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 started 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.
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.
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 the Manager as Vice President in charge of ventures in March 2016. Prior to joining the Manager, 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 University of Virginia.
Mark has over 25 years of experience in executive leadership and business development while growing six early stage funds/companies. 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, and CEO Greenleaf Biofuels (now American Greenfuels). At Greenleaf, he and his partners built the largest biofuel plant in the Northeast U.S., which was eventually sold to its strategic partner. He was also the President of eMedicalFiles, a healthcare IT company. Formerly, Mark was an investment banker at Progress Partners, and a Managing Director of two long/short equity hedge funds, Rothschild Technology Partners and Rock Crest Capital. Mark has B.S. in Finance from Babson College.
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.
Dan focuses on investment due diligence, portfolio maintenance, and deal sourcing at iSelect. Previously, as a Fellow at Middlebury College’s Frontier Market Scouts program, Dan led Energy and Cleantech deal sourcing for Village Capital, a seed-stage impact fund. Prior to Village Capital, Dan served as an Analyst at Progress Partners, a boutique corporate advisory firm, executing sell-side M&A and capital raise campaigns for emerging growth companies in Energy, Cleantech, and Industrials. Dan has chaired applicant recruitment for the Cleantech Open’s Northeast region, served as a judge in the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Pilot Innovation Fund, and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Dan received his B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University.
Jessica is responsible for fund marketing, sales, and business development at iSelect. She manages firm logistics, firm branding, and a variety of internal initiatives. Previously, Jessica held a similar role at AEGIS Professional Services. She has previous experience in marketing, sales and event planning and is also experienced in content development, including video editing and social media. Jessica earned a degree in Communications from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2011.
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.
Tim Sprinkle is a writer and editor based in Denver, Colo. 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.”