Bernie Prusaczyk, Chief Executive Officer, is an experienced entrepreneur and business executive with over 25 years' experience in sales, marketing and business development. He has been at the core of several start-ups from pre-revenue to rapid revenue growth and successful exits. Of note in the start-up arena, Mr. Prusaczyk's sales leadership helped grow a division of Agfa (now Monotype Imaging) from less than $2MM to over $30MM during his tenure. As VP Worldwide Business Development and Channels of NuGenesis Technologies, Mr. Prusaczyk helped grow the company from $0 to $25MM and exited with the successful sale of the company to Waters Corporation.
In addition to Bernie Prusaczyk, the Sevo Nutraceuticals Board comprises:
Ramsay Ball is an executive broker and principal with Colliers International Arkansas, the state’s largest commercial real estate company. Mr. Ball manages an early-stage technology investment fund, Alpha Fund I, and an early-stage venture capital company, Cannon Capital. Mr. Ball is a member of Gravity Ventures Arkansas One and Gravity Ventures Arkansas Two, member-managed angel capital funds. He is also a member of the Natural State Angel Association and the Northwest Arkansas Entrepreneurial Alliance. Mr. Ball supports the entrepreneurial program at the University of Arkansas’ Sam M. Walton College of Business and is a mentor with the ARK Challenge, a mentorship-driven business accelerator program. He is a member of Accelerate Arkansas, a statewide group of business and education leaders committed to building a competitive, knowledge-based economy in Arkansas. Mr. Ball serves on the boards of Colliers International Arkansas, VIC Technology Venture Development, Biologics MD, BlueInGreen, SFC Fluidics, Sevo Nutraceuticals, Btiques, and Oh Baby Foods. He is also on the board of the Northwest Arkansas Community College Foundation, and is a manager of the VIC Growth Fund.
Joseph DiPietro has over 25 years leadership experience in network design and computer security. He has served as Worldwide Director of Technical Sales Engineering for Guardium (acquired by IBM), led an engineering team at security pioneer Check Point Software (valued at $1,247 million), and was a member of the World Wide Technical Council at Synoptics Communications (the inventors of Ethernet over twisted pair) which later merged with Wellfleet Communications to form Bay Networks.
Dr. Calvin Goforth, Chairman, has extensive experience in startup company development including intellectual property assessment, building strong development teams, raising private and government funding and bringing products to market. Early in his career, Dr. Goforth held positions at NASA and Rocketdyne, where he worked on space shuttle main engine development. He later received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. In 1990, he returned to his home state of Arkansas and took a position as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas. At the University of Arkansas, he received the school’s Halliburton Outstanding Researcher Award in Mechanical Engineering for the years 1991-92, 1992-93, and 1993-94. In 1994, he saw an opportunity for a startup venture and left his faculty position at the UA to form Vector, Inc. with the vision to build open-architecture PC based controllers. He self-financed the company and developed its first product in one year. Product sales in the second year were over $500,000 and ramping-up quickly at which time he sold the company. Dr. Goforth’s experiences with Vector and other early stage technology companies led him to found Virtual Incubation Company in May 2000. At VIC he developed the company’s virtual enterprising business model to support the formation and development of technology startup companies. In 2012, Virtual Incubation was renamed VIC Technology Venture Development to better describe its mission. Dr. Goforth continues to serve as President of VIC and on the Boards of several VIC portfolio companies. He also serves on the Science Advisory Committee of the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority.
Robert C. Gore was the Managing Partner of the Boston office of Towers Perrin where he led over 200 professionals to become one of the firm’s most profitable offices and retired upon the merger with Watson Wyatt in 2010. His broad industry experience includes a special emphasis in life sciences and financial services. Mr. Gore is currently Chairman of the Board of JustPiper, LLC, an LA-based high-end women’s clothing company start-up. He is a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, where he is Chair of the Finance Committee. He serves on the Board of Advisors of Instinct Health Science, Inc. and is a guest lecturer and facilitator at the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Gore earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Arnie Scott served over 30 years at MFS Investment Management, and retired as Senior Executive Vice President in 2001. He is active in the Boston area Angel Community, currently serves as Vice Chairman and a Director of First Commons Bank, NA and is a Director of Hub Management Co. Mr. Scott also serves on a number of Advisory Boards including Vestmark, Successimo, ai Resources and The Capital Network.
Steven Wishner is Managing Director of Exigent, LLC, a Boston-based boutique turnaround management and growth strategy firm. Previously, Mr Wishner was Senior Vice President, Finance, Strategy and Business Development of Charming Shoppes, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Sequel Management, LLC, and Chief Financial Officer of BuyerZone.com, Inc., a successful internet startup operation which he helped shepherd to profitability within 2 years of bringing its first product to market. Mr. Wishner also previously served as Vice-President, Finance and Treasurer of The TJX Companies, Inc., the largest retailer of off-price family apparel in the United States, with annual sales then in excess of $8 billion. Mr. Wishner received an MBA degree in Corporate Finance from Cornell University.