CEO and Managing Partner
Carter Williams has spent his entire career working on innovation. First as a young engineer at McDonnell Douglas, next in his leadership roles at Boeing managing R&D and starting Boeing Ventures, and later as a successful entrepreneur and venture investor. Through his career, he has directly managed investments of more than $600 million in early-stage ventures and corporate research, resulting in several billion dollars of new product revenues. As part of Boeing Phantom Works, Carter led Boeing's technology planning process, involving all aspects of internal and external technology development and manufacturing research. This eventually led to his role in founding and managing Boeing Ventures. After Boeing, he was President of Gridlogix, initially a small struggling 4 person startup that grew over 3 years, selling successfully to Johnson Controls in October 2008. Prior to leading iSelect, Carter served as Senior Managing Director at Progress Partners, an energy and technology investment banking firm, and was a Managing Partner at Open Innovation Ventures and a Director at Clayton Capital Partners. Carter is the past President and Founder of the MIT Corporate Venturing Consortium and Co-founder of the MIT Entrepreneurship Society. He has an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
A founding architect of iSelect Fund, Kime was a partner at AEGIS Professional Services prior to joining iSelect Fund. He has more than 20 years’ of complex corporate transactional experience including public and private equity and debt offerings. Prior to joining AEGIS he served as the COO and General Counsel for Cleantech Biofuels. Throughout his career, Mr. Kime has performed legal advisory services for start-up companies from full-service law firms including Thompson Coburn, LLP and Suelthaus & Walsh.
Craig joined iSelect Fund as Vice President in charge of ventures in March 2016. Prior to joining iSelect, Craig worked as Vice President of Marcone from January 2013 until August 2015. Prior to joining Marcone Craig was a principal at Clayton Capital Partners, an investment banking firm located in St. Louis, Missouri. He worked at Clayton Capital Partners for more than nine years focusing on analyzing and structuring both buy and sell side transactions for a variety of middle market and growth companies. His practice focused on the enterprise technologies, life sciences and energy industries. Prior to working in the investment banking field, Craig operated his own consulting firm advising early-stage companies and corporate venture groups, with Boeing Venture and Ameren Energy Fuel and Services as his two largest customers. Craig worked in a variety of marketing positions at Anheuser Busch and Aurora Foods, where he served as Director of Marketing. Craig received his MBA and BS from the University of Virginia.
VP of Business Development
Mark has over 25 years of experience in investing, executive leadership and business development while growing six early-stage funds/companies. He has extensive experience in impact investing, as an investor, developer, and operator. Most recently he was EVP Business Development for Cadenza Innovation, a leading energy storage technology company. Previously, he was CEO of HPA Sonics, an early stage specialty materials company developing a clean process for the production of a key LED raw material. Prior to that, he was CEO of Greenleaf Biofuels (now American Greenfuels). At Greenleaf, he and his partners built the largest waste-to-biofuel plant in the Northeast U.S. Formerly, Mark was an investment banker at Progress Partners where he led the clean energy practice, and a Managing Director of two long/short equity hedge funds that he helped grow to $500M in combined assets. Mark has B.S. in Finance from Babson College.
VP of Product Development
Scott has more than 35 years’ experience developing and managing complex engineering and business processes. From 1979 until 2005, he worked in various capacities as an engineer and project manager at McDonnell Douglas Corporation and its acquirer Boeing Corporation. In 2005 he left Boeing to serve as CEO of Procelerate Technologies, a start-up that emerged with support from Boeing Ventures where he worked until the sale of the business to ESI Group in 2009. Scott stayed at ESI as product manager until 2013. Scott holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aeronautics & Astronautics from MIT and a Masters of Engineering Management from Washington University.
Most notably Dan has enjoyed a 31 year career with A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc./Wells Fargo Advisors in St. Louis as a Senior Investment Executive leading divisions including Public and Structured Finance, Corporate Investment Banking and M&A, Nasdaq Trading and Institutional Sales Trading, and Global Institutional Sales and Sales Trading. Additionally Dan was President and CEO of SF Advisors, LLC, a firm providing entrepreneurial consulting, strategic advice, planning and analysis to select entrepreneurs, private companies, municipalities, broker-dealers and other organizations relating to business strategies, risk management, regulatory matters, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures and restructurings. He holds a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri and a MBA in Finance from Southern Illinois University. Dan was on the Board of Directors of A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. and served as Vice Chairman of the Capital Markets Committee, and Assistant Secretary of the Company. He currently serves on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 57 Committee.
