NTAN Executive Director Aaron Gathmann, is a seasoned angel investor and serial entrepreneur uniquely suited to lead the organization’s mission to present quality, early-stage investment opportunities to members and nurture active angel investing in North Texas. He has served as a co-founder or an advisor for startups including, Tri Global Energy, Neighborfund, Skyven Technologies, RedWorks Construction Technologies, and dozens of consulting roles as well as creating an angel investment portfolio in excess of 20 startups.
Previously, he worked as a commercial banker and underwriter with BBVA Compass, analyst with Bear Stearns and auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers, which brings a strong foundation to guide effective deal flow and due diligence evaluations. Gathmann is a graduate of Trinity University with a master’s and bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Chairman of the Board
Chris Wilkes is President and CEO of Enginsoft USA, a company that provides CFD and FEA consulting and software. Manufactures around the world use its services and software to solve even the most complex industrial problems with a high degree of reliability. Chris has an extensive background in developing marketing, operations and product strategies that enhance corporate reputation, increase shareholder value and accelerate growth. Holding previous CEO, President, or and Vice President positions at Sigmetrix, 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.
As an angel investor and mentor, he evaluates more than 100 business plans or pitches annually from entrepreneurs and inventors seeking funding and have served as a judge for the 2017 Texas A&M New Ventures Competition. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Texas Tech University, followed by an MBA from Texas A&M University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Seven Loaves Food Pantry and Community Center in Plano, Texas.
A serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and certified woman-owned business, Paige Dawson brings a unique blend of talent to advise small business owners and entrepreneurs. She is founder & president for MPD Ventures Company, a marketing, branding and publicity firm that specializes in working with entrepreneurs and small business owners. Her team works daily to help clients grow brand awareness, develop leads, and generate revenue. Previously, she was co-founder of ithought.com, marketing director with Arthur Andersen, and account executive with Spaeth Communications. A Phi Beta Kappa, Paige is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.
In 2008 Chuck McCoy founded the North Texas Angel Network (NTAN), to serve as an advocate for the investor community eager to connect angel capital and aspiring entrepreneurs. Since that time, he has guided countless investors and entrepreneurs as NTAN’s Executive Director from 2008 through 2019, resulting in excess of $10 million in capital invested and many early stage company successes. Chuck has had more than 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).
Wayne Millsap has over 30 years of financial, accounting and general management experience. He is the Managing Partner and Founder of CFO Advisory Services. Wayne has substantial expertise in strategic planning, capital formation through venture capital and debt financing and corporate governance. Wayne has helped entrepreneurs launch new businesses, developed growth strategies for established businesses, and worked through reorganizations and restructurings. A Certified Public Accountant, he is a graduate of Texas A&M University, a board member for TeXchange DFW, and active in the Richardson community.
Jeff Murphy brings more than 25 years of experience as a sales leader with Ericsson and Owens Corning as well as more recently with entrepreneurial companies Mindbody, Sensative AB, and Haxiot. He serves as investor and mentor for Tech Wildcatters and board member for NTAN. Jeff continues to provide business development and mentoring advisory services to startups, especially those in the IoT (Internet of Things) and wireless realms. He is a graduate of Denton University.
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.