16 June 2016
Founders of startups start looking for C-Level expertise as their venture begins to evolve. With seed funding in place, founders need to bring in the right talent to help them build their dream enterprise. Our panelists will help you navigate through this landscape. Learn about: the challenges in hiring C-Level staff; the cultural and economic impact on your organization; and about developing and implementing short-term and long-term strategies C-hires can bring to meet desired milestones. The right talent can help you build a new culture, implement strategy, grow the company, connect with customers and get funding to scale your business.
Mike Klein, Mentor-in-Residence, University of Michigan Technology Transfer Office. Mike is an accomplished CEO with over 25 years of experience developing, building and growing high tech, software and IT companies. Mike wrote the business plan for his first company, Steeplechase Software while in the MBA program at the University of Michigan and started the company shortly thereafter. Steeplechase was #89 on the Inc 500 fastest growing company list when it was sold to Schneider Automation in 2000. In 2001, he was brought on by venture capital investors to lead the turnaround of Interlink Networks, a network security software company where he raised $11M in new financing and lead the management buy-out in 2005. In 2008, Mike joined Online Tech as Co-CEO and grew the company 500% over 7 years. He lead the company through a successful exit for its investors in 2012 and recapitalized the company with over $30M from new investors to continue its growth trajectory. Mike received his BS in Computer Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University.
Barbara Koenig, Barbara brings over 25 years’ experience working as an executive coach and organizational development consultant, primarily in areas related to leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and career transition and she has partnered with start-ups, small businesses and global organizations such as Toyota, Stryker and ProQuest. Prior to working in Tech Transfer, Barbara worked at UM Stephen Ross School of business providing career consulting with MBA students interested in Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Technology and Careers with impact. In her current role at Tech Transfer, Barbara works with alumni, and other partners in the ecosystem to provide talent and other resources for new venture spinouts from UM. More recently, she partnered with Ann Arbor SPARK and MEDC to lead and facilitate a career transition program known as Michigan Shifting Gears. Barbara earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Centre College and a M.S. Human Resource Management and Organizational Development from Eastern Michigan University.
Michael Kraft, Managing Partner, MKT Partners LLC and Mentor-in-Residence, UM Tech Transfer Office. Michael delivers strategic vision and business development in advanced materials and technology systems markets. He’s led businesses in several countries from start-up to revenues of $300 million and focuses on business model validation, money raise, and team building. Michael completed many global acquisitions ($5 million to $1.5 billion) and leads transaction diligence, integration, and synergy realization. His focus is to quickly identify critical business drivers, build strategic partnerships and partners with the Global 500, grow revenues and market share organically, and complete accretive acquisitions. Recently, he was CEO of Covaron Advanced Materials (Ann Arbor, MI) and EVP of Ceradyne Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDN; $700M revenues). Michael holds a Master of Management (PSU) and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering & Systems Science (MSU) and completed courses in Strategic Planning and Technology Marketing at Caltech.
Vic Havele, Founder/CEO, Rockstar Innovations, Inc. Vic brings a wealth of experience and expertise to NEF. He is a Board member and is our news article director. Vic is the President of CAEtech International, Inc. provider of engineering and Information Technology Services to the automotive and non-automotive industry. He is Founder and CEO of Rockstar Innovations which is launching a non-profit organization/portal “iendeavor.org” for helping entrepreneurs in successfully launching technology ventures through coaching, mentoring and partnering using talent, technology, innovation and resources. Vic’s other venture is PeopleForge Technologies in which he is engaged in developing and implementing PeopleForge Talent Solutions such as StartupTalent, StemTalent, GlobalTalent etc. for diverse market segments. He has served NEF as a business coach helping entrepreneurs be successful. Vic is also currently serving as an I-Corps mentor for a tech startup from the University of Michigan and recently mentored teams in the Lawrence Technological Universities’ Customer-to-Cash(C2C) program. Vic holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University, Wisconsin, and Business Executive training from Tuck School of Business and Loyola School of Business.
Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.