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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Phoenix Investor Roundtable, sponsored by Grow Southwest, Junior Achievement of AZ. This event was in Junior Achievement of AZ on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

    Photo of Steve Schlenker, DN Capital Steve Schlenker
    Managing Partner
    DN Capital
    Read the full profile for Steve here!
    DN Capital
    Steve is a Managing Partner of DN Capital. He is particularly involved in investments in enterprise application software and consumer facing Internet applications.

    Prior to co-founding DN Capital, Steve was a senior member of the investment team in his capacity as Chief Investment Officer for SUN Technology Investors. At SUN he was also involved in the investment and successful sale of PlanetAll to Amazon, and also invested in Cyberview Technologies (AIM: CYBV), eMode (later, acquired by Monster Worldwide), PlasmaNet and others. Prior to joining SUN, he spent four years with Interlaken Capital, a buyout fund in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he worked on private equity investments in companies in the consumer goods, industrial distribution and service industries.

    Steve received a BSc in Economics, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of Finance with dual concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management, and an MBA, with high distinction, from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.

    David Koehn, Sand Hill Angels David Koehn, Sand Hill Angels

    David Koehn is Vice President of Product for the Oracle Learn Cloud product offering. He leads the Product Management and Product Marketing functions defining product roadmap, strategy and go-to market planning. David brings over 15 years of industry experience to Oracle with a strong background in learning and development. Prior to Oracle, David led the social learning and analytics efforts at Saba, pioneered mLearning at AvantGo and was instrumental in the early development of the Net Promoter certification model at Satmetrix. David invests in start-ups as part of the Sand Hill Angels. David previously founded several start-ups including one focused on ecotourism and another focused on enterprise mobility. David has also assisted many start-ups in their growth as an operator. David has helped start-ups in many ways from assuming the CEO role and closing a series C, to transforming their business models and market approaches, to acting as a senior advisor. David received his Bachelors Degree from Carnegie Mellon, an MFA from the University of Florida, an M.Ed (TFA Cert) from the University of Alaska and is pursuing his MBA through Johns Hopkins.

    Dan Creed, Grow Southwest Business Coach Dan Creed, Grow Southwest Business Coach

    Dan Creed is an award winning international business and executive coach, entrepreneur, best-selling author, world class keynote & workshop speaker, trusted advisor and (COO) Chief Operating Officer and (CCO) Chief Coaching officer of GrowSouthwest. Coach Dan is based in Phoenix, but works with a worldwide customer base. He is a recognized expert in sales, management, marketing, business development and business growth strategies. Dan is an elite Brian Tracy International Certified Sales Trainer and a Founding Member Trainer and Facilitator of the Brian Tracy Sales Success Intensive course and a licensed facilitator for Navigational Coaching Conversations, Strategic Coaching Skills for Leaders.

    Greg Lehmann, TallWave Capital Greg Lehmann, TallWave Capital

    Greg is the Principal of Tallwave Capital, an Arizona-based venture capital fund specializing in Seed and follow-on Series A investments in early-stage technology companies. Greg Lehmann is a proven executive with over eighteen years of experience as an accomplished problem solver. Working across multiple industries and disciplines he has consistently developed and executed strategies that delivered results. In his leadership roles he's developed outstanding communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills. Additionally, he has strong critical thinking, problem solving, and project management skills with a talent for influencing and negotiating with internal and external stakeholders.

    Michael Hool, Hool Coury Law Michael Hool, Hool Coury Law

    Michael Hool works with select companies as an advisor, legal counsel and periodically serves in executive and board capacities. Michaelís practice is focused primarily on corporate and commercial representation, securities, finance and venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters, and all aspects of counseling emerging companies. He represents both issuing companies and investors in a large variety of financing transactions.

    Randy Gustafson, Arizona Commerce Authority Randy Gustafson, Arizona Commerce Authority

    Randy is Vice President of ACA and he creates jobs in the State of Arizona by facilitating the growth of hundreds of promising technology/science-based, startup/early-stage companies via numerous financial incentives and consultative resources. Responsible for strategic and tactical responsibilities, including the execution of the Arizona Innovation Challenge - a business plan grant competition with the largest monetary award ($3 Million) in the Nation. Other Innovation Team supported programs include: Angel Investor Tax Credit program, AZ FAST Grant Program, and Venture Ready Mentoring Program. The overall goal of the Innovation Team is to further develop and nuture the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem of Arizona!

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