HiBEAM’s all-volunteer board of directors and member-mentors are outstanding professionals with expertise in assisting startup companies. Click on any of the following names for a brief description and biography, or scroll down for a complete listing.
Board of Directors
Michael O’Malley, Goodsill Anderson, Quinn & Stifel – Chairman
William K. Richardson, HMS Hawaii Management
Eric J. Clark, Servco Pacific Inc.
Robert Clarke, Director Emeritis
Debra R. Guerin-Beresini, International Venture Corporation (INVENCOR)
Glen Van Ligten, Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP
Barry Weinman, Director Emeritis, Allegis Capital
Hank Wuh, Skai Ventures
Piia Aarma, Pineapple Tweed
T. Hale Boggs, Manatt, Phelps & Phililips, LLP
Russel Cheng, Founder Institute
Tim Dick, Startup Capital Ventures
Gregory R. Kim, Convergent Law Group
Anton C. Krucky, Tissue Genesis Inc.
Baolan Messinger, Fine Print Press
Gregg Nasky, Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel
Elliot Parks, Hawaii Biotech
D. Kirk B. Westbrook, City National Bank
Bee Leng Chua, Executive Director, HiBEAM
Biographies (Alphabetical by Last Name)
PIIA AARMA has been involved in communications for almost 20 years. Her experience includes corporate communications, marketing, Internet site development, national-level lobbying, newspaper reporting and editing, magazine writing and on-line communications. She has broad industry and functional expertise, with specialties in image and positioning, media relations, issues management, and crisis management. Since 1997, Ms. Aarma has headed her own communications consulting firm, Pineapple Tweed (www.pineappletweed.com).
Ms. Aarma previously led corporate communications for the Bank of Hawaii, including its Pacific, Asia and U.S. Mainland locations. In this role, she developed strategic integrated communications plans to position the company, its executives and staff as industry and community leaders; developed and led crisis communications strategy and implementation; and developed the Bank’s website and the beginnings of a long-term strategic plan for Internet communications and commerce.
Before coming to Hawaii, Ms. Aarma was a lobbyist with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), a macroeconomic lobbying association, in Washington, DC. At NAM she held positions as senior associate director and associate director for media relations.
Ms. Aarma is a member of the board of directors for La Pietra-Hawaii School for Girls, Atherton YMCA, Mediation Center of the Pacific, and Hawaii Society of Corporate Planners. She is vice chair of the Hawaii/Pacific Export Council and is a member of the Rotary Club of Honolulu and chair of its public relations and scholarship committees. A former president of the board of directors for DASH (Drug Addiction Services of Hawaii), Ms. Aarma was also a founder and former trustee of Malama Na Keiki Foundation and served on the Advisory Council of the Hawaii Youth Mentoring Initiative.
T. HALE BOGGS is a partner with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP. He founded the Palo Alto office in 1998 and works principally out of the firm’s San Francisco office, which he helped to establish in 2007. Mr. Boggs chairs the firm’s nationwide Business Development Committee and serves on the Compensation Committee and Executive Committee.
Mr. Boggs’ practice focuses on corporate and securities matters, including venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, public and private securities offerings, and joint ventures.
Mr. Boggs’ expertise includes venture capital and other equity and debt financings, equity compensation matters, SEC reporting and disclosure, intellectual property licensing, complex corporate partnering transactions and corporate governance. He also represents venture capital firms in fund formation and counseling matters. He frequently assists clients in structuring creative arrangements to acquire, develop, protect and distribute technologies and products both domestically and internationally.
Mr. Boggs also represents a wide variety of financial institutions and financial services companies, including commercial banks and bank holding companies, and consumer and commercial finance companies.
RUSSEL CHENG is a career entrepreneur with 16 years of international experiences. He is currently co-founder of DevLeague, offering programs on coding and programming. He is also the founder of StartupHui, a startup incubator designed to help web-technology startups build better products, attract additional funding and ultimately grow more successful businesses.
Prior to his own startups, Russel joined Oceanit as an in-house entrepreneur to commercialize science and software applications. Before Oceanit, he was the Asia regional director for Microsoft based in Tokyo responsible for building the consumer marketing team for MSN.com and regional Branded Entertainment Team.
Prior to Microsoft, Russel was the digital director at Beacon Communications, part of the Leo Burnett network owned by the Publicis Group. He holds a patent and another patent pending related to online authentication, identity and age verification using mobile devices. In 2004, he won an international Cannes Gold Lion award for his mobile phone gaming application.
