Prior to my current job as the Assistant Director at the University of Michigan Venture Center, I was the Vice President of Business Acceleration at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) where I managed over $240 million in direct early-stage investments, convertible loans and grants in the life science, information technology, energy, defense, advanced materials, and advanced manufacturing industries.
In addition to overseeing these investments and the team of managers responsible for the portfolio, I established and managed several investment programs in support of early-stage technology investments in Michigan, including most recently, the conception, launch, and management of the Pure Michigan Venture Match Fund and conception and launch of the Pure Michigan Venture Development Fund.
Before my work at the MEDC, I managed a $50 million corporate venture fund for Forest Health Services performing due diligence, valuation, closing and post investment management of early-stage investments in biotechnology, immunotherapy, computer security, logistics, and manufacturing companies.
Previous to Forest Health Services I established, operated and/or directed the sale of several Internet companies over 10-year period including Online Technologies Corporation, EIP Inc., and Gamezone.com. I currently serve on the advisory boards for eBay and PayPal. MBA, University of Michigan Ross School of Business; MS, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment; BS, History and Political Science Eastern Michigan University.