The Coaching Board
"I feel like I have just been through one of those make over shows on Oprah where the wife gets some fashion maven to do an intervention on her scraggly husband and suddenly he appears at the end of the show looking all spiffy. Thanks for making me spiffy."
~ Torrey Russell, Offers Network, Serial Entrepreneur
Ann Krepick - Graham & Dunn
Anne counsels clients on a variety of business matters, including entity formation, angel and venture financings, tax issues, and a variety of contracts related to the core business of her clients. Anne also works with clients on compliance issues in certain regulated industries, including alcoholic beverage retail, importation, and permitting.
Alan Housley - Creative Microsystems, Inc.
With a high technology background in Fortune 100 companies and venture backed startups, Alan has gained extensive experience in marketing, business management, strategic planning, and rapid business growth. Twenty combined years at Hewlett Packard and Eastman Kodak has provided Alan with world class business skills -- especially in the areas of strategic planning, product marketing and go-to-market planning & execution -- while delivering outstanding business results. For the past 10 years Alan has focused his skills on starting and growing smaller, high technology and e-commerce businesses in Seattle – leading marketing, product management, product development, sales and operations.
Alan Smith - Fenwick and West LLP
Allan Smith, partner in the Corporate Group of Fenwick & West LLP, has advised many of the region's leading public technology and life sciences companies on corporate governance and securities matters and has led a variety of private and public financing transactions and mergers and acquisitions. He also has an active venture capital financing practice, having represented many of the region’s leading start-ups and venture capital firms, including Clarus Ventures, Cray, ICOS, Immunex, Infinia, Madrona Venture Group, MPM Capital, Onyx Software, Redfin, SonoSite, Voyager Capital and Vulcan Capital. Mr. Smith has been recognized as one of the top corporate and mergers and acquisitions lawyers in Washington by Chambers USA and as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Andrew Boyd - Tangerine Power
Andrew is the CFO of Eastside Preparatory Schools. Andrew has over 20 years of experience in finance and business administration and is on his 4th career startup. Andrew loves to build systems and processes that enable agile decision making. Andrew has experience with healthcare, software, technology and energy sectors. Andrew has several years of experience in the entrepreneur saddle, and can empathize with entrepreneurs who wear many hats and have significant time challenges, and loves to offer his experience and advice to new entrepreneurs.
Andrew Cross - Cross Northwest
The founder of Cross Northwest is Andrew Cross who completed a successful corporate career in manufacturing having held key executive management positions for companies in the Automotive, Aerospace & Defense industries. Mr. Cross is an expert in Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) development for minority-owned and veteran-owned small business. Part of his corporate responsibilities included the acquisition and integration of several businesses, and developing teaming and partnering strategies that allowed small business to win business with multi-national corporations and the federal government. Being in the trenches with the small business owner, Mr. Cross gained an appreciation for the unique challenges they face. He has a passion for small business and entered M & A to help entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams.
Brad Wilke - Flash Volunteer
Brad Wilke is the executive director of Flash Volunteer, a new Seattle-based nonprofit that seeks to build community through increased volunteerism at the neighborhood level.
Bob Day - Rialto Associates, LLC
Accomplished Executive with a proven ability to build teams that consistently deliver quality and profitable products to market. An analytic thinker with over 25 years' experience as a senior executive, has held key management positions in technology, operations, sales and finance in a wide range of industries including investment banking, consumer electronics, food production, clean tech, hospitality, broadcasting and online media.
Bob Wise - Marsh Anderson
Bryan Brewer - Business Plans Northwest
Bryan Brewer has guided business plan clients in raising more than $15 million in angel and venture funding since 2000. He specializes in helping entrepreneurs prepare to successfully present to angel investors through the Investor Pitch Makeover service offered by Business Plans Northwest. As a former journalist, author, technologist, and business owner, Bryan brings an incisive perspective on the essentials for startup success. He is an active volunteer and presenter for the Northwest Entrepreneur Network, the business schools of the University of Washington and Seattle University, and other entrepreneurial groups in the Northwest.
Candice Carr - Graham & Dunn
Candice is a corporate and transactional lawyer with large law firm experience in matters pertaining to corporate governance, securities regulation and compliance, disclosure practices, public and private equity and debt offerings, venture capital financing and mergers and acquisitions. Candice has counseled public and private company clients in various industries, including technology, energy, transportation, retail and banking.
