Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Hatch Graham – Managing Director, ATA Ventures
Hatch is an accomplished business executive and technologist who focuses on the entrepreneurial realm. He has founded a number of successful start-ups, including Wave7 Optics in Georgia and Rosonext in California, which was acquired by RF Micro Devices. He has also served as CEO of venture-backed companies such as Actelis Networks, Bandwidth9 and Arroyo Optics and managed publicly traded businesses such as Zoran Corporation (ZRAN). Hatch holds a B.S. in Engineering from Idaho State University and is the recipient of the University’s Professional Achievement Award. He currently serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Committee.

Don Butler – Managing Director, Thomvest
Don Butler is the President of Thomvest Ventures Inc. He began his career with the investment banking firm of Lehman Brothers, where he was a member of the energy and high technology industry groups in New York and San Francisco. In this capacity Don assisted in completing transactions ranging from initial public offerings to mergers and acquisitions. Don has also worked with the consulting and investment firm Asia Pacific Ventures, where he assisted numerous technology companies in business development in the East Asian markets. Don received a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese from UCLA and Master’s degrees in East Asian Studies and Political Science from Stanford University.

Chris Hollenbeck – Managing Director, Granite Ventures
Chris Hollenbeck is a founding member of the Granite Ventures team. He joined Granite after serving as Vice President of Hambrecht & Quist's Venture Capital department, and focuses his investments in software. In addition to software applications, Chris is also interested in companies that capitalize on the current digital content explosion – from voice and video to consumer entertainment – and next-generation software infrastructure technologies. Chris currently sits on the Boards of Bunchball, Convio, DecisionView, Episodic, Oversight Systems, Telltale and YottaMark. He sponsored Granite’s investments in Digimarc (NASDAQ: DMRC) and Vignette (NASDAQ: VIGN), and was a member of the Boards of AvantGo prior to its acquisition by Sybase (NYSE: SY) and of Liquent prior to its acquisition by Information Holdings (NYSE: IHI). Earlier in his career, Chris held several positions within Hambrecht & Quist's Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance departments. Chris holds a B.A. in American Studies from Stanford University.

Paul Ciriello – Managing Partner, Fairhaven Capital
Paul founded TD Capital Ventures in 2000 and Fairhaven Capital Partners in 2007. He has invested in and served on the boards of companies including: Cloakware (acquired by Irdeto/NASPERS), Fortisphere, iPhrase (acquired by IBM), SiGe Semiconductor (acquired by Skyworks Solutions), Softricity (acquired by Microsoft), Spring Partners, Surge Trading and Third Screen Media (acquired by Time Warner/AOL). Paul spent 14 years at Fidelity Investments in Boston. He was President of Fidelity Interactive, Proxy Edge, Inc (founder), The Water Street Project and Fidelity Capital Technology. Previously, Paul held several policy development positions at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He earned an MPA from Northeastern University and a liberal arts BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Paul was a United States Presidential Management Intern during President Ronald Reagan's first administration.

James W. Schubauer II – President & CEO, Westbury Partners
Mr. Schubauer has over 20 years of experience in the private equity and investment banking industries and has served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Westbury since 1998. Prior to joining Westbury, Mr. Schubauer was a partner and senior member of First Atlantic Capital, Ltd. a private equity fund dedicated to growth capital investments. Previously, Mr. Schubauer was a senior officer and partner of the private equity investment firm Rosecliff, Inc. Mr. Schubauer began his private equity investment career as a principal of Wand Partners, L.P., the private equity investment affiliate of S.G. Warburg & Co. Previously, Mr. Schubauer was a member of CS First Boston's Mergers and Acquisitions Groups in London as well as New York, and a member of Morgan Stanley's Financial Institutions Mergers and Acquisitions Group in New York. Mr. Schubauer, as President and Chief Operating Officer of Westbury, has primary responsibility for structuring, evaluating and negotiating the Fund's debt and equity investments and leads the sourcing of investment opportunities. As he has been since 1998, Mr. Schubauer is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Westbury’s investment initiative. He currently serves as a Director of Advanced Interactive Systems, Aurora Flight Sciences and Partsearch Technologies. Mr. Schubauer earned his BS in Applied Economics and Business Administration from Cornell University and his MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Charlie Piper – CEO, YottaMark
Charlie is responsible for driving the company’s strategy and leading our world-class team. Prior to joining YottaMark, Piper was CEO of Prommis Solutions (acquired by 4 law firms), was previously CEO of ePay and DVDPlay, Inc. (acquired by NCR), SVP Operations of Blackhawk Network, Inc., and VP of Corporate Retail Operations of Safeway, Inc. He spent the first 20 years of his career holding a wide variety of roles in grocery retail management, and earned an MBA from Regis University. Charlie is an avid cyclist, outdoor sportsman, and diver.

