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.
Jessica Bailey
CEO and Co-Founder
Greenworks Lending
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Jessica led the design and management of the C-PACE program at the CT Green Bank. In its first two years, the program financed $75 million in clean energy projects and executed the first securitization of commercial efficiency assets, more than doubling the volume of PACE transactions between 2013 and 2014. Bailey worked from 2004 to 2012 at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), an $800 million foundation based in New York. As the Fund’s program officer for sustainable development, she co-managed a $7 million portfolio of grants focused on combating climate change and promoting clean energy. In 2014, she was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House for solar deployment. Hartford Business Journal dubbed her a “Green Warrior” for her work to design the successful Connecticut C-PACE program. She sits on the board of the New England Clean Energy Council and PACENow. She received her graduate degree from Yale University and undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.
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
Senior Vice President and Managing Director
MEGA International
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Revell Horsey is senior vice president and managing director of MEGA International, a global software firm that helps companies manage enterprise complexity by giving them an interactive view of their operations. He manages all of MEGA’s operations in the US and Canada, including strategy and business development, sales, marketing, customer support and consulting.

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.

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.

CTNext Higher Education Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee

James G. Boyle
Co-founder and Managing Director
Yale Entrepreneurial Institute
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Jim Boyle is a co-founder and managing director of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), responsible for new venture creation within Yale’s Office of Cooperative Research. After more than a decade, and now internationally recognized as a platform for student innovation, YEI created more than 100 new ventures and helped raised several hundred million dollars in investment capital. Boyle also co-founded the YEI Innovation Fund, a highly successful joint effort between Yale, Connecticut Innovations and Webster Bank to provide first investment capital to promising new ventures arising from both student and faculty innovations.

Boyle is a member of the Connecticut Technology Council, as well as a co-chair of the CTNext Higher Education Advisory Board, responsible for soliciting and recommending projects for enhancing innovation across the state’s colleges and universities. He holds graduate degrees in both mechanical engineering (University of Illinois) and chemical engineering (Yale University), and has an extensive research background in biological mass spectrometry and analytical instrumentation manufacturing.
Elena Cahill
Business Consultant
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Elena Cahill is a commercial law attorney who transitioned from the daily practice of law in 2000 to a business consultant creating turnkey businesses. Ventures include Karma Tequila, Sunset Towers Spa and Salon, Educated Fitness, Educated Lifestyles and others. In 2009 Cahill founded Globele Energy, LLC, an energy consulting and auditing firm in the commercial and industrial space. In 2010 she started Aequitas Energy, Inc., an electric deregulated supply company that was subsequently acquired by Agera Energy in 2014. Cahill is the author of The Business of Energy, an energy resource guide for the Management of Commercial and Industrial Businesses.

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.
Rebecca DelValle
Student
Housatonic Community College
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Rebecca DelValle is a student at Housatonic Community College, majoring in small business management/entrepreneurship. She is enrolled in the Housatonic Community College Honors Program, and is also involved with the Housatonic Business Club as well as the Christian Studies Club. DelValle plans to complete her bachelor’s degree in marketing, and her goal is to open her own event planning and party supply company.

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.
Ferenc Fazekas
Business Development Specialist
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Ferenc Fazekas is a business development specialist with a diverse background to support this role. He started his career at KPMG, transitioned to Project Management at InfomatiX (acquired by EPAM Systems) and then became an Agile Evangelist in the Global Project Management Office at the Application Labs of Oracle.

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.
Jeffrey Godley
Commercial Real Estate, Banking Law and Corporate Law
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Jeffrey Godley focuses on commercial real estate, banking law and corporate law, for such clients as Chelsea Groton Bank, Dime Bank, People’s United Bank and Eastern Savings Bank. He is a member of the Connecticut and New London County Bar Associations and has served on the board of governors and House of Delegates of the Connecticut Bar Association. Godley is also a member of and treasurer of the Mashantucket Pequot Bar Association, and serves as a grader for the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee.

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.
Chris Hamer
Founder and CEO
CrowdFlik
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Chris Hamer is an award-winning entrepreneur and business leader with 30-plus years of experience in technology, entertainment and marketing. He is the founder and CEO of CrowdFlik—an innovative mobile video synchronization app that revolutionizes the way people capture, share and interact with video captured from mobile devices. Hamer holds multiple patents, as he was granted a U.S. patent for his CrowdFlik invention in 2015 and was recently granted a patent in Canada.

