The following are some of the members of Beacon Angels:
John C. Addonizio
Mr. Addonizio is former President and CEO of BMEGateway and Boston Medical Evaluations, Inc. He has over 25 years of leadership experience in the insurance, health and managed care arenas. Mr. Addonizio also served as the National Vice President of Sales and Business Development for ExamWorks, Inc. (NYSE: EXAM). He now operates a consulting group and serves as President of J. Addonizio & Company, LLC, which advises small and medium-sized companies in business strategy, sales productivity, CEO coaching, funding, etc. Mr. Addonizio is a graduate of Suffolk University.
Mr. Allis is former CEO (1997-2016) of Quintiq, a global supply-chain software company he co-founded and bootstrapped in the Netherlands and ultimately sold to Dassault Systemes in 2014. Since 2017, he has served as an operating partner for private equity and as a formal and informal board member for various international B2B software companies. Victor was named Dutch Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008. Victor received an MSc in Computer Science from the Vrije University in Amsterdam and a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Maastricht.
Mr. Brantley is a partner in the Boston law firm of Rubin and Rudman, LLP, with a primary concentration during his 34 years of experience in tax and other areas of the law having a major tax component. He is also a CPA and worked for five years in the Boston tax department of Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young). He has had extensive involvement with the tax and tax-related needs of start-up and early-stage companies, as well as those of individual and venture capital investors. Mr. Brantley received his B.A. degree from Yale College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Clayberg is a Software Engineering Manager at Google and former co-founder and EVP of Product Development for Instantiations (acquired by Google in 2010) and former co-founder and VP of Engineering for ObjectShare (acquired by ParcPlace-Digitalk in 1996). He is also a co-owner and board member for Instantiations (a new company spun off from the original Instantiations at the time of the Google acquisition). In addition to being a successful serial entrepreneur, he is a seasoned software technologist, product developer, and manager with more than 20 years of commercial software development experience. He has been responsible for creating more than a dozen commercial software products including the award-winning WindowBuilder, CodePro, and VA Assist product lines. He holds a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, an MBA from Harvard, and is co-author of Eclipse Plug-ins (3rd Edition, Dec 2008), Addison Wesley, 2008.
Mr. Costello has been on the launch team of multiple startups as an innovator and entrepreneur, specializing in mobile+web SaaS products with 20 years’ experience across diverse vertical markets in both B2B and B2C. Like all angel investors, Jack looks at the team, the product/market fit and exit financials and strategy. Jack holds a BSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from Columbia University and resides in Gloucester, MA with his wife Rachel.
Vicky Wu Davis
Leaving the corporate world of the telecom industry in her late 20’s, Vicky Wu Davis started a software/middleware company in the video game industry and ran it for over 10 years. After becoming a mom, she became interested in education and started Youth CITIES (Creating Impact Through Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability) to cultivate young entrepreneurial leaders. For the past 16 years, Vicky has been a mentor at MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service, which supports innovation and entrepreneurial activity throughout the MIT community. She is also the Founder of “A Seat at the Table”, aimed at redefining the leadership representation when conversations take place.
Mr. Fogel is Managing Director of Swifton CFOs LLC, an outsourced CFO firm that provides emerging businesses with strategic and financial leadership. David’s expertise lies in constructing a financial framework to help companies attract funding and guide continued growth. A contributor to the development of Greater Boston’s Mass Challenge, Boston BizSpark, and The Capital Network, David is also an Adjunct Instructor of Finance in the MBA program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Ms. Gifford is a seasoned software executive, most recently as Chief Solutions Officer at Quintiq, a global supply-chain software company. As a thought leader in supply chain optimization, she has a track record of bringing value to her customers. Sara’s focus is on accelerating growth for B2B enterprise software companies. Since 2017 Sara is active as an angel investor, mentor and coach for startups and early-stage software companies as well as supporting several Boston-based non-profits. Sara got her BSE in Computer Engineering from Bucknell University and her MS in Software Engineering from American University.
Mr. Goodell is an entrepreneur and portfolio manager who most recently served as Chief Investment Officer and Partner of PhaseCapital LP, an asset-management firm based in Copley Square. Previously, he served as a strategist in the corporate credit trading and structured products groups within the Fixed Income, Currency, and Commodities Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He is a CFA charterholder, a past CAIA charterholder, and a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society. Geoff feels a strong connection to the community of greater Boston, having earned a S.B. in Mathematics from MIT and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University.
