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Whitehill, John

PMN Inc.
President, Investment Banker

Mr. Whitehill is the owner of PMN, Inc. a regional investment banking firm, founded in 1995. PMN, Inc. participates in the financing of local entrepreneurial endeavors.

John has an MBA from Cornell University and an MSEC from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was appointed as a visiting scholar in the School of Computer Sciences for 5 years ending in 2009.

John co-founded the Center for Appalachian Network Access (CANA), a philanthropic effort to deploy telecommunication and internet technologies in rural and isolated communities. Most recently, CANA is assisting the efforts of Catholic Charities to acculturate refugee populations.

Connelly, Jerry | Vice Chair

medSage Technologies
General Manager

Connelly is Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Philips Healthcare, a division of Philips Electronics, which purchased medSage Technologies in 2010. He joined medSage as President and CEO in 2006, grew the company 25-fold, and negotiated a highly successful exit.

Before joining medSage, Connelly was the Executive Vice President of Morneau Sobeco, a prominent benefits outsourcing firm. Morneau successfully completed an IPO in 2005. During his tenure, Morneau’s revenue increased more than ten-fold, to over $70 million.

Connelly began his career with management consulting firm, Bain & Company, where he worked as a consultant in their San Francisco and Toronto offices.

Connelly has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, where he was a member of both Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa. In 1990, he won the Ford Prize honoring the valedictorian of the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD), a leading international MBA program.

Oshurak, Charles A. | Chapter Treasurer Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.
CPA, Senior Audit Manager

Mr. Oshurak is a Senior Audit Manager for Schneider Downs & Co., Inc., one of the 60 largest public accounting firms in the United States and fourth largest in Western Pennsylvania. Since 2007, he has provided the firm with a unique blend of practice expertise, including experience working with national and local SEC companies, large private companies and numerous non-profit organizations.

In addition to his public accounting experience in numerous industries, Oshurak also plays an important role internally at Schneider Downs, serving the firm on a number of technical and service committees. He is a member of the firm’s Non-profit Services group, as well as its SEC industry group, and is a contributor to the Schneider Downs Insights blog.

Oshurak is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a member of the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants. He came to Schneider Downs after spending more than eight years at a national accounting firm.

Hartman, Susan M. | Chapter Secretary Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Attorney at Law, Shareholder, Corporate Law

Ms. Hartman works with technology-based entrepreneurial companies to help them unlock the value of intellectual property through various commercial vehicles, including inbound and outbound licensing agreements, development agreements, manufacturing and supply agreements and distribution strategies.

Susan assists clients in marketing their technology nationally and internationally by negotiating joint marketing arrangements and dealer networks, as well as the more traditional distribution agreements, sales representative and agent agreements. She has nearly 25 years of experience in counseling vendors, distributors, customers, resellers or end users in such business agreements.

In addition, Susan has extensive experience working with research oriented universities and entrepreneurial companies spun out of such institutions in connection with a full range of technology transfer, technology protection and commercialization matters. She has also worked with companies using government or university facilities to further develop their technologies under various arrangements including external sponsorship agreements.

In 2013, Susan was selected to International Asset Management’s Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals publication, where she was noted as “the state’s most effective transactional IP specialist.”

Susan has represented many Buchanan clients in the negotiation and purchase of enterprise IT systems and has also represented licensors of hardware, software and other products incorporating proprietary information. Susan has also handled the many issues involved in dealing with technology license and support agreements, value added reseller agreements, website terms and conditions, privacy policies, website participant agreements, outsourcing and consulting arrangements, Internet and on-line service provider agreements, website development and hosting agreements, strategic partner agreements, and application service provider agreements.

Annichine, Mike | Membership/Volunteer Committee Chair C-Leveled

Mr. Annichine has more than 20 years’ experience developing local and national businesses. He is currently the CEO of C-leveled, a provider of small business consulting services, with Executives as a Service™, and subscription-based software that position businesses to efficiently navigate in evolving market landscapes. C-leveled helps keep businesses on track, focused and growing; C-leveled caters to rapidly growing business needs from startups to business exit strategies.

C-leveled was recognized as 12th on the Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies List in Pittsburgh by the Pittsburgh Business Times, and a finalist for the startup of the year award given by the Pittsburgh Technology Council in 2013.

Prior to C-leveled he served as CEO for FlyerCity Media, an interactive media and entertainment provider that delivers a multi-dimensional approach to mobile marketing. They developed a comprehensive digital marketing strategy that caters to customers on the move thru interactive mobile applications, tailored specifically to the individual needs of their consumers.

