Executive Advisory Board

Farzan Bharucha

(Strategic Planning). Mr. Bharucha has both a research and business background, with more than a dozen years focused on providing strategic and financial advisory services in the healthcare space, specializing in organizational and incentive alignment. Over the course of his career, he has completed major strategic engagements for some of the industry's most well-known brands - including the Cleveland Clinic, Duke, MD Anderson, Penn and UCSF. For the last four years, he has served as the National Director of the Healthcare Strategy practice for international consulting firm Kurt Salmon. He recently left that position to found his own advisory practice, Whitecap Health Advisors. He holds a Masters degree in Pharmaceutics and MBA in Strategy from The Ohio State University.

Cameron Burr

(Industrial Services). Mr. Burr advises NexPhase Capital in the area of Industrial Services. He brings to us more than two decades of experience in corporate development and finance. His area of special expertise is aviation and aerospace, having founded two companies in that field: JetCapital Group, LLC, a provider of corporate finance advisory services including capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, and strategic consulting; and, POGO Jet, a new generation air taxi provider whom he also served as President and EVP. In addition to his role with NexPhase, Mr. Burr is Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Marketing for Avioserv, San Diego, and on the board of directors for American Global Logistics, Hawthorne Global Aviation Services, Mxi Technologies, and ALOFT. He formerly served on the board of Flightstar Aircraft Services, LLC.

Mr. Burr holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. He is also a member of the Wings Club based in New York.

Admiral Kirkland Donald

(Industrial Services). Admiral Donald has 37 years of experience in the U.S. Navy and was most recently the four star admiral in charge of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program from 2004 to 2012. The Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program is a joint Department of Defense and Department of Energy program that has full responsibility for the safety and effectiveness of over 90 nuclear reactors powering the Navy's entire fleet of submarines and aircraft carriers. In this role, Admiral Donald managed a $2 billion annual budget and over 40,000 personnel during a challenging period of recapitalization and increasing fleet operational pace. He led a complex that included two laboratories and many industrial partners where major activities included design, engineering, construction, operation, maintenance, disposal of naval nuclear propulsion plants, consolidation of technical functions and facilities, regulatory oversight, crisis management and diplomacy with international partners. Prior to this position, Admiral Donald was also Commander of Naval Submarine Forces/Commander Allied Submarine Command (NATO) and Commander of Submarine Group Eight/Commander Allied Submarines South (NATO). After retiring from the Navy in 2013, he joined Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) in Alexandria, VA and initially served as the Chief Operating Officer and then President and Chief Executive Officer until October of 2015. SPA provided analytical services and systems engineering support to senior decision makers in the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security with focus areas in strategic nuclear deterrence, undersea warfare, acquisition support and science and technology investment strategy. Admiral Donald served on the Congressional Advisory Panel on the Governance of the Nuclear Security Enterprise and contributed to the panel's final report, A New Foundation for the Nuclear Enterprise. He also serves as an Independent Director for the Entergy Corporation and as a board member at CyberCore Technologies. Admiral Donald is a 1975 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering.

Fred Florjancic

(Industrial Services). Mr. Florjancic is the Managing Partner of Harbor Point Advisors, LLC, a management consulting firm. Previously, he served as CEO and president of Safety-Kleen, a leading parts cleaner, industrial waste management and oil recycling and re-refining company in North America, from 2004 until 2009. Prior to that he was at SPX Corp., where he served as president of its specialty engineered products group since 2001, and was responsible for six companies that manufacture industrial filters, hydraulics and capital equipment. Prior to SPX, he spent 15 years with Brunswick Corp., beginning in 1985 as vice president of finance and treasurer, and later serving as global president and CEO of the indoor recreation group. Mr. Florjancic holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Indiana University, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business. He also serves on the board of directors of American Global Logistics, Elkay Manufacturing, where he is chairman of the finance committee, and he is chairman of the board for Ramsey Industries Inc.

Paul Golden

(Industrial Services). Mr. Golden is the Founder and Managing Partner of Schilling Ventures, a partnership focused on helping manufacturing companies grow sustainably through a commitment to Lean Enterprise Culture, a business model and collection of processes that emphasize the elimination of waste while delivering products on time, at the least cost and with greater efficiency than conventional mass production techniques. Mr. Golden began his career at Westinghouse Electric Corporation and was engaged in corporate M&A, production supervision and business development. Mr. Golden later held positions at Federal-Mogul, Danaher and Wabtec. Mr. Golden left Wabtec to found FMG Capital Partners to focus on the acquisition and transformation of mid-market manufacturing companies and later merged his efforts with J.W. Childs Associates, where he took responsibility for multiple transformation efforts at portfolio companies. Mr. Golden received his B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He formerly served on the board of Flightstar Aircraft Services, LLC.

