Rob Hemker: Chairman
Rob has been a full-time individual investor since 2011 and joined HAN to add angel investing to diversify his investment portfolio. Prior to that, he spent 25 years in the executive search/recruiting business finishing his career as managing partner of a closely held recruiting firm. His firm specialized in the placement of former military officers transitioning to business careers in the medical, technology, oil & gas, and consulting industries. The majority of his recruiting experience was placing candidates in the functional areas of engineering, project management, logistics, and sales/business development. Rob received his BS in Engineering and Math from The United States Air Force Academy and served 6 years as an Air Force officer working as a project manager involved in weapons systems development and procurement. While serving in the military, Rob simultaneously attended California State University, Long Beach part-time to earn his MBA in Finance.
Patrick Lewis: President and Head of IT Group
Patrick brings twenty years of experience in credit, private and public equities. He has developed a holistic perspective to investing in emerging, disruptive technologies. Patrick joined ETR&D after seven years investing in technology equities at Invesco. Prior to Invesco he spent twelve years at firms DG Capital, Carlson Capital and ECT investing in both public and private technology and energy equities. He has helped offer strategic direction and financial counsel to innovative start-ups. At ETR&D, Patrick manages an Enterprise R&D Lab and an associated venture fund. His extensive capital and industry contacts have proved a valuable asset to the emerging technology community. Patrick began his career in commercial banking in New Orleans after graduating with a degree in Accounting and Finance from Louisiana State University. Patrick serves as a mentor at seed accelerator SURGE (Houston, TX, Capital Factory (Austin, TX) and on the board of directors of the Children’s Fund.
Nathan Singh: Vice President
Nathan is a serial technology entrepreneur and early stage startup investor. He has led the acquisition and growth of small technology companies for over 7 years. Nathan served as CEO of Inkless Ideas, creator of the first movie screenwriting app Scripts Pro for the iPhone and iPad. Scripts Pro was recognized by Apple as “Best New App” and has been used by writers from Dreamworks, NBC and MGM studios. Scripts Pro and Inkless Ideas were acquired in 2014. Nathan is currently CEO of OrdersIn which provides white-label e-commerce platforms for restaurants and retailers. He is also the founder of LionSher Technologies which performs acquisitions of small and early stage technology companies. His previous experience includes 10 years of working on mission critical systems for the Department of Defense and NASA. He received his Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Lamar University and Master’s in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Florida.
Charles Cogliandro: Treasurer
Charlie graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he went on to get his MBA in Accounting. Charles started his career working for Calabrian Corporation, a chemicals company, where he worked in the International Sales and Trade division, eventually moving on to become Vice President of Domestic and International Sales. In this role, he negotiated large international sales and representation agreements with foreign governments and major international chemical companies. As Executive Vice President, he helped implement a turnaround plan for a chemical company acquired out of bankruptcy, and was responsible for managing the day to day operations of the Manufacturing Division of the Company, having direct oversight of manufacturing, financial and sales operations. By 1994, Charles became the President and Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for managing day to day operations of the entire company. He negotiated buyback agreements with venture capital groups and outside shareholders which resulted in complete ownership of the company’s stock by the Cogliandro family. From 1998-2011 Charles was the Chief Executive Officer, President and Director where he directed oversight for manufacturing, capital planning and budgeting, sales and marketing, cash management, logistics, banking relations and negotiations, insurance procurement, pension planning and all legal matters. He also negotiated the sale of the company to SK Capital in 2011, and was retained by SK Capital post acquisition to expand Calabrian’s business and scope of operations, where he continued to provide vision, strategy and leadership to grow profitability while maintaining the energy and spirit of an entrepreneurial company. In 2014, Charles stepped down from his management role at the Calabrian Corporation but remains a Director. He is also currently a Director for both the BBVA Advisory Board and Andino Chemical Holdings. He is also the President of Charis Group Management, which is an investment and consulting firm to small to mid-sized manufacturing companies.
David has over 40 years experience in the energy industry (El Paso Natural Gas, Texas Utilities, Houston Lighting & Power and Calpine Corporation) and is now retired. He was also Chairman of First Service Credit Union for 20 years and remains on their Board. David has volunteered with non-profit organizations throughout his career. He has served on the Boards of the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council and the Friends of Fondren Library and currently serves as Treasurer and a Board Member of the Houston Community College Foundation and as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Social Sciences at Rice University. A native of San Antonio, David earned his B.A. Degree from in geology and economics from Rice University. He and his wife Julie have three daughters and four grandchildren.
A real estate investor and angel investor in early stage companies in various industries and consumer/commercial sectors. An experienced business leader in the IT/high tech industry with over 20 years experience developing new products and developing market-entry strategies. Sonia received a BS in Computer Science from University of Houston and an MBA from Rice University. Her experience includes delivery of fintech, e-commerce, IoT, and business intelligence solutions and creation of marketing strategy through diverse roles in early-stage companies, consulting firms and large enterprises.
Wendy was a Max Roy Memorial Scholar at Rice University who graduated with a Bachelor’s in Applied Math, Mathematical Economics, and Managerial Studies. She started her career as an Analyst for Lukens Consulting Group in Houston where she performed strategic, economic, and regulatory analysis for clients in the energy industry. In 2000, Wendy took her chance with the dot.com world and became the Business Development Analyst for Guidestreet.com where she identified and initiated contact with potential equity and traffic-driving partners for this dot-com startup. From 2001-2003 Wendy worked for Hewlett-Packard as its Global Pricing & Lifecycle Manager for Mobile Computing. She developed and executed lifecycle-based pricing and promotional plans. In 2003 she then became the Strategy and Product Marketing Manager where she designed and implemented promotions. She successfully engaged with the global team across Americas, Europe, and Asia to enable local execution of programs. After her time at Hewlett-Packard, Wendy went on to receive her MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and upon graduation became a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group for the U.S., Guatemala and Norway until 2008. In 2008, Wendy began working for The Coca-Cola Company as the Director for Profitability Growth, Venturing & Emerging Brands where she created a Profitability Growth department in the newly-formed neXstep beverages business unit focused on US sales of international brands. In 2010, she became the Director for Business Planning, Strategic Channels, and she helped pioneer business planning functions to capture growth in underdeveloped channels in the juice category. Since 2011, Wendy has taken over as a Group Director in the juice division for Revenue Growth Management and Category Planning (2011-2013), Category & Customer Planning and Sales Operations (2013-2015) and now Commercial Strategy, Revenue Growth Management, and Planning where she led teams with increasing scope and responsibility across a multi-billion dollar portfolio of juice, dairy, and natural health beverage brands, encompassing all distribution channels. She has stewarded plan development and execution across multiple stakeholders and managed a large trade spend budget in her current role. She is also a current member of the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN).
Cody attended the College of Liberal Arts at Texas Tech University as well as the College of Business at the University of North Texas. Cody has more than two decades of IT engineering and business development experience specializing in helping clients find the right solution to meet their business goals. He has earned numerous awards and acclaims by technology partners over the past decade. Beginning in 1992, Cody worked in the banking and finance industry for companies such as the First State Bank of Texas, Compucom Systems, Inc. and Anixter Inc., helping a large community banking group grow their footprint. In 1999, he moved into sales and engineering roles for Cisco Systems where he remained for nearly a decade as a Sales Engineer and Sales Specialist. Working in a wide range of verticals and with an even wider range of customers such as large government entities and Fortune 100 companies, Cody helped clients leverage technology that lead to real business outcomes, including network infrastructures, NMS, wireless, unified communications, virtualization, SaaS, IaaS, and others. In 2009 Cody co-founded, built, grew and successfully exited Antero Solutions, Inc., one of Houston’s premier Cisco integration companies. Merging with another IT service company in June of 2011, they were able to build a highly profitable business providing a wide variety of offerings. In 2014 Cody founded UNEE LABS, LLC which is a technology incubation company that brings products and services to market. Focused on key verticals such as Energy, Healthcare, and Retail, UNEE works with an ecosystem of technologists, data scientists, and business process experts to develop solutions that enhance enterprise businesses. For the past 6 years, Cody has enjoyed leveraging old and new skills to build sustainable companies delivering real value to their stakeholders through technology incubation, angel investing, and entrepreneurship.
35 years in the global downstream and midstream oil business with ExxonMobil and AECOM. Nearly half overseas (Asia and Europe). Have held senior leadership roles in Business Development, Marketing, Refining,Trading, Planning, Systems and M&A.Retired from ExxonMobil in February, 2014. Joined AECOM in June 014 as their Global Account Manager for ExxonMobil, Imperial Oil and XTO. Our business is wide ranging, global and covers many of the ExxonMobil, Imperial Oil and XTO functional groups. Very proud of the relationships developed, new business won and ability to identify and implement better solutions. Also engaged in Angel Investing. Formed LLC in April, 2014. Business scope is start-up financing/support. Kyra Doolan is our Business Development Manager.