He recently served as the Director of Investment Programs for the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, a nationally-recognized investment firm committed to innovate and build successful life sciences companies. PLSG has a portfolio of companies with over $1 billion in market valuation and is a tireless advocate in the effort to attract companies and capital investments to western Pennsylvania’s life sciences industry. As western Pennsylvania’s only investment agency with a pure life sciences focus, PLSG is in the best position to help take life sciences innovations to market. PLSG combines a deep knowledge of global industry trends, national networks and corporate collaborations to identify worthy investment opportunities within our region’s industry.

In 1997 he founded CFS Home Loans, Inc. Annichine’s strong leadership, vision and passion for customer satisfaction are responsible for CFS transforming from a modest two-person shop to a full-scale mortgage company with 59 employees and $200 million in annual loan volume. In 2006 he headed the acquisition of Marathon mortgage and in 2007 completed a joint venture with a national title company, and in 2009 he Merged CFS with First Choice Bank to develop a national lending platform. His innovative approach to attracting talent and developing business continues to keep First Choice Bank ahead of the competition.

Annichine’s previous experience includes executive sales with Amresco Residential Mortgage, based in Orange County, California. Here, with his strong sales and communications skills he quickly became one of the company’s top performers. He gained retail experience as a loan officer for United Companies Lending Corporation. Annichine was ranked nationally as one of the top 10 loan officers for loan volume and loan performance.

He earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in industrial management and economics from Carnegie Mellon University, and was accepted into the Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Industrial Administration. He has the education and the experience and his track record of successful outside the box thinking that led to the development of BNM, ABLE Settlement, and Credit Insight under the CFS brand is a testament to his ability to find ways to add value beyond what the competition offers.

Annichine is also a member of the Three Rivers Entrepreneurs and served as a coach, mentoring non-profit leadership, for the Pittsburgh Social Venture Partnership’s fast pitch event.

Annichine is a married father of four and sits on several local boards including the Pittsburgh Charity Classic, Autism Center of Pittsburgh (ACP), and the Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh (MIT); which supports multiple local entrepreneurs and helps promote an environment that enables success by bringing together talent and ideas with resources that can help them grow. He is committed to helping small companies and non-profits raise money and awareness locally to enhance our Pittsburgh Community.

McManigle, Reed | Programming Committee Chair

Center for Technology Transfer & Enterprise Creation, Carnegie Mellon University
Senior Manager, Business Development & Licensing

Park, Jean-Luc | Nominating/Governance Committee Chair

Ferrum Capital

Mr. Park is one of the founding partners of Ferrum Capital, a group focused on facilitating investment for hotels and retail developments.

He has been a consultant to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, where he was researching the IFC’s job creation activity through their global private equity investments. He has been a consultant to the board of Calvert Social Funds, a publicly traded mutual fund, running their private equity and venture capital activities in the Special Equities program. During that time he was responsible for over $50 mil in investments in about 30 funds and 30 direct investments. Mr. Park began his investment career at Draper Triangle Ventures and Lycos Ventures in Pittsburgh during the dot-com era in 1999. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (B.S. Math/Computer Science 1994, B.A. Economics 1994, MBA 1998)

Mr. Park has been the executive chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington D.C. and Baltimore. He has been a member of the Forum since 2002. He has also been very active with the Carnegie Mellon Alumni association, having helped restart the Washington D.C. chapter of the Tepper Alumni program.

Banerjee, Sam | Board Member

Barron, Joe | Board Member

Corporate Development Executive & Start-Up Entrepreneur

Mr. Barron has more than 30 years of experience identifying, evaluating, and commercializing emerging technology solutions globally from start-up to the executive level within multinational technology corporations. Corporate development experience in identifying, evaluating and negotiating equity investments, strategic partnerships, alliances and acquisitions worldwide in the areas of SaaS, data and network security, telecom/datacom equipment, engineering services, energy, public safety and alternative energy.

Screening and Deal Flow committee Co-chair at Blue Tree Capital having screened more than 1,000 companies resulting in 42 investments totaling $32 million. Senior partner at Socius Partners advising early state and established technology companies in the area of Corporate Development and technology innovation and Co-founder of Silver Lining Partners advising leading research universities and technology companies in the area of technology commercialization.

Formerly VP of Corporate Development for FORE Systems/Marconi plc., a multinational technology company with $8 billion in sales where he led an international team responsible for recommending, evaluating and negotiating equity investments, strategic alliances and acquisitions worldwide, including due diligence and integration activities.

Barron was co-founder of Teleprobe Systems, which was acquired by Harris Corporation after a successful IP where he served as the Product Line manager with P&L responsibility for a $20 million Test Systems product line.

