Founder and Innovator in Chief
A serial entrepreneur, Vic is a visionary behind Innovation Pavilion. Vic has built several startup companies from scratch and he has the gift for translating visions and foresight into sizeable business opportunities. He has consistently demonstrated the commitment and energy needed to raise angel, venture and private equity funding, with world-class teams. In both large corporations and startups, Vic formed a reputation as a visionary by articulating concepts and plans to investors, employees, partners, and customers alike. A leader that is hands-on, results-oriented, technically skilled and experienced, he is at home in a high-growth, high-tech business environment. He has raised tens of millions of dollars and managed hundreds of employees, with the ability to quickly adjust to market changes by balancing between strategic planning and focused execution. Vic is currently the CEO of BusinessGenetics, the world’s first scientific methodology and tool for describing business to gain a precise understanding of an organization. He serves on the boards of the Colorado Governor’s Innovation Commission, the Secretary of Technology of Colorado’s IT Commission, ICAST – a nonprofit focused on sustainable development in underserved communities, as well as ACE the joint venture between CAMT, NASA and NREL. He is a Co-Founder and Chairman of TIE-Rockies and the former Chairman of the Colorado Technology Association (CTA). Vic earned BSC degrees in Computer Science and Systems Engineering from Washington University in St Louis, MO, and has participated in numerous management programs including Stanford University’s Executive Leadership program.
Umer Farouq, CFA
Chief Investment/ Chief Financial Officer
Umer is a CFA Charter Holder, entrepreneur and a seasoned professional. Most of his early professional work, he was focused on investment consulting and research in the institutional consulting arena in St. Louis and Washington DC having worked for Walnut Street Securities, Asset Consulting Group, A.G. Edwards & Son Inc. and Lynx Investment Advisory. Before embarking into the entrepreneurial world, Umer spent time in the Middle East, most recently serving as the Head of Investments for El-Ajou Group – an Ultra High Net Worth family group – in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he oversaw a portfolio in excess of a half billion dollars. Prior to that, he also served as Senior Adviser to the CEO at Riyad Capital, the largest asset manager in Saudi Arabia focused on the asset and wealth management departments. Having MBA from St. Louis University, graduate with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University (Olin school of Business), he has taught MBA classes at Webster University for over a decade and also taught and lectured on ‘Islamic Finance’ and ‘Investment Climate and Opportunities in the Middle East’.
Managing Director-Athena Business Solutions, Co-Founder-First Business Partners.
Mr. Shepard is the founder and Managing Director of Athena Business Solutions and co-founder of First Business Partners. Peter has spent his career helping small and medium sized companies “get to the next level” of operational and financial growth – often working through difficult periods of distress or restructuring in the interim. Prior to founding Athena and First Business, Peter held senior positions with Venture Capital Funds and a Family Office and was CFO and CEO of several operating companies. He has worked in a variety of industries including business services, software, alternative energy generation, energy transmission, manufacturing, financial services, and commercial real estate.
Peter is the former President & CEO of CapTerra Financial Group, Inc. (Public), former CFO of GDBA Investments (Family Office), former Senior Vice President & CFO of Millennium Venture Group (PE Backed), former CFO of eProject (Angel/VC Backed), former Executive Director of Constellation Real Technologies (VC Fund) and former Business Development Manager of GE Capital’s E-Commerce Investment Group (VC Fund).
Peter received an MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a JD from Cornell Law School and a BA from New York University.
Peter is a Board Director of Crystal Clear Rx, Inc. and Board Adviser to Open Road Snacks, Inc. He is former Board Director of CapTerra Financial Group, Inc. (CPTA.OB), Constellation Real Technologies, LLC, ePropertyTax, Inc. (Thomson Reuters), Accruent, Inc., and eProject, Inc. (Daptiv). He is a former Advisory Board Member of Prosero, Inc. (Spinnaker Management). In the non-profit sector he is a former Director and Chairman of YouthBiz, Inc. and Director of Social Venture Partners Denver. He is a Charter Member of TiE Rockies, a Member of the Innovation Pavilion, a Member of the Rockies Venture Club, and is an adviser to Cleanlaunch.
Dan King, CFO
Dan King is a financial operations leader with significant experience in venture capital and private equity-backed technology companies in software, SaaS, Cloud and Ecommerce. He began his career as a CPA with KPMG in the Silicon Valley. Former clients include Apple Computers, Adobe, Hitachi Data Systems and Serena Software. Additionally, Dan held senior financial leadership positions in start-up and emerging technology companies such as Calient Networks, Westernunion.com and IQNavigator.Dan graduated from California State University, Fresno with dual degrees in Accounting and Information Systems and is a former member of the executive team of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary accounting fraternity. Dan is active throughout the Colorado technology and small business community helping companies manage their financial strategy. He is co-founder of the Angel Capital Group – Denver Chapter, contributes though leadership articles for Cobizmag.com and is an EIR (Executive in Residence) at the Innovation Pavilion.
Kerrianne is focused and an amiable person. As an active part of the IP team, she has an amazing ability to engage the community at Innovation Pavilion. She has been instrumental in building, managing and convening like-minded entrepreneurs and loves working for startups.
Entrepreneur / Planning & Management
Karin Kugel has over 15 years experience in program planning and organization. She has played key roles in a number of entrepreneur and start-up programs and in the management of conferences across North America. Karin is a founding member of Click Workspace (coworking space and incubator) and a graduate of Brandeis University.
Entrepreneur / Financial Industry
Michelle Girouard has over 15 years of experience in the financial industry including mortgage backed securities, retail lending, futures, equities and derivatives trading. Michelle also had a senior account management role for a quantitative internet marketing firm in Providence, RI. She is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Business Management.
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