Farley Advisory Board
Adarsh Kumar AroraPhD ’78 (Computer Science)CEO, Athena Security, Inc.
Adarsh J. Arora serves as the president of Chicago at The Indus Entrepreneurs and also as CEO at Athena Security Inc. From 1986 - 1996, Arora co-founded and served as president & chief executive officer of Vista Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of high-end computer aided engineering and computer aided software engineering products. He is also the director of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.
Selim A. BassoulMBA '81Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Middleby Corporation
Selim A. Bassoul is chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of The Middleby Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of commercial cooking equipment and food processing/packaging equipment. Bassoul is responsible for the strategic direction of the company and leading the senior management team.
Promod HaquePhD '76 (Electrical Engineering), MBA '81Senior Managing Partner at Norwest Venture Partners
Promod Haque joined Norwest Venture Partners in 1990, and has invested in more than 60 companies since he began his venture career. He currently serves as NVP's senior managing partner. With more than 20 years of experience in the venture capital industry, more than 20 of his portfolio companies have gone public and nearly 35 have been acquired (or have gone public and been acquired). Haque was ranked as a top investor on the annual Forbes Midas List for nine years, and in 2004, Forbes named him the #1 venture capitalist based on performance over the previous decade.
Warren E. HoltsbergCo-Head of Portfolio Management at MVC Capital
Warren E. Holtsberg is managing principal & co-head of Portfolio Management of The Tokarz Group Advisers LLC (TTGA). He is also a member of the board of directors of MVC Capital and a senior investment professional with almost 20 years of lending and investment experience. He also heads the Chicago office of TTGA. Previously, Holtsberg founded Motorola Ventures. Holtsberg is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Kellogg Management Institute at Northwestern University J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Charlie KemperBS '98Co-Founder and General Partner at Entrepreneurs Roundtable AcceleratorManaging Director at Revel Partners
Charlie Kemper is currently a co-founder and general partner at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator and a managing director at Revel Partners. He previously worked at Steelpoint Capital (Moore Capital) as a venture capitalist focused on software and media. He received a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Northwestern University in 1998. He has lived in Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Manhattan, and London.
Gary KremenBS '85 (Computer Science, Electrical Engineering)Founder Match.Com, Clean Power Finance and others
Gary Kremen is an entrepreneur, inventor, executive and investor with more than 25 years of experience. He is the founder of Match.com online personals service, consumer finance business Clean Power Finance, and a host of other companies including Sociogramics and Grant Media Management. Kremen is also the co-founder of Menlo Incubator. Kremen travels frequently to speak on business development, online marketing, and capital raising for emerging growth companies. He has an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and bachelor of science degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University.
Priscilla Marilyn LuPhD ’80 (Computer Science)Director of ZAP, Inc.
Dr. Priscilla M. Lu is director of ZAP, Inc., and previously served as the managing partner and founder at Cathaya Funds. She founded ViDeOnline Inc. in February 2004 and served as its chief executive officer until May 2008. Lu has over 25 years of international industry experience in telecommunications.
Bret R. MaxwellBSIE ’81, MMGT ‘82Managing General Partner, MK Capital
Bret Maxwell is a managing general partner at MK Capital. He is also the managing general partner on three of the Productivity Funds totaling $200 million in committed capital. Maxwell has been a decision-making partner in six other fully invested funds, representing over $300 million in committed capital. Prior to founding MK Capital, he was the co-founder of First Analysis' venture capital practice in 1985.
Kristin Asleson McDonnellBSIE ‘85Entrepreneur & Former CEO, Limelife
Kristin McDonnell, entrepreneur & former CEO of Limelife, is a leader in the digital media industry forging innovations in social media, mobile software, digital marketing, and games. Over the past 20 years, she has been a management team member of six start-ups which have resulted in two IPOs and five acquisitions by major media and advertising companies. Kristin is now the chief operating officer of SoHalo, an engagement marketing platform.
