Final Round Judges – 2017

Michael Crooke is a professor of business strategy at the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon and the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. He has served as the CEO or president of a number of companies, including Patagonia, Kelty, Pearl Izumi, and Revolution Living. Crooke is also founder of the Socially, Environmentally and Ethically Responsible (SEER) business certificate program..

Diane Fraiman serves as a partner with Voyager and focuses on finding market creators with a concentration on seed and early stage startups in the Pacific Northwest. She is on the board of Act-On, and a board observer for SheerID, Chirpify, Lytics, and Ubix. Diane has held leadership positions at Sanctum, Informix Software, Tektronix, and Sequent Computer. She previously spent 16 years in sales and marketing roles at Digital Equipment Corporation in the U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Jay Haladay is the founding partner of 10 Branch, an investment and advisory firm. Jay has spent over 40 years in the technology field—the first 10 years at the IBM Corporation and the last 30 founding, developing, and operating vertical market software businesses. He recently retired as CEO and Chairman of the Board of one of these firms, Viewpoint Construction Software, where he was responsible for raising over $500 million in growth equity during the past six years

Sabrina Parsons is CEO of Palo Alto Software, developer of LivePlan, the best-selling business management software. Palo Alto Software develops technology and tools specifically targeted for entrepreneurs and small-business owners. Parsons assumed the CEO role in May 2007 and is responsible for Palo Alto’s business planning, fiscal and strategic goals, and all of the company’s traditional marketing.

Tim Stout has been chair of the ophthalmology department and director of the Cullen Eye Institute at the Baylor College of Medicine since 2013. Prior to this position, he served as vice president for commercialization strategies at Oregon Health and Science University since 2007. As a practicing vitreoretinal surgeon and director of the Cullen Eye Institute, Stout brings experience from both the research and clinical sides of medicine.

Semifinal Round Judges


Tim Berry is founder and chairman of Palo Alto Software, which started in Palo Alto and now based in Eugene. He is the founder of bplans.com, and co-founder of Borland International. He has been active in the Willamette Angels since it originated, as well as being a managing member in 2013. He is a conceptual author of business planning software including, Business Plan Pro and LivePlan, and author of books including ‘Lean Business Planning’ (leanplan.com) and The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan, and 3 Weeks to Startup.

Chris Canazaro is a Director at Silicon Valley Bank leading the relationship banking team for Oregon, SW Washington and Idaho. Chris works with early and growth stage technology startups from formation through IPO primarily focused on the software and hardware sectors. Prior to banking, Chris worked as a quality engineer for the Bechtel Group on government infrastructure projects across the US.

Dr. Bernard Fox is an internationally recognized expert on cancer immunotherapy. He is the Harder Family Chair for Cancer Research, Member and Chief, Laboratory of Molecular and Tumor Immunology, at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center, Earle A. Chiles Research Institute, Providence Cancer Center. Dr. Fox is currently involved with translational immunotherapy trials for patients with prostate and breast cancer, head and neck squamous cell cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer.

Brian Glover is the President and CEO of Sierra Capital & Investments, Inc., a private equity and real estate development company. Mr. Glover was an owner of the Triple A Affiliate of the San Francisco Giants MLB team and has also owned other teams. Mr. Glover was the Chairman of the Board for the Convention and Visitors Bureau for Fresno and Board Member and Secretary for the Fresno Sports Foundation. Mr. Glover completed his Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration from California State University Fresno.

John Kochis is the president and founder of Gemini Consulting with offices in both Santa Barbara, California and Portland, Oregon where he focuses on achieving the financial and lifestyle goals of privately owned wineries. John is the CEO of Aspira Corporation. Before starting his own companies, John spent over 18 years with the E&J Gallo Winery. John is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and volunteers for the United Way, Partners in Education and was on the 2014 ballot for a seat on the Hope School District Board of Trustees.