Carol Kotonias-Ray - Talking Smart
Carol Kotonias-Ray attended Occidental College, graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completed graduate courses in business administration at California State University, Northridge. In her executive sales and marketing roles in corporate healthcare, Carol worked closely with Fortune 100 and 500 companies. It was during this time that she developed her passion for the art of successful communication. In the past 10 years, Carol Kotonias-Ray has worked with a variety of communication consultants and has helped clients successfully deliver their message.
Cathi Hatch – ZINO Society
Prior to founding ZINO Society, Cathi Hatch has held executive roles and consulted in the restaurant business for over twenty-five years, including her work as director of operations for Schwartz Brothers Restaurants and regional vice president for Restaurants Unlimited, Inc. She currently holds leadership positions on a number of for-profit and nonprofit boards including Zones, Inc.; Cinnaroll Bakeries Ltd.; Pacific Northwest Ballet; YMCA, PONCHO and the United Way of King County. Ms. Hatch has served as the president of HatchMatch, a consulting business that works with businesses and nonprofits to maximize the impact of philanthropy in the community, and has served as a facilitator and trainer for a variety of companies.
Chuck Roxin - Roxin Solutions
With over 25 years as a consultant to management, Chuck Roxin is a Certified Management Consultant of the Institute of Management Consultants. He has succeeded in turning around companies in the CEO and COO roles. With international experience in Asia and Europe, he has recently designed programs for managers and MBA students in finance for use in North America, Asia and Europe.
Curt Gervelis - Intellectual Ventures
Telecommunications and IT professional with twenty years experience in the industry working with equipment suppliers as Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and H-P and network providers AT&T Wireless, Sprint – Nextel, and T-Mobile in the deployment, and operation of successful wireless networks. Start-up experience with Omnipoint (now T-Mobile of New York) and Telecorp PCS (now AT&T Wireless). International experience with Nextel International operating networks throughout South America.
Darlin Gray - Darlin Gray Worldwide
Darlin Gray, Principal, brings a BA in Fine Art and 15 years of design and project management experience to every project we work on. She has the fine hand skills of a craftsperson, the nerdy techiness of a computer geek, the mind of an expert strategist, the color sense of a master painter, the charm and presentation skills of a consummate hostess, the steeliness of a CEO, the exacting eye of a draftsperson and the heart and soul of a fine artist.
David Van Patten
Results driven Senior Strategic Alliance, Marketing and Sales Consulting Executive with 15+ year track record of closing sales by managing Executive relationships, creating solutions, conceiving and implementing corporate strategy and tactics for World Wide sales / sales Alliance programs. Alliance / Biz Dev success built on foundation of sales leadership, increasing revenues by creating needs and providing solutions to new Fortune 500 customers, and applying C-Level Account Management to close complex Enterprise IT sales.
David Riley - Garvey Schubert Barer
Debra Hermansen - Debra is a Senior Operations and General Management Executive with twenty plus years of leadership experience with unique operating insight into the hospitality, consumer services & goods industries, specializing in sales and operations including full Budgeting and P&L expertise. Debra's Specialties include Strategic & Tactical Leadership with emphasis on sales and operations in a customer centric environment. She has 25 years' experience in restaurants, consumer services, consumer goods - B2B, B2C and E-commerce in business initiative development resulting in sales and profitability maximization.
Ellen Bierman - Black, Lowe & Graham PLLC
Ellen is a patent attorney specializing in software, Internet, business process, and computer-related patents, portfolio management and strategy, and litigation. She especially enjoys helping new and existing technology companies of diverse sizes protect their intellectual property investments in the software, e-commerce, and “business method” arenas. Prior to joining BLACK LOWE & GRAHAM PLLC, Ellen counseled clients for over eighteen years at Seed Intellectual Property Law Group. She has a vast technology and management experience as a software professional in areas such as operating systems, user interface design, and object-oriented software, working for companies including Microsoft Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, Digital Equipment Corporation, and a start-up computer company. She also owned her own company in user interface design and consulting.
George Sarhanis -Digital Ventures Group
Business Executive with 12+ years experience across technology markets focusing on performance in sales, marketing, strategy, financing, and leadership functions. Analytical and innovative with a track record delivering revenue and profitability. Entrepreneur minded to comprehend markets quickly and discover opportunities, while also aligning corporate objectives and standards. Currently focused toward market opportunities made possible across Web2.0 social markets to discover new revenues in the innovation economy. Experienced with diffusion of innovations and adoption life cycles.
