Entrepreneurs & Angels in Residence
Ed Barrientos, Entrepreneur in Residence
Barrientos is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Brazen Careerist, a career focused
social networking site targeting Gen Y. He is also Managing Partner of Zeitgeist
Holdings, L.L.C., an angel investment firm focused on investing in early stage
technology companies. From 1996 to 2005, he was President and CEO of Arc Second
Inc., a high growth market leader in the field of laser based, high-precision
GPS. Barrientos led Arc Second to a successful exit (acquired by Metris NV of Belgium)
at the end of 2005. He sat on the Board of Directors of Metris NV, and worked as
an active Board member through the Company’s IPO (2006) and its acquisition by
Nikon (Japan) in 2009. [ read more ]
From 1993 to 1996, Barrientos served as Managing Director of Max Schlatterer GmbH &
Co KG, a leading German manufacturer of products for the food, drug and machine
tool industry with headquarters outside of Munich, Germany. From 1991 to 1993,
he was an international marketing consultant for Management Partner GmbH, a
boutique management consulting firm based in Stuttgart, Germany. He started his
professional career with IBM in 1986, serving in a number of technical and
marketing related positions. Barrientos holds a B.S. in Management from Virginia
Commonwealth University and an MBA from the George Washington University.
Harry Geller, Entrepreneur in Residence
Harry Geller is an entrepreneur whose career has spanned a broad range of
successful startup companies. Geller has started, owned and managed fourteen
multi-million dollar businesses, primarily focused in the logistics, food
services and real estate fields. Four of his companies have been named to the
INC. 500 list of fastest growing companies, the most recent one in 2009. He was
named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992. [ read more ]
Mr. Geller’s earliest venture, Global Mail, LTD, founded in 1987, was twice
named to INC. 500 list of fastest growing companies. Global Mail was acquired in
1999 by the Deutsche Post and Geller was appointed CEO of the America’s from
1999 - 2004. The company continues to thrive operating under the DHL/Global Mail
brand. Mr. Geller was also the founder and owner of SoDel Concepts, a successful
restaurant development company focusing on upscale, relaxed resort dining. SoDel
Concepts has opened and operates five fine and casual dining seafood
restaurants, all located at the Delaware Seashore. They were named to INC. 500
list as the nations fastest growing restaurant company in 2009.
For the past few years Mr. Geller has focused his love of entrepreneurship
towards mentoring and educating others and serves as an Entrepreneur in
Residence and member of the Board of Advisors at the University of Maryland’s
Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.
Geller grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from the University of
Maryland, College Park in 1981 with BS in Business. He serves on advisory boards
of various businesses in the Washington, DC area. He has held various volunteer
positions including Chairman of his Logistics Trade Association and Treasurer of
Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Geller is married to a successful
entrepreneur Nicole, and they have two children, residing in McLean, Virginia.
Humphrey, Entrepreneur in Residence
Doug Humphrey is a serial entrepreneur who has started many internet,
communications and other technology-based companies. His background includes
internet, satellite, cryptographic, data security and physics, but he also
stresses the "human" factors in starting, funding and surviving the startup
stage of a company. Currently he is advising companies of all sizes, from one
person with an idea, to multi-nationals. [ read more ]
Doug started his first company in the 9th grade, building model rocket
tracking transmitters, and it can be said that it was a profitable operation.
Since then he has started nearly ten companies, resulting in spectacular success
like Digex (IPO in 1997 (nasdaq: DIGX)) and Core Location in 1999 (the largest
data center in the world—350 East Cermak Chicago).
Currently Doug is focused on advising and mentoring in the startup world, and
is active in a number of education initiatives looking to bring change to the
way that entrepreneurship is taught.
Doug grew up in the Laurel, Maryland area where he lives today with his two
kids, and his wife Lisa Losito, with whom he jointly operated the "Phase One"
technology incubator, one of the first to be opened in Maryland.
John LaPides, Entrepreneur in Residence
LaPides is the CEO and founder of Shadow Point Advisors, a Maryland-based
consulting and investment firm specializing in early stage to mid-size
companies. The firm provides advice to both privately held and publicly traded
companies in the areas of venture and public finance, logistics, manufacturing
and strategic planning. LaPides is currently the senior
entrepreneur-in-residence at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the
University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He also serves on
the center’s Board of Advisors and is an adjunct faculty member in the Smith
School's Department of Management and Organization. [ read more ]
Prior to founding Shadow Point, LaPides spent nearly 30 years as CEO of
Snow Valley, a leading regional bottled water company. He served for more than
20 years in the leadership of the International Bottled Water association and
was the founder and president of QBC, Inc., the largest bottled water purchasing
cooperative in the United States. He started, ran and sold several other
businesses during this time before helping to found InPhonic, Inc., which soared
to $450 million in sales and $1 billion in market value in less than five years.
He sits on several boards, both public and private.
He lives in his home town of Annapolis, Md., and is an avid boater, musician
and golfer and holds his private airplane pilots license.
Liz Sara, Entrepreneur in Residence
Liz Sara has 20 years of experience in the local high tech community as an
entrepreneur, business leader, angel investor and philanthropist. In 2001, she
founded Best Marketing, LLC to provide early stage software companies with
strategic marketing, PR and business development services. Her company offers
clients all the benefits of a full-scale, seasoned marketing department on a
‘virtual’ basis -- eliminating overhead and headcount associated with full-time
staff. [ read more ]
Previously, she played a principal role as co-founder of SpaceWorks, an
eCommerce software company, where she facilitated its startup and growth to
nearly $25 million in revenue; at America Online, where she designed the PR
program and investor road show for the IPO; at United Press International, where
she facilitated a turn-around strategy; and for LEXIS/NEXIS, where she was
instrumental in the creation and successful launch of a new division. Ms. Sara
holds an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland. She is a member of
the Business & Professional Women’s Committee of the Corcoran; the Women’s
Committee of National Museum of Women In the Arts; and the Board of the Capital
City Ball. In addition, Liz Sara is a Entrepreneur-in-Residence and member of
the Board of Advisors at the University of Maryland's Dingman Center for
Jason Shrensky, Entrepreneur in Residence
Jason Shrensky is a local entrepreneur and angel investor who joined the Dingman
Center team as an Angel in Residence in 2011. In addition to actively investing
in early-stage companies, he splits his time between two startups that he
recently co-founded: ÜberOffices and ComplexInterests. ÜberOffices provides
co-working office space in the DC Metro area predominantly for early-stage
technology and media companies. At ComplexInterests, Jason is working on
developing a unique enterprise software package targeted at accounting, law, and
financial services firms. [ read more ]
From 2000 to 2007, Shrensky was the founder and President of Reqwired,
Inc., the leading learning management system among top 250 law firms and
top 100 accounting firms. He sold the company in 2007 to Thomson Reuters
and remained a consultant with the company through 2009. Prior to
founding Reqwired, Shrensky was an intellectual property litigator in
the New York office of the law firm Paul Hastings LLP. Shrensky holds a
B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D.
from Cornell Law School.
Shrensky lives in Rockville, MD with his wife and two children. He
loves ice hockey, and while ideologically a vegan, he is probably more
correctly labeled a vegetarian.