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Mary Anne Rooke - Mary Anne Rooke is the founder of Rooke & Associates, a boutique management consulting firm based in Connecticut & serving the East Coast between New York & Boston. Founded on the West Coast in 1993, Rooke & Associates is now firmly rooted in southeastern CT where Mary Anne was born & raised. Rooke & Associates specializes in helping early stage technology companies that are on the verge of high growth. The mentoring, coaching, advising, guiding & consulting services help to position a startup venture to chart the best course to successfully “Navigate the Waters of Raising Capital™”. Rooke & Associates also provides a wide range of management consulting services including interim management, strategic planning & executive coaching for businesses of all sizes. Mary Anne is Executive Director of Crossroads Venture Group (CVG) - CT's Investor, Entrepreneur & Resource Network. She is President & Managing Director of Angel Investor Forum (AIF) Board of Directors, a CT based angel group. As a Partner in Mystic River Ventures, serve as Fund Managers for the UConn Innovation Fund (UIF). Prior to founding Rooke & Associates, Mary Anne held leadership positions in multiple industries ranging from start-up ventures to Fortune 500 companies in both publicly owned & privately held sectors. Mary Anne has served on boards & commissions in the San Francisco Bay Area & CT. Previously in CT, Mary Anne worked as an Executive-in-Residence for CT Innovations & as the Executive Director of UConn’s Technology Incubation Program (TIP) located on 3 campuses – Storrs, Farmington & Avery Point. Through her management consulting, angel investor & startup activities, Mary Anne has worked closely in & with the entrepreneurial communities on both the east & west coasts of the US. She is a mentor & advisor with Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), Fairfield University's Startup Showcase & tech startups at UConn, Quinnipiac University & CTNext ecosystem.
Marty Isaac - Marty Isaac is an seasoned entrepreneur, angel investor and activist with 25 years operating experience. Seeking opportunities that combine unique product/service value with a social good. Previously, CEO of HooplaHa, Senior Vice President at General Atlantic owned Webloyalty and numerous marketing and product positions at CUC International.arty Isaac is a very active investor and mentor in the CT & NY Marty is the Managing Director of Angel Investor Forum (AIF) and a member of the Wharton Angels group. He is a seasoned entrepreneur, angel investor and activist with 25 years operating experience. Previously, CEO of HooplaHa, SVP at General Atlantic owned Webloyalty and numerousleadership positions in marketing and product management at CUC International.Investments in companies include Buzzvil (Slidejoy acq), Calm, Rewardable, Loom, Cafe x, Cognotion, Density, Grapevine, Casetext, Chai, AmRide, Nix86, BioArray, Next Caller, Underground Cellar, Unbound, Scouted, Sightly, Cherre, WeFunder, Yank Wireless, Fresh Nation, Mira Financial, Smallhold, Audicus, Cherre and Farrow Lane. Marty seeks opportunities that combine unique market fit with asocial good and prefers to see deals in the saas/subscription areas.
Eric Knight - Eric Knight is a serial entrepreneur, serial inventor, business pioneer, angel investor, and futurist. He is the President of Remarkable Technologies, Inc. -- www.RemarkableTechnologies.com -- a company he founded in 1994. Over the last 24 years, Eric's company has focused on providing innovative products and services that enhance business and empower people. In the 1980s, Eric created one of the world's first global "e-commerce" systems, providing online software sales -- worldwide -- via credit cards. In 1996, he created one of the world's first online travel agencies: Travelforless.com. In 1998, he created SearchItAll.com, one of the Internet's early search-engine portals. A few years later, he created SEO International, an innovative search-engine-optimization enterprise. Eric also had a wide-ranging 13-year career as a Vice President, an Associate Creative Director, and a Senior Copywriter at Connecticut's largest advertising agency, Mintz & Hoke. After his career at Mintz & Hoke, Eric helped transform a five-person Web-development company into an international powerhouse with over 250 employees, spanning 18 offices in 13 countries. Eric has a wide range of patents and products in the marketplace. As an inventor, he has been on numerous television programs and talk shows -- including a guest appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Eric Seidman - has more than 25 years of food industry experience. Currently, Mr. Seidman works with food manufacturers and distributors on a range of projects including product development, strategy, branding, sales and marketing. Previously, he spent 12 years working for Daymon Worldwide, the global leader in Private Label Sales & Marketing. During his tenure with Daymon, Mr. Seidman worked with hundreds of private label manufacturers and dozens of supermarkets as the firm’s global expert in a wide range of center store grocery categories. He later worked on the international side of Daymon’s business in establishing new relationships with supermarkets around the World and as part of the Global Sourcing team.
Prior to joining Daymon, Eric worked for two small food manufacturers in Sales & Marketing roles and started his career as a consultant for Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).
In addition to his food industry consulting, Mr. Seidman is an Angel Investor and advises Food & Beverage start-ups.
Mr. Seidman earned a BA degree in Mathematical Economics from Colgate University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.