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william amelio


William J. Amelio

William J. Amelio is the former President and CEO of Lenovo Group Limited.  Mr. Amelio joined Lenovo in 2005.  During Mr Amelio’s tenure he managed the integration of China’s first successful acquisition of a foreign company.  Lenovo was transformed from a $2.9B China local competitor to a $16B Global PC powerhouse with addition of the IBM PC company.  He currently is in an advisory role to the company.

Prior to joining Lenovo, Mr. Amelio served as senior vice president, Asia-Pacific and Japan, for Dell Inc.  From 2000 until 2001, Mr. Amelio was executive vice president and COO of NCR Corp.'s retail and financial group.  From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Amelio was with Honeywell International Inc. and its predecessor, AlliedSignal Inc., where he was president and CEO of Honeywell's transportation and power-systems divisions.  From 1979 to 1997, Mr. Amelio was with IBM, where he held a wide range of senior management positions, including general manager of operations for IBM's personal computing division.

Bill, Jamie, and their six children live in Singapore and have been in Asia for over eight years. They founded a charity in Cambodia, Caring for Cambodia (www.caringforcambodia.org), that supports over 5000 children in grades K through 12.

Mr. Amelio has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Honorary Doctorate degree in engineering from Lehigh University.  He also has an MS in Management and is a Sloan Fellow from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

 


GillBurciaga


Gil Burciaga

Mr. Burciaga serves as a representative of the board and is responsible for the senior management and oversight of US Infrastructure, LP with more than 30 years experience in the energy business. 

Mr. Burciaga was a founding member of DYNEGY, Inc. (formerly Natural Gas Clearinghouse). 

Mr. Burciaga served as one of six Senior Vice-Presidents involved in the startup (1984) and growth of this Fortune 500 trading company.

Mr. Burciaga was part of a four man executive group that took the company public. During the years 1986–1991, DYNEGY, Inc. was one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. 

From 1992–1997, Mr. Burciaga was President of NGC Energy Resources.  This start-up division focused on the acquisition and operation of downstream natural gas assets which included gathering systems, processing plants and natural gas liquids fractionation plants with total investment exceeding $900 million. 

From 1985–1992, Mr. Burciaga was Senior Vice-President of Natural Gas Supply/Trading. Since 1997, Mr. Burciaga has participated in the startup of two venture capital LPs, an oil & gas risk management company and an energy investment partnership.

Mr. Burciaga is a co-founder of Asset Risk Management, a commodity advisory firm that provides exploration and production companies with innovative solutions to reduce their exposure to energy market risk, manage and optimize their physical assets and financial management of derivative hedge portfolios.

Mr. Burciaga also was a seed investor in Zavanna, LLC, a petroleum exploration company founded in 1994, which uses a proprietary computer-based technology for oil and gas exploration.

Mr. Burciaga holds a BS degree in Engineering from Texas A&M University.

   

ScottHelbing

Scott C. Helbing

Scott is President of Scott Helbing, Inc., an Entertainment and Marketing Consulting firm in Dallas, TX that he started in 2008.  Prior to his current business, Helbing spent 5 years at AT&T where he was a Senior Officer and Executive Vice President of the company.  From 2006 until 2008 he launched the Entertainment division at AT&T and was responsible for acquiring and monetizing all content across the television, Internet and wireless devices.  From 2003-2006 he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the AT&T Consumer Business, a $40 Billion business. He was responsible for all strategies, products, product pricing, marketing, all sales channels, including the Internet, which generated over $6 Billion in annual revenue.

Prior to joining AT&T, Helbing worked at Dell for over 5 years where he was the officer responsible for the Dell brand.  In that role, he had strategic oversight for the brand as well as brand oversight for all media channels, including the web, where Dell generated significant consumer and business division sales. A major accomplishment under his watch was a complete re-design of the Dell website.

Helbing has held officer level positions for other global businesses; 3 years at YUM restaurants, 2.5 years at Reebok, 9 years in publishing at Whittle Communications and 9 years with national advertising agencies in Chicago and Dallas.

Helbing has served on numerous boards during his professional career. Those include; Media Rights Capital, a leading media/ entertainment company headquartered in Los Angeles; Radar, a magazine/internet media company in Chicago; The Alamo Bowl, IOCOM, a software development company in Chicago, The Dallas International Film Festival, the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami and the Marketing Board of the McCombs Business School at the University of Texas.

   

DickHunter

Dick Hunter

Dick Hunter spent 10 years at Dell where he served as Vice President of Dell Americas Operations.  In that role, he managed the day-to-day operations of Dell’s manufacturing facilities in Austin, Texas, Nashville, Tennessee, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Eldorado de Sul, Brazil.  In his most recent role at Dell, Dick was responsible for all of the customer contact centers, world-wide, for Dell’s consumer business.

Prior to joining Dell, Dick Hunter worked for General Electric, Texas Instruments and Ericcson.  He has more than 32 years of experience in high tech, manufacturing operations and supply chain management.  Dick graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, serves on the Georgia Tech College of Computing Advisory Board and on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology China Leaders for Manufacturing Governing Board.

   

Terry Klein

Terry Klein spent 13 years at Dell as the Vice President of the Advanced Systems Group, the technical sales organization responsible for the company’s server and storage product lines. The Advanced Systems Group launched the PowerEdge Server products in August 1996, and by 2002 Dell became the marketshare leader for x86 Servers in the Americas, a position that it continues to hold. The ASG team was responsible for the midrange storage partnership with EMC formed in 2001, and two companies became the largest provider of midrange storage in the industry. The ASG team was also responsible for the integration of the technical sales resources of EqualLogic, the leading iSCSI storage provider, which Dell acquired in 2008.

