President & CEO
Smart Business Network
Fred co-founded Smart Business Network in 1989 with a single publication in Cleveland, Ohio. In the years since, he has built the company into a leading multimedia and content marketing business providing print and digital marketing services to a national client base.
Executive Vice President - Programs
Stephen is TEDCO’s executive vice president for programs. He oversees TEDCO’s efforts to support technology commercialization and its entrepreneur and ecosystem empowerment programs. Prior to TEDCO, Stephen worked in university technology transfer at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and Johns Hopkins University. His early career included working in small medical device companies and a laboratory research.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehf LLP
Up To Date Laundry - Up To Date Solutions for Healthcare Linens
Mark Carter joined Up To Date Laundry Inc. in April of 2009 bringing 29 years of leadership experience in various roles within the textile rental and laundry industry. Up To Date named Mark as their President in 2011 and CEO in 2021, he has been instrumental in leading the dramatic changes within the organization. He has established Up To Date as the market leader and innovator in the region. Mark is also an active member of the TRSA (Textile Rental Services Association), working on the Healthcare Committee.
Up To Date Laundry is one of the largest healthcare laundries on the east coast, processing close to 75 million pounds of linen each year. Offering rental, customer owned goods processing and full exchange cart programs for hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Recently recapitalized Up To Date Laundry via Arctaris Opportunity Zone Fund and Calvert Street Corp Partners and investing an additional 5M in capital projects to improve energy efficiency and fully automating our facilities to meet the exacting needs of the healthcare industry.
He also served as the General Manager for the Mid-Atlantic region from 2004- 2009 with G&K Services and he was President of ITSI, a large regional textile rental company from 1990 to 2004.
Founder & CEO
7th Street Advisors
Andy Cohen is a life long entrepreneur who has had great success and epic failure along the way. He has started, grew, bought, sold, or closed multiple businesses in various industries during his career. Andrew is also an executive coach and consultant and has worked with over 250 businesses and entrepreneurs over his career.
Founder, President & CEO
20/20 GeneSystems, Inc.
Jonathan is President & CEO of 20/20 GeneSystems, Inc. (Rockville, MD). 20/20 develops and commercializes machine learning powered laboratory tests for the early detection of cancer and other diseases. The company saw over 600% revenue growth in FY’20 and it expects to be listed as one of the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America in the summer of 2021.
In Q’4 2021 the company will establish what is believed to be the country’s first shared CLIA lab accelerator for innovative developers of laboratory tests.
As a seasoned health technology entrepreneur Cohen has raised over $20 million in equity capital and forged and managed license, technology transfer, investment, and sales & marketing agreements with Fortune 500 companies such as Eastman Kodak, Abbott Diagnostics, Johnson & Johnson, and Ping An, the largest health insurance company in China.
Mr. Cohen has also been a leading advocate for the life sciences industry at the state and federal levels. He is the architect of the Maryland Biotechnology Investor Tax Credit, the most aggressive investor incentive in the U.S. Jonathan also led the legislative effort that resulted in the first increase in funding under the federal Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) in over 30 years.
Jonathan is a registered patent attorney with an M.S. in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from the American University.
COO & CTO
James is one of the founders of RedZone Protects CUSO, RedZone Compliance Services, and RedZone Holdings. Recently he has focused on growth through mergers and acquisitions with a focus on due diligence and cross company operational logistics. With over 20 years’ experience as a technology-centric executive, James has excelled at building high-performing teams to overhaul business and technology operations and create cost-effective secure environments for clients. He has proven leadership running infrastructure, security, enterprise applications, and eBusiness teams. Serving as CTO and COO for RedZone Technologies, James is responsible for all aspects of technology, client delivery, sales, legal, and operations. His background includes degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Computer Science, and a master’s in interdisciplinary management. James is pursuing a masters of law. Under James’ leadership, RedZone Technologies has successfully developed into a world-class information technologies service organization. He ensures that RedZone delivers on its promises and that first-time customers become customers for life.
Slate Capital Group
Since 2010, Parker has been a Partner of Slate Capital Group, an independent sponsor focused on private equity opportunities in the lower-middle market. Parker focuses on developing new opportunities for Slate and managing its current portfolio. Parker was previously a Managing Director at JPB Capital Partners, a private equity fund. Prior to joining JPB, Parker was CEO of AHS, LLC, a water-treatment technology company. Parker was also an investment banker at Merrill Lynch in New York for six years, working primarily in the Global Industries Group.
Founder & CEO
Delali Dzirasa is the CEO and founder of Fearless, a full stack digital services firm in Baltimore, Maryland with a mission to create software with a soul — tools that empower communities and make a difference. He’s also the CEO and founder of Fearless Sports, an apparel company with a mission to ignite, equip, and uniform the impactful. Delali’s committed to creating a soulful world where action breeds impact, and he’s been named as one of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurs of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic Region, the Daily Record’s Most Admired CEOs, in the Baltimore Business Journal’s (BBJ) Power 10 list, and in the Black Business Review’s 40 under 40 list. He chaired the inaugural DevOpsDays Baltimore, as well as Hack Baltimore, and is a founding member of the governing board of the Digital Services Coalition.
