Trever Acers

Managing Partner

Objective Capital Partners

Trever F. Acers leads all aspects of Objective Capital Partner’s investment banking activities, drawing from his 15+ years of acquisition, finance and business management experience.

Prior to starting Objective, Mr. Acers served as a Director at TGG Capital, where he led the firm’s financial and strategy consulting operations. Previously, he was Director of The Oxford Investment Group’s Western U.S. private equity activities and Managing Partner at Passage Venture Capital Partners. Earlier in his career, he managed the post-acquisition integration and continuing operations of three entities with total annual revenues of $29 million for EMC Corporation, and led business performance improvement engagements for KPMG Consulting.

Mr. Acers has a MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management with a finance concentration and a bachelor’s degree with high honors in business administration from the University of San Diego. He holds FINRA Series 79 and Series 63 licenses and is a Registered Representative of BA Securities LLC, Member FINRA SIPC.


Robert Baltera

Executive Chairman

Adheron Therapeutics

CEO, Hawkeye Therapeutics
Member Board of Directors, Organovo Holdings, Inc,
CEO, Laguna Pharmaceuticals
CEO, Amira Pharmaceuticals


Beck Bamberger

Founder & Entrepreneur in Experience

 BAM Communications

I’m obsessed with experience. You can buy stuff, you can collect things, but experiences, great and hard, are gained with a life lived well. So far, I’ve collected a neat array of experiences, too, and I can’t wait for more.

BAM Communications rescues the world’s companies from anonymity everyday, and I’m honored to have the BAMily team run an otherwise demanding client services business that represents emerging technology companies around the world. In 2011, I started Bite San Diego, which became San Diego’s top rated and largest food tour company in the county and sold it in late 2016.


Lee Barken


 Haskell & White LLP

CleanTECH San Diego, Board Member
San Diego Venture Group, Board Member
San Diego Workforce Partnership, Board Member and Treasurer
San Diego Coastkeeper, Board Member


Jeffrey Belk

Managing Director

 ICT168 Capital, LLC

Jeffrey Belk is Managing Director of ICT168 Capital, LLC, focused on developing and guiding global growth opportunities in the Information and Communication Technology space. Formerly, Belk spent almost 14 years at Qualcomm Incorporated (from when the company was $200M in revenue to $7B+), where prior to his departure in early 2008, he was Qualcomm’s senior vice president of strategy and market development, focused on examining changes in the wireless ecosystem and formulating approaches to help accelerate the adoption of mobile devices, applications, and services.

sdvg san diego venture group board member gary benitt

Gary Benitt

Managing Director

 Social Leverage

Gary is a General Partner with Social Leverage, a seed stage venture capital firm. Gary is a seasoned serial entrepreneur, having been a part of four founding teams in both consumer and B2B companies over the past 20 years. Most recently, Gary spent 3 years as COO of after his company, Assistly, was acquired in 2011 by

Previously, Gary was with AOL after his company, Goowy Media, was acquired in early 2008. Gary has managed various technology and go-to-market teams including business operations, customer service, client implementation and success, engineering, and quality assurance. He brings broad knowledge across all facets of growing a business from startup into a mature organization.

Gary has been an active investor in early stage companies since 2011, with over 25 investments including Civic, Classy, Getaround, Gusto, Kustomer, and Stitch Labs.


Neal Bloom



Top 5 Things to Know About Neal Bloom

1. I have launched 84 astronauts into space while working on the Space Shuttle program.
2. I am an ENTJ and high Influencer on the DISC survey.
3. I have run over 62 miles at once while climbing 12,000 feet on trails.
4. I am energized by helping others discover their calling.
5. I have always lived less than 20 miles from a beach.


Mark Bowles

Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Board Director, Speaker


Serial entrepreneur, award winning inventor (30+ patents apps), product designer (dozens of awards), marketer, and scientist (National Science Foundation grantee/principal investigator). Mark has 25+ yrs in semiconductor, wireless, healthcare, environmental, consumer/retail industries and has formation and founding 7 tech start-ups for which he has raised 17 rounds of VC financing (nearly $250M). Prior to co-founding Salveo, Mark founded ecoATM ($350M acq by Outerwall in ’13); was VP Mktg with Vativ (sold to Entropic); co-founded Staccato in 2002 as VP Mktg & Bus. Dev; co-founder and President/COO and director of BOPS, Inc (sold to Altera). Prior to this he helped form and fund Power Computing ($130M acq by Apple in ’96); Panorama Designs (acq by Motorola in ’96); and BlueSteel Networks (2000 acq by Broadcom for $110M). Mr. Bowles also spent six years at Motorola Semiconductor where he held various distribution management, sales and market development positions; he left Motorola in ’96 as VP MSPI of PowerPC Market Development.


Matt Browne


Cooley LLP

Matt Browne’s practice focuses on transactional and general corporate matters, with Matt typically serving as his client’s first point of contact at Cooley for all matters and regularly working with them on mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, public company reporting and disclosure issues, corporate governance matters and other commercial matters. Matt’s clients include companies in the software, hardware, telecommunications, information technology, semiconductor, financial technology, cleantech, consumer products, medical device, robotics, biotechnology, internet and retail spaces.

