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Eric Becker
Managing Partner

Sterling Venture Partners

 

Eric Becker is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Sterling Venture Partners. Eric has 17 years experience building, operating and investing in more than 30 companies. With an entrepreneurial background, he has served as an investor, founder, CEO and director. Eric has provided mentoring -- CEO coaching, structuring acquisitions, strategic planning, board development -- and assistance to many Sterling portfolio companies in dealing with rapid growth. In 1983, Eric co-founded and served as a Managing General Partner of Sterling Capital, Ltd.

He also served as Chairman of Tango Communications, a Sterling portfolio company, prior to its sale to a public company.

Prior to founding Sterling, Mr. Becker was a co-founder and Senior Management Consultant for LifeCard International. He also worked in Chicago for the Levy Organization, a real estate and restaurant company, and Grant Partners, a private value-oriented investment fund. Mr. Becker attended University of Chicago.

Eric is a director of a number of portfolio companies. He serves on the board of Maryland/Israel Development Center, Port Discovery Children's Museum, and the Garrison Forest School. He and his wife, Jill, have served as co-chairs of the Society for Excellence in Television for Maryland Public TV. Eric is the past chairman of the Washington-Baltimore Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

 

Cory A. Marsan
Cory A. Marsan
Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing
ServiceBench

 

Ms. Marsan, a twenty-year sales and marketing veteran, brings a wealth of technology management experience to ServiceBench, including expertise in both the emerging growth and public sectors. As executive vice president of sales and marketing, Ms. Marsan is responsible for directing all aspects of ServiceBench's sales and marketing efforts including corporate communications, product marketing, channel marketing, public relations, sales and business development. Before joining ServiceBench, Ms. Marsan co-founded Net2000 Communications, a broadband telecommunications company, where she oversaw sales and revenue growth, helping to take the company public. Ms. Marsan also co-founded N2N Communications, which she helped position for a successful acquisition. In addition, Ms. Marsan has served in various sales and marketing management roles at Bell Atlantic and AT&T.
Deepak Hathiramani
Deepak Hathiramani
President & CEO

 

Deepak Hathiramani is the founder, president & CEO of Vistronix, a consulting and systems integration company focused on e-business and technology solutions to the private and public sector.  As president & CEO, he is currently responsible for corporate management and strategic planning for the company.  Vistronix is ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in the Washington DC Metro area (as ranked by Washington Techway) and 52nd fastest growing company in the nation, as ranked by Inc. 

Prior to Vistronix, Mr. Hathiramani worked with high-tech start-ups including Nx Networks (previously known as Netrix Corporation), where he was part of the technical team responsible for the design and development of the first truly integrated wide-area network switch.  Before joining Nx Network, Mr. Hathiramani worked with Cinnabar Software, a high-tech start-up specializing in providing a broad range of software test systems and related services to software developers and value-added resellers.  As the lead engineer at Cinnabar, Mr. Hathiramani was responsible for design and development of the company's entire suite of products and tools.

Mr. Hathiramani received a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Mathematics/Physics from the University of Bombay, India.  Mr. Hathiramani has also completed several ancillary management courses including the Advanced Management Business Executive Program and Management Business Executive Program from the Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College and a Diploma in Business Management and Industrial Administration.  Mr. Hathiramani is also a member of the “Inc. Eagles”, a CEO Leadership Group program.

Mr. Hathiramani currently serves on the board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, Virginia Technology Alliance, George Mason University’s Information Technology & Engineering Advisory Board and Orane Technologies.   He was recently honored by the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Chapter of the Association of Indians in America – (AIA) as the AIA 2001 “Entrepreneur of the Year”.

 

Rob C. Masri
Rob C. Masri
Executive Vice President,
Corporate Development and General Counsel
Multicity

 

Rob Masri is responsible for developing and managing Multicity’s strategic business partnerships and handling the company’s legal affairs.  Prior to joining Multicity, he was an attorney with Cooley Godward LLP, a law firm specializing in representing emerging and established information technology and life sciences companies.  His diverse range of business and legal expertise includes venture capital financing, public and private offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.  His representation of high-technology and emerging growth companies spanned industry sectors ranging from software and telecommunications to the Internet and e-commerce.   He earned a B.A. in History, with distinction, from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

Patrick J. Arnone
President,
Arnone & Associates, Inc.

Patrick Arnone is the President of Arnone & Associates, Inc., a retained Senior Level Executive Search firm focused exclusively in the Technology industry. Arnone & Associates, Inc. serves its clients by focusing search engagements at only senior executive levels for small to large companies and national in scope. 

Prior to the formation of his firm, Mr. Arnone enjoyed a successful 32 year career in the Information Technology industry.  He is a senior executive with diverse management experience in Information Technology companies ranging from startups and emerging growth organizations to large established IT companies. 

During Mr. Arnone’s career, he led and managed sales, marketing, consulting services, technical support, finance and operational divisions within different Information Technology companies, managing up to 375 employees.  Mr. Arnone had particular success in creating new business opportunities and turning around failing operations.  As a Vice President, Mr. Arnone established and led a highly successful Oracle Corporation Division, where, over a four year period, the Division grew from 12 to 350 employees and from 2 million to 90 million in revenue.  As the General Manager and Vice President, Mr. Arnone developed the strategy and led the execution for the turnaround of the Sybase Public Sector Group, taking the business from 18 million to 85 million in 3 years. He also served in executive positions with PRC, QStar Technology, Distribusoft and held various roles with IBM, Boeing Computer Services and Storage Technology Corporation. 

Mr. Arnone has a reputation as a highly motivated and energetic leader with exceptional strategic planning and organizational skills, business knowledge and P&L expertise.  During a one year sabbatical in ‘93, he volunteered his time and services to the Morino Institute, a non-profit entity where he assisted in the discovery and definition of the organization in order to understand how electronic communications could serve those in middle- to low-income families from an educational, community and social services standpoint.  The Institute also developed the Netpreneur Program that is nationally recognized as an incubator for Internet companies based in the Washington, D.C. region.  Mr. Arnone is a native of Washington, D.C.

 

 

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