Margaret Roth Falzon
Margaret spent six years building a customer-focused analytics startup and developing the process, tools, and culture needed to scale the business. Working with our portfolio companies as they grow and scale while fostering diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures. Reader of science-fiction, lover of two brittany puppies, consistent arguer that all you need to know about starting a company is contained in Cameron Crowe’s masterpiece Almost Famous.
Prior to joining Rendia, Smitha worked at a boutique investment bank. She earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Finance from the University of Virginia. Smitha was once misdiagnosed with juvenile glaucoma and sent home with only an outdated pamphlet. That frightening experience has made her passionate about taking a patient-centered approach to healthcare, and she believes that technology-driven communication is a key element in every medical practice.
Head of PGDx
Personal Genome Diagnostics
Scott Gotshall is the Head of Personal Genome Diagnostics (PGDx), after its acquisition by Labcorp in Feb '22. Prior to this role, he served as the Head of Legal and Business Operations for PGDx and was central to the diligence process and deal negotiations. He then led the integration post-close, before taking over as Head of PGDx. Before PGDx, Scott worked at Roche Diagnostics in a variety of legal and commercial operations roles focused on molecular diagnostics and next gen sequencing.
Principal, Baltimore Market
Arctaris Impact Investors
Anita joined Arctaris in 2020 and serves as Principal of the Baltimore Market. She leads the sourcing, due diligence and execution of debt and equity investment opportunities in Baltimore. Anita has over 25 years of experience as a private equity investor and has made direct investments in an array of sectors leading transactions that total in excess of $300 million.
Prior to joining Arctaris, Anita was co-founder and Managing Director of Graham & Associates, a company that assembled and partnered with professionals experienced in assisting management teams in developing processes to meet operational and financial objectives, identifying the appropriate source of capital to support the management team’s goals, and performing internal operational and financial audits to insure that the goals are being met.
Certified Business Performance Advisor
Alison Haase is a certified business performance adviser who helps guide small and medium sized businesses in the Baltimore metro area to success. Alison advises businesses on growth, risk management, efficiencies and business solutions. As a former business owner and daughter of two entrepreneurs, Alison is acutely aware of the concerns that keep owners awake at night. Alison is also a passionate advocate of all things active, as her mom suffers from MS and has herself suffered from many concussions. As a result, she is constantly pursuing better ways to move and explore the world via fitness, MS charitable functions and personal development.
Insperity, a trusted advisor to America’s best businesses for more than 25 years, provides an array of human resources and business solutions designed to help improve business performance. Serving more than 100,000 businesses with over 2 million employees, Insperity’s mission is to help businesses succeed so communities prosper. We provide a wide range of business performance solutions, enabling business owners to be more systematic and strategic about the role people play in the success of a company. Whether you have ten employees or 5,000, Insperity’s business solutions are tailored to helping you run your business more efficiently.
Tim is the managing partner of the Baltimore office and provides outside general counsel for businesses in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond—from the most promising newcomers arriving in the market today to serial entrepreneurs and established industry leaders. Mr. Hodge focuses much of his time on complex transactional matters that often prove crucial to a company's growth, evolution, or exit strategy. His legal experience includes handling general corporate matters, domestic and international M&A deals, intellectual property issues, and the full array of business disputes and challenges a corporate client might face. His past experience as a litigator also enables him to provide the advice clients require in a highly competitive and sometimes treacherous business world.
Founder & CEO
Global Premier Benefits
Tony Holland, Founder & CEO of Global Premier Benefits, and new Managing Partner of Integrity Marketing Group is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. Tony's thousands of downline brokers across the country have been offering insurance services in the senior communities of America for over 27 years. Through education, we are proud to help seniors understand Medicare and other benefit programs.
Lee M. Koury
Smart Business Network Inc.
Lee is managing partner of Smart Business Network Inc., a national events, media and marketing company founded in 1989, primarily responsible for expanding the company’s Aspire deal-making conference throughout the U.S. He plays a key role in establishing corporate policies and developing long-term strategy and growth plans. Previously, he founded and chaired the Growth Group at national law firm Arter & Hadden LLP (now Tucker, Ellis & West), which focused on working with middle-market and high-growth technology companies.
Co-Founder, President & CFO
Jeff is the Co-Founder of Bark Social - a dog bar with locations in Baltimore, Bethesda, and Philly (opening soon). Co-Founder and Former CFO - Better World Books. University of Notre Dame graduate.
The Marathon Fund
Vernon is a Co-Founder and Partner at The Marathon Fund which invests in early stage innovation companies led by underrepresented entrepreneurs (Black, LatinX, women, disabled, LGBTQ, and veterans). He is a former Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers Business Advisory Services practice advising Fortune 1000 clients in Entertainment & Media, Telecom, and Finance. Vernon is also a former US Air Force Captain serving as an program and financial manager for aircraft simulators and communication satellites.