Barron holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the Harris Corporation’s executive management program with follow-up course work at the Wharton School of Business.

He holds several patents in communication systems design and is a sought-after speaker on securing early stage investment capital as well as business plan competitions and entrepreneurial events.

Bates, Daniel | Board Member

University of Pittsburgh, Office of Technology Management
Strategic Relations Manager

Mr. Bates, an award-winning writer and editor, is the Strategic Relations Manager in the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Technology Management. The office facilitates the commercialization of innovations from University faculty, staff and students. Bates oversees marketing communications, commercialization education for faculty, outreach and other strategic relations efforts there. He joined Pitt in 2002, after 18 years in the media as a writer and editor in Pittsburgh and Boston.

Prior to Pitt, Bates served almost eight years as editor of SBN Magazine, whose mission was to motivate, educate and inspire entrepreneurially-minded senior executives. Previously, he was a reporter for the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Camerlengo, Lou | Board Member

Five Star Development

Mr. Camerlengo is President and Co-founder of Five Star Development, Inc. and responsible for client services and business development. Since 1997, Five Star has provided custom training design and technology development services to a wide range of clients. Five Star was twice recognized as an INC 5000 company, was named one of the Top 100 Best Workplaces in Pennsylvania, was twice named a Best Places to Work in Southwestern Pennsylvania, and has been ranked five times on the Pittsburgh Business Times Top 100.

Camerlengo holds a B.A. in Communications Studies from SUNY Oswego. He also is a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Management and Technology Commercialization programs at the Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Industrial Administration.

He has served as Board Chair of the Rochester Hearing and Speech Center, has sat on the Workforce Committee of Allegheny Conference for Community Development, is a lay leader at his local church, and volunteers as a mock interviewer for the Semper Fi Wounded Warriors program.

Cherin, Steven M. | Board Member

Cherin Law Offices P.C.

OwnerMr. Cherin formed Cherin Law Offices P.C. in April 2013. Prior to that, Steve was a shareholder of Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, where he concentrated his practice in business law and served as the chair of the corporate transactions group. Before that, Steve was a shareholder of Gefsky and Lehman, P.C., where he served as the firm’s managing partner. Steve started his legal career with Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C., as a member of its business and tax groups.

Steve’s experience with mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments allows him to better understand and advise clients on business structuring at formation; through various financing arrangements, and during the ups and downs faced by every business. This representation includes flexible billing arrangements that allow for hands-on legal representation with a limited budget. Steve has assisted with the formation and growth of businesses in software, medical services, professional services, medical devises, robotics, real estate, manufacturing, on-line and traditional retail, as well as forming and guiding non-profit organizations.

Steve currently represents private equity groups, executives and developing and mature companies in a variety of industries, including engineering, medical devices and services, robotics and software. Many of these clients have relied on Steve through more than one of their business ventures and over the course of more than a decade.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Pittsburgh and its organizing committee for the annual Innovations in Energy event. He has served on the Three Rivers Venture Fair “Boot Camp” committee, coaching presenting companies to sharpen their presentations. He served as President of his condominium association, as well as having served as Vice President on the Board of Edgewood County Club. For more than a decade, Steve served as a board chairman of the Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School Management Game. He also was a coach for the EnterPrize Business Plan Competition, as well as participating as a judge in a number of business plan competitions.

Steve graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University as its only Small Business Management major. Following Carnegie Mellon, Steve graduated with honors from the Cornell School of Law, where he served on the board and was published in the Cornell Law Review.

Dunlap, Jerry | Board Member

Senior Sales Executive and Sales Management Consultant

Mr. Dunlap has more than 25 years of experience selling technology, enterprise software and business services to national and global companies utilizing consultative selling expertise. He has also worked in start-up environments, one leading to a successful IPO with sales growth from $1M to over $200M within 6 years.

Farber, Josh | Board Member

Clark Hill Thorp Reed

Mr. Farber is in the firm’s General Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group and Real Estate Practice and Real Estate Development Practice Group. Josh focuses his practice on a wide range of legal matters including mergers and acquisitions, formation and structuring of business entities, commercial real estate development and leasing projects, private equity and venture capital transactions, securities offerings and disclosure compliance, and general corporate transactions.

Josh advises established and emerging businesses on the various issues faced throughout a company’s life cycle, including formation, capitalization, equity investment, commercial transactions, debt financing, acquisitions, divestitures and succession planning. Josh has counseled numerous parties through the formation and structuring of new entities and ventures, and has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating limited liability company agreements, partnership agreements, buy-sell agreements and other organizational documents. Josh also assists entities in compliance with corporate formalities and business law requirements.