Haeryung Shin - Davis Wright Tremaine
Haeryung represents public and private technology and rapid-growth enterprises in corporate finance, licensing and technology, strategic partnering and other business transactions. She works with public and private companies across many industries, but focuses on emerging and high growth clean technology companies. She has extensive experience as a legal and strategic advisor to founders, investors and early stage companies. She also has significant experience representing renewable energy investors and project development companies in development and finance transactions (including construction contracts and energy purchase agreements). Haeryung chairs Davis Wright Tremaine’s Clean Technology practice and leads the firm’s Smart Grid team. Haeryung is a the managing editor of the firm’s clean tech blog, Cleantech Chatter, as well as a frequent contributor to the firm’s Startup Law Blog.
Jeffrey Baumgarten - Tricendent Management
Jeff founded Tricendent after serving as Executive Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Development at Omnicom Group agency MarketStar. Prior, he was at consulting leader Accenture, as Lead Executive, SMB Routes to Market in the CRM service line. He previously held sales and marketing leadership roles at human capital giant Allegis Group's MarketSource division, as well as at tech firms Iomega and The Learning Company. He is a graduate of The University of Puget Sound and Omnicom University's Graduate Management Program.
Jackson Weaver - InTown Media
Jackson has always been entrepreneurial – from the development of one of the first rock music stations on the FM radio band to building a digital new media companies - he has always worked on the edge of new media and new ideas.
Jesse Minier - Fenwick & West LLP
Jesse Minier, associate in the Corporate Group of Fenwick & West LLP, focuses his practice on general corporate representation of public and private technology companies. Mr. Minier advises companies on matters involving mergers and acquisitions, private and public equity financings, securities law compliance, SEC filings, and corporate formation and governance. His clients have included companies in the medical device, semiconductor, web 2.0, mobile social network and clean technology and alternative energy industries.
Jessica Hoerschelmann - Graham & Dunn
Jessica is a member of the Emerging Companies & Entrepreneurs, Intellectual Property and Labor and Employment teams. Jessica’s practice focuses on a range of general corporate, labor and intellectual property matters. Prior to joining Graham & Dunn, Jessica served as a legal clerk for a Seattle employment law firm.
Jim Johnston - Johnston Law
Joe Wallin - Davis Wright Tremaine
Joe provides legal counsel to emerging, high growth, and startup companies. Joe frequently represents companies in angel and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other significant business transactions. Joe also represents investors making investments in companies, provides general counsel services for companies from startup to post-public, and advises clients on Securities Exchange Act compliance and corporate governance. Joe is a frequent contributor to DWT's Startup Law Blog, as well as to the firm’s Corporate Finance Blog. In addition to screening applicants for investments, he coaches ZINO entrepreneurs on pitch best practices, and provides counsel to many ZINO entrepreneur companies.
Joel Ard - Foster Pepper
Mr. Ard’s litigation practice focuses on the defense of patent infringement claims as well as disputes over trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property. A registered patent attorney, he has deep experience in post-grant practice before the Patent Office, particularly inter partes re-examination conducted in parallel with patent infringement litigation. He works closely with trial teams preparing patent portfolios for assertive litigation through rigorous “pre-examination” claim validity review and owner-directed re-examination and correction. He has also represented clients in copyright matters and related questions involving the rights surrounding various methods of copying, storing, reproducing, and streaming digital media.
John Baier - Davis Wright Tremaine
John Baier represents companies and investors in a variety of commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private debt equity and offerings, venture financing and strategic investment transactions. John has represented numerous private companies in early- and advanced-stage financing rounds. He also handles general corporate matters including entity formation, conventional financing, contract and corporate governance matters.
John Strathy - Idea Entity
It was his background in construction—not his just aptitude for numbers—that qualified John Strathy to serve as Chief Financial Officer at Idea Entity. Construction lent him an ability to determine risk to leverage returns for maximum benefit. That ability earned him a position on the leadership team of the small software development company in 2006. Like many other start-up companies, his title of CFO includes much more than supervision of investments and review of profit-and-loss statements. The University of Washington graduate is responsible for the complete financial operations at Idea Entity, which includes managing business operations and projections.
Jonathan Wright - Cairncross Hempelmann
Jonathan brings nearly 20 years of experience in the high tech industries to his corporate finance and business practice. He joins CH&, of Counsel, after working at a boutique Seattle law firm serving biotechnology and high tech clients. He was a member of a Silicon Valley angel venture capital fund, making early stage investments in promising start-ups and providing expertise and assistance to their business enterprises. Prior to that time, he has served as general counsel of NASDAQ-listed biotechnology companies and several highly technical software companies. In addition to his extensive experience in negotiating, managing strategic projects and getting deals done, Jonathan has a wide-range of experiences in counseling C-level corporate management on a variety of legal and strategic issues. His core competencies include representing emerging and growth companies in biotechnology, medical technology, health informatics and software with formation, financing, mergers & acquisitions, licensing and strategic collaborations.
