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Our Board of Managers
Beau Anders, Director
Mr. Anders was the KPMG Office Managing Partner-in-Charge in Silicon Valley as well as the Western Area Partner-in-Charge, of KPMG’s Transaction Services. KPMG’s Silicon Valley office had over 750 employees providing audit, tax and advisory services to technology companies throughout the South Bay. In his managing partner role, Mr. Anders was responsible for all market-facing activities for the firm in Silicon Valley. At the same time, Beau led KPMG’s Western Area Transaction Services practice where his focus was on M&A in high technology. He provided both due diligence and structuring advice to buyers as well as capital advisory services to early stage and middle market companies. Prior to KPMG he spent 12 years in senior level financial positions in industry with several public and private companies, including three medical start-ups. 

Beau’s extensive CFO experience included participation in two initial public offerings and numerous acquisitions of products and businesses in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries. This experience included responsibility for raising more than $300 million in public and private debt and equity. He has completed well in excess of 100 due diligence engagements on high technology companies. 


Don Brashears, Director
Don Brashears graduated from Rider University with a BS in Commerce in 1976 and received his MBA in International Economics and Finance in 1982. Don is an Owner and Partner in Atlantic Real Estate, Inc., a full service real estate sales and rental company with 200+ individually owned rental units service the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton Communities in South Carolina. Don is a Franchise Owner and Area Developer for Liberty Tax Service, and operates one office in Bluffton and has thirteen offices in Augusta, Georgia and Aiken, South Carolina. There are also seven franchised offices in the Boston Area. In addition, Don owns Seabrook Properties, LLC where he manages a portfolio of personal investment properties. For his first career, Don spent 30 years with US STEEL Corporation in Fairless Hills, PA as Area Manager for Galvanizing, Sheet and Tin Finishing operations, producing products for Chrysler, GM, and Toyota as well as Del Monte, Campbell's Soup and others.

Don is the Board Chair for the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and CVB. He is the President Elect of the Rotary Club of Hilton Head (150+ members) and is a Board Member of the Literacy Center, a non-profit assisting the functionally illiterate and teaching English as a second language. Don has been a member of the Ariel Southeast Angel Partners since 2006 and a Board Member for 2 years.


Steve Clark, Director, Chairman
Steve has held a wide variety of positions as a lawyer, business executive and entrepreneur. Throughout his career, he has spent significant professional time performing due diligence and negotiating business transactions. As Vice President and General Counsel of Gerber Products Company, Steve was responsible for the development and implementation of legal and regulatory strategy for the Company. Steve's transactional experience at Gerber included the purchase of Alima, SA, one of the first privatizations in Poland. His experience as CEO and President (and prior positions) at Buster Brown Apparel included the successful reorganization of Buster Brown under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, and the subsequent sale of key business units to maximize return to shareholders. As Owner of Second Nature LLC, Steve aggressively grew the sales and profitability of a local landscaping company, selling the business in 2009 to ValleyCrest, the country's largest landscape contractor.  

Steve has served as Chairman of Ariel Savannah Angel Partners for the last three years Steve has served on a number of charitable and civic boards over the years, and is currently Chairman and President of the Deep Well Project on Hilton Head Island. Steve received an Honor's Degree in Economics from Lafayette College, his J.D. Degree from Catholic University Law School, and an LL.M in Trade Regulations from New York University Law School.


Courtney Flexon, Director
Courtney Sprague Flexon graduated from Vanderbilt cum laude in 1977 and received her MBA from the Terry School of Business at UGA in 1980. A Savannah native, from 1996-2004 she served on Savannah City Council as Alderman of the fourth district, and her second term she was unopposed. From 2009-2015 she has served as a Commissioner on the Jasper County SC Planning Commission. In 2004 she was named the first female director of the Adeline Companies, a privately held investment firm that has been in the Sprague and Oxnard families for 124 years. From 2012 to present she has been the President of the Adeline Companies.

Courtney has served on numerous boards, including Historic Savannah, the Mediation Center, and the Chatham Foundation. She has served several years on the ASAM board. She and her husband Phillip Flexon MD enjoy gardening and bird hunting, and have a daughter and two rambunctious grandsons who occupy most of their spare time.


Carl D Francis, Director
Carl D Francis spent eight years as CEO of P2i (www.p2i.com), a technology spin-out from the UK Ministry of Defence. Based in Oxford, England, he built the business from a 10 person, pre-revenue tech start-up with no products, no customers, and no sector focus into the dominate global force in functional nano-coatings today. Many of world’s best known brands now rely on P2i technology solutions, and the Company currently operates across 51 sites in 17 countries. P2i raised over $100m in new equity over a series of funding rounds during this period, and today the Group remains privately held and is substantially profitable. Carl chose to step down as CEO in late 2016, but continues to work with the Company in a strategic advisory role.

