Governance

CTNext’s Board of Directors includes entrepreneurs and thought leaders from around the state of Connecticut that fully understand the demands of owning, running and growing a business. The board is responsible for developing the overall strategic framework from which the organization creates policies and initiatives to help it succeed. The board is responsible for adopting an annual plan of operation and budget, overseeing the organization’s financial activities and overall governance of CTNext.

Matthew McCooe, Chair
Chief Executive Officer
Connecticut Innovations
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Matt McCooe manages Connecticut Innovations’ full array of business startup and growth initiatives, which include venture and equity investment funds, loans and loan guarantees, and programs to support innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration and commercialization. A veteran business executive, Mr. McCooe has more than 20 years of experience in venture capital, sales, marketing and product management.

Mr. McCooe came to CI from Chart Venture Partners (CVP), a New York City–based technology venture capital firm. While at CVP, he led investments and played an operating role in turnarounds for several successful portfolio companies. Prior to CVP, Mr. McCooe was a director at Columbia University Science and Technology Ventures (STV), where he helped launch and manage a portfolio of spinout companies, as well as the deployment of STV’s profitable seed fund. During his tenure, 11 portfolio companies went public or were acquired by publicly traded companies.

Prior to Columbia, Mr. McCooe co-founded Eureka Networks, a communications and application software organization. Eureka was eventually sold for more than $100 million. Prior to that, he managed product development, new product roll-outs, and sales and marketing for two Fortune 500 companies, Becton Dickinson and MCI.

Mr. McCooe has also served as a business and technology reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Navy, the Department of Energy, and various other agencies in the U.S. government. He holds a B.A. from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Hadi Bozorgmanesh
Co-Executive Director UConn Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consortium Professor of Practice, School of Engineering
University of Connecticut
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Dr. Hadi Bozorgmanesh is an entrepreneur and innovator with over 35 years’ experience in high-technology business leadership. Over the course of his career, he has led high-tech business development initiatives worth more than $500M, leading and growing companies such as SAIC Europe, for which he was the chairman and CEO, and SAIC, as the senior vice president for corporate development. Dr. Bozorgmanesh’s technology innovations led to new instruments used in transportation, security, energy, mining and nuclear industries. In 2010, he began a second career at the University of Connecticut, where he applies his formidable talents and experience to cultivate the next generation of science and technology entrepreneurs. At UConn, Dr. Bozorgmanesh teaches a graduate course in entrepreneurship that has helped launch more than 20 startup companies, and he has been awarded competitive grants to support student and faculty startups. As co–executive director of the UConn Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consortium and a professor of practice in the UConn School of Engineering, Dr. Bozorgmanesh has been instrumental in establishing programs that promote economic development by connecting university technology resources to small and medium-sized manufacturing companies.

Dr. Bozorgmanesh is a Laureate of the Aviation Week and Space Technology Hall of Fame, a recipient of the University of Michigan Nuclear Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award, and a member of the UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers.

He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in physics from the University of Connecticut, and an M.S. in physics and nuclear engineering and a Ph.D. in nuclear science and engineering from the University of Michigan.
Michael A. Cantor
Co–Managing Partner
Cantor Colburn LLP
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Michael Cantor is co–managing partner of Cantor Colburn LLP, a leading national firm specializing in intellectual property law. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut Patent Law Association, the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association and the International Trademark Association. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He also teaches patent law and procedure as an adjunct professor in patent law at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Within five years after he joined the law firm Fishman & Dionne, Mr. Cantor was named a partner, and the firm evolved into Fishman, Dionne & Cantor. At the time, the firm had approximately 10 patent attorneys. Today, Cantor Colburn LLP is a full-service intellectual property firm with robust patent, trademark, copyright and litigation practices. The firm has more than 100 attorneys and patent professionals in offices in Hartford, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Houston and Detroit, and ranks among the top 10 largest patent firms in the United States. Cantor Colburn’s clients include Fortune 100 companies, high-tech startups, universities and mid-sized companies in the United States, Japan, Korea, Europe, Israel and the Americas. Mr. Cantor has represented businesses from a broad range of industries, including technology, entertainment, and consumer products, and is a frequent speaker and author on intellectual property issues.

