NEF Members

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David Baker
Baker Strategy Group
Areas of Expertise: Management, Marketing, Strategy
Industry Experience: Financial Services, Information Technology, Manufacturing / Materials, Nonprofit
Jonathon Baugh
Pillar Technology
Areas of Expertise: Management, Marketing, Operations, Sales, Strategy, Technology
Industry Experience: Information Technology, Medicine / Healthcare

Ever since I entered the business world almost 20 years ago I have recognized a significant gap between people and information technology. Throughout my career, I’ve often found myself navigating the uncharted territory of bringing an industry into the digital age. Trained in the user-experience discipline, software design and development was my first practical experience in identifying problems and building solutions. As my career has progressed, I have found great joy in addressing the challenges of mapping software solutions to complex business goals and shifting market opportunities.

From consulting for large multi-national corporations to founding startups, I have enjoyed every minute of my journey as a technology translator with titles and roles ranging as widely as the challenges I have faced.

Kunal Bhatia
MidWest Advanced Solutions & Services Inc.
Areas of Expertise: Management, Operations, Strategy, Technology
Industry Experience: Automotive, Financial Services, Information Technology, Nonprofit

Software Developer /coder for more than 15 years. Full stack developer in any IT space or frontier, including distributed systems, mainframe or mobile apps. Entrepreneur since 2014 and co founder of IT consulting firm called MidWest Advanced Solutions & Services (MASS), Inc.
Currently working as Java services developer / consultant for my client, Mercedes Benz Financial Services Inc.

Viktor Brandtneris
Brandtneris Consulting
Areas of Expertise: Finance, Strategy, Technology
Industry Experience: Cleantech / Energy, Financial Services, Information Technology, Manufacturing / Materials

Viktor has a diverse financial and general management background from experiences in both corporate and entrepreneurial environments. In his early career he worked in the computer industry in numerous Financial Planning and Modeling roles for companies including IBM and Computervision. His first entrepreneurial endeavor was as co-funder of the Devonshire Trust Company, a boutique money management and mutual fund company in Salem, Massachusetts.

After the sale of Devonshire Trust, Viktor stayed active in the financial markets and small business consulting. As Principal of Brandtneris Consulting, he provides business-modeling services centered on the Lean-Start Up Customer Discovery process. Viktor is Director of Ann Arbor SPARK’s Entrepreneurial Boot Camp and was recently appointed to the national teaching faculty of the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Commercialization program.

Mr. Brandtneris has an MBA in Finance & Marketing from Boston College and a double major B.A. in Economics & Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Bruder
Kemp Klein Law Firm
Areas of Expertise: Legal
Industry Experience: Law

I specialize in the needs of growing, entrepreneurial companies. In particular, I help venture capitalists, angel investors, and entrepreneurs structure, negotiate and close funding rounds, I represent buyers and sellers in merger and acquisition transactions, and I create advisory boards for my best and most entrepreneurial clients.

Edwin R. Clarke
Clarke & Associates
Areas of Expertise: Finance
Industry Experience: Automotive, Biomed/Biotech/Pharma, Cleantech / Energy, Medicine / Healthcare

Ed Clarke works with early-stage companies to raise capital, develop business plans, negotiate contracts, and recruit management teams, sometimes also serving as Vice President of Administration/Chief Financial Officer for such companies. Client markets have included medical devices, alternative energy, SAAS applications, industrial controls, data acquisition/telemetry, automotive engine design, and RFID. Business plans that he personally wrote have earned prizes totaling $500k and he has served as a judge in business plan competitions. Earlier in his career, Ed served as CFO/VP Admin for three privately-held, high-tech companies. Ed earned his MBA at the University of Chicago after becoming a CPA and after earning engineering degrees from Harvard and Stanford. Ed has served as a mentor for six years in Professor Brophy’s course on entrepreneurship at University of Michigan’s Ross Business School.

Jane DeLancey
DeLancey Design
Areas of Expertise: Marketing
Industry Experience: Information Technology, Nonprofit

DeLancey Design offers a full range of design and marketing services. Jane has worked with over 150 clients on a variety of projects for clients representing a wide range of industries. Projects include full website development, brochures, corporate identities, trade show graphics, slide deck design, direct mail campaigns and e-newsletters.

Jane is a NEF Board Member and chair of the NEF Marketing Committee.

Her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is from the University of Michigan. She also studied at Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, and California College of Arts in Oakland.

Don DeSmith
Servant Systems
Areas of Expertise: Operations, Technology
Industry Experience: Information Technology

Don has been President of Servant Systems since 1994. Servant Systems is a Microsoft Partner focused on business operations with a specialization in the franchising industry. Don has a B.S. in Math and Astronomy from UM, an M.S. in Computer Engineering from UM, and an MBA from EMU.

William Elger
Elger Consulting
Areas of Expertise: Technology
Industry Experience: Medicine / Healthcare, Nonprofit

William R Elger, CPA, CGMA is President of Elger Consulting which he formed in November, 2013 to provide performance management and leadership development assistance to financial executives. He has over 35 years of senior level leadership and management experience in higher education and health care.
Mr. Elger is nationally recognized for his leading work in performance management which was published in Academic Medicine in 2006 and has extensive experience in leading financial turnarounds.
Previously he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) where he was responsible for all business related and financial support functions of this $1.6 billion academic health care institution, including budgeting and analysis; business operations and facilities; capital planning; financial accounting and reporting; human resources; information services; information security; managed care contracting; planning and performance management; purchasing; revenue cycle; treasury and police.
Prior to joining UTMB Mr. Elger was Senior Associate Dean at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and for approximately 20 years was the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Michigan Medical School. At each of these organizations he was responsible for all the business and financial activities of the organization including financial services; facilities; information services; resource planning; personnel; financial management and decision support systems and contracting.
Mr. Elger started his career at Ernst& Whinney in Chicago, Illinois where he was responsible for the planning, coordination, executive supervision and engagement economics of all audit, tax and consulting services provided to assigned clients. He worked with over 45 clients ranging in size from large multinational publicly owned corporations to small health care providers.

Christine Euritt
Leadership and Career Coach
Industry Experience: Biomed/Biotech/Pharma, Manufacturing / Materials, Nonprofit

Accomplished human resources leader with Fortune 100 companies as well as start-ups, non-profit and research organizations. Main focus is on leadership/organization development, leadership coaching and career counseling.