Brad MoreheadMBA ‘05Farley Advisory Board Member
Brad Morehead is CEO of LiveWatch Security, the parent company of SafeMart and Able Security. LiveWatch Security provides home security systems and commercial security solutions throughout the country through its subsidiaries (SafeMart.com and Able Security). Morehead is also a lecturer of finance at the Kellogg School of Management. Prior to LiveWatch Security, Morehead was chief financial officer of Feldco Factory Direct, a fast-growing, entrepreneurial home renewal company. Morehead is an MBA graduate with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management. In addition, he graduated with high distinction from Indiana University with a major in finance.
Rich PadulaVolunteer, Mentor, Investor, Technology Geek
Rich Padula is a successful entrepreneur with a background in technology, business process improvement, mobile software and solutions, systems integration, and technology education. Padula is a seasoned executive with deep experience in start ups, international expansion, and customer satisfaction. He founded Syclo, one of the leading providers of enterprise mobile solutions and led the company thru its successful acquisition by SAP in 2012.
David SachsBSIE ‘81Senior Advisor, Ares Management
David Sachs is a senior advisor in the Ares Capital Markets Group and serves as an Investment Committee member on all Ares Management funds. He was previously a principal of Onyx Partners, Inc., and before that worked at Taylor & Co.
Stephen SchwartzBSE ‘74, MMGT 1976Farley Advisory Board Member
Stephen L. Schwartz is chairman and CEO of First Hospitality Group, Inc., a leading developer, owner, and operator of quality hotels in the Midwest. Since beginning in 1985 with his first hotel, he has consistently grown the company to over 50 properties in 10 states, aggregating in excess of $250 million in revenues. Throughout its 27-year history, Mr. Schwartz’s focused vision, staunch values and charismatic leadership, has guided FHG to a superior level of performance and exceptional returns, while maintaining its entrepreneurial and service-oriented culture.
Robert E. ShawBSME ’70, MMGT ‘81Retired President, Milex Products, Inc.
In recent years, Robert Shaw has volunteered as a consultant and advisor to NUvention and undergraduate engineering design courses at Northwestern University. Before that, Shaw spent nearly 30 years as the co-owner of Milex Products, Inc., a small, medical device company.
Mary Lou SongBSJ '91, MACEO, FuelX
Mary Lou Song joined eBay in 1996 as the company’s third employee. She led the product management and community teams, helping grow the user base from 15,000 members to more than 20 million globally by 2002. Later she joined social networking startup Friendster. And her love of writing and the news prompted her to launch Tokoni, a story-sharing site, and Ongo, an aggregated news service with The New York Times, the Washington Post and Gannett. Currently, she is the chief executive officer of FuelX. Mary Lou holds a BS in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University and a master's degree in media studies from Stanford University.
Tim StojkaBSIE ‘89CEO, Agentis Energy, Chicago, ILChairman, Fast Heat, Inc., Elmhurst, IL
Tim Stojka is currently the CEO of Agentis Energy based in Chicago, IL. Agentis is an energy technology company delivering wireless energy management systems for commercial and industrial applications. In addition to his role at Agentis Energy, Stojka has served as the chief executive officer of Fast Heat Inc, a designer and manufacturer of heating elements, sensors, and controls.
Edward F. VoborilBSIE ‘65Farley Center Advisory BoardAdjunct Professor, Farley Center (NUvention)
Edward F. Voboril serves as an adjunct professor of engineering and chairman of NUvention at Northwestern University. Voboril served as the CEO of Greatbatch Inc. (formerly, Wilson Greatbatch Technologies Inc) from December 1990 to August 2006 and as its president from December 1990 to May 31, 2005.
Todd WarrenBA ’87Adjunct Professor, Computer ScienceManaging Partner of Divergent Partners
Todd Warren is an adjunct professor in computer science at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and teaches NUvention Web. He is also an advisor to and an investor in Divergent Ventures, focusing on early-stage companies. He also serves on the board of Pcubed, a global consulting firm focused on large scale program and project management.
William J. WhiteBSIE ‘61Farley Advisory Board Member
Bill White teaches courses in organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, and general management. White was instrumental in launching the undergraduate entrepreneurship program as well as Northwestern Student Holdings, a group of student managed businesses. Prior to joining the university he served as chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Bell & Howell Company. Earlier, White held executive positions with USG, Mead, and Hartmarx Corporations.