March 6, 2012
John C. Backus
New Atlantic Ventures
John Backus is a seasoned technology entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience investing in and managing rapidly growing, high-technology companies.
Prior to founding New Atlantic Ventures in 1998, he was a founding investor and the president and was CEO at InteliData Technologies, a Fast 50 growth company in both 1997 and 1998. Backus led InteliData's predecessor, U.S. Order, through a successful $65 million IPO in 1995.
Backus currently manages a $225 million venture portfolio at New Atlantic Ventures. He serves on the board of directors of AppTap, Invincea, Koofers, Healthwearhouse.com, My Wines Direct and Qliance. He is the past chairman of the Wolf Trap Foundation Board of Directors, the past chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Board of Directors, the founding chairman and current board member of the NVTC TechPAC, and was appointed by former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner to co-chair the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission, which he served on for four years.
Backus began his career at Bain & Co. and Bain Capital, where he was the first Bain & Co. management consultant to take a full-time operating role (as CFO) in a portfolio company.
Gregory S. Cole
Chief Financial Officer
Gregory S. Cole is currently serving as chief financial officer of K2M Inc., a private provider of technological innovations which enable health care providers to more effectively treat the most complex spinal disorders. Cole has more than 20 years of financial and management experience with public and private companies, primarily in the medical device, technology and Internet industries. Over his career, Cole has lead or participated in raising more than $7 billion in debt and equity in both the public and private markets.
Prior to K2M, he acted as EVP, chief financial officer and treasurer of Simplexity LLC, and spent seven years with XM Satellite Radio in various financial functions including acting CFO, and vice president - treasurer. He was also a member of the 1994 privatization team at USEC Inc. located in Rockville, Md.
Cole began his career as a CPA, working at both Coopers & Lybrand, and Matthews, Carter & Boyce in the Washington, D.C., area. Cole received a BBA in accounting from James Madison University and an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Maryland.
Thomas Kramer is responsible for financial management, HR and administrative stewardship at Opower. Previously, he was CFO at Cvent, the largest event management technology company in the U.S., where he helped grow the organization from its founding to profitability and 850 employees, and where he led the largest software financing round in the U.S. since 2007.
Prior to joining Cvent, Kramer served as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he developed e-commerce strategy and management analyses for leading North American corporations. Prior to that, he was a senior consultant at Accenture. Kramer was recently named one of the 10 best CFOs in Washington, D.C., by SmartCEO. He earned a master's at the Norwegian School of Economics, and an MBA at Harvard Business School, with a focus on strategy and finance. While at Harvard, Kramer co-authored the Amazon e-commerce strategy case study, which went on to become part of the school's core curriculum.
Chief Financial Officer
Oceus Networks Inc.
Alan Stewart is the chief financial officer of Oceus Networks Inc., a recent spin-off from Ericsson to Tailwind Capital. Primary to his joining Oceus Networks, Stewart was the chief financial officer of ICF International Inc. from 2001 until 2010. During his nine-year tenure at ICF, the company's annual revenue grew sixfold.
Stewart brings almost 36 years of financial and operational leadership. He has broad experience in many successful M&A transactions, including 10 successful acquisitions during his nine years at ICF. In addition, he has successfully completed three initial public offerings, including the 2006 IPO of ICF. In December 2009, ICF completed a successful $88 million secondary offering.
Prior to joining ICF in 2001, Stewart served as the CFO of two venture-backed enterprises, DataZen and Blackboard, where he assisted in obtaining debt and equity financing, performed numerous acquisition reviews and helped create the infrastructure to support fast-paced environments.
Earlier in his career, Stewart was chief financial officer at Deltek Systems Inc., an enterprise financial systems software company that, during his seven years there, grew from $14 million in annual revenue to $100 million. In addition, Stewart was successful in taking the company public in 1997 and closed several acquisitions during his tenure. Earlier, at Tempest Technologies Inc., he was responsible for all aspects of that company's initial public offering, which spun off from C3 Inc., its parent company in 1987.
Stewart has also held senior finance positions at BTG, C3 Inc., the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Martin Marietta Corporation and Touche Ross & Co. Stewart is a certified public accountant.
Brad Woloson is a general partner at JMI Equity. Woloson joined JMI in 1994 and is based in Baltimore, Md. He is currently a director of Adknowledge, Axeda, BrightLine, ClickSquared, CouponCabin, Eloqua, Empathica, Harmony Information Systems, iContact, Panorama Software and Undertone. Woloson's past JMI investment experience includes Astrum Software, NEON Systems, Network Intelligence, Primax Recoveries, Qiave, Transcentive and Unica.
Prior to joining JMI, Woloson was a financial analyst in the Technology Group at Alex. Brown. He was also a fixed income analyst at Kidder Peabody International Inc. in London. Woloson received an A.B. in economics from Harvard University.