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Join us for a highly educational and inspirational fireside chat with Rick Kohr, CEO of Evergreen Advisors. Rick will share his experiences, successes, failures, and lessons learned as a founder, CEO and Board Advisor for dozens of early stage growth and middle market companies. We're going to focus on the problems, opportunities, and mistakes he sees startups make today and his recommendations for how to avoid them.
We'll also feature a local, homegrown Startup in our Problem Solving Forum. The startup will do a brief demo of their product or service and share where they are in their startup journey. They will then describe a problem they're experiencing and seek community input, suggestions, and ideas that may help them solve the problem. Our goal is that the startup receives valuable feedback and resources while the community gets an opportunity to learn, help solve a real business problem, and help a local startup grow.
If you know of a local (Columbia, Howard County, or mid-Maryland) startup who may benefit from participating in our Forum, please let us know. We'd love to have them.
Rick is a founder and CEO of Evergreen Advisors. He has over 30 years of experience in advising early stage growth and middle-market companies on finance, recapitalization and exit strategies including capital raises, recapitalizations, mergers, sales and ESOPs. Rick is also a co-founder and managing member of the Chesapeake Emerging Opportunities Club, an early stage venture capital fund.Read More
Rick is a founding member and Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen Advisors LLC. He has over 30 years of experience in advising early stage growth and middle-market companies on finance, recapitalization and exit strategies. These financing alternatives and exit strategies include capital raises, recapitalizations, mergers, sales and ESOPs. Rick was also a co-founder and managing member of the Chesapeake Emerging Opportunities Club, an early stage venture capital fund.
He serves on the Board of Directors for: LifeJourney, Inc., Pathsensors, Inc., Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Howard County Economic Development Authority, and on the Advisory Board for Healthcare Interactive and Chesapeake Systems, the Cyber Advisory Board for BWTech and the External Advisory Board for the University of Maryland Early Stage Investment Fund. He held past Board of Directors positions with various entities including: Acuity Mobile, Inc. Butler Capital, Inc. e.magination network LLC, Platform Logic Inc., Emerging Technology Council, Metasource, Hi-Tech Fasteners Inc., and Maryland Development Technology Center (MDTC). Rick also served on the Howard County Cyber Security Commission. He is actively involved with area incubators and other business development initiatives.
Rick is a graduate of Loyola University in Maryland with an MBA from the Sellinger School of Business with a concentration in Finance & Marketing and a BA in Accounting. He holds the Series 7 and 79 General Securities Representative Licenses, Series 24 General Securities Principal License, and the 63 Uniform Securities Agent License. He also has passed the Series 65 License Exam.