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Bruce L. Crockett

Bruce L. Crockett
Crockett Technology Associates


Bruce L. Crockett served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of COMSAT Corporation, the U.S. signatory to INTELSAT and the company that pioneered international satellite telecommunications. During his tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of COMSAT, the company's revenues grew from $560 million to almost $1 billion and the share price of the stock more than doubled.

Mr. Crockett currently serves on the following Boards of Directors:
  • ACE Limited, a $30 billion multi-line insurance company. (Hamilton, Bermuda)
  • AIM Management Group, Inc., a $200+ billion mutual fund company. (Houston, TX)
  • Captaris, Inc.: Communications software and services; unified messaging. (Kirkland, WA)
  • web based virtual sales and marketing channel for telecommunications carriers. (McLean, VA)
  • Multi-Cast Technologies: Cost-effective and efficient video streaming over the Internet. (Fairfax, VA)
  • Para Protect Services Inc.: Information systems security and consulting services. (Alexandria, VA)
  • Teletronics: Supplier of low cost wireless broadband Internet hardware. (Rockville, MD)
  • University of Rochester Board of Trustees. (Rochester, NY)

In addition to COMSAT, Mr. Crockett's previous Board memberships have included:

  • Ascent Entertainment Group, an integrated entertainment company.
  • AUGAT, Inc., a communications, automotive, and interconnection products company.
  • CIGNAL Global Communications, a provider of secure, reliable, and low cost international business telecommunications services using data protocols.
  • Web based, virtual sales and marketing channel for telecommunications carriers.
  • Eagle Eye Technologies, Inc., a satellite based, two way communications, and position location services company.
  • ENSR Corporation, an environmental consulting and engineering company.
  • IBNET Internet-based business-to-business network linking chambers of commerce globally
  • Intercomsa S.A., a Panamanian international communications company.
  • NetSat 28, ka band satellite licensee and communications company.
  • NICATELSAT, a Nicaraguan international communications company.
  • Pangea Ltd., fiber optic cable serving the Baltic Sea region.
  • SATEL, Inc. Chilean international communications company.
  • SATELITAL, Inc., an Argentinean international communications company.
  • Boy Scouts of America, National Capital Area Council.
  • Economic Policy Committee, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
  • Finance Advisory Board, Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
  • INROADS, Inc., placing talented minority youths into business and industry.
  • Society of Satellite Professionals
  • National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).
  • United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI)
  • NASA Communications Program Advisory Committee (CPAC).
  • U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee for Bureau of International Communication and Information Policy.

Mr. Crockett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Economics from the University of Rochester, a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, and an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Maryland.


Raul J. Fernandez

Raul J. Fernandez
Chief Executive Officer,
Dimension Data North America


Raul J. Fernandez is chief executive officer of Dimension Data North America, a member of Dimension Data Holdings, plc, a leading technology company representing a new category of systems integrator. The $2.4 billion company provides networking and multi-channel e-business solutions to global corporations.  Mr. Fernandez is responsible for companyís operations and growth strategy in North America and oversees the more than 1,000 employees in the region. In June 2001, Dimension Data acquired Proxicom in a deal worth nearly $450 million. 

Mr. Fernandez founded Proxicom in 1991 with $40,000 of his personal savings. Under his leadership the publicly traded company evolved into a leading global provider of sophisticated e-business solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Today, Dimension Data/Proxicom utilizes its expertise in e-business consulting and development along with the newly integrated skills of networking services and managed services to provide integrated solutions to a blue-chip client base, which includes AOL Time Warner, Marriott International, General Electric, General Motors, Merrill Lynch and Renault, among many others. 

In January 2000, Mr. Fernandez became one of the owners of the NHLís Washington Capitals, the NBAís Washington Wizards and the WNBAís Washington Mystics.  Mr. Fernandez, a native Washingtonian, has been profiled in many international and national media venues, including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, CNBC, The Industry Standard, The Washington Post, and CNNfn. He gave a nationally televised prime-time address at the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. In December 2001, Mr. Fernandez was named to the Presidentís Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Prior to founding Proxicom, Mr. Fernandez was director of Emerging Technologies for a Washington, D.C., technology firm.  From 1984 to 1988, he also served as a legislative assistant to former Rep. Jack Kemp, R-N.Y.  Mr. Fernandez holds a bachelorís degree in economics from the University of Maryland.  He serves on the Boards of Directors of Liz Claiborne (NYSE:LIZ) and Critical Path (Nasdaq:CPTH), St. Johnís College High School, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Northern Virginia Technology Council.  Mr. Fernandez is a founding member of Venture Philanthropy Partners, an organization committed to helping develop and define the process of venture philanthropy to increase the level and effectiveness of giving in the National Capital region.

