Ed Curry, B.A., M.B.A.
Ed Curry serves on the boards of six organizations ranging from new ventures to established organizations in fields from bio tech and software to long haul trucking. He has been a board member of two public companies, the chief operating officer of a global public company, and cofounder of a business “accelerator” for new ventures. He has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in economics from St. Joseph’s University. He has taught at Wharton, St. Joseph’s, Villanova and is a frequent speaker at business conferences.
Terry Fortino has worked in laboratory equipment sales for his entire career. Most notably, he was Founder and President of MidAtlantic Diagnostics for 19 years, until MidAtlantic became a part of ORIGIO, an international IVF media and equipment company. Currently, he is a Consultant to ORIGIO and on the Board of Directors for World Currency, a startup company engaged in foreign exchange transactions. He received his B.S. from Michigan State University.
Mark Bye is an experienced international business leader with a deep track record of success spanning the industrials, energy, and chemicals sectors. Having lived and worked in six countries, he has led public and private equity owned enterprises to higher levels of growth and profitability. Mr. Bye currently serves as a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley’s Private Equity Group and a partner in the Global Private Equity and Energy Capital Funds. He is also active, through his company the Bye Group LLC, in numerous technology driven start-ups. He joined Morgan Stanley Private Equity in 2008 assuming leadership responsibilities for the European region and globally for industrials, basic materials, and energy sectors. This role encompasses a wide range of activities including fund raising, deal sourcing and evaluation, transaction structuring and negotiation, strategic and business planning, executive selection, and monetization of investments. He is a member of the Funds’ Investment and Valuation Committees and serves on multiple portfolio company boards. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Bye was the CEO of DyStar, GmbH, a private equity owned Frankfurt based specialty chemicals company providing dyes, pigments, and services to the textile, paper and plastics industries. Before DyStar, Mr. Bye spent more than 20 years at Air Products and Chemicals (NYSE: APD) where he held a number of senior positions including chief executive of numerous global chemicals, energy, and equipment businesses, President of Air Products Asia, and ultimately, Group Executive of the $7B global Gases & Equipment Group. Responsibilities included 12,000 staff, $1B in operating income, and $1B of annual capital expenditures. Prior to Air Products, he held management positions at Union Carbide Corporation and Energy Investments, a Boston based energy-consulting firm. In addition to his involvement in Fund portfolio companies, Mr. Bye serves on the Board of Directors of Carus Corporation, Alset NV, LifeAire Systems LLC, and is also an advisor to several early-stage companies. Mr. Bye holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a graduate of INSEAD’s Advanced Management Program. He is active in the American Institute if Chemical Engineers, MIT’s Energy Initiative and resides in New York City with his wife and three children.
Robert Lovins, Ph. D.
Robert Lovins, Ph.D., has worked in academia, research and development, and commercial biotechnology companies. His business expertise is in small business formation and reorganization, marketing analysis, research and development and business development. He is currently president of In Vitro Care, an IVF media and product company. He received his A.B. and Ph.D. from the University of California.
Paul is a seasoned executive who brings more than 30 years of senior management and operations experience to his role as CEO of IntelliSource International, a marketing and sales strategy development firm that specializes in helping companies define and dominate their unique markets. Over the past ten years Paul has used his proprietary strategic positioning and messaging process to help scores of CEO’s reposition their companies for IPO’s, M&A, and rapid growth.
Over a twenty year period in the software industry, he participated in seven start-up companies all of which achieved their exit strategies. As a member of the executive leadership team, Paul has twice been through the IPO process and has participated in over 15 mergers and acquisitions on both the buy and sell side. He spent eight years as an Executive Vice President of Sales for publicly traded companies including Kana Communications where he was responsible for over 250 sales professionals, technical support engineers, and regional vice presidents.
Prior to founding IntelliSource International, Paul served as Chairman and CEO of Infotriever, a Toronto based software company backed by Brightspark Ventures. In addition to his role as CEO he also served as Brightspark’s Business Development Strategist for eight start-up companies in their investment portfolio.
A resident of Ashburnham, Massachusetts, he and his wife also operate the award winning Maguire House Bed & Breakfast. Paul holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Fitchburg State College and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fitchburg State University Foundation, Chairman of the Development Committee, a Director of the Regional Economic Development Institute, and a Director of LifeAire Systems, LLC.
Dr. Stevens is a Managing Director and co-founder of DC Energy. He helped launch all power trading activities at DC Energy and is responsible for DC Energy’s involvement with regulatory proceedings and ISO/RTO market affairs. In 2007, Dr. Stevens helped create the platform for an auction exchange of nodal energy products that forms the basis for Nodal Exchange, LLC, an emerging exchange for cleared power contracts.
