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

Management Team

Pete Wilkins

Managing Director

Purpose-driven leader, investor, and entrepreneur. Leads the most active early-stage venture group in the Midwest.

Michael Sachaj

Senior Principal

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

Stephen Ross


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

Bess Goodfellow


Manages and oversees HPA's sourcing activity, analyzes market data and trends, and captures investment performance.

Cate LeSourd

Marketing & Community Manager

Oversees brand communications and strategy and manages membership, partnerships and community engagement.

Board Members

Amanda Lannert

Chief Executive Officer of Jellyvision, which has become one of Chicago’s fastest growing tech companies.

Chris Jensen

Telecom expert managing investments in wireless spectrum and telecom infrastructure.

Corey Ferengul

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

Craig Vodnik

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

Joe LaManna

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

Sapan Shah MD, JD

Background includes a range of experience in entrepreneurship, medicine, law, insurance, angel investing and politics.

Susan Whiting

Seasoned executive who led Nielsen and now serves as an active board member of over a dozen companies.

Membership Chairs

Ann Deters

Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Vantage Technology; started several healthcare ventures.

Kenny Tsai

Investor and Advisor. Former COO at Chowbus; one of the first 50 employees at Uber and former COO of JUMP Bikes.

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