Josh has a wide range of experience representing buyers and sellers in complex acquisition transactions, including mergers, stock purchases, and asset purchases in the real estate, manufacturing, construction, retail and printing industries. In the area of private equity and venture capital, Josh’s experience includes drafting of private placement memoranda, preparation of shareholders and operating agreements, securities law compliance, and counseling both the management of and investors in such entities.

Josh’s real estate practice focuses primarily in the areas of real estate acquisition, leasing and development including the sale, leasing and purchase of office buildings, shopping centers, manufacturing facilities, apartment complexes and planned community projects. Josh’s real estate experience also includes representing real estate companies in tax assessment appeals and land use and zoning matters. Josh also has advised both property owners and energy companies in the sale, leasing, and assignment of mineral rights.

Kelly, Shawn | Board Member

Carnegie Mellon University
Ph.D., Senior Systems Scientist, VP of Bionic Eye Technologies

Mason, Jack | Board Member

Dr. John “Jack” Mason is the Director of Entrepreneurial Studies in the Palumbo Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University. He is an executive, consultant, researcher and educator with more than 40 years of technical and management experience in energy/technology businesses.Dr. Mason has a range of business experience including startup, turn-around, organizational restructuring, and performance improvement. His many management positions include having served as president of TENERA, a 350-person, $50 million public firm that provided energy facility engineering, power plant design, safety analysis, and other services to industry clients and the Department of Energy. He has worked within utility, commercial, industrial, academic, as well as system and service provider organizations.

His academic background includes a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, and a doctor of science in engineering from MIT. As a Sloan Fellow, he studied with managers and executives from 25 countries, interacted with dozens of Global 500 company executives, and conducted research in France, Germany, Japan and the U.S.

He leads the Entrepreneurial Studies Program in curriculum design and delivery, student advising, faculty selection and evaluation, and teaching. In his program leadership role, Dr. Mason maintains linkage to the business community, other A.J. Palumbo disciplines, and the other schools at Duquesne to promote entrepreneurial activity and student opportunities.

McDaniel, Jeffrey | Board Member

As an Executive in Residence with Innovation Works, McDaniel works with the management teams of start-up, clean energy and manufacturing technology companies to identify and to address critical business issues including intellectual property creation and protection, international product development, marketing, sales, fundraising, management recruitment and growth planning. Some of these high potential enterprises become members of the Innovation Works investment portfolio. For a portfolio company, Jeffrey provides mentoring and network access, and serves as an observer on the board of directors.McDaniel has 15 years of experience in innovation, corporate strategy, manufacturing and energy technologies, and operations – in both early stage and Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to joining Innovation Works, he was in charge of business development and strategy for the emerging technology R&D portfolio for Westinghouse Electric Company, developing clean energy solutions and products, and providing organizational leadership for technology teams. He also led the global implementation of new Sustainability technology and innovation design processes. Before joining Westinghouse, McDaniel held marketing, strategy, and development roles at the Ex One Company, a global manufacturing technology incubator headquartered in western Pennsylvania. He led the successful commercialization of Imagen, LLC, a manufacturer of dental implant and bio-medical devices through 3D printing, becoming that startup’s General Manager and Vice President. Previously, McDaniel was an associate at Reed Smith, LLP, where he worked in the law firm’s corporate division and gained M&A, partnership and organizational experience, supporting privately-held and pre- and post-IPO clients. McDaniel served in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer where he led sailors in engineering and combat systems roles, as well as joint operations and intelligence teams in the U.S. and throughout Central and South America.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Needham, Kit | Board Member

Kit is Associate Director for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University and Entrepreneur in Residence at Project Olympus, the campus incubator for students and faculty that are interested in commercializing their world class research and innovations. She provides students and faculty start-up advice, business strategy planning, connections to industry experts, advisors and the business community.Needham is a technical advisor to BlueTree Allied Angels and serves on the Screening Committee. She is an Advisory Board member of Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship and teaches in their MBA program. She also provides consulting services to promote economic growth to Chambers of Commerce, individual entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.

Palmer, David

Mr. Palmer is co-founder and CEO of Rewyndr, a firm dedicated to building connections among people in private social networks through rich and novel interactions with on-line photos. Rewyndr’s products allow people to explore and discover backstories and details within photos in a manner that is collaborative and relevant to interests.David is also co-founder and former CEO of Bossa Nova Robotics, a CMU-spin out company creating innovative consumer robots that deliver engaging experiences. While with Bossa Nova, David was instrumental in successfully developing and selling hundreds of thousands of robots in global retail markets. He has received recognition for his accomplishments, including being named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the region in 2011, winning the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Rising Star Award in 2009, and being named as a finalist for the Tech Council’s Innovator of the Year Award in 2011. David and the Bossa Nova story were featured in the November 2009 edition of TIME Magazine.

