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INNOVATION'S ADVISORS

Eric Gebaide

New York

Eric Gebaide has over 25 years of advising and operating public and privately held technology companies in every phase of their development, as a CEO, attorney, merchant and investment banker,... Read More

Eric Gebaide

New York

Eric Gebaide has over 25 years of advising and operating public and privately held technology companies in every phase of their development, as a CEO, attorney, merchant and investment banker, investor and board member. Prior to founding Innovation Advisors in 2001, Mr. Gebaide was a senior banker for over five years with Broadview, heading the firm’s US IT Services practice and the New York-based Digital Media practice. Previously, Mr. Gebaide was a Managing Director and General Counsel of a privately held, European-based merchant banking group for over four years, serving on several boards of NASDAQ-traded technology companies. Prior to joining the merchant bank, after several years of practicing law in New York and Florida, he also founded and was the President of an Internet start-up in "Silicon Alley" from 1989 to 1991, the Everlink Corporation, which was the first multi-media VAR for Sun Microsystems, Informix and Natural Language, and a finalist in the Smithsonian Awards for Innovation. Mr. Gebaide earned his M.B.A. with honors from Columbia Business School, as well as his JD cum laude and AB from the University of Miami. Mr. Gebaide serves on the Board of All Hands Volunteers (www.hands.org), an organization which enables volunteers to assist in natural disasters around the world, as well as All Hands Volunteers Europe (the UK-based sister organization), as co-President of the Columbia Alumni Association of Long Island and previously as a director of Demoulas Supermarkets (known as MarketBasket).

Gerald Blitstein

New York

Gerald Blitstein is an Advisor who has been an investment banker and advisor for more than 20 years, representing publicly-held companies as well as family owned businesses with aggregate transaction... Read More

Gerald Blitstein

New York

Gerald Blitstein is an Advisor who has been an investment banker and advisor for more than 20 years, representing publicly-held companies as well as family owned businesses with aggregate transaction value exceeding $2.5 billion. Mr. Blitstein is con-currently founder and chief executive officer of Blitstein LLC, a financial advisory boutique. Prior to establishing Blitstein LLC, Mr. Blitstein served as Managing Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at First Albany Capital, where he was responsible for new business efforts in the industrial growth sector, and was an active member of the firm's capital commitment committees. Before joining First Albany, Mr. Blitstein was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Safeguard Scientifics where he managed the capital raise of over $600 million from both public and private markets, established institutional awareness of the firm, and oversaw the financial reporting for over 200 portfolio companies. Prior to Safeguard, Mr. Blitstein was Managing Director-Equity Derivatives Sales and Trading at PaineWebber, Incorporated. While at PaineWebber, Mr. Blitstein was also the Executive Assistant to the Chairman, where he was responsible for strategy, proprietary investments, and the negotiation/integration of the Kidder Peabody Incorporated acquisition. Before joining the office of the Chairman, Mr. Blitstein worked for six years in the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Mr. Blitstein received his MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and his BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Niels Busink

London

Niels Busink is an Advisor who has more than 14 years of experience in corporate finance. He is currently part of the London team at Innovation Advisors. Prior... Read More

Niels Busink

London

Niels Busink is an Advisor who has more than 14 years of experience in corporate finance. He is currently part of the London team at Innovation Advisors. Prior to Innovation Advisors, Mr. Busink was a Director in the European M&A group at Jefferies International. Before Jefferies, Mr. Busink worked as an M&A banker at Credit Suisse First Boston and at an alternative investment fund at Roland Berger. During his career he has lived and worked in several European countries, including the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and the UK. He speaks fluent Dutch, German and English. Mr. Busink received his Master's Degrees from Rotterdam School of Management and the London School of Economics.