He resides in Potomac, Md., with his wife Jean Marie.


Arthur J. Marks

Arthur J. Marks
Mid-Atlantic Venture Association

Arthur J. Marks is Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association.  He is an experienced venture capitalist and an experienced operating executive, as well as an active investor in the Mid-Atlantic region. 

Art is currently a General Partner of Valhalla Partners, a private equity firm that aims to assist and invest in world class entrepreneurial companies.

Art was a General Partner with New Enterprise Associates from 1984 until 2001.  As of June 2001, more than 140 of NEAís companies have had initial public offerings.  Some examples of companies funded by NEA include, Amisys (HBOC), Ascend Communications (Lucent), Corvis, Cyras Systems (CIENA), Cirrus Logic, Clarify (Nortel), Dallas Semiconductor, HEALTHSOUTH, Immunex, INTERSOLV (MERANT), Juniper Networks, Progress Software, UUNet (WorldCom), Bay Networks (Nortel), Xros (Nortel), Vitesse Semiconductor, and 3Com. 

From 1975 until 1984, Art was with General Electric where he served as President of the Software Products Operation at GE Information Services and previously as General Manager of the X-Ray Products Department of GE Medical Systems.  From 1971 to 1975, he held various marketing, sales and finance positions at Baxter-Travenol Laboratories.  He received a Masterís in Business Administration with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan.



Mario Morino

Mario Morino
Morino Institute

Mario Morino, a former software entrepreneur, is chairman of the Morino Institute, chairman of Venture Philanthropy Partners, and a special partner at the private equity investment firm General Atlantic Partners. 

Under Marioís leadership, the Morino Institute works to enhance the lives of children of low-income families by helping to foster innovation in the nonprofit and philanthropic organizations that serve their needs. Founded in 1994, the Morino Institute operates as a catalyst organization, launching entrepreneurial nonprofit organizations to put ideas into action. 

Entrepreneurial organizations created and incubated by the Morino Institute include:

Venture Philanthropy Partners, which provides sustained financial and management assistance to boost the strength and impact of youth-focused organizations; the Netpreneur program, a learning community dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship in the National Capital region; the YouthLearn Initiative, which provides tools and resources to strengthen technology-enriched learning programs and is now run by the Massachusetts-based Education Development Center, Inc.; the Youth Development Collaborative Pilot, which helped create networked learning centers in low-income neighborhoods of the District of Columbia; and the Potomac KnowledgeWay, an organization that worked in the mid-1990ís to build the National Capital regionís potential as a technology power in the global economy. 

Prior to establishing the Morino Institute, Mario enjoyed a 30-year career in the information technology industry during its developing years. In 1973, he co-founded Morino Associates, a software firm that merged with another firm in 1989 to become LEGENT Corporation.  LEGENT was acquired in 1995 in what was then the largest transaction in the computer software and services industry. 

Mario serves as a trustee of Case Western Reserve University, The Brookings Institution, and The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region; and as a commissioner of the National Commission on Entrepreneurship.

Marioís honors and awards include: induction into the Washington Business Hall of Fame (2001), National Ernst and Young Supporter of Entrepreneurship (2000), Washingtonian magazineís Washingtonian of the Year (1999), American Academy of Achievementís Golden Plate Award (1999), Greater Washington Area Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (1998), and KPMG High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year (1993).

Mario is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, a native of Cleveland, OH, and is married with three children.


Jonathan P. Shames

Jonathan P. Shames Partner,
Ernst & Young

Jonathan P. Shames is a partner in the McLean, Virginia office of Ernst & Young, where he leads the firm's Mid-Atlantic area Technology, Communications and Entertainment and Emerging Growth Markets practices. He has extensive experience serving technology companies that have ranged from startups to AOL, and also works closely with a number of  local venture capital firms.

Jon serves on the board of directors/steering committee of the following organizations: Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, Northern Virginia Technology Council, Mindshare, Mason Enterprise Center, TechVenture Partnership, CEO Team Solutions and Mid-Atlantic Venture Fair/Capital Connection 2001.  He is also chairperson of the Capital Formation Committee of NVTC. Jon has a BA in Economics from Colgate University and an MBA in Finance from New York University.


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