We’re fortunate to have a board of directors that is both highly experienced and deeply engaged. Having launched successful startups, run global advertising agencies and advised hundreds of companies in a broad range of industries, our board members bring the kind of real-world insight and clear-eyed wisdom that are invaluable in a business that is ever changing.
Daniel is a member of the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C. and co-chair of its Venture Capital and Emerging Companies practice group. Daniel is also co-founder and managing director of Dawntreader Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in New York City. Additionally, Daniel is an adjunct professor of law at the NYU Law School and author and co-editor of Venture Capital: Forms and Analysis, published by the Law Journal Press.
From 1999 to 2003, Daniel was head of Venture Capital Funds and a managing director of SoundView Technology Group, Inc. (formerly Wit Capital), a technology-focused investment bank. Prior to that, he was head of the corporate group and the new media and e-law group at a leading New York law firm representing early-stage and technology companies.
Daniel has more than 25 years of corporate transactional experience, both as a lawyer and as a businessman, and has been an advisor to many emerging and developmental-stage companies. He is currently a board member of several technology companies. Daniel is admitted to practice in New York, California, and New Jersey. He received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania (1979) and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (1982).
Frank brings a wealth of experience to his role on HNW’s board of directors, having served as director and chairman of the board, and interim CEO for numerous organizations. As an M&A professional, he has been involved in more than 200 transactions.
Valued for his honest, straightforward perspective, Frank has served as a co-founder of Wesray Capital Corporation with Ray Chambers and Bill Simon; managing director of Kidder, Peabody & Co.; interim CEO of Tufts Medical Center; interim commissioner of the Massachusetts State Board of Education; and co-founder of Valuation Perspectives, Inc.
Frank’s public company board experience includes Hadco Corporation, Safety 1st, Albany Molecular Research, Moldflow Corporation, iParty Corporation and Zalicus. In addition to his role on HNW’s board of directors, he serves as a member of several non-profit and private company boards.
As a chief executive officer, communications visionary, motivational leader and author, Bob Schmetterer has long been recognized as one of advertising’s (and business’s) leading creative leaders and innovators. Advertising Age called him “a creative visionary.” Business Week profiled him as a “mover and shaker” for bringing technology and marketing together, and Campaign magazine said, “No one should underestimate Schmetterer’s determination” to change the way we think about creative thinking.
Bob brings a unique view of how to apply creative thinking to business (and life) and believes people “have the power to instill the magic of creativity into their lives and businesses.” He also believes that creative-thinking people and companies will be the leaders of our times—an idea explored in his best-selling book Leap: A Revolution in Creative Business Strategy.
Bob is a frequent speaker at conferences, including the American Association of Advertising Agencies, the Cannes International Advertising Festival, and Madison and Vine. Bob has also been key speaker for global companies, including Intel, Volvo, Kraft, Yahoo!, Danone, Reckitt Benkhiser and MCI, and for the International Advertising Association and the Association of National Advertisers.
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