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Dingman Center Expands Board of Advisors

Oct 09, 2017


The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland has expanded its Board of Advisors from 15 to 21 members. The additions are part of an effort to engage more successful founders, investors and business leaders in the activities of the Center and expand its footprint in the region and nationwide. This esteemed group advises the Center’s executive director on strategic initiatives, development and growth opportunities and provides mentorship and connections to student and alumni entrepreneurs.

The new appointees include:

PV Boccasam, NovakBiddle Venture Partners

Boccasam is a battle-hardened and active investor-operator-and-entrepreneur in enterprise (B2B and B2BC) software companies. He has over 25 years of executive management experience that have been focused on nurturing and retaining great talent, and creating a results-oriented culture that helps transform ideas into thriving, industry-defining eco-systems.

Maurice Boissiere '89, Intuitive Analytics, Adjunct Professor and Startup Coach

Boissiere is a research and startup executive with 20 years of experience at venture-backed companies. He's managing director of Intuitive Analytics which focuses on transforming data into understanding to improve customer acquisition and retention. He is also an adjunct professor teaching Writing for Social Entrepreneurship and he coaches early stage entrepreneurs to launch and find product market fit.

Paul Capriolo `06, Founder, Social Growth Technologies

Capriolo founded Social Growth Technologies, which created Social Ingot, a low level virtual goods monetization platform focusing on deeper integration, greater flexibility, and increased revenue. While growing the startup, Capriolo was named E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Dingman Center Alumnus of the Year and was inducted in the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences Hall of Fame. He now spends time mentoring students on how to grow their businesses.

Stephen Ferber `90, Golden Gate BPO Solutions, LLC

Ferber is founder and CEO of Golden Gate BPO Solutions, an innovative provider of global multichannel customer service solutions. He also remains active representing clients as a business attorney and buy or sell-side advisor. He played an integral leadership and management role as General Counsel for a fast-growth outsourcing company from its initial public offering on the NASDAQ National Market, sale to IAC/InterActiveCorp and then as EVP of M&A and strategic planning. Ferber started his career as a consultant with PwC, specializing in bankruptcy and reorganization, capital sourcing and M&A advisory.

Gloria Jacobovitz, PhD, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Jacobovitz is an entrepreneur, angel investor and technology manager. She has over 20 years of experience in research, technology based startups and entrepreneurship, as well as Fortune 500 companies worldwide.

Pam Rothenberg, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

At Womble Carlyle, Rothenberg founded and leads the firm’s Impact Economy team. Providing both cutting edge strategic consulting and a full-breadth of legal services, Rothenberg’s team helps companies and entrepreneurs “grow their competitive advantage, with Impact.” The Impact Team’s innovative approach, led by Rothenberg, brings team members together to devise business strategies, develop measurement frameworks, and draft creative legal structures that serve the individual needs of clients across the Spectrum of Impact.

“Our board members serve as ambassadors for our Center and connectors for our entrepreneurs. Given their collective experience and networks, this impressive group of serial entrepreneurs and business leaders will amplify the impact and visibility of Dingman Center programs and ventures. I look forward to working with this prestigious group over the upcoming academic year,” said Elana Fine, executive  director of the Dingman Center.

Continuing their service on the Dingman Center Board of Advisors are the following:

G. "Anand" Anandalingam, University of Maryland

Bill Boyle '81, FiberGate, Inc.

Charles G. Car, '85, RSM

Jason Cohen '96, Halen Brands

Matthew Fishlinger '07, Gramercy Risk Holdings, LLC

Jon Forster '86, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Harry Geller '81, Serial Entrepreneur

Jeffrey S. Grinspoon '90, MBA '95, VWG Wealth Management - Hightower Advisors

Mark Levine, Core Capital Partners

Ted Rose '89, MBA '93 Rose Financial Services

Michael Schwab, D&H Distributing Company

Kathryn Stewart, Cranbrook Capital

Brian S. Taff, '89, Streetsense

David Quattrone MBA '05, Cvent

Ex-Officio Members

Elana Fine '97, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship

Rudolph P. Lamone, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship

Dean Alex Triantis, Robert H. Smith School of Business

About the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship

The Dingman Center is one of the nation’s preeminent institutions where the research, education and practice of entrepreneurship are pursued vigorously. We develop and execute curricular and non-curricular programs that uniquely leverage Smith School thought leadership, experiential learning and our network of practitioners to provide maximum resources to startup businesses. Every initiative is designed to support the Center’s mission to make entrepreneurs of all kinds successful. In 2014, the Dingman Center received the prestigious NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship.


About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty masters, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.