Advisory Board

Ty Danco

Ty Danco  is chairperson of Stromatec. He is a successful entrepreneur and angel investor, most notably founding eSecLending, the largest independent securities lending firm. eSecLending was sold in 2006 at greater than a 20x return for its institutional investors. Ty serves or has served on various boards, including the United States Olympic Foundation, the Amateur Athletic Union, and the Investment Committee of the American Legacy Foundation. He is a graduate of the Wharton Graduate School of Business and Middlebury College. Additional information is available at

Richard Bruno

Richard Bruno is the CEO of Beyond If Corporation of Chicago, a venture partner at Cycle Capital of Montreal, the founder and former chairperson of Quebec Angels (Anges Quebec), a member of the National Research Council Industrial Program advisory board, a member of the Hexagram and CVT Corp advisory boards as well being a board member of the Foundation of the Mayor of Montreal and of Toon Boom Inc.

A technologist, businessman and passionate repeat entrepreneur, during the past 40 years Dr. Bruno built and sold a half a dozen multimillion-dollar high-tech companies in the US and Japan in businesses ranging from karaoke production systems, chip sets for games systems and DVDs, video conferencing chip sets, film-based PC and Mac computer games, internet website production tools to internet security systems. As a senior manager at Philips N.V. he also developed and launched several dozen billion dollar mass-market products, as diverse as the Compact Disc, photovoltaic and thermal solar collectors, heat pump systems and the Minitel, in Europe, Asia and North America. These products have been used by millions of consumers worldwide.

As CEO of Beyond If Corporation he has provided management services to several dozen Fortune 1000 international private companies and policy reviews for several public sector organizations.

Since 2004, in Canada, Dr. Bruno was a board member of Medical Intelligence Inc., a venture partner at iNovia Capital and, and director of McGill University’s Office of Technology Transfer Office.

Dr. Bruno obtained his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from McMaster University in 1971, an honors B.Sc. degree in Physics from McGill University in 1967, and an Executive Program MBA from Michigan University Ann Arbor in 1988.

George McClelland

George McClelland has experience in the computer hardware, software, telecommunications, parallel processing, financial services, nanotech, Internet auction, voice authentication and medical delivery fields.

He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1968 with a BA in economics, cum laude. He then attended the Harvard Business School, graduating in 1970 with an MBA (with distinction). In 1998 he was awarded a Ph.D., Humane Letters from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Mr. McClelland held senior positions at Data General, Fidelity Investments, University of Massachusetts Medical Center and United Asset Management.

He has founded, or co-founded F Squared Investments, The Charitable Gift Fund, Porticus Technology and eSecLending companies. He has also helped found OSV Partners (a hedge fund company) and Palladyne Investments (a high net worth investment company).

He serves on the Boards of Safeguard Scientifics, Friends of the Children Boston, F Squared Investments, and Porticus Technologies. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of Windward Investments and Executive Resources International.

Currently he is Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of both the Audit and Compensation Committees of Safeguard Scientifics. Formally, he was Chairman of the Strategy Committee for the company. He has also served on the Boards of Riverstone Networks and Storage Networks.

He has previously served on a multitude of public and private boards.

Rocki-Lee Dewitt

Rocki-Lee Dewitt is a Professor of Management in the School of Business at the University of Vermont. She earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University in strategic management, her M.S. at The Ohio State University in agricultural economics and her B.S. in marketing and management at New York University. From 2002 until 2009, Dr. DeWitt served as the Dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont. As Dean, she lead the reaffirmation of the schools accreditation by AACSB, hired 15 of the schools 27 tenure track faculty, increased the number of endowed faculty fellowships and professorships, and helped build a management development and executive education presence. Prior to her arrival, Dr. DeWitt was the Associate Dean for Professional Masters Programs at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. DeWitt has received numerous teaching awards and has discussed teaching innovations at multiple national conferences. Her research on downsizing and restructuring has been published in top tier journals. Dr. DeWitts current research focuses on the evolution of land-based, value-added industries with a special consideration of the role of family businesses in that evolution. Dr. DeWitt has been a member of the Board of Governors of Beta Gamma Sigma. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of Yankee Farm Credit (an ACA), and sits on various community boards including the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Burlington Industrial Council.

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