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!

Vic Havele
CAEtech International, Inc.
Areas of Expertise: Management
Industry Experience: Automotive, Defense, Information Technology, Manufacturing / Materials, Medicine / Healthcare, Nonprofit

As the Founder and President of CAEtech, Vic has worked closely with OEMs and Tier1 suppliers on numerous product development programs supporting both automotive and non-automotive industry. He is the founder of Rockstar Innovations which helps entrepreneurs in successfully launching technology ventures through coaching, mentoring and partnering. His PeopleForge Talent Solutions help businesses find talent and resources.

He is passionately involved in Michigan's entrepreneurial and innovation community. His startup involvement includes Mobility, Big Data, Manufacturing Technology, Medical Devices, Cyber Security and Healthcare IT. As President and Board member of New Enterprise Forum (NEF), he is instrumental in helping technology startups raise venture capital. He has served as a NSF I-Corps mentor for university tech startups and is an active member of the Global Automotive and Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) Team. He has served on the board of Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM); was a Michigan Delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business; and has been actively engaged with the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council since 1994. Vic holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University, Wisconsin, and Business Executive training from Amos Tuck and Loyola School of Business.

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.

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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

<p>Gary Hessenaur, President and owner of Hessenaur &amp; 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.</p>

Matt Hulbert
Biopharm Forge LLC
Areas of Expertise: Management
Industry Experience: Biomed/Biotech/Pharma, Defense, Manufacturing / Materials, Nonprofit

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.

Niki Kennedy
Areas of Expertise: Operations, Strategy, Technology
Industry Experience: Biomed/Biotech/Pharma, Medicine / Healthcare

I am a vascular surgeon with previous experience in electrical and biomedical engineering as well as in medical device development. Since finishing my MBA in 2019, I have been working with multiple young companies in the biomedical world to improve their technology commercialization abilities as a way of improving future patient care.

Dave Koziol
Arbormoon Software
Areas of Expertise: Technology
Industry Experience: Information Technology

Arbormoon Software is Michigan’s premier mobile app developer. With over a 15 years in business, our apps have been recognized with industry awards and featured at SXSW, the App Store, and Google Play. We celebrate tech communities in SE Michigan. What can we build for you?

Jennifer Laidlaw
TeamWerks LLC
Areas of Expertise: Marketing, Operations

Jen Laidlaw is the owner of TeamWerks Talent Development and Consulting where she thrives on helping people build confidence and skills to make their work lives more effective and enjoyable. She has spent the majority of her career working for a mid-sized digital agency, gaining experience in areas such as leadership development, communication, creating and maintaining a people-focused culture, sales development, project management, and workforce agility. Her training consistently engages participants for effective learning and has practical and meaningful outcomes for the businesses she supports.

Pete Long
Mitzel Law Group PLC
Areas of Expertise: Legal
David Maas
Brand Smart. Street Smart. LLC
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.