Kate Holmes - Horizon Asset Management
Kate joined the Horizon team in 2006 to assist firm founders Larry Meyer and Holli Lofgren in transitioning the firm’s prior successes onward to its next generation of clients and services. She manages Horizon’s client care needs, assists with advisory support for both individual and retirement plan clients, and oversees the firm’s daily business operations as well as its long-range strategic planning. Kate is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner (CFP®). Prior to joining Horizon, Kate gained valuable financial, technical and business management skills serving in a variety of sales and office administration positions within the retail, medical and financial industries both within the U.S. and in Melbourne, Australia. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Kirk Van Alstyne - Evolution Capital Advisors
Founder and Managing Partner at Evolution Capital Advisors. Evolution is a boutique investment bank providing capital formation and mergers and acquisition advisory services focused exclusively on the niche of early stage technology companies. The firm has a strong specialty in the cleantech sector, recently advising high profile early stage Northwest firms such as Powerit Solutions (smart grid), M2E Power (energy harvesting), and Novinium (grid reliability) on raising their early institutional (venture capital) rounds of financing.
Kristie Lanum - IndieFlix
Kristie Lanum was Chief Dealflow Officer at ZINO SocietyShe is currently Chief Operating Officer at IndieFlix.
Matt Hooper - Foster Pepper PLLC
Matt serves as outside general counsel to a myriad of companies, drafting and negotiating everything from term sheets to distribution agreements, from manufacturing contracts to intellectual property licenses. Matt understands and appreciates that in today’s sensitive economic climate, it is more important than ever that attorneys not only provide outstanding legal work product, but also facilitate opportunities for their clients. Matt works diligently to make strategic introductions for clients that produce positive results for all involved.
Nicole Sporer - Perkins Coie
Nicole Sporer is an associate in the firm's Patent practice. Nicole focuses her practice on patent procurement, patent infringement and validity analysis and intellectual property counseling. She has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a variety of technical areas, including medical devices, semiconductor manufacturing, aerospace, clean technologies, and other mechanical and electromechanical technologies. In the medical device industry, Nicole has particular experience in stent grafts, ultrasound, and gastrointestinal devices. She has also represented pro bono clients in matters involving domestic violence.
Pat Franke - Graham & Dunn
Pat is a corporate, securities, and business lawyer and a member of the firm’s Startup & Venture Capital Group. He focuses his practice on the representation of startup companies utilizing his 15+ years of experience to provide strategic advice on initial capitalization, corporate structuring and governance issues, intellectual property, capital raising transactions, operational matters, and mergers and acquisition activities. Pat gravitated to this practice because of his entrepreneurial nature and because he thrives on the excitement and energy involved in new ventures and ideas. He genuinely enjoys working with entrepreneurs and relishes the opportunity to roll up his sleeves and become an integral part of his clients' teams.
Peter Thermos - Total Reclaim/EcoLights
Peter is the Marketing Director at Total Reclaim/EcoLights, a computer, electronics and fluorescent lamp recycling company in Seattle, WA. In addition to marketing and advertising, Peter directs Web development and creative contractors in the creation of products that open new markets and channels of distribution. He also has expertise in business valuation/cash flow analysis, small business acquisition or sale, SBA 7a loan funding and Business Development. With background at early-stage companies operating on Angel or Venture Capital funding, Peter appreciates the entrepreneurial vision and has aided in the development of successful VC investment pitches. For the last 10 years, Peter has screened business plans entered in the University of Washington Business plan competition, where he completed an MBA degree in 2000.
Rajiv Sarathy - Perkins Coie
Rajiv Sarathy is a patent attorney who applies his 13 years of software industry experience—including 9 years as a software development engineer and manager at Microsoft Corporation—and his MBA education to counsel companies on intellectual property (IP) matters. Although Rajiv is a software patent attorney based in Seattle, he counsels clients throughout the United States, Canada, India, and in other countries. Rajiv focuses his practice on patent procurement, infringement and validity analysis, IP licensing, IP counseling, and IP dispute management. Rajiv has also assisted clients with reexaminations, Section 337 actions at the International Trade Commission (ITC), and other enforcement activities.
Robert O'Hara - Andrew Seybold, Inc.
