WAC Investor Executive Committee

The Willamette Angels Conference would not be possible without the work of the dedicated, volunteer WAC Executive Committee. 

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Marc Manley, 2017 WAC LLC Managing Member 

Executive Director — Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN)

Marc Manley is the Executive Director of RAIN overseeing management, vision and leadership. He is in charge of linking RAIN activities to strategic partners within the region and throughout the state.

In collaboration with the RAIN team and the network of people, programs and capital comprising RAIN he envisions helping to create a vibrant innovation economy in the region that’s so conducive to starting and growing companies. His mission is to help entrepreneurs achieve their dreams by providing advice and acting as a mentor by connecting them with capital and resources.

Manley currently also serves as the fund manager for the Willamette Angel Conference LLC, and for the newly formed Willamette Angels Fund, activating local capital to fund entrepreneurs throughout the year.

Prior to RAIN, Manley led the expansion of a Small Business development Center at Linn-Benton Community College to effectively grow larger traded sector companies. He also contributed to advancing university education through the Oregon Engineering & Technology Industry Council, and then catalyzed the revitalization of downtown Albany in a public-private partnership with the City.

Manley has helped grow companies in the private equity portfolio of an investment bank, and more recently advised dozens of local Oregon companies resulting in the creation of 300 jobs, new capital of more than $5 million, and increases in annual revenue of over $20 million.

Manley graduated from Columbia University and recently participated in Executive Education Programs at Harvard Law School.

Skip Rung, 2015 WAC LLC Managing Member

President & Executive Director at ONAMI

Mr. Rung is an R&D executive with 35 years of engineering and management experience in semiconductor devices and processes, electronics packaging, MEMS, microfluidics, and inkjet printing.  From 1987 to 2001, he was director of Advanced Research for Hewlett Packard’s Imaging and Printing Platforms organization, the world leader in personal and business/commercial digital printing.

Mr. Rung co-founded both the Oregon New Economy Coalition (2002) and the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (2003).  As Oregon’s first “Signature Research Center,” ONAMI unites Oregon’s research universities, the “Silicon Forest” high-technology cluster and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in its dual mission to grow “small tech” research in Oregon and to commercialize technology in “investable” new startups and small businesses. 

Mr. Rung is an active angel investor through the Oregon Angel Fund, Willamette Angel Conference, and Angel Oregon. Mr. Rung holds a BSEE and MSEE from Stanford University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. In both May of 2010 and May of 2011, he was named a “Pivotal Leader” – one of the 30-50 people in the Pacific Northwest most likely to become a clean technology company CEO or CTO in the next three to five years (http://www.pivotal-leaders.com/).

 

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Eimar Boesjes

CEO at Moonshadow Mobile

Eimar leads a team of software developers at Moonshadow Mobile to create interactive visualization technology for Big Data and experiment with Big Data visualization.  Eimar holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from the Technical University in Delft and taught CAD at the Amsterdam School of Arts.  He has been involved in creating software for designers for 30 years leading the development of Axis (3D Modeling), RenderStar and ARE (3D rendering),  Blocks & Materials (textures and model libraries), PhotoMap (mapped real estate data), BuyMusicHere (eCommerce) and now Ephemeris (Big Data Visualization).  

Eimar is the inventor on 15 patents for Internet related technologies.  He founded his first software company, Modern Medium BV, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, as a freshman in college.  After moving to the US Eimar has started five software companies in the last 25 years and has had several successful exits. Internet technology developed by Mr. Boesjes is being used by tens of millions of users every year.  Eimar started to make Angel investments in 2013 and has since invested in a half dozen startups.

 

Jim Coonan

Former Executive Director — Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN)

Jim Coonan recently retired from serving as the executive director of Oregon RAIN. He is also a successful entrepreneur, former CEO and an investor.

Jim oversaw the day-to-day operation of RAIN, including developing and finalizing work plans and metrics to measure the success of the program.

