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.

Vic Havele
CAEtech International, Inc.
Areas of Expertise: Strategy, Technology
Industry Experience: Information Technology

Current President of NEF.

Gary Hazen
Independent Advisor
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

Consultant to healthcare software companies with expertise in strategic product marketing, software product management, content marketing, software design and strategic product planning. Deep experience with healthcare analytics and business intelligence technologies. Management experience in both Fortune 20 companies and small start-ups. Successful track record in helping companies of all sizes launch new software products and grow new revenue streams.

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.

Matt Hulbert
Biopharm Forge LLC
Areas of Expertise: Management
Industry Experience: Biomed/Biotech/Pharma

I am an energetic life science professional with a strong record of building and leading organizations to identify, develop, register, and manufacture drugs and devices. I'm skilled at integrating and meeting financial, regulatory, technical and quality goals. I'm adept at strategy development and implementation, at engaging and motivating staff, and at deploying limited resources for maximum reward. I solve complex problems, including those which cross multiple scientific and engineering disciplines and those which arise between people and within organizations.
My broad expertise comes from hands-on and leadership roles in “small pharma” focused on internal operations and managing external partners. These roles have included building and leading the process development function to transfer, validate, scale up, and manufacture multiple drugs and biologics; authoring regulatory filings and negotiating with the FDA and European authorities; preparing business plans and assisting fund raising; heading Corporate Quality Assurance; executing due diligence assessment and operational integration of acquisitions; developing and implementing ICH-compliant internal risk management, Quality management, and documentation systems; and performing on-site good-practices and software-validation audits of suppliers.
My current volunteer work includes serving on the quality council of DNDi, the drug development and registration firm founded by Doctors without Borders, and serving as a mentor in Professor Brophy’s course on entrepreneurial finance at the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School.

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.

David Maas
Brand Smart. Street Smart.
Areas of Expertise: Management, Marketing, Operations, Strategy

David Maas is recognized as a brand smart marketing leader and a street smart general manager with his 20-plus years at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency and five years at Federal-Mogul Motorparts.

Presently, teaching as a mentor and learning as an intern, he is helping to position, build and grow early-stage businesses for rapid scale-up and equity financing in the startup communities around Detroit and Ann Arbor.

David has won eight EFFIE Awards in recognition of business-building ideas that work in the marketplace and a team that works together. He has been an EFFIE judge and EFFIE moderator for both Round One and Final Round judging.

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

Mark Malven
Dykema Gossett PLLC
Areas of Expertise: Legal
Industry Experience: Automotive, Biomed/Biotech/Pharma, Cleantech / Energy, Defense, Financial Services, Information Technology, Law, Manufacturing / Materials, Medicine / Healthcare, Nonprofit

Mark G. Malven is the leader of the Technology and Outsourcing Transactions practice at Dykema Gossett PLLC ,and the author of the treatise Technology Transactions: A Practical Guide to Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Agreements. He has over twenty years of experience representing both customers and technology vendors and, by rough count, has handled over a thousand technology transactions - involving licensing, development, outsourcing, consulting, distribution, sponsored university research, manufacturing, value-added reseller, e-commerce, acquisition, and joint venture relationships. Mark has served as a primary negotiator for some of the largest outsourcing transactions of their kind ever undertaken, involving billions of dollars in services. He is a licensed patent attorney, holds an AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, is regularly recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers in the areas of Information Technology and Outsourcing, and is a past Chair of the Information Technology Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Mark received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.

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