In February 2012 David was invited to the White House to advise with President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors and leading members of the Senate and House on how certain policies and legislation affect enterprise formation and growth. David is also a guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon’s MBA Tepper School where he teaches on topics involving innovation and commercialization.

Prior to Bossa Nova, David held a variety of leadership positions at FedEx that entailed senior management responsibilities for strategic planning, alliances & partnerships, and product management of the technology products portfolio. David has an MBA from UCLA and has completed three years of doctoral research at the University of Southern California focusing on the impact of innovation and entrepreneurship. David speaks conversational Mandarin, has traveled to over 40 countries, and is fulfilling his passion for social enterprise by leading an initiative to create a sustainable bamboo industry in Cambodia.

Seitam, Dan | Board Member

Mr. Seitam is a Partner at C-Leveled, a provider of small business consulting services, with Executives as a Service™, and subscription-based software that position businesses to efficiently navigate in evolving market landscapes. C-leveled helps keep businesses on track, focused and growing; C-leveled caters to rapidly growing business needs from startups to business exit strategies.Seitam has worked in a variety of technology startups over the course of his career. He has held several C-level leadership positions (CEO, COO, CFO) in h/w and s/w companies in Pittsburgh and Atlanta. He has worked in multiple industries that include business analytics, professional services, embedded software for consumer products, healthcare IT, fabless semiconductors, wired and wireless broadband systems and storage s/w. He has co-founded three companies.

Srini, Jay | Board Member

Ms. Srini is Chief Strategist of SCS Ventures.In her current position, Jay helps international startup organizations with business development, health care strategy and expansion. Jay’s prior experience includes her role as Chief Innovation Officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Insurance Services Division and Vice President of Emerging Technologies for UPMC. She also served as Managing Director for e-Health Initiatives at Internet Venture Works.

Jay is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh and holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from New York University, an M.B.A. from Bucknell University and has completed executive education from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She serves on the board of Medrespond, Icache and PRHI and is on the advisory board of several entrepreneurial companies, nonprofit healthcare organizations and is one of the commissioners at the Certification Commission of HealthCare Information Technology.

Waller, Craig M. Board Member

Mr. Waller is Of Counsel in the Pittsburgh office of Gordon & Rees, LLP and a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. He has more than a decade of experience directly assisting clients across a broad spectrum of mechanical, electro-mechanical and software-related IP including related design work. Waller has worked in several law firm contexts, including globally recognized firms and large IP boutique environments, as well as working directly with executives at large international public corporations and start-up companies.Waller handles a full range of intellectual property services, including:

  • ­Advising clients on various patent, design patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright, and trade secret matters;
  • Identification, procurement, enforcement/defense and management of IP;
  • IP due diligence, audits, clearance, availability, etc.;
  • Licensing, opinion, settlement, collections and other commercial legal disputes.

He was the keynote speaker for the Graduate and Adult Degree Completion program at Geneva College, delivering the 2013 Commencement Speech. Waller most recently served as Chairman of the Board for the MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh from 2011-2013.

Wasson, Robert | Board Member

Mr. Wasson has been with the MIT Enterprise Forum for a number of years and has spent over 18 years in management consulting roles with nu-Angle Consulting, Wasson Consulting Group, A.T. Kearney, Strategic Decisions Group, Toffler Associates and Kalypso. His consulting focus has largely been across all aspects of the idea-to-commercialization process, ranging from analyzing future business environments for ideation activities in the fuzzy front-end of innovation, to designing and implementing new technology / product development processes, to developing business strategies for emerging new businesses.Bob led transformational consulting engagements utilizing megatrend analysis with Toffler Associates, implemented new product development and portfolio management processes while with Kalypso, and developed marketing and commercialization plans for clients with Strategic Decisions Group.

Complementing his consulting experience, Bob has over 12 years of experience with Fortune 100 companies including Alcoa, Chevron, and the Continental Group, mainly in corporate new venture activities and R&D centers. He has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering as well as a S.M. (M.B.A.) in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. He also holds a Master of Science in Materials Science from Stanford University, and both a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelors of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Bob works primarily with clients in the industrial products, medical products, and materials / chemicals industries. He has extensive experience advising global businesses in highly competitive marketplaces; developing strategies for new and emerging businesses; strengthening organizational process, technology, and capabilities; and building and leading high performance teams to deliver innovation.


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