Mr. Cantor has been actively involved in educational outreach geared toward introducing school-age children to engineering and invention. The firm sponsors the Cantor Colburn LLP Scholarship for the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering as well as a lecture series at the University of Connecticut School of Law directed to intellectual property and entrepreneurship issues. The Cantor family personally sponsors the Cantor Family Scholarship for the University of Connecticut School of Business. He serves on the boards of the University of Connecticut Foundation, the Connecticut Technology Council, the University of Connecticut Engineering Advisory Board and the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and is a corporator of Hebrew Health Care.

Mr. Cantor graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. with honors in chemical engineering/ materials engineering in 1980. He received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1983.
Craig M. Crews, Ph.D.
Lewis B. Cullman Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Departments of Chemistry and Pharmacology
Yale University
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Dr. Craig Crews is the Lewis B. Cullman Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University, where he holds joint appointments in the Departments of Chemistry and Pharmacology. Dr. Crews has a foothold in both the academic and biotech arenas. On the faculty at Yale since 1995, he has pioneered the use of small molecules to control intracellular protein levels. In 2003, he co-founded Proteolix Inc., whose proteasome inhibitor, Kyprolis™, received FDA approval for the treatment of multiple myeloma. Since Proteolix’s purchase by Onyx Pharmaceuticals in 2009, Dr. Crews has focused on a new induced protein degradation drug development technology, PROTACs, which served as the founding IP for his latest New Haven–based biotech venture, Arvinas, Inc.

Dr. Crews has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2013 CURE Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the 2014 Ehrlich Award for Medicinal Chemistry, the 2015 Yale Cancer Center Translational Research Prize and an NIH R35 Outstanding Investigator Award (2015). Dr. Crews serves on several editorial boards and is the editor of Cell Chemical Biology.

Dr. Crews graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in chemistry. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harvard University.
Oni Chukwu
Chief Executive Officer and President
etouches
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Oni Chukwu is the chief executive officer of etouches and a member of the company’s board of directors. At etouches, he is responsible for the company’s vision, global strategy and day-to-day operations, where his focus is on accelerating the company’s leading market position and global growth.

Mr. Chukwu is a veteran software executive, investor and entrepreneur. Prior to etouches, he served as executive vice president of Triple Point Technology, the global leader for in-cloud commodities management software. At Triple Point, Mr. Chukwu was instrumental in implementing and shepherding the company’s record software industry-leading revenue and earnings growth over seven consecutive high-growth years. He led and successfully integrated eight cross-border acquisitions and grew the company to 16 global offices, 450 marquee corporate customers on six continents, as well as to over seven consecutive INC 500 awards. In the summer of 2013 he completed the successful sale of Triple Point to ION, which was one of the largest software deals of the year.

Prior to Triple Point, Mr. Chukwu served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Netkey Technology Inc. (acquired by NEC) and Healthcare Software Synergies (acquired by United Healthcare).

Mr. Chukwu is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and the technology industry, and has spoken at the World Entrepreneurship Summit (WES), the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and global industry events.

Through his private family philanthropy, AfricaPlan Foundation, Mr. Chukwu supports women’s issues and underprivileged youth globally in the areas of education, healthcare, leadership, and entrepreneurship development for young, budding entrepreneurs. Through his family office, Fronters Acquisitions LLC, he is an active investor in early-stage companies.

Mr. Chukwu received his M.B.A. from the University of New Haven.
David W. Kinsley
President
Kinsley Group
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David Kinsley is president of the Kinsley Group, a full-service energy systems company headquartered in East Granby, Connecticut. One entity under the Kinsley Group, Kinsley Power Systems, is a central distributor for Kohler Power Systems, and sells, services and rents emergency power systems throughout the Northeast. Another Kinsley Group subsidiary, Kinsley Energy Systems, offers prime power, combined heat and power applications from 250 kW to 20 MW. The Kinsley holding company currently has agreements for solar operations and maintenance and has an emerging energy storage/microgrid business model as well as other energy technology options. The Kinsley Group also co-owns a national service company, Ultimate Service Associates, and Mr. Kinsley serves on its board of directors.