Early Charm Ventures
Ken Malone is the co-founder of Early Charm Ventures. For ten years Early Charm has been creating, owning and operating ventures that convert science into revenue. Early Charm’s tenet is that there is no Valley of Death and that venture capital is a distraction for the majority of research institution inventions.
Partner & Managing Member
Bowie & Jensen, LLC
William is a partner at Bowie & Jensen and a member of the transactional and technology law departments. He is among the leading technology attorneys in the area.
Mr. McComas provides representation on commercial transactional matters to clients ranging from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies and investors, inventors and venture capitalists across many different industries. He concentrates his practice on working with clients to grow and improve the core functions of their business through legal counsel. A seasoned corporate attorney, Mr. McComas counsels clients across the country on financing, mergers and acquisitions, sales of assets, venture capital investments, and other general corporate matters. He is well established for helping companies manage and develop commercial technology and strategies.
Murphy McCormack Capital Advisors
Bob is Managing Partner and Founding Partner of Murphy McCormack Capital Advisors, a boutique investment banking and corporate advisory firm in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Mr. McCormack has more than 32 years of financial services experience, and focuses on providing advisory services related to business sales, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, business valuations, debt and equity financing, and select turnaround projects. He formed Murphy McCormack Capital Advisors in 2005. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sun Bancorp, Inc., a $1 billion financial services holding company with bank branches and affiliates located throughout central Pennsylvania.
Patriot Capital Group
Managing Director & Investment Committee Member
Star Mountain Capital
Ryan McGovern is a Managing Director & Investment Committee Member at Star Mountain Capital. He was previously a partner at Ember Capital (fka Nomura Mezzanine), a ~$500 million private debt fund manager sponsored by Nomura. Before joining Nomura to help launch its private credit fund business, Ryan was an investment professional at AIG-MezzVest, a ~$750 million mezzanine fund sponsored by AIG. Earlier in his career, Ryan was an investment banker at HSBC and at Stephens Inc. He holds an MBA from HEC Paris and a BA from Vanderbilt University.
Chuck is co-chair of Venable's National Corporate Group. Chuck is recognized for his abilities in guiding mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and financing transactions involving middle-market companies. Chuck assists lenders, investors, and entrepreneurs as they create, build, and buy or sell businesses, primarily in the healthcare, technology, and consumer products industries. He regularly acts on behalf of private equity groups and banks.
Managing Member & Co-Founder
Nemphos Braue LLC
George J. Nemphos is a founding member of Nemphos Braue, a Mid-Atlantic boutique law firm, representing entrepreneurs, start-ups, emerging and mature companies, as well as venture capital and private equity funds. He has extensive experience working with private equity to lead M&A deals including spin-offs, roll-ups, minority interest acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as advising in capital raising efforts, and supporting entrepreneurs to grow and scale their businesses. George holds a LLM from Georgetown, and a JD from U of B. He volunteers his time at St. Paul’s School for Boys, was the 2019 Auction Chair for the American Heart Association Heart Ball, and serves on the Board of Directors for both Driving Force Group and the American Diabetes Association.
Maryland Department of Commerce
As the Director of Entrepreneurship for the Maryland Department of Commerce, Allyson Redpath directs and manages the agency's involvement in the early-stage ecosystem with the goal of encouraging and supporting new business formation and growth. A former investment banker, she is skilled in M+A, capital raising, investment analysis, and strategic partnerships. Allyson also founded the DC-area angel investment group, Citrine Angels.
Stacey J. Schacter is the founder and CEO of VION Investments a liquidity provider based on a company’s cash flowing assets. Since 1990, Stacey has focused on receivable buying, servicing and collections in the financial services industry, first as an attorney before starting Vion. Stacey has been involved in the purchase of over $10B in receivables.
CEO & Co-Founder
Luke Silverman is the CEO and Co-founder of Bark Social. Luke is a graduate of Muhlenberg College, and received his MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. Luke grew up surrounded by hospitality, retail and dogs; he's a third-generation restaurateur, and his father was an executive for three decades for menswear companies in New York.
President, Mid-Atlantic Region
Mac is the Mid-Atlantic Regional President of First National Bank. With strong and relevant experience, Mac joined First National Bank in January 2013. Prior to joining First National Bank, Mac served for 12 years with SunTrust Bank in Baltimore, Maryland, as City President and Commercial Banking Manager. Previously, he worked for First National Bank of Maryland and SunTrust Bank in Atlanta.
Mac earned an M.B.A. in Finance from Maryland’s Johns Hopkins University, as well as a B.A. in Economics from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Currently, he serves as a member of the board of directors for the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Living Classrooms Foundation. He is currently president of the Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundaiton Board of Directors. In addition, he is also the past president of both the Maryland Chapter of Association for Corporate Growth and Washington and Lee University’s Alumni Association, Baltimore Chapter.