John South has a diverse career with more than 25 years of managerial experience in security and large-scale business operations. In his early career, he served in the US military and as a law enforcement officer. After 9/11, Mr. South transitioned to managing large-scale contracts for US federal programs abroad. Mr. South served as the Vice President of Operations at DynCorp where he managed four business units and provided oversight to 52 programs totaling $1.8 billion in revenue. After working at DynCorp, Mr. South became a recognized leader in Department of State (DOS) programs, from design to implementation. As such, he was strategically hired to assist a government contractor new to DOS work. He helped this contractor win a $10 billion award on the largest IDIQ contract available as well as the first task order under the IDIQ. Following this, Mr. South was hired as the CEO of Aegis Defense Services. During his 17-month tenure as the turn-around CEO, he recovered the company’s reputation and reshaped the contract to become more profitable. After leaving his last position as CEO, Mr. South designed and patented ArcAngel, which has become the core of Patrocinium’s technology platform.
Steve Hoffman has more than 35 years of experience leading and advising technology companies. Mr. Hoffman currently serves on multiple boards including Certica Solutions, CyberCore Technologies, Zeuss, and Turning Technologies. He previously served as the CEO of iJET International, a provider of risk management solutions to multinational and government organizations. During his tenure at iJET, revenue tripled and the company progressed from loss making to profitability. In early 2011, Steve led the sale of iJET to 3i-MIND. Preceding this, Mr. Hoffman served as the CEO and Board Member for Element K, an e-learning company. Prior to Element K, Mr. Hoffman took over leadership of Blackboard in 2001, as President and COO. During his tenure, EBITDA and cash flow became positive and the company emerged as a market leader in their category of enterprise software. Mr. Hoffman has also held leadership roles at Prometic Thomson Learning and Computer Task Group (CTG). Mr. Hoffman began his career at IBM, where he held various positions in management, sales, and marketing. He holds both a B.A. and an M.B.A. from University of Rochester.
As Managing Director of Baker Tilly, Tim Meyers assists in growing their mid-market and growth company practice. His specific focus is working closely with senior management and their boards to accelerate growth with strategic advice on equity and debt structures, acquisitions, strategic partnerships or new product strategies. Throughout his career, Mr. Meyers has operated in various roles, including Chairman, Managing Partner, Managing Director, Partner, President, CFO, and Chairman of Investment Committees. As an investor he has managed large diversified portfolios for endowments, family offices, and corporate pension funds. As a principal, he has created new private equity, hedge, and real estate funds. He has raised more than $1 billion in equity and debt. He has led and managed dozens of direct investments. As board member and management team member, he has helped build companies that led to numerous exits. Mr. Meyers has M.S. from the Virginia Tech’s Pamplin School and a B.S. from George Mason University.
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Özer Dondurmacıoğlu is consulting and advising technology companies in the B2B space, helping them discover best channels of distribution and cultivate communities of advocates. Most recently, during his 14 year tenure at HPE Aruba, he held leadership positions for community management, product and solutions marketing, sales enablement and general management. Mr. Dondurmacıoğlu is an electrical engineer by education, with degrees from Boston University and Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Before Aruba, Mr. Dondurmacıoğlu held engineering roles at Atoga Systems and Lucent/Avaya.
Todd Fredrick is a software executive with over 25+ years of sales and operational experience in founding and growing successful SaaS companies. Leveraging innovative, data-driven sales and marketing methodologies, Mr. Fredrick enables businesses to produce significant and consistent revenue growth that are proven to be highly scalable. As one of the founders of AppAssure, Todd grew the company’s revenue from zero to $50 million run rate in four years, making AppAssure the fastest-growing backup company worldwide. Mr. Fredrick has also held executive leadership positions at Dell, Symantec, Veritas, Precise, and WQuinn and serves as a board member and advisor to multiple early and later-stage SaaS companies. He holds an MS in Information Management from Marymount University and a BS in Marketing from Virginia Tech.
As CEO of Horrow Sports Ventures, Rick Horrow architected more than 100 deals worth more than $20 billion in sports, performing arts, and other urban infrastructure projects. Mr. Horrow’s clients have included the NFL, NHL, MLB, PGA Tour, NASCAR, MLS, Guggenheim, Portland Trail Blazers, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, among others. He has been a key player in stadium, arena, and speedway deals in many cities in the United States and abroad. Internationally, Mr. Horrow has presented sports/facility development options for the governments of Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and on behalf of the US Department of Commerce Business Development Center, World Tourism Organization, International Hotel Association, and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency/World Bank.
Betsy Peck has 30+ years of experience as a strategic leader, with financial and operating expertise in diverse industries, including; technology, communications and real estate. As a senior member of the leadership team of a leading commercial real estate company, Ms. Peck managed a $2B operation, including; leasing, property management, construction project development services and capital markets. A Champion of Change Management, she has a deep understanding of how to identify value drivers and use them to accelerate growth, improve performance and contribute favorably to the bottom line. Ms. Peck has worked with start-up companies and mid-cap companies as well as organizations who have achieved mature market penetration. Her successes include taking a technology company from $4M to $60M in revenue, driving a global real estate services firm from $4M to $100M and then to $2B.
Ken Tarpey is a technology-focused chief financial officer who has guided several technology companies through a path from the emerging growth phase to initial public offering (“IPO”). Mr. Tarpey has considerable experience in international markets, product and service business models, finance and tax policy, shareholder governance, and investor management. Having successfully completed IPOs with Proxicom, Inc. and SQA, Inc. as their chief financial officer, Mr. Tarpey has also been chief financial officer for comScore, Inc., Videology, Inc., and ObjectVideo, Inc. He has been recognized for his expertise in leading financial strategy and growth, receiving “Chief Financial Officer of the Year” from the Greater Washington D.C. Technology Council. Mr. Tarpey is a B.A. graduate from The College of the Holy Cross and an M.B.A. graduate from Babson College.