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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Houston Investor Roundtable, sponsored by CoAdvantage, Angels Of Texas Investments, Inc., PAE-The Woodlands, Cangasx.com. This event was in The Woodlands, TX on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

    Photo of Roman Kikta, Managing Partner & Founder Mobility Ventures Roman Kikta
    Managing Partner & Founder
    Mobility Ventures
    Read the full profile for Roman here!
    Mobility Ventures
    Roman Kikta is the Managing Partner and Founder of Mobility Ventures. Roman is a wireless industry innovator, venture capitalist and author with over 25 year experience creating, building, inspiring and accelerating every organization he touches. Roman has had an exemplary career in the launch and growth of new companies, corporate divisions and business units. He is well known as an effective "change-agent" who combines his entrepreneurial spirit with extensive product and market development experience commercializing leading edge technologies, products and services.
    Roman has held senior executive positions in corporate development, strategy, marketing, and product development playing instrumental roles in building multi-billion dollar business units and divisions from startups to global corporations including including Nokia, Panasonic, GoldStar (now LG), and OKI. Roman was a founder of Global Wireless Holdings (GWH), E-Life, Inc. (a proposed spinout from Nokia), SpeedLink Communications (DSL broadband provider in the UK), ChangeAgent Media and as a Co-Founder and Managing General Partner of Genesis Campus, an early stage venture capital fund and incubator.
    Roman is an authority on market trends and the role of technologies on society from an anthropological, sociological and psychological perspective. He has led the development and commercialization, launch of several wireless industry firsts: cellular payphones, voice recognition dialers, cellular in-building/PBX systems, several generations of mobile transportable and portable phone designs and involved in the initial launch of cellular (analog) and PCS (digital) in the U.S.

    Photo of Kirk Brand Coburn, Founder & Managing Director, Surge Accelerator Kirk Coburn
    Founder & Managing Director
    Surge Accelerator
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    Surge Accelerator
    Coburn is an entrepreneur and start-up advocate who founded three successful companies before starting SURGE Accelerator, the world's only mentor-driven seed fund and accelerator focused on enabling entrepreneurs to solve the world’s energy problems.
    Under Kirk’s leadership and direction, SURGE has recruited over 150 industry leaders, scientists, investors, policymakers, customers, and entrepreneurs. SURGE has raised three funds and invested in 34 early-stage energy tech startups in its first three years. SURGE Alumni have raised more than $25 million in funding, generated similar amounts in customer revenue, and created over 150 jobs.
    Coburn is an active angel investor through his membership in the Houston Angel Network and serves on the board and investment committees for the Texas Halo Fund, which is the first sidecar fund of The Houston Angel Network.
    Prior to leading SURGE, Coburn created and was CEO of Chief Outsiders (acq. 2010), a Houston-based company with offices in Texas, Florida, Georgia, and New York. Prior to Chief Outsiders, Coburn launched The PGA TOUR Network on Sirius XM (acq. by SIRI) and founded Pure Golf, a leading provider of golf, tennis, and outdoor programming to the satellite radio industry.
    Coburn received his MBA and BBA in finance and accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
    Outside of work, Coburn serves as an ambassador to the Texas Children's Hospital and is a supporter of the Rice Alliance. Coburn is an ultra-endurance runner (whom has completed the Leadville Trail 100), open-water swimmer, active standup paddle boarder in both Galveston and Nantucket, competitive golfer, and seventh-generation Texan. He spends his free time indulging in these activities with his wife and children.

    Photo of Arman Rupani, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Angles of Texas Arman  Rupani
    Managing Partner & Co-Founder
    Angels of Texas
    Read the full profile for Arman here!
    Angels of Texas
    The man behind the scenes! The young entrepreneur with endless possibilities!

    Serves on Multiple Community Boards, such as DFW World Affairs Council, City Of Dallas Sports Arena TIF, and Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce.

    Arman has started and sold 3 business in the past 7 years and now is the Managing Partner at Rupani & Mathew Group LLC and Chief Financial Officer at Texas Prince Properties which owns over 500k Sq Ft in the DFW Area. And has multiple investments in multiple companies around Texas.

    Photo of Sammy Abdullah, Co-Founder, DAN Fund Sammy  Abdullah
    Co-Founder
    DAN Fund
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    DAN Fund
    Sammy is a co-founder of The DAN, former entrepreneur, and active angel investor. He runs the day to day operations of The DAN full-time including screening opportunities, working with entrepreneurs, and structuring and diligencing deals.

    Prior to The DAN, Sammy was a Vice President with a credit opportunities fund known as Congruent Investment Partners. Before joining Congruent, Sammy was with Prudential Capital Group in Dallas.

    Sammy's career has always centered around structuring and diligencing deals. While at Congruent, he was promoted to Vice President from Associate and grew with the firm as it eclipsed $400mm in assets under management. While at Prudential Capital Group, Sammy was a Senior Analyst, working as part of an 11 person group responsible for underwriting and managing Prudential Capital's $2B+ electric power portfolio.

    Moderator: Kurt Defenbaugh, Regional Manager, CoAdvantage Moderator: Kurt Defenbaugh, Regional Manager, CoAdvantage

    Kurt Defenbaugh's professional experience began as a USAF commissioned officer where he developed a strong passion for leading people. His military leadership experience influenced his development as a team member while driving his inner demand for excellence. Kurt states that, "Great leaders are above all, servants to their people." He aims to lead with that fundamental principle at the forefront of his philosophy today.

    Last year Kurt was sought out to build and lead a new market in Houston for a growing Human Capital Management company called CoAdvantage. His goal is to grow his market over the next two years into the largest market nationally by focusing on his people and his process.

    Welcome Remarks: Casey Minshew, Houston Manager, FundingPost Welcome Remarks: Casey Minshew, Houston Manager, FundingPost

    Casey Minshew is a serial Entrepreneur, but he has deep roots in the Commercial Real Estate Banking & Small Business world. Since 2000 he worked with and helped launched one of top 10 Mortgage Banking organizations in Texas serving over 4000 Loan Officers nationwide. While processing Billions of dollars in loans. In 2009, after the market crash, Casey entered into the technology industry as the COO of a Video Technology company, helping launch better online communications in over 50 countries. This gives Casey a unique perspective from both sides as a person seeking funding and what Venture Capital Firms and Investors are looking for. This makes him the best qualified candidate to assist both parties in achieving their goals..

    Today Casey is advising small to medium sized companies in outsourcing their HR to better prepare for challenges Healthcare reform will bring. He is also very proud and honored Host and Manager for the Houston FundingPost Events.

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