Richard J. Bratton, Sr.

Richard Bratton is the Manager of Jona, Inc. in Casper, Wyoming. Jona, Inc. is a wholly owned company of Neil A. McMurry and invests in start up companies and technology related companies. Bratton is also an owner-director of Jonah Bank of Wyoming and manages other real estate and business entities of McMurry. Prior to joining Jona, Mr. Bratton was Secretary of the Board of Directors and Chief Financial Officer of WERCS, a financial and real estate services company. He began his career in public accounting and was a partner in the firm Lenhart, Ferguson, Bratton & Company, CPAs, before joining WERCS. He holds a bachelors degree in accounting from the University of Wyoming and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jeffrey T. Diehl

Mr. Diehl is a partner at Adams Street Partners and invests in venture and growth-oriented companies in the software, IT-enabled services, and business services sectors. Mr. Diehl serves on the Boards of Directors of Adams Harris, MachineryLink, MxLogic, SnagAJob, StrataVia and Thought Equity Motion. He is a Board Observer at Knightsbridge Solutions, NetContinuum and SPS Commerce. He has also been involved with American Wholesale Insurance, Bantek, BirdsEye, E4X, Gevity HR (NASDAQ: GVHR), Kappa Smurfit, Setanta and Scientific Protein Labs investments.

Before joining in 2000, Mr. Diehl served as a Principal for The Parthenon Group, a Boston-based strategy consulting and principal investing firm with Bain Consulting roots. At Parthenon, Mr. Diehl led strategy consulting case teams for small and mid-cap clients in a range of industries, including business and consumer services, software, communications and networking, and financial services. In addition, Mr. Diehl executed LBO due diligence assignments and advised portfolio companies for Parthenon Capital, a $350 million private equity fund. Prior to Parthenon, Mr. Diehl served as a management consultant for Spire Group, a boutique consulting firm focused on advising business and consumer service firms in the Fortune 500.

Mr. Diehl is a member of the Adams Street Partners Direct Sub-Committee and the NVCA.

Kirk Holland

Kirk is a General Partner at Vista Ventures, a $75 million Colorado-based venture capital firm specializing in early-and growth-stage investments in information technology, communications and internet media and data services in the Rocky Mountain region. Kirk has broad operating experience in business development, sales and marketing, engineering, and operations with companies such as Procter & Gamble, Sprint, and Jupiter Media. He was also an investment banker in Piper Jaffray’s Enterprise Software and Internet Media Group, where he was involved in equity offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Previously, Kirk was a Vice President at Jupiter Media Venture Funds, where he led information technology and internet media investments.

Kirk received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from Stanford University. He currently serves on the boards of MX Logic, Umbria, Strion Air, Stratavia, Rally Software and Thought Equity Motion. He is also on the board of the Colorado Venture Capital Association, the I Have A Dream Foundation of Boulder County and the CU Business School Deming Center for Entrepreneurship. Kirk lives in Louisville, Colorado with his wife, Deborah, and two daughters, Sarah (8) and Samantha (6).

Frank Mendicino III

Frank Mendicino III is a co-founder and Managing Director of Access Venture Partners, an early stage, high technology venture capital fund. Mr. Mendicino has 15 years of experience in venture capital which includes successfully investing in, growing and exiting growth companies.

Through his work with early stage companies, he has built a large network of deal referral sources and value-added resources for portfolio companies. Mr. Mendicino was a founding board member of The Contra Costa County Incubator in San Francisco. He is former board member of the Colorado Venture Capital Association. Mr. Mendicino has a deep understanding of product development and sales and marketing processes which allows him to accelerate the growth of the companies in which Access Venture Partners invests.

Prior to co-founding Access Venture Partners, Mr. Mendicino worked for Woodside Fund, a Silicon Valley venture fund, for 10 years where he helped build and exit a successful portfolio of 29 early stage companies.

Mr. Mendicino is on the Board of Directors of Planitax, Tendril Networks and Thought Equity Motion. He received his B.A. in Political Science from The University of California at Berkeley in 1989.

Board Members:

  • Richard J. Bratton, Sr.
  • Jeffrey T. Diehl
  • Kirk Holland
  • Frank Mendicino III

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