Members

Our exclusive group of successful investors has a wide range of industry experience, investment expertise, and access to quality deal flow.

Board of Directors

Jack Gill
Chairman

Jack M. Gill, Ph.D. is the founder of Palo Alto-based Vanguard Ventures, a high-tech venture capital firm managing over $500 million. Throughout his career, Mr. Gill has achieved success in five different careers as a scientist, entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, and university professor.

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Jay Collins
President

Former President & CEO Oceaneering International, Inc. Mr. Collins has substantial knowledge and experience in the oil and gas industry and has severd in numerous industry-related boards.

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Larry Lawson

Mr. Larry Lawson founded eCardio Diagnostics, LLC, and serves as the its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman.

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David Klein

David Klein is the CEO of Klein Equitities, a venture capital firm that specializes in real estate lending.

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Brian Patterson

Mr Brian Petterson is the founding partner of AIG/Lincoln, which has successfully developed  over 50 projects totalling more than 27 million square feet across Central and Eastern Europe and has become one of the largest property management companies in the region.

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Ashok Rao

Mr. Rao is a serial entrepreneur with five successful high technology start-ups of his own. Mr. Rao is now an Angel Investor is several start-ups, mentoring the founders & serving on their boards. Mr. Rao was the first Indian-American to take a company public on NASDAQ.

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Members

Bob Brockman

Bob Brockman is chairman and CEO of The Reynolds and Reynolds Company. Mr. Brockman has several decades of experience dealing with software development for the automotive industry.

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Rod Canion

Rod Canion is co-founder & former CEO of Compaq Computer Corporation. Compaq was the fastest startup in history to reach $1 billion revenues and F-500 status.

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John D. Chaney

John Chaney guided the growth of TeleCheck Services Inc. as Chairman/CEO/co-Founder, the world’s leading check acceptance provider. He has a proven track record with having successfully completed more than 30 acquisitions and created more than a dozen start-up companies.

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Nancy Chang

Dr. Nancy T. Chang, Ph.D. serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Apex Enterprise, Inc. Dr. Chang has more than 30 years of experience in the biophermaceutical industry, successfully developing and commercializing therapeutic and diagnostic products.

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Art Ciocca

Arthur A. Ciocca is the founder and chairman emeritus of the Wine Group, Inc, the third largest wine company in the United States by sales volume.

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Cris Gaut

 Mr. Gaut is the founding Chairman of Forum Energy Technologies, Inc., and until May 2017 was also the Chief Executive Officer, having served in those positions since August 2010.

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Anthony George

Anthony George is an entrepreneur and inventor for 25 years in the fields of Automation and Control Systems Engineering and Marine Fuel Management systems.

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Terry Giles

Mr. Giles is a successful businessman and lawyer who has successfully handled a number of civil and criminal cases throughout California, twenty-one different States, and three different countries.

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Charlie Herder

Mr. Charles Herder is a principal shareholder and Co-Chariman of Colliers International in Houston, TX sitting on the board of Directors and serving on the Governance Committee.

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Michael Holthouse

Michael Holthouse was founder and CEO of Paranet, Inc., a computer network services company.

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John Huff

Mr. Huff serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Huff International, a company that invests in in international energy and technology opportunities. Previously served as Chief Executive Officer at Oceaneering International Inc.

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Don Kendall

Mr. Kendall has served as managing director and chief executive officer of Kenmont Capital Partners, a private equity firm, since October 1998.  Mr. Kendall previously served as president of Cogen Technologies Capital Company, a power generation firm, and concurrently as chairman and chief executive officer of Palmetto Partners, an investment management firm, from July 1993 to October 1998.

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George McLendon

Dr. McLendon currently serves as the Vice President of Therapeutic Research and Development at Carolinas HealthCare System. Dr. McLendon has co-founded several medical research companies and was the founding co-director of TMCx, the largest biomedical start-up accelerator.

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Brandon Price

Dr. Price is a scientist, businessman and entrepreneur, with more than 30 years in the biopharmaceutical industry. He is currently Executive Vice President of Business Development at Nascent Biotech, a clinical-stage public company developing cancer biologic drugs.

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Eric Pulaski

Founder and CEO of SmartVault, a company that provides online document storage and secure file sharing. Under his management, the company successfully evolved from a privately funded software development group through a successful IPO.

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Louis A. Raspino

Mr. Raspino was the President, CEO and Director of Pride International, and has experience that spans almost 40 years in the energy industry.

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Jeff Smisek

Mr. Smisek was formerly the Chairman, CEO and President of United Continental Holdings, Inc., a Fortune 100 airline, and has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards.

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Dan Steppe

Daniel E. Steppe is the director of the Wolf Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Houston. Serial entrepreneur with over 39 Years of Successful Business & Professional Career.

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Jim Yim

Jim Yim is an investor and entrepreneur based in the Boston area. After running his own company, Opentech, from 1996 to 2001, Jim has been involved in numerous start-ups.

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Samantha J. Lewis
Executive Director

Samantha Lewis is a Rice MBA graduate and the Executive Director of the GOOSE Society.  Her role as Director involves operations, due diligence, deal sourcing, current investment tracking, and portfolio company assessments.

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