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Conference Team

This page provides information on the conference team for the Nittany Lion Early Stage Venture Capital Conference.

Chair

Robert S. Macy, J.D., Ph.D.
Director, Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Associate Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship
Department of Management and Organization
The Pennsylvania State University

Robert Macy's research is largely focused on the strategic management of intellectual capital and the use of knowledge and knowledge workers to facilitate innovation. He has examined the strategic value in the aligning of knowledge worker stocks and flows with the velocity of task environment innovation; the use of interdisciplinary teams and problem-based learning to foster entrepreneurial learning; the role of market driven and market driving strategies to commercialize technology; and corporate social responsibility as an effective business strategy.

He has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years and a founder of companies ranging from professional service firms, to tech startups, to pioneering firms in interactive entertainment. As an attorney, Robert's practice has focused on new ventures and business transactions from initial development through exit. He has represented online companies, small and medium sized enterprises, joint ventures, and worked particularly closely with start-up companies as well as serving as corporate counsel for several non-profits.

Co-Chairs

Ross Bates

Ross Bates is the 2013 Co-Managing Director of the Garber Venture Capital Fund.  He is a second year MBA student at the Smeal College of Business with a concentration in Finance and is President of the MBA Finance Association.  Ross is also the course coordinator for the capstone business course at Smeal, supervising 16 teaching assistants and over 700 current students.  Over the summer, Ross interned for Fulcrum Retail Holdings performing long-range forecasting for their Texas and National/Online Affinity markets.  Before returning for his MBA, Ross was a Tax Manager for BKD, LLP, in Huston.  Ross earned his B.S. and M.S. in accounting from Texas A&M University.

Jack Greening

Jack Greening is the 2013 Co-Managing Director of the Garber Venture Capital Fund.  He is a second year MBA student at the Smeal College of Business with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship, and is in the accelerated Science BS/MBA Program.  This past summer, he worked for Airgas, Inc., in their Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Group as a Corporate Development Analyst.  He hopes to continue to work in M&A after graduating from Smeal.

Smriti Sharma

Smriti Sharma is the 2013 Co-Managing Director of the Garber Venture Capital Fund.  She is a second year MBA student at the Smeal College of Business and is the Vice President of the Penn State Entrepreneurs Network.  Prior to joining the MBA program, Smriti founded and operated her own start-up - a digital media agency in India.  Currently, she is pursuing a concentration in Marketing.

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