Leadership

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

Principal

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

Bess Goodfellow

Principal

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.

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.

Chris McGowan

25 years of venture capital and private equity investing; Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Private Equity at Booth School of Business

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

Chief Operating Officer at Chowbus; one of the first 50 employees at Uber and former COO of JUMP Bikes.

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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