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Peter L. Antoinette

Peter co-founded Nanocomp Technologies, Inc. in 2004 and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding Nanocomp Technologies, Peter was the President and CEO of Cambridge Research & Instrumentation Inc. in Woburn, MA, an early stage liquid crystal technology company, where he commercialized optical products for telecommunications and high-performance imaging systems.

Previously, he spent a fifteen-year career with Millipore Corporation, a Fortune 500 leader in separations technology, in Sales, Marketing, Technical Services, and as a Vice President and General Manager.

He is the holder of one patent, and co-inventor of several pending patents. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire High Technology Council, is a member of the National Science Foundation's Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing Industrial Advisory Board, and  is a member of United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen's Small Business Advisory Council.

Matthew Pierson

Matt Pierson has founded and/or funded numerous start-up and early-stage high-tech companies. In 1996, he co-founded DTC Communications, building the company to $30 million in revenue before selling it to Cobham plc, in 2004. DTC designed and manufactured wireless audio and video products for use by law enforcement and the military in unmanned systems. While working for Cobham, he led the acquisitions of Spectronic A/S (Denmark) and domo plc (UK). In 2008, he co-founded JitterGram, one of the first companies to develop a social CRM platform for use by small to medium sized enterprises. JitterGram was acquired by the Meltwater Group in 2011.

Matt has been named Exporter of the Year (1993), New Hampshire High Tech Council Entrepreneur of the Year (2003), and the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics Entrepreneur of the Year (2012). Matt is an active angel investor, as well as serving on the board of numerous non-profit and for-profit organizations, including Nanocomp Technologies, the New Hampshire High Technology Council, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and Semester at Sea®. He has previously served on the Hanscom Air Force Base Science and Technology and the Defense Technology Initiative advisory boards.

Matt is a Managing Director at Dunn Rush & Co., a Boston-based investment banking firm, where he focuses on defense and technology M&A transactions. He is a Registered Securities Representative (Series 62, 63 and 79).

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Jerome Smith

Jerome is Co-Director of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS), a program that provides assistance to entrepreneurs in start-up ventures across a broad range of business activity, including product development, marketing, intellectual property law, finance, human resources, and founders’ issues throughout the Massachusetts Institute of Technology community. He also manages the VMS Outreach Project, which provides services to other academic centers and organizations interested in adopting the VMS model as part of their entrepreneurship efforts.

Jerome has over 37 years of leadership experience at DuPont in the chemical, polymer, medical and imaging industries, with a proven track record as a turnaround specialist at the senior executive level. He transformed four global DuPont businesses from loss or weak earnings positions to become strong, profitable and competitive units. He concluded his career at DuPont as the President of DuPont’s $1.6 billion global plastic films and resin business. 

Jerome is recognized as a leader in major national and local non-profit organizations and has led strategic planning and development efforts for large and diverse groups. He is the past Chairman of the Executive Committee of the American Plastics Council.  

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas and an MBA from the University of Delaware.

James Barber, Ph.D.

Dr. James Barber is the former President and CEO of Metabolix, Inc., a bioscience company that delivers sustainable solutions to the plastics and chemicals industries. Dr. Barber served as President and CEO from January 2000 until May 2007. During his tenure, he led the transformation of Metabolix from a research boutique to a world renowned, highly regarded leader in “clean-tech” and industrial biotechnology, building the company into a multi-disciplinary, industry leading, publicly traded enterprise with a market cap of over $500 million

Prior to joining Metabolix, he served as global business director for the organometallics and catalysts business of Albemarle Corporation, with global P&L responsibility for that $100+ million business, and as Representative Director of Nippon Aluminum Alkyls, a joint venture company between Albemarle and Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.  During his tenure with Albemarle, he led the development and implementation of strategies that resulted in the strong growth of Albemarle’s polymer catalyst business, including its emerging single-site/metallocene catalyst business.

Dr. Barber serves on the Advancement Council of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron, as chairman of the board of Allylix, and as a director of Graham Corporation, Agrivida, and Segetis.  