Prior to joining Beacon, Russel was the Singapore-based founder and Managing Director of Organic, an Internet consulting firm headquartered in San Francisco, launched in the Asia region in 1999 and helped with its NASDAQ IPO in 2000. Organic is now part of the Omnicom Group. Before Organic, he was the co-founder and CEO of XM Asia, a subsidiary of Bates Advertising, now owned by WPP. XM was the first Internet marketing agency in the Asia region, established in Tokyo in early 1995.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Russel earned a BBA from University of Hawaii College of Business in 1989. He worked two five-year stints in Japan, five years in Singapore and one year in Silicon Valley before returning home to Honolulu in 2007.
He is a mentor at HiBEAM accelerator, an entrepreneur-in-residence at Punahou Schools, Chaminade University and a virtual entrepreneur-in-residence at University of Hawaii.
BEE LENG CHUA, PhD. is the current Executive Director of HiBEAM. Dr. Chua was the first executive director of the Entrepreneurship Center in the College of Business Administration at HPU where she launched the school’s first business plan competition and the Stanford Innovation Tournament @ HPU. Prior to working in Hawaii, Chua was the founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and also a teaching faculty member. She served on the Advisory and Vetting Committees of the Hong Kong Government’s Cyberport IncuTrain Centre (www.cyberport.hk), as a mentor in the Incubation Centre of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks and as an assessor with the Small Entrepreneur Research Assistance Programme (SERAP), Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC), in the Hong Kong Government.
ERIC CLARK is Director of Corporate Development at Servco Pacific Inc. (www.servco.com). Servco is a privately held company engaged in automotive and consumer product distribution and insurance services, as well as real estate and private equity investment and management. Mr. Clark’s responsibilities include managing acquisitions, divestitures, investments, and strategic alliances.
Mr. Clark was previously an investment banker in New York City with Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse First Boston and Smith Barney. In addition, Mr. Clark worked at the U.S. Department of State, Merrill Lynch, and Ashoka Innovators for the Public. He is a cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and passed the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Officer Written and Oral Examination.
ROBERT CLARKE has 40 years of strategic planning, financial expertise and diversified management experience. Mr. Clarke joined Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc (HEI) in 1987 as Vice President of Strategic Planning and was charged with implementing the Company’s diversification strategy. He was named HEI Group Vice President – Diversified Companies in May of 1988 and made a director of HEI in 1989. On January 1, 1991, Mr. Clarke became President and Chief Executive Officer of HEI, and in September 1998, was named Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Bob retired from HEI in May 2006.
Mr. Clarke has served on a number of boards including the Straub Foundation, The Oceanic Institute, the Center for A Sustainable Future, and the American Judicature Society-Hawaii Chapter. He served also on the board of advisors of Sennet Capital and Hawaii Business Roundtable. Presently, he is a director of Ormat Technologies, a public company in the geothermal industry world wide.
TIM DICK is a General Partner at Startup Capital Ventures. He serves, or has served as a Director of several of the firm’s investments including Adama Materials, Silvertail Systems, TuneIn, TagArray and Suturenetics. He is also a limited partner in Advanced Technology Ventures. Prior to SCV, Tim led the turn-around of Dali Wireless, a wireless carrier equipment company, as its CEO and Chairman. He previously founded Hawaii Superferry in 2001 as CEO, a company that brought inter-island vehicle & passenger ferry service to Hawaii.
Tim co-founded and was President of Grassroots.com the leading political web technology company in 1999 (acquired by Edelman). In 1995, he founded WorldPages.com, the Internet’s first white & yellow pages (NYSE:WPZ, then acquired by BT). Tim co-founded TRUSTe.org in 1997 that still holds Internet’s privacy standard. He was the first investor and advisor to Match.com (NASDAQ:IACI), a Director of Accept.com (acquired by Amazon) and Dali Wireless, Inc.
After earning his MBA, Tim was a principal at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he led CEO-level strategy consulting work in high-technology, transportation, and energy industries. Tim was previously an electrical engineer at Beckman Instruments, where he developed the first electronic speech synthesizer for use in intensive care units, and the world’s first medical & scientific instrument-on-a-chip.
He holds an MBA from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine where he founded the UCI Cycling Team.
He serves as Chairman of Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawaii, is a board member of HiBEAM (nonprofit), and is an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at the University of Hawaii. He is a founding Board Member of Reef Check Hawaii and is an active member of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association and serves on the selection committee and mentors two venture accelerators (Blue Startups, and PICHTR Energy Excelerator).
