Robert Klemme | Chairman of the Board
Mr. Klemme is a private investor who founded Agilence along with John Sullivan and Tom Bernetich in September of 2006. He founded RK Capital, LLC in late 2000 as a private investment and advisory firm. Prior to founding RK Capital, Mr. Klemme was a co-founder and Managing Director of CEO Strategic Solutions, a boutique investment bank. He was President and COO of Entrepreneurial Capital Corporation (ECC) a private investment company from 1986 to 1999.
Before ECC, Mr. Klemme had 13 years of management experience at Wells Fargo and Bank of America. He was the Chairman of the Board of JABRA Corporation until its sale in 2000, and he served on the board of Sybron Dental Specialties (NYSE:SYD) until sold in 2006.
Mr. Klemme received his BS in Marketing from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of San Diego.
Mr. Adams co-founded NextStage Capital in 2003 and has over 20 years of venture capital, operational, and financial experience. Prior to co-founding NextStage Capital, Mr. Adams was vice president of Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE) a publicly traded venture capital firm. During his six years at Safeguard, Mr. Adams led the sourcing, negotiation, management, and exit of more than $100 million in venture capital investments. At Safeguard, Mr. Adams was responsible for investment strategies for both business software and communications industry segments. He was also a member of Safeguard’s investment committee.
Mr. Adams began his career in the Entrepreneurial Services unit of Ernst & Young. He holds a BS in Economics from Skidmore College and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
A 28-year technology industry veteran, Mr. Hawkins is responsible for developing Agilence’s overall strategy and leading its growth. Prior to Agilence, he built two early stage technology companies into successful businesses. He was President and CEO of SilverStorm Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of high performance computer networking equipment, from 2004 until 2006 when he sold the company to QLogic Corporation.
Prior to SilverStorm, he was the President and CEO of Paragon Networks, a developer of wide area backhaul solutions for wireless networks, which he sold to Carrier Access Corporation in 2003. Prior to Paragon, Mr. Hawkins spent 15 years at Lucent Technologies in a variety of management positions.
He graduated from Boston College in 1980.
Sam Kingsland is a founding member of the Granite Ventures team and has focused his investments in communications and components technologies since the firm’s inception. He joined Granite from Hambrecht & Quist’s Venture Capital department. Mr. Kingsland brings extensive experience working with emerging growth companies to the Granite team. Over Mr. Kingsland’s 20-year career in the venture business, he has worked with more than 60 venture-backed companies and on more than 110 financings. Although Mr. Kingsland has focused on the communications sector for the past decade, during his career he has worked with early-stage companies in the software, bio-tech, healthcare, and consumer markets.
He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Fulcrum Microsystems, NetEffect, Top Layer Networks, Venturi Wireless and Zeugma Systems.
Mr. Kingsland holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
William J. Reilly
William J. Reilly Jr. is a senior executive with over 40 years of leadership experience. Since 2004, Mr. Reilly has been the President and CEO of RealTime Media Inc., an interactive promotional marketing firm providing marketing support services to Fortune 500 companies. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Reilly was a principal with the Chesterbrook Growth Partners, independent consultants to the private equity community.
Prior to Chesterbrook, Mr. Reilly spent 13 years at Checkpoint Systems Inc.(CKP) where he served as Vice President of Sales, Senior Vice President of the Americas and Pacific Rim, Executive Vice President and then Chief Operating Officer. Checkpoint is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of products and services for automatic identification, retail security, pricing and brand promotion. During his tenure, Checkpoint grew from $35 to $720 million in revenue with over 4,000 employees. Prior to his role with Checkpoint Systems, Mr. Reilly held national sales and sales management positions in the medical electronics and telecommunications industries.
He is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University with a BS in Psychology and serves as a Director of Veramark Technologies Inc. (VERA).
Jay C. Weber Jr.
Jay founded Laurel Capital to focus on businesses with revenues of between $5 and $50 million and EBITDA of up to $5 million. Within these parameters, Laurel targets companies with platform potential – unique assets and capabilities that, when combined with capital as well as outside expertise, make accelerated growth possible.
Prior to co-founding Laurel Capital in 2007, Jay was a Partner at MVP Capital Partners. Jay came to MVP from Mirant Corporation, an independent energy company based in Atlanta. While at Mirant, Weber distinguished himself as an analyst in the company’s internal venture capital group where he focused on new business opportunities and prospective acquisitions.
Jay holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University. He resides in Wayne, PA.