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Ian Lane, Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners

Ian Lane joined HarbourVest in 2003 and focuses on direct co-investments in venture, buyout, and mezzanine transactions in the U.S. and around the world. He left the Firm to attend business school and rejoined HarbourVest after receiving his MBA. Ian serves as a board member at Acclaris, Batanga, Nexidia, ReCommunity, and Wayfair (NYSE: W) and is a board observer at Outbrain. He has been involved with several of the Firm's other direct investments, including Datatel (acquired by Hellman & Friedman), Digital Insight (acquired by NCR Corporation), eTapestry (acquired by Blackbaud), M-Qube (acquired by Verisign), Miller Heiman (acquired by Providence Equity Partners), National Cardiovascular Partners (acquired by Fresenius), Towne Park (acquired by T.A. Associates), and Zayo (NYSE: ZAYO). Additionally, Ian serves on the Board of Overseers and Finance Committee at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a patient care, teaching, and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School and is on the Board of Directors at Veritas Christian Academy. Ian’s previous experience includes two years with J.P. Morgan in New York and Chicago where he was an investment banking analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group. Additionally, while earning his undergraduate degree, Ian founded and managed a chain of martial arts schools in Florida. Ian received a dual BS/MS (with honors) in Accounting from the University of Florida in 2001 and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with distinction in 2008.


Thomas C. Hawes, Managing Director, Sandbox Industries

Tom Hawes is a Managing Director of Sandbox Industries. He is the Board Chairman for Patientco, serves on the Board of Directors of HeartFlow, Nexidia, AbilTo, Phreesia, and InVivoLink, and Wellspring Healthcare. Before joining Sandbox, Tom matched at Yale School of Medicine for residency and completed his first year of medical training at Greenwich Hospital. During his medical training, he worked on clinical studies at the ISK Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and on outcomes research at the National Cancer Institute and NYMC’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Department. Tom is on the National Advisory Board of the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation. Tom holds a BA from Brigham Young University, an M.D. from New York Medical College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is also a Kauffman Fellow.


Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Kenneth Minihan, Paladin Capital Group

Principal and Member of the Homeland Security Fund Investment Committee, Lt. General Minihan was the 14th Director of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. During his military service at the national level, Lt. General Minihan demonstrated a long history of making new technologies operational and implementing leading edge services and products in a competitive environment where lives were often at risk. He has a history of exceeding expectations for performance and timeliness. During the last twenty years of the Cold War and the transition to the Information Age, he was instrumental in the definition and selection of technology solutions to solve the most difficult national security information needs. Throughout that time, Lt. General Minihan helped set the performance standards for information enterprise operations. Since leaving government service in 1999, he has served on a number of Boards and Associations at the national level. Lt. General Minihan is the Chairman and President of the Security Affairs Support Association, which focuses on shared government and industry national intelligence and technology challenges. He also is a member of the Air Force Association, the National Military Intelligence Association and other national organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors, the Board of Advisors and otherwise consults with a significant number of early stage technology, security and infrastructure service companies. Lt. General Minihan has substantial experience in capital raising, enterprise operations, business development and business readiness assurance. While at the National Security Agency, he was instrumental in the definition and implementation of the National Information Assurance Program. He devotes considerable attention to and consults on national security affairs. Lt. General Minihan has a B.A. Degree from Florida State University, a M.A. Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, and has completed executive development programs at the University of Illinois and Harvard University. Among his awards and decorations are the National Security Medal, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.

John Willcutts, President & CEO

John joined Nexidia with an extensive background in technology and demonstrated leadership experience from having held executive positions for companies ranging from start-ups to publicly traded corporations. Prior to Nexidia, John was CEO of Orchestria the leading innovator of solutions designed to provide unprecedented levels of real-time visibility and control of all electronic communications, including e-mail, the Web and Instant Messaging. John has served twice as Entrepreneur in Residence for Benchmark Capital, a leading investor in enterprise software and services, communications & security, semiconductors, mobile computing, consumer services and financial services. John also served as CEO of Encompass Inc., a startup software company that delivered the default end-user Internet experience for users of new PC’s. Encompass was subsequently acquired by Yahoo in 1999, and as a result of this acquisition, John, was appointed VP and General Manager of Corporate Yahoo! John has also held positions with Global Village where he served as VP of Engineering and at Atlanta-based Sofnet where he was Chief Technical Officer.

John Black, Managing Director, H.I.G. Growth Partners

John Black joined H.I.G. Growth Partners in 1996 and since that time has led or had a significant role in more than forty H.I.G. investments in technology, media, healthcare, consumer oriented, and business service companies. His investments have supported management in the development and implementation of their growth strategies in a wide range of transaction dynamics including owner-operated/family business recapitalizations, corporate divestitures, take-private transactions, consolidations and minority growth equity investments. John is responsible for H.I.G.'s U.S. Growth Equity business. Prior to H.I.G., John was a senior professional with several leading firms working with lower middle market businesses to identify and implement operational initiatives to enable the businesses to realize their full growth potential. John has held several executive level management positions including chief operating officer and chief financial officer. John began his career in the Corporate Finance Group at Ernst & Young. John received his Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics - Economics from Harvard University.