KARL FOOKS is the president of the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation, an agency of the state of Hawaii that partners with private sector investors to mobilize investment capital for the growth sectors of Hawaii’s economy. Formerly a managing director and head of Private Equity in Asia for J.P. Morgan & Co., Karl has extensive experience as an investment professional. Prior to that position, Karl was head of Mergers and Acquisitions in Asia for J.P. Morgan & Co. He holds a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and hails from the North Shore of Oahu.
DEBRA R. GUERIN BERESINI is an experienced manager, investor and entrepreneur. In 1997, she co-founded invencor, inc., based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has since served as its CEO. invencor manages both debt and equity funds, provides mentoring and educational programs for venture and private equity investors, consults with entrepreneurial management teams to grow companies and works with lending institutions that focus on emerging growth companies.
Beresini works with emerging growth companies across industries – healthcare, life science, and consumer – helping the management teams develop strategies to build sustainable companies. Her work with lending institutions includes structuring internal plans for risk mitigation policies and practices for lending to emerging growth companies.
Previously, she held senior positions at organizations focused on the investment, growth and financing of startup companies including AR&D Corp (specializing in technology transfer), US Portfolio Leasing-Ford subsidiary (venture leasing), Technology Funding, Inc. (debt and equity financing to emerging companies) and as senior vice president and manager of the National Division at Silicon Valley Bank.
Under her guidance at Silicon Valley Bank, Beresini and her team built the National Division for the bank opening loan production offices focused on the emerging company market throughout the western United States. Silicon Valley Bank, founded in 1982, was the first bank with a primary focus on emerging companies. In 2000, Beresini co-founded and became managing director of International Venture Fund LP based in Silicon Valley.
Beresini presently sits on the boards of AGIS Networks, San Ramon, California; Hawaii Biotech, Honolulu, Hawai’i and HIBEAM, a Hawai’i-based business accelerator. She is a member of the advisory board of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship for the University of Hawai’i and is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Wayne Brown Institute, an educational nonprofit focused on mentoring entrepreneurs. She was appointed by former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle to the Hawaii Governor’s Innovation Council, serving from June 2007 through 2008. In 2013, she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
She is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and government organizations (both domestic and foreign) and at venture capital, entrepreneurial and tech transfer conferences throughout the U.S.
GEORGE HERZLINGER graduated from M.I.T. in 1965 and received a Ph.D. in physics from the same institution in 1971. After teaching for a year and spending 8 years in an industrial research laboratory, he founded Belmont Instrument Corporation in 1980. The Company was founded without any outside funding, and initially grew by developing and manufacturing products under contract to large medical device Corporations.
During the first 18 years of its existence, the Company designed and manufactured electromechanical medical products used for critical care, primarily intra-aortic balloon pump cardiac assist devices. This type of device assists the failing heart by inflating and deflating a large balloon in the descending aorta synchronously with the heart’s own activity. The Company made a number of innovations to the field during this period, including the development of the smallest and lightest balloon pump ever made, which greatly facilitated patient transport within the hospital while maintaining assist, and later the development of the first balloon pump to automate pump operation to clinical conditions, something that had to be done manually, and tediously in the past.
The Company later sold this part of the business and used the funds received to develop a family of products which it sold under the Belmont name using a newly developed sales force. These products include the Belmont® Rapid Infuser, a device for massive blood transfusion, the Belmont buddy™ family of warmers for warming transfused blood during routine surgery, and more recently, a device for treating certain types of cancer using infusion/warming technology. Each of these products has both a capital equipment and single-use disposable component.
Belmont’s products are used in nearly all major hospitals in the US, including 20 of the 21 US News and World Report “honor roll” of best US hospitals. Our rapid infuser was widely used under the most stressful conditions in the war zone in Iraq and Afghanistan by the US Army to treat severely wounded soldiers, civilians, and even enemy combatants. It has also been used to save lives in hospitals throughout the US and elsewhere in the world to prevent people from dying from massive hemorrhage.
All of Belmont’s products were developed and are made in the USA, at the company’s facility in Billerica, MA where it currently employs 50 people.
Dr. Herzlinger is married to Regina Herzlinger, a Professor of Business at the Harvard Business School, who is well known for her books and editorials on health economics and health policy.