John Gomez

(HCIT). Mr. Gomez is currently the CEO of Sensato (cyber-security & privacy for healthcare), JGo Labs (product design & management consulting) and Group Espada (counter-terrorism services). Previously, Mr. Gomez was the CTO/co-President of Allscripts, a leading provider of healthcare information solutions. During his time with Allscripts, Mr. Gomez helped lead Eclipsys as CTO and also oversaw their Business Development and International Business Unit, which was responsible for operations in AsiaPac, the Middle East and South Pacific. Mr. Gomez was also the CTO of WebMD and worked at Microsoft in various capacities, including the development of their Advanced Technology Centers as well as the design/development of several key product offerings. Mr. Gomez was also part of the team that built the first on-line bank during his time at HR Block Advanced Engineering Group. Prior to his work in high-technology, Mr. Gomez worked as Director of Financial Systems for American Re-Insurance. During his career Mr. Gomez has worked with small startups to multi-national, billion dollar public companies overseeing teams of over 2,000 members. He is often called on to lecture on product design, leadership and operational excellence and future trends across industries. Mr. Gomez currently serves on the board of directors of OmniSYS, LLC.

Stephen Hoffman

(Software). Mr. Hoffman is the Chairman of Ontuitive, which offers performance support software and content addressing best practice enablement for enterprise SAAS applications. With Ontuitive, Mr. Hoffman moved from Board Chair to Executive Chairman - overseeing product development, channel development, strategy and financing - and assumed the additional role of interim CEO from 2013-2014. He is also a board member at PAN, Turning Technologies, Zeuss, Pulse8, and CyberCore Technologies. In 2007, Mr. Hoffman served as the CEO and a board member of iJET, an intelligence driven provider of risk management solutions. Prior to that, he was the CEO and a board member of Element K, a private, industry leader in the development and delivery of e-Learning. He has also held senior roles at Blackboard, Prometric Thomson Learning and Computer Task Group (CTG). Mr. Hoffman spent the first 13 years of his career with IBM, where he held various positions in general management, sales, and marketing. He holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester's Simon Business School.

James Murphy

(Consumer). 

Mr. Murphy has over 30 years of domestic and international executive experience with Fortune 500 companies, including positions as Managing Director of Scott Paper for the UK and Ireland and Country President for a Canadian division of Eastman Kodak. As CEO of two highly successful leveraged buyouts, American Safety Razor and Personal Care Group, he focused on building value through aggressive new product development and introduction, operational turnarounds, right sizing, distribution expansion and international growth. His focus is consumer household and personal care products. He recently was CEO of a technical startup until February 2010. Mr. Murphy holds an M.B.A. from Fordham University and a B.A. from San Diego State University. He is a member of ACG Denver, the Boulder Community Foundation and Naturally Boulder and is an advisor to the Ready to Work project in Boulder. Mr. Murphy formerly served on the board of directors of Dr. Fresh, LLC.

Ann Rhoades

(Human Capital Management). Ms. Rhoades has over 25 years of human resources experience in a variety of service-based industries and is President of People Ink, a consulting company she founded that helps organizations create unique workplace cultures based on values and performance. Most recently, Ms. Rhoades was Executive Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of People for JetBlue Airways. Previously, she held the position of Vice President of the People Department for Southwest Airlines and Executive Vice President of Team Services for Promus Hotel Corporation. Ms. Rhoades previously served on the boards of JetBlue Airways, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, HireVue, Inc., Restoration Hardware, Accion New Mexico, Albuquerque Community Foundation and the University of New Mexico-Robert O. Anderson School of Business National Advisory Board. She holds an MBA in Management from the University of New Mexico.

Jon Slangerup

(Industrial Services). 

Mr. Slangerup has 36 years of executive leadership experience, including the past 22 years as a corporate director, president and/or CEO of both public and private companies ranging from the Port of Long Beach to a billion-dollar subsidiary of FedEx Corporation. With domain expertise in aviation and defense, multi-modal logistics, and environmental technologies, Mr. Slangerup has built businesses throughout North America, Europe and Asia, serving customers in more than 100 countries and completing more than a dozen corporate mergers and acquisitions. Most recently, he was Chairman and CEO of Mxi Technologies in Canada, a NexPhase portfolio company which was sold in 2017 to IFS of Sweden. The Mxi/IFS merger created the world’s leading provider of maintenance management software for the commercial aviation and defense industries. Prior to joining Mxi, Mr. Slangerup was CEO of the Port of Long Beach, a primary U.S. gateway moving $200 billion a year in trans-Pacific trade via sea, rail and truck, and providing employment for more than 300,000 people throughout Southern California. During his tenure at the Port, Mr. Slangerup managed a $4 billion budget for capital infrastructure improvements and delivered record levels of cargo volume and revenue growth. Mr. Slangerup’s career began in military and commercial aviation, leading to a distinguished 20-year career with FedEx where he advanced to become President of FedEx Canada. During his seven-year tenure in Toronto, he increased annual sales from $50 million to $1 billion, establishing FedEx as Canada’s leading international express logistics enterprise. In addition to his corporate work, Mr. Slangerup serves as a Trustee of his alma mater, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Aeronautics and Business Administration.