Kevin McGarity

Mr. McGarity retired from Texas Instruments as senior vice president of worldwide marketing and sales. During his 28-year career, he had responsibility for the Global Semiconductor Quality, Information Technology, and Business Development organizations. Mr. McGarity served as the co-chairman of the Corporate Marketing Council and the Semiconductor Council, managing the transition from commodity products to a more system level products focus. He is a consultant to global semiconductor, distribution, and consulting companies. Mr. McGarity currently serves on the board for Altera Corporation and Iron Speed, as well as on advisory boards for several other companies. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University.

Juan Becerra

Mr. Becerra, Vice President of Research Circle Technology with GE Idea Works, has successfully innovated and closed on new ways, including technology ventures, to monetize intellectual property and technology since 2008. He is skilled in customer engagement, particularly with complex and strategic selling, and closed high value deals for Idea Works. Prior to GE, Mr. Becerra also served as Vice President of Market and Business Development of MTI MicroFuel Cells Inc. He developed the market and business plans for MTI including product definition, strategy, alliances, and intellectual property. He led the breakthrough innovation of a passive micro-fuel cell technology platform at MTI. He has always been involved in leading new technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace – at Xerox Corporation, where he managed new inkjet printer programs, and at Digital Equipment Corporation where he started his career in high performance chip development. He is a named inventor on over 25 patents. Mr. Becerra received his BSEE from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MSEE from North Carolina State University.

John W. White

Mr. White is a retired vice president and chief information officer for Compaq. In this position, he directed the migration of the company’s internal network to TCP/IP, Microsoft Networking, Microsoft Windows, and Windows NT. Prior to Compaq, Mr. White had a 28-year career with Texas Instruments with 13 years as vice president and chief information officer. Mr. White serves on the boards for Siebel Systems, Citrix Systems,, GTESS, and Metasolv Software, At Fuego, and NetNumber. He is an advisor to I2, Verari, and 3Par. He holds a B.S. in mathematics and physics from Central Missouri State University and an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Kansas.

Paul K. Carlton, Jr. M.D.

Dr. Carlton recently retired from his position as Director of the Office of Homeland Security for the Texas A&M Health Science Center. He joined the Texas A&M faculty in November of 2002. Dr. Carlton served as the surgeon general of the Air Force from 1999 to 2002 and had authority to commit resources worldwide for the Air Force Medical Service to make decisions affecting the delivery of medical services and to develop plans, programs, and procedures to support peacetime and wartime medical service missions. He conceptualized and implemented the first Air Force rapid-response surgical team in Europe – the flying ambulance surgical trauma team. During Operation Desert Storm, he commanded the 1702nd Air Refueling Wing Contingency Hospital, completing 32 combat support missions and 140 combat flying hours in the C-21, C-130, KC-10, and KC-135. Dr. Carlton received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1969 and his doctor of medicine from the University of Colorado in 1973.

Wade Myers

Mr. Myers is a Managing Director and leader of Cherry Tree’s Dallas office. He has founded or co-founded, invested in, and been a director of 25 companies, five of which he led as the CEO, including firms that grew into a global IT services company and a nationwide IT-enabled services company. Mr. Myers has completed 15 mergers and acquisitions transactions and has initiated or participated in nearly 40 institutional financings. His other work experience includes the Boston Consulting Group, Mobil Corporation, and the U.S. Army. He holds a BS from North Dakota State University, an MS from American Technological University, and an MBA from Harvard.

Doug Rasor

Mr. Rasor has more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor business. In his most recent position as VP of Medical Technologies at Texas Instruments (TI), he was responsible for establishing relationships with universities, venture capital investors, and innovative startups in the medical device sector. Previously, Mr. Rasor was VP of Strategic Marketing/Business Development. This group helped incubate 12 new TI business units, supplying chips for everything from digital cameras to broadband ICs. Today, these businesses account for more than $3B of TI’s revenue. Mr. Rasor had several stints away from TI, among them at Sierra Semiconductor (now PMC Sierra). Before entering the semiconductor business, he was Director of Engineering at Simutech – a developer for real-time simulation software/hardware for the F16 fighter jet platform. Mr. Rasor obtained his degree in Systems Engineering from Wright State University with postgraduate work in Computer Science.