REGINA HERZLINGER is the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration Chair at the Harvard Business School. She was the first woman to be tenured and chaired at Harvard Business School and the first to serve on a number of corporate boards. She is widely recognized for her innovative research in health care, including her early predictions of the unraveling of managed care and the rise of consumer-driven health care and health care focused factories, two terms that she coined. Dr. Herzlinger has received much recognition for her research and writing in the field of health care. Her books are best sellers. Money has dubbed her the “Godmother” of consumer-driven health care. She was profiled by BusinessWeek in “If Health Care Were Run Like Retail”. Her book, Who Killed Health Care? (NY: McGraw-Hill, 2007), was selected by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as one of the ten books that changed the debate in 2008. Noted Merrill Matthews; “There are two powerful, well-respected and highly accomplished women who are driving the health care reform debate in the United States. One is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose first attempt at dramatically reforming the U.S. health care system turned into a political disaster. The other is Harvard Business School economist Regina Herzlinger, one of the country’s most knowledgeable and articulate experts on the U.S. health care system, who has been pointing the way toward a “consumer-driven” system for years.”
Her prior book, Consumer-Driven Health Care: Implications for Providers, Payers, and Policymakers (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass 2004) received the 2004 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award for History and Public Policy. Earlier research results were profiled by The Wall Street Journal (November 2002) and Managed Health Care Executive (June 2003, cover) Her July 2002 Harvard Business Review articles, “Let’s Put Consumers in Charge of Health Care,” was an Amazon eBooks best seller.
She has won the Consumers’ for Health Care Choices Pioneer in Health Economics award, the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Hamilton Book of the Year award twice, the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s Board f Directors award, and Management College of Physician Executive. Modern Healthcare’s readers regularly selected her among the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” and Managed Healthcare named her one of health care’s top ten thinkers. In recognition of her work in nonprofit accounting and control, she was named the first Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh.
Professor Herzlinger has served on the Scientific Advisory Group to the U.S. Secretary of the Air Force and as a board member of many private and publicly-traded firms, mostly in the consumer-driven health care space, often as chair of the Governance and Audit subcommittees.
Regina Herzlinger received her Bachelor’s Degree from MIT and her Doctorate from the Harvard Business School.
GREGORY KIM has over 25 years experience as a corporate and securities attorney representing emerging growth companies and public companies in private and public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, SEC filings and reports, venture capital, joint ventures and licensing and other technology transactions.
Prior to joining Convergent Law Group (CLG), Greg was a partner at Virtual Law Partners LLP. Before joining CLG, in 2004, Greg founded Vantage Counsel LLC, one of the first virtual law firms, and before that was a partner with Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he practiced for 16 years. Greg began his private practice in 1988 as a corporate lawyer with Pillsbury, Madson & Sutro (now known as Pillsbury Winthrop). Prior to joining Pillsbury, Greg received a one-year appointment as law clerk for the Honorable Herbert Y.C. Choy, Ninth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals.
Greg is committed to community service. He is a founding board member of HiBEAM, an accelerator program for emerging technology companies, and served as a founding director of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawaii. Greg serves on the advisory boards of the University of Hawaii Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) and Chaminade University, Hogan School of Business is an entrepreneur-in-residence at Punahou School, a professional-in-residence at PACE, and teaches an entrepreneurship and small business clinic at the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law. Greg also served as an adjunct professor at Chaminade University, teaching entrepreneurship at the Hogan program. Greg served as the Chair of the Business Law Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association, and is the principal draftsperson of the Hawaii Business Corporation Act. Greg is also the founder of Business Law Corps, a legal nonprofit focused on helping deserving entrepreneurs with pro bono corporate and business law services.
Greg received a BS in engineering and applied sciences from Yale University in 1979 and earned his JD/MBA at the U.C. Berkeley, in 1983. Greg is recognized as a leading corporate attorney by Best Lawyers of America and Chambers USA.
ANTON KRUCKY brings to Tissue Genesis decades of management that include product development, marketing, and sales experience in a global company, IBM. Prior to leaving IBM, he held several senior management positions including General Manager of Operations for IBM in the Pacific. Mr. Krucky has consulted to and invested in small and emerging technology businesses, and has personally owned several small businesses. He serves on the Boards of major corporations in the State of Hawaii that include Servco Pacific, in addition to key non-profit medical and healthcare Boards that include the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Pacific Health Research Institute. Mr. Krucky supports numerous community organizations and is an established business leader in Hawaii, bringing valuable contacts and relationships to TGI.