Miles Haladay is the Managing Director of 10 Branch, LLC, one of the branches of the Haladay Family Office.  As part of 10 Branch, Miles invests in early stage companies in Oregon as well as leads the commercial development project in Lake Oswego. Prior to 10 Branch, Miles spent 15 years at Viewpoint Construction Software in various positions. Miles has a law degree from the University of Oregon and a history degree from Yale University. Going forward Miles is very excited about the future of transportation.

Joseph Hawes oversees Hawes Financial Group, which is a leader in the accounts receivable management industry. His businesses consist of Professional Credit Service (Debt Collection and Receiveable Management), HealthFirst Financial (Patient Financing), Hawes Technologies (Technology Services) and McKenzie Leasing (Equipment Leasing). Hawes has over 25 years of experience in accounts receivable.

Angela Jackson is co-founder and managing director of the Portland Seed Fund. The Fund invests in high growth, capital-efficient companies primarily in the Northwest. She also oversees the award-winning Portland State University Business Accelerator, with 30+ companies. She holds a B.A. in English and History from Boston University and a M.A. in environmental studies from University of Oregon. She was recently named the 2015 Woman of Influence.

Joe Maruschak is a strategist and serial entrepreneur who co-founded his first company, BraveTree, in 2001. GarageGames acquired BraveTree in 2005, and Maruschak joined their executive team managing games, core web technology and the IP division. Currently, Joe is a mentor at Portland-based accelerator PIEPDX, and a founder and board member of the FertiLab, Thinkubator. Joe is also the Director of the RAIN Eugene Accelerator.

Eric Meier joined Cervel Neurotech in 2010. Meier brings over 20 years of medical device industry experience to the company’s leadership. The breadth of his experience includes executive management, market development, product development, commercialization, reimbursement strategy, clinical and regulatory strategy, team building and fundraising. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and a Master in Business Administration from Stanford University.

Sandra Morris has been involved in developing and managing new products as well as presenting strategies and results. Currently, Sandra is working on a community outreach program to enable a new platform for small business lending. She continues her role as CEO of Cafegive, after holding key executive positions with well-known companies like Kodak, Intel and RCA.

Andrew J. Nelson is an Associate Professor of Management and Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Oregon. He serves as Academic Director of the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Nelson holds an M.Sc. from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. and B.A. from Stanford University. At the University of Oregon, he is the only tenured faculty member to have been awarded the undergraduate, MBA, and executive MBA teaching excellence awards multiple times.

Gregory Roderick is a third-generation senior housing industry member in an owner/operator position. Greg has worked in the senior housing industry at senior or executive level capacity since 1989. He has held management, marketing and finance positions with industry leaders including Holiday Retirement Corp., Regent Assisted Living, Inc. and Health Resources, Inc. Mr. Roderick attended the University of Oregon and a member of the Oregon Health Care Association.
Jon Rygh is Chief Creative Officer at Velocidi, a digital content marketing agency focused on demand generation, based in New York. In 2015, Jon led all digital and social media efforts for the USA Pavilion at the World’s Expo, focused on American Food 2.0. Prior to co-founding Velocidi, Jon worked in leadership capacities in advertising, branding, and design agencies, with the last several years focused primarily on digital communications.


Tom Sperry is the Managing Director of Rogue Venture Partners, a Portland based private equity firm. Tom holds an M.B.A. from the Ivey School of Business at University of Western Ontario and an International Executive M.B.A. in a program located in Hong Kong from 2002-2004.
Michael Tippie is an executive with 20 plus years of operational, venture and consulting experience in life science companies as well as life science venture capital firms. This includes senior executive roles in five start- ups. Michael managed account-ing and sales staffs and arranged complex deals with large pharmaceutical com-panies. Michael’s roots are in the basic research in the medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical and diagnostics industry.

Rick Turoczy has been working with startups in the Portland area for 20 years. Rick cofounded PIE (the Portland Incubator Experiment), a startup accelerator formed in partnership with the global advertising firm Wieden+Kennedy. Turoczy serves on the board of the Technology Association of Oregon. In 2014, he was named the “Small Business Advocate of the Year” by the Portland Business Journal.