Kinsley Power Systems was Kohler’s distributor of the year in 1999 and 2006. The family-held company is Kohler’s second oldest distributor in the country and, in addition to their Connecticut headquarters, has branches in Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo and Brewster, New York, as well as a Wells, Maine, branch. Kinsley Energy Systems has pioneered OPRA turbine co-generation technology in North America, selling the first system in the United States.

Mr. Kinsley has served on the board of the Connecticut Power and Energy Society. He is the current board chair for Capitol Squash, an urban squash program in Hartford, and has been the past chapter chair for the Connecticut River Valley chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1990.
Todd D. Lavieri
Partner and President
ISG Americas, Australia & New Zealand
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Todd Lavieri is responsible for ISG’s largest region, encompassing the United States, Canada and Latin America, and representing more than half of the firm’s revenue. He is also responsible for the Pacific subregion, including Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Lavieri joined ISG in July 2014 with 24 years of experience in the global services industry. Previously, he was with IBM, where he first served as general manager, IBM Global Consulting, and most recently as general manager, Global Business Services, IBM Canada. Before joining IBM in 2010, Mr. Lavieri was president and CEO of Archstone Consulting, a strategy and operations advisory firm he founded in 2003 and sold to The Hackett Group in 2009. Earlier, he was a partner at Deloitte Consulting and a member of its Global Management Committee during a distinguished 13-year career with the firm. An expert on business transformation and growth strategies, he has personally advised Global 1000 clients in such sectors as manufacturing, retail, life sciences, healthcare, energy and consumer products.

Mr. Lavieri is a graduate of Trinity College and holds an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
George Mathanool
Managing Partner
Connecticut Overseas Ventures & Enterprises (COVE) LLC
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George Mathanool is managing partner for Connecticut Overseas Ventures & Enterprises. His interests and activities span international ventures and private equities, and he has several private interests and key IP stakes within digital security, payments and trusted transaction technologies within Asia and the European Union.

Mr. Mathanool was among the pioneers of Identrus LLC, where he served as general representative for the Far East region. Identrus LLC was regulated by the U.S. Federal Reserve and was collectively owned by a consortium of 60 Tier 1 banks, including Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, HSBC, Barclays, RBS, BNP Paribas, ABN AMRO, ING Group, Deutsche Bank, KEB, Mizuho, Mitsubishi, ANZ, Westpac and Standard Chartered.

Identrus, together with its consortium of banks, redefined domestic and global policies and capabilities for digital identity standards, secure transactions, funds transfer, trusted e-banking, international legal frameworks and open standards for e-market commerce. Such efforts provided the roots to transition traditional bank services onto the Internet, and the foundational standards to evolve global banks and related services into the World Wide Web.

As a seasoned banker and tech evangelist in AsiaPac, Mr. Mathanool promoted e-banking startups and the nascent concept of e-trust and privacy across central banks to break ground for the electronic transactions, cybersecurity, online risk management and international e-payments. He initiated several stages of highly complex programs to deliver frameworks for non-repudiation in e-commerce, e-banking and e-government, and the wider adoption of smartcard technologies across Asia, the Pacific region and Europe, together with local banks, their vendors and key partners, including IBM, PWC, Ernst & Young, Entrust, Deloitte, Gemplus, SWIFT, PayPal, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Verisign, Norton, RSA, and Intel.

Mr. Mathanool was elected to the Information Systems and Security Association’s (ISSA) International Board of Directors, and has served as vice president for International Developments & Relations. Within ISSA, Mr. Mathanool oversaw global alliances and governmental relations. He also served as co-chair for ISSA/ISO 27000 WGs, liaison for the Liberty Alliance Project, chair of its Chapter Mentorship Development Program, adviser to its Singapore Chapter and regional director for South America and the Asia-Pacific region.
Revell Horsey
Board member and acting CFO
Aquicore
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Revell Horsey is the acting CFO and director of Aquicore, a Washington, DC–based IoT startup that combines web-enabled metering technology with an SaaS data analytics platform to provide real-time commercial energy management intelligence to owners and operators of commercial real estate. Since deployment in mid-2014, the Aquicore platform has been installed in more than 600 buildings in the United States Acquicore’s customers include Facebook, Walmart, Under Armour, CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, Lincoln Property Management, The World Bank and Vornado. In October 2016 the company closed on a $5MM Series A preceded by $3MM seed-stage financing in August 2015.

