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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Las Vegas Investor Roundtable, sponsored by Black Dog Venture Partners, Hool Coury Law. This event was in Las Vegas, NV on June 22, 2017.

    Photo of Scott Kelly, Black Dog Venture Partners Scott Kelly
    Manager
    Black Dog Venture Partners
    Read the full profile for Scott here!
    Black Dog Venture Partners
    Scott Kelly Founder and CEO of Black Dog Venture Partners, is a 25 year fundraising, marketing, sales, training and publicity veteran. Scott has raised millions of dollars in capital for disruptive companies, garnered national media coverage for hundreds of regional and national brands and generated millions of dollars in revenues for the companies he has represented.

    He has also trained over 1,000 sales people and has taught marketing at the university level in the United States and Europe.

    When not making his clients famous, Scott spends his time in countless sporting events with his wife and two boys. He loves a good craft beer and playing with his “Black Dog” Shamus.

    Photo of Michael Hool, Hool Coury Law Michael Hool
    Managing Partner
    Hool Coury Law
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    Hool Coury Law
    Michael Hool is our founding Partner. Michael works with select companies as an advisor, legal counsel and periodically serves in executive and board capacities. Michael 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.

    Michael broad merger and acquisition experience ranges from very large transactions such as the acquisition and financing of an NHL hockey franchise, several roll-up acquisitions combined with a public offering of the acquirer, the sale of health care systems, consolidation of 71 franchise operations, to acquisition and sale of a variety of closely-held and emerging enterprises. Michael has assisted clients in structuring many different types of venture relationships, including: (i) a joint venture of seven health care systems; (ii) creating an intellectual property consortium whose members included the U.S. Army, universities and fortune 500 companies, and (iii) creating manufacturing and research joint ventures between U.S. companies and those in Mexico and India.

    Michael acts as general counsel to private equity funds, high net-worth investors and emerging companies. Michael represents or advises accelerators, incubators, and has formed angel investment groups. Michael has chaired or served on the board of Arizona Venture Capital Conference, BioAccel, AzTech Investors, and the Indus Entrepreneurs. Mr. Hool is highly sought after as a speaker, blogger and author of papers on a broad variety of topics. Michael is active as an investor in a growing portfolio of emerging companies.

    Photo of Chris Uhrig - SVP of New Media Ventures for Playbook, Inc Chris Uhrig
    SVP
    Playbook Inc
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    Playbook Inc
    Chris Uhrig is the SVP of New Media Ventures for renowned sports-agency, Playbook Inc. In his role, Mr. Uhrig leads all New Media initiatives; this includes -- the venture practice, principle investments, content creation, social media monetization, corporate/brand advisory as well as talent representation.

    Mr. Uhrig is a seasoned investment professional with significant and broad transactional experience having completed $650M+ of corporate acquisitions, restructured $500M+ of liabilities and invested $150M+ of growth capital. Prior to joining Playbook Inc, Mr. Uhrig was the VP of Investment for a South-Florida based venture capital firm. Prior to that, Mr. Uhrig worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group for ADT, the leading home security provider in North America. Prior to ADT, Mr. Uhrig worked as an Investment Banker for Raymond James & Associates based in their Leverage Finance & Restructuring Group in New York City. Mr. Uhrig is a proud graduate of the University of Florida.

    Anita Nunes - angel investor, Pipeline Angels Anita Nunes - angel investor, Pipeline Angels

    Anita Nunes is an angel investor, activist and Co-Founder of Pluzze consulting. Anita is a member of Pipeline Angels and is an early stage investor. Anita primarily invests in Healthcare, IT and Tech Fashion companies. Anita believes that “early stage” companies give investors a unique opportunity to partner with the entrepreneurs and assist with growth. Anita has invested in several software companies, a personalized medicine company, a cloud platform and an edible company in the past 15 months. Anita made her name in the industry as Senior business development executive offering a documented track record of entrepreneurial leadership in complex technical sales environments. Noteworthy for combining deep strategic, financial and operational expertise with an instinctual ability to create opportunities, command a room and motivate people to action. Anita is an MBA recipient with 15 years of experience in management, finance, marketing and sales. Respected as a conceptual and inspirational leader of business reinvention and evolutionary change within major corporate institutions. Able to demonstrate a complete understanding of the needs of technical specialists, business executives, analysts and business administrators; and effectively articulate the benefits of complex interrelated technology and consulting solutions. Successfully leveraging her technical sales background to advise and support social entrepreneurs from under represented demographics. Anita lives in Oakland, CA and has one son who is a Senior at Arizona State University. Anita has a B.S. in Business from Duquesne University and a Masters in Business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Photo of David Gold, Managing Director, Access Venture Partners. David Gold
    Managing Director
    Access Venture Partners
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    Access Venture Partners
    David Gold is a Managing Director at Access Venture Partners. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with Special Honors from the University of Colorado and was a National Science Foundation Fellow while earning Masters Degrees in both Aerospace Engineering and Technology Policy from M.I.T.

