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Mr. Lewis is a seasoned leader with over twenty years of experience within private and non-profit start-up, small, and medium-sized organizations. Through hands-on experience in starting, growing, and turning-around these organizations, has gained extensive hard and soft skills in organizational and corporate development, as well as executive management and leadership. Leveraging experience in marketing, technology, and corporate finance, is able to deliver an integrated approach to strategically innovate, communicate and coordinate efforts across multiple teams and projects.
Robyn Siers has over twenty years of legal, marketing and business development experience with a proven track record in start-up law, high tech solution marketing and partnership development. She is currently an OF Counsel at Jones and Spross. Most recently, she was the founder and CEO of Shift52, LLC, and was previously an associate at Cooley LLP for the past 7 years. Prior to Cooley, she was the director of usability at Marsh & McLennan, and was the director of marketing at insuranceOrder.com before that. Robyn is a UC Berkeley graduate.
Saurabh has over 15 years of experience in the technology industry. Most recently he serves as Vice President for Emerging Solutions, Innovation and Investment at UST Global where he also conceived & led UST’s global tech investments fund and helped monetize the portfolio through UST’s large client base. Saurabh has significant experience in creating, growing and sustaining technology products and solutions in a global operations environments; having lived and worked in 4 continents. Prior to joining UST, he worked in the UK with various IT and Financial institutions and also ran a consultancy start up.
Saurabh has a degree in Neuro-computation and a research background in High Performance Computing from the UK. Saurabh has help mentor & grow several successful tech startups & currently serves as an advisor, observer or board member of several high growth technology companies such as Abzooba, Third Eye, 1-Page etc. He is also on the advisory board of a few early stage VCs.
Albert Franco is a Business and Financial Executive with over 20 years with broad experience in all aspects of accounting, business banking, loan origination, commercial real estate lending, C&I, SBA lending, asset based lending, investment lending, credit underwriting, business development, portfolio management, cash management, risk management, Sales and Marketing Management.
Direct experience with business development, loan origination, underwriting, and closing commercial real estate, C&I, SBA and private equity funding as well as Asset Based Lending.
Loan Size: $500k - $25 Million - Owner-occupied and Investor.
Property Types: Multifamily, CRE, Light Industrial, Mixed-Use, Office, Retail, Warehouse, Hospitality.
Performs business management and advisory services to small to mid-sized companies. Is the trusted advisor to CEOs and CFOs as a result of providing creative financial solutions and superior execution.
Engages in the analysis of financial, operational, and sales functions of businesses, identifying strengths and deficiencies. Performs comprehensive reviews on all areas of the business, which have a direct influence on profit-cost controls, management, operations and finance.
Makes recommendations to improve and streamline business cash flow.
Specialties: Holds and MBA with a concentration in Finance and Marketing.
Experienced professional that knows what it takes for a business to succeed and find new ways to streamline operations and maximize their profitability.