Derrick Chen

New York

Derrick Chen is an advisor who has been an executive, entrepreneur, and advisor for more than 20 years. Mr. Chen is currently Co-founder and CEO of SkedgeMe with a... Read More

Derrick Chen

New York

Derrick Chen is an advisor who has been an executive, entrepreneur, and advisor for more than 20 years. Mr. Chen is currently Co-founder and CEO of SkedgeMe with a background in real estate, technology, real estate technology, venture capital and startups. Previously, he led management teams at key retail and real estate software platforms ServiceChannel and Workspeed after starting his career at Goldman Sachs and Lazard Freres & Co. Mr. Chen received his AB in Biochemistry magna cum laude from Harvard College.

Paul Edwards

London

Paul Edwards is an Advisor who has over 15 years of experience advising on global aerospace and defense (“A&D”) transactions, coupled with another 15 years of experience as a senior... Read More

Paul Edwards

London

Paul Edwards is an Advisor who has over 15 years of experience advising on global aerospace and defense (“A&D”) transactions, coupled with another 15 years of experience as a senior executive in the A&D industry. Mr. Edwards con-currently leads and founded Edwards Advisory Partners Limited which provides strategic business and transaction advisory services in the A&D sector. Prior to forming Edwards Advisory, Mr. Edwards worked in investment banking for over 12 years at Jefferies International as Managing Director and Head of European A&D activities. Before Jefferies, Mr. Edwards spent 15 years in the aerospace industry, initially with British Aerospace (now BAE Systems) where he had a number of operational roles and afterwards as a senior executive at Smiths Aerospace (now GE Aviation) in a variety of senior roles in finance, marketing and strategy, culminating in being on the Board responsible for corporate strategy, acquisitions and divestments. Mr. Edwards earned his MBA from Cranfield School of Management and his BSc in Computer Science from Manchester University.

Brian Farrar

Chicago

Brian Farrar has more than 30 years of advisory, consulting, operations, and investment banking experience. He is currently a founding partner at Maven Wave Partners, a digital transformation consultancy... Read More

Brian Farrar

Chicago

Brian Farrar has more than 30 years of advisory, consulting, operations, and investment banking experience. He is currently a founding partner at Maven Wave Partners, a digital transformation consultancy based in Chicago. Prior to Maven Wave, Mr. Farrar was a managing director at Innovation Advisors. Before IA, Mr. Farrar was President and Chief Operating Officer of publicly-traded Xpedior, after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Metamor Technologies Ltd., a systems integration and software consulting firm based in Chicago. Prior to his time at Metamor, Mr. Farrar spent seven years at telecommunications giant GTE Incorporated. Mr. Farrar has his M.B.A. in Finance from Indiana University and Bachelors degrees in Economics and English from Wabash College.

Bryan Finkel

New York

Bryan Finkel is an Advisor who has more than 25 years of experience as a founder, operator, and advisor of information technology companies. Mr. Finkel is the founder and... Read More

Bryan Finkel

New York

Bryan Finkel is an Advisor who has more than 25 years of experience as a founder, operator, and advisor of information technology companies. Mr. Finkel is the founder and Managing Director of Greenwich Venture Management, where he provides strategy and interim management for high growth companies in e-commerce, data science and artificial intelligence, digital marketing, and cyber security. Mr. Finkel also advises family offices and private equity investors on their investments, and serves on the boards of selected companies. Previously, Mr. Finkel was Managing Director at Advanta Corporation, a public issuer of business credit cards, where he managed two venture capital funds and business development and other operational efforts for the Office of the Chairman. Mr. Finkel led Advanta’s negotiations for a partnership with First Data Corporation to offer a combination of credit card and credit acceptance services. Mr. Finkel was formerly a Senior Associate at Broadview. He was also a co-founder of Spectral Innovations, a manufacturer of computer hardware and software for movie special effects and audio signal processing. Mr. Finkel received his MBA from Stanford University and his MSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also led the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City for almost one decade.