BAOLAN MESSINGER Baolan’s professional experience includes finance and accounting for DFS Hawaii (a subsidiary of Louis Vuitton S.A.); the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank (Boston); and Central Pacific Bank as Financial Controller, Financial Analyst, and Auditor. Baolan specializes in corporate financial reporting/taxation; audits on business processes from cost-reduction and revenue-generation standpoints; and predictive analytics to anticipate customer behavior in order to drive revenue and identify opportunities.
Currently she is the Managing Partner/Controller for Fine Print Press, a publishing company, and e-book/content provider for Amazon.com. Baolan is also a mentor for HiBEAM, a Hawaii-based accelerator focusing on renewable energy and life science. She counsels tech startups in revenue projections for company valuations, raising funds, and seeking corporate strategic partnership or project collaboration.
She earned an M.B.A in Finance/Accounting, and Information Systems at the University of Hawai’i, and a B.A. from Tunghai University, Taiwan/the University of Texas at Austin.
GREGG NASKY is a transactional, securities and corporate law partner with Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel (www.goodsill.com). His extensive professional background includes numerous domestic and international development projects. He served as a director of a New York Stock Exchange company for fifteen years and as one of the founding directors of an Australian Stock Exchange company. He received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame and is licensed to practice in Hawaii, Nevada and Pennsylvania [inactive], as well as before Federal courts in Hawaii and Nevada.
MICHAEL J. O’MALLEY is a Tax Attorney at Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn and Stifel (www.goodsill.com). He graduated from Claremont-McKenna College (summa cum laude) and Harvard Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal on Legislation. Mr. O’Malley represents a broad spectrum of individuals, businesses, companies, nonprofit and health care organizations in federal and state corporate, securities and tax matters, with emphasis on business, corporate, partnership and real estate transactions and activities.
Mr. O’Malley is admitted to practice in the States of Hawaii and New York (Southern District of New York) and before the U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Claims Court. He is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association (Tax – past Chair – and Business Law Sections), American Bar Association (Tax Section, Committee on Real Estate Tax Problems; Business Law Section; and Health Law Section). He is the Hawaii chapter author for the ABA Sales and Use Tax Deskbook. He is on the Board of Trustees (Chair) of Kapi`olani Health Foundation and Historic Hawaii Foundation (President), and the Board of Directors of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii (President), Hawaii Dental Service (Vice-Chair), and Jas. Glover Holding Company, Ltd. He is currently serving as HiBEAM’s Secretary and Treasurer.
Dr. ELLIOT PARKS is President and CEO of Hawaii Biotech Inc. He has over twenty-five years in biomedical research, product development, executive management, and international venture capital experience to the company. During that time he has had extensive experience in successfully and repeatedly translating important basic research science into commercial products. He was the founding CEO of Myelos Neurosciences a venture-backed, clinical stage biologics company sold to Savient, a NASDAQ listed firm. Prior to Myelos, Dr. Parks was the Director of the Johnson & Johnson Biotechnology Center for ten years, where he was responsible for guiding several biomedical products through clinical trials and regulatory approval. Following receipt of his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Dr. Parks assumed research and leadership positions at the Scripps Research Institute during his twelve year tenure there. He also served under the Surgeon General of the Army at Letterman Army Institute of Research in the Presidio in San Francisco.
WILLIAM K. RICHARDSON was born and raised in Hawaii having attended University of California, Santa Barbara and Duke Law Schools. Mr. Richardson is the founder (1994) and general partner of HMS Hawaii Management, the General Partner of HMS Investments, HMS Hawaii II, and HMS Hawaii III. He is currently raising his 4th venture capital fund to be called Manoa Venture Partners (“MVP”). His current partners include Leigh-Ann Miyasato, former Executive Director of HiBEAM, and Patrick Sullivan, CEO of Oceanit. Prior to founding HMS Hawaii Management, Mr. Richardson was a Hawaii attorney specializing in commercial law and finance. He also worked nine years in various sales and marketing capacities for Wang Laboratories. He has held the following positions: Chairman of Pacific DirectConnect, a WiFi integration company; Chairman of Kona Bay Marine Resources, a marine biotech company; and Chairman of Hawaii Biotech, a bio-therapeutic company. He was formerly on the Boards of Wireless (now interWAVE Communications International) and HealthScape (now VirtualSeller.com), and a board visitor to Digital Island. He was an active investor/mentor in Hoku Scientific, a fuel cell company; Firetide, a WiFi equipment builder; and Hoana Medical, a medical device company.
