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Imran Ahmad, MBA ’13
Imran Ahmad, MBA ’13

Imran Ahmad, MBA ’13

Chief Operating Officer, HealthIPASS

 

Imran Ahmad is the chief operating officer of HealthiPASS, one of the fastest growing healthcare IT companies in the Chicago area. He is also a principal at OCA Ventures where he is responsible for the OCA EDGE seed investing program and serves on the board of numerous companies. He has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. While at Chicago Booth, his startup MouseHouse placed first in the 2012 New Venture Challenge, winning $30,000.

Tom Alexander, AB ’00
Tom Alexander, AB ’00

Tom Alexander, AB ’00

COO, 1871

 

Tom Alexander is chief operating officer for 1871, one of the largest technology incubators in the United States. Before that, Tom served as deputy communications director for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He has also worked for the University of Chicago, the Office of the Governor of Illinois, and the US Small Business Administration in Washington, DC. Tom has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago and a master’s in public policy administration from Northwestern University.

Carol Bramson, MBA ’92
Carol Bramson, MBA ’92

Carol Bramson, MBA ’92

Founder and CEO, Side by Side

Carol Bramson is the founder and CEO of Side by Side, a natural pet food and nutrition company that delivers a custom comprehensive diet for pets. She is also the president and founder of TBG Capital, which provides equity capital and advisory services to companies to facilitate start-up, growth and/or acquisitions. Carol holds a BS in Finance from DePaul University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Brian Coe, MBA ’99
Brian Coe, MBA ’99

Brian Coe, MBA ’99

CEO, SlipChip Corporation

 

Brian Coe is the CEO of SlipChip Corporation, a point-of-care clinical diagnostics company that integrates high-complexity laboratory assays, into an easy to perform, affordable and accessible sample-to-answer format. Brian has a BA in Neuroscience and Psychology from Brandeis University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to SlipChip, he was CEO of Litholink Corporation, a specialty medical laboratory which was acquired by Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings in 2006. He has also been a Polsky Center Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth.

Waverly Deutsch
Waverly Deutsch

Waverly Deutsch

Academic Director for University-wide Entrepreneurship Content

Waverly coaches the NVC and runs the Global NVC. In her role as academic director of University-wide entrepreneurship content, she works with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to ensure that both for-credit classes on entrepreneurship and extracurricular content like conferences, workshops, and online materials meet the needs of all students, faculty, and staff at the University of Chicago with an interest in entrepreneurship. She created Chicago Booth’s award winning course, Building the New Venture that received the US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s Innovative Teaching Pedagogy award in 2005. Waverly serves as an advisor to OCA Ventures, a leading venture capital organization in Chicago. She is also on the board of Smart Bet Charities, which raises money for organizations that promote entrepreneurship education for young Chicagoans. She is an active adviser to many startups in the Chicago area including NVC former participants Markit Medical, Ascent Technologies, Appiness, Stylisted, TAINA and AMOpportunities. Formerly, as a managing director of NetFuel Ventures, she helped launch three tech companies before the firm merged with ARCH Development Partners. Prior to moving to Chicago, Waverly spent seven years with Cambridge, MA-based Forrester Research, helping it grow from a 20-person boutique to a publicly-held market leader with 450 employees. Waverly holds a BS from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD from Tufts University.

Jennifer Fried, MBA ’15
Jennifer Fried, MBA ’15

Jennifer Fried, MBA ’15

Cofounder and CEO, ExplORer Surgical

 

Jennifer Fried is the cofounder and CEO of ExplORer Surgical, a workflow management software company for operating rooms. Jennifer holds a BA in mathematical methods in the social sciences and economics, and financial economics from Northwestern University. She also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. While at Booth, she led ExplORer Surgical to a second place finish and $50,000. ExplORer Surgical was recently the recipient of a $500,000 investment from the University of Chicago Startup Investment Program as a part of its recent series A financing round.

Rob Gertner
Rob Gertner

Rob Gertner

Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance; Faculty Co-director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth

Robert H. Gertner has been on the Chicago Booth faculty since 1986. His research interests include strategic decision-making, corporate finance, organization structure, theory of the firm, and social enterprises. He has published papers in numerous scholarly journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, and the Yale Law Journal. He is co-author, with colleagues Douglas Baird and Randy Picker, of Game Theory and the Law. Gertner teaches courses in strategic decision-making, entrepreneurial strategy, and social entrepreneurship.