Raphael Garfield

New York

Raphael Garfield is an Advisor who has more than 15 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience. Mr. Garfield currently leads the New York team at Innovation Advisors.... Read More

Raphael Garfield

New York

Raphael Garfield is an Advisor who has more than 15 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience. Mr. Garfield currently leads the New York team at Innovation Advisors. Prior to Innovation Advisors, Mr. Garfield was an associate at Credit Suisse First Boston in the firm’s Technology Investment Banking group. Mr. Garfield received his J.D. from Columbia Law School as well as his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business and his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Scott Hackmeyer

New York

Scott Hackmeyer has more than 30 years of corporate finance, accounting and managerial experience, mostly for technology companies. He is currently the CFO of Innovation Advisors Holdings. Previously,... Read More

Scott Hackmeyer

New York

Scott Hackmeyer has more than 30 years of corporate finance, accounting and managerial experience, mostly for technology companies. He is currently the CFO of Innovation Advisors Holdings. Previously, Mr. Hackmeyer was the CEO/CFO and founder of Compulab in Miami. Mr. Hackmeyer received his BBA in Accounting and Finance and his MBA in Accounting, Finance and Management, both from the University of Miami.

Steve Hovagimyan

Steve is an Advisor who has spent more than 20 years assisting entrepreneurial companies devise and implement optimal organic and inorganic growth strategies as both an operational executive and investment... Read More

Steve Hovagimyan

Steve is an Advisor who has spent more than 20 years assisting entrepreneurial companies devise and implement optimal organic and inorganic growth strategies as both an operational executive and investment professional. Steve concurrently serves as CFO of VP of Finance at Jumpware and was formerly CFO at Boston Technologies and a Director at Innovation Advisors. Before IA, Steve was CAO of Portware where he advised the CEO on strategic financing alternatives and related process requirements while helping structure the company to achieve 200% revenue growth and robust EBITDA margins. Prior to Portware, Steve was CFO at Andrew Davidson & Co. At Edison Venture Fund, Steve ran Edison’s well-regarded deal sourcing operation and worked on multiple investments including EdgeTrade (sold to Knight Capital, 2.5X, 36% IRR) and TetraData (sold to Follett Software, 2.5X, 46% IRR). Steve also initiated investments in Operative, eChalk, M5 Networks, Scivantage and Regent Education and advised portfolio companies. In the late 1990s, Steve worked at Instinet where he held multiple roles including helping establish the Strategic Investment Group. Steve spent the early stages of his career earning his CPA at Coopers & Lybrand specializing in private company valuations. He then learned quantitative arbitrage and technology-enabled trading at Sierra Partners. He earned dual majors in Accounting and Finance at Drexel University (B.S.) and dual majors in Finance and International Business at NYU’s Stern School of Business (M.B.A.). He has taught several graduate and undergraduate finance and accounting courses.

Claire Lacoeuilhe

London

Claire Lacoeuilhe is currently an Analyst at Innovation Advisors in the London office. Prior to Innovation Advisors, Claire was an Analyst at Euroland Corporate Finance in Paris. She received... Read More

Claire Lacoeuilhe

London

Claire Lacoeuilhe is currently an Analyst at Innovation Advisors in the London office. Prior to Innovation Advisors, Claire was an Analyst at Euroland Corporate Finance in Paris. She received her Master's Degree from Imperial College Business School and her BS in Economics from Paris II Assas. She speaks fluent French and English.

Stephanie Liston

London

Stephanie Liston is an Advisor who has more than 25 years of technology and telecommunications advisory services experience relating to strategic regulatory and business issues, contractual negotiations, and commercial transactions... Read More

Stephanie Liston

London

Stephanie Liston is an Advisor who has more than 25 years of technology and telecommunications advisory services experience relating to strategic regulatory and business issues, contractual negotiations, and commercial transactions for numerous governments, banks and operating companies in the UK, European and international communications sector. Ms. Liston is currently Chief Legal Advisor to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission in the British Virgin Islands and Senior Counsel at Coffee Graham (UK) Limited. Previously, she was a partner at Wilmer Hale LLP, McDermott Will & Emery and Baker & McKenzie. She practised law in Texas and Washington D.C. with Fulbright and Jaworski and MCI, before moving to the UK and qualifying as a solicitor at Freshfields. Ms. Liston has served on the board of the UK telecoms regulator, OFCOM, and is currently a member of BT's Equality of Access Board (which advises BT on its compliance with its Undertakings to OFCOM in relation to access to its wholesale Openreach broadband network). Ms. Liston received her Masters of Law from Cambridge University, her JD from University of California at San Diego and her Bachelor of Arts from The Colorado College.

