Founder & Chairman
Mr. Park is a Certified Hedge Fund Professional (CHP), with additional (CHP) certifications at the highest level in Portfolio Analytics and Risk Management. He attended the Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business (Leadership and Management) and has served in executive leadership positions for over 24 years. As an experienced serial entrepreneur, Mr. Park has founded and built many companies over the years and has experience taking private companies public. He brings value to companies by identifying and utilizing leverage, building momentum in their marketplace and positioning the entities to maximize strategic resource and capital channels within the private and public markets.
Mr. Park has closed several multimillion-dollar lines of credit from hedge funds, as well as negotiated and completed many strategic partnerships, acquisitions, joint ventures, distribution, licensed and sponsored research agreements.
Chief Executive Officer
Jason earned an MBA at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada specializing in international business & marketing. His undergraduate work was completed at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he earned an economics degree. Jason has negotiated and facilitated numerous investment and partnership agreements with large multi-national corporations. Jason has been involved with many technology companies working on operations, business development and marketing strategies. He is also a former professional football player, seasoned investor and has built several successful businesses.
Bob van Leyen
Chief Financial Officer
Bob van Leyen is an accomplished CFO with 40 years of global experience providing financial and operational support to all levels of management in sales, marketing, R&D, and manufacturing organizations. He has managed large and small teams in Finance, Operations and has been a General Manager in the computer equipment, software tools and networking equipment industries, based in Europe, Asia and USA. He is very experienced in running Corporate CFO, Treasurer, Audit as well as field teams as a VP of Finance/CFO, Director of Finance, Operations Director and General Manager in both public and private companies. Bob studied at the Dutch Institute of Chartered Auditors in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is fluent in Dutch, English, German and French. Bob currently holds several Board level positions. In 2013 he joined both the Board of Ramona’s Mexican Food Products, Inc. as well as the Pan American Bank as a director. He has also been a director on the board of Legrand Software Inc., a privately held CRM software Company for the last 7 years. Bob has raised $54 Million through angel investors, institutions and retail investors. He carried out numerous profit improvement investigations contributing substantially to growth and profitability. Bob has also been in charge of due diligence for a large number of acquisitions and divestitures in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Chief Technology Officer
Frank is a physicist cross trained in both electrical and mechanical engineering with broad business experience in a wide range of technology. As a technology executive, with many years of industry experience in various executive roles including Chief Engineer, CTO and CEO, Frank has been involved with both commercial and government technology programs and start-up planning and execution. Notable industry activities include: Principle Investigator on SBIR Programs in Smart Grid, Systems Health, and Software Based Decision Support for systems engineering; Product and service development leading to corporate diversification and growth; Engineering and Research Engineer for Laser Systems; Energetic Materials; and Titanium processing through the DARPA Titanium Program.
Frank represents ATV as an entrepreneur in residence at The Oregon Health & Science University. He has also served as a participant in advisory boards for the University of Arizona, including; Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise (JGRE), strategic planning for US Navy adoption of Alternative Energy Systems; and for development of UAS Standards with the RTCA, an advisory organization for the FAA. In the aerospace industry, Frank is familiar with DO-160, DO-178, and DO-254 qualification standards for aircraft systems and equipment and ISO and AS9100 quality systems.
Dr. Donald Thomas III
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Thomas graduated from Howard University College of Medicine with an M.D. in Medicine and earned his A.B. in Physical Science and Genetics at Harvard University. He also created and reshaped clinical care delivery systems in 30+ healthcare organizations in the northern hemisphere, including healthcare systems, hospitals, clinics, group practices and an insurance provider medical bureau, while delivering increased quality, patient satisfaction and metrics, in addition to significant new dollars to the organizational bottom lines. He is a relentless problem solver and is especially suited to working in situations that are not functioning at their peak. He is also CMO for L.A. County Health Dept (.8B budget, 22,000 employees,3,500 MDs, 6 hospitals, 6 urgent care centers and 126 clinics)
-U.S. Dept of Heath COGME councillor from 1998-2003
-Led clinical design teams for 2 hospitals and 2 emergency centers
-Restructured medicaid medical division for a major health insurer
Chief Marketing Officer
A former U.S. Navy pilot, Don started his business career with The Service Bureau Company as a Systems Marketing Exec after leaving military service in 1978. In that role, Don participated in the implementation of some of the early Yield Management Systems at Delta, Northwest and Piedmont Airlines. Subsequent executive and managerial positions at IBM, Control Data and KPMG over the next 23 years afforded Don the opportunity to gain valuable experience with some of the largest and most successful solutions companies in the world.