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Nathaniel V. Henshaw

Nathaniel V. Henshaw is president and founder of CEI Ventures. Founded in 1994, CEI Ventures (CVI) capitalized its first community development venture fund at $5.5 million in 1996, formed its second fund in 2001 ($20 million) and third fund in 2011 ($10.135 million). In 1993, Mr. Henshaw co-founded the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA) and serves as its corporate Secretary. CVI has invested over $24 million in 40 companies employing over 2,900 people. 

Prior to forming Coastal Ventures, Mr. Henshaw was a Loan and Investment Officer at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), now a $100 million community development corporation headquartered in Wiscasset, Maine. During eight and a half years at CEI, Mr. Henshaw loaned and invested social investment capital in over 125 projects totaling over $6.0 million, including environmental clean-up, child care, electronic instrument, publishing, marine products, medical equipment and computer service industries. From May 1984 to June 1986, Mr. Henshaw was an Analyst and Assistant to the President of Chemical Venture Capital Corporation (now J.P. Morgan Partners). He also served as an Associate at Intersouth Partners, L.P. (Research Triangle Park, NC) and Kitty Hawk Capital, Ltd. (Charlotte, NC). 

Mr. Henshaw holds MBA (1988) and BA (1984) degrees from Duke University and a Certificate from the NASBIC Venture Capital Institute. Mr. Henshaw serves on the Boards of Ektron, Inc. (managed web services); Pen Bay Solutions, LLC. (GIS software); Coast of Maine Organic Products, Inc. (compost); Gelato Fiasco (local food) Navigator Publishing (magazines); Taction (call center); Red Zone Wireless (Internet Services); and Smart Pak, LLC (equine pharmacy). He is also Past Commodore of the Harraseeket Yacht Club (where he represented the club in the Marion-Bermuda, Marblehead-Halifax, Yarmouth Cup and Monhegan ocean races) and a Trustee of Maine’s Episcopal Diocesan Funds. He is married to Michelle R. Henshaw and has two children Lyse (17) and Nicholas (20). 

Jerry Neumann

Jerry is a veteran venture investor, investing in technology startups for the past two decades.

After college Jerry joined IBM and designed part of the CP microcode execution engine for the S/390 series of mainframes. He left IBM for business school and then joined Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group as a management consultant. In 1995, he joined Prodigy Communications, one of the first consumer internet providers.

He left Prodigy to run Omnicom Group's venture capital division, Communicade. Communicade invested in many of the early internet startups. In 2001, Jerry partnered with an outside investor to acquire Communicade, which he ran until its successful liquidation in 2007. In 2005, he co-founded Root Markets,building a marketplace to allow consumers to sell their own personal data.

Jerry formed Neu Venture Capital in 2008 to invest in early-stage technology companies. He was named one of New York City's top early stage investors by Business Insider in 2012.

Jerry teaches Managing Technological Innovation at the Columbia University School of Engineering. He has lectured on entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School, NYU’s Sloan School of Business, and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He received a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia and an MBA from NYU.

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James C. Dean

James began his career in engineering, initially with Osomonics in water technology.  Following that, James spent more than 8 years with Boeing managing all aspects of component test engineering on numerous aircraft and space systems.

He left Boeing and subsequently founded or co-founded seven companies: Perceptive Technologies (contract R&D for thermal/flow, fluid dispensing and motion control systems); Cardiac Controls Technology (smartphone-based atrial defibrillation); Dean Holdings (consumer products); Headwater Holdings (water and waste water treatment systems); Quercus (consumer lighting); Building Innovation Technology (heating, lighting and alternative energy sources); and Synergy Research Corporation (motion control, reprographics, engineering and bioengineering).

James moved to water systems first as Chief Engineer for Product Development and then President of ZanAqua (small scale vapor compression distillation systems); Headwaters Holdings (mid to large scale water treatment systems for energy and industrial applications); and then as Market Manager for Layne Christensen (water treatment systems).  Currently, James is a Senior Consultant for Water Wise Systems, a provider of innovative waste water treatment for residential and industrial markets. 

He holds bachelor degrees in forest science (conversion of biomass to energy) and mechanical engineering, both from the University of Minnesota, as well as an MBA from Plymouth State University.

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