Executive Director

Chuck McCoy

In 2008 Chuck McCoy founded the North Texas Angel Network, a group that today includes over 50 business leaders investing in promising early stage companies. Chuck has had 25 years’ experience in the software business, initially with Arthur Andersen and subsequently as an independent product developer for large companies such as AT&T, E-Systems and MCI. With an accounting background and extensive sales experience, he has helped multiple businesses grow through M&A as well as new product roll out. He has served as Director of Commercialization Programs at the North Texas RCIC and helped the Texas Emerging Technology Fund become an important funding source for technology start-ups. He holds a BBA from Oklahoma City University, an MS (Economics) from Oklahoma State University, and is a veteran of the US Army (A Battery, 6th Battalion, 33rd Field Artillery, 1968).


Founding Chairman

Mike Bartlet

Mike Bartlett is President of Vital Art and Science Incorporated (VAS), an early stage medical equipment start-up company developing home-based vision function testing for tracking of degenerative diseases of the eye, including Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy. VAS has won NIH/National Eye Institute SBIR Phase I and Phase II Grants as well as funding from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF). VAS is currently collaborating with a multinational Drug company to validate its first product. In addition to being an active angel investor, Mike is a founding member of NTAN and served for several years as Chairman. He is currently a director for several early stage companies. Previously Mike spent a 28 year career with Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI) in Dallas, TX eventually serving for 5 years as Vice President – High Speed Communications Products.


Chairman of the Board

Chris Wilkes

Chris Wilkes

Chris Wilkes is President and CEO of Sigmetrix.  The company continues to develop CETOL 6σ as the premier tolerance analysis technology in the world. Through the company’s unique research relationship with the top corporations and universities the company is uniquely positioned to accelerate the implementation of assembly analysis and tolerance optimization into companies using Creo Elements/ProCATIA,  and SolidWorks around the globe.

Chris has an extensive background in developing marketing, operations and product strategies that enhance corporate reputation, increase shareholder value and accelerate growth. Holding previous Presidential and Vice Presidential positions at Incentra, Sterling Software, SANZ and AT&T, he was responsible for driving top and bottom-line company growth through fiscally accountable and operationally efficient leadership. In 2011 and 2012, Chris served as the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing where he successfully led the company to successive double-digit revenue growth years. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Texas Tech University, followed by an MBA from Texas A&M University.

Chris serves on the Board of Directors of the Seven Loaves Food Pantry and Community Center in Plano, Texas.


Board Members

Kourosh “KP” Panahy

Kourosh “KP” Panahy

KP is an experienced senior executive with 29 years of comprehensive general management experience in corporate real estate and Finance. He has held senior positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and Fidelity Investments where he spent 26 years prior to his retirement in 2012. Disciplines KP has managed include design, project management, engineering, facilities management, and finance. KP has managed portfolios containing numerous mission-critical functions, data centers, trading floors, call centers, production spaces, and general office environments.

KP holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSFS (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, Dean’s Citation) majoring in International Economic Affairs from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

KP lives in Southlake Texas with his wife Jane. They have two daughters, Daria, 25, a Registered Nurse, and Arianna, 21, a senior at Texas Tech University.


 

Paige Dawson Rodriguez

Paige Dawson Rodriguez

With expertise in marketing, business strategy and public relations, as well as ‘in the trenches’ experience as a business owner, Paige Dawson Rodriguez brings a unique blend of talent to clients. This ownership perspective shapes her approach to every project: forming a vision; backing it with value-based, efficient direction; and guiding it through with focus and passion.

As president and founder of MPD Ventures Company, Paige brings expertise in branding, marketing and communications. A frequent speaker, she works with executives and entrepreneurs throughout the country to develop key messages, marketing strategies and measurable campaigns, driven by client business goals. She has extensive experience providing counsel for professional service firms, technology companies, associations and nonprofits.

Prior to founding MPD Ventures in 2001, Paige was the co-owner/founder and VP of marketing for a start-up consumer based Internet company that was later acquired by a multi-media corporation. Previously, she honed her skills in marketing and public relations with one of the world’s largest consulting firms, Arthur Andersen. For the Cost Management and Baan Software practices, Paige was responsible for formal launch and marketing direction as well as ongoing support nationally. Initiatives included launching conferences and best practice studies, developing strategy, creating tactical marketing pieces and providing focused client communications.

A trained communications and marketing specialist, Paige knows how to ask the right questions, facilitate meaningful discussions and translate complex ideas into a clear, actionable plan. She regularly leads group sessions for executives, management teams, and employees ranging from brand and web site development brainstorms to teambuilding workshops. Her specialty is helping communicate intangible business and technology services and processes.

As an Account Executive with Spaeth Communications, she conducted media training, presentation skills and witness preparation courses along with client-specific consulting projects including fighting for tort reform in the State of Alabama for a consortium of insurance companies and their law firms. Paige has provided strategic communications consulting for clients in accounting, insurance, legal, banking, consumer products, education, and healthcare industries.

Paige has served on the board of directors for Entrepreneurial Women Presidents, the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas and Attitudes & Attire as well as provides pro bono consulting services for a number of nonprofit organizations. She is a 2010 graduate of the Leadership Dallas program.

A Phi Beta Kappa, Paige earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in Philosophy and International Studies at Southern Methodist University.


 

Randy Schussler

Randy Schussler

Randy became VP/GM at DCG Systems after Zyvex Instruments was acquired by DCG in 2010. He was responsible for running Zyvex Instruments until its acquisition. Prior to this he held senior management roles at Flextronics, Xtera Communications and 3Dfx Interactive. He has an extensive background in M&A, account management, product management, project management, supply chain management, engineering, manufacturing, operations and general management. He has provided leadership in all company phases from start up through exit on several occasions.

Mr. Schussler received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University.