Adam has a background in global alternative investments, international finance, law and financial start-ups. He was formerly COO of True Arrow Capital Management, a start-up, cutting edge quantitative investment group that pioneered equities and futures trading in mainland China. Prior to that, while based in Brazil, he was Head of International Business Development at Equitas Investimentos and worked with global investors to structure investment into the region. Adam is a CFA charterholder and graduated with a J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School, where he was an editor of the Boston College International & Comparative Law Review. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University. Adam is also an Eagle Scout and an avid scuba diver and fitness trainer.
Ms. Engler Larson leads the Advanced Analytics team at LGT and has over 20 years experience building analytics solutions for the financial services industry. Prior to LGT, she led a data science team at Wellington Management, developed risk management solutions at TIAA-CREF, MSCI Barra, and built consumer marketing strategies at a large retail bank. She is familiar with the startup world and the corporate world having worked in both. She holds a BA in Computer Science from Southwestern University, an MA in International Economics & Finance from Brandeis University and is a CFA Charterholder. Her interests are in startups in the AI, Fintech, Insurtech, Cleantech and Space sectors.
Mr. Lewis is Assistant Director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) Alliance Program. He served as VP of Business Development and co-owner of OpenALPR Technology Inc., which develops AI-based license plate and vehicle recognition software, and was acquired by Novume Solutions (REKR). Before OpenALPR, Steve led vertical market practice in EMC’s Emerging Technologies business unit, growing revenue from $40MM to $90MM in two years. Mr. Lewis has over twenty years of sales and marketing experience and has worked for start-ups. He is a family man, an accomplished musician and an avid New England Patriots fan.
Mr. Piltch began his career with HSBC in multiple functions, including a stint in their Global Asset Management group, spending time in Chicago, New York and London. After HSBC, Jeff rejoined his Boston-based family business ARS Restoration Specialists, which was sold in June of 2018 to a strategic buyer, The RESCON Group, financed by PNC Mezzanine Capital. After the sale, Jeff stayed on as Director of Corporate Development with RESCON until he joined Venture University as an investor in September 2018. Jeff is also a real estate investor, focusing mainly on the Greater Boston area. He graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in Finance and is also a CFA Charterholder.
William J. Ryan, Jr.
Mr. Ryan first began his career as an attorney, practicing corporate law in Portland, Maine, and later entered the sports business, serving first as a sports marketing executive, then as owner of the Oxford Plains Speedway and later as principal owner of the professional basketball team, the Maine Red Claws. His current focus is on angel investing, principally in companies based in New England. In addition to his business interests, Bill currently serves on the board of the Portland Museum of Art.
Ms. Denise Saltojanes has spent her career working with innovators, program managers, engineers, scientists, and logisticians to make new technology happen. She has 20+ years of experience in team leadership, financial modeling, qualitative analysis, and budget projections for medical device companies (Mass General Hospital, Medical Capital Advisors, Cambridge Polymer Group) and highly technical, public sector institutions (US Department of Defense and US Air Force Kessel Run Experimentation Laboratories). During her time with the US Air Force, she successfully modeled and defended $6B of Congressionally approved appropriations and was responsible for numerous financial agreements regarding technology and materiel transactions with America’s foreign allies. Denise is also an active philanthropist for the promotion of women and diversity in leadership roles, animal welfare, and expanding access to the arts. She received an B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of New Hampshire and her MBA from Babson College.
William F. Swiggart
Mr. Vitale is the current president and CFO of Puritan Fish Co., Inc. a Boston-based international seafood company, and the current treasurer of the New England Seafood Producers Association. He served as past president of the Boston Fisheries Association. Mr. Vitale received his B.S. in Accounting from Bentley College.
Joe has spent over 25 years in executive leadership roles for infrastructure and application SaaS and Software companies ranging in size from $8 million to $1.2 billion. He has led direct and indirect sales teams up to $150M, directed field operations up to $1.2B and General Management P&L leadership up to $250M. Over his career, he has led the acquisition of four companies and been a key executive in selling four companies. Joe has also advised and invested in startup and initial growth companies. For example, he has worked with: Invisible Ink (TTRC owned tattoo removal company), lemonwi.se (internet social endorsement) and HazelTree (treasury management for hedge funds).
Mr. Zainulbhai has worked for more than ten years in a broad range of roles and industries, including start-ups, family businesses, sports, industrial manufacturing, and technology companies. He is a general manager with P&L responsibility and experience building and leading high performing teams. He has a track record in solving complex problems and building new processes from the ground up. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago.