Invest Southwest 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.

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.

Daniel Janes

BOARD MEMBER

Daniel Janes

Daniel Janes is a successful entrepreneur and now early stage investor. Dan co­founded, 42six Solutions, a Big Data and Analytics company that was acquired by Computer Sciences Corporation. Following the acquisition, Dan became active as an investor and member of Desert Angels and Arch Partners. Dan’s breadth of experience includes being a West Point graduate and former Army officer who led operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, worked inside of a large government agency, built a startup, and grew new technology offerings in a publicly traded company. Dan advises companies throughout Arizona with a focus on companies based in Tucson and Southern Arizona to grow the regional startup ecosystem and companies that will chart the future.

Curt Roberts

BOARD MEMBER

Curt Roberts

As a partner at Kickstart Seed Fund since 2015, Curt led several investments in Fund 3 as well as the first two investments in Fund 4. Prior to Kickstart, he led technology commercialization at two universities in Utah. Before his university involvement, Curt served as Vice President and General Manager of Nike Techlab as well as Vice President for Global Strategy of the company. Prior to Nike, he was Chairman and CEO of PeaceHealth (Oregon Region), an integrated health delivery system based out of Eugene, OR. Before PeaceHealth, Curt was a Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. As a member of the Invest Southwest Board of Directors, Curt and Kickstart will help continue to fuel capital investment in the region.

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