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2010 Judges

  1. 1. JUDGES FOR THE BURTON D. MORGAN 2010 BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION Faraz joined Centerfield in 2001, and has nine years of experience in private equity. Prior to joining Centerfield, Faraz was a senior product development engineer at Praxair. Prior to Praxair he served as sales applications engineer at Rohm & Haas & Company. Faraz holds a patent in semiconductor processing and has published finance and semiconductor industry related papers. Faraz is Chairman of Associated X-Ray Services, LLC, and a board member or observer of the following Centerfield portfolio companies: A&D Environmental Services, Inc.; Backyard Products, Inc., Evriholder Products, LLC; SCT, Inc.; Thermafiber, Inc.; and TCI, LLC (d/b/a Trans-Coil). Faraz received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Texas, and earned an M.B.A. in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Faraz has been recognized as Who's Who in Finance by the Indiana Business Journal and in 2006 and 2007, was a finalist for Indiana's Best and Brightest. He is an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Finance and Venture Capital at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. Faraz is the President of the Venture Club of Indiana and serves on the Editorial Advisory Committee of INBIZ magazine. He is a board member and former Faraz Abbasi treasurer of IndyHub, a member of the Board of Visitors of Butler University's Partner College of Business, and a founding director and past Vice President of Young Centerfield Capital Partners Professionals of Central Indiana. Faraz has judged various business and venture Indianapolis, Indiana faraz@centerfieldcapital.com capital competitions including the Techpoint Mirra Awards and the Purdue University Burton D Morgan Business Plan Competition. Faraz is also a charter member of the Chicago chapter of Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs (OPEN). Faraz is married and the father of two children. Dr. Ken Green is one of the Founding Partners of Spring Mill Ventures, an Indiana based early stage venture capital fund. He has spent over thirty years in the life sciences industry, including nine years in the practice of medicine, fourteen years in venture capital, and two years as C.E.O. of a start-up medical device company. In addition, he has experience in strategic marketing with Bristol Myers Squibb. Ken Green represents Spring Mill Ventures at the Board of Directors of QuadraSpec, SonarMed, CS-Keys, SynTherix and Ifbyphone. He is the Chairman, External Advisory Board for the IUPUI School of Biomedical Engineering and serves on the Research Advisory Committee for the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Foundation. Ken earned his medical degree from the University of Toronto and has an M.B.A. from the Kenan Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Ken Green, M.D. Managing Partner Spring Mill Ventures Indianapolis, Indiana kgreen@springmillvp.com
  2. 2. John Hanak, Statewide Director of the Purdue Technology Centers – the Purdue Research Foundation's network of technology business incubators in Indiana, has held officer-level positions at a Fortune 500 metals manufacturer, a middle-market machine-building company and a start-up technology firm. Additionally, Mr. Hanak co-founded a technology commercialization and consulting firm – North Riverside Partners; and a small investment partnership – CN Associates. Prior to arriving at the Purdue Technology Centers in 2005 and co-founding North Riverside Partners in 2003, Mr. Hanak served as President, C.E.O. and board member of Digital Innovations, a Chicago-based technology product development and marketing company. Concurrent to the C.E.O. role, Mr. Hanak also filled the C.F.O. role in working with commercial and investment bankers, the audit firm and the company's investor community. Before joining Digital Innovations, Mr. Hanak was a Vice President at Ispat Inland Steel, a $2.3B subsidiary of Ispat International, NV, with responsibility for all administration and legal matters. Mr. Hanak graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science John M. Hanak, J.D. Statewide Director degree and graduated with Distinction from the John Marshall Law School in Purdue Technology Centers Chicago with a Juris Doctor degree. He serves on a number of corporate and Purdue Research Foundation volunteer boards, including Shure, Inc., Time Pilot Corporation, Legacy Capital West Lafayette, Indiana Advisors, LLC, The Challenger Center of Northwest Indiana and the National jmhanak@prf.org Council of the College of Business Administration at Valparaiso University. Logan Jordan is Associate Dean of Administration at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, where his responsibilities include much of the school's infrastructure and support services operations, including information technology. Dr. Jordan’s academic area is strategic management, and he has taught in the school's undergraduate, masters, and executive programs. In addition, Logan has instructed in management development programs for the American Animal Hospital Association, Case Corporation, Cendant, Lucent, Pfizer Animal Health- Europe and Owens-Illinois. Logan Jordan serves as a facilitator and consultant for a variety of business enterprises and not-for-profit organizations and is a member of the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and the North American Case Research Association. Dr. Jordan earned his Bachelors degree in Chemistry in 1980 from Hendrix
