Nazmin Alani – Company Director
Nazmin Alani joined BDC in 2004. He is current Director of OneChip Photonics, BLiNQ Networks, Seawell Networks, and Mobidia Networks. He sits as an observer at BTI Systems. Nazmin has 25 years of experience in the communications industry and has worked with incumbent and new service providers involved in wireline, wireless and satellite communications. His work experience includes assignments in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Asia, and Australia. Nazmin holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario and an MBA from the University of Ottawa, Ontario. He also completed the Executive Telecommunications Program at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and the Entrepreneurship program at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Joe Catalfamo – Company Director
Joe brings over 19 years of venture capital investing and a wealth of experience in the areas of business planning, financings, negotiations, IPOs and acquisitions. His diverse and extensive experience allows him to play an integral role in the structure, strategic direction, overall growth and business development of emerging companies. Joe currently represents Summerhill on the boards of Vantrix and Blinq. Previously he represented Summerhill on the boards of Radian6, Trust Digital and Third Brigade. For 14 years prior to joining Summerhill Venture Partners in June 2004, Joe served as EVP, CFO and Director of Whitecastle Investments, a leading Canadian private investment company, and Managing Director of its venture practice, Whitecap Venture Partners. As one of the venture practice founders, Joe was instrumental in shaping the vision and investment strategy of Whitecap. He was a core element of the senior team that brought a number of high-grossing investments to fruition. Joe’s past successes include investments in Radian6 (Acquired by Salesforce, NASDAQ: CRM), Third Brigade (acquired by Trend Micro, NASDAQ: TMIS), Trust Digital (acquired by McAfee Inc, NYSE: MFE), Broadband Networks Inc. (acquired by Nortel, NYSE: NT), Positron Fiber Systems (NASDAQ IPO and acquired by RELTEC, NYSE: RLT), Loran International Technologies (acquired by Peregrine Systems, NASDAQ: PRGN), Electrophotonics (acquired by ETEC, NASDAQ: ETEC), PC Docs Group International (NASDAQ IPO, and acquired by Hummingbird, TSE: HUM & NASDAQ: HUMC) and ImagicTV (NASDAQ IPO, and acquired by ALCATEL, NYSE: ALA). Joe began his professional career with KPMG, where he held various senior positions in both Canada and the U.K. Joe is a Gold Medal graduate from the University of Waterloo’s Master of Accounting program (1986). Joe holds Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Accountant designations in Canada.
Ralph E. Faison – Executive Chairman of the Board
Ralph is former CEO of Pulse Electronics and Chairman of the Board at BLiNQ Networks. He was president, chief executive officer and a director of Andrew Corporation, a publicly traded manufacturer of communication equipment and systems, which was acquired by CommScope, Inc. in December 2007. Prior to joining Andrew Corporation, he was president and chief executive officer of Celiant Corporation, a manufacturer of power amplifiers and wireless radio frequency systems, which was acquired by Andrew Corporation in June 2002. From 1995 to 2001, he held leadership roles at Lucent Technologies, including vice president of Lucent’s New Ventures Group. Before joining Lucent, Mr. Faison held various leadership positions at AT&T, including vice president and general manager of AT&T’s wireless business unit and vice president of manufacturing for AT&T’s consumer products unit in Bangkok, Thailand. Faison is a current member of the board of directors of NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR). He holds a B.B.A. degree in marketing from Georgia State University and an M.S. degree in management as a Sloan Fellow from Stanford University.
Andrew Garman – Company Director
Andy is Managing Partner at New Ventures Partners, an early stage venture capital firm with over $700M under management, focused on technology spinouts from corporations and major institutional labs. Previously he was a Vice President at Lucent Technologies, charged with developing ventures from Bell Labs; the Managing Director of BT Ventures at Bankers Trust Company, where he managed a portfolio of internally generated spin-outs in information technology; and Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Xerox New Enterprise Group, commercializing the technology of Xerox, including that of the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Andy has served on the boards of companies in the U.S. such as Vallent Corp. (acquired by IBM), Celiant Corporation (acquired by Andrew Corporation), Lucent Public Safety Systems (acquired by Intrado), Placeware (acquired by Microsoft), InXight Software, Inc. (acquired by Business Objects), SiPort (acquired by Intel), Amati Communications Corp. (acquired by Texas Instruments), dpiX Inc., AcuPrint Inc., Document Forum (acquired by TheLaw.com), Chrystal Software (now Astoria) and iBiquity Digital Corporation (as an observer); in the U.K. including Azure Solutions Ltd. (acquired by Subex), Psytechnics Ltd. (acquired by NetScout), and Vidus Ltd. (acquired by @Road); and in India: Subex Limited (SUBEX.NS). He currently serves on the boards of Novinda, ICRtec, BrisMat, and BLiNQ Networks Inc. Andy holds an AB in Engineering and Applied Physics from Harvard College, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Stanford University, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar. He is a member of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean & Advisory Board, the U.S. Council of Competitiveness, and a past president of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association and member of its Dean Board of Advisors.
Carleton (Mickey) Miller – Company Director
Mickey Miller has over twenty years of experience in creating and building growth businesses in the communications industry. Prior to co-founding BLiNQ, he was President, Wireless Network Solutions Group of Andrew Corporation. During his tenure, Andrew Corporation sales grew from $1 billion to $2.2 billion culminating in the sale of the company for $2.6 billion. Prior to Andrew, Mickey was Vice President and General Manager at Tyco Electronics where he led the Power Systems Division for four years after being a part of the executive team that sold Lucent Power Systems to Tyco for $2.5 billion. Prior to Lucent Technologies, he held various leadership roles for General Signal and AT&T Microelectronics. He holds an MBA in finance and marketing from Rockhurst College, completed the Corporate Finance Program at the London Business School, and holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri.