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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Madison VC and Angel Event, sponsored by Perkins Coie. This event was in Madison, WI on Thursday, May 19, 2011.

    Bob Geras
    LaSalle Investments
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    LaSalle Investments
    Bob is currently President of LaSalle Investments, Incorporated. Termed “a virtual Renaissance Man of Entrepreneurship” in a David Lundy Chicago Sun-Times interview, “one of the Big Three ‘old-timer’ angels in Chicago” in Crain's Chicago Business, and featured in a July 2005 cover story in INC. magazine on “Angels in America.” Bob was given the “Angel of the Year-2002” award by the Chicago Software Association at their Annual CityLIGHTS ceremony in recognition of “Many years of exceptional service in fostering and encouraging Entrepreneurship in Chicago’s Technology Community.” In December 2004 at the Illinois Venture Capital Association’s Annual Awards Night, Bob was presented the Fellows Award for “Extraordinary leadership in early stage venture funding in Illinois.” In addition, on March 1, 2006 Bob was also inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. In addition to having been an active investor and mentor in many other deals, Bob was co-founder of budget motel chain Sixpence Inns in 1970 which was acquired by Motel 6 for over $200 million in 1989. In 1986 he bought MEDX, Inc., a troubled Rolling Meadows medical equipment company, and in 5 years turned it around and sold the company for 26 times his cost. Since 1990, he’s been a co-founder Chairman and the largest shareholder of publicly traded Merge Healthcare (MRGE), the industry leader in eHealth connectivity products for medical imaging. Merge now has sales of around $100 million and a market worth of $450 million. Formerly he was a shareholder and director of the Pullman Bank in Chicago, IsoData, a radioimmunoassay blood analyzing equipment manufacturer, and Alexon, maker of ELISA diagnostic kits for detecting intestinal parasites. Bob is currently a director and/or investor in VideoHomeTours,, Exadigm, NexVu, 20/20 Technologies, Advanced Diamond Technologies, Intellext, Bias Power, and OrthoScan. In April 2005, Bob became Interim President and CEO of Arryx, Inc., a Chicago technology company that employs holographic laser steering at microscopic and nanoscopic levels. In the January 2006 issue of INC. Magazine, Arryx was selected as one of “three early stage technology companies Most Likely to Succeed.” A graduate of Northwestern University, Bob has been a member of the Union League Club since 1965.

    Photo of Jeff Weber, Angel Investor Jeffrey Weber
    Angel Investor
    Jeff Weber Ventures
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    Jeff Weber Ventures
    Jeffrey Weber earned his MBA from Loyola University of Chicago School of Business and entered the technology industry during the start of the dot com era. The company he founded grew rapidly earning a rank on the INC Magazine Top 500 Fastest Growing Private US Companies list in 2001 and 2002. He successfully positioned and sold that company to a Fortune 500 in 2006.

    Weber incorporates his entrepreneurial knowledge and proprietary methodologies into his first book on the topic, “I.D.E.A. to Exit: An Entrepreneurial Journey”. He is an adjunct faculty teaching entrepreneurism at the college level, speaker, and coach for startups, existing small/medium size businesses, and corporations wishing to innovate and establish an entrepreneurial spirit.

    Staying active in entrepreneurial circles and networks, Weber is always looking to start or get involved with something new and exciting.

    Photo of Dick Leazer, Partner, Wisconsin Investment Partners Dick Leazer
    Wisconsin Investment Partners
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    Wisconsin Investment Partners
    Dick Leazer was Managing Director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which handles the patenting and licensing of discoveries at UW Madison. Prior to WARF, Dick was president of Ohmeda, an international manufacturer of acute care medical devices and equipment, and President of Anaquest, an acute care pharmaceutical products company, both divisions of BOC. Dick is a past or active member of the board of several companies. Dick graduated from the University of Iowa Business School in 1963 and the Drexel Institute of Technology in 1966.

    Moderator: Christopher G. Hanewicz, Partner, Perkins Coie LLC

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