Mitch Vance is a general partner of TGV Partners, a private equity investment firm focused on making control investments in emerging growth and middle market companies. TGV specializes in purchasing branded product companies. Mr. Vance’s 25 year long career in private equity includes stints with Levine, Tessler, Leichtman & Company, Pacific Mezzanine Investors and First Westinghouse Capital Corporation.

Dino Vendetti is a General Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures. Vendetti has spent his career as an entrepreneur, investor and executive in leading technology companies. He is now putting his passion and focus on building and growing the tech eco-system in Bend. Dino earned his MSEE and MBA degrees from the University of Washington and a BSEE degree from San Diego State University.

Rick Waldron leads Nike’s internal business incubator to deliver disruptive new businesses. Previously at Intel, Rick  worked in Intel Capital’s M&A deal team. Prior to joining Intel, Rick worked as a principal at Orca Capital Corporation before “retiring” from the law. Rick is also a certified executive leadership coach and has an ongoing coaching practice.

OEN Judges 


Abhijit (Jit) Banerjee joined OHSU in March 2008. As the Director of Business Development, Jit manages strategic alliances and OHSU’s startup company program. He is actively involved in forging ties with the entrepreneurial and local business community, creating the framework of support for companies to utilize OHSU research.


Sara Conte is a Principal at SGC Ventures, providing contract management consulting work for private equity companies. Sara spent 15 years building successful companies. Her previous startup, Brand Genie (PrestoBox), introduced branding to the masses as the first automated branding agency. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Sara has worked at JP Morgan, Boston Consulting Group, and a private equity company where she helped grow companies from zero to $250M. Sara has been an active local early-stage investor through angel groups like Oregon Angel Fund, Angel Oregon, and Portland Angel Network.


Over the past 15 years Mitch has focused on brand, digital, and website strategy for clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Mitch is a passionate advocate for entrepreneurs and served as the first two term Board Chair of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network. That experience led him to cofound Built Oregon, a digital magazine that tells the story of innovation and entrepreneurship happening all across Oregon — in every industry and region.


Scott has over two decades of experience in working with entrepreneurs and management teams of startup and later-stage ventures across a broad spectrum of Pacific Northwest industry groups including consumer brands, apparel, footwear, entertainment and technology. Scott has extensive experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, complex technology transfers and intellectual property matters. Scott serves as a frequent presenter to industry and trade groups on topics related to entrepreneurship, angel and venture investing, corporate leadership and building effective management teams.

Jordan Gal

Jordan is the Cofounder and CEO of CartHook, a software company that builds products to make online retailers more successful.  He’s also the cohost of the Bootstrapped Web podcast.  He lives in Portland, OR with his wife and three daughters.

Bradley Gauthier

Bradley is Founder and CEO of Sitecast, a platform for building cloud-based software. He leads a dedicated team of Portlanders as they navigate the struggles and triumphs of startup life.With nearly two decades of experience designing websites, developing apps, and building businesses, Mr. Gauthier brings a wealth of entrepreneurial knowledge to every interaction. Having grown up on a tiny, impoverished Indian Reservation in the forests near Lake Superior, Bradley has overcome many adversities to become the successful serial entrepreneur he is today.

Michael Gursha

Gursha is currently the Chairman & CEO of Rookie Road Inc., a digital media technology company focused on creating unique and engaging educational content. Previously, Gursha was appointed as the inaugural entrepreneur-in-residence at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Gursha has extensive experience in tech, media, biotechnology and healthcare. Gursha currently serves on various boards including New York On Tech, the Whitman School of Management & SXSW Accelerator. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University with a dual degree in both the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications & the Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

Martin Lott

Martin Lott is a management consultant with Cascade Energy of Portland Oregon. He works with industrial customers of electrical utilities to implement energy management systems. Since graduating from the University of Oregon’s Lundquist School of Business, Martin has become a prolific intrapreneur as Cascade Energy expands its services and moves into new markets.