Robert Parrino, Ph.D.

Robert Parrino has been on the University of Texas faculty since 1992 where he was Founding Director of the Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst Center for Private Equity Finance. Dr. Parrino teaches courses in regular degree and executive education programs at the University of Texas, as well as customized executive education courses for industrial and professional firms. Dr. Parrino is Vice President – Financial Education elect of the Financial Management Association for 2008-2010. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is co-founder of the National Forum for Corporate Finance and the Financial Research Association. Dr. Parrino is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Corporate Finance and the Journal of Financial Research. Dr. Parrino’s research includes work on corporate governance, financial policies, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as research on private equity markets. Before entering the academic profession, Dr. Parrino was President of Sprigg Lane Financial, Inc. and was on the Corporate Business Planning and Development staff at Marriott Corporation. Dr. Parrino holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Lehigh University, an MBA degree from The College of William and Mary, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied economics and finance, respectively, from University of Rochester.

Pallab Chatterjee, Ph.D.

Dr. Chatterjee is an internationally recognized high-tech executive with experience in Corporate General Management, Corporate Governance, Strategy, Technology, Operations, and Outsourcing. Currently, Dr. Chatterjee is a Managing Director and
Operating Partner of Symphony Technology Group, a strategic private equity firm. Prior to STG, he was CEO of i2 Technologies, Inc. Under his leadership, i2 launched a new sales execution model coupled with new services lines that yielded significant growth for i2. Prior to assuming the CEO role, Dr. Chatterjee was President Solutions Operations at i2; he was responsible for product development, product marketing, and delivery of i2 Technologies’ supply chain management solutions. Prior to i2, Dr. Chatterjee spent 24 years at Texas Instruments in various executive management positions and managed more than $1.5 billion in worldwide business. Under his leadership, the Texas Instruments Technology Labs became known as a standard for excellence acknowledged by both academia and industry. Dr. Chatterjee received the IEEE J. J. Ebers award in 1986. He has been awarded numerous patents, written several hundred publications, and sits on the Board of several major corporations. Dr. Chatterjee earned a B.S. in electronics and communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in India. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.

William J. Donahue, Lieutenant General USAF (Ret)

Mr. Donahue is Executive Vice President, Federal Solutions for TechTeam Government Solutions, Inc. He also serves on a number of corporate and advisory boards for high-tech companies and remains active as a consultant and mentor to the government on issues surrounding operations in cyberspace. Mr. Donahue was formerly the Vice President and General Manager for CSC’s Aerospace business unit where he had operational responsibility for the delivery of information technology solutions, customized support services, and space systems solutions to the Air Force. Prior to joining CSC, Mr. Donahue was a lieutenant general for the U.S. Air Force. After a 33-year career, he retired in May 2000 as the Director of Communications and Information at Air Force Headquarters and Commander of the Air Force Communications and Information Center in Washington, D.C. In that capacity, he was the functional manager for the Air Force information technology community and was responsible for strategic plans, doctrine, policies, architecture and standards for communications and information systems. Mr. Donahue has an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the National War College, the executive development program of the University of California, Berkeley, and the national security program of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Thomas J. Kiernan

Mr. Kiernan is currently providing general consulting and advisory services to various start-up ventures. His 33-year career with American Airlines included serving as a senior vice president responsible for human resources, labor relations, medical, training, information technology, corporate communications, purchasing, security, and real estate. Mr. Kiernan launched a subsidiary company specializing airport ground handling services to multiple airlines achieving $20 million in annualized revenues in less than two years. He also has served as the interim president for a limited partnership engaged in baggage screening security. Mr. Kiernan currently serves on the Board of American Airlines Federal Credit Union, SCIS Air Security Corporation and CAGE, Inc. He recently completed a term on the Transportation Advisory Board of Teradata, a division of NCR Corp., and the Board of AirNet Systems. Mr. Kiernan holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from Rutgers University. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Lawrence E. Carlson, D.Eng.

Dr. Carlson is founding co-director of the Integrated Teaching and Learning Program and Laboratory in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado and a professor of mechanical engineering with a focus on design. Dr. Carlson teaches invention and innovation. His students have received National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance grants to pursue their inventions and file for patents. Dr. Carlson received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and his M.S. and D.Eng. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.