Elliott Grant – CTO, YottaMark
Elliott’s background is in high-volume manufacturing and packaging. Prior to YottaMark, Elliott was the VP Operations at Portola Packaging, Inc., a $250 million packaging manufacturer, where he oversaw high speed, high volume production lines across six US plants. Previously, he was a manager at McKinsey & Company, a strategy consulting firm, where he focused on industrial operations improvement and corporate spin outs. Elliott earned his doctorate in engineering from Cambridge University.


Advisory Board

Tom Berson
Tom has over 35 years of experience in cryptology and computer science. He is the founder of Anagram Laboratories and a Fellow, Past-President and Director of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR). He was the Chairman of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Security and Privacy and editor of the Journal of Cryptology. Tom also served on the advisory board of the International Journal of Information Security (IJIS) and as a principal scientist at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).

Reggie Griffin
Reggie held the position of Corporate Vice President, Produce and Floral Merchandising and Procurement at The Kroger Company until his retirement in 2011. During his time with Kroger, Griffin led strategy, sourcing, and merchandizing for one of the largest and most profitable departments for Kroger, helping the company become the largest traditional grocer in the US. Griffin has also supported the produce industry in many leadership roles including the chairman of the Produce for Better Health Foundation, past president of the Houston Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association, chairman of the United Fresh Produce Association, and a board member of the Produce Marketing Association.

Mark Leonard
Mark’s experience spans more than 23 years in a variety of industries, including computer software, retail and prepaid. In his current role, Mark is the Executive Vice President of InComm, a leading provider of prepaid financial processing and point of sales solutions that transacted over 10 billion dollars in sales in 2008. Mark is responsible for developing new revenue opportunities, as well as running mergers and acquisitions.

He most recently served as Group Vice President of Alliances at Blackhawk Network. Prior to Blackhawk, Mark held roles as Executive Vice President and President of Astoria Software, a Ticonderoga invested company. Mark also played baseball professionally for over 10 years, during which time he played for the San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles.

Bruce Peterson
Serving nearly 40 years in the produce industry, Bruce spent 15 years at Wal-Mart where he successfully launched and built the perishable foods division. He was at the forefront of the Wal-Mart Supercenter expansion which grew from 6 to 1500 stores in 15 years. Peterson retired from Wal-Mart in 2007 to take the helm of president and CEO of Naturipe Farms, a leading grower and marketer of premium berries. He completed his tenure as CEO of Naturipe Farms in 2009 and is currently the president of Peterson Insights, a strategic consulting firm for the produce industry, which has played a key role in the development and rollout of the Produce Traceability Initiative.

Christopher Sellers
Chris Sellers applies his 20+ years of experience leading business innovation across the consumer retail industry to drive Mobeam’s corporate strategy and efforts to make mobile handsets relevant and useful at the point of sale for both retailers and consumers. Previously, as CEO of Agentrics, Mr. Sellers led the world’s leading retailers in business innovation; global sourcing/procurement; logistics; supply chain; and product lifecycle management and development. Prior to Agentrics, Mr. Sellers held leadership positions at EDS, Syncra and Accenture, and served as CEO for Information Resources, Inc. (IRIc) United Kingdom. An undisputed influencer in the retail industry, Mr. Sellers was voted by his peers and named by Supermarket News to the “Power 50” most influential executives in the retail industry, two years running.


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