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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Houston Investor Roundtable, sponsored by Trout Business Capital ,,, The Work Lodge, Insperity, Tyler and Maderer. This event was in The Work Lodge on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

    Moderator: Mike Thakur, Work Lodge CEO Moderator: Mike Thakur, Work Lodge CEO

    Photo of Jeff Harder, Partner Jackson Walker, HAN Member 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 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 Abe Chu, CMO, NextSeed Abe Chu
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    Abe is a co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of NextSeed ( Abe was a former marketing executive in charge of technology marketing and sales teams for global electronic brands and retailers prior to launching NextSeed. He has a BA in Economics and an MBA from Rice University.

    Photo of Jim Allman Senior Technology Manager SABIC Ventures Jim  Allman
    Senior Technology Manager
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    Jim Allman is a Senior Technology Manager for SABIC Ventures, the venture capital arm of SABIC. He has been with SABIC Ventures for about two years; prior to that, he worked in the Process Technology department of SABIC. Jim has a degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas, and over 30 years’ experience in the chemical industry. SABIC is a large petrochemical and advanced materials company headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    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 Opening Remarks, Casey Minshew, Texas Director FundingPost 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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