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Brien Biondi

CEO, Campden Wealth

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Served as CEO of two high profile, world-class organizations that included significant business leaders representing some of the biggest companies in the world. Managed staffs in fast-growing, fast-paced environments.

Board member for more than 20 years for service, technology and non-profit companies.

Strategic Planning – Turned around young and/or under-performing organizations by analyzing existing operational and sales methods and procedures and then developing new systems and processes to drive revenue growth.

Branding – Led two organizations through successful comprehensive branding campaigns including development of logos, mission statements and overall messaging strategies.

Professional Relationships – Formed alliance partnerships, high-level business relationships and financial arrangements with companies such as Sprint, IBM, LeggMason, Prudential, Inc. Magazine, Hertz, Lexus.

Spokesperson – Frequently called upon to speak about entrepreneurship to the media: CNN, CNNfn, CBS Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today; and Inc.

Global Network – Cultivated and maintained relationships with a sizeable list of world-wide business leaders through 23 years of extensive travel in Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and North America.

Robert Pincus

Vice Chairman, Retired, Eagle Bank

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Mr. Pincus served as Vice Chairman of EagleBank and Eagle Bancorp, an $8 billion community business headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to joining EagleBank in August 2008, he served as chairman of Fidelity & Trust Financial Corporation (“Fidelity”) which was acquired by EagleBank. He was Chairman of the Board of BB&T Bank, D.C. Metro Region and was Regional President from 1998 to 2002. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Pincus was President and Chief Executive Officer of Franklin National Bank of Washington, D.C. until its acquisition by BB&T. From 1986 to 1991, Mr. Pincus was regional president of the D.C. Metropolitan region of Sovran Bank until its acquisition by Bank of America. From 1971 to 1986, Mr. Pincus was with D.C. National Bancorp, Inc., where he eventually rose to become President and Chief Executive Officer, prior to its merger with Sovran Bank. Mr. Pincus is a Trustee of the University of Maryland Foundation, Inc. He has a strong background in many facets of the financial services industry, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Pincus has previously been acknowledged by the business community in the metropolitan Washington area as Entrepreneur of the Year, Washingtonian of the Year and was elected to the Washington Business Hall of Fame.

April Young

Managing Director, Hercules Capital

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April Young is a Managing Director at Hercules Capital, and is responsible for developing the Company’s venture loan portfolio in the MidAtlantic and Southeast United States.

Prior to joining Hercules, Ms. Young was Managing Director, US at MMVFinancial. She began her venture banking career at Comerica Bank where she served for 10 years as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Mid-Atlantic Technology and Life Sciences Division. Earlier in her career, Ms Young was Executive Director of the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, and Senior Fellow for Regional Economic Development at George Mason University’s Institute for Public Policy. Prior to that, Ms. Young was the Director of the Virginia Department of Economic Development and also served as Senior Vice President of NVR.

Ms. Young holds bachelors and masters degrees from George Washington University and a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. She has served as director of many professional organizations including the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, the Florida Venture Forum, and Greater Philadelphia’s MAC Alliance. She currently serves on a NASDAQ delisting panel, a member of the advisory group of Greater Washington STEM, and as director of several early stage companies.

Tien Wong

CEO, Opus8, Inc.

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Customer experience (CX), CRM, call centers, BPO, helping companies and fund managers raise capital

CEO, investor, board member, advisor, public speaker, community builder, executive mentor and coach
Investment Advisory Board, Limited Partner, and Mentor for many investment funds.

Angel investor, Board Member, and/or Advisory Board Member of some of the most innovative and exciting organizations in the world including Parature (exited to Microsoft), Transactis (exited to Mastercard), DataRPM (exited to Progress Software), SpydrSafe (exited to Okta), TopBox, TerraCycle, The Washington Institute, and Refraction.

Mr. Kelly has a bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University with a major in industrial engineering technology and a minor in computer technology. He also has a master’s in business administration from the Executive MBA program at the University of Rhode Island.

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