PortTech EXPO Financing Technology Panel

Thursday morning, Sept 6, the PortTech EXPO General Session leads off with the Environmental Technology panel at the Cabrillo Marina DoubleTree Hilton in San Pedro.  Registration opens at 8:00 AM.  The first panel of the day starts at 9:00 after the continental breakfast and welcome remarks.  The day will also have two other panel discussions, breakout sessions,  the introduction of TransPower’s Class 8 EV in a special presentation, SBIR/STTR workshop, luncheon and keynote presentation with CEC Commissioner Carla Peterman.

The conference begins Wednesday evening, Sept 5 at 5:00 PM with a Reception, Entrepreneur Showcase and Pitch Competition.  Register at PortTech EXPO Registration to attend.  Use the promo code LAVA for a significant discount.

The second panel of Thursday morning is Financing Technology with  moderator Karen Kerr, USC Stevens Institute and panelists John R. Nelson, California Capital Partners, John Peate, Peate Ventures and Joe Platnick, Pan Pacific Capital, Ltd.

One of the featured panelist is John R. Nelson, Managing Director of California Capital Partners.  Mr. Nelson’s career incorporates operating experience as an executive where he has been involved with both investment finance and technology-related industries. His international experience has emphasized the Asia-Pacific region, where he has worked for two decades involved in cross-border investments, multi-national manufacturing operations, and market development. He has 20+ years as institutional venture capital Managing Partner, including leadership roles in 6 fund management groups. Before the formation of the CalCap, Mr. Nelson was Managing Director of the Technology Gateway Funds, L.P. of Ventana Global Funds, Ltd. He also has been a Managing Director and/or Venture Partner with Maximum Life Accelerator Fund, Shepherd Ventures, and The CanAm Fund.  Prior to this role, he held a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia, functioning as that nation’s Investment Director, North America. In this capacity, he represented the Ministry of Treasury and the Department of Industries, Technology, and Technology (DIST) by providing investment services related to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, technology transfers, and greenfields manufacturing investments. He has held a variety of executive roles in operating companies ranging from Fortune 500 (National Computer Systems, where he was Sr. Vice President) to turn-arounds (Cycle, Inc. where he took over as CEO), to start-ups (such as Int’l Technology Systems, where he was Chairman/CEO). He has served on boards of directors for both public and private companies. Mr. Nelson’s academic and research background include: ABD (Ph.D. qualified) from the University of Oregon; doctoral skill certification in Computer Technology; an M.B.A./D.B.A. candidacy in Marketing Management; and, joint Bachelor degree(s) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

PortTech EXPO 2012 is hosted by PortTechLA, a 501(c)(3) clean technology commercialization center and incubator program adjacent the Port of Los Angeles. The EXPO draws nearly 100 exhibitors, presenters and sponsors, and more than 300 business, industry, research and community leaders each year.

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