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Ryan Buell

Founder and CEO

 Sayva Solutions

Ryan started his career in public accounting with Ernst & Young, eventually becoming part of the national advisory services practice. His areas of specialization were merger compliance, revenue assurance, FCC and SEC compliance, operational audits, and process improvement. In 2014, Ryan founded Sayva Solutions, Inc. Sayva is an accounting, finance, and technology professional services firm that provides fractional CFO and outsourced accounting, specialized project consulting, and full-time recruiting services.


Carin Canale-Theakston

President & Founder

 Canale Communications Inc.

Carin is the president and founder of Canale Communications Inc. In her role as president, Carin works closely with client teams, having provided senior level strategy to more than 125 life science companies of all shapes and sizes ranging from pre-series A financing to billion dollar public companies such as Amgen and Johnson & Johnson. Through her career in life science communications, she has advised a diverse range of companies including biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics, research organizations and providers of enabling technologies.

In addition to client services, Carin is actively involved in the life science community and is a member of the board of directors for BIOCOM, Southern California’s life science trade association, and the San Diego Venture Group. A sought-after speaker, Carin frequently leads presentations and trainings on various communication topics for these organizations and others such as PRSA, the Biotechnology Industry Organization and California Healthcare Institute.


David Coats

Managing Director

 Correlation Ventures

As a founder and Managing Director of Correlation Ventures, David helps lead the firm. David created the original vision for Correlation, driven by the opportunity to offer entrepreneurs and other VCs a better co-investment option and to pioneer the use of predictive analytics in venture capital. David began his venture capital career in 1997. Prior to Correlation, David was a Managing Director of Hamilton BioVentures, an early-stage venture capital fund. As head of Hamilton’s Life Science team, David served on the Board of Directors of such companies as PhotoThera, Transcept (NASDAQ: TSPT), and Egea Biopharmaceuticals (Acquired by Johnson&Johnson). Previously, David was a Venture Partner at Windamere Venture Partners and President of Forge Medical Ventures, an early-stage incubator funded by Enterprise Partners, Mayfield Fund and Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation. David was the Founder of Spine Wave, a venture-funded medical device company and Director of Business Development of UroMed Corporation (URMD), a venture-funded startup that raised several rounds of venture capital and completed a public offering. David received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology from Princeton University.


Michele Comtois


 Barney & Barney LLC

Michele has over 12 years’ experience in the insurance industry and has served as a member of Barney & Barney’s Executive Liability Practice since 2005. Michele has a background in finance and risk management and works directly with clients by providing strategic guidance and counsel in the areas of public company Directors & Officers liability.

Michele is a founding member of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s San Diego Chapter. She currently also holds a board position with the San Diego Venture Group. Michele currently serves as a committee chair with B&B GROW, a women’s initiative focused on attracting, retaining, educating and supporting the women of Barney & Barney.


Shannon Conway

Senior Business Consultant


Work with C-level executives to maximize their Human Capital investment. Present value of outsourcing HR Administration through a partnership with TriNet. Services include administration of F-500 benefits, payroll, HR best practices, liability management, government compliance, workers compensation, and HRIS technology. Manage all aspects of a complex sales process from business development to contract negotiation while collaborating with internal service team.


Stacey Davenport

Founder & CEO

 Davenport Executive Search

Dr. Stacey L. Davenport is the Founder and CEO of Davenport Executive Search as well as co-founder of DavenportMajor Executive Search. Her hands-on operational leadership in Life Sciences and Healthcare has been sought after by clients worldwide. Ms. Davenport brings a depth of clinical experience combined with a strong track record of executive search expertise which has made her a well respected public figure in the industry with numerous interviews in the Wall Street Journal, an interview on the NBC Evening News with Tom Brokaw and recent highlights in Forbes and Business Week, among many others.

She specializes exclusively in Life Sciences/Healthcare serving Fortune 500 global organizations as well as private equity and venture backed, emerging growth companies. Previously, she served as the Life Sciences and Board of Directors Practice Leader for AT Kearney Executive Search, the fifth largest retained, global executive search firm. Prior to her search career, she spent 10 yrs in interventional cardiology clinical practice in Dallas, Texas with the last 3 years leading the practice as Executive Director.


Emad Fareed



CPA focusing mostly on life science companies ranging from start-up to public companies. Co-lead KPMG San Diego’s life science practice and venture capital practice. I service companies ranging from emerging growth IPO companies to mature public companies.


Scott Foote

SVP & Co-Founder

 Square 1 Bank

Scott oversees Square 1’s banking practice in the Pacific Southwest. Scott was a cofounder of Square 1, and has nearly 20 years of financial services experience, with over 15 in the life sciences and technology venture banking industries. Scott previously served as vice president for Comerica Bank and Imperial Bank, where he concentrated on providing venture financing for early-stage life science and technology companies. Scott is an active member of several venture capital and life sciences industry associations, including the San Diego Venture Group and serves on the board of BIOCOM.