Gertner received a National Science Foundation Research Grant, an Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics and was a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has held visiting positions at CEPREMAP in Paris, Cornell Law School, The University of Chicago Law School, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Gertner is a trustee of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, a national organization devoted to large-scale social research in public interest. He is also a board member of the Interfaith Youth Core, and a member of the Evaluation Advisory Council of the Chicago Public Education Fund.

Gertner received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in economics from Princeton University in 1981 and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. He worked as a consultant for AT&T prior to attending MIT.

Louis Goldman, JD ’74
Louis Goldman, JD ’74

Louis Goldman, JD ’74

Managing Partner of Navigtor Law Group

Louis Goldman is the Managing Partner of Navigator Law Group, a boutique law firm focused on corporate projects including M&A, securities, and significant work with start-ups, blockchain technology and venture capital/angel investing groups.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in economics and then obtained a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School (Order of the Coif and cum laude). In New York City, Mr. Goldman worked for Cleary Gottlieb and also established a merchant bank, Abacus & Associates LP, where he was a Managing Director.  He was a Co-Founder of JustWrite EMR, an electronic medical records start up.

Michelle Kristula-Green, AB ’77, AM ’81
Michelle Kristula-Green, AB ’77, AM ’81

Michelle Kristula-Green, AB ’77, AM ’81

 

Michelle Kristula-Green was most recently the global head of people and culture at Leo Burnett and Arc Worldwide where she created strategies for attracting and retaining people across the globe. Prior to that, she was the President-Asia Pacific at the company. She holds a BA and an MA in far eastern languages and civilization from the University of Chicago and currently lives in Big Sky, MT where she consults with startups, skis and is an artist.

Brad Henderson, AB ’01, AM ’01
Brad Henderson, AB ’01, AM ’01

Brad Henderson, AB ’01, AM ’01

Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

 

Brad Henderson is a Senior Partner and Managing Director of the Boston Consulting Group’s Operations Practice in North America. There, he works across BCG’s different industry practices (consumer, industrial goods, health care, financial services, energy, public sector, TMT) on a range of operations issues such as supply chain, manufacturing and procurement. Brad received a BA and an MA in Economics at the University of Chicago, and an MSc in Economic and Social History from the University of Oxford, along with an MBA from Said Business School on a Rhodes Scholarship.

Sue Khim
Sue Khim

Sue Khim

CEO, Brilliant

 

Sue Khim is the CEO of Brilliant, a company that helps people master concepts in math and science. Prior to this, she was the CEO of Alltution, which helps match students to financial aid opportunities at the colleges they are applying to, and assists them in preparing their financial aid forms. She studied mathematics at the University of Chicago and was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in education in 2012.

Peter Layton, AB ’82, MBA’87
Peter Layton, AB ’82, MBA’87

Peter Layton, AB ’82, MBA’87

Founder Partner, Blackthorne Capital Management

 

Peter Layton is one of the founding partners of Blackthorne Capital Management and is the owner of Warhawk Fund. Mr. Layton serves as the Chairman of the BOX Exchange Group, a partner of Efficient Capital Management, and a Member of Hyde Park Angels. He is also the CEO of The Tallgrass Group, the parent company of various corporations specializing in different aspects of ecological restoration. Peter holds a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Chicago Booth.

Doug Monieson, MBA ’89
Doug Monieson, MBA ’89

Doug Monieson, MBA ’89

Founder and Head Trader, Doug Monieson Trading, LLC

 

Doug Monieson is the Founder and Head Trader at Doug Monieson Trading, LLC. He is also Chairman Emeritus of Hyde Park Angels, which invests in digital media, business & financial services, consumer products, and healthcare. Doug is on the advisory board of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Michigan and an MBA in finance from Chicago Booth.

Rolando Rabines
Rolando Rabines

Rolando Rabines

Founding Partner and Principa Operator, Growing Well Partners

 

Rolando Rabines is the Founding Partner and principal operator of Growing Well Partners. His current focus is making majority equity investments in seed and early stage firms. He has substantial expertise and interest in disruptive technology ventures. He currently manages a select portfolio of companies developing opportunities in social gaming, digital marketing networks, and semiconductor technology. Mr. Rabines holds a BSCS and a BSEE from MIT. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and member of the Boston Securities Analyst Society.