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.
Makaela Kingsley
Director
Wesleyan University’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship
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Makaela Kingsley, as director of Wesleyan University’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship and a mom of two young kids, believes that when young people learn to think like entrepreneurs, they will help their communities thrive. Kingsley teaches courses on social entrepreneurship, including a year-long, project-based program for undergraduate entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and changemakers. A graduate of Wesleyan, Kingsley previously held alumni relations, volunteer management and event planning positions in Wesleyan’s advancement division. She began her career at the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, where she worked in development and public relations. Outside of the Patricelli Center, Kingsley volunteers on the advisory board of the CT Open Communities Alliance, as a coach for AshokaU Commons, as a mentor for the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, and as a judge for Echoing Green and the Grinnell Prize. She lives in Hamden with her husband and children.
Radenka Maric
Vice President for Research
University of Connecticut
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Radenka Maric is vice president for research at the University of Connecticut, where she oversees the university’s $260 million research enterprise at the main campus in Storrs, the UConn Health campus in Farmington, the School of Law in Hartford, and regional campuses around the state. Previously, Maric served as executive director for UConn’s $132 million Innovation Partnership Building, which has already leveraged more than $80 million in industry and federal agency projects.

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.
Vincent Murphy
Business Strategy and Supply Chain Consultant
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Vincent Murphy is a business strategy and supply chain consultant, having established a specialty practice after a long and successful corporate career. He is a veteran of the retail, consumer packaged goods and beverage businesses, and has built brands, organizations and market share for leading companies in each of those sectors. His diverse experience includes merchandise importing and store management in the fashion and promotional retailing industries, brand management in the mass grocery and drug channels, and marketing and strategic sourcing in the adult drinks arena.

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.
Michael Nicastro
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Continuity
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Mike Nicastro is chief executive officer and director of New Haven–based Continuity, a financial technology company providing compliance management solutions in the growing RegTech sector. He is also the owner and principal of Coppermine Advisors, LLC, a firm offering services such as strategic plan development, capital acquisition, M&A and succession planning.

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 for 2017.
All meetings will take place at 865 Brook Street, Rocky Hill, CT unless otherwise noted.

2018 Board Meetings
Tue
January 23
8:30 a.m.
n/a
tbd
January 23
8:30 a.m.
n/a
tbd
Tue
March 20
8:30 a.m.
n/a
tbd
March 20
8:30 a.m.
n/a
tbd
Tue
April 24
8:30 a.m.
n/a
tbd
April 24
8:30 a.m.
n/a
tbd
Tue
June 05
8:30 a.m.
n/a
tbd
June 05
8:30 a.m.
n/a
tbd
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.
April 25
8:30 a.m.
Thu
May 11
9:00 a.m.
Special meeting
May 11
9:00 a.m.
Thu
May 11
1:30 p.m.
Special meeting
n/a
May 11
1:30 p.m.
n/a
minutes
Fri
May 12
9:00 a.m.
Special meeting
May 12
9:00 a.m.
Mon
May 15
9:00 a.m.
Special meeting
May 15
9:00 a.m.
Mon
May 15
1:30 p.m.
Special meeting
n/a
May 15
1:30 p.m.
n/a
minutes
Mon
May 22
1:00 p.m.
Special meeting
May 22
1:00 p.m.
Thu
May 25
10:00 a.m.
Special meeting
May 25
10:00 a.m.
Tue
June 06
8:30 a.m.
June 06
8:30 a.m.
Tue
September 19
8:30 a.m.
Meeting held at Square 9, 127 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06510
September 19
8:30 a.m.
Tue
October 24
8:30 a.m.
October 24
8:30 a.m.
Tue
November 28
8:30 a.m.
n/a
tbd
November 28
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.
2018 Higher Education Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee
Wed
January 10
9:00 a.m.
Special meeting
n/a
tbd
January 10
9:00 a.m.
n/a
tbd
Wed
February 21
9:00 a.m.
n/a
tbd
February 21
9:00 a.m.
n/a
tbd
Wed
May 16
9:00 a.m.
n/a
tbd
May 16
9:00 a.m.
n/a
tbd
2017 Higher Education Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee
Tue
June 27
9:30 a.m.
June 27
9:30 a.m.
Tue
July 25
9:00 a.m.
July 25
9:00 a.m.
Tue
November 14
9:00 a.m.
tbd
November 14
9:00 a.m.
agenda
tbd
2017 Higher Education Initiative Meetings
Tue
February 14
2:00 p.m.
Middlesex Community College
February 14
2:00 p.m.
Mon
March 27
2:00 p.m.
Quinnipiac University
tbd
March 27
2:00 p.m.
agenda
tbd
Tue
April 11
2:00 p.m.
Location TBD
tbd
April 11
2:00 p.m.
agenda
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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