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James Connor

James Connor is currently a consultant and investor in emerging technology companies focused on financial services. He was the Founder and CEO of SymPro Inc., a leading investment management software company providing solutions to government, corporate and institutional clients. SymPro products enable these clients to manage information related to the issuance of and reporting on debt instruments. In 2003 Sympro was acquired by JP Morgan/Chase and now operates as a subsidiary of that company. James has also worked as a consultant delivering IT solutions for various industries. A published author, he has made numerous presentations at national and regional investment and treasury management conferences across the country.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

Joseph Consul, MBA, CPA

With over 20 years of experience in finance and operations at all stages of the business life cycle, Joe Consul is an invaluable advisor to FNI. He assists our Management Team in the areas of strategic partnerships and corporate financial strategy. Joe is currently working as the CFO for LogLogic, a San Jose-based IT company in the development of Log Data Management and Intelligence (LMI) appliances and platforms. Prior to joining LogLogic in 2008, Joe was the CFO for Everdream Corporation, where he was instrumental in developing the strategy that led to Everdream being acquired by Dell, Inc. in the Fall of 2007. Prior to Everdream, Joe has had multiple successes in key roles with several financial and IT businesses where he achieved significant returns for investors.

Joe received a BS in Business Administration from San Jose State University and a MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. He is also licensed as a CPA in the state of California and is on the Advisory Board for the SJSU College of Business.

Sunil K Dalal

Sunil is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of UniDEL, a multi-asset class single family office with a focus on early stage technology venturing. He has built numerous global businesses since taking over and redirecting the family owned engineering company.

Under Sunil’s leadership the group has spawned several successful ventures in the industrial software, fintech and edutech space. Sunil is passionate about building businesses that solve real world problems through technology and disrupt the status quo. The ability to connect the dots, devise unique strategies and have the execution discipline is what defines Sunil’s DNA.

Sunil is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and is keen on nurturing entrepreneurial talent. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering & Management of Technology from Vanderbilt University, USA.


Joe Garma, MA

Joe advises FNI on matters related to strategic partners, sales and marketing. For over 20 years, he has worked in the financial services, software, and Internet industries running corporate development, sales and marketing departments. Currently, the Vice President of Business Development at Capital Alliance Advisors, a fixed-income fund manager, Joe is responsible for raising the investment equity and for overall marketing. At Utopia Technology, a CRM applications vendor, he built and managed the marketing, business development, direct sales and channel operations. He also has experience as Managing Director for investment banker JCM Financial, and Vice President of Shearson Lehman Hutton.

Joe holds an M.A. in Applied Economics and Finance and a B.A. in Mathematical Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a Regents Scholar and a Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) Fellow.

Ray Kaupp, MBA

Ray is an experienced executive with a track record of major accomplishments. He has a strong background in marketing, having held senior positions at companies including BroadWare Technologies where he was responsible for strategic and tactical marketing as well as business development and product management. At Digital Impact he was employee number three in charge of all aspects of marketing and business development. The company completed a successful IPO. Prior to Digital Impact, Ray was President and CEO of UGC, a direct marketing services and catalog company where he led the company to 13 consecutive profitable quarters. In addition, he held management positions at Apple Computer, Metaphor Computing Systems, and LederleLabs.

Ray has a MBA degree from Berkeley's Haas School of Business, and a B.S. in Business from San Diego State. Ray advises the company in strategic marketing issues, public relations, channel selection, and relations with strategic partners.

Mark Rogozinski

Mark Rogozinski heads Asset Vantage’s business operations in North America. Mark has close to two decades of experience in the wealth and asset management sector having run both business operations and technology organizations.

Prior to Asset Vantage, Mark led the efforts at SEI Investments to build