Mr. Horsey was the founding president and CFO of HelloWallet, an SaaS provider of personalized financial guidance whose mission is to democratize access to financial management and guidance for all Americans. The company was acquired by Morningstar in June 2014.

Mr. Horsey has spent 25 years working with founders and their management teams to build sustainable high-growth companies. As a corporate finance specialist on Wall Street, Mr. Horsey was directly responsible for more than $40 billion of equity capital financing by companies across a broad range of industries. His involvement with many of these companies began when they were private and looking for advice on valuation and positioning for their introduction to the public markets. Mr. Horsey combined his capital markets expertise with experience as a senior sell-side equity research analyst, where he was responsible for developing and communicating investment themes for emerging growth companies in the hospitality industry.

During his investment banking career, Mr. Horsey led the equity Capital Markets division at Montgomery Securities and Bank of America Securities during the internet boom of the late 1990s. He subsequently was appointed Global Head of Technology Corporate and Investment Banking at Bank of America, where he led a team of 150 professionals responsible for the firm’s investment banking and credit relationships in the technology sector.

Since leaving Wall Street, Mr. Horsey has shifted his focus from being a service provider to corporate executives to teaming up with founders to build innovative companies that provide disruptive solutions to conventional challenges. In most cases, a common theme that characterizes the companies where he spends his time is the joint pursuit of social purpose and profit.

Mr. Horsey holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Catherine H. Smith
Commissioner
Department of Economic and Community Development
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Catherine Smith is commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the lead state agency responsible for attracting and retaining businesses and jobs, revitalizing neighborhoods and communities, expanding affordable housing opportunities and fostering appropriate development in Connecticut’s towns and cities. Governor Dannel P. Malloy appointed her to the position in April 2011.

Prior to joining DECD, Commissioner Smith had a distinguished career in the insurance and financial services industry. She began her career at Aetna in 1983 and held various management positions, including chief financial officer for Aetna Financial Services. Later, at ING, she served in numerous leadership positions, including chief operating officer for ING U.S. Financial Services; president of Health, Education and Government Distribution; and CEO of the U.S. Insurance businesses. In 2008, Commissioner Smith was named CEO of ING U.S. Retirement Services, one of the largest defined contribution plan managers in the United States with more than $280 billion in assets under management and administration.

Commissioner Smith has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and in the media and has been named to U.S. Banker magazine’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Nonbank Women in Finance” and The 401kWire’s “100 Most Influential People in Defined Contribution.” Smith is vice chair of Outward Bound, USA. She also serves as chair of the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority.

Commissioner Smith graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and received a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.

The following is a list of dates and times for the CTNext Board of Directors meetings scheduled for 2016.
All meetings will take place at 865 Brook Street, Rocky Hill, CT unless otherwise noted.

2017 Board Meetings
Tue
January 31
8:30 a.m.
January 31
8:30 a.m.
Tue
March 07
8:30 a.m.
March 07
8:30 a.m.
Tue
April 25
8:30 a.m.
n/a
tbd
April 25
8:30 a.m.
n/a
tbd
Tue
June 06
8:30 a.m.
n/a
tbd
June 06
8:30 a.m.
n/a
tbd
2016 Board Meetings
Fri
September 23
10:00 a.m.
Postponed
n/a
tbd
September 23
10:00 a.m.
n/a
tbd
Thu
October 13
11:00 a.m.
October 13
11:00 a.m.
Tue
November 08
8:30 a.m.
November 08
8:30 a.m.
Tue
December 06
8:30 a.m.
Meeting held at Sheraton Hartford South, 100 Capital Blvd., Rocky Hill, CT
December 06
8:30 a.m.
2017 Higher Education Initiative Meetings
Tue
February 14
2:00 p.m.
Middlesex Community College
n/a
tbd
February 14
2:00 p.m.
n/a
tbd
Mon
March 27
2:00 p.m.
Quinnipiac University
n/a
tbd
March 27
2:00 p.m.
n/a
tbd
Tue
April 11
2:00 p.m.
Location TBD
n/a
tbd
April 11
2:00 p.m.
n/a
tbd
2016 Higher Education Initiative Meetings
Wed
December 14
9:45 a.m.
Yale University
December 14
9:45 a.m.

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