is a respected corporate transactional attorney, former technology practice chairman at two AM LAW 100 law firms, and held managing partner and executive committee responsibility. I am an effective business counselor to boards and C-level executives and an innovative leader with thirty years’ experience focused on business growth, particularly in technology-based companies.
Managing Partner, The Tilson Group
As a well-known leader in the Southeast technology community, I have managed more than 400 technology M&A, venture, private equity transactions, and numerous acquisitions, divestitures, and public offerings. I have built three highly successful technology law practices while providing management leadership at the firm executive level. Through the Tilson Group:
- I have worked with professional service firms on strategic business development and market analysis
- I also personally work with executive teams of select technology companies on business strategy, market growth, recruiting talent, strategic channels, board development, and access to capital.
Chairman, Southeast Investor Group (SEIG)
The Southeast Investor Group celebrated its 20th year of operation in 2015. I work full time on this unique peer to peer membership composed of partners from 30 of the Venture Capital Funds in the Southeast, five corporate venture funds, and 25 individual investors. Members are invited to join and members are capable of investing $500k-$15M. When combined, the membership has more than $1B in capital under management.
- SEIG looks for teams of innovators who have developed unique and differentiated technology, and are following their vision from growth to maturity. These are risk takers who balance their decisions with reason and industry knowledge. They want to build a long lasting company.
- The Group has viewed more than 1,000 company presentations and invested in more than 300 companies. SEIG members annually invest in an average of 30-40% of the presenting companies.
- With more than one billion dollars in combined managed equity, these 60 members reside in nine southeast states plus Texas and D.C. Each member contributes their own technology expertise to the Group. Membership is confidential. The Group does not operate a pool of capital or syndicate; rather SEIG Investors make independent investment decisions, but often collaborate and co-invest with each other.
- Companies are referred by members, southeast affiliate technology hubs, and trusted advisors. Once invited, a company fills out information and uploads descriptive materials on the SEIG web portal.