Mr. Doshier has over 35 years of experience in organizing and capitalizing both private and public companies, with a combined transaction value of over US$1,000,000,000. Mr. Doshier is a founding partner and Manager in Sozo Holdings, LLC and also serves as the CFO and board member of NSI Technologies and its operating subsidiary, Blackhawk Exploration, LLC. Prior to that, Mr. Doshier was a partner at Technology Advisors Group, LLC, which provided strategic planning and capital formation advisory services to early-stage companies. In addition, Mr. Doshier was a founder, Chief Financial Officer and Board Director of Allied Riser Communications (NASDAQ:ARCC). and a principal at the investment banking firm of Perry, Nestman and Doshier, and Chief Financial Officer of Zlogar and Co., Inc. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Texas Tech University and an M.S. in Accounting and an M.A. in International Management Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas. He became a licensed CPA in the State of Texas in 1993.
Mr. Carothers has more than 30 years’ experience in all facets of the semiconductor and defense industries. Leveraging his career-long experience in electro-optics and photonics, Mr. Carothers founded Strike BioTech in 2018 to develop advanced photonic integrated circuit products. Prior to that he was a Principal Research Scientist with Samsung, where he developed digital and RF-focused photonic technologies ranging from materials and process integration to photonic and electronic devices to product applications. Mr. Carothers held a similar position at Texas Instruments, leading development for photonic technologies targeting existing product lines. Additional prior work experience includes BAE Systems as Foundry Manager and the University of Arizona College of Optical Science, the National Science Foundation’s CIAN research center. He also worked as Principal Investigator and lead technologist on the DARPA EPIC program. Mr. Carothers holds a B.S. in physics from Arizona State University, a M.Sc. in Physics from Brunel University London and 60 hours of PhD work for his doctorate in Physics from University of New Mexico.
Mr. Kalthoff has a distinguished 35-year technical career with experience at the executive levels in companies such as Texas Instruments, Burr-Brown, and General Instruments Semiconductor. At Texas Instruments, in various roles he was responsible for technology evaluations of potential partners and acquisitions as well as product strategy and new product development. Prior to that Mr. Kalthoff was at Burr-Brown where he held Vice President, Director of Development, Design Manager and Design Engineer positions. He is an inventor with multiple designs to his credit, including low distortion, low noise analog amplifier and instrumentation circuits and many others. Mr. Kalthoff holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona and a M.S. in electrical engineering from University of Arizona with emphasis on Analog Semiconductors and Manufacturing Statistics. He has studied at Stanford University in their Executive Institute and has been granted 18 US patents.
Mr. Harker is a founding partner and Manager of Sozo Holdings, LLC. He is in a family business that co-owns the Heartland Kellar Williams region, comprised of over 7,000 agents. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Harker was involved in a number of real estate and corporate transactions.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Harker specialized in bulk-buying bank owned single-family distressed real estate comprising over $50MM in total purchases. Prior to his focus on single-family distressed real estate, Mr. Harker was Top Producer in the residential real estate business. Mr. Harker studied Business and Communications at Texas Tech University.
Marvin J. Slepian, M.D. is a Regents’ Professor at the University of Arizona and a Professor of Medicine, Medical Imaging, BioMedical Engineering, Materials Sciences and Engineering, Chemical and Environmental Engineering and McGuire Scholar in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Dr. Slepian is the founder and Director of ACABI - the Arizona Center for Accelerated BioMedical Innovation – an across-the-university “creativity engine” that drives innovation, novel solution development and real-world translation. In parallel with his clinical career,
Dr. Slepian has had an extensive research career leading to the development of innovative diagnostics and therapeutics for cardiovascular diseases, including the only FDA-approved total artificial heart. He is the author or co-author of multiple articles, textbook chapters and abstracts and is a prolific inventor with more than 100 issued and filed patents He has been the founder of numerous medical device companies including FOCAL (NASDAQ), Endotex, Angiotrax, Hansen Medical (NASDAQ), Arsenal, 480 BioMedical, MC10 and SynCardia. He has been involved in bringing many new devices through the FDA regulatory process into clinical use, including most notably the total artificial heart. He has received multiple awards for his academic and translational research activities. Dr. Slepian holds a B.A. Biochemical Sciences and Science in Human Affairs from Princeton University and an M.D. from the University of Cincinnati.
Mr. Hitt practiced transactional intellectual property law for 30 years gaining extensive experience in patent procurement and counseling in a wide array of physical, electrical, mechanical, mathematical, and computer technologies. He left the practice of law in 2016 to focus full-time on intellectual protection strategy with private equity investors early-stage companies.
