Board of Advisors

Our Board Members are experienced and talented individuals with global business experience and significant ties to the philanthropic sector.

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Wayne D. Kimmel

Wayne D. Kimmel is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, philanthropist, tireless networker, and the author of Six Degrees of Wayne Kimmel.

 

Philadelphia Magazine named Wayne a Top Innovator. He is the Managing Partner of SeventySix Capital, the venture capital firm he founded in 1999, and has invested in over 40 startup technology and healthcare companies, including Seamless Web (now public as GrubHub), Take Care Health Systems and NuritSystem. Among the Fortune 500 companies that have acquired his portfolio companies are Aramark, Intel, IBM, Walgreens and Yahoo!.

 

His current top portfolio companies include Adwerx, CareCam Health Systems, Dwolla, Indiegogo, Lindi Skin, ReverbNation, StartUp Health, Thrive Commerce and Whistle Sports. He is on the Boards of Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Federation of Greater Phildelphia, Einstein Healthcare Network, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

 

In addition, Wayne serves on the National Advisory Council of the Delaware Law School and was on the Advisory Board of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Wayne is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and the Delaware Law School. He is passionate about Philly's pro sports teams, and making the world a better place through his nonprofit work. He lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with his wife and their two children.

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THOMAS J. GROTTA

Over the course of his 15+ year career, Thomas J. Grotta has succeeded in developing and marketing new products, and building successful businesses through his ability to evaluate opportunities and market potential; assess financial risks/rewards; and build a strong team and business culture. Whether working in start-up, rapid growth, turnaround and mature business environments he has been a driving force behind creating value – for the corporation, employees, customers and shareholders.

 

During his early career, Tom accelerated revenue and market share for Phoenix Integrated, Inc. a consumer products brand licensing/marketing company and for Cendant, a leading financial services company. As the Internet and technology companies emerged, Tom embarked on a highly successful career with Prodigy, EOExchange and FloNetwork/DoubleClick where he negotiated first-ever strategic partnerships and signed lucrative deals with major companies and Fortune 500 corporations. As the high-tech industry underwent unprecedented growth and evolution, Tom parlayed his business development experience into corporate development roles supporting IPO, M&A and market diversification and business transformation initiatives.

 

In Tom’s transition out of Corporate America, he decided to leverage his business and marketing acumen to give something back, and was appointed the Executive Director of the Greater New York Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition to developing new funding sources for the foundation, Tom also began exploring the realm of private investment and company portfolio management.

 

In 2005, he formed TMBL Partners and TMBL Capital, and acquired two under-performing small businesses, Stamford Therapeutics Consortium and Clinical Research Consulting. Over the course of two years, Tom implemented proven strategies, which resulted in significant revenue, profit and market share growth, and divested the ventures for substantial shareholder earnings. He continues to maintain a minority interest in company investments and is working with a venture group to roll-up fragmented markets.

 

Tom holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Vermont, and has completed business courses at the University of Connecticut. He is an active member of the Board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, recently joined the Board of Advisors for Powered by Professionals and Blastway, Inc. and is a member of the Association of Corporate Growth.