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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Houston Investor Roundtable, sponsored by CoAdvantage, PAE-The Woodlands. This event was in The Woodlands, TX on October 16, 2014.

    Photo of Jeff Harder, Attorney/Partner, HAN Jeff Harder
    Houston Angel Network HAN
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    Houston Angel Network HAN
    With more than 30 years' experience serving as in-house and outside counsel at leading energy and technology companies and in private practice, Jeffrey R. Harder has a unique blend of legal and business expertise that enables him to advise and represent clients on corporate and securities matters in a wide variety of industries. Nine of those years were in the oil industry at Exxon, Amoco and Mitchell Energy and Development Corp. He was also Vice President of Corporate Development and General Counsel at The ForeFront Group, Inc., a NASDAQ listed public internet and computer based training company.

    Mr. Harder's experience includes having worked with venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and emerging life science, energy and information technology companies throughout the country. He regularly represents and advises companies in complex corporate matters, including IPOs, PIPEs, proxy contests, tender offers, going-private transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate partner and license transactions. He also represents companies and venture capital partnerships on their ongoing regulatory compliance matters.

    Photo of Philip Racusin, CEO, Philip Racusin
    Energy Funders
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    Energy Funders
    Philip is a Founder and CEO for the leader in Equity Crowdfunding for Energy, today focused in Oil and Gas sector. Since the official launch 2015, Philips team has funded in excess of 1.7 Million in projects and has interest in 93 wells in 3 different states.

    Philip has an extensive background in business law and litigation which helps the company navigate through many of the new Crowdfunding regulations.

    Photo of David Franklin, Co-Founder, Houston Health Ventures David  Franklin
    Houston Health Ventures
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    Houston Health Ventures
    David has over 10 years of experience in business management consulting, corporate strategy, operations, marketing, business development, sales, and venture capital. He currently serves as Executive Vice President at Consumer Media Network (CMN), LLC, a lead generation company.

    Previously, David was Co-founder and Managing Partner at DCF Ventures, LLC. DCFV provided feasibility analyses, market analyses, company incorporation, university licensing, startup consulting, interim management, grant writing, and fundraising services. In this role, David also served as CEO pro tem for CytoScale Diagnostics, LLC, RadMit Pharma, LLC and FloVision, LLC.

    Photo of Nick Tillmann, Director Energy Acceleration, Houston Technology Center Nick  Tillmann
    Director Energy Acceleration
    Houston Technology Center
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    Houston Technology Center
    Nick is an energy executive with broad experience in international business management and technology commercialization with major oil and chemical companies. Nick has lived and worked in Austria, Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom and has led business development projects in the US, Europe, South America and the Middle East. He has served as Chairman of the Biofuels Taskforce for the Great Houston Partnership, and has been advising early stage energy companies since 2009.

    Photo of James Tao, Partner, Start Houston James Tao
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    James is a Taipei, Taiwan native and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelors in Biology and a secondary degree in Business Administration. James has been in the financial services industry since 1999. He is often considered an amateur chef, having taken courses at the San Francisco Culinary Academy. James and his family are active contributors to the Jade Buddha Temple. He enjoys various sports but his most passionate interests lie in military history and strategy.

    Prior to launching his seed fund, Presidio Venture Capital, James served as an Associate Director of Commodities Trading at Barclays Capital. James currently serves as CFO of Caphin, Inc, Co-Founder of Houston Health Ventures and Managing Director of Texas Collegiate Regional Centers. Most recently, he was appointed Portfolio Manager of Houston Real Estate Opportunities Fund, a local residential development fund.

    Photo of Carl Kleimann, General Manager CoAdvantage, Moderator Carl Kleimann
    General Manager
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    Past President of Odyssey One Source, Inc. and lead the company through a merger with CoAdvantage to form one of the nation's largest Professional Employer Organizations (PEO) in the U.S. With more than 35,000 employees, we help small and mid-size employers reduce their adminstrative costs and grow their businesses by attracting and retaining productive and engaged employees.

    Photo of Casey Minshew, Texas Director, Casey Minshew
    Texas Director
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    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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