ADVISORY BOARD

Tim CrownIndependent Board Member

Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board

of Insight Enterprises

Partner, AZ Crown Investments

Tim Crown is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Insight Enterprises. The company, whose investments included engineering mobile technology,  has affiliations with 22 countries with more than 5000 employees and $5 billion in annual revenue. Among his many accomplishments, he is also Partner of AZ Crown Investments. As the son of a military officer, Crown  efficiently oversees a wide range of investments with a keen eye towards limited risks, high returns and strategic planning.

Crown was also the Chairman and Founder of Direct Alliance Corporation which is one of the largest onshore sales outsourcing companies in the technology industry.  Insight sold Direct Alliance in 2006.

Demetrios Diakolios

Advisory Board of Sciens Capital

Founding Partner of Monolith Energy Management

Demetrios Diakolios is a member of the Advisory Board of Sciens Capital, a multi-billion USD asset management firm. He works in the Real Asset investing platform with a concentration on energy related businesses focusing on midstream, processing and storage assets. Mr. Diakolios is the founding member of Monolith Energy Management, which through its portfolio company Aduro Resources produces oil and gas out of the Montney Formation in British Columbia. Prior to this he was a Portfolio Manager for Energy with Caxton Associates where he managed a $200 million USD book in liquid investments. In addition, he worked for 12 years with the Louis Dreyfus Group of companies where he helped build the energy trading and infrastructure businesses including running the hedging program for the Wilhelmshaven Refinery for both crude and products.  He began his career at Credit Suisse First Boston where he traded foreign currencies and precious metals and their associated derivatives.
Tom Florence

CEO of 361 Capital

Tom Florence is CEO of 361 Capital, approximately a $2 billion asset manager focused on alternative investing. He has over 33 years of experience in the financial services industry and 15 years dedicated to alternative investing. Over his career, he has been directly or indirectly responsible for raising over $30 billion in investor capital. 361 is partnering with SP to launch an infrastructure and impact investing fund to be launched in March.
Gary Goldstein

Founder,

Group CEO of Whitney Partners

Gary Goldstein is a founder and Group CEO of Whitney Partners, one of the most respected global executive research firms specializing in the financial services industry. He has extensive experience in human resources recruitment within all areas of the financial services industry ranging from experts in equity markets to infrastructure banking specialists. His advice has been sought by leading news organizations including CNN’s “Moneyline,” CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, USA Today, the New York Times as well as national magazines. He has also served as an expert witness in a number of arbitrations related to compensation and other matters of employment in the securities business.

He has also been the architect of mergers between mid-market banks and clients seeking partnerships. Prior to Whitney Partners, he was also a founder, chairman and CEO of a public human resource staffing and consulting company as well as on the audit and consulting staffs of Arthur Andersen & Co. in New York.

Pete Higgins

Founding Partner of Second Avenue Partners

Pete Higgins is a founding partner of Second Avenue Partners, one of Seattle’s most experienced teams providing management, strategy and capital to early-stage companies.

Prior to founding Second Avenue Partners, Mr. Higgins spent 16 years at Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Higgins was a member of the Office of the President, reporting to CEO Bill Gates. He was group vice president of the Interactive Media Group at Microsoft from 1996 to 1998. As head of the Interactive Media Group, he was responsible for Microsoft’s online, consumer software, and hardware businesses.

 Mr. Higgins joined Microsoft in 1983. From 1995 to 1996, he was group vice president of Applications and Content, responsible for Microsoft Office consumer and online applications. From 1992 to 1995, he was senior vice president of the Desktop Applications division, where he was responsible for developing, marketing and localizing Microsoft Office. From 1988 to 1992, he was general manager and then vice president of the Analysis Business Unit, leading the rise of Microsoft Excel to the leadership position in the personal computer spreadsheet market.

 Mr. Higgins is the chairman of SEEQ Corporation and a director of WISErg Corp.   He is the former chairman of Market Leader (OTC: LEDR), Insitu Corporation, Modumetal, and director of ADIC Corp.

 Mr. Higgins serves on the board of trustees for The Brookings Institution and the advisory boards for the Woods Institute for the Environment, and Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, and the Stanford Athletics Board.

William Stewart

General Partner at Rogers Venture Partners

William Stewart is a General Partner at Rogers Venture Partners. The company targets early stage companies that tap into Information Technology with an emphasis on infrastructure, enterprise, Internet and digital media. 

Prior to joining Rogers Venture Partners, Stewart was the Co-Founder and CEO of Mezzanine Capital Partners.  MCP specializes in providing debt and equity financing to venture backed IT companies.

Stewart’s expertise is not only national but international. He also was the Founder and Chairman of Asia Pacific Ventures working directly with over 200 U.S. and Asia-based high technology companies acting as a strategic business development advisor, raising more than $3 billion in equity, licensing and joint venture financing. 

Larry Weiseneck

Managing Director,

Co-President of Cowen & Co.

Larry Wieseneck is Managing Director and Co-President of Cowen and Company. Previously he was COO and Head of Merchant Banking at Roundtable Investment Partners. For almost 20 years, he was with Barclays and its predecessor, Lehman Brothers. During his tenure, he served in a variety of senior roles including Co-Head of Securities where he was responsible for global sales, structuring and senior relationship management businesses across all asset classes as well as Chief Strategy Officer where he was responsible for oversight and execution of the division’s strategy.

He also served as Head of Global Finance and Risk Solutions where he was responsible globally for the debt capital markets, equity capital markets and corporate risk management groups.