Strategy – Dennis Beard

Dennis, a CPA, is an experienced technology entrepreneur, and investor. has been involved throughout his career with businesses of all sizes as a Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Controller for SLM Aminco, CFO for Segno Communications, CFO and CEO for the Home Recovery Group of Companies, a Partner with Blakeman and Beard, LLC, CPA’s, and a Partner and CFO with Open Prairie Ventures. As a CPA, Dennis has served a wide range of clients including Caterpillar, Shell Oil Company, George Soros’ Quantum Fund, and Continental Illinois National Bank. As a healthcare industry CEO, he has served as President of a statewide industry trade association.
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Legal – Alan Singleton

Alan Singleton provides legal services to business clients in the areas of corportate formation and transactions, intellectual property, securities law, real estate and immigration. He has over 25 years of experience working with entrepreneurs to develop solutions to the whole variety of business and legal issues they face in establinghing and growing their companies. Through his commitment to serving the needs of clients, Alan has established a reputation as one of the leading advocates for technology transfer and early stage companies in East Central Illinois.
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Funding – Roland Garton

Mr. Garton has over three decades of experience with grant development, program and project management, training and documentation, and administration.  His professional work experience includes both university and small business employment, with specialties in computer-based education, software development, process improvement, and computer security products at the operating system level. He has helped develop successful grants totaling millions of dollars for employers and scores of clients.
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Marketing – Nancy Sullivan

Nancy Sullivan serves as the CEO and Managing Director of IllinoisVENTURES, LLC. With over 15 years of experience in the commercialization and entrepreneurial sector, Nancy leads the IllinoisVENTURES, LLC investment portfolio. Ms. Sullivan oversees $75 million + in assets under management. Nancy promotes the development of new companies commercializing complex technologies by assisting the companies in obtaining venture capital funding, recruiting management talent and obtaining necessary business services. Nancy earned her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Master’s in Biotechnology, from Northwestern. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola University.
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