James Lee Sorenson is a nationally recognized business leader and entrepreneur who helped develop several new industry categories in today's business world. Under his leadership, Sorenson Medical developed a line of portable, microchip-controlled infusion pumps that deliver drugs safely while allowing patients mobility and lifestyle flexibility during chemotherapy or pain treatment. As CEO of Sorenson Media, Sorenson developed the world's leading digital compression-decompression software and the first highquality, low-cost videophone. He also created a nationwide video relay service for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, which was acquired by GTCR in 2005 in the most lucrative private equity deal in Utah history. Sorenson's other leadership responsibilities include The Sorenson Group, which owns and is developing over 60,000 acres of industrial, commercial, residential and retail real estate, and Sorenson Capital, which has raised approximately $650 million to invest in small- to mid-size U.S. companies. He also serves on the boards of a number of charities and community organizations.
Jeramy has over 12 years in early-stage investing. Previous/current impact investments include:
- Niman Ranch – Sustainable agriculture – Acquired by Purdue
- EcoScraps – Environmentally friendly produce and compost – Acquired by Scotts/MiracleGro
- Scintalla – Super resolution microscopy – Acquired by Bruker
- PhotoPharmics – Light Therapy technology for Parkinson's
- Fuze Networks – Financial Inclusion, payments for the non-banked – Acquired by Ingo Money
- Also investor in i4 Commerce (Bill me Later), Think Big Analytics and over 20 other early-stage companies.
Jeramy currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Park City Angel Network and is on the Investment Committee of Kickstart Seed Funds I & II. Jeramy has served as a mentor for DESOB’s Board Fellows and Smart Start programs and served on UUBAA for eight years. Jeramy is also actively involved in the non-profit arena. He is the Board Chair of the Community Foundation of Utah, Treasurer of the Lund Foundation on the Board of Envision Utah and PandoLabs and on the Advisory Committee for Utah Clean Energy. Jeramy graduated from the University of Utah, Magna Cum Laude, with a BS in Accounting and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Taylor Randall is the dean of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. He is also a visiting professor at the Wharton School of Business and INSEAD. Dean Randall’s current research and consulting projects examine the interactions between strategy, technology, products and value chain structure with particular emphasis on how these interactions affect financial performance in organizations. Dean Randall’s industrial experience includes positions as a senior consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co. and as an assistant production manager at Lone Peak Designs along with numerous consulting engagements at companies like General Motors Corporation, Dupont, MPM/Speedline Technologies, O.C. Tanner Company, Vista Staffing Solutions and American Investment Bank. Dean Randall is the faculty advisor for the University Venture Fund. He received a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Utah, as well as an M.B.A., a Masters Degree in Managerial Economics and a Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Brown holds the James Lee Sorenson Presidential Endowed Chair in Business for Applied Research and is a professor in the Entrepreneurship & Strategy Department of the David Eccles School of Business at The University of Utah. He teaches courses in impact investing, entrepreneurship, innovation, and other topics. He also works closely with the Sorenson Center for Global Impact Investing at the Eccles School. Previously, Mr. Brown was a managing director at Sandbox Industries in Chicago where he founded and co-managed the firm's $300M healthcare venture capital fund. Mr. Brown was also the founder and CEO of Sandbox's innovation consulting practice. Prior to Sandbox, he was a vice president for ten years at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and previous to that was a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Mr. Brown holds dual bachelors degrees from The University of Utah and a law degree from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Mr. Sorenson is a Managing Partner of Sorenson Capital, serving as the Head of Office with responsibility over firm culture, strategy, operations, and finance. Mr. Sorenson also heads the Aerospace team within the firm. Prior to Sorenson Capital, Mr. Sorenson served in a variety of industries and functions through the Sorenson Companies, including Sorenson Media (video compression software), Sorenson Communications (video relay services), and Sorenson Development (real estate development). Mr. Sorenson also served as a director for Microject, a medical device company, and as an advisory board member for the University Venture Fund. Mr. Sorenson is also an advocate for social impact investing and serves as a director at the Sorenson Impact Foundation. Mr. Sorenson received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University.
Brad Dickson is an active angel and social impact investor. He is managing director of B-Rad Industries, LLC, a family investment company with a mission to help de-risk social entrepreneurship and technology based start-ups here in the State of Utah. He is a member of the executive committee of the Park City Angels network. Brad is also actively involved with local Utah non-profit leadership. He is board chair of PandoLabs, Inc.; a member of the board of the Community Foundation of Utah; a founding member of the Purpose Investment Network; and a member of the board of Summit Community Power Works. Brad had a 37-year career with Dresser-Rand Company (NYSE: DRC prior to it being acquired by Siemens). He served in C-level leadership roles including executive officer on their worldwide new equipment business and chief marketing officer. He was a member of their disclosure committee, member of their benefit and investment committee and a board director, finance committee, compensation committee member of various technology and engineering firms on behalf of Dresser-Rand. Brad graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in engineering and received his MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.
Lewis Hower is the Chief Prod and VilCap Investments, a leading global firm that finds, trains, and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world problems. Prior to this role Lewis, was the Director of Investments and Operations of Community Investment Management (CIM), a leading impact investment asset manager focused on U.S. small business growth. Prior to joining Community Investment Management, Mr. Hower was the Founding Executive Director of the Sorenson Global Impact Investing (SGII) Center at the University of Utah. During his time the SGII Center facilitated over $75 million in impact investments that have received approximately $300 million in follow-on financing.
Mr. Hower began his impact investing career with the Unitus Investment Group where he worked in operations, investment, fund formation for brioad range of innovative for-profit approaches to solving some of the world’s most profound social challenges. Unitus Investment Group was the for-profit affiliate of the global microfinance accelerator Unitus, Inc. (now Unitus Labs). While at Unitus Investment Group, Lewis worked with the founding team of Unitus Capital during their early stages while spinning out from Unitus, Inc. Today Unitus Capital is the world’s first private and independent financial advisory and investment banking firm specializing in arranging capital for microfinance institutions and other social enterprises and have successfully arranged over $1 billion in financing to date. Lewis holds a B.S.E. in Bioengineering from Arizona State University.