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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Dallas Investor Roundtable, sponsored by Trout Business Capital,,, Dallas Entrepreneur Center. This event was in The Dallas Entrepreneur Center on Thursday, November 3, 2016.

    Photo of Sammy Abdullah, CFA  Blossom Street Ventures (formerly DAN Fund) Sammy  Abdullah
    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.

    Photo of Meagan Crawford, Principal, Ramsey FInancial Group Meagan  Crawford
    Ramsey Financial Group
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    Ramsey Financial Group
    Meagan Crawford is a Principal at Ramsey Financial Group, a Houston-based single family office. She is an expert in entrepreneurship, with a specific focus on the most exciting new business sector of our time, space commercialization. As an industry veteran and successful entrepreneur, Meagan has been a driving force in the development of the rapidly growing “NewSpace” sector.

    In addition to her role with Ramsey Financial Group, Meagan is also a start-up coach, a mentor, and is currently Vice President at Deep Space Industries. She helps convert big ideas into practical business opportunities by providing financial, management, growth, and communications services to companies that are involved in the commercialization of space, development of energy projects, and structuring of financial services.

    Photo of Cole Wollack, Managing Partner, Geekdom Fund Cole Wollak
    Managing Director
    Geekdom Fund
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    Geekdom Fund
    Cole Wollak has experience as an Engineer at FlashScan3D, a startup company that is focused on developing 3D imaging devices. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, the company has quickly gained a reputation for innovation in the field of 3D imaging and its application to biometrics and forensic science applications. At FlashScan3D, Cole has played a role in product design, electrical engineering, software development and image processing.

    Mr. Wollak worked under Jason Seats as the program manager of the first TechStars program in San Antonio. Mr. Wollak helped Mr. Seats to launch a successful first program with the eleven companies accepted to the program all having $200,000 - $500,000 committed to their initial fundraising rounds leaving the program. Following conclusion of the TechStars program, Mr. Wollak went to work for Geekdom in an operational roll, full time, assisting in the day to day activities of keeping Geekdom running. While at Geekdom Mr. Wollak launched the "legacy" Geekdom Fund and has facilitated that fund's activities for the last two years overseeing $375,000 in capital invested.

    Mr. Wollak occasionally teaches entrepreneurship classes at Trinity University, his alma matter, from which he graduated with a BS in Engineering Science in 2011.

    Photo of Shan Zaidi, Principal at Venture Fuel Partners Shan  Zaidi
    Venture Fuel Partners
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    Venture Fuel Partners
    Shan Zaidi is a Principal at Venture Fuel Partners. He is focused on providing strategic support and capital to early stage companies across a variety of sectors. Shan has placed over $2 million between his work with Venture Fuel Partners and his individual investments. Shan’s portfolio consists of public equities, real estate, oil and gas MLPs and private investments in technology, energy, consumer and retail start ups.

    In addition to his role at Venture Fuel Partners, Shan serves as Chief Financial Officer at Texas Gas Transport, a cryogenic fuels logistics company he co-founded. At TGT, Shan has helped build the sales and service teams and he presently directs the company’s funding, acquisition and reporting activities. Shan also serves as Vice President at SVN, a commercial real estate firm specializing in multi-family, land and office assets. SVN closed over $10 billion in real estate transactions in 2015 and operates over 200 offices in the US.

    Previously, Shan served as a consultant at Hitachi Consulting and Alvarez & Marsal, where he advised Fortune 500 clients on technology strategy and provided acquisition support to private equity clients. Shan had successful engagements with Kimberly Clark, AT&T, Southwest Airlines, and ExxonMobil among others.

    Shan was born and raised in Dallas, TX and has lived in London, Dubai and Austin. Shan holds an MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business and a Master of Science in Operations Research from Southern Methodist University.

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