   

RodMacDonald

Rod MacDonald

Rod MacDonald worked as a Vice President of Finance at Dell, Inc. for almost 10 years in a variety of business areas, including serving as Controller of Dell’s Public  Business Segment which delivered in excess of 20% of the company’s operating income.  Rod also served as the key finance executive for Dell’s Canadian and Latin American operations.

Prior to his work with Dell, Rod was involved in a series of start-up companies, holding CFO positions at ichat/Acuity, the industry’s earliest commercial chat and instant messenger software, GaSonics, a developer of semiconductor process equipment and GRiD, a producer of ruggedized notebooks and pen-based computers.   Rod also spent 8 years at Emerson Electric and 13 years with Monsanto in St. Louis, Missouri in a variety of controllership management positions.  Rod received his BA from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

   

RockyMountain

Rocky Mountain

Rocky Mountain worked at Dell for 14 years in a variety of executive roles, focused on sales, marketing and general management.  His last role at the company was Vice President and General Manager of Dell’s US Consumer Business, where he had P&L responsibility for the $10 billion business unit.  Prior to that, Rocky was Vice President and General Manager of Dell’s Americas Transactional Group, a combination of diverse businesses which included the Ink and Toner Division, Extended Warranty Group, the Spare Parts Business and Dell’s Employee Purchase Program.  Rocky also held executive positions with Dell’s Online group and Federal Business Unit.

Prior to coming to Dell, Rocky worked in several start ups and was a Principle in The Galt Group, a marketing and advertising firm specializing in work with medium size entities and small homebuilders.  Rocky also had a prior career in the political arena working in both the State Legislature as well as the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rocky attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York, Albany. He serves on the Board of Directors for FGA Media, Inc., one of Daylight’s portfolio companies and also sits on the Board of Frontier Renewal, LLC.

   

ScottOhare

Scott O'Hare

Scott O'Hare recently retired from Dell after 14 years of service.  In his most recent role, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Dell’s Software and Peripheral Group, a business unit he grew from $3 billion to $10 billion in annual revenues.  Scott held a number of other segment leadership positions within the company, including GM responsibilities for the Small and Medium Business Group, the Preferred Accounts Division, the Higher Education Division and Dell Canada.  Scott started at Dell in 1994, as Vice President and Assistant to Michael Dell, where he worked on corporate strategy.

Prior to Dell, Scott spent seven years as a management consultant and McKinsey and Company and five years as an exploration geophysicist with Chevron.

Scott earned a master’s of business administration from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, as well as a bachelor of arts in political science and a master of science in geophysics from Stanford University.  He currently serves on the board of trustees of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, and the MBA advisory board of the Tuck School at Dartmouth.

   

RoParra

Ro Parra

Ro Parra founded Daylight Partners after he retired from a 14 year career at Dell, Inc.  For the majority of his last 7 years at Dell, he was SVP and General Manager of Dell Americas.  As the GM of Dell Americas, Ro was responsible for all of Dell’s operations in The Americas region including Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, and Services.  Prior to his promotion to Dell’s Executive Committee in the year 2000, Ro had several General management roles including Dell Home and Small Business, Dell Public Sector and Dell Corporate Sales.

Ro came to Dell after after spending four years with GRiD Systems Corporation, a producer of ruggedized and pen-based computers.  At GRiD, Ro was the Vice president and General Manager of the Federal Division based in Washington DC and later of the PC Strategic Business unit based in Fort Worth, Texas.  Prior to GRiD, Ro spent 12 years with Radio Shack where he served in a number of retail operating roles including store manager, district manager and regional Director.  In his last role at Radio Shack, he oversaw all retail operations for Radio Shack Computer Centers in the North Central Region.

Ro currently serves on the Board of Directors for Brinker International (NYSE:EAT), NII Holdings, Inc. (NasdaqGS: NIHD), and Pacific Gas and Electric (NYSE: PCG).

   

Susan Sheskey

Susan Sheskey

Susan Sheskey retired from Dell in 2007 after serving 14 years at the company, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Susan joined Dell in 1993 and is a noted authority on eCommerce and supply chain technologies, as well as in the use of standards and innovative solutions to transform businesses while driving down costs. During her tenure, Dell's Information Technology Organization was recognized by CIO Magazine as a CIO 100 Innovation Award winner nine of the last thirteen years.

Susan serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of StoredIQ, delivering enterprise solutions enabling management of compliance information. And, she is a Member of the Board of Directors of Digby, delivering mobile eCommerce capabilities. She also serves (or has served) on business or technology advisory boards at University of Texas; Texas A&M University; Miami University; Northwestern University; St. Edwards University; and, on the Strategic Technology Advisory Board to the Malaysian Government.

Susan was recognized by eWeek in 2007 as among the Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Technology, and by Diversity Journal as among the Women Worth Watching-2006. She was also a spokesperson at the 2006 World Congress on Information Technology.

Before joining Dell, Susan held key executive roles at Ameritech Corporate, Ameritech Service as well as at Ohio Bell. She is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

   

LeeUrbina

Elias "Lee" Urbina

Mr. Urbina is co-founder and CFO of US Infrastructure an acquisition and development company of natural gas pipelines gathering and processing systems.

Mr. Urbina is responsible for, and is well versed in, business and investment strategy, including legal formation, securities, employment and tax law compliance (federal and state), capital structure, negotiation of business terms to final legal documents and the risk mitigation required for start-up businesses.  He also is well versed in investor and management financial reporting.

Mr. Urbina also possesses extensive expertise in energy, venture capital, real estate and consulting and holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.