Prior to DC Energy, Dr. Stevens worked as a Vice President with Dean & Company, a strategy consulting firm, where he developed the business model for DC Energy and managed the development of many of the analytical tools and processes that drive DC Energy’s investment strategy. He has six years of consulting experience to large corporations in the telecommunications and energy industries on a range of business strategy and management issues. His work in the telecommunications industry has comprised sales and marketing strategy, product/network economics, and customer value assessment. His previous consulting experience in the energy business is extensive, with casework involving performance improvement, mergers, acquisitions, deal valuation, energy price forecasting, transaction strategy, transmission analysis and commodity risk hedging.
Dr. Stevens received a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Physics from Harvard University where he developed new synthetic and analytical techniques for novel amorphous materials. He graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, where he received the Caltech Prize for academic excellence. Dr. Stevens was awarded graduate fellowships from both the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research (Department of Defense).
William A. Bachenberg
William A. Bachenberg founded Data Based Systems International in 1981 and merged the company with two other firms in 2012. During that time he led the company from a one-person technology consulting organization to an 80 plus person information technology company with sales of over 40 million dollars. During the 32-year history of the firm, he successfully re-engineered the company several times to capitalize on major changes in the IT landscape. DBSi currently provides innovative hosting services that allow companies to successfully deploy very complex environments. Under Mr. Bachenberg’s leadership, the company has enjoyed continuous growth.
Mr. Bachenberg launched the company by writing and selling software packages for the petroleum distribution industry and agri-business. Several years later the company began selling mini-computers along with custom accounting and distribution software solutions. For many years the firm’s core business was systems integration along with benchmarking and system testing services. Unlike most other systems integrators, DBSi provided unique services that gave it a strong reputation with customers and suppliers alike. DBSi’s pre-staging and quality assurance services ensured that a customer’s equipment would always arrive complete and would be productive within hours of delivery. Mr. Bachenberg, anticipating the complexities of implementing new IT environments, built some of the most advanced technology centers in the Northeast. DBSi leverages its 32 years of information technology experience to provide innovative hosting and disaster recovery solutions to some of the largest companies in the world.
In 2000, Mr. Bachenberg started Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays, a sporting clays shooting range located just north of Allentown PA. It was Mr. Bachenberg’s goal create a one-of-a-kind shooting facility that was unique, safe and friendly to introduce women and youth to shooting sports. He also focused on building the corporate entertaining side of the business along with fundraising shoots that helps local non-profits raise hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Over the years it has grown to one of the top 10 sporting clays courses in country with an additional focus on supporting disabled shooting opportunities.
Today Mr. Bachenberg sits on the National Rifle Association Board of Directors, elected by the general membership. He is Chairman of the Finance Committee, Vice Chairman of Urban Affairs Committee, a member of Audit and Annual Meeting Site Selection Committees and a Trustee on the NRA Foundation board. Mr. Bachenberg is a royal knight of The International Order of Saint Hubertus with the rank of Knight Commander and Northeast Prior. He is also a member of Safari Club International, Rocky Mountain Elk, Ruffed Grouse Society, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, National Sporting Clays Association and PA Flyers.
Prior to founding DBSi, Mr. Bachenberg owned and operated an 800-acre grain farm and a farm equipment dealership for several years. He was active in many organizations and company boards including the Lehigh Valley Technology Network, Founding Member; Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Trustee, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hunterdon & Somerset Counties Trustee and Treasurer; Hunterdon County Board of Agriculture, President and worked with many foreign agricultural delegations to discuss and exchange information on agricultural issues. For eleven years he was an active member of the Rotary Club of Flemington, New Jersey.
Angela Bakker Lee, Ph. D.
Angela Bakker Lee provides expertise in market entry strategy and channel development to accelerate growth of the commercial enterprise. Dr. Bakker-Lee brings two decades of experience in the life sciences to LifeAire and is currently the Vice President & Partner with IBM - Health Care Industry, NA Public Sector, and Global Business Services.
She spent 15 years in management consulting specializing in Sales and Marketing, and managing a global business with clients in more than 40 countries. She has worked with start-up companies helping them to establish successful business models and to accelerate revenue growth — enabling them to meet key milestones and business objectives. In addition to her role with LifeAire Systems, she currently serves as an owner and managing member of an advertising agency, GW New York, which is part of a network of agencies in a long-standing highly successful family business.
Previously Angela was an equity partner and Global Managing Principal with ZS Associates, based first in Princeton NJ and then in Philadelphia, PA. She spent the early part of her career as a Research Scientist and then advanced through various Sales and Marketing roles at Molecular Applications Group (which became Celera Genomics) a bioinformatics company with a unique data and analytics platform and numerous applications across the healthcare industry.
Angela holds a BA in English from Stanford University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and was selected as a Marshall Scholar by the British Government. She received her doctorate in Immunology at Strathclyde University in the UK.