Board of Directors

JONATHAN ARIANO

BOARD MEMBER

Jonathan Ariano is a partner at Osborn Maledon, P.A., where he focuses on representing entrepreneurial and growth-oriented clients in business transactions and corporate governance. A licensed patent lawyer, Mr. Ariano also focuses his practice on intellectual property and technology-related matters. Before he joined Osborn Maledon in 2003, Mr. Ariano worked for Tosco Corporation/Conoco Phillips in the Information Technology and Legal Departments.

Mr. Ariano received his B.S. in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and his J.D. from the Rutgers School of Law. He’s glad he made the leap from IT consultant to start-up attorney, and is passionate about spending his days (and sometimes even his nights) helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams through projects like Venture Madness.

JONATHAN COURY

BOARD MEMBER, SECRETARY

JONATHAN COURY

Jonathan Coury, Attorney at Hool Coury Law, focuses his practice on representing and advising emerging growth companies and entrepreneurial clients, with an emphasis on legal strategies for growth, raising capital, creating effective capital structures, and building strategic relationships. Mr. Coury is also an adjunct professor of law and serves as counsel-in-residence for the Innovation Advancement Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

A frequent guest lecturer at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, Mr. Coury served as the Chair of the Invest Southwest Capital Conference in 2012 and currently sits on several non-profit boards. Mr. Coury is a Phoenix native with family roots in the Valley that reach back to the early 1900s, a background that provides him with a strong interest in promoting the growth of local companies.

GREG HEAD

BOARD MEMBER

GREG HEAD

Greg has more than 25 years of software industry experience. His passion for helping emerging technology companies grow into global brands is supported by his track of record of success creating winning products, brands and businesses.

Greg served as Chief Marketing Officer for Infusionsoft, helping them become a global leader in sales and marketing automation software. He also held leadership positions at the startup through acquisition stages of two highly-successful CRM software businesses, ACT! and SalesLogix, which have since generated more than $1 billion in total revenue. He launched a successful consulting company targeted at emerging software and technology service companies, which provides him a first-hand perspective on the unique needs of the small business market. Greg was named the 2013 Marketer of the Year by the Phoenix Business Journal and the Business Marketing Association of Phoenix. He has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Iowa.

BASE HORNER

BOARD MEMBER

BASE HORNER

Base Horner is the Screening Panel Chairman of the Tucson-based Desert Angels, one of the country’s leading angel investor groups, and Managing Partner at Arch Partners, LLC. Mr. Horner has a diversified financial background that incorporates corporate banking, Wall Street investment banking, corporate finance, and a variety of investing experience, including private equity, venture capital, angel, and start-up.

Mr. Horner is also Co-founder of US Capital Partners, LLC, an investment banking firm that’s completed more than $6B in advisory and financing transactions for over 100 companies. He earned his MBA with honors in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago.

GABRIEL HYAMS

BOARD MEMBER

GABRIEL HYAMS

Gabriel Hyams is the President/Executive Director of Pinnacle Transplant Technologies. He is a serial entrepreneur having founded 2 AATB accredited tissue banks in the last 10 years. Gabriel Graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Physiology and Chemistry. He excelled as an account manager for Novartis Pharmaceuticals while completing his MBA from the University of Redlands.

Gabriel moved from pharmaceuticals to orthopedics when he made the move as a medical device sales representative to Depuy Mitek, a Johnson and Johnson company. He gained valuable knowledge about the OR, various procedures, managed care, medical devices and allografts. Gabriel went on to co-found International Biologics (IB) in Scottsdale, AZ. Gabriel’s latest venture is Pinnacle Transplant Technologies which he founded in 2010.

TIMOTHY KELLEY

BOARD MEMBER

TIMOTHY KELLEY

Tim Kelley has over 20 years of experience as an Entrepreneur in Construction, Education, Finance and Software in Mexico, South America, the US and Africa (Angola). He served as Founder, Chairman and CEO of KCA International Construction and Facilities Management for over 14 years and managed over $200 million dollars of projects in Mexico and over 2 million square feet of office, commercial and residential space throughout Latin America.

Tim was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine for innovative international entrepreneurship and currently serves as the COO of the Entrepreneur Opportunity Fund, owner and CFO with his wife of two education related companies with 45 + employees and several million in gross revenue, and is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics at Grand Canyon University and Chairman of the Canyon Angels.

MARIO MARTINEZ II

BOARD MEMBER

MARIO MARTINEZ II

Mario Martinez II is founder of MRTNZ Ventures. He was was formerly founder and CEO of 360 Vantage which was acquired by IMS Health. He then served as General Manager, CES at IMS Health where he was responsible for the overall vision, strategy, and execution of the organization’s global CRM line of business.

With more than 17 years of enterprise class experience with multi-billion dollar U.S. and International Life Sciences firms both public and private, Mr. Martinez brings with him sales and marketing technology management expertise including end-user and infrastructure technology operations and support, customer relationship management, and business intelligence solutions. He has served on both the vendor and client sides of the business and has been responsible for global scale operating environments and worldwide rollout and management projects.

CHASE NORLIN

BOARD MEMBER

CHASE NORLIN

Chase Norlin is the CEO of Transmosis, an organization founded by Silicon Valley Technology Entrepreneurs dedicated to the research and application of technology to strengthen the American workforce.

Chase was previously the founder and CEO of Emerge Digital Group (EDG), named the 8th fastest growing company in America and the #1 fastest growing company in Silicon Valley by Inc. Magazine based on revenue growth. He developed Sony’s first online photo sharing venture, founded the first online video sharing company, and served as new venture consultant in launching Boeing’s online media licensing division. Norlin is a noted speaker on digital advertising, entrepreneurship, and workforce development.

SANDRA WATSON

BOARD MEMBER

SANDRA WATSON

Sandra Watson brings more than 20 years of economic development leadership experience to Arizona. She and her teams have successfully attracted hundreds of companies to Arizona that have invested billions of dollars in capital and created more than 75,000 quality jobs. Ms. Watson worked tirelessly to implement the new vision for the ACA and its aggressive 5-year business plan promoting the state’s pro-business, competitive value proposition. She provided invaluable leadership during the organization’s transition from the Department of Commerce into one of the nation’s first state-based public-private partnerships focused on economic development. Under her direction, the ACA leads statewide efforts assisting companies to locate, expand and grow – bringing high-wage jobs and capital investment to Arizona. Ms. Watson holds an Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree, and completed the Global Leadership Certification program at the Thunderbird School of Management.