Previously, Coonan served as Venture Catalyst Manager at Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO). He helped advance the entrepreneurial ecosystem in that region through efforts that included managing the Bend Venture Conference and developing regional entrepreneurial assets. He has been deeply involved with Oregon’s angel and venture community, having previously served as chair of the Oregon Entrepreneur’s Network (OEN), the largest entrepreneurship assistance organization in Oregon and PAN (Portland Angel Network). Other efforts have included a leading role in development of the Oregon Angel Fund, Portland Seed Fund, FoundersPad Accelerator, Cascade Angels, OEN’s Oregon Initiative, OEN’s foundation, Oregon’s signature research centers, strategic partnership with Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL) and the Oregon University System and Oregon Inc.

As a small business leader, Coonan is currently Chair of Peak Audio Group, and he is the former chairman and largest shareholder of Kentrox, LLC, and Hotel Software Systems, Ltd. He also served as CEO and chairman of Portland’s OECO Corporation. Coonan serves as an advisor to several local funds including Mount Hood Equity Partners and Northwest Technology Ventures. Previously, Coonan served in executive marketing positions for Van de Kamp’s Frozen Foods, The Pillsbury Company and General Mills Inc.

 

 

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Caroline Cummings

RAIN Venture Catalyst

Caroline Cummings is an entrepreneur who loves helping other entrepreneurs launch and grow their companies. She has been the CEO and Co-Founder of two tech startups; one failed (OsoEco.com) and one she sold (RealLead.com). She’s helped raise close to $1M in angel funding and $650K in funding for various economic development and non-profit organizations. She’s also closed several six-figure deals for various companies. 

Cummings brings over 20 years of management experiences to the table. Before becoming an entrepreneur she lead technology and communication projects at Bristol-Myers Squibb, lead fundraising campaigns for various non-profits, launched and/or helped grow several entrepreneurial development initiatives through her consulting partnership with the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network – including Smart-ups PubTalks, the Willamette Angel Conference, the Southern Willamette Angel Network, and the Southern Oregon Angel Investor Conference. She most recently served on the executive team at Palo Alto Software for nearly 3.5 years.

Cummings’ biggest passion (other than entrepreneurship) is mentoring. She has been mentoring “at-risk” youth through various non-profit programs since 1993. She’ll also be launching an online mentoring platform for RAIN where entrepreneurs and angel investors can get matched up with more seasoned entrepreneurs and investors.

 

 

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Dr. Alan Kadish

CEO/Founder, Pure Living, LLC

Alan is the CEO and founder of Pure Living a website focused on reducing families exposures to the toxins, that we all are exposed to daily.  This web endeavor brings together content, membership and commerce to reduce family’s exposures to environmental toxins. 

As a serial entrepreneur and inventor he started a number of firms in industries as diverse as a credit reporting agency, real estate both commercial and residential, to medical software and hardware inventions and evaluations. He successfully had a medical practice, as a primary care physician, focused on children with autism and autoimmune and neurologic disorders, for 28 years.  Dr. Kadish has created multiple products that are currently in commerce and has been a consultant for international firms in both the medical and supplement industry.

Alan has been an active member of the WAC for the last two years and was part of the due diligence team for Moonshadow, in 2015. He is also an active mentor at the OSU Advantage Accelerator.

 

Robby Robson

CEO, Eduworks Corporation

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Mike Sheets

Mike Sheets

Mike is a native Oregonian who grew up in Beaverton, graduating from Aloha High School. He received his B.S. degree from Oregon State, D.M.D. from OHSU, and his completed his Residency in Orthodontics at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He had a private practice of Orthodontics in Corvallis from 1981-2009. He sold his practice in 2009 and worked part-time until retiring in 2012.

During his career, he served as President of the Oregon State Society of Orthodontists, the E.H. Angle Society of Orthodontists Northwest Component, as General Chair of the 2013 Angle Society Biennial national conference, and on the Continuing Education Committee of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. He is a Past-President of the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis.

Mike has been a member of WAC since 2012 and is also a member of the Oregon Angel Fund.