Director, Executive Networks
Martin has served in several media oriented executive positions over the past 25 years – including as Senior Vice President for Business to Business Publishing at Macmillan Incorporated, President of the Simon and Schuster International and professional Group and CEO of Primedia Business to Business Magazine and Training Group. He has also worked as a Managing Director within the Investment Banking arm of Veronis, Suhler and Stevenson and served as a Principal in its private equity group. Martin currently is managing Riverstone Partners which is involved in media consulting, brokerage and principal investing. He serves on six corporate boards all within media and education.
Director, Executive Networks
Rick Smith is a speaker, serial entrepreneur and bestselling author with an eclectic range of accomplishments.
He founded World 50, the leading global senior executive networking organization. World 50 contributors include Robert Redford, Bono, Alan Greenspan, President George W. Bush, Francis Ford Coppola and more than 100 other iconic leaders. More than half of the Fortune Global 1000 are World 50 customers.
Smith is the co-founder of Fast Radius, an innovative company aiming to shape the future of digital manufacturing. He is the co-founder of Bionic, and the founder of the Bionic Network, working with the most respected organizations (GE, Boeing, Tyco, Cisco, etc.) to launch net new growth businesses in a repeatable, scalable way.
Rick is the founding CEO of Next Generation Leadership, the leading CEO succession development program for the Fortune 500, with faculty representing the most respected Chief Executives of a generation, including Anne Mulcahy, A.G. Lafley, Jim Kilts, Carlos Gutiérrez, Jack Welch and others.
He is the author of two nationally bestselling books, The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers (Random House/ 2003), and The Leap (Penguin Portfolio/2009), both of which reached #1 on the Amazon business bestseller list, and have been translated into more than 13 languages.
Vincent C. Perro
Vince currently works in private equity, provides strategic advisory services to CEOs, and serves in interim CEO roles. Previously, he was President of Heidrick & Struggles’ non-search consulting division, focusing on C level succession and talent management. He built this division into a global enterprise serving top 1000 companies. Previously he was chief executive of Sibson Consulting, a highly regarded global strategic human capital consulting firm. Vince was responsible for turning Sibson around during the 2001 industry downtown and was Chair of the firm during its rapid growth, private partnership period. Subsequent to leading Sibson’s sale to Nextera Enterprises, he became COO and a board member of Nextera responsible for four consulting divisions providing strategy, IT, econometric and human capital services. He was also part of the team that managed Nextera’s IPO and has led multiple acquisitions and divestitures. Vince has also served a wide variety of financial services and professional services firms globally on strategy, organization, sales effectiveness and human capital issues as a senior client partner.
Prior to entering consulting, he was CAO of the Public Finance division of EF Hutton and was also with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macys. He holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of business.
In addition to Executive Networks, Vince serves on a number of public, private and not for profit boards. He teaches leadership in the Stern and Baruch MBA programs.
Director, Executive Networks
Twenty-seven years in the venture capital industry. Extensive Trans-Atlantic and US investing in early and growth-stage companies. Raised and co-managed $175 million in three funds across multiple industry and technology cycles as General Partner with Vision Capital. Extensive environmental equity and debt investing, regulatory, environmental and public policy experience as Vice President with Technology Funding, a $325 million venture group with 4 equity and 3 venture debt funds. Co-founded corporate sustainability network of 15 global F200 companies.
- Direct investments in US and Europe (from Finland to Portugal)
- Cross-border investment and fund management, structuring, syndication, M&A, and IPOs
- Seed, early and late-stage investing with focus on international expansion
- Raised and managed funds backed by institutional, corporate, and family office investors
- Extensive US policy and regulatory experience
Served on local, regional, and national policy, technology and environmental boards. extensive corporate, Federal, State and public advisory groups and boards. Member of US National Technology Policy initiative under Clinton / Gore administration (1993-1997). Testified before US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Corporate directorships and board advisor positions;
Current: Alta Energy (San Mateo), StartGrid (Burlingame), Volta Industries (San Francisco), Clarus Power (San Francisco), NQuotient (Dallas), Amicus Relief Solutions (Vancouver, BC)
Past: ChipIdea (Lisbon), Aneid (San Francisco), Cyclean (Round Rock, TX), Naiad Technologies (Portland), Atempo (Paris, Palo Alto), Virtutech (Stockholm, San Jose), Saqqara (Paris, San Jose), More Magic Systems (Helsinki, Boston), Thermatrix (Santa Clara), Metorex (Helsinki)
President and CEO
Before forming Executive Networks in 2007, Mike was the CEO of Executive Development Associates, Inc. Prior to that, Mike was a Vice President of Learning Services at The Concours Group, the Founder and CEO of Learning Technologies Group, Inc., and has worked for The Conference Board, Sirota & Alper Associates and the U.S. Congress. Mike is the author, co-author or a contributor to seven books on executive development, learning, and high-performance organizations. His most recent books are Corporate Learning: Proven and Practical Guidelines for Building a Sustainable Learning Strategy (Pfeiffer, 2005), Strategic Executive Development: The Five Essential Investments (Pfeiffer, 2005) and The Connect Effect: Building Strong Personal, Professional and Virtual Networks (Berrett-Koehler, 2008). Mike has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MPA, with a concentration in organizational behavior, from the University of Southern California. Mike and his companies have received the following recognition:
- Gold Medal for Online Training from the NewMedia Invision Awards
- Top 100 Multimedia Producers Award from AV/Multimedia Producer Magazine
- HR Product of the Year Award from HR Executive Magazine
Mike is also the Founder and Board President of the VeraMax House for Older Homeless Women (www.veramaxhouse.org) in San Francisco and is on the Leadership Committee of the Organizational Studies Program at the University of Michigan (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/orgstudies/). Mike is married to Teresa Goodwin, his co-author on Renovate to Riches: Buy, Improve and Flip Houses to Create Wealth (Wiley, 2003) and has a son, Theo. Mike lives in San Francisco, CA.