KC Freer



Partner at Deloitte


Scot Ginsburg

Senior Vice President

 Hughes Marino

Scot Ginsburg has been solely focused on exclusively representing tenants and owner-users of space needs throughout his commercial real estate career. With over $2 Billion in transaction volume and 14,000,000 square feet of experience, Scot specializes in high-tech, life science, business service, research and development, and other growth-oriented industries. His commitment to provide the highest level of service is evidenced by his loyal clients whom he has repeatedly represented.

Scot’s passion for representing tenants exclusively comes from his personal experience as co-founder of a former high-tech company, where he found himself as the tenant on an uneven playing field with the landlords and their listing brokers.

Scot brings a wealth of experience ranging from lease acquisitions, lease renewals, lease restructures, build-to-suit developments, property acquisitions, and specialized tenant improvements designed for today’s demanding businesses.


Gerardo Godinez


 Moss Adams

Nationwide, Moss Adams is a fully integrated professional services firm dedicated to growing, managing, and protecting prosperity for public, private and not-for-profit enterprises. With over 2,900 professionals, we work with the world’s most innovative, dynamic, and promising clients and markets in the market capitals of the West, and beyond. Through a full spectrum of accounting, consulting, and wealth management services, we bring the deep industry specialization and inspired thinking our mid-market clients seek.


Jeremy Glaser

Co-Chair of the Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Practice Group

 Mintz Levin

My practice involves initial public offerings, public and private securities offerings, mergers and acqusitions and venture capital financings for Information Technology and Life Sciences companies.

I enjoy working with entrepreneurs and helping them to grow and finance their businesses. I also enjoy learning about new technologies, particularly in software, wireless, semiconductors, clean energy, medical devices and biotechnology.

I have served in both the law firm environment and as in-house counsel and a senior executive with a venture-backed internet company and a hedge fund.


Mike Grey

President & CEO

 Pappas Ventures

Experienced biotech CEO and board member. Current board member at BioMarin and lead independent director at Horizon Pharma


Adam Harris

Co-Founder, Chairman, CEO




Kristina Hess


 Lockton Insurance Brokers

Risk Advisor & Insurance Broker, Lockton Companies


Ken Hood

Managing Partner

 FusionX Ventures

During the last 10 years I have managed businesses involving the fusion of hardware devices, software, and cloud subscription services.

I have led 3 startups to an exit, and stayed on to lead and integrate 2 of these businesses into publicly traded acquiring companies. My P&L ownership roles have ranged from early stage to $100M+ in revenue.

My passion is investing in great teams to deliver products and services which create new markets or disrupt existing ones. I enjoy customer engagement, mentoring, continuous learning, and driving strategic value. I am fortunate that I get to do these things daily supporting portfolio companies at FusionX Ventures.

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Eric Hornsten


 Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP

Eric is a partner in PwC’s capital markets and accounting advisory services practice in San Diego. Eric focuses on providing clients with advice on complex accounting and reporting issues arising from initial public offerings, business combinations, segment reporting, revenue recognition, leasing, income taxes and compensation arrangements among others. Previously, Eric was an assurance partner serving primarily technology and life sciences clients.

Eric has also worked in PwC’s National Office in San Jose, CA. In this role, Eric focused on providing clients and PwC engagement teams with support on complex technical accounting issues related primarily to revenue recognition and compensation arrangements. Eric has over 25 years of experience and is certified public accountant in California and Texas.


Michael Howard (Treasurer)


 Ernst & Young LLP

Mike is an audit partner with Ernst & Young LLP and has nearly 20 years of experience in public accounting with a focus on serving publicly traded companies and private strategic growth market accounts. He has strong industry expertise in manufacturing, medical device and retail and consumer products. Mike has been involved in numerous initial and secondary public offerings and has participated in multiple acquisition audits and related SEC filings.

Mike has had many roles in serving the community and currently serves on both the Advisory Board for the School of Accountancy and the Advisory Board for the Entrepreneurial Management Center at San Diego State University.


Kristi Jaska

Vice President


VP, ViaSat Inc.
July 1987 – Present (29 years 1 month), Carlsbad, CA

Member of Technical Staff, Linkabit Inc
August 1985 – July 1987 (2 years), San Diego, CA


Paul Johnson


 Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Paul B. Johnson helps entrepreneurs and their investors get companies formed, funded and sold, including initial formation of corporations and LLCs, negotiation of seed, early and mid-stage equity financings and buy and sell-side mergers and acquisitions.  Paul is also adept at venture capital investments, public and private securities offering and compliance and general business counseling.  Paul has also counseled some of San Diego’s most successful companies in Securities and Exchange Commission compliance and general corporate governance.


Grant Jordan



Grant is the CEO of SkySafe, a leading drone defense firm. His team builds cutting-edge systems that protect critical airspace—stadiums, prisons, critical infrastructure, military personnel and facilities—from drones. An MIT grad, Grant served as an officer in the US Air Force where he designed and built hardware systems for counter-IED missions and small UAVs at the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), specializing in rapid product development for Special Forces units. As a UC San Diego graduate student, he conducted research on analyzing online illicit pharmaceutical sales by Russian criminal groups and anonymity on the Bitcoin network. As a respected expert in both hardware and software, Grant has spoken at security conferences including DEFCON and RSA Security.