Co-Founder, Managing Partner
Jay Chaudhari has Co-Founded, raised capital, and advised early stage companies engaged in a number of different industries. Mr. Chaudhari has Co-Founded and invested in a number of successful companies such as Waste to Energy Partners and JobPath. Prior to his involvement with early stage companies Mr. Chaudhari Co-Founded and was CEO of Orange Crown Capital, a distressed real estate fund, where he has successfully raised and deployed capital for complex real estate transactions throughout Central Florida. Mr. Chaudhari serves on the Board of Directors at the Central Florida Foundation.
Mr. Chaudhari graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Florida and holds an MBA from The Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.
Co- Founder, Senior Advisor
Mike Cameron is an entrepreneur. Mr. Cameron, while serving as President/CEO and a major shareholder in Zephyrhills Water, was primarily responsible for developing it from a small local company into the largest bottled water company in the Southeastern US. He negotiated the successful sale of Zephyrhills to Perrier/Nestle. Mr. Cameron is currently Co-Founder of Waste to Energy Partners (WEP). WEP is a technology agnostic conversion project developer, focused on providing turnkey solutions in the waste conversion space. Mr. Cameron is currently Co-Founder of the Association of Angel Investor Clubs (AAIC). AAIC creates high-growth-potential, reduced-risk companies from intellectual property developed by it technology partners, universities and government-sponsored research entities. Mr. Cameron is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds an MBA from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. In addition to his business ventures, Mr. Cameron was involved in the Young Presidents Organization, served on the Board of Overseers for Georgetown University, and was the President of the Wharton School Club of Central and North Florida.
Mr. Ledkins offers an energetic approach in his leadership and engagement, spanning a twenty-six year commitment to donor and customer relations. With over eighteen years of experience in fundraising and direct sales, he has demonstrated confidence in donor relations, planned giving, sales, human resource management, corporate relations, marketing, training, and financial administration.
Randall started his career in the hospitality industry with Starwood and Marriott. It was in 2003 when he crossed over from his role as a Senior Sales Executive in the hospitality industry and into philanthropy for higher education.
During his tenure as Senior Director of Development for University Development and Strategic Priorities at Auburn University, he was integrated into the functionality of charitable foundations, their boards and committees. His success at Auburn has served as a catalyst for successful, donor centered solicitation ensuring their desires mirrored the mission of the institution. This selfless approach to fundraising generated institutional investment across multiple disciplines providing major gift funding for Liberal Arts, Science and Mathematics, Veterinary Medicine, Business, Engineering, Architecture, Human Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing, Libraries, and Athletics.
With his success at Auburn, Randall was recruited by University of Alabama-Birmingham where he accepted the position of Senior Director of Development for UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences during “The Campaign for UAB.” It is his belief an investment in a greater good and the investment into the future of mankind is ultimately our true destiny which has continued to drive him, successfully raising over $22 million.
Mr. Ledkins graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management from Auburn University.
Co-Founder, Senior Advisor
Robi Das is the managing director of the Capital Group in the Miami office of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, division of Cantor Fitzgerald, where he specializes in distressed assets and recapitalizations in the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean. His primary focus is debt and equity within the resort hospitality and marina sectors and he is currently involved in many of the marquis projects in the Turks and Caicos, as well as in the Bahamas.
Prior to joining Newmark Knight Frank, Mr. Das was the lead acquisitions analyst for the private equity firm, RCI Marine Inc., based in Miami, FL. His primary responsibilities included new investment discovery, underwriting and recapitalizations through sophisticated financial modeling, equity and debt sourcing, and investor relations. His role on its largest project, Steelpointe Harbor in Bridgeport, CT, was to conduct financial feasibility structure through senior and subordinate debt offerings, private capital and government infrastructure stimulus.
Additionally, he has experience in consulting with engagements at several private and publicly-traded companies across a variety of sectors including Carnival Corporation in Miami, FL.
Mr. Das sits on the Investor Committee of the Liberty Group of Companies in Tampa, FL, which is a private equity firm focused on acquisitions, operations and development of limited-service hospitality assets. Under his tenure as Director of Acquisitions, the firm has completed 17 individual transactions since June of 2010 making Liberty Group one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the United States.
Mr. Das received a B.A. in Computer Information Systems from the University of Miami and also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Miami with a focus in International Finance.