Mr. Hitt participates in equity ownership in these ventures and teams with management and the board to bring significant technologies to market and create strategic plans for long term IP protection and value for transfer to third parties upon asset sale and disposition. He holds a B.S. degree in Physics and Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas, a M.S. Tax from Baylor University, and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University.
Mary Beth Long has over 30 years of senior executive experience spanning legal, corporate and government. She founded and is the former chief executive officer of Metis Solutions. She also consults for several Fortune 50 companies and specializes in the African and Middle Eastern markets. Ms. Long was the first woman to be confirmed by the US Senate as Assistant Secretary of Defense. Ms. Long also served as the first female Chair of NATO’s High-Level Group responsible for nuclear policy and as the Principal Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere, Asia, and Southeast Asia; the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Counternarco-terrorism; and representative to the Helsinki Commission. Ms. Long also has more than a decade of Central Intelligence Agency operational experience . She has served as an advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and on the international advisory committee for the Minister of Defense of Colombia. She has advised several Presidential candidates and has appeared on Fox News, BBC, and NPR. She is an Honors Graduate of Pennsylvania State University, magna cum laude, and received her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Mr. Vaughan is a partner in the corporate practice group of Hallett & Perrin, PC, a Dallas, Texas-based law firm. Before that he was a partner at Gardere Wynne (now Foley Gardere) and at Vaughan & Anderson. Mr. Vaughan’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, early-stage and venture financing, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities and general corporate representation, where he has worked on over $2BN worth of transactions. Mr. Vaughan graduated magna cum laude from Washington & Lee University in 1977, with a B.S. in accounting and business administration and with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1980.
Mr. Burbage is a former U.S. Navy pilot and seasoned career executive managing large-scale processes and people. He began his industry career with Lockheed in 1980, working several Navy programs, and serving in multiple executive roles throughout his career, culminating in a role as Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin and General Manager of the $200 BN worldwide F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program. Mr. Burbage has received numerous industry awards, and is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in the United Kingdom. Mr. Burbage received a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and holds master's degrees in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida and Business Administration from UCLA.
Mr. Kirkland has a distinguished career that spans the U.S. Navy, department of Defense and Sr. Executive roles at Lockheed Martin. He established RGK Global, consulting on international business strategy and execution, following a 20-year career with Lockheed Martin Corporation. While at Lockheed, Mr. Kirkland served in executive business development roles as well as multiple other roles, including President for South Asia and Vice President, Maritime Surveillance Enterprise. Prior to that, Mr. Kirkland served as Principal Deputy, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Legislative Affairs.
A career Naval officer, selected for Flag rank, he is both a designated Naval Aviator and a Surface Warfare Officer. Selected as Chief of Naval Operations Fellow for Strategic Studies Group IX, he also holds a master’s degree in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida and a bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy.
Mr. Gaines has practiced transactional and litigation intellectual property law for 30 years, securing intellectual property rights both domestically and internationally to enhance company values by formulating and executing strategies for trade secrets, patents, copyrights, trademarks, product designs, and implementation. He has extensive experience in patent procurement, litigation, appeals, post-patent procedures, and counseling in a wide range of chemical, wafer, optical and optoelectronic devices and fabrication processes, mechanical systems, and computer systems. Mr. Gaines holds a B.S.E from Midwestern State University, a B.S. in Chemistry from Midwestern State University, and a J.D. from Texas Tech University.
Mr. Scharrer more than 30 years of experience in circuit design, testing, and characterization working at Texas Instruments, Keithley Instruments and Analog Test Consultants. At TI, Mr. Scharrer innovated new measurement capabilities and efficiency improvements for TI’s existing parametric testers, allowing TI to perform best-in-class measurements at a fraction of the cost of the competition. Prior to that, Mr. Scharrer was a Principal Industry Consultant at Keithley and before that was an engineer at TI. Mr. Scharrer has been awarded numerous patents for his work and has presented at multiple conferences. Mr. Scharrer holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Northern Arizona University.
Mr. Kilpatrick joined Strike in 2021 as Vice President of Manufacturing responsible for Engineering, Packaging, and Manufacturing.
Prior to joining the Strike Photonics team, Kevin enjoyed a 28-year career with Texas Instruments where he held a variety of leadership positions within TI’s Technology and Manufacturing Group. Kevin was elected to the TI tech Ladder, and is a proven technological contributor and a multi-discipline engineering manager in the semiconductor industry.
Kevin has years of managerial experience with new FAB startups and the development and implementation of equipment roadmaps in support of industrial automotive and communications customers in North America, Europe and Asia.
Kevin began his career at TI in 1995. He attended The University of Texas at Arlington for a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
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