||Stewart Thornhill, Ph.D.
Stewart Thornhill, Executive Director of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, serves as the Eugene Applebaum Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and the Managing Director of the Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund. He joins Ross from Ivey Business School at Western University in London, Ontario, where he served as the executive director of the Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship and a member of the faculty, focused on strategy and entrepreneurship. At Ivey, he championed a number of new initiatives and has sizable experience helping entrepreneurs through his involvement in QuantumShift, an Executive Development program for high-growth entrepreneurs. Thornhill's extensive background also includes global experience, having held the Karel Steur chair in entrepreneurship at the Universidad de San Andreas, Buenos Aires and various professorial roles at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris in France and the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. Dr. Thornhill's research interests include strategic execution, leadership, competitive strategy, innovation and corporate entrepreneurship. His work has appeared in several top management journals and he has published more than 20 teaching cases. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Business Venturing, the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, the International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, and the Journal of Global Entrepreneurship Research. He received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia and also holds a B.Sc. (Eng.) in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA with a concentration in Finance. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, he worked as a manufacturing engineering and a radio journalist.
||David J. Brophy, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance
David Brophy joined the finance faculty at U-M in 1968 and has served since 1992 as director of the Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance, where he assists emerging and mid-size companies. He is a founding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Private Equity and the International Journal of Venture Capital. Dr. Brophy’s consulting activities in the public and private sectors include his advisory work with funds such as Compass Technology Partners, Plymouth Ventures and Bio-Star Ventures, as well as with various government agencies in the United States, Australia and France. He holds an MBA from University of Detroit and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.
||Richard (Erik) Gordon
Associate Director and Clinical Assistant Professor
Erik Gordon's interests focus on entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, including strategy, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and venture finance. His expertise also includes alliances and joint ventures, intellectual-property strategy and licensing, and the roles and operations of boards of directors, particularly in the biomedical, energy and green-technology fields. Mr. Gordon is the managing director of the Wolverine Venture Fund and teaches a foundation course on how to prepare business plans for new ventures in the life sciences, biotechnology and other industries and another course on how to market start-up businesses to potential funders, customers and other key influencers. Previously, Mr. Gordon was the Shulman Family Chair in Technology and Business Innovation and associate dean at Stevens Institute of Technology. He also served on the faculty and as associate dean/director of the graduate division of business and management (Carey Business School) at Johns Hopkins University. During his career, Mr. Gordon has co-founded or advised numerous companies. Gordon holds a B.A. in economics from Bucknell University and a J.D. from The Albany Law School of Union University.
||Peter Adriaens, Ph.D. P.E.
Professor of Entrepreneurship
Dr. Adriaens is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the Ross School of Business, where he is affiliated with the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. In this capacity, he advises two funds on CleanTech investments. He is past-President of the Association of Environmental Science and Engineering Professors, and a member-by-eminence of the American Academy of Environmental Engineering. Following a 20-year career focused on validating laboratory-based bioremediation, environmental sensing and green building technologies in the field, his current work focuses on CleanTech innovation and entrepreneurship. He teaches courses on Business Models, Entrepreneurial Business Fundamentals, CleanTech Venture Assessment, and Sustainability Finance. He is co-developer of the KeyStone Compact™, a data-driven analytical and strategic positioning tool for entrepreneurial ventures that has used by more than 500 global early and later stage companies in a wide range of investment domains (CleanTech, BioTech, ITC, space sciences). He founded Global CleanTech LLC, an executive education firm, and is Director of Asian Operations at LimnoTech, focused on value-added services in energy, water and emissions management in the US and China. He is Director at CleanTech Acceleration Partners, a business services firm built on the KeyStone Compact™ platform, and Head Judge of the Global CleanTech Custer Association (GCCA), focused on open innovation and economic development by screening, repositioning and connecting best in class Cleantech clusters and companies. Peter holds a B.Sc. (eng) from Ghent University (Belgium), an M.S. from Ghent University, and a Ph.D. from University of California.
Sarika leads the development and execution of the Zell Lurie Institute’s student-oriented programs including the Dare to Dream Start-Up and Mayleben Venture Shaping Grants, Michigan Business Challenge, Marcel Gani Internship program, and Mingle 'n' Match networking events. In this role she also coaches and mentors U-M student teams to help students advance their businesses. Sarika has extensive start-up experience as a manager, mentor, and coach. She served as President & CEO of Dance Telephone - a group party game, COO of V-teractive - an online gaming start-up, and Associate at MyBandStock.com - a site that delivers exclusive digital access to music fans. Additionally, she was a Senior Quantitative Research Associate at Cambridge Associates for 3 years. Sarika holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan College of Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Marketing Program Manager
Mary is the Marketing Program Manager for the Zell Lurie Institute
and its Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance
where she drives and executes the marketing vision and manages program initiatives in the venture capital and private equity space.
These initaitives build networks among and engage leading
members of the global entrepreneurial, venture capital and private
equity investment community. Among these initiatives are the annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium and the Michigan Private Equity Conference.
After successfully employing her creative approach to her own
conference management and event business in the Ann Arbor and
Detroit areas, Mary came to the Business School in 2000. Prior
to this, she gained several years' worth of rewarding experience driving national regatta sponsorship sales and managing national boat show exhibits
at Yachting Magazine in New York. She received her
bachelor's degree from Michigan State University's Eli Broad College of Business and earned her Certificate in Management Development through th Executive Education program at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Marybeth serves as program assistant for event management activities
at the Institute. Before joining the Institute, Marybeth coordinated
the Annual Business Conference for the Business School's Alumni
Relations office. Previously, she led her own public relations
firm, worked as a product development specialist for Lovejoy
Tiffany's Incentive Division and served as a volunteer manager
for the St. Joseph Mercy Health System. Marybeth has also served
as the managing editor of two weekly Chicago newspapers owned
by Time, Inc. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism
form the University of Missouri.
||Carolyn M. Maguire
Carolyn has more than 22 years of experience at the Ross School
of Business. Prior to joining the Institute she was academic
support for 12 faculty members across five departments and for
the CEMP program which has grown to become the ERB Institute.
Carolyn is responsible for all primary correspondence and communication
and for all University reporting and financial functions. Carolyn
has an Associates Degree from Washtenaw Community College and
has taken several courses in business at Eastern Michigan University.