Ellen Rudnick
Ellen Rudnick

Ellen Rudnick

Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship, Adjunct Professor

Ellen previously served as executive director of the Polsky Center and clinical professor of entrepreneurship and, together with Steve Kaplan, was instrumental in the creation of the entrepreneurship programming at Chicago Booth. Prior to joining the Booth faculty she spent 25 years in business management and entrepreneurial activities, primarily in the health care and information services industries. During this time, she was president and CEO of Healthcare Knowledge Resources, president of HCIA, chairman of Pacific Biometrics, and corporate vice president of Baxter Healthcare Corporation. She works with the many startups that emerge from Chicago Booth’s entrepreneurship programs. Both her governance activities and startup interests help her to bridge the gap in the classroom between the theoretical and the real world.  She serves or has served on numerous corporate boards including Liberty Mutual, First Midwest Bank, HMS Holdings, Patterson Companies, Oxford Health Plans, Northshore University Healthcare Research and Development, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center/1871 and MATTER. She received a BA from Vassar College and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

Reese Schroeder
Reese Schroeder

Reese Schroeder

Managing Director, Tyson Ventures

 

Reese Schroeder currently serves as Managing Director of Tyson Ventures. He is responsible for building and managing the opportunity pipeline, as well as executing investment transactions.  Prior to joining Tyson Foods, Reese was with Motorola for 28 years serving as Managing Director for Motorola Ventures/Motorola Solutions Venture Capital from 2004 until 2017. Prior to joining Motorola, Reese was Vice President of Sales and Administration for a Midwest-based manufacturer of chemical transportation containers. Reese graduated in 1981 from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois in with a B.A. majoring in Political Science. He also received his J.D. from John Marshall Law School in 1984.

Mark Tebbe
Mark Tebbe

Mark Tebbe

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

After many years of judging and mentoring in Booth’s New Venture Challenge (NVC), Mark Tebbe brings a wealth of successful entrepreneurial experience into the classroom by leveraging his founding of two NASDAQ-listed corporations as well as direct involvement in numerous start-up and high-growth companies over the past thirty years. As both an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Chicago Polsky Center, Tebbe aids students in their entrepreneurial efforts and helps other professors enhance their classes. Outside of the classroom, Tebbe serves as Chairman of ChicagoNEXT, a dedicated public-private effort to improve Chicago’s competiveness in science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

In 1984, Mark founded Lante Corporation, (NASDAQ: LNTE) a Chicago-based technology-consulting firm in which he served as CEO and Chairman. Using $10,000 borrowed on his credit card, Tebbe launched the technology advisory firm that helped to create over 250 new businesses as well as building backend infrastructure and websites for established companies including Microsoft, Dell, American Airlines, American Express and Charles Schwab. Lante was taken private by SBI Group in September 2002 and sold (as Razorfish) to aQuantive in July 2004.

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Immanuel Thangaraj, MBA ’93
Immanuel Thangaraj, MBA ’93

Immanuel Thangaraj, MBA ’93

Managing Director, Essex Woodlands Health Ventures

 

Immanuel serves as managing director of the firm’s legacy venture capital funds Essex Woodlands Funds. He joined EW as a partner in 1996 and was promoted to managing director in 1998. He has 20 years of experience as a seasoned investor in operations, venture capital, and growth equity opportunities. He began his career at ARCH Venture Partners, a leading venture capital firm with over $2B under management which makes early -stage technology and healthcare investments. He left in 1995 to run a startup telecommunications services company called Integrated Telemanagement, which was later sold to Cam-Net Communications. Immanuel serves on the board of directors for Acura Pharmaceuticals, Serene, Kona Medical, and Proteus Digital Health. In addition to the portfolio company boards on which he serves, Immanuel was also responsible for EW’s investment in Microport Scientific Corporation; China Cord Blood Services Corporation; VenturePharm; CBR Systems; iKnowMed Systems; and Novacept. He serves as the cochair of the council of Chicago Booth and the visiting committee of the College. He is also a trustee of Trinity School in Menlo Park, California; on the board of the India Community Center in Milpitas, California; and the former chairman of MAP International. Immanuel holds both a bachelor of arts from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

Guy Turner, MBA ’10
Guy Turner, MBA ’10

Guy Turner, MBA ’10

Managing Director, Hyde Park Venture Partners; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Polsky Center

 

Guy Turner is Managing Director at Hyde Park Venture Partners which he cofounded in 2011 from Boston Consulting Group, where he focused on corporate strategy across a variety of industries. He spent his early career as a mechanical engineer with Raytheon and General Electric. He serves on the boards of numerous startups, and is a Kauffman Fellow. Guy received his BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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