Mark McTigue

New York

Mark McTigue is an Advisors who has more than 23 years of advisory, business development, consulting, and financial services experience. Mr. McTigue is con-currently in the business development group... Read More

Mark McTigue

New York

Mark McTigue is an Advisors who has more than 23 years of advisory, business development, consulting, and financial services experience. Mr. McTigue is con-currently in the business development group at TMF Group. Prior to TMF, Mr. McTigue held positions at Deloitte, Merrill Lynch, Structured Capital Solutions, National Australia Bank, and Ernst & Young. Mr. McTigue received his MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University and his BS in accounting from the State University of New York at Albany. Mark is also a CPA in State of New York.

David Reed

New York

David Reed is an Advisor who has been an investment banker and advisor for over 35 years. Mr. Reed currently focuses advising small and mid-cap companies in as they evaluate... Read More

David Reed

New York

David Reed is an Advisor who has been an investment banker and advisor for over 35 years. Mr. Reed currently focuses advising small and mid-cap companies in as they evaluate and pursue strategic and financing alternatives. Previously, Mr. Reed worked at Cantor Fitzgerald as Managing Director in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group, Gleacher & Company, and Managing Director/Co-Head of East Coast Mergers & Acquisitions at Robertson Stephens.

Before Robertson Stephens, Mr. Reed was Managing Director and Group Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at PaineWebber. During his tenure, Mr. Reed’s group completed approximately 300 transactions with an aggregate value of $77 billion. As Chairman of PaineWebber’s Fairness Opinion Review Committee, Mr. Reed oversaw the preparation and delivery of over 100 fairness opinions. Mr. Reed received his M.B.A. from Columbia University and his A.B. from Princeton University.

Eric Shealy

Boston

As an Advisor to Innovation, Mr. Shealy brings a strong combination of experience in technology operations, M&A and venture capital. As President of Poppulo, Inc., an enterprise software company,... Read More

Eric Shealy

Boston

As an Advisor to Innovation, Mr. Shealy brings a strong combination of experience in technology operations, M&A and venture capital. As President of Poppulo, Inc., an enterprise software company, Mr. Shealy is responsible for managing rapid growth in North America as well as world-wide sales. Before launching Poppulo in the US, Mr. Shealy ran the Vertical Solutions Group of iMakeNews (IMN), a SaaS provider of content-driven digital marketing solutions. Prior to IMN, Eric spent 10 years as an investment banker, serving as Managing Director at two firms, Innovation Advisors and Covington Associates, where he concentrated on capital raising and M&A transactions in the software sector. Eric's prior operating experience includes heading Business Development for ON Technology, a networking software company, and general management roles at Everex Systems, a maker of PC and peripheral products. Both companies completed IPO’s during his tenure. Earlier in his career, Eric spent five years at Summit Partners, a leading venture capital firm. Eric received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Boston College.

David Yaches

New York

David Yaches is an Advisor at Innovation Advisor who has more than 15 years of technology industry and banking experience. Currently, Mr. Yaches is Head of Operations & Strategy... Read More

David Yaches

New York

David Yaches is an Advisor at Innovation Advisor who has more than 15 years of technology industry and banking experience. Currently, Mr. Yaches is Head of Operations & Strategy for the Cyber Resilience business unit at Stroz Friedberg, a cybersecurity consulting company based in New York. Before taking his current position, he was Head of Corporate Development at Stroz Friedberg. Prior to Stroz Friedberg, Mr. Yaches was VP of Corporate Development at SmartBear Software, a software testing and monitoring company after more than 11 years at Innovation Advisors in New York and Broadview. David received his B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.