Before joining P2i in 2008, Carl spent three years as CEO acquiring, running, and successfully exiting Adria Ltd, Ireland’s largest textile business, in an LBO on behalf of a small private equity group in which he was a founding partner. Previously, he was Group Managing Director of the Caudwell Group, Europe’s then biggest privately-owned mobile telecommunications support business with sales of $2.5Bn; Chief Executive of Flexonics, the principal division of global precision engineering group Senior plc; and Divisional President at SIEBE plc (now Invensys plc) where for three years he ran the group’s worldwide recovery division. Carl has also held several Operating Partner and Non-Executive roles, including Chairman of HSD Communications Ltd from 1998 to 2007. Following his seed investment, HSD grew from a one-person start-up into the UK’s 14th largest healthcare PR agency, and was sold to an international advertising group in 2007.  

Starting his career as a US Certified Public Accountant, Carl is a member of Mensa and has a BSc from the University of Cincinnati. He and his wife Lesley live in the Savannah, Georgia area.


Jim Goodlett, Director
Jim Goodlett is a proactive Executive with proven SMB and Enterprise business success. He has expertise in change management and strategic planning, while leading companies toward innovative products and solutions - this includes moving industries at speed into WEBcentric/SaaS business models while maintaining productivity and increasing revenue opportunities. Jim is also skilled in motivating business verticals that integrate technology into business workflow over tight time-frames, increasing revenue in the business unit, and most importantly for customers using the products/services. His executive positions include VP of Online Learning (Savannah College of Art and Design), Chief Information Architect at H.O Systems (driven revenue from US$16M to US$128M in 3 years and sold for US$356M), Director of Emerging Technologies for US$2.3B in revenue $VS, and he is currently President of Morris Technology.

Jim has actively participated on for-profit Boards and in Angel investing with experience that extends to advising on utilizing technology as a strategic weapon, market positioning, and leveraging changes in development processes for quicker time to market products. This includes utilizing agile/SCRUM development workflow for faster time to market productization! He has held Board seats with ASAP, Vendormate (including a 10x investment return upon exit), and IngeniousMed Board at US$110M exit. Jim’s previous and current Board seats include cBETA, Savannah Country Day School, GSU College of Engineering and IT, REELsavannah. He is currently Vice Chair, Board of Directors and fund the 55 year-old Savannah Science Seminar program.


Joe Isola, Director
Before he retired Joe was a Partner in Woodbury Partners, a small consulting firm based in New England that provided strategic, IT, business development and operational consulting to early stage companies in healthcare and related industries. 
Prior to that in a thirty year corporate career in the for-profit healthcare field, he served in several capacities including Chairman & CEO of a midsized venture capital backed diagnostic & health services Company; as a President and COO of a NYSE diagnostic services firm and in several other senior roles in the medical diagnostic field, including Division President, Senior Vice President and General Manager, VP of Marketing, Sales and Business Development and as a Regional Director of Sales and Service. During his long corporate career, Joe successfully led the effort to significantly grow the sales and profits of three separate companies. He helped negotiate over forty acquisitions and a half dozen significant joint ventures. Additionally, he participated in or led teams that have raised over $750 million in both equity and debt financing. 

Finally, for several years he served as the President of the largest national trade organization in the diagnostic services industry, the American Clinical Laboratory Association. Over the years, Joe sat on over a dozen Boards including corporate, university, partnerships and trade group organizations. For the last eight years he has been an active Partner in Ariel Southeast Angel Partners where he sits on their Board of Managers and has been the Chairman of their Investment Committee. Joe has a BA and a Master’s Degree in Business with a major in Healthcare Administration and has completed a significant portion of a PhD in organizational behavior.

Joe serves as the Chairman of the Medical/Life Sciences Screening Committee.


J. Blake Long, MD, Director
Mosaic Health Solutions is a venture capital firm in Durham NC focused on accelerating healthcare innovation by building partnerships and making strategic investments that will improve the value and effectiveness of the healthcare system. As Chief Clinical Officer, Blake provides strategic input and clinical consultation to business development leadership in order to facilitate the identification and evaluation of compelling investment opportunities with clinical components. Prior to joining Mosaic in August of 2015, Blake served as a practicing physician at Savannah Children’s Heart Center and as a clinical professor at Mercer University School of Medicine. A member of Ariel Southeast Angel Partners since 2011, he serves on the board and has led the management process of screening, due diligence, and company monitoring for the portfolio of investments in healthcare and life sciences. Blake earned his BA and his MD from Duke University. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Duke University. He received his MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in December of 2015, focusing on health care system change at the interface of science, technology, ethics, policy, economics and business.