Tom focuses on investment due diligence, portfolio maintenance, and deal sourcing at iSelect. Prior to joining the team, Tom worked as a Histories Fellow at the Island School in The Bahamas and as an analyst at Progress Partners in Cambridge, MA. Tom earned his B.A. in Economics from Colorado College and a Certificate in Social Enterprise Management and Impact Investing from The Middlebury College of International Studies in Monterey, California.
David focuses on due diligence, portfolio maintenance, and deal sourcing at iSelect. Prior to working at iSelect, David attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where he worked on research in life cycle assessment with a focus on environmental sustainability in agriculture. After graduating, David was accepted into the Venture for America Fellowship program, which places recent college graduates in startup companies in US cities experiencing economic and entrepreneurial growth. He received his B.S. in Environmental Management from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
Content Strategy and Marketing
Tim Sprinkle is a writer and editor based in Denver, Colorado. whose work has appeared in Wired, The Atlantic, Entrepreneur and many other national publications. He is also the author of "Screw the Valley: A Coast-to-Coast Tour of America's New Tech Startup Landscape."
Luke focuses on due diligence, portfolio maintenance, and deal sourcing at iSelect. Prior to working on the ventures team, Luke double majored in systems engineering and economics & strategy at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was involved in the Taylor Community Consulting program and was an active member of the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship. After graduating, Luke joined the Venture for America Fellowship, which places recent college graduates in startup companies in US cities experiencing economic and entrepreneurial growth.
Digital Marketing Manager
Eva is a digital marketing specialist and web developer who is the founder and principal of Human Design, Marketing, and Technology. She manages iSelect’s website presence, marketing strategy, and implementation of technology tools across platforms to support a diverse range of stakeholders. In addition to iSelect, she has worked with the Parents As Teachers National Center, YP, Anheuser Busch, BioMedical Systems, United Nations, Pacific Gas & Electric, Mercedes Benz, Enterprise Holdings, Center for Disease Control, RR Donnelly, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Cardinal Glennon Hospital, and many startups, small businesses, and non-profits. She is also a congressional ambassador with the Alzheimer’s Association and the president of Lean In St. Louis.
Laura Tippett is an integrated marketing manager who specializes in developing multi-channel marketing programs. Laura works with the teams to develop and execute lead generation and nurture campaigns through social media and email marketing. As the iSelect Community Manager, she creates marketing campaigns to engage and connect members of iSelect’s Innovation Networks in the Agriculture and Healthcare sectors.
Director of Engineering & Operations
Russ manages all of iSelect’s technical systems, including the investor portal and asset management platform. Prior to joining iSelect in March 2015, Russ worked for ESI Group where he managed Vdot Global Platform solutions, a flexible data-driven active process engineering and analytics platform with a portfolio of clients and partners in 12 countries where he directed development, information technology, services and support with a team that spanned four continents. Russ has more than 20 years of experience, holds a B.S. in Information Technology, is pursuing a Masters of Data Science from the University of California in San Diego, and has experience developing and architecting complex software systems in a number of industries, including financial services, engineering and telecommunications. He has consulted with numerous government, military and Fortune 100 companies, including Boeing, MIT, DARPA and NASA. He is also a serial entrepreneur, having exited multiple startups, and enjoys investing energy and resources into the startup ecosystem.
Andy has more than 25 years’ experience managing sales teams, developing go-to-market strategies and overseeing business growth for a wide range of financial services companies. He began his career at Shearson Lehman Brothers before moving on to sales roles at Fidelity Investments, The Phoenix Companies, MassMutual and Pacific Life, among others. Immediately before joining iSelect he was regional vice president at Alternative Investment Company in St. Louis, where he was responsible for the sales of alternative investment solutions through financial advisors in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. Andy holds a B.A. in Business Communications from Rhode Island College.
Investor Relations Associate
Bryan serves as the point of contact for all of iSelect’s investors, focusing on investor communications, portfolio maintenance, and business development. Prior to iSelect, he helped develop Joe’s Place Adult Day Care, where as business analyst and management consultant he handled all external resources and business development, including marketing, financial analysis, regulatory environments, contracting negotiations, and more. Bryan is also co-founder and CEO of Concord Dawn Capital, a startup hedge fund and asset manager in St. Louis. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from McKendree University.