Leadership

HPA’s Leadership Team institutes and executes the strategies and policies that drive investments, membership, partnerships, and community outreach.

Management Team

Peter Wilkins

Managing Director

Serial entrepreneur and head of one of the top angel groups in the country with a clear focus on leading with a people-first approach.

Michael Sachaj

Principal

Manages and oversees deal activity, from sourcing and due diligence to new and follow-on investments.

Alida Miranda-Wolff

Director of Platform

Manages and oversees the HPA brand and content, as well as members, partnerships, and portfolio company support.

Stephen Ross

Analyst

Supports portfolio companies, provides analytical insights into investment performance, and analyzes venture capital trends.

Bess Goodfellow

Analyst

Supports the oversight and management of investment and membership data, trends, and reports, and manages data around portfolio companies.

Emma Boston

Associate

Drives startup outreach and outbound sourcing efforts for the Consumer Products and Services group.

Brittany Genelin

Associate

Drives startup outreach and outbound sourcing efforts for the Business and Financial Services group.

Eric Weisberg

Associate

Drives startup outreach and outbound sourcing efforts for the Digital Media and Technology and Healthcare groups.

Industry Vertical Co-Chairs

Craig Vodnik

Co-founded a global ecommerce platform with a variety of clients around the world and leads its operations.

Hardik Bhatt

Secretary at the Deparment of innovation & technology & State Chief Innovation Officer of Illinois.

Dan Murray

Serial entrepreneur, private investor, and a founder of Workiva, a business reporting software company.

Scott Rose

Seasoned CEO and organization-builder behind various proprietary trading firms/hedge funds/banks. Currently advising ChicagoNEXT on Fintech related efforts.

Rob Eckardt

Enterprise sales executive and expert with deep domain knowledge of software landscape.

Niel Stern

Covering the world of food retailing

Board Members

Doug Monieson

Active leader of the CME for 20+ years, founding member of the NASDAQ100 futures pit, and expert financial commentator for Bloomberg TV.

Bob Giammanco

Founded and operates an industrial supplies company with almost 50% market share in its vertical.

Chris Jensen

Telecom expert managing investments in wireless spectrum and telecom infrastructure.

Joe LaManna

Seasoned executive at one of world’s largest global investment banks and wealth advisory firms and active board member of multiple companies.

Chris McGowan

Retail and consumer private equity partner and Professor of Private Equity and Entrepreneurship.

Craig Vodnik

Co-founded a global ecommerce platform with a variety of clients around the world and leads its operations.

Membership Committee Chair

Sapan Shah

Sapan Shah M.D., J.D. is the President and a founding partner of Flagship Healthcare, the fastest growing malpractice insurance brokerage in Illinois, representing over 700 physicians.

Portfolio Advisory Chair

Corey Ferengul

Serial adtech executive who successfully exited two companies, one which he took public and another which he sold.

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