Mr. Richardson was the founding co-chair of University Connections, and a founder and Chair of HiBEAM. His community connections include six years as a trustee of the University of Hawaii Foundation, five years on the Board of the National Kidney Foundation, and current board member of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Business and the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawaii. Mr. Richardson currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Trust for Public Lands.
GLEN R. VAN LIGTEN is a member of the Corporate and Securities practice group which advises emerging companies and venture capital firms. Glen represents companies at all stages of the corporate life-cycle, from pre-incorporation planning to venture capital financings to mergers and acquisitions. Glen specializes in a wide range of corporate, securities and partnership law, primarily focusing on the formation and financing of emerging growth companies and the representation of venture capital funds in their investments, and also works with investment banks involved in public and private stock offerings.
Van Ligten earned his J.D., cum laude, from Hastings College of Law at the University of California and his B.S. from the University of California at Davis. Before joining Gunderson Dettmer Glen was a partner at Orrick and Director at Venture Law Group.
BARRY WEINMAN has been making venture capital investments in Silicon Valley since 1980. He is a Managing Director and co-founder of Allegis Capital, a Palo Alto based venture fund with over $700 million under management. He has extensive operational experience in the areas of manufacturing and marketing in Silicon Valley high technology companies, including Fairchild Semiconductor and IBM.
Mr. Weinman has participated in and led many investments in companies that had successful IPOs or M&A events including: Palm (NASDAQ), Cypress Semiconductor (NYSE), Caere (NASDAQ), Cadnetix (NASDAQ), Columbia/HCA (NYSE), Women.com (NASDAQ), Medscape (NASDAQ), Liveworld (NASDAQ), InfoGear (CSCO), Be. Inc (NASDAQ), and Quokka (QKKA).
Mr. Weinman has a B.S. from Clarkson College of Technology and an M.A. from the University of Southern California/London School of Economics. He was an air controller and operations officer on USS Radford a Pearl Harbor based destroyer and spent three years as a speech writer and briefing officer for Admiral John McCain, the Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and David Bruce, U.S. Ambassador to London. From 1989 to 1995, he was a lecturer on entrepreneurship at the USC Business School.
Barry currently serves on the boards of LiveWorld ( NASDAQ: LVWD) and a number of private companies, including Hoana Medical in Hawaii. He is Chairman of the Board Trustees of the University of Hawaii Foundation (Endowment) and was the Chair of the University of Hawaii Centennial Campaign which raised $336 Million against a goal of $250 Million. He is on UH President’s Council on Innovation.
D. KIRK B. WESTBROOK is Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager at City National Bank. Mr. Westbrook is an experienced entrepreneur, manager and investor with an expansive, over 25 year background in banking, private debt and equity investments for traditional and high technology companies. His background also provides first hand working knowledge of troubled company restructuring, accounting, auditing, private and non-profit Board seats and financial management. Westbrook enjoys direct experience with financial consulting, strategic business planning and venture capital, as well as many aspects of commercial and residential real estate, including both construction and permanent financing. Specialties: Competitive analysis, strategic market analysis, financial analysis, business modeling, contract negotiations, troubled loan workouts, private company Board compliance, debt structures, debt and equity instruments for privately held, bootstrapped, angel and VC-backed companies.
HANK WUH is a surgeon, inventor, and entrepreneur, Dr. Hank C. K. Wuh has led the development of over twenty biomedical and consumer healthcare products from concept to the global market.
Dr. Wuh is founder of Cellular Bioengineering Inc., (www.cellularbioengineering.com) focused on developing a bioengineered cornea for transplantation to restore vision for the 10 million people around the world with corneal blindness. Dr. Wuh is also founder and CEO of Skai Technologies, LLC, a venture accelerator transforming novel, ingenious ideas from scientists and physicians at leading universities into companies with disruptive biomedical innovations. (www.trutags.com, www.decongel.com). The company’s motto: Invent. Disrupt. Inspire.
Dr. Wuh grew up in Hawaii and attended Iolani School. He received his B.A. in Human Biology from the Johns Hopkins University, Masters in Public Health from Harvard, and Medical Doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Wuh is a 2010 nominee for The National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and was selected the 2008 Invention Entrepreneur of the Year by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association. At the University of Hawaii, Dr. Wuh is a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Innovation and Technology Advancement, Dean’s Council at the School of Engineering, and Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the School of Medicine.
Dr. Wuh recently founded World Children’s Vision to bring blind children from around the world to Hawaii for the gift of sight. He is fluent in Chinese Mandarin.