Board of Directors
Hatch is an accomplished business executive and technologist
who focuses on the entrepreneurial realm. He has founded a number
of successful start-ups, including Wave7 Optics in Georgia and Rosonext
in California, which was acquired by RF Micro Devices. He has also
served as CEO of venture-backed companies such as Actelis Networks,
Bandwidth9 and Arroyo Optics and managed publicly traded businesses
such as Zoran Corporation (ZRAN). Hatch holds a B.S. in Engineering
from Idaho State University and is the recipient of the University’s
Professional Achievement Award. He currently serves on the College
of Engineering Advisory Committee.
Don Butler is the President of Thomvest Ventures Inc. He began
his career with the investment banking firm of Lehman Brothers, where
he was a member of the energy and high technology industry groups
in New York and San Francisco. In this capacity Don assisted in
completing transactions ranging from initial public offerings to
mergers and acquisitions. Don has also worked with the consulting
and investment firm Asia Pacific Ventures, where he assisted numerous
technology companies in business development in the East Asian markets. Don
received a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese from UCLA and Master’s
degrees in East Asian Studies and Political Science from Stanford
Chris Hollenbeck is a founding member of the Granite Ventures team. He joined Granite after serving as Vice President of Hambrecht & Quist's Venture Capital department, and focuses his investments in software. In addition to software applications, Chris is also interested in companies that capitalize on the current digital content explosion – from voice and video to consumer entertainment – and next-generation software infrastructure technologies. Chris currently sits on the Boards of Bunchball, Convio, DecisionView, Episodic, Oversight Systems, Telltale and YottaMark. He sponsored Granite’s investments in Digimarc (NASDAQ: DMRC) and Vignette (NASDAQ: VIGN), and was a member of the Boards of AvantGo prior to its acquisition by Sybase (NYSE: SY) and of Liquent prior to its acquisition by Information Holdings (NYSE: IHI). Earlier in his career, Chris held several positions within Hambrecht & Quist's Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance departments.
Chris holds a B.A. in American Studies from Stanford University.
Paul founded TD Capital Ventures in 2000 and Fairhaven Capital Partners in 2007. He has invested in and served on the boards of companies including: Cloakware (acquired by Irdeto/NASPERS), Fortisphere, iPhrase (acquired by IBM), SiGe Semiconductor (acquired by Skyworks Solutions), Softricity (acquired by Microsoft), Spring Partners, Surge Trading and Third Screen Media (acquired by Time Warner/AOL).
Paul spent 14 years at Fidelity Investments in Boston. He was President of Fidelity Interactive, Proxy Edge, Inc (founder), The Water Street Project and Fidelity Capital Technology. Previously, Paul held several policy development positions at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He earned an MPA from Northeastern University and a liberal arts BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Paul was a United States Presidential Management Intern during President Ronald Reagan's first administration.
Mr. Schubauer has over 20 years of experience in the private equity and investment banking industries and has served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Westbury since 1998. Prior to joining Westbury, Mr. Schubauer was a partner and senior member of First Atlantic Capital, Ltd. a private equity fund dedicated to growth capital investments. Previously, Mr. Schubauer was a senior officer and partner of the private equity investment firm Rosecliff, Inc. Mr. Schubauer began his private equity investment career as a principal of Wand Partners, L.P., the private equity investment affiliate of S.G. Warburg & Co. Previously, Mr. Schubauer was a member of CS First Boston's Mergers and Acquisitions Groups in London as well as New York, and a member of Morgan Stanley's Financial Institutions Mergers and Acquisitions Group in New York. Mr. Schubauer, as President and Chief Operating Officer of Westbury, has primary responsibility for structuring, evaluating and negotiating the Fund's debt and equity investments and leads the sourcing of investment opportunities. As he has been since 1998, Mr. Schubauer is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Westbury’s investment initiative. He currently serves as a Director of Advanced Interactive Systems, Aurora Flight Sciences and Partsearch Technologies. Mr. Schubauer earned his BS in Applied Economics and Business Administration from Cornell University and his MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Elliott’s background is in high-volume manufacturing and packaging.
