Len Rand Executive Chairman
Prior to xF Technologies, Len was a Managing Director at Granite Ventures in San Francisco for 10 years. While at Granite, he invested in a variety of technology and cleantech companies. Before Granite, Len was a General Manager at Intel Corporation responsible for Strategic Marketing and Global Alliances for ICG (Intel Communications Group). Prior to that, Len was CEO and founder of NetBoost Corporation, which developed network processors and supporting software. Intel acquired NetBoost in 1999. Prior to that, Len was founder and CEO of three other venture backed startups, Internet Middleware (proxy caching), sold to Network Appliances; The Whitewater Group (Object oriented development tools – CEO only), sold to Symantec; The Rand Group (FEA software), sold to Intergraph Corporation. In addition, Len was a VP/GM at Autodesk and Intergraph. Len holds multiple degrees in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Tom Stephens recently retired from General Motors after a 43 year career in which he held numerous senior positions including Global Chief Technology Officer and Vice Chairman, Global Product Operations. Tom was Chairman of GM’s Energy and Environmental Strategy Board and served on GM’s Executive Committee, Global Product Development Council, GM Global Technology Operations, Inc. Board, General Motors Overseas Corporation Board, OnStar, LLC Board of Directors, and GM Technologies, LLC Board of Directors. Stephens began his career with GM in 1969 as an hourly employee at the Chevrolet Engineering Center in Warren, Michigan, under the University of Michigan’s student co-op program. In addition to xF Technologies, Tom is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of FIRST in Michigan Robotics, Chairman of the Board of the Michigan Science Center and on both the Board of Directors of ITC Holding Company and Board of Managers of Warehouse Technologies LLC. Tom earned a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and he is a Licensed Professional Engineer.
Stacy Methvin recently retired from Shell Oil Company after a distinguished career spanning 33 years in which she held numerous senior positions including VP Refinery Margin Optimization, VP Global Distribution, VP Strategy and Portfolio and VP Base Chemicals. Stacy also served as the President of Shell Chemical LP, President of Shell Pipeline Company, President of Shell Deer Park Refining Company and President of Shell Louisiana E&P Co. In addition to xF Technologies, Stacy is a director for Pioneer Natural Resources Company and Marquard & Bahls and also holds board seats for the Girl Scouts San Jacinto Council, the Houston Zoo and the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. She is also an appointee on the Louisiana Governor’s Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Chemistry Council. Stacy graduated cum laude in 1979 from Princeton University where she earned an AB in Geological and Geophysical Sciences.
David Blivin is a founder and managing partner of Cottonwood Technology Funds (CTF). CTF is a seed and pre-seed stage venture capital fund focused on the Southwest Region stretching from Phoenix to Denver to Austin. CTF is focused on supporting science based innovation with disruptive potential. Prior to founding Cottonwood, Dave founded and served as Managing Director of Southeast Interactive. Southeast Interactive was the first and largest information technology focused fund based in the Southeast. He received his MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
Sally Corning is a Partner at Sun Mountain Capital. She has over 20 years of experience evaluating investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, structuring transactions and raising equity and debt capital in both the public and private markets. Prior to Sun Mountain, she worked in investment banking at Dean Witter Reynolds, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse First Boston. Sally has an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a BSBA in Finance from Georgetown University.
Alonso Diaz B. Etienne
Alonso Diaz B. Etienne is the Founding Partner at Gerbera Capital, an investment platform specialized in Private Equity/Venture Capital in Mexico and global portfolio management with a value focus. Prior to Gerbera Capital, Alonso was the CFO of Grupo Diestra, a leading private Mexican group with interest in the apparel, tourism and real estate industries and CEO and Chairman of Metroscubicos.com, the leading Internet portal in Mexico in the real estate industry. Alonso has also been a Professor of Securities Law at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) where he received a degree in Law and has been a professor of economics at the Universidad Anahuac del Sur. Alonso also received a degree in Economics at ITAM and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.