Stewart Dixon is Founder and Managing Partner of VentureDNA. An accomplished executive leader with a record of successes, Stewart manages the firm’s engagement portfolio as well as the day-to-day operations of the business. Prior to forming VentureDNA, Dixon drove sales in the media and technology industries for well-established brands including ABC News, The Chicago Tribune and Motorola. His proven ability to secure new business and penetrate domestic and foreign markets by identifying prospects and creating strong partnerships allowed these businesses to realize immediate growth and success
Stewart’s hands on experience managing growth companies: recruiting top management talent; defining and executing strategy and new business models; creating world class financial and operational infrastructure from the ground up; while leading and developing people, fuels his passion everyday.
Dixon is skilled in directing cross-functional teams while providing quality services to clients in time-sensitive environments. Dixon also spent 10 years in Los Angeles developing new technology methodologies for the entertainment industry with Capitol Records and Apple Computer, today Apple, Inc. This experience allowed him to serve on the technology leadership boards at the American Film Institute and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Stewart is a graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Roy H. Park School of Communications.
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Craig Pearlman is Managing Partner at VentureDNA and considered a highly effective business executive, who recently served as a Senior Director at Willis Towers Watson and Partner, Head of U.S. Investment Product Development and Distribution at Aon Hewitt. Craig has advised institutional investors, board of directors, foundations, family offices, c-suite executives and PE/VC partners engaged in deal development, turnarounds, and growth and exit strategies. Craig has a broad range of experience that spans many industries: consumer products, healthcare, technology, telecom, business services and manufacturing industries.
Over the course of his tenures at Willis Towers Watson and Aon Hewitt, Craig developed and managed a variety of financial products and investment outsourcing solutions across all asset classes. This includes private equity, private debt, private real-estate, equity, and fixed income solutions in multi manager and multi strategy solutions. Craig led the U.S. institutional distribution, capital raising for institutional investors. He was a strategic leader in launching and managing the ongoing operations and technology solutions for leading global asset managers and consulting firms.
Craig’s understanding of the appropriate intersection between personal relationships, investment philosophies and corporate interests is invaluable. His extensive experience and business contacts, combined with those of VentureDNA, create a solid platform to position young companies for growth and success.
Craig received his MBA from Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business and undergraduate degree in business from Illinois State University. Craig and his wife Beth have a 14-year old son, Nathan. Craig is a life-long Chicagoan and resides in Chicago near Wrigley Field.
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Joe Brickman is Managing Partner at VentureDNA and considered a highly regarded financial tactician who recently served as Chief Commercial Officer at NRS -National Regulatory Services, where he managed three national teams (65 FTEs) including sales, product, and the professional services group for the organization. Joe has worked directly with high-net-worth individuals and families to create customized plans for protecting and growing their wealth, often across multiple generations. Joe is known for helping nonprofit foundations and endowments to realize their long-term financial objectives through effective planning and investment management.
Joe also served as Senior Vice President at Northern Trust Corporation as head of their Institutional Advisor Services, responsible for the Midwest teams new business development for Northern Trust’s Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO)/Multi-Manager Solutions practice focused on Endowments and Foundations and Global Family Offices.
Joe’s understanding of the appropriate intersection between personal relationships, investment philosophies and corporate interests is invaluable. His extensive experience and business contacts, combined with those of VentureDNA, create a solid platform to position young diverse companies for the next stage of growth and success.
Joe received his received his BA in Economics from the University of Lynchburg. Joe and his wife Katie and their children live in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago.
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Tom Ramar is Managing Partner at VentureDNA. Tom serves as technology sales lead on the Nucleaus team (A VentureDNA Company) and also leading our Sales Team for Safe Health (A VentureDNA Company) Tom has amazing pedigree as a US Navy Veteran, with extensive experience serving as Lieutenant Commander and Cryptologic/Cybersecurity/Information Warfare Officer.
Tom is the former VP of Global Sales at Crocs, taking the company from a small warehouse outside Denver with $3M in sales to a global powerhouse brand with $1.3B in sales, His experience at Crocs included licensing partnerships with professional sports including, the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and NASCAR. His growth stories include managing logistics and shipments of entire 747 Cargo Carriers from China filled with Crocs. Tom is a fast thinker. Lots of connections and today remains in contact with the entire Crocs leadership team.