Jack McMaken, Director
Jack has extensive experience managing marketing, development, and licensing at large medical device and diagnostic companies. Most recently, Jack served 14 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of a Portland, Oregon based medical device company specializing in the development, manufacturing, and licensing of proprietary tissue repair products, and anti-infective technologies to industry leaders including Medline, Baxter, Stryker, Biomet, Bard, Bristol-Myers-Squibb, and Smith & Nephew. Jack successfully prosecuted a patent infringement lawsuit to receive a $26M settlement and turned around and grew this early stage company, eventually selling the company to achieve a very positive exit for employees and investors. Prior to this, Jack spent 28 years with Corning and Kimberly Clark in management positions in marketing, sales, and R&D for medical products including diagnostics, capital equipment, and supplies. He headed up Kimberly Clark’s Business Development Group creating products and businesses and spinning them out.

Jack received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University and pursued graduate business studies at the University of Chicago and Boston College. He is now retired and spends his time enjoying being a pilot, volunteer, adventure traveler, and investor. He has been a member of ASAP for 4+ years and has participated as part of six due diligence teams. 


Bill Tausig, Director
Bill Tausig is the retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CareCore National LLC, a specialty healthcare benefits management company. Mr. Tausig was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CareCore National, LLC from 1999 until 2014, shortly after the Company was acquired by General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm. He was earlier Chief Financial Officer of two privately owned startup companies providing behavioral healthcare benefits management services. Prior to his private industry experience, Mr. Tausig served in the audit practice of Price Waterhouse, an international public accounting firm, and responsible for the audit of public and private companies and Merger and Acquisition engagements in various industries. 

Mr. Tausig passed the CPA examination in Virginia. My Tausig has been an Angel Investor since 2009 and served on the ASAM Board of Director from 2012 to 2015 including serving on the ASAM Executive and Investment Committees. In addition, Mr. Tausig served on the ASAP Medical Screening Committee. Mr. Tausig brings to the Board executive leadership experience including his serving as Chief Financial Officer of three startup companies, extensive healthcare industry experience and debt and equity financing experience.


Jerry Thimme, Director
Jerry spent 30 years in the institutional investment industry working for several firms, including Prudential Asset Management and Deutsche Bank. His major responsibilities included Strategic Planning, Global Marketing and running several businesses. Jerry’s most recent assignment was as the Head of the Institutional Group at Scudder, Stevens and Clark, reporting to the Chairman and Serving on the Board of Directors. Jerry served 5 years of active duty and 21 years in the Air National Guard, retiring as an Air Force Colonel. His most recent assignment was as Deputy Commander of Resources and Base Commander for a tactical fighter wing overseeing base facilities and resources.

Jerry has served on the Boards of several charitable organizations, including the Live Oak Public Library Foundation, The Mighty 8th Museum and the Landings Board of Directors. He has been an active ASAP investor since 2011 and has served on several committees. Jerry has a BS and BA from Bucknell University and an MBA in Finance from St. Mary’s University. He also pursued graduate business courses at Wharton and Northwestern.


Camille Pope, Administrative Manager and Treasurer
Camille Pope is a finance executive with eighteen years of experience in industry and consulting in firms ranging from self-employment to a major financial services institution. As the Principal of Chameleon Financial, LLC, Cam provides financial consulting services to real estate developers and business owners. She has depth and breadth of corporate finance experience with key skills including financial modeling, financial planning, analysis and reporting, strategic planning, real estate underwriting and project management. Prior to founding Chameleon Financial, Cam was the Finance Manager for Melaver, Inc., where she provided financial discipline to sustainable design practices and leveraged financial modeling expertise to provide insight into investment decisions. Before joining Melaver, Cam was a Vice President for LaSalle Bank Corporation, an international financial services institution. She spent seven years working in various finance and corporate development functions in Chicago and Amsterdam.

Cam received a Bachelor of Science from The University of Notre Dame in 1998. She earned her MBA, with distinction, from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 2004 with concentrations in Finance, Management and Strategy and Entrepreneurship.


Other Leadership Roles

Neil C. Herring, Due Diligence Manager - Life Sciences
Mr. Herring recently retired after 40 years working in life sciences, clinical services, research management and healthcare IT. His career includes work in accounting, finance, M&A, business development, sales and operations, as well as project management. He has held senior leadership positions in several small companies, a private equity funded start-up and a publicly held company. Most recently he has provided strategy and IT management consulting services to a number of healthcare enterprises and not for profit institutions. He retired as a Corporate Manager for several large research infrastructure projects at an academic medical center in Boston.

Mr. Herring has been an active investor with ASAP for 6 years and has participated in due diligence reviews for 5 portfolio companies, among others. He acts as ASAP’s board observer for two portfolio companies.