Kate Niedermeyer

Kate is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Nike’s Innovation Accelerator, where she leads new venture opportunities, following lean startup methodologies on the hunt for disruptive growth. Prior to Nike, Kate worked for Intel, most recently as a venture lead for Intel’s New Business Initiatives. In that role, she helped launch businesses and products in wearables, security, payments, and cloud services. Kate has an MBA from Oregon (’06) and a BA from Reed College (’01).


Shannon is one of the Co-Founders of Red Duck Foods, Inc. and manages operations, supply chain, and R&D. She and two classmates started the company while earning their MBAs at the University of Oregon and have grown the company from 3 stores and 3 products in May 2013 to nearly 800 stores and 8 products in March 2016. Shannon also holds Bachelors Degrees in both Biology and Psychology from UC San Diego and enjoys running 100 mile trail races.


Eric V. Pozzo is semi-retired while continuing to manage the finances of ChipLab.com and a real estate partnership. From 2008-2011 he was Fund Manager of the Oregon Angel Fund, an early stage investment fund. Eric managed the finances of a portfolio company, Pacific Light Technologies, from 2012 through 2014. Eric has helped found and manage a number of successful start-ups after leaving Intel in 1982 to start a pioneering PC-based instrumentation company, Microcosm, Inc., and pursue a career of entrepreneurship.


A passionate entrepreneur with multiple exits, Vijay Raghavan joined Fishbowl Analytics in 2015 as their west coast Account Director. Prior to Fishbowl Vijay worked at Square, where he built and launched the food delivery service Caviar in Portland. Vijay holds an MBA from the University of Oregon and a BS in Finance from the University of Maryland.

Vera Sell

For over 15 years Vera has worked in product marketing and new product development roles in Portland-based technology companies. Most recently as VP of Marketing at Senrio, an IoT Security startup. Prior to that, she was Product Marketing Manager at Tektronix responsible for new product launches and sustaining activities for mid-range oscilloscopes. She also held product management and marketing roles at Biamp Systems and Avnera. Vera received her Master’s Degree from Portland State University and her Bachelor in International Business (double degree) from the University of Applied Sciences in Dresden, Germany and Plekhanov Academy of Economics, Moscow, Russia.


Adam is an Associate at Rogue Venture Partners – a Portland based Private Equity Firm. Prior to Rogue, Adam was the CFO and Lead IT Architect of Smart Choice MRI, a growth focused privately held healthcare services company based in Milwaukee, WI. Prior to his role at Smart Choice, Adam was a Global Program Manager for Exit Games, a German-based venture capital backed technology company. Adam graduated with a BA in International Comparative Policy Studies and Political Science from Reed College in Portland, Oregon.


Douglas Strabel founded Greenmark Expense Reduction Solutions in 2010. He has established a network of resources to support the Greenmark ERS business model. Prior to that he had years of experience in reducing expenses for companies in the manufacturing, electronics, consumer products, service, and fulfillment sectors. Currently his practice focuses on the golf property / golf course industry.


Jon is an attorney and CPA who represents technology and emerging growth companies with respect to the formation, financing, governance, and transactional matters. He counsels clients on venture capital and angel financings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures, technology licensing, commercial agreements and general business matters. Notable corporate clients include Teseda, Giftango, Exterro, Sol Republic, Ascension Software, UXComm, and Black Rock Coffee Bar, among others.


Tom is a co-founder of OpenSesame, the largest marketplace for online training. OpenSesame offers over 20,000 online courses through its 300+ publishing partners. Tom is passionate about OpenSesame’s core mission to make educational resources more widely available using technology. He has held business development and legal positions with several companies, including the LA Times, Internet Brands, and Knowledge Universe, the largest privately held education company. He earned a JD from the University of Washington and an MBA from NYU.


Sanjay Vankudre is an Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Startup Mentor, and experienced information technology professional with 20+ years experience in enterprise applications, internet applications and B2B integration. He is currently VP of engineering and CTO at IEm Solutions a software development and services firm Headquartered in California. Sanjay has held several leadership positions at companies including IBM, Covansys, Intel and also let startup ventures.