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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prior to assuming his current role at MEGA, Mr. Horsey was 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.
Previously, 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 nearly 30 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.
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.
CTNext Higher Education Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee
Cahill is a faculty member at the University of Bridgeport Ernest C. Trefz School of Business. Her creative and business drive spilled over on campus, and in 2015 she created a Student Entrepreneur Center open to all students of the University of Bridgeport. The participation and growth of the center have surpassed all management expectations, requiring Cahill to solicit both mentors and additional financial support. Based on the support and excitement she has generated, a building is being retrofitted to become an Innovation and International Trade Center, which will be open to the student population and public with an expected opening date of January 2018.
DelValle and her husband have six children, five of whom still live at home. She volunteered with the Girl Scouts’ “Random Hacks of Kindness” in spring of 2017. She also volunteers at her church as much as possible, as she enjoys helping others whenever she can. In her free time, DelValle loves to read and work with her hands. She is an avid crafter and enjoys the art of crocheting.
Fazekas was awarded the 2015 Fulbright scholarship and matriculated at Quinnipiac University’s MBA program. In parallel with his graduate studies, Ferenc became the first executive assistant to the director of the Quinnipiac University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (QUCIE). In collaboration with the director, he established the new center as a resource for the university community, mentored student entrepreneurs and co-founded a sun-safety SBU along with a team of fellow Quinnipiac graduates.
Currently, Fazekas leads the Business Development team of Vanessa Research, Inc., an emerging healthcare and biotech company based in Hamden, Connecticut. He continues to serve as a board member for the QUCIE, and also mentors young business professionals from various higher education institutions of Connecticut through the New Haven Promise Internship program.
As a student entrepreneur, mentor and charter team member of QUCIE, Fazekas contributes greatly with his hands-on experience and insights to the Higher Education Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee.
Fazekas received his B.Sc. at Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary.
Godley has been active in community groups in Eastern Connecticut and New England since 1989. He is legal counsel and a member of the board of directors and a trustee of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut. A former member of the Board of the Three Rivers Community College, he is also a member of the Executive Board of the Connecticut Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Godley is a corporator of the Chelsea Groton Bank and was a member of the Chelsea Groton Bank Foundation. He has volunteered professional time to the Diocese of Norwich and other civic organizations, and has worked with Sacred Heart School and Parish in Groton. He is a member of the Commission on Institutes of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, where he sits as a public member from the State of Connecticut.
In 2015, Godley was appointed to the Groton Utilities Commission. In 2017, he was appointed as Groton Utilities’ representative on the board of the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative, and he is also a member of the Eastern Connecticut Hematology and Oncology Associates Institutional Review Board.
Godley graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. and received his law degree from Western New England College School of Law.
Prior to CrowdFlik, Hamer served as senior vice president of marketing at the innovative music platform OurStage, and prior to that, he was senior vice president at Clear Channel’s in-house client development agency, Katz Marketing Solutions.
At Sony BMG Music, where Hamer was previously senior vice president of strategic marketing, he led the highly profitable group’s business developments and marketing efforts and drove the creation of global brand-enhancing partnerships with a multitude of top-tier advertisers across a wide variety of Sony artists and music.
At General Motors, Hamer was marketing director of OnStar. With the OnStar success at General Motors, he was appointed marketing director at Cadillac, leading all aspects of Cadillac marketing efforts, including media partnerships, film and music integration, and dealer group programs. As vice president of marketing at Priceline.com, Hamer led the digital marketing efforts complementing the highly successful radio and television campaigns.
Hamer is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship and is currently serving as the Entrepreneur in Residence at Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business. Hamer holds a B.B.A. in marketing and finance from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in business from The State University of New York at Albany.
Maric is a Named Professor in Sustainable Energy in the University of Connecticut’s Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Department of Materials Science and Engineering. She brings her technical background in materials and energy to create, manage and lead innovative programs designed to commercialize new products and develop emerging markets that utilize advanced materials. She has expertise in integrating emerging market needs with technology capabilities to define vision and strategies of scientific organizations, building and leading diverse teams, prioritizing programs for market development and commercialization, and managing diverse scientific and engineering project portfolios.
Maric has led and continues to drive strategic efforts to build fundamental and applied research and technology commercialization capabilities in partnership with government, industry and other academic leaders. She has firsthand experience transitioning academic discoveries into real-world products as the founder and chief technology officer of a biotech startup housed in UConn’s Technology Incubation Program.
Her research interests include fundamental understanding of the effect of structure, defects and microstructure on transport and electrical properties of surfaces and interfaces. She is interested in developing novel materials for fuel cell, batteries and biosensors, durability study, performance and life prognosis.
Maric has received numerous awards for innovation and leadership development in Japan, Canada and the United States. She is an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
Maric earned her B.S. from Belgrade University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Kyoto University.
Murphy has held a variety of senior executive roles, progressing through brand marketing, customer marketing and finally strategic sourcing. He has overseen regional procurement teams managing spend in excess of $1 billion, with direct accountabilities across North America and Latin America, and project team roles significantly influencing global sourcing strategies and spend initiatives in Europe and South Africa. His wealth of experience and insights encompass marketing services, professional services, and packaging design and manufacturing. Within these areas he has developed and implemented best practices in supply chain category strategy, supplier search and qualification, contracting, supplier performance management, risk management, corporate reputation management, and codes and policies compliance. Clients of his consulting practice, ProCeritas Consulting LLC, have benefited from application of these practices, particularly regarding supplier/customer relationships and organization design and development.
Murphy holds a BA in business administration from Michigan State University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a board member of the Norwalk Community College Foundation supporting the college’s student scholarships and strategic initiatives, and is chair of its Entrepreneurship Task Force. He is also a trustee of the Optimus Foundation arm of Optimus Health Care, a provider of community health services in southwest Connecticut, and serves as the Foundation’s treasurer.
Nicastro retired as senior vice president and CMO of Open Solutions Inc., a company he helped launch in 1994. Responsible for OSI’s entire product strategy, he was involved in every phase of the company’s growth, including 20-plus acquisitions, a 2003 IPO and a private equity sale in 2007 valued at $1.4 billion.
Nicastro also served as SVP and CMO of COCC, president and CEO of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, and product manager with the Data Services Division of the NCR Corporation, and he worked with Bristol Savings Bank New York–based Citicorp.
He currently serves on the board of Simsbury Bank & Trust and has served for 10 years as a member of the governing board of the Tony Award–winning Hartford Stage Company. An Eagle Scout, Nicastro is the immediate past board chairman of the Connecticut Rivers Council, BSA. He also serves as a director/treasurer of American Clock & Watch Museum. Nicastro is a past member of the board of Charter Oak State College, as well as a past president and director of the Association for Financial Technology.
Mike is Entrepreneur in Residence and a member of the adjunct faculty at the CCSU School of Business. He has been a guest lecturer at Yale University’s School of Management and served on the Technology Incubation Program Committee of the University of Connecticut. Mike earned his B.S. in business from Central Connecticut State University and a J.S. from Western New England University’s School of Law.
The following is a list of dates and times for the CTNext Board of Directors meetings scheduled.
All meetings will take place at 865 Brook Street, Rocky Hill, CT unless otherwise noted.