Robert O’Hara is a wireless industry veteran, with experience at companies including Motorola, Microsoft, and IBM. He has been involved in the mobile wireless data industry since it began, working with companies such as AT&T Wireless and Qualcomm. In 2010 he joined Andrew Seybold, Inc.
Sam Webb - Stoel Rives
Sam Webb is a partner in the firm and focuses his practice on counseling life science clients in patent-related matters. He has represented clients ranging from large, publicly traded companies to emerging start-ups as in-house and outside counsel, and he manages global patent portfolios pertaining to business critical technologies at every stage of development. His practice includes procurement of U.S. and international patents, patent portfolio management, analysis of patent infringement and validity, due diligence evaluations, and strategic counseling with respect to the patent-related aspects of product life cycle management. Though Sam has experience with a wide range of technologies, his capabilities are particularly relevant to patent issues pertaining to small and large molecule therapeutics, genetic diagnostics, recombinant organisms, nucleic acids and proteins and drug delivery technologies. Beyond counseling clients in matters relating to patent procurement and analysis, Sam assists clients with the negotiation and drafting of license, technology development, and collaboration agreements.
Scott Warner - Garvey Schubert Barer
Scott Warner represents a diverse array of clients, including software and hardware companies, chip manufacturers, video game companies, content providers, hospitals and biotech companies, medical device manufacturers, alternative energy and clean tech companies, museums, social networking and new media companies, and others. All of these clients share a common goal: They own or use technology and other intellectual property and want to protect and make the most of their investments while minimizing the risks to businesses. Mr. Warner brings a combination of business savvy, domain expertise, creative thinking and more than 15 years of experience in the technology sector to address his client’s needs.
Shannon McCarthy - Graham & Dunn
Shannon is a corporate transaction attorney with large law firm and in-house counsel experience in advising clients on general corporate matters pertaining to corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities laws, franchising and distribution, joint ventures and regulatory matters. Shannon has represented clients from formation and start-up to Fortune 500 companies in various industries including organic and natural foods and beverages, banks, financial services, publishing, biotechnology and medical devices. Shannon also advises clients in various segments of the financial services industry on regulatory issues arising at both the state and federal level including, among other things, issues arising under the Federal Reserve Act, Bank Holding Company Act, Federal Deposit Insurance Act and Federal Credit Union Act.
Sinjin Dinh - Foster Pepper
Sinjin Dinh is an associate in the Business group, where his practice focuses on the representation of private companies and investors in business transactions and corporate governance matters, with an emphasis in mergers and acquisitions, private offerings, SEC compliance matters, and corporate formation and governance issues.
Stuart Campbell - Davis Wright Tremaine
Stuart handles transactional matters primarily for emerging technology and other high-growth companies. He has particular focus in representing companies in the wireless, health care technology and game spaces. He has extensive experience representing investors and companies in venture capital financings and with respect to mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, entity formation, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and technology transfers and licensing. Stuart also advises clients on corporate governance matters.
Susan Betcher - Perkins Coie
Susan Betcher focuses her practice on patent procurement, patent infringement and validity analysis, intellectual property license drafting and negotiating, due diligence analysis of patent portfolios and intellectual property counseling. Susan's practice covers a broad range of technologies sectors with concentration in cleantech technologies such as carbon sequestration, hydrogen production and storage, glycol recycling, as well as mechanical, electromechanical, and medical device-related technologies. She drafts and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications according to strategic portfolio planning and performs intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. She also advises clients on establishing internal patent procurement programs, analyzing and protecting competitive market advantages, and international patent prosecution strategies.
Troy Hartzell - Evolution Capital Advisors
Troy Hartzell is Managing Partner and co-founder of Evolution Capital Advisors, a boutique investment bank providing capital formation and strategic advisory services to entrepreneurial stage emerging growth technology firms. Prior to Evolution Capital, Troy was the Head of the Wireless and Communications practice at Cascadia Capital, a national middle market investment bank. At Cascadia, Troy was responsible for managing key strategic relationships with venture and private equity funds and corporate leaders in the IT and communications market. Troy executed, structured, and negotiated corporate finance and M&A transactions.
Vin Ricci - Foster Pepper
Mr. Ricci's practice includes corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, public company reporting and disclosure, cross border transactions and general corporate matters, with a focus on the representation of life sciences and technology companies. Before joining Foster Pepper, Mr. Ricci was an associate at Orrick's Seattel office, and at Preston Gates & Ellis LLP. Prior to that he was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York for six years.