Tom’s understanding of the appropriate intersection between personal relationships, deep experience in technology and corporate interests is invaluable. His military service, professional experience and contacts, combined with those of VentureDNA, create a solid platform to position companies across the country.
Tom received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, is a graduate of the US Naval War College and received his MBA from Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School. Tom is based in Denver with his two beautiful children.
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Dr. Steven Hodges, MD, FACEP is lead medical advisor at VentureDNA and Emergency Medicine Specialist in Lake Forest, IL.Dr. Hodges brings over 23 years of experience in the medical field.He is affiliated with medical facilities Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and with Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs, CA.
Dr. Hodges deep experience with medical technology and innovation allowed him to serve on the technology leadership team for Northwestern Medicine where Steve help lead the implementation of the EPIC electronic medical record system for the Northwestern system of hospitals and clinics.The integration included better outcomes for managed care by helping physicians take ownership with improving their workflows. These efficiencies lead to significant cost savings and meaningful outcomes for patients and the bottom line.
Steve’s understanding of the appropriate intersection between personal relationships, medical innovation and corporate interests with healthcare organizations across the country is invaluable. His extensive experience and business contacts, combined with those of VentureDNA, create a solid platform to position young diverse medical technology companies for the next stage of growth and success.
Dr. Hodges graduated from University of Kansas / School of Medicine medical school in 1998 and finished his residency at Northwestern in 2002.Steve, his wife and their child live in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago.
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Mark Hahs is co-Founder and Managing Partner of VentureDNA. He leads our team of Los Angeles based professionals who provide facets of outsourced marketing, technology and business development related services, including research, analysis, planning, web development, web design, branding, marketing collateral development, event management, systems integration and business consulting solutions for business-to-business, business-to-consumer and business-to-enterprise applications. Millions of users, viewers, and attendees from around the globe have responded to and been touched by marketing programs and business systems deployed for his clients. A big believer in maintaining an “entrepreneurial approach” to every engagement, Mark supports the methodology of implementing integrated business and marketing solutions that use a simple set of consistently executed strategies, programs, technology and media to get results. Mark has worked with a diverse range of organizations, including small business start-ups, large corporations, private sector, non-profits, government agencies and advertising agencies where he was responsible for business development, client management and finance.
Clients have included NFL, NBC 2004 Olympics, Motorola, Agilent Technologies, S.C.O.R.E., Microsoft, Chicago Tribune, Warner Brothers, Coca-Cola, Billabong, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, United States Mint, Sony Columbia-Tristar, Interscope Records, MCA, Sungard Treasury Systems, AAA, Oral-B and Grey Advertising. Mark played baseball at Biola University garnering freshman of the year honors as a pitcher while studying for a degree in Mathematics with a minor in Business. He enjoys long runs, road biking and ocean swimming – better known as triathlon training – and occasionally skateboarding with his four children in sunny Southern California.
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Karen Schmid steers the creation and execution of VentureDNA’s customer acquisition strategies and manages our new major accounts as Vice President of Global Operations. With a multidimensional, 24-year career track that spans marketing, sales, investing, customer service, and operations, Karen brings a customer-centric approach, an innate market sense, and unparalleled technical aptitude to VentureDNA.
Karen studied Business Management at Palm Beach State College before beginning her career with Sam’s Club as Director of Telemarketing. However, she could not deny her sales calling and, as a third-generation realtor, has garnered countless honors such as Vice President’s Club and Outstanding Agent Awards. Her dedication to providing the highest level of customer service and meeting specific client needs has merited her a highly successful career in even the toughest markets and economies. Her real estate projects and activities the last three years has focused primarily in the Chicago and Miami markets.
Karen uniquely combines her proven sales capabilities with a fervor for technology, as seen in her licensure as an IFR-rated private pilot. In the last several years, she has seen the rapid innovation of digital mapping technology for in-flight navigational reference as well as for aerial mapping in her real estate work; Karen’s experience with this latest technology is a perfect balance for the VentureDNA sales process.
When not in the air, Karen enjoys spending time with her three sons, traveling, and demonstrating her competitive spirit on the tennis court. She is also passionate about contributing her talents to many community organizations.
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