Board Members

Jeffrey T. Diehl

Jeffrey 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 Adams Street 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.


Kevin Schaff

As CEO of Thought Equity Motion, Kevin leads the company’s corporate strategy, drives product direction and positioning, raises funds, and generates awareness for Thought Equity Motion among industry analysts and potential partners. He is a well-regarded entrepreneur who has successfully founded, financed, operated and sold companies from the beginning of his career.

Prior to founding Thought Equity Motion, Mr. Schaff founded UPDATE Systems, Inc., an Internet e-communication company focused on delivering e-mail marketing and promotion software to aggregators of small business. In 1999, he successfully negotiated the sale of UPDATE Systems to Webb Interactive Services (Nasdaq: WEBB), a leading provider of infrastructure services for local Internet commerce. Mr. Schaff was also the President of Wind River Communications Inc., a nationally competitive design and Internet development firm formed in 1993. Under his direction, Wind River experienced growth of more than 100 percent each year for five consecutive years and served clients such as USWEST, Motorola, Coopers & Lybrand, and Macy’s. In 1999, Mr. Schaff successfully negotiated the sale of Wind River. Kevin received a BA in Marketing Communications from the University of Wyoming.


Kirk Holland

Kirk Holland 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. Mr. Holland 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, Mr. Holland was a Vice President at Jupiter Media Venture Funds, where he led information technology and internet media investments.

Mr. Holland received his B.S. 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. Mr. Holland lives in Louisville, Colorado with his wife, Deborah, and two daughters, Sarah and Samantha.


Andrew J. Howard

Andrew Howard is a Partner at Shamrock Capital Advisors and has over 13 years of media, entertainment, and communications investment experience.  Mr. Howard currently serves as a director of Screenvision, K2 Towers, Publishing Group of America and as an Observer on the Board of Thought Equity Motion. Previously, he served on the Boards of Directors of RealD, Naylor Publications, PrimeCo Wireless, and BASE Entertainment and was a board observer of MetroPCS and OpNext.  Mr. Howard is on the Board of Governor’s for the USC Annenberg School – Center for the Digital Future and was previously a board member of the Association of Corporate Growth – Los Angeles. He is also an inactive member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Association.

Prior to joining Shamrock in 2006, Mr. Howard was a Vice President at Clarity Partners, a media and communications focused private equity fund, where he also assumed the position of Acting President and Director of Sales of Clarity portfolio company, PrimeCo Wireless.


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. Mr. 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. Mr. Bratton received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Wyoming and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Steve Joanis

As President and COO of Thought Equity Motion, Steve Joanis is responsible for overall operations of the company, including management of its overseas offices. Prior to Thought Equity Motion, he was the CFO of Ischemia Technologies, a venture-backed medical diagnostic company in Denver. Subsequent to Ischemia, Mr. Joanis was a venture capitalist, first with Roser Ventures in Boulder, Colorado, and then with Wolf Ventures in Denver. Prior to joining Roser in 1998, he was a management consultant with The LEK Partnership.

Based first in London and then in Chicago, Mr. Joanis specialized in mergers and acquisitions and strategy consulting. Prior to business school, Mr. Joanis was a Captain in the army, where he served as a helicopter pilot in several international and domestic assignments, including the Gulf War. Mr. Joanis has an MBA from Wharton and a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point.


Robert F. Perille

Robert Perille is a Partner at Shamrock Capital Advisors and has over 19 years of media, entertainment, and communications investment experience.  Mr. Perille currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Publishing Group of America, Harlem Globetrotters International and Thought Equity Motion.  Previously, he served on the boards of NextWave Media Group, Ocean Design, and Tandus.

Prior to joining Shamrock in 2004, Mr. Perille was a Managing Partner for Banc of America Capital Investors, a $700 million private equity and mezzanine partnership. He also spent 23 years with Bank of America in commercial banking, investment banking, leveraged finance and principal investing.


Tony Thomas (observer)

Tony Thomas is a Partner with Syncom Venture Partners, a venture capital firm based in Silver Spring, Maryland that invests in early stage media and communications companies primarily in underserved markets. Mr. Thomas serves as a director for a number of Syncom’s other portfolio companies including Maya Entertainment, Heatwave Interactive, Voyages North America, and Simmons Lathan Media Group.

Prior to joining Syncom, Mr. Thomas served as an Investment Analyst for the Southern California Edison Retirement Plan. While he was at Southern California Edison, Mr. Thomas was primarily responsible for directing the investment of a $150 million private equity portfolio and a $500 million international equity allocation. Prior to joining Southern California Edison, Mr. Thomas completed Wells Fargo Bank’s Loan Officer Development Program and was a Credit Analyst in the Los Angeles Regional Commercial Banking Office of Wells Fargo.

Mr. Thomas holds an MBA from Pennsylvania State University and received a B.B.A. in Accounting from Loma Linda University.