In 2001, Don started Fresh Eyes Consulting with a focus on Sales Effectiveness and Sales Execution. Over the next 15 years, Don has worked directly with technology leaders such as SalesForce.com, Netapp, Cisco Systems, Riverbed Technologies and Rockwell Automation to help those organization design and implement processes that would produce predictable and repeatable results.
Having remained active in the aviation industry after leaving the Navy, Don accepted a consulting engagement in 2011 with a Part 121 Supplemental Air Carrier as that carrier’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In that role, Don was able to help reestablish that carrier’s 121 certification and to establish an OEM agreement with an international aircraft manufacturer to sell their new aircraft in the United States.
Dr. Angie Purvis
Chief Quality and Regulatory Officer
Angie completed her PhD (Biochemistry) and post-doctoral training at Washington University at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the field of Hematology/Oncology. Since leaving academia, she has held several executive positions with medical device and diagnostics companies. Dr. Purvis is a board-certified CLIA Laboratory Director for high-complexity testing across the USA and through the New York State Department of Health. She has experience building and optimizing lean-based, CLIA laboratories and establishing and maintaining a high level of Quality within all laboratory processes.
Winson Li is a former Private Equity Analyst with experience in valuation analysis, in-depth market research and company due diligence. Prior to joining ATV, Winson was a consultant for business development, marketing and third party negotiation strategies for start-ups and mature businesses in technology and e-Commerce. Winson holds an Honours in Business Administrative Studies, specialized in Finance, from York University.
Engineering Project Manager
Angad Sandhu, originally from India, completed his high school education at a Swiss boarding school, where he was awarded an ‘International Baccalaureate diploma’. Upon graduation, he chose the University of California Santa Barbara to pursue a ‘Mechanical engineering’ degree with a focus on design and material sciences. After attaining his undergraduate degree, he returned to India and joined a special metal parts & strip manufacturing business, Shivalik Bimetal Controls Ltd. During his 11 years with the company, he spearheaded the supply chain and finance department.
Angad also holds a ‘Material science and technology’ certificate from Loughborough University, UK and a ‘Cornell Executive Management Program’ (CEMP) certification from Cornell, USA. Most recently, he completed the ‘Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology’ (MBET) program at The University of Waterloo in Canada and has settled in Toronto. Since graduating from the MBET program he has been actively involved with start-ups, incubators, accelerators, angel investors and entrepreneurs across various industry sectors.
David S. Murayama
Strategy & Planning
David obtained his MBET degree at the University of Waterloo, Canada specializing in new ventures and innovation management, and his BSc in Economics at Suffolk University, US. David has extensive experience as an early-stage business consultant with proven ability in evaluating trends, business models and strategies for a variety of industries. Previously he worked in business development and operations with an M&A firm; consulted for a number of early-stage technology companies in the life science space, collaborated with a non-profit organization in publishing an industry report about the state of vertical farming, and worked with the Mexican Mission to the United Nations in the green economy space.
Market Research Analyst
Matt earned his MBA from IE Business school in Madrid and has an Honors BA from the University of Ottawa. He is a PMP as well as a CFA candidate and has worked extensively with early stage ventures in fundraising and strategy formulation. Matt has international experience consulting for financial institutions, including several private equity firms. He has also worked with numerous technology firms and start-up incubators. Matt’s experience across a variety of industries, including software, energy, fintech and real estate as well as his passion for business development brings a unique and valuable set of skills to Academic Technology Ventures’ team.
