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Douglas Drane is the owner of Drane Associates. Doug has 30+ years of experience investing in disruptive technology projects. A true visionary and innovator, he is exemplary at providing strategic leadership in building teams to develop and execute in new markets. Doug’s projects and investments represent a true product visionary for producing systematic change to revolutionize industries. Mr. Drane was the Founder and CEO of Atex, and the company was acquired by Eastman Kodak. Doug earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard Business School, and a Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Robert N. Campbell
Robert N. Campbell III is the founder and CEO of Campbell Global Services LLC and also involved in various investment and nonprofit activities. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Lyndon Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the global East West Institute. Bob served as vice chairman and U.S. State Government leader, Deloitte LLP, which includes audit, consulting, financial advisory services and tax services to the states. Bob oversaw services to state, local, education, public health care and nonprofit clients. He also worked closely with Deloitte Research, the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and the Deloitte Center for Network Innovation. Throughout his 39 year career with Deloitte, Bob assisted government leaders of major federal agencies and more than 40 states with program planning and analysis, technology planning, business process transformation, performance improvement and re-organizational engagements.
Ms. Hooper is the senior vice president and chief financial officer at CHC with extensive experience in finance senior leadership. Ms. Hooper led finance organizations for Dell’s Global Public and Americas business units, and was the chief accounting officer for the company. Before Dell, Ms. Hooper was executive vice president and CFO of FreeMarkets, an innovative provider of procurement tools and services, which she helped take public in 1999 in a highly successful IPO. A finance graduate of Creighton University, Ms. Hooper holds a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Del D. Kolbe
Del Kolbe is Partner-in-Charge of the West and Southwest Region at PARADIGM Property Tax Practice. Mr. Kolbe has over thirty years of experience in real estate and business personal property valuation, property tax assessment, property tax consulting, business incentives consulting, personnel management, all facets of strategic business management, and administration. Prior to PARADIGM, he spent several years as Partner in big four state and local tax practice. He also spent eleven years as Partner, Corporate Officer, and Manager with national property tax consulting firm. Del has extensive experience with property tax appeal administration, consulting, and tax litigation support in more than 20 states and Canada. He served as taxpayer advocate on various state and local government property tax advisory committees. Del earned a BA from Texas State University.
Eric Rothfus is a managing director and founder of Alara Capital, which spun out of Guggenheim Venture Partners in 2011. A highly successful serial entrepreneur, Mr. Rothfus has over 18 years of start-up and operational experience and over 8 years in venture capital. He has founded three successful ventures along with being an early employee in three others.
Prior to GVP and Alara Capital, Mr. Rothfus was a managing director with TL Ventures investing as part of their Communications and Semiconductor practice. In his most recent start-up prior to TL Ventures, Mr. Rothfus was co-founder and CTO/EVP of Agere, a fabless semiconductor company. Agere developed high-speed, multi-protocol network processors and was acquired by Lucent Technologies for $434 million just 18 months after receiving venture funding. Agere became the network processor division of Lucent Microelectronics, which was subsequently spun out in the fifth largest IPO in US history to form Agere Systems, a market leader in networking and photonics components.
In 2000, Mr. Rothfus was the recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
James M. Schneider
Jim Schneider serves as the Chairman of Horizon Bank, a privately held bank in Austin, Texas. Mr. Schneider is actively involved with the expansion of subsidiary banks in Central Texas with the focus on small to middle market business. Until his departure in 2007, Mr. Schneider was the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Dell Inc. In this role, Mr. Schneider was responsible for all controller functions, planning, tax, treasury operations, investor relations, corporate development, real estate, risk management and development of internal audits. In addition to his finance responsibilities, Mr. Schneider also served as Dell’s chief information officer from 1999 to 2000.
Mr. Schneider joined Dell in September 1996 from MCI Communications Corp. in Washington, D.C., where he was senior vice president of finance. Before joining MCI in 1993, Mr. Schneider was associated with Price Waterhouse for 19 years in the United States and international markets, including 10 years as a partner.
Mr. Schneider holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Carroll University, Waukesha, WI, and is a certified public accountant. He is a member of the board of directors of General Communications, Inc., Alereon, Inc., Zilliant, Inc. and serves on the board of trustees of Carroll University. He is also a member of the Financial Executives Institute. For four consecutive years, Institutional Investor named Jim top CFO in IT hardware and in 2003 in 2003 was named one of the 100 most influential finance executives by Treasury & Risk Management magazine.