Dennis McBride, Ph.D
Since 2010 Dr. McBride has been Founder of Intellectual Property Matters LLC (North Carolina) and a Partner at ipCapital Licensing Company LLC. Dr. McBride has 38 years of professional experience, as both an individual contributor in a wide variety of technical assignments and as a manager at various levels. He joined Lenovo (United States), Inc. in 2005 as Director of Intellectual Property Licensing as part of IBM’s divestiture of its Personal Computing Division. He was also appointed to the Lenovo Singapore Board of Directors. Dr. McBride’s thirty-one year IBM career spanned several divisions, including Research, Microelectronics, Personal Computers and Mainframe Systems. As a Program Director of Licensing he was in charge of monetizing the IP portfolio. This comprised patent infringement assertions; business development of trademark and technology licensing; identifying, negotiating and executing new deals to grow IP income; and managing the annuity income stream. Dr. McBride worked with Finance, Accounting, IP Law, and Product Development while having overall program management responsibility for IP income. He was also responsible for IP Defense in areas such as non-infringement through prior art and other defenses, working in concert with IP Law and General Legal functions. Dr. McBride drove the Patent Portfolio Management process to evaluate invention disclosures, select the most valuable inventions for first country and foreign counterpart filings within budget, and evaluate patents when maintenance fees were due. Earlier career responsibilities included Research Staff Member and management roles at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, technology strategy development, and hardware and software product development. He is an inventor with several patents. Dr. McBride has a Ph.D. (EE) from Polytechnic Institute of NY and M.S.(EE), B.S.(EE) degrees, combined honors curriculum, from Purdue University.
Mr. McFarlin is a registered professional engineer, with several patents and technical publications. From July 1993 through July 1998, McFarlin was President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Angeion Corporation, a public medical device company developing products in the cardiac rhythm management field (implantable defibrillators and catheter ablation systems). Mr. McFarlin led the company through its development stage into an operating company, then retired in January 1999. He continued to serve as Chairman of the Board through January 2000. From 1990 to 1993, Mr. McFarlin was Co-Founder, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of CLARUS Medical Systems, Inc., a private medical device company developing and manufacturing products for the orthopedic and neuro-endoscopy markets. Mr. McFarlin served on the Board of Directors of CLARUS Medical until the Company was acquired in February 2000. From 1985 to 1990, Mr. McFarlin was President and CEO of Everest and Jennings, International, Ltd., a $200 million manufacturer of durable medical equipment for the physically challenged. This Company was acquired in 1990. From 1977 to 1985, McFarlin held several positions at Medtronic, Inc., joining the company as Vice President of Research and Development for pacemakers, leads and cardiovascular instrumentation. He was later named Executive Vice President, responsible for Medtronic’s US Cardiovascular business. Medtronic is the world leader in cardiac rhythm management. From 1964 to 1977, Mr. McFarlin served in a variety of engineering management capacities at Texas A&M University, TRACOR, Inc. (Texas), and Beckman Instruments (California). In 1963, McFarlin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Mathematics from Henderson University in Arkansas. His professional career began as Chief Engineer of Texas A&M Nuclear Particle Accelerator Program, while completing a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering.
Mr. McFarlin has previously served on the Board of Directors of: Autonomous Technologies, a public laser eye surgery company (acquired by Summit Technologies), PSICOR, a public cardiovascular company (acquired by Baxter, Inc.); Zero Corporation, a public diversified electronic equipment company (merged with Applied Power, Inc.); FENA Design, Inc. a private durable medical equipment company (acquired by Dane Industries); and POSSIS Medical, a public cardiovascular company (acquired by Bayer Corporation). Mr. McFarlin has also served on the Technical Advisory Board of Med Source Technologies, Inc. (a $150 million public company serving the component manufacturing needs of the medical device industry), as well as serving as Audit Committee Chairman for several public companies and on numerous strategic and planning board committees.
Gunther O. Sanabria, ESQ.
Gunther Sanabria was born in Lima, Peru. He moved to the United States during the Summer of 1991. He attended the University of Florida, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance in 1998. Gunther received his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida School of Law and his Master of Laws in International Trade from American University.
Since his admission to the Florida Bar in 2004 and the District of Columbia in 2006, Gunther’s initial area of practice was criminal law. As a recent graduate, Gunther was assigned to the Domestic Violence Division of the Palm Beach County Office of the State Attorney of Florida. Later, Gunther’s jury trial experience landed him a position as an insurance defense attorney representing some of the largest insurance carriers of the country.
Currently, Gunther practices law at their new office in Washington, DC. Along with his Business Partner, Dago Rodriguez, they represent clients in personal injury claims, immigration proceedings, and criminal court.