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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Houston VC Grill, sponsored by Andrews Kurth LLP. This event was in Houston on Monday, June 7, 2004.

    Dennis Murphree, CEO, Murphree Venture Partners Dennis Murphree, CEO, Murphree Venture Partners

    Dennis is the President and CEO of Murphree and Company, Inc. and Managing General Partner of Murphree Venture Partners IV, L.P and Murphree Venture Partners V, L.P. He was educated at Southern Methodist University (B.A. 1969) and The Wharton School (M.B A. 1971). He is also on the faculty of the Jones Graduate School at Rice University where he teaches second-year M.B.A. courses in creative entrepreneurship and venture capital.

    Dennis' entrepreneurial career began in 1972 when he started his own real estate development company. By 1985, that company was the eleventh largest developer in the U.S. and had offices in twelve cities throughout the Sunbelt.

    Currently, he is a Board member of Advent Networks, Unico Corporation, FiberDynamics Inc., Journée Software

    Philip Tuttle, GP, Davis, Tuttle Venture Partners Philip Tuttle, GP, Davis, Tuttle Venture Partners

    Philip has 27 years of venture capital management experience
    Management of successful venture capital firms:
    Allied Bancshares Capital Corporation
    Davis Venture Partners
    Founder of the Houston Venture Capital Association
    BS Rice University, MBA Northwestern University
    Certified Public Accountant

    Marc Geller, Managing Director, Sternhill Partners Marc Geller, Managing Director, Sternhill Partners

    Co-founder Marc Geller has been managing venture capital funds since 1995. Prior to the formation of Sternhill Partners, he invested in 14 information technology and life science start-ups, totaling more than $40 million. Most recently, he was a general partner with GC Technology Fund, L.P., a $25 million venture fund that invests in information technology and life science companies. To date, four portfolio companies have been acquired, with one more in registration to go public.

    Marc sits on the boards of directors of Boingo Wireless (Santa Monica, CA); and Navini Networks, Inc. (Richardson, TX). He holds Bachelor of Arts, J.D., and Master of Laws degrees.

    Richard Scruggs, Angel Investor, Houston Angel Network Richard Scruggs, Angel Investor, Houston Angel Network

    Mr. Scruggs is a Principal with Winston Sage Partners, a business management and consulting firm. He is also the Director of Texas A&M’s Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship. Prior to these positions, he spent over 20 years in the systems integration business.

    He was the founder, CEO and Chairman of Align Solutions Corp. In 1999 Align was recognized as the fastest growing private company in the Houston area and Mr. Scruggs was honored as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Align Solutions was bought by Luminant Worldwide Corporation in September 1999 and Mr. Scruggs helped take the company public. He served as Vice-Chairman and Executive Vice President of Luminant for two years. Prior to his Align Solutions and Luminant experience he worked with Andersen Consulting, BSG Alliance/IT and Perot Systems. He currently serves on the HTC Advisory Board, the executive committee of Texas A&M’s Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship and the board of the Houston Angels Network. Mr. Scruggs holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. He is married with two daughters.

    Moderator: Eddy Rogers, Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP

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