NEF Members

This page is a partial listing of NEF members. Our members are industry leaders with extensive experience across numerous fields. Want to have your listing shown among those already here - become a member!

Sarika Gupta
UM Zell Lurie Institute

Sarika is the Associate Director at the University of Michigan Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (ZLI). In this role, she leads the development and execution of ZLI's student-oriented programs. She also coaches and mentors U-M student teams. Prior to joining ZLI, Sarika was the President & CEO of Dance Telephone, a group party game, the COO of V-teractive, an online gaming start-up, and a Senior Quantitative Research Associate at Cambridge Associates, an investment management firm. Sarika holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan College of Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Gary Hazen
MODG
Areas of Expertise: Management
Industry Experience: Information Technology

Assessing, advising, mentoring, and directing emerging companies and start-ups. An independent advisor using experience and discipline to turn passion into value.

Additional Profile: http://www.interslicestudios.com/GaryHazen/

Paul Henchey
Henchey Information Solutions LLC
Areas of Expertise: Marketing, Strategy, Technology
Industry Experience: Information Technology, Medicine / Healthcare

Paul has over twenty five years of experience in developing and marketing healthcare information technology solutions. Paul has headed up product management and product marketing teams in executive positions at leading companies including McKesson and Truven Health Analytics. As a product marketing consultant, Paul has helped accelerate growth at innovative software companies including ArborMetrix and Strata Decision Technologies.

Gary Hessenaur
Hessenaur & Associates, CPA, P.C
Areas of Expertise: Accounting, Finance
Industry Experience: Automotive, Financial Services, Information Technology, Manufacturing / Materials, Nonprofit

Gary Hessenaur, President and owner of Hessenaur & Associate, C.P.A., P.C..
The firm provides a full range of accounting, tax, consulting and part time CFO services. The firm focuses on small to mid-size businesses with a specialty in start ups and technology businesses. Start up business clients have been funded through owner funds, grants, angel and VC investors. Gary is board member and business coach for the New Enterprise Forum, mentor at SPARK boot camps, SPARK Accelerator consultant, helps counsel businesses through Michigan SBTDC and regular speaker at SPARK business start up programs. He is very well networked in the startup and financing community.

Brenda Jones
Coach - Mentor - Advisor
Areas of Expertise: Management
Industry Experience: Information Technology, Medicine / Healthcare, Nonprofit

As a board member and business coach with the New Enterprise Forum, Brenda assists startups with financial planning, product direction, go-to-market strategies and initial funding and has served as interim Chief Operating Officer to assist her clients in the initial launch of their companies. Her specialty is in on-premise software and SaaS. Brenda has held executive management positions with e-marketing/ad tech, publishing software and professional consulting organizations where she has managed P&Ls and global technical teams. As the Managing Director of the Medical Innovation Center at the University of Michigan, she launched a medical technology commercialization fellowship and a portfolio of services to help clinicians and researchers translate ideas into impactful medical innovations (devices and software). Her desire to make an impact in the world has taken her on journeys to Thailand, Kenya, Chile and Colombia to lead economic development and teaching projects. Brenda holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

George Levy
Coach - Mentor - Advisor
Areas of Expertise: Management
Industry Experience: Information Technology, Manufacturing / Materials

George Levy earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from UCLA in 1968 and joined the General Electric R & D Center, but after 5 years and publication of his first book, he moved to academia where he was a Professor for 21 years and published nine books and over 150 scientific papers. At the beginning of the second decade of his academic career, George and his wife Linda started a software company, and that process enhanced his interest in entrepreneurship and developing technological businesses. Since he moved to Michigan in 1994 George has been instrumental in the development and success of numerous high tech startups, 4 of which have been named to the Inc. 500. He also served as President of the New Enterprise Forum.

John Lingl
Brinks Gilson & Lione
Areas of Expertise: Legal

I focus my practice of intellectual property law on patent, copyright and trademark litigation and prosecuting both foreign and domestic patent applications in numerous technological areas.

In addition, I am skilled in prosecuting both foreign and domestic patent applications in numerous areas including semiconductors, electrical systems, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) systems, packet switching and routing, network traffic optimization, Internet search technologies, advertising and behavioral targeting technologies, optical systems, terahertz radiation systems, x-ray systems, automotive interior systems, and automotive powertrain systems.

Jay Mahler
MODG
Areas of Expertise: Management
Industry Experience: Automotive, Information Technology, Manufacturing / Materials

A computer technologist and engineer with customer-driven marketing savvy. Mahler's current focus is on assisting start-ups and early stage companies with financial modeling, marketing communications, and technical advice.

As a New Enterprise Forum board member and coach, Mahler has helped many companies refine their investor pitches and executive summaries.

His earlier consulting made use of his rare combination of technical know-how and excellent writing, speaking, and presentation skills, which provided clients with unprecedented service including:
• Turnkey marketing for a leading supplier of plant floor automation software. Projects included developing requirements and functional specifications, software manuals, and help files, writing press releases, brochures, sales tools.
• User’s manuals, and help files
• CAE training, documentation, and application development
• Systems consulting
• Project management
• Software project planning, software development and management
• Software training

William McPherson
McPherson Commercial Capital, LLC
Areas of Expertise: Finance, Sales, Strategy
Industry Experience: Financial Services

William McPherson is the Managing Director of McPherson Commercial Capital, LLC which he formed in June of 2002, in order to provide funding solutions, business planning and financial structuring assistance to a variety of businesses and investors in commercial real estate. He has assisted in arranging funding for start-ups, growth needs, restructuring situations and acquisitions of businesses. He also assists and advises in finding commercial mortgage financing for both owner occupied and investment properties.

Previously, having joined Captec Financial Group in 1982, Mr. McPherson held a variety of positions in which he managed and developed business in the areas of equipment finance and leasing, real estate mortgage and sale leaseback financing and the funding of acquisitions and growth thru loans based upon the cash flow value of the business being acquired. While there, he established lending and leasing relationships with a variety of franchisors and their franchisees. He also developed relationships with multi-unit chain restaurant operators whereby Captec funded acquisitions, new unit development and reimaging initiatives for its customers. Prior to joining Captec, Mr. McPherson was a Vice President-Commercial Loans for two banks where he managed loan portfolios and developed new commercial loan and deposit business. In his various positions, Mr. McPherson has been responsible for profitability and planning for the various profit centers he managed.

Mr. McPherson began his career at Detroit Bank and Trust. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan holding both BBA and MBA degrees. He is a member of the Michigan Business Brokers Association, the National Association of Equipment Lease Brokers and an associate member of the Michigan Commercial Board of Realtors. He is President and a director of the New Enterprise Forum, and actively participates on its coaching teams.

Stewart Nelson
MODG
Areas of Expertise: Technology
Industry Experience: Biomed/Biotech/Pharma, Information Technology, Nonprofit

Program Chair at NEF. Experienced business coach and angel investor. AMIC judge. Senior Risk Adviser at Kapnick Insurance Group. Former Captain Northwest Airlines retired. Retired Lt Col and Command Pilot USAFR.

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