Our Mission

We actively listen to our partners’ needs, and the market’s fit.  We collectively drive acceleration of goals based on experience. We operate with a passion for our client's success and a keen eye towards the benefit of human health, and the environment.


 

Our Vision

Beginning with what is known, we carefully and collectively design the best strategy to position our clients for accelerated growth while maintaining a sharp focus on strengthening and extending your company's core values.


 

our TEAM

David Brewer Managing Director & Founder

David is the Managing  Director and Founder of LaunchSail. He is also Partner of Aragon Ventures, a Menlo Park, California venture capital firm specializing in early stage, high technology companies. He has over 35 years’ experience in Silicon Valley startup companies and was the CEO and/or CFO of six companies which he co-founded. He was President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and director of Inktomi Corporation, an internet software developer. Mr. Brewer currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Notify Technology Corp., Seros Medical LLC and the End Poverty Foundation. 

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Tom Lamar CIO & Founder

Tom Lamar is Chief Information Officer and Founder of LaunchSail. Tom is a seasoned, passionate, executive, and advisor of technology companies with strategic corporate & business development initiatives, and deep experience as an IT leader who recruits and enrolls individuals and teams to achieve extraordinary results within complex, challenging, and high growth innovative M&A opportunities.

Tom has participated in the formation, and leadership of a number of successful infrastructure, IoT, Data Center, Cloud, SRI tech, big data analytics, Voice and Text NLP, medtech, fintech, regtech, CRE, and industrial design companies with exits, including Inktomi, eLingo, Miller Zell, Apto Solutions, and THINK Interactive. His current focus is working with leading edge impact investors, entrepreneurs, creative thinkers, makers and technology partnerships across the globe. Tom holds a BSID in Industrial Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Ned Montenecourt, CRCP Managing Director & Founder

Ned Montenecourt is Managing Director and Founder of LaunchSail. Ned brings broad and deep experience designing, building and implementing risk control programs at financial services entities ranging from start-ups to large public institutions. He has a career-long track record of building robust control frameworks and collaborating across firms to reduce regulatory, operational and reputational risk while supporting business objectives. He has extensive experience managing high-performing teams and building strong management groups from the ground up. Ned’s areas of expertise center on systems integration, supervisory controls, regulatory training, regulatory and audit exam management, operational risk and licensing and registration.

Previously Ned acted as Director and Chief Compliance Officer of Risk-Distribution and Execution at BlackRock and Pierpont Securities and was the SVP of Compliance and Operations Risk Management at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has a BS and BA, Finance and Architecture from Lehigh University and is a graduate of the CRCP Executive Education Program in conjunction with FINRA from University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School Executive Program.

 

Rawson Gulick, CAIA Managing Director

Rawson Gulick is Managing Director of LaunchSail. Rawson 18 years of financial services experience with a focus on marketing, investment operations and relationship management for alternative investments. Rawson’s career path has provided the building blocks for broad industry knowledge and appreciation of all stakeholders of an organization to deliver insights and knowledge through a collaborative cross-functional approach. Rawson is passionate about the sustainability and impact investment movement. Her experience managing due diligence and institutional investor relationships gives her a keen eye for aligning opportunities for growth.

Previously Rawson was Managing Director and Global Marketing Director for a boutique asset management firm with a wide range of regesterd and private investment vehicles, and was Vice President on the Prime Brokerage Business Consulting team at Morgan Stanley. Rawson holds a BA in History from Georgia Southern University and holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, CAIA, designation.


 

ADVISORS

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Bertrand Mouton Technology

Bertrand Mouton has 20+ years of experience, knowledge and skills in architecting, designing and delivering appropriate business solutions using technology and human capital. Capable in working the full stack from Concept to Cash, including organizational, program and people management.  His 20+ year career has spanned several industries, including:  Finance, Telecommunications, Semi-Conductor Test-Equipment, Diagnostic Systems, and Factory Automation. He keepings current working with technology, which at present is microservices architecture and microservices using Docker, Cassandra, Kafka, Mesos and Marathon.

Becker Hewes, MD Bio-Pharma

Becker Hewes is the Chief Medical Officer at Torque Therapeutics, an early immuno-oncology company backed by Flagship Ventures in Cambridge Massachusetts. Previous experience includes leading teams at Novartis, AstraZeneca, Genzyme and Wyeth pharmaceutical companies. He was responsible for negotiations with the FDA, EMA (Europe), KFDA (Korea) and PMDA (Japan) leading to the approval of Torisel (temsirolimus) in lymphoma and all phases of development for Bosulif (bosutinib) for chronic myeloid leukemia. Most recently he lead early development for Kisquali (ribociclib) which was approved for metastatic breast cancer in 2017. At Novartis, was responsible for multiple complex clinical trials of novel drug combinations and as well as the clinical transition of preclinical assets within the immuno-oncology portfolio.

Richard H. Patt, MD Bio-Pharma

Dr. Patt is co-founder and principal in RadMD, and is an acknowledged expert in the field of applying medical imaging to new drug and medical device development.     

Dr. Patt completed his fellowship at Georgetown University Medical Center in body imaging.  He then served as Director of MRI at Georgetown University Medical Center, where he was both an investigator and blinded reader in numerous pharmaceutical and medical device clinical trials,  and established long-standing relationships in the clinical development industry.  This was followed by positions at Berlex Laboratories (Schering AG) as Associate, then Director, of Medical Imaging Clinical Development at Berlex Laboratories, where he managed an experienced team of in all phases of clinical development of diagnostic imaging agents.  In 2000, he founded Foresight Consulting to providing imaging expertise to pharma clinical development groups.  In 2006, with partner Dr. Kohkan Shamsi, he founded RadMD, now the global leader in imaging expertise-based services for pharma, biotech, and medical device companies. 

