Tech Coast Venture Network Forum Explores How to Build the Team from Start Up to Employer of Choice

The Tech Coast Venture Network will sponsor a panel discussion on how entrepreneurs can build their team from start up to employer of choice on April 24, 2008 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the conference center offices of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP in Irvine, Calif.

Irvine, CA, April 18, 2008 --( According to Bart Greenberg, TCVN chairman and partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, successful business owners know that their employees have a profound impact on their profitability as well as their ability to raise capital. “Our distinguished panel will explore the risks and rewards involved in building and keeping a world-class team and nurturing a company's most important asset: its people. We’ll discuss how cash-starved and boot-strapping start-ups can build a successful team; how a start-up can attract and retain the right talent; where the pitfalls are; and how the right people can be positioned as a powerful competitive advantage as a company grows,” Greenberg noted.

TCVN panelists include:
Robert Bellano, founder and managing director of cFour Partners Worldwide, is a leader in the executive recruitment industry. He has conducted senior-level executive searches for more than two decades, and has successfully completed over 40 boards of director, 200 CEO assignments plus numerous COO, CIO, CFO and vice president level assignments (across all functional areas). He focuses on emerging growth, mid-cap growth, Fortune 5000 and international clients regardless of industry as well as pre-IPO, California/ Western United States based companies.

Bob Holmen is a managing director and co-founder of Miramar Venture Partners. Formed in 2001, Miramar invests in early-stage technology companies, with an emphasis on Southern California opportunities. Bob's career experience encompasses hardware and software engineering at Hughes Aircraft to senior management in three technology companies. He currently serves on the board of SiliconSystems; he is also an observer on the Board of SolarFlare Communications.

Tom Markel is the founder, chairman and CEO of Credentrust Software Inc., the operating system which supports In 1995, he founded the largest mortgage REIT on the American Stock Exchange ("IMH"). The REIT grew to more than $1.7 billion in assets by August 1997, when Markel sold his interest in the Advisor to Imperial Credit Industries, Inc. He was formerly senior vice president of Lepercq Capital Partners, a New York City-based investment bank.

Abby Molano, managing principal, The Parabola Group, has spent more than 15 years leading and founding companies in private equity, entrepreneurial venture management and business training, and market entry strategy development and implementation. She has evaluated and worked directly with hundreds of early stage companies, on both a domestic and international basis, to design strategies that accelerate business growth while establishing a long-term operational foundation.

The panel moderator is Mark Mitchell, director, TriTech SBDC, is a strategist who is passionate about venture guidance for committed entrepreneurs. He is a speaker, trainer and consultant at heart with a mission to support businesses and individuals alike in defining and achieving greater success. His background includes more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, management and consulting. In sales and marketing, Mitchell has successfully doubled sales and helped capture market share for a variety of organizations. He began working with the Orange County Small Business Development Center in 2002 and as director of the TriTech Small Business Development Center focuses on assisting high technology, high growth businesses compete in the marketplace.

Admission to the TCVN Forum is $45 for pre-registrants and $55 at the door. For further information, contact Tech Coast Venture Network via e-mail at or on the Web at

TCVN Platinum Sponsors include The Bloomfield Group (, Daly-Swartz PR (; Hall & Company (, Jackson DeMarco Tidus Petersen Peckenpaugh (; Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP (; and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP ( The TCVN Web Site Sponsor is Head First, Inc (

The Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to assisting, educating and connecting entrepreneurs and emerging companies with capital and resources. TCVN has been directly or indirectly responsible for the establishment and growth of a significant number of early-stage businesses.


Daly-Swartz PR for TCVN
Jeffrey Swartz, 949.470.0075
Tech Coast Venture Network
Jeffrey Swartz