Chairman of the Board
Brian Birk has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2008. In 2006, Mr. Birk co-founded Sun Mountain Capital, a boutique private equity firm focused...
Brian Birk has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2008. In 2006, Mr. Birk co-founded Sun Mountain Capital, a boutique private equity firm focused...on the Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions which currently manages direct investment funds and funds of funds vehicles. Prior to forming Sun Mountain Capital, Mr. Birk was a Vice President and Director of Private Equity at Fort Washington Capital Partners, a professional investment management services company. Mr. Birk was also a senior executive at MetaWeb Technologies, Inc., a technology and web development company acquired by Google Inc. in 2010, the vice president of technology commercialization at Applied Minds, LLC, a technology consulting company, and the president of a division at BiosGroup Inc., a company which commercialized complex science software. In addition, Mr. Birk held a senior manager position at the Boston Consulting Group, Inc., a global management consulting firm, and finance manager positions at General Electric Company and GE Capital Corporation. Mr. Birk is a currently a member of the board of directors of several private companies, including Aspen Avionics, Inc., an aircraft avionics manufacturer, and American Clay Enterprises, LLC, a plaster manufacturing and sales company. Mr. Birk received a B.S. in Economics from Carleton College and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Ebetuel (Beto) Pallares, Ph.D
Ebetuel Pallares, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2012. Dr. Pallares founded Joseph Advisory Services, LLC, a strategic consulting...
Ebetuel Pallares, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2012. Dr. Pallares founded Joseph Advisory Services, LLC, a strategic consulting...firm, in 2006, and has served as its manager since that time. In June 2009, he co-founded Cottonwood Capital Partners, the general partner of Cottonwood Technology Fund, a seed and early-stage venture fund with headquarters in El Paso, Texas, and he has served as its managing partner since that time. Dr. Pallares also serves on several corporate and non-profit boards, as an advisor to the UT Horizon Fund, the venture capital investment fund of the University of Texas system, as an Investor in Residence for New Mexico State University's Arrowhead Center and on the limited partnership advisory committee for several venture funds. He received a B.A. in economics from Brandeis University, an M.B.A. from The University of Texas at El Paso, or UTEP, and a Ph.D. in International Business from UTEP.