Dave Bergeron, SVP Rev1 Ventures
Mr. Bergeron is Sr. Vice President of Venture Development at Rev1 Venture. He has over 25 years of management experience, including positions in Silicon Valley Venture Capital Companies and Fortune 500 Companies. Leadership experience has included key positions in IBM, Applied Materials, and Cymer, Inc. Venture Capital management experience includes position at Tallwood Venture Capital and supporting Applied Materials Ventures. The venture development positions required developing successful business plans and models for over 20 companies in various materials and bioscience technology fields. Primary responsibilities in his Executive Management Positions were, CEO & CTO startup positions at SVTC, GM of Etch Product business group while at Applied Materials, GM of the EUV source division at Cymer, Product Development and Plant Operations Management while at IBM. Mr. Bergeron holds a BS in Physics and MS in Applied Mathematics from Georgetown University.
Richard Maksimoski, Principal of MaximumCQ LLC
Mr. Maksimoski, Principal of MaximumCQ LLC, is a prominent consultant in the midwestern bioproducts industry. He has partnered with OSU since 2011 as an external business development consultant and currently serves as the industry liaison for the Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center (OBIC). Formerly Vice-President of R&D/Quality for Elmer’s Products, Inc., he has over 28 years of R&D experience at a broad range of CPG companies and industries including Scotts, Kraft, and P&G. Mr. Maksimoski holds a BS ChE from U. Massachusetts Amherst.
Zach Ellis, Director New Ventures, The Ohio State University
Zach Ellis is Director of New Ventures at The Ohio State University. There, he is responsible for creating and cultivating spin out companies based on OSU technology. His portfolio responsibilities span all of life sciences, to include food and agriculture. Previously, he was on the corporate innovation team at PepsiCo. There he led US venture and academic partnerships, with a particular focus in AgTech. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Zach was a member of the licensing team at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), where he worked to commercialize early-stage technologies in biotech and Cleantech. Earlier in his career, he held various roles in consulting, business development and project management; and spent 7 years as an active duty officer in the US Navy. He earned a MS in Biotechnology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a MBA from Pepperdine, and a BS in Engineering from The US Naval Academy.
Geoffrey Marshall, Former P&G Executive (M&A)
Mr. Marshall is a Global Operations Executive with almost 35 years of experience working with Companies to forge global businesses or seek to generate year-on-year returns, consistently beating the market or their projections. Geoffrey has over 30+ years of experience at Fortune 22 CPG leader, Procter & Gamble in key business areas such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance & Integrations, Global Supply Chain, and International Business, with an emphasis on development and implementation of business strategies that win in the marketplace. Mr. Marshall holds a MBA from Tulane University and a BS from Xavier University of Louisiana, Accounting.