Dr. Patt has also served on an NCI Advisory Panel, is a reviewer for both major radiology journals, has participated on clinical advisory boards for several biotechnology companies, and has been an invited lecturer across the US and Europe on the use of medical imaging in clinical trials.  He is a member of the FDA/industry/NIH Pharma Imaging Group.  He has over 100 publications in juried journals, has lectured internationally on the use of medical imaging in clinical trials, and, and authored several book chapters.  

 

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Michael Kleeman, Telecommunications and Sustainability 

Michael Kleeman is a strategist whose particular skill is in bridging technical and business issues.  For over 30 years he has been involved in the technology, media, and environmental/sustainability community in engineering, planning, management and advisory roles.  He has also worked with a number of start-up firms and been an executive in both the consulting and technology industry.

He is currently a Senior Fellow at UCSD focusing on critical infrastructure vulnerability and manufacturing innovation (he is the interim Director of the UCSD Institute on Global Production and Innovation) and worked with the Supercomputer Center and School of Global Policy on Cloud Computing technology and policy issues. He continues his work in telecommunications, an industry where he worked for over 30 years, in developing nations on new wireless and fiber infrastructure and economic development and is a senior advisor to the UN Foundation’s mobile technology initiative. He also works domestically with major carriers on policy and new technology. In addition to being the founding CTO or early stage executive at telecommunications firms in the US, Europe and Russia, he helped start a fiber based network in South Africa and serves as Chair of the the Board of SEACOM, a submarine cable system in Africa providing the majority of Internet connectivity in E. Africa.

He has also been active in corporate sustainability for over fifteen years, working with Fortune 50 firms, not-for-profits and entrepreneurial startups on strategy positioning and maximizing competitive advantage.  He works in close collaboration and as Senior Advisor with several firms in the sustainability and supporting engineering fields as well as the investor community in clean technology (he is affiliated with the NASA/USAID Launch program). He helped develop the sustainability program for Fortune 50 technology, furniture and retail firms and is currently working with a global manufacturing firm on their sustainability efforts. 

He has been active in digital and social media for over 15 years working with NPR, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Broadcasting Board of Governors.  Before his joining UCSD he was a Senior Fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communications at USC, focusing on new media and was the Director of the Beyond Broadcast V Conference focusing on the future of media and at CPB he developed and co-directed the Aspen Institute program on the Future of Public Media in the Digital Age. He was an advisor to the President of NPR on digital media and the leader of the Digital Distribution Consortium involving NPR, PRI, APM and several US media outlets. He was a senior technology advisor to the UC Center in Sacramento (UCCS) and worked with the State emergency services agency and governor’s office on emergency communications.

Previously he was a Vice President and partner with The Boston Consulting Group (where he now serves as a Senior Advisor), serving retail, financial services, new media and technology firms worldwide. Before BCG he was a Director in the Telecommunications Practice at Arthur D. Little.  He has served as an advisor to the Kent Ridge Digital Labs in Singapore and was a founding board member of Science Foundation Ireland. His academic work has included being a Senior Fellow at the (UC) Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy and IMD business school in Switzerland.

He currently serves on the Boards of the Marine Mammal Center in California, The Institute for the Future, and is the National Strategy Chair for the President, Humanitarian Services, of the American Red Cross and as an advisor to start-up firms in SAS applications, STEM education, wireless (5G) technology and eHealth services.

 

Mike Gade, Retail

Mike was a partner with Coopers and Lybrand Consultants, handling the retail sector. He sits on the board for MFRI, Strive Group, Miller Zell Inc., Crane Industries, Rent-A-Center, and Star Power. He has been a Senior Advisor to The Global Consumer Group for Boston Consulting Group since 2005.

 

Jonathan Hodson-Walker, Investment Banking

Jonathan Hodson-Walker is the Managing Partner and senior principal of Silverwood Partners. Mr. Hodson-Walker has over 25 years of investment banking and consulting experience in the United States and Europe. Mr. Hodson-Walker has provided investment banking and strategic advisory services to a broad range of healthcare, consumer, and technology companies. Mr. Hodson-Walker has advised such companies regarding capital raising, industry consolidation, new market entry strategies, divestitures and strategic alliances.

Prior to founding Silverwood, Mr. Hodson-Walker was a Managing Director and industry group head in the Investment Banking Group at First Albany Corporation, now part of Gleacher & Co. Before joining First Albany, Mr. Hodson-Walker co-founded and co-managed the investment banking division of H.C. Wainwright, a research-driven regional brokerage firm. Prior to H.C. Wainwright, Mr. Hodson-Walker worked for over five years at Credit Suisse First Boston in London, Boston, and New York and was a Vice President and the Chief Operating Officer of CSFB's New York based East Coast Industrial Group within corporate finance when he left the firm. Before joining CSFB, Mr. Hodson-Walker was an investment banker at Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York City.

Mr. Hodson-Walker was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a concurrent United Kingdom Science and Engineering Research Council Scholarship for his graduate studies in the United States. Mr. Hodson-Walker received an MBA in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at the University of Indiana and a BEng. (First Class Honors) degree in Engineering from the University of Liverpool.