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Tom Gilbert

Tom Gilbert
Vice President, 
Security Technology and Co-Founder

Blue Ridge Networks

Tom Gilbert has supported the sale of security and VPN products and services for more than 10 years. His extensive security experience and technical background have been strong assets in bringing Blue Ridge Network's products and services to market quickly and successfully. Like many members of the Blue Ridge team, Gilbert has seen his share of "firsts" in the technology industry. He was on the first team to provide commercial delivery of high-speed multimedia over satellite while working at Satellite Business Systems, a $1 billion company. And he was on the team that developed and launched the first V-LAN during his tenure at Network Systems Corporation, where he served as director of business development, marketing director, technical sales consultant, and a national account sales manager, where he led the IBM and AT&T accounts. Gilbert also managed the worldwide development and support of programming tools at IBM Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.



Hal Kennedy
Vice President for Technology Commercialization
Lockheed Martin


Hal Kennedy is a 30-year veteran of Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMC). He joined LMC as a design engineer and progressed through increasingly responsible positions in engineering, engineering management, program management, business development and strategic planning. He is currently the Vice President for Technology Commercialization, responsible for a corporate-wide initiative to identify and license high-value Lockheed Martin technology to commercial ventures. Prior to technology mining, Mr. Kennedy was the Corporate Vice President for Strategic Planning, responsible for the corporate and business area strategic planning process; and for market analysis and venture analysis in support of corporate development projects. He also served as the Vice President for Strategic Planning for Lockheed Martin's Information and Services Sector, which generated greater than $5B in net annual revenue. Mr. Kennedy received a BS degree in electrical engineering from Lafayette College and an MS degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Jesko VonWindheim
Jesko VonWindheim 
VP and General Manager, MEMS Business Unit

Jesko von Windheim has focused his career on commercializing emerging technologies.  While carrying out graduate and post-graduate work, Dr. von Windheim consulted for Oerlikon Aerospace (Canada) to develop dual-use strategies for Oerlikon's military and aerospace technologies. In 1992 he joined Kobe Steel, USA, as Assistant Director of R&D to develop a commercialization strategy for Kobe's North American R&D group.


In 1997 Dr. von Windheim joined a technology incubator, MCNC Corp., as Business Development Manager to create and implement a business development strategy for the organization.  At MCNC he played an integral role in the spin-out of a number of start-up companies based on networking and semiconductor technologies.  In 1999 he was a founding member of the MCNC spin-out, Cronos Integrated Microsystems, a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) company. 


As Vice President of Marketing and Business Development of Cronos, Dr. von Windheim helped position the company as a leader in MEMS-based optical communications components.  In 2000 Cronos was acquired by JDS Uniphase in what is considered to be the largest transaction of its kind in North Carolina. Currently Dr. von Windheim is VP and General Manager of the Cronos MEMS division for JDS Uniphase.


Dr. von Windheim holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Physics, a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School .


David Sylvester
Dave Sylvester
Hale & Dorr

David Sylvester represents public and private technology companies and other general corporate clients in the areas of venture capital, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, domestic and international technology licensing, and securities law.

In recent transactions, Mr. Sylvester represented:

  • A multibillion-dollar networking products company in the multimillion-dollar acquisition of a public network access company and a software company
  • A multibillion-dollar automotive supply company in the acquisition of substantially all assets of one division of a multibillion-dollar corporation
  • A multibillion-dollar communications corporation in negotiations over the sale of substantially all assets of one of its divisions
  • A leading office supply superstore chain in its acquisitions of another chain of office supply superstores and a regional office supply store
  • National underwriters in initial public offerings of equity securities
  • Various technology companies in domestic and international technology-transfer matters and in public and private offerings of securities
  • Various other companies in the receipt of debt financing from large U.S. financial institutions
  • The foreign subsidiary of a large U.S. mutual fund in the receipt of project financing from domestic and international financial institutions
  • The U.S. subsidiary of a multibillion-dollar foreign corporation in the acquisition of a harbor cruise company
  • Three public technology companies in respective multimillion-dollar acquisitions of private technology companies
  • Venture capital funds investing in technology-oriented and other companies

Mr. Sylvester has lectured on topics relating to intellectual property, the reporting obligations of insiders of public companies, and venture-capital financing. His "Annotated Series A Convertible Stock Purchase Agreement" has been published since 1986 in the Practicing Law Institute's course materials on venture-capital financing, and is included in the venture-capital financing section of the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers' Business Document Drafting Series .

Mr. Sylvester is a member of the National and American Bar Associations. He is admitted to the Virginia and District of Columbia bars. He belongs to several practice groups at Hale and Dorr, including Antitrust, Biotechnology, Computer Law, International, Venture Capital, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Securities.

Beyond his law practice, Mr. Sylvester is committed to a number of community efforts in the Washington, D.C., area. He serves as pro bono general counsel to the Midnight Basketball League, Inc., and to the National Association of Midnight Basketball Leagues, Inc. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Heads-Up Incorporated, a private, non-prifit after school enrichment progrm in Washington, D.C. and is a former president and member of the Board of Directors of AHC (formerly Arlington Housing Corporation), a private non-profit organization that provides low and moderate income housing to over 4,000 residents of Northern Virginia. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the mid-Atlantic Venture Association ("MAVA").

Mr. Sylvester received a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School, and a B.A. degree from Stanford University.


Ransom Parker

Ransom Parker
Managing Director

Ransom Parker is a Managing Director of SpaceVest, a leading venture capital fund investing in companies that capitalize advanced technologies. Mr. Parker was president, chief operating officer, and a director of the hospital information systems division of Compucare, a healthcare information technology company. Mr. Parker also served as a regional operations manager with Shared Medical Systems Corporation. He was responsible for all healthcare systems sales, installation, customer service, and professional services in the Mid-Atlantic region. Previously, Mr. Parker held progressively more responsible management positions with the healthcare information systems division of Technicon Instruments Corporation and with Compucare. Mr. Parker received a BS in Biological Sciences from Fairleigh Dickinson University where he also did graduate work and conducted basic research in Human Physiology. He received an MHA in Healthcare Administration from The George Washington University.


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