Prior to YottaMark, Elliott was the VP Operations at Portola Packaging,
Inc., a $250 million packaging manufacturer, where he oversaw high
speed, high volume production lines across six US plants. Previously,
he was a manager at McKinsey & Company, a strategy consulting
firm, where he focused on industrial operations improvement and corporate
spin outs. Elliott earned his doctorate in engineering from Cambridge
Dan’l has more than 15 years experience in the fresh produce industry. In her current role as President of DMA Solutions, Dan’l implements customized marketing solutions and initiatives for her fresh produce industry clients, serving to differentiate them in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Prior to founding DMA Solutions, Dan’l served as Vice President at Fresh Del Monte Produce, overseeing the Wal-Mart and Sam’s business for North America. She is an active speaker at industry events, and was recently awarded the United Fresh Leadership Alumni Organization’s Outstanding Alumni Award, and named one of Produce Business’s “40 Under 40,” which profiled top industry leaders under the age of 40.
Tom has over 35 years of experience in cryptology and computer science. He is the founder of Anagram Laboratories and a Fellow, Past-President and Director of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR). He was the Chairman of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Security and Privacy and editor of the Journal of Cryptology. Tom also served on the advisory board of the International Journal of Information Security (IJIS) and as a principal scientist at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
Scott is an expert in the field of secure ID solutions. As
Executive Vice President at Digimarc Corporation where he was responsible for business
development and North American sales for secure identification solutions.
Scott led Digimarc’s currency anti-counterfeiting business, and has testified on ID
security issues before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the National Conference of
State Legislators Homeland Security taskforce. Scott is the co-inventor of more than 20 patents.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University and an
executive MBA from the Stanford/AeA program.
Rob is the Senior Vice President, Trust & Safety at eBay, Inc. Previously he was a senior federal prosecutor for 11 years with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia where he led the Major Crimes unit, and handled several noteworthy espionage cases including the prosecution of CIA employee Aldrich Ames. Rob is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School.
Reggie held the position of Corporate Vice President, Produce and Floral Merchandising and Procurement at The Kroger Company until his retirement in 2011. During his time with Kroger, Griffin led strategy, sourcing, and merchandizing for one of the largest and most profitable departments for Kroger, helping the company become the largest traditional grocer in the US. Griffin has also supported the produce industry in many leadership roles including the chairman of the Produce for Better Health Foundation, past president of the Houston Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association, chairman of the United Fresh Produce Association, and a board member of the Produce Marketing Association.
Over the past 25 years Kip has held a variety of international marketing and general management roles at eBay North America, Proctor and Gamble, Pepsico, Taco Bell, and KFC. Kip is also on the Board of Advisors for Reactrix, Dayak, and C.E.O Women. He earned his MBA from the University of Cincinnati.
Mark’s experience spans more than 23 years in a variety of industries, including computer software, retail and prepaid. In his current role, Mark is the Executive Vice President of InComm, a leading provider of prepaid financial processing and point of sales solutions that transacted over 10 billion dollars in sales in 2008. Mark is responsible for developing new revenue opportunities, as well as running mergers and acquisitions.
He most recently served as Group Vice President of Alliances at Blackhawk Network. Prior to Blackhawk, Mark held roles as Executive Vice President and President of Astoria Software, a Ticonderoga invested company. Mark also played baseball professionally for over 10 years, during which time he played for the San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles.
Serving nearly 40 years in the produce industry, Bruce spent 15 years at Wal-Mart where he successfully launched and built the perishable foods division. He was at the forefront of the Wal-Mart Supercenter expansion which grew from 6 to 1500 stores in 15 years. Peterson retired from Wal-Mart in 2007 to take the helm of president and CEO of Naturipe Farms, a leading grower and marketer of premium berries. He completed his tenure as CEO of Naturipe Farms in 2009 and is currently the president of Peterson Insights, a strategic consulting firm for the produce industry, which has played a key role in the development and rollout of the Produce Traceability Initiative.
Chris Sellers applies his 20+ years of experience leading business innovation across the consumer retail industry to drive Mobeam’s corporate strategy and efforts to make mobile handsets relevant and useful at the point of sale for both retailers and consumers. Previously, as CEO of Agentrics, Mr. Sellers led the world’s leading retailers in business innovation; global sourcing/procurement; logistics; supply chain; and product lifecycle management and development. Prior to Agentrics, Mr. Sellers held leadership positions at EDS, Syncra and Accenture, and served as CEO for Information Resources, Inc. (IRIc) United Kingdom. An undisputed influencer in the retail industry, Mr. Sellers was voted by his peers and named by Supermarket News to the “Power 50” most influential executives in the retail industry, two years running.
Sharam is the CEO of Empact Software, and has previously served as the CEO of University Planet, Verification Technologies and Hyperstone Electronics. Sharam’s extensive technology background includes leadership positions in Teknekron and Zilog and roles of advisor and consultant to LinkExchange and Bain & Company. Sharam has BSEE and MSEE degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
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