R. Yvonne Campos, founding CEO of market research and strategy firm, Campos Inc, is a nationally recognized focus group moderator, facilitator and consultant. Under her leadership, Campos Inc, founded in 1986, became the premier research company in the Pittsburgh market by introducing new and innovative research techniques and consumer trend analysis. She is the founder of two Pittsburgh chapters of the Women Presidents’ Organization, a peer-to-peer learning model for women-owned businesses with revenues over one million dollars. Yvonne is a very active member of the Pittsburgh business community; she has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for her entrepreneurship and community involvement. firstname.lastname@example.org
Will is the Founder and Managing Partner of RightPlace Enterprises, a Pittsburgh based advisory firm with Silicon Valley roots that combines deep industry knowledge and expertise in strategy, operations, financial management, and organizational transformation. Prior to founding RightPlace, Will was CFO for multiple publicly traded and privately held companies in Silicon Valley ranging from early stage start-ups to Fortune 100 enterprises. His experience spans the company life cycle from early stage financing, successive fundraisings, public company advising and communications, successful turnarounds and M&A exit strategies. During his career as a C-level executive, Will has successfully completed $850M in private and public financings, M&A transactions, and debt instruments for companies. Will is an active member in BlueTree Allied Angels, Pittsburgh’s largest angel investment group, and in Next Act Fund, an angel investment group focused on women-owned and -led companies.
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Sheila is the former Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of ANSYS, Inc., a public engineering software company, with responsibilities that included its global legal, compliance, internal audit, stock administration and risk management functions. Prior to joining ANSYS, Sheila was CFO and General Counsel of Venture Beginnings, Inc., a technology incubator. Sheila was a shareholder of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, where her law practice focused on complex commercial litigation, antitrust and general corporate law. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of The Business Software Alliance, the leading software industry trade association. Sheila has an A.B. in Economics from Georgetown University, an M.S.I.A from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
LYNN ANN GRIES
Lynn-Ann Gries has spent her career in the financial arena. From investment banking to venture capital she has experience working with a wide range of companies, from start-ups to those in the Fortune 1000.
She is the Managing Partner of the First Check Fund, the newest in a family of 15+ funds managed by Alumni Ventures Group. She also runs her own consulting firm providing a variety of business services including management of a women’s angel network, financial analysis, market research, and advisory services to entrepreneurs seeking capital.
Catherine Mott is the Founder and CEO of BlueTree Capital Group and BlueTree Allied Angels located in Wexford, PA (suburb of Pittsburgh), with a satellite office in Erie. As of October 2015, BlueTree Allied Angels has invested $38+ million in 48 start-up companies. Catherine is the past Chairman of the Board for the Angel Capital Association and the Angel Capital Education Foundation (aka Angel Resource Institute). In September 2011, she was one of 21 individuals selected for the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. Catherine recently joined forces with David Motley, Roger Byford and Jon Pastor to create the BlueTree Venture Fund I, focused on investing in Series B rounds of angel-funded companies in the mid-Atlantic and Midwestern regions of the United States.
Mike Silverman is a business attorney and the Chair of Cohen & Grigsby’s Tax Group. He advises clients in negotiating and structuring mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and with respect to tax planning, transition and exit planning, captive insurance companies and estate planning matters. Mike serves as general corporate counsel for local, regional and national privately-held businesses. Mike also has significant experience in representing individuals and businesses in federal, state and local tax audits.
Brenda Smith is a Certified Financial Planner™ and Professional Certified Coach® (PCC). As a Financial Advisor at Bernstein, she works with individuals, families, executives and entrepreneurs on complex life and business transitions, addressing both the technical and behavioral aspects of wealth planning. Prior to joining the firm, Brenda was Founder & CEO of Peoplesmith Global, Inc., where she managed a global team of coaches, and served as a trusted advisor to multinational CEOs, C-level executives and early-stage entrepreneurs on business strategy, management and capital markets. Brenda began her career with Merrill Lynch, where she managed the national, retirement planning (ERISA) product for the firm and then served as district manager for Merrill Lynch Northeast. Before that, she was vice president of Investment Marketing at PNC Investments.