TFG advisors are non retired industry experts with far-reaching networks.

Gerry Barañano


Industries: Telecommunications, Software Platform, Embedded Software, Hardware, Computer Manufacturing, Green/Clean Tech

Education: B.A. Yale University; MBA Stanford Graduate School of Business

Expertise: Go-to-market strategies, commercialization of technology products, product strategies, business plan prep, early customer engagement strategies, business development and sales, joint ventures and strategic alliances, product positioning, use of standards bodies, and tech transfer. Full Bio»

Stuart Berkowitz


Industries: DoD, Navy, Air Force, DARPA, and NIST

Education: B.S. NC State University, Physics; PhD. Boston University, Physics

Expertise: Extensive DoD experience – principal investigator on contracts with Navy, Air Force, DARPA, and NIST. Won, managed, and transitioned over $30 million in SBIR projects; and has transitioned technology through Phase II.5, SAT/CPP, and RIF. Co-authored over 35 technical publications and awarded two patents. Being a hands-on Founder, he is intimately familiar with all aspects of government contracting as a small business, including government accounting and how to survive a DCAA audit. Full Bio»

Daniel Blahut


Industries: SaaS (Enterprise & Consumer), Hardware, eCommerce, Consumer Goods, Ad Tech, Software

Education: B.A. in Business Administration and Economics, Drury University, Breech School of Business; Regents College – RBS, Business Administration.

Expertise: Financing strategy, debt and equity structuring, Business plan preparation, investor communication, operating budgets, financial statement preparation, scenario analysis, cash flow and revenue modeling. Full Bio»

Chuck Eason


Industries: Aerospace, Finance, Construction, Real Estate, Education, Retail, and Manufacturing

Education: B.S. in Engineering Sciences, University of California, San Diego; MBA California State University, San Bernardino

Expertise: SBIR/STTR (federal research grants), tech transfer, commercialization, business planning, financial modeling, and debt and equity financing. Full Bio»

Reena Jadhav


Industries: Marketing and Social Media

Education: Harvard MBA, Wharton BSc. in Marketing and Accounting (graduated summa cum laude). 

Expertise: Entrepreneur, investor and startup coach with a passion for disruptive ideas that transform the human experience and create meaningful lasting change. Ms. Jadhav has founded and worked at five startups in mobile messaging, voice recruiting, marketing platform, community platform and loyalty rewards. She has deep experience in identifying fundable game changing ideas, prototyping, team building, fundraising, market launching award winning products, business model innovation and revenue generation. Full Bio»

Louise Kirkbride


Industries: Enterprise Software, CRM, Cloud Computing, Computer Aided Engineering, Aerospace, Cybersecurity

Education: California Institute of Technology, BS and MS in Engineering;
Stanford Executive Institute

Expertise: New Market Definition, Financial Modeling, Message Development, Key Customer Acquisition, Securing Early Stage Equity Investment, Team Building, Cash Management, Board and Analyst Relations, Competitive Analysis and Positioning, Contract Negotiations

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Mark Klopp


Industries: Medical Devices, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Chemical & Material Science, Nanotechnology, Alternative Energy and Clean Tech

Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech; MBA, Roosevelt University.

Expertise: Business formation, fundraising, strategic corporate partnerships, pitch development & delivery, investor presentations, fundraising strategy, VC & startup community relationships, networking. business development and sales, licensing negotiations.

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Terri Mead


Industries:  Digital health, enterprise software

Education:  MBA, New Ventures/ Small Business Management from California State University, Hayward

Expertise:  Strategic and business planning, VC/angel and startup community relationships, networking, CEO/Founder coaching, presentation for preparation for fundraising, working with female founders

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Pat Reilly


Industries: Electronics, Software, Mobile & Applications, User Interface Design, Web-Based Business Models, Medical Devices, Alternative Energy, Entertainment

Education: B.S. in Sociology, State University of New York; B.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Toledo; Juris Doctor, Concord University

Expertise: Patent prosecution, trademark prosecution and assertion, copyright registration and infringement assertion, licensing negotiations. Full Bio»

Jeff Smith


Industries: High technology sales, marketing, business development, and corporate development.

Education: Boston College, MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and Masters in International Business from Thunderbird.

Expertise: Jeff was most recently with RBM Technologies, a leading cloud based retail software company that was successfully sold. Prior to RBM, Jeff was the Founding and Managing Partner of XcelR8 Partners that provided business development consulting services to accelerate revenue traction for early stage companies. Full Bio»


Gregory Theyel


Industries: Biotechnology, Medical Devices, and Clean Tech

Education: Doctorate from Clark University

Expertise: Engineering, advanced manufacturing, production planning, business strategy, business development, fundraising, debt & equity financing, and due diligence. Full Bio»

Steven Toomey


Industries: Technology (Fintech, Big Data, SaaS, eCommerce, Hardware, Software), Financial Services

Education: MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from UCLA Anderson, B.A. in Business Leadership from the University of Puget Sound.

Expertise: Finance and accounting, valuation, financial modeling, business analysis, equity research, pitch deck creation, securing debt, raising equity, operations analysis, financial and cash flow analysis, general advisory.

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Hon Wong


Industries: Enterprise Software, Saas (Enterprise & Consumer), Cloud Infrastructure, eCommerce, Mobile Apps

Education: B.Sc. in Electrical and Industrial Engineering, Northwestern University; MBA, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Expertise: Business formation, fundraising, market positioning and messaging, go-to-market strategy development and execution, product management, channel & strategic partnership, acquisition & consolidation, exit planning & execution, pivoting. Full Bio»

Allan Young


Industries: Software, Hardware, SaaS & Cloud, Mobile, Internet, eCommerce, Digital Media & Gaming, Healthcare IT & Medical Devices

Education:   Harvard Law School, Brigham Young University, and College of San Mateo

Expertise: Pitch development & delivery, investor presentation package content, fundraising strategy, VC & startup community relationships, networking. Full Bio»