Rocky Dixon is co-founder of Endeavor Capital, a Portland, OR based company. Rocky co-founded Endeavour in 1991. Since that time, he has worked with companies in the specialty retail, business services and niche manufacturing industries. Rocky serves on the board of the Bi-Mart Corporation. Prior to co-founding Endeavour, Rocky spent six years as the West Coast Director for Earl Kinship Capital, a diversified equity investment company that specialized in real estate, technology startups, and oil and gas exploration. In 1983, he co-founded Support Technologies, Inc., a computer-test equipment company. Rocky also spent five years in marketing and sales management at Stanley Tools. In addition to his roles on Endeavour boards, Rocky also serves on the boards El Aero Services, Adventure Funds and Beef Northwest. He is also the Chairman of the Kinship Trust Company and sits on the board of OHSU. Rocky received a B.S. from the University of Oregon. He has two sons and currently lives with his wife in Asotin, Washington.
Joan Sourapas is a member of the VentureDNA Advisory Board and serves as a business development strategist to the company. Joan has spent thirty years as a senior consulting executive with experience in business development and planning, strategic information planning, emerging technologies, project management, information systems design and implementation, and financial restructuring. She has sold and managed projects in many industries, both public and private, with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). She worked primarily in the healthcare industry as a partner in CurranCare (purchased by Cardinal Health) and then, as Vice President, led post-acute care consulting for Cardinal Health.
Jeff Yehle is a lead member to our Advisory Board, seeing his solid, senior- level expertise in sales, human resources, and operations in the human capital and technology spaces as a vital asset to the team. Today, Jeff serves as Client Relationship Director at Willis Towers Watson. Jeff’s repertoire of experience includes working as Global Vice President of Administration and Human Resources for Monster.com, National Senior Sales Director for ManpowerGroup, and as Senior Vice President of Sales for Workstream, Inc. Having led a multi- billion dollar sales and account management team to double-digit growth in recent years as Senior Partner and Global Client Executive for Aon Hewitt, Jeff’s aptitudes in P&L management, mergers and acquisitions, and c-suite / Fortune 100 relationship management have been tested and proven time and again. Additionally contributing his acumen in strategic planning, organizational development, talent management, and brand development, Jeff is an irreplaceable advisor, collaborator, and guide for the continual growing efforts at VentureDNA. Jeff heralds a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and participated in Kellogg School of Management’s graduate program prior to joining Monster.com. He is a member of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); Jeff has also served on the boards of several portfolio companies. Most recently, he became Lead Director for Ansen Electronics, a $100,000,000 electronics and lighting manufacturer based in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Jeff is equally committed to community involvement, sitting on the boards of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, Chicago Botanic Garden, Children’s Brittle Bone Foundation, Lake Forest Open Lands Association, and the Allendale Association.
Bill McNitt is a senior executive with public and private company experience in a wide variety of industries. Since 2000 he has been a Principal of Thurston Group a Chicago based Private Equity firm which invests in lower middle market companies. He has significant experience as an executive officer with a deep understanding of financial markets and institutions with international exposure and strengths in developing solutions to complex financial challenges. He has had extensive experience in the Private/Alternative Investing sector with areas of focus including venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and leveraged and management buyouts. As a senior finance officer of companies such as Gould Electronics, a conglomerate with operations in 40 countries, Zenith Electronics, a Fortune 200 consumer electronics company and Netdox, an Internet security services company, Bill played a key role in numerous acquisitions and divestitures ranging in size from $5 to $250 million, as well as directing corporate finance, tax, banking, investor relations, rating agency, treasury, financial operations and ERISA/pension fund administration. He was responsible for corporate-wide risk management, including foreign currency, commodity, and interest rate exposure; directed bank relations with over 70 multinational financial service companies; and initiated and completed significant long-term financings, including publicly-issued Eurobonds, foreign currency debentures, industrial revenue bonds and sale and leasebacks. At Zenith, Bill was a key member of the strategic planning and operating committees chaired by the CEO. In 1995, Bill was named Zenith’s Chief Financial Officer. In 1995-96, LG Electronics acquired Zenith in a two- step stock transaction process that he lead. Bill received a B. A. with Honors in Economics from Amherst College and a MBA in Finance from Harvard Business School. He is a certified public accountant and CFA.
Greg Dennerlein, is a lead member of our Advisory Board. In addition to his board role, Greg has 30 years of diverse financial market experience having held positions in portfolio management, over-the-counter derivatives, sales and trading, and alternative investments. Currently as an independent Financial Advisor managing several portfolios, Greg previously was Senior Vice President with HSBC Private Wealth Management, prior to this role he served as a VP and Director for several banking institutions including Citibank, Northern Trust, and JP Morgan. In his current role he assists his clients in sourcing alternative investments, such as, direct deals in real estate, venture capital, private equity, fixed income, credit and equity derivatives. His clients range from Fortune 500 pensions, university endowments to family offices and high-net worth individuals.Greg’s understanding of the appropriate intersection between personal relationships, investment philosophies and corporate interests is invaluable. His extensive experience and contacts, combined with those of VentureDNA, create a solid platform to position companies throughout the Upper Midwest and East Coast.
Warren Holtsberg serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Managers and as a Director of the Illinois Emerging Technologies Fund. He is a partner at The Tokarz Group, LLC, a private, New York-based merchant bank and is a member of the Board of Directors and Co-Head of Portfolio Management for its MVC Capital Fund (NYSE:MVC), where he sources and executes new investments and helps manage the Fund’s global portfolio of private equity, venture, and small and mid cap debt and equity investments. Previously, Mr. Holtsberg founded Motorola Ventures, the venture capital investment arm for Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) where he led the worldwide fund for eight years. Before Motorola, Mr. Holtsberg spent two decades with the U.S. Government where he held a number of senior executive positions in the Aviation, Defense and Intelligence communities. Mr. Holtsberg is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Venture Capital Association and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Center. Mr. Holtsberg is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Kellogg Management Institute at Northwestern University J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.