    After working as an engineer with NASA, David spent a short time working on Capitol Hill and served in the Executive Office of the President of the United States where he was responsible for budget and policy oversight of the U.S. Land Remote Sensing and Weather Satellite programs as well as the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Subsequently he worked for several years as a manager growing a network of manufacturing consulting centers that assisted smaller manufacturers implement improved quality and efficiency. As part of his role, David launched an initiative focused on green manufacturing through waste reduction.

    Prior to joining Access Venture Partners, David was founder and CEO of ProSavvy, an eProcurement and online marketplace company which grew to profitability and a merger. After ProSavvy, David spent a number of years working with early stage companies as an advisor, board member and part time executive before joining the Access team.

    Photo of Rana Gujral, Entrepreneur, Turnaround CEO and an Investor. Rana Gujral
    Entrepreneur and Investor
    Angel Investor
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    Angel Investor
    Rana is an Entrepreneur, Turnaround CEO and an Investor. Rana founded a leading enterprise SaaS startup TiZE and is a member of councils for Forbes and YEC - both invitation-only communities for innovative entrepreneurs and executives. Rana is a columnist at TechCrunch and Forbes and advises several startups. Rana was recently listed among Top 10 Entrepreneurs to follow in 2017 by Huffington Post. In his role as Founder and CEO of TiZE, Rana raised the initial round and led the company through its formative traction. Prior to TiZE, Rana was recruited to be a part of the core turnaround team for Cricut Inc. At Cricut, Rana led the initiative to build a first of its kind, innovative products for the DIY community and affected the turnaround of Cricut’s EBITDA position from bankruptcy to profitability within a span of 2 years. Previously, Rana held leadership positions at Logitech S.A. and Kronos Inc. where Rana was responsible for the development of best-in-class products achieving billions of dollars in revenue and contributed towards several award-winning engineering innovations. Rana has earned a variety of personal and product awards through his career and has been featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, Inc magazine, Huffington Post, Fast Company, NBC, Fox and CBS.

    Photo of Ruminder Dhillion, The Arizona Founders Fund Ruminder Dhillon
    Founder and Managing Director
    The Arizona Founders Fund
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    The Arizona Founders Fund
    Mr. Ruminder Dhillon was an Associate at vSpring Capital. He is a Senior Associate at Kickstart Seed Fund. Prior to this, he worked for Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona. As a full-time student, Mr. Dhillon also worked full-time as a Strategy Associate at Evolution Capital Partners. Prior to that, he managed the India Practice Group for The Conrad Group, LLC. Mr. Dhillon holds an M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona; an M.A. from Columbia University; a Certificate in Venture Capital Development from the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India; and a B.A. from Emory University.

    Photo of Lars Christensen, Angel Investor Bryant Hayward
    Co-Founder, Managing Partner
    Northwest Quadrant Ventures
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    Northwest Quadrant Ventures


    Photo of Dan Settgast, Co-Founder United American Capital Corporation Dan Settgast
    Co-founder, Marketing Director
    Perfect Pages
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    Perfect Pages
    Dan Settgast started his career as a marketing expert for a German financial services provider before he moved to Las Vegas where he, together with his co-founders, established a network of successful Internet projects. He is also the co-founder of United American Capital Corp. His current boards include Pernum, Happy Health, Perfect Pages

    Alex Panelli, Angel Investor Alex Panelli, Angel Investor

    Mr. Panelli serves on the Boards of Directors of Positioning Universal, Inc., a fast-growing startup based in San Diego, CA; Lantern Messaging, Inc., of Austin, TX; and the non-profit EBV Foundation, supporting entrepreneurial education programs for service-disabled military veterans. In addition to these roles, he serves as an investor in and advisor to several other technology startups, including VIMOC Technologies, Scorebird, Pakible, Shoeboxed, Hiku and Percolata. Prior to this, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Trilibis Mobile from 2004 through 2009, raising three rounds of capital totaling over $8 million. Before Trilibis, he served in various roles with Palm (acquired by HP), Converge, Hewlett-Packard, Agilent, Motorola and Westinghouse Electric. Mr. Panelli holds an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University.

    Tim Moran Managing Partner at Precedo Capital Group, LLC Tim Moran Managing Partner at Precedo Capital Group, LLC

    Precedo Opportunity Fund, LP seeks opportunities in the energy industry with a clear goal of income. Precedo Fund, LP seeks growth opportunities in the micro venture and private equity sectors in an effort to achieve capital gains.

    Rebel Venture Fund Rebel Venture Fund

    Rebel Venture Fund is UNLV’s student led venture capital fund. Our relationship with UNLV and the Las Vegas community gives us access to an extensive network and strategic partnerships to suit individual business needs. Typically, we invest in Southern Nevada companies with a MVP and provide the necessary support and funding for the long road ahead. We are always looking to engage upstanding entrepreneurs and startups. Our team reviews applications on a weekly basis and makes investments with the support of our management board, consisting of local venture capitalists, angel investors, attorneys, entrepreneurs, and business executives.

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