Salt Lake City, Utah, October 4, 2023 – Kinect Capital is pleased to announce the addition of four accomplished professionals to its Board of Trustees. These individuals bring a wealth of diverse expertise to further strengthen the organization’s mission.
The new board members are:
Jolene Anderson – Jolene serves as the Managing Director for VectorPoint Ventures, LLC, where she advises seed and early-stage companies in various industries, including life sciences, clean tech, and digital health. Her extensive background as an entrepreneur, angel investor, investor relations expert, and mentor for women and minority led companies makes her a tremendous asset to the board. (LinkedIn)
Cheryle Caplinger – Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation District Project Manager at Utah Tech University (formerly Dixie State). Cheryle brings over two decades of experience in establishing and managing high-level, mutually beneficial collaborations, making her a valuable addition to the team. She has a proven track record of enhancing organizations’ images, building community and board relationships, and stewarding donors. (LinkedIn)
Marc Rasich – As a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Marc brings more than two decades of experience assisting technology companies, from Silicon Slopes start-ups to global Fortune 100 companies with their corporate governance, intellectual property, and business disputes. Marc also relies on his deep business litigation experience to help high growth companies identify, protect, and grow their intellectual property and proactively identify and mitigate legal risk. His strategic and practical approach to legal advice will provide valuable insights to the board. (LinkedIn)
Nick Singleton – Nick is the Vice President of Aim Ventura Capital, a growth equity fund specializing in minority investments in lower-market revenue-generating companies. Additionally, he oversees Old Main Ventures, a student ran venture capital fund based at Utah State University. His hands-on approach to investing and expertise in growth equity, operational assistance, and exit strategies will be pivotal for Kinect Capital’s portfolio companies. (LinkedIn)
Tara Spalding, Interim CEO of Kinect Capital, expressed her enthusiasm about the new additions, stating, “We are thrilled to welcome Cheryle, Nick, Marc, and Jolene to our Board of Trustees. Their experience will definitely elevate Kinect Capital’s ability to support the startup and small businesses in our community. We look forward to their valuable contributions.”
Marcia Nelson, Board of Trustees Chair at Kinect Capital, added, “These new appointments not only signify growth but also reinforce our commitment to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. We are confident that their collective expertise will help Kinect Capital continue to make a significant impact in the startup ecosystem.”
With the addition of these four distinguished professionals, Kinect Capital has expanded its board membership by 50%. The board of trustees now boasts a broad spectrum of experience and geographical representation. Each member brings a unique perspective that aligns with Kinect Capital’s mission to empower startups and drive innovation.
For more information about Kinect Capital and its board of trustees, please visit https://kinectcapital.org/kinect-capital-team/.
About Kinect Capital
Established in 1983 as an educational 501(c)3 non-profit, Kinect Capital is dedicated to advancing entrepreneurship and fostering the creation of groundbreaking industry leaders. Their mission is to empower emerging entrepreneurs, especially those from diverse backgrounds, in establishing sustainable and innovative companies that generate high-quality jobs and drive new economic opportunities, particularly in underserved regions of the US. Kinect Capital’s initiatives and programs guide companies towards becoming fundable entities, devising strategic funding approaches, and facilitating connections with investment and banking communities.