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Board

Meet the Board: 

JASON E. KLEIN, MBA ’86 

CHAIRMAN

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Jason E. Klein is an experienced media CEO and builder of digital and traditional businesses who has led two successful turnarounds.  He is founder and CEO of On Grid Ventures, an investment and advisory firm with a portfolio of 20+ early stage companies.  Mr Klein is co-President of the HBS Angels Alumni Association.  Mr. Klein was previously CEO of Newspaper National Network LP; and CEO of Times Mirror Magazines/Time4 Media, publisher of Golf Magazine, Field & Stream, and Popular Science.  Mr. Klein is one of Alleywatch's “25 Angels Investors in NY You Need to Know,” a member of New York Angels, and  mentor at several NYC-area incubators.

JASON E. KLEIN, MBA ’86 

CHAIRMAN

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Jason E. Klein is an experienced media CEO and builder of digital and traditional businesses who has led two successful turnarounds.  He is founder and CEO of On Grid Ventures, an investment and advisory firm with a portfolio of 20+ early stage companies.  Mr Klein is co-President of the HBS Angels Alumni Association.  Mr. Klein was previously CEO of Newspaper National Network LP; and CEO of Times Mirror Magazines/Time4 Media, publisher of Golf Magazine, Field & Stream, and Popular Science.  Mr. Klein is one of Alleywatch's “25 Angels Investors in NY You Need to Know,” a member of New York Angels, and  mentor at several NYC-area incubators.

BOARD:

Brad Schrader, MBA '80

Deal Co-Chair

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Brad Schrader has led multiple B2B startups and turnarounds. He currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer at Sun Chemical and previously led EasyLink (Nasdaq: EASY). From start as an engineer, he has helped grow diverse businesses from  fiber optics to airbags to specialty chemicals to eCommerce with BCG, Corning, TRW, Honeywell  among others. He is an active venture adviser.

MARGARET MIAO, MBA '87

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

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Margaret E. Miao is an experienced marketing, strategic planning and new product development executive who has advised and led new product launches, marketing and business development initiatives while in various management positions at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, J.P. Morgan Chase, Thomson Financial Corporation and IBM Corporation.  She is Founder and Principal of Rock Ridge Advisors, an investment and advisory firm.

MASON DU, PLDA 13, HBS '14

EXTERNAL RELATIONS CO-CHAIR

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Mason is a co-founder of Benbria, a B2B SaaS company started in 2007. Benbria works with some of the largest institutions in the world, and won multiple awards such as Profit Hot 50. A programmer since 9, Mason studied Software Engineering at University of Waterloo. Mason has extensive history investing and advising early-stage companies. In addition to being the External Relation co-chair at HBSAANY, Mason is also the software Co-Sector Lead with Dan Delmar.

JOHN REESE, MBA '79

EXTERNAL RELATIONS CO-CHAIR

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John is the co-founder and CEO of the Validea family of companies (Validea Capital Management, Validea.com and the ETF VALX). A twice published author and sought after speaker, his proprietary investment strategies employ proven wealth-building philosophies by integrating computerized models with artificial intelligence. John is a regular contributor for TheStreet.com, Forbes.com and Seeking Alpha.

SHARJEEL KASHMIR, PLDA 4, 2007

SCREENING CO-CHAIR

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Sharjeel Kashmir works as an advisor on transformational and disruptive initiatives in Goldman Sachs’ Investment Management Division. He has worked on a number of acquisitions and different aspects of the hedge fund, private equity, pension fund advisory, and 40 Act business at Goldman Sachs. Sharjeel has also advised other leading global financial institutions and asset managers on deal sourcing, due diligence, and post-merger integration. In addition, Sharjeel counsels the executive teams, CEOs, and boards of a number of early stage companies on product strategy & development, capital structure, and the journey from negative to positive EBITDA.

 

TREVOR BOND, MBA '89

SCREENING CO-CHAIR

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Trevor Bond is the Founder and Principal of Maidstone Investment Company, an investor in real estate and early stage companies. Until 2016 he was the CEO of W.P. Carey Inc., an $11 billion global public REIT/investment manager with Assets Under Management of $12 billion and a footprint spanning 20 countries. Prior to W.P. Carey he held roles in finance, development, asset management and principal investing at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse (First Boston) and Tishman Realty and Construction.

DAN DELMAR, MBA '75

CHIEF MENTOR

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Dan Delmar is a consultant, corporate executive, entrepreneur and investor. Dan consulted on breakthrough growth at Bain, Accenture and for many years, including currently, his own firm, Corporate Strategy Consulting. Dan was an executive at Carrier Corporation and from 2003-2009 at IBM in the Corporate Strategy department. He has founded three businesses and helped two others to get funded by venture capital funds.

BETSY ODITA, BA, JD/MBA '98

DEAL CO-CHAIR

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Betsy Odita is a business strategy and operating leader with over 15 years of experience in the asset management industry.  Most recently, she served as Head of Investment Risk Assets Oversight & Special Projects at AIG Investments, where she oversaw a $7 billion alternative investment portfolio.  At AIG, she also restructured investment functions, lead global business expansion planning teams, initiated new business ventures, and managed deals for division-level strategic investments, alliances, and joint ventures.

Doug Pearson, MBA '85

DEAL CO-CHAIR

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Doug Pearson is an active early-stage investor with a focus on food/beverage manufacturing and agriculture.  Prior to that he owned and ran a national refrigerated foods company, California Creative Foods, for many years before selling it to PepsiCo.  Doug and his wife Meg split their time between NYC and Laguna Beach, CA.  He’s active in several angel groups in NYC and California.

 

Martina Hansen, MBA '14

Marketing Co-Chair

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Martina is an investment and operations professional passionate about financing and growing disruptive technology businesses across the globe. Martina currently works at Covariant.ai, an artificial intelligence and robotics company, on strategy and business development. Prior to joining Covariant, Martina led industry partnerships at the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego, and also held investing roles at BMW i Ventures and Mustang Ventures. Before joining the venture and startup ecosystem, Martina worked at Blackstone in the Alternative Asset Management (BAAM) Group and at UBS Investment Bank in the Media and Telecom group. She is currently co-sector lead for Transportation & Logistics Investments for the HBS Alumni Angels of NY and co-chair of HBS Startup Partners. 

 

Chris Emme

Chris Emme, GMP '14

Marketing Co-Chair

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Chris Emme is an active investor, advisor, mentor and operator working with and investing in early stage companies in the AdTech, MarTech, Media and e-Com industries.  Having spent his early career with industry bellwethers such as Microsoft, Yahoo and Rocketfuel as well as startups like RadiumOne, MIQ and Eyeota, he has parlayed that operational and commercial knowledge into his consulting and investment firm, Volando Global.  At Volando, Chris leads a cross border team of experts advising, investing in and helping build the next generation of great global companies.  He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two boys. 

RICHARD KANE, MBA '68

GOVERNANCE CHAIR

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Richard Kane’s career in financial services included senior positions at Citicorp, Bank Leumi and Marsh & McLenan then retired as CAO of the American Red Cross in NY.  He was CEO of an insurance related startup and Chair of a finance information company with a very successful exit.  He is now involved in investing and providing advice to early stage companies.

ANTHONY GELLERT, AB, MBA '97

TREASURER

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Anthony is the President and Founder of Livingston Capital Management, an investment partnership based in New York City.  Prior to his founding of Livingston Capital, he covered healthcare services and industrial services at Cobalt Capital Management and before that was an analyst at Kingdon Capital Management.