UK having co-founded three businesses helping to grow them all into market leaders each with revenues in excess of $100M. In 1993, Mr. White co-founded RBR Networks, an IT distributor that specialized in Cisco. By 1998 RBR had become Cisco’s largest distributor in Europe, with revenues in excess of $160M, and towards the end of that year was acquired by Datatec.

    At the same time he co-founded Star Internet in 1995 as one of the UK’s first ISPs. Ben served as Star’s CEO from 1995 to 2000 and 2006 to 2008, establishing the company as one of the UK’s largest ISPs. Ben led a management buy-out of the company in 2007.  In 2012 Star was sold to Claranet for £55M. In 2000, Ben co-founded MessageLabs to scale up the anti-virus technology developed within Star. He served as the CEO of MessageLabs until 2006. In 2008 MessageLabs was acquired by Symantec for approximately $700M. Upon completion of the acquisition Ben stepped down from the MessageLabs board to devote his time to Notion Capital, a SaaS focused venture fund where together with his general fund responsibilities, he focused on strategy, product and technology within portfolio companies.

    Ben is currently spending his time developing a handful of exciting tech companies who focus on eCommerce and next generation email products, with which he has invested personally and holds active board seats.

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  • Jos White

    Partner, Notion Capital

    Jos is an entrepreneur turned investor and currently a partner at Notion Capital, a venture capital firm focused on enterprise SaaS/Cloud. He is also an angel investor.

    Before Notion Jos co-founded, built and exited three businesses with his brother Ben – RBR Networks, Star and MessageLabs. Star was one of the UK’s first ISP’s and was acquired by Claranet for $88m. MessageLabs, founded in 2000, was the first company in the world to deliver anti-virus and anti-spam in the Cloud and apply a more data driven, predictive approach to identifying malware. In 2008 MessageLabs was acquired by Symantec for $700m, a landmark transaction in the emerging software-as-a service (‘SaaS’) sector.

    In 2010, Jos co-founded Notion with three other partners to invest in the B2B SaaS/Cloud market across Europe. The team believe that their experience of scaling large, global SaaS/Cloud businesses gives them an ‘unfair advantage’ for evaluating deals and supporting portfolio companies. Notion now has more than $300m in funds under management and an exciting portfolio of companies that includes Adbrain, Currency Cloud, Duedil, GoCardless, Move Guides, NewVoiceMedia, Tradeshift and Workable. Jos is also an active angel investor and has invested in companies such as Bench, Gamechanger, JustWorks, Splash, The Book of Everyone, Tripplemint and Tylko.

    Jos lives in London with his wife, Annabel, and three children Freddie, Ophelia and Sammy. When he’s not working he loves to run, read, golf and cook.

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