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Board Profiles

Board of Directors

Warren V. “Pete” Musser, Chairman   

A veteran of the technology and financial industries, Pete Musser has been a leading figure in the business world as both an entrepreneur and a chief executive for more than 50 years. Leaders in cable, communications, software, Internet, investing, business consulting, and consumer products have been born with Pete and his teams help.

Pete is perhaps best known for his role at Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. As the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer from 1953 until 2001, he facilitated the formation and success of many of today’s top Fortune companies, including QVC, Comcast, Novell, and more. Today, Pete continues to serve as Chairman Emeritus of Safeguard, and is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Musser Group, a financial consulting company. He also remains active on a number of corporate boards as a Director of Internet Capital Group, Inc., NutriSystem, Inc., InfoLogix, Inc., and Health Benefits Direct Corp.

Pete is a strong supporter of and contributor to the community at-large. He is a member of a variety of civic, educational, and charitable boards of directors, and serves as Chairman of Economics PA.

Pete earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering at Lehigh University.

Howard Lubert     

Howard is the Founder and Managing Partner of SafeHatch LLC.  He brings more than 25 years of experience in the design, configuration, implementation and integration of complex IT systems into corporate business environments.  At Deloitte and Touche he helped create the eBusiness consulting service line for the firm and led teams in various Inter/Intranet technology engagements.  At Safeguard Scientifics he formalized the due diligence process and executed technical due diligence reviews.  Howard brings his unique mix of technical and private equity related experience with Safeguard and other VC and Angel Investment related funds to SafeHatch. Howard has also developed successful channel marketing programs for many high tech firms including Novell and IBM and served as the Chairman of an international trade association for the networking technology industry. Howard is also the Keiretsu Forum Area President over both the Mid-Atlantic and South-East Region.

Howard earned his BA in Psychology from Moravian College and a MA in School Psychology from Rowan University.

Jack Warnock   

Jack is a Director at Dellin USA, LLC and President of JW Strategic Advisors LLC. Jack has over 35 years of diverse corporate development and financial experience. He is a senior mentor and consigliere to CEOs who are exiting their businesses and want to ensure that the outcome is optimal and the transition goes smoothly, while still effectively doing their day job. He also helps them develop and implement strategies and tactics for optimal liquidity, growth and profitability, and he mentors business leaders to have better analyses, decision making, relationships and success. His expertise is specifically in: mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances; governance and risk management; finance and operations; management due diligence, integration and recruitment; capital markets, financing and investments; and succession planning.

Previously, Jack was a Partner in Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic; CPA at Arthur Andersen; CFO at FTP Software, Thinking Machines and Towers Perrin Administration Solutions; M&A at Verizon (Bell Atlantic); Office Managing Partner at Tatum; Business Consulting and Development at Smart Devine; Co-founder at JW Strategic Advisors, McIsaac Risk Solutions and Safeguard Scientifics (Bridge Tech Partners); Investment Banker at W.H. Newbold’s ; Executive Search at Wellington Management; and currently serves on the Board of Directors at C.W. Thomas.

 

Michael Kister, President and CEO

Mike has twenty years of experience leading successful technology startups, both as stand-alone ventures and as new business units within established organizations. Mike has led four new business initiatives from conception to profitability: an Internet Service Provider, a web marketing/e-commerce company, and the e-commerce divisions of two different Fortune 1000 industrial distributors. The most successful of these startups generates $300 million in annual revenues as part of a $4 billion publicly traded company. Mike has conducted turnarounds at his last two engagements. In each case he successfully revitalized a stagnated organization – identifying new markets, creating new products and capabilities, rebranding the companies, overhauling the staff, and focusing the operations. He was tapped as CEO of Acceleration Systems on April 1, 2013. Go figure.

Mike has a BS in Chemistry from Bowling Green State University, and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve School of Law. He is a Member of the Ohio State Bar and sits on the Marketing Advisory Council for Bowling Green State University.

Advisory Board

Dr. Merom Klein  

Merom Klein PhD, Principal of Courage International Business Advisors, is a highly seasoned expert in human capital management and innovation leadership who has advised leadership teams on scale-up, post-M&A integration and new business strategy execution. For 30+ years, Dr. Klein has advised a “who’s who” of global corporations, government agencies and aggressive fast-growing innovators in healthcare and life sciences, and has also worked with innovative technology, telecommunications, green technology and service businesses.

A serial entrepreneur, business acceleration & strategy execution advisor, angel investor & business psychologist, Dr. Klein has extensive experience with the full range of “people-issues” that entrepreneurs, boards & management teams face as they scale up their enterprises and solidify new strategic alliances.  He works with companies in all stages of development from “back of the envelope” & formulating their culture to Fortune 500 corporations in talent management, strategy execution and leadership development.  Merom especially enjoys helping founders and other senior executives re-envision their roles, instill accountability and broaden their reach as their companies take off. Merom has taught and written books on the courage that successful entrepreneurs build to mobilize support from investors, customers and their own leadership teams.

Merom is an Entrepreneurial Mentor-in-Residence for Keiretsu Forum Mid Atlantic and serves in leadership positions for the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Maryland-Israel Development Centre.  He began his career as a Psychologist at Eagleville Hospital working with Vietnam-era Veterans and other young adults recovering from drug and alcohol dependency and has held positions in Clinical/Community Psychology, School Psychology, Lean Process Improvement, Supply Chain Redesign, in Leadership/Organization Development and Acting Head of HR for entrepreneurial companies.

Dr. Klein is a Professor in Innovation Leadership at Temple University, where he earned his PhD in Organization Psychology and lectures at Penn State University.