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VentureCapital.Org is owned and operated by the Wayne Brown Institute (WBI) 501 (c)(3) non-profit, the premier venture capital accelerator in the US.

For close to three decades, the Wayne Brown Institute (WBI), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, has been a premier resource for both entrepreneurs seeking funding and for investors who want to help promising young companies achieve their potential. WBI has become the most efficient, cost effective, economic development organization in the country.

The Wayne Brown Institute’s mission is to improve the human condition through entrepreneurship for the purpose of creating new wealth, jobs, and tax base. WBI was the first organization of its kind to accomplish this by transferring knowledge, experience, contacts and capital from the world’s leading business and financial organizations to promising companies, the essence of commercialization.


Leadership Teams

Board of Trustees

Debra Guerin Beresini*Debra Guerin Beresini is an experienced manager, investor and entrepreneur. In 1997, she co-founded invencor, inc., based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has since served as its CEO. invencor manages debt and equity funds, provides mentoring/educational programs for entrepreneurs, venture and private equity investors, consults with entrepreneurial management teams and works with lending institutions that focus on emerging growth companies.

Previously, she held senior positions at organizations focused on the investment, growth and financing of startup companies including AR&D Corp (technology transfer), US Portfolio Leasing (venture leasing), Technology Funding, Inc. (debt and equity financing) and as senior vice president and manager of the National Division at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). In 2000, Beresini co-founded and became managing director of International Venture Fund LP based in Silicon Valley. Her specialty is in the healthcare sector.

In 2013, she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. She presents internationally at conferences, universities and government organizations speaking on healthcare, transitioning technology to the market and how women can create rewarding careers.


Brad Bertoch*Bradley B. Bertoch, Bradley B. Bertoch for the last 30 years has served as President of the Wayne Brown Institute—a nonprofit, nationally recognized, entrepreneurship organization. He is a leader in equity backed business development, capital formation, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. Under his direction, Utah companies participating in an Institute venture program have been generated over $7.5 billion in financial transactions. In 2008 WBI Alumni companies produced $1.3 billion in revenue, created over 15,000 jobs in Utah, and paid over $49 million in State taxes. Brad is a member of Salt Lake City and Park City Angel groups and founder of WBI Angels, and was a venture partner with Hamilton Bio-Ventures Fund II. He is currently a fellow of the Foundation for Enterprise Development, co-founder and current board member of the MountainWest Capital Network, and serves on the Boards of the Utah’s Business Resource Centers, the Mountainlands Revolving Loan Fund and USTAR’s SBIR Advisory Board, and served on the Utah Legislature’s Optimization Commission. He is an Honors graduate of the University of Utah, and holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Bob Gottdener*Bob Gottdener, Senior Vice President, Merrill Lynch. Gottdener has over 40 years of investment experience. He graduated from the University of Illinois, and earned a certificate from the Securities Industry Association at the Wharton Business School. Gottdener specializes in working with high growth companies that have high potential to go public. While at Alex Brown he brought to fruition 16 IPO's. He is a member of Wayne Brown Institute's Cooperative Venturing Network and acts as a mentor for early stage companies.
David Rudd*David Rudd, is a partner in the Business and Finance Department at Ballard Spahr LLP, partner-in-charge of the International Group, and a member of the Life Sciences/Technology, Energy and Project Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity, P3/Infrastructure, and Securities Groups. Mr. Rudd practices exclusively in the area of complex domestic and international business transactions in a wide variety of legal fields and industrial sectors.
Ted StanleyTed Stanley, Dr. Stanley has been a Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah for the past 30 years. He graduated from Columbia College and then Columbia University Medical School. In 1985, he co-founded Anesta, a drug delivery company with two FDA-approved products: fentanyl Oralet and Actiq.


Ron BellRon Bell, Vice President, Communications Products, Micro Linear. Bell spent 25 years at Unysis and was its chief technology officer and a Unysis Fellow. From there, he joined LSI Logic as its vice president of Advanced Architecture. Most recently, he was CEO of Equator Technologies. Bell was instrumental in the commercialization of the microprocessor.


Elliot ParksElliot Parks is managing director of Hamilton BioVentures, a life science venture firm in San Diego. He is widely known in the Biotechnology industry and brings his broad experiences as a life science investor, an entrepreneur, a pharmaceutical executive, and a distinguished researcher. He has overseen the development of several biomedical products from inception through development and clinical trials to approval and market entry. Prior to joining Hamilton, Dr. Parks was responsible for life science investments at Ventana Capital Management for five years. Before entering institutional venture capital, he was President and CEO of Myelos Neurosciences and Director of the Johnson & Johnson Biotechnology Center, both in San Diego. Dr. Parks was also a member of the Scripps Research Institute, in La Jolla, for over a decade and the Director of Operations there before joining J&J.
Lynn ButterfieldLynn Butterfield represents Coldwell Banker with the Economic Development Corporation of Utah & MountainWest Capital Network, he mentors early stage companies with other professionals at the Wayne Brown Institute and is a member of the Utah Association of Realtors Legislative Committee. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Utah.

John BennionJohn Bennion, Prior to joining Sorenson Capital's Performance Group, Mr. Bennion served as President and CEO of the Utah Athletic Foundation, the legacy organization of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. He previously served as Managing Director of Games Services, responsible for ticketing, accommodations, food & beverage, press operations, broadcast administration, retail operations, and visitor information services. Prior to the 2002 Olympics, he co-founded and led two successful technology start-up companies in Utah. He previously worked at Bain & Company in Boston and Menlo Park as a consultant and manager. He also served two years in the U.S Army as a 2LT in the Chemical Corps and as a member of the All-Army and All-Armed Forces basketball teams. Mr. Bennion graduated with distinction with an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in mathematics from Brigham Young University.

Phillip GrimmPhillip Grimm

*Member of the Executive Committee

Our CFO

Jerry VanceJerry Vance is a managing member of Preferred CFO Solutions, a full service consulting firm that provides its clients with outsourced finance and accounting solutions. From high-level CFO consulting to controller and basic accounting functions, Preferred CFO's timely results give management teams of all sized companies the information and support that they need to make critical decisions.

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