Rory obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree from the Asper School of Business (University of Manitoba) where he focused on Entrepreneurship, Business Planning and Marketing. Rory is passionate about the start-up world and previously worked with an early stage healthcare company where he facilitated and oversaw several multi-million dollar acquisitions in addition to leading all business development efforts. Throughout his career he has played an integral role in securing partnerships with several publicly traded companies and has experience working in both the private and public sectors.
Liz is highly experienced as a marketing & sales consultant focusing on brand identity development, psychology of consumer buying habits, sales process architecture & implementation, and has specialized training in product launch techniques from the top consultancy firms in the USA. She has been named and awarded “The Visionary” from Ford Motor Co. and named by Univision Communications “The Best of Our Community” for creative community initiatives. She has developed numerous corporate brand identities, merchandise package designs, sales systems, and launched new products & brands within various industries: aviation, restaurant, automotive & motorcycle, cosmetics & numerous others. She earned a bachelor of science degree (w/honors) from the University of Texas San Antonio and is a licensed FAA private pilot. In her spare time she trains & participates in triathlons and produces video documentaries on social causes.
Marie L. Franko
Medical Technology Associate
Marie, RN, BSN, has over 15 years experience within the healthcare industry. She has a unique combination of medical industry work experiences to understand clinical information workflows & interdepartmental nursing procedures with advanced business operations experiences, training, and education that provided leadership & consultation on large scale projects for medical companies offering software application solutions. Most recently, she conducted high impact consultation with executive level staff to develop an account list which included software systems management for over 50 hospitals; providing over 50,000 beds. Franko has professional leadership & communication experienced gained from serving honorably in the US ARMY (Op. Joint Endeavor) and has earned various healthcare degrees; Nursing (BS), Univ. of Phoenix, Nursing (AAS), Clark College.
Sandy brings 25 years of professional writing and skills as a direct response copywriter with a focus in the financial field. Her writing helps clients understand the benefits of a product and want to take action. She is skilled in web content, articles, and business to business writing, including brochures, case studies, white papers and ghost book writing. Sandy graduated from the University of California at Davis with a BA (with honors.) She has studied entrepreneurship and the Product Launch Formula. She’s an investor and owner of a real estate business. She and her husband spent 18 months in Kenya helping local non-profit group leaders learn ethics, leadership and organizational skills. Sandy is creative, innovative, and solution oriented.
Business Administrative Assistant
Natalie brings her entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and business acumen to develop business for our large portfolio of innovative technologies. Her own entrepreneurial ventures include: vintage clothing, herb & spice blends, artisan jewelry and other interests. For over 20 years she has gained experience in all facets of small business start-up including: Operations, Logistics, and Sales & Marketing. These valuable experiences enable her to be nimble, flexible, and develop creative solutions for us during our fast-moving product launches. In her spare time, she is a tutor of music, math, and computers. She attended Moorpark College where she studied business administration.
Robert has a passion for business development. This has been demonstrated with his success-driven results across lean manufacturing, finance, marketing, and retail industries.
He has over 20 years of experience streamlining processes within the business world. His communication and account development skills have allowed him to cultivate life-long business relationships. The methodical, outside-the-box thinking that he brings to innovation has delivered continuous positive results.
He attended Middle Georgia college where he studied criminal justice and later focused on business development.
He enjoys hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities in his spare time.
Naeem is a Senior Web Developer & Graphic Designer with over 5 Year of experience in the IT Industry. He earned a BS-Hons (IT) from The University of Punjab. He has worked on different projects including personal websites, e-commerce platforms and corporate websites. He is passionate about obtaining the latest knowledge to be ahead of the game in his profession.
Business Administrative Assistant
Stephanie has a passion for business as demonstrated from her experiences attending the C.T. Bauer College of Business where she earned a degree in Business Foundations and a Corporate Entrepreneurship certificate. She is currently continuing her studies at the University of Houston. She enjoys teaching children as a counselor at kid’s camps.