I am presently co-founder of Murrieta Genomics, one of the first genomic sequencing incubators
in the country. Prior to Murrieta Genomics I was managing partner of Forentis Fund, a life
science venture fund focused on precision medicine. I am a serial entrepreneur, having been
involved in dozens of startups in the energy, technology, biotechnology and financial industries.
A founding executive of Commonwealth Energy in 1997, I helped with initial funding, assisted
in forming and executing the business plan, and directed the marketing for an energy startup that
scaled from zero to $100 million in revenues in just over three years. The company subsequently
went public on the American Stock Exchange.
As the Executive Director of InSoCal CONNECT, a nonprofit focused on entrepreneurship, I
help manage an innovation center in Murrieta, California that is focused on life sciences and
healthcare. I work closely with university researchers, private companies, and fellow investors to
advance the promise of precision medicine.
I was awarded the SBA “Small Business Champion of the Year” award in 2016 for my years of
mentorship and encouragement to entrepreneurs in the region. I also served as an Entrepreneur in
Residence at the University of California, Riverside and spent six years as a senior consultant at
TriTech SBDC, one of only seven tech SBDCs in the country. I have held positions as a board
member for several nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
A graduate of the University of Colorado, I received a B.A. with a double major in English
Literature and Economics. I have held several licenses, including Securities Series 79, 6, 63, 3,
Real Estate, and Insurance (Life and Health.) My main pursuits, besides building successful
businesses, are downhill skiing and fly fishing and I enthusiastically support my wife’s passion
for riding thoroughbred horses and show jumping. I spend a few hours every morning with our
horses and have been known to jump out of perfectly good airplanes, a practice that my wife now