Chicago Program | The Value of a Board for Early Stage Companies

Wednesday, November 08, 2017
05:00 PM - 07:30 PM CST
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60606


Please join the Private Directors Association in Chicago on November 8th for a panelist discussion on The Value of a Board for Early Stage Companies.


Jeremie Bacon
Co-founder and CEO
Synap Software Labs

Jeremie is an entrepreneur, SaaS executive, and investor. He has been building and advising companies since the early 2000s. When not at work, he can be found hanging out with his wife and four children, reading, or eating piles of donuts to power his ultramarathons and endurance races.

Jim Gagnard
Board Member
Agentis Energy, Vertex Analytics, Predikto,
APL nextED, and A3 Solutions

Jim Gagnard has over 30 years of executive management experience leading enterprise software companies. He has lead several companies from early product development to revenue growth and profitability. As a result of his commitment to software innovation he has worked closely with the venture capital community and strategic investors to raise over $80 million for his companies. Until March 2011, Jim was Chairman and CEO of SmartSignal Corporation which was acquired by GE in January 2011. The SmartSignal Advanced Analytics product suite is a key component of the Internet of Things and is used by power generation companies, oil and gas companies, and other industries to detect, diagnose, predict, and mitigate equipment failure.

Devin Matthews
Founder and Partner
ParkerGale Capital

Devin has twenty years of experience investing in technology companies and helping management teams build their companies. Prior to founding ParkerGale, Devin was a Managing Partner and a member of the investment committee at Chicago Growth Partners where he ran their technology group. He also spent five years at Baird Venture Partners where he was the Managing Partner and chair of the investment committee. Early in his career, Devin worked at Great Hill Partners and William Blair Capital Partners. He studied Art History at SUNY Binghamton and received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Devin supports Chicago’s visual arts community as a Board member of threewalls.


Fred Hoch
Founder and General Partner
TechNexus Venture Collaborative

Ever wonder about disruption in the technology industry and how a company can grow by taking advantage of it? Fred has worked with thousands of companies to strategically address the ongoing transformation and challenges of the industry. Fred Hoch is the Founder and General Partner of Chicago’s TechNexus Venture Collaborative, a venture development and innovation services firm building a new, collaborative model for leading corporations to engage and extract value from the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. TechNexus also operates an incubator from its headquarters in Chicago, where more than 400 ventures have grown. Fred is also Executive Chairman of the Illinois Technology Association – a business services organization with more than 500-member companies with a focus on scaling great tech companies. Serving as a platform for strategic development, ITA has driven success of the Chicago tech industry by helping its member companies grow, build and elevate their business.

Thank you to our host, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP!