The Venture Jobs Foundation evaluates its investment candidates using due diligence best practices of venture capital investors. These include attractive and available markets, competitive differentiation and management capability across business and technical functions. We invest in companies that have sound growth potential and the capacity to repay their obligations to the VJF from future business cash flows. Our “rising star” deal team volunteers bring legal, accounting and business development experience to our due diligence reviews, and have been nominated by their respective firms. They bring valued professional experience and competence to the key process of qualifying candidates for VJF investment and presenting investment recommendations to the VJF Board and loan committee.
Stefan "Kip" Astheimer, Business Development
Stefan is the Vice President of Strategy at Howe & Rusling. In this role, he helps oversee approximately $1 Billion in investments and leads the firm’s ultra high net worth and alternative investment practices.
Bart Chacchia, Legal
Bart leads the business law practice in the Rochester office of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC and advises a wide spectrum of clients.
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David Dinolfo, Accounting
Dave is an audit manager at the Bonadio Group and is part of the firm’s Privately Held Companies Team. He has over seven years of experience in public accounting.
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Andrew C. Houston, Business Development
Drew serves as the wealth strategy associate for Keystone Capital Partners Group. He works with small and middle-market businesses to design and implement employee benefit plans, executive compensation, and employee retention strategies.
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Ella Krzanowicz, Legal
Ella is Senior Counsel at Rochester's Underberg and Kessler Law Firm. She brings an extensive background in banking affairs, corporate governance and regulatory matters, having worked previously for Farm Credit East and the SBA.
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Christopher R. Piedici, Accounting
Christopher R. Piedici, CPA, is a Senior Manager in Freed Maxick’s Audit and Assurance Practice. He has over ten years of public accounting experience providing services to companies from start-up to $1 billion in assets in a wide variety of industries, including high technology, manufacturing, mortgage banking, service entities, governmental and not-for-profit. He also assists and serves in an outsourced CFO/controller capacity for clients.
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