  3. 3. G. Logan Jordan, Ph.D. College. In 1982 he earned a Masters in Management and in 1998 a Ph.D. Associate Dean of Administration degree in Strategic Management from Purdue University. Krannert School of Management Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana jordan@purdue.edu Azin Lotfi is a partner in the Business Group of Ice Miller, LLP in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her primary areas of concentration are private equity, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Azin also advises on securities, employment law and general transactional matters. She has served as lead counsel in structuring and negotiating various strategic and leveraged acquisitions and divestitures, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, equity financings, and restructurings and workouts in a variety of industries. Her securities experience includes documenting and closing high yield offerings and advising publicly-traded corporations on various compliance and governance matters, including with respect to Exchange Act reports, Sarbanes-Oxley reforms, Section 13 and Section 16 reports, and executive compensation. Azin's work has involved a variety of industries, including telecommunications and cable networks, consumer products, manufacturing, internet services, and media and entertainment for private equity sponsors and operating businesses. Azin earned her Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from Indiana University Azin Lotfi, J.D. School of Law at Bloomington in 1999, where she was inducted as a member of Partner the Order of Barristers. While in law school, Azin served as an associate for the Ice Miller, LLP Indiana Law Journal, was a selected advocate for the mock court-martial of Indianapolis, Indiana alotfi@icemiller.com Lieutenant Colonel Custer with the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg presiding, received runner-up best oralist in the Sherman Minton Moot Court competition and competed on Indiana University's Jessup International Moot Court team. Ms. Lotfi's experience prior to Ice Miller, LLP was at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, from 1999 to 2005. Azin is fluent in the Persian language and is licensed to practice in California, Illinois and Indiana. Jim Mellott is the President and Founder of Northwest Interiors Corporation, a supplier to the recreational vehicle industry. Mr. Mellott began his career in the marketing, strategic planning and acquisitions areas in the banking industry. Subsequently, he served as Vice President of Marketing for Holiday Rambler Corporation, a recreational vehicle manufacturer, and then served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Supreme Corporation, a national manufacturer of truck bodies. Mr. Mellott is a mentor for the McCloskey Business Plan Competition and is a Member of the IrishAngels Investment Network, which is currently investing in several new ventures.. Jim Mellott is a 1971 graduate of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and is a 1981 M.B.A. graduate of Indiana University at South Bend, Indiana. Jim Mellott President Northwest Interiors Corporation Elkhart, Indiana jtmellott@nwinteriors.net
  4. 4. Bruce Olson earned a Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering, a Masters degree in Industrial Administration, and an honorary Doctor of Management degree from Purdue University. Mr. Olson worked at the Bank of New York and became the head of the New England Commercial Lending Group and subsequently joined St. Joe Minerals in New York as Manager of Corporate Development. He then became Vice President of Finance for St. Joe International and moved to St. Louis to become Vice President International in 1985. Bruce joined Group One Capital, an acquisition company co-founded by his wife Kim in 1987. Group One Capital acquired and managed companies using the capital of its principals plus institutional debt. Over the years, Group One acquired over twenty companies, which have included various businesses engaged in electric products distribution, beauty products distribution, home remodeling, sunglass retailing, beauty products manufacturing and luggage manufacturing. Many of these companies were subsequently sold. Today, Bruce Olson is President of BBI Group, a private investment group in Clayton, Missouri. He is Chairman of Envisioneering Medical Technologies, a Bruce Olson developer and manufacturer of ultrasound and biopsy products for the Urology and President BBI Group Radiation Oncology markets. He is also Chairman of Smart Karton, a packaging Clayton, Missouri company in St. Louis, Missouri. bruceo@bbigrp.com Mr. Olson sits on the Board of Directors of the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation and is also a member of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, as well as the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and is the past Chairman of the Missouri Health and Education Facilities Authority Board.
  5. 5. Simran Trana joined Dow AgroSciences in October 2008 as External Technology Leader responsible for managing public sector alliances and sourcing technologies from the academic and non-profit sectors. She now oversees the Technology Licensing function for Dow AgroSciences. Prior to joining Dow, Ms. Trana was Director of the Office of Technology Commercialization for Purdue University. Purdue saw a doubling of invention disclosures, patent filings, start-ups and licensing revenue during her tenure. Ms. Trana has over fifteen years experience in developing and managing research collaborations, intellectual property, and technology commercialization, in a variety of technology areas and research disciplines, such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals, engineering, software, alternative energy, animal health and agriculture. She has Masters Degrees in Plant Genetics from Punjab Agricultural University in India and Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and continues to be involved with AUTM and other technology commercialization organizations to coach and mentor entrepreneurs and licensing specialists entering the dynamic and evolving field of technology commercialization. Simran Trana External Technology Leader University and Government Collaborations at Dow AgroSciences Indianapolis, Indiana STrana@dow.com Jean Wojtowicz founded Cambridge Capital Management Corp. in 1983 and currently serves as its President. Cambridge is a manager of non-traditional sources of capital for businesses and has provided more than $462 million to over 1,236 Indiana businesses. Cambridge currently manages the Indiana Statewide Certified Development Corporation, Indiana Community Business Credit Corporation, LYNX Capital Corporation, and services as the co-general partner for Cambridge Ventures, LP. Ms. Wojtowicz is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics; and a BBA in Finance, Investment and Banking. She currently serves on the corporate boards of Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC), First Merchants Bank (NASDAQ: FRME), First Internet Bank and OneAmerica Funds. Professional Associations: National Association of Development Companies (NADCO), Board of Directors (1988 - Present) Chair of the Board 2009 – Present; National Association of Business Development Companies (NABDC), Board of Directors (1987 – Present) President of the Board – 1990; Board of the Indiana Department of Financial Jean L. Wojtowicz Cambridge Capital Management Corp. Institutions, 2008 – present. Indianapolis, Indiana Community Involvement: jwojotowicz@cambridgecapitalmgmt.com Ms. Wojtowicz serves on many community Boards including the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc. (1996 – Present), including serving as its Chair for 2007-2009; the Board of Directors of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce (1995 – Present), including serving as its Chair from 2003-2004; the Board of Directors of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce (1995 – Present); the Board of Directors of the Venture Club of Indiana (1985 – 1998, 2003 – 2008) including serving as its President in 1990; and many others.
  6. 6. Screening Judges: Stephen Bultinck Friends of Downtown Treasurer, Riggs Community Health Center sbultinck@yahoo.com Heather Clark Reynolds Business Advisor Office of Engagement Purdue University hclarkre@purdue.edu Russell Cox Attorney at Law Cox, Sargeant & Burns, P.C. Indianapolis, Indiana RCox@coxsargelaw.com Susan Davis Regional Director Small Business Development Center Purdue University sbdavis@purdue.edu Shane M. Fimbel, Ph.D. Technology Manager Purdue Research Foundation Purdue University smfimbel@prf.edu Ken Jones Managing Member Praxis Management International, LLC Indianapolis, IN kjones@praxismi.com Gail Koehler Executive Vice President Purdue Employees Credit Union Lafayette, IN gjkbear@purdueefcu.com Steve Mogensen Managing Director Alfred E. Mann Institute Purdue University smogensen@AMIPurdue.org
  7. 7. Alyssa Panitch Associate Professor Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Purdue University apanitch@purdue.edu Tim Peoples Director, Purdue Technology Centers Purdue Research Foundation West Lafayette, IN tpeoples@purdue.edu Steve Shade Managing Director Center for Advanced Manufacturing Purdue University sashade@purdue.edu Robert Theodorow CEO & Founder Stormfront Productions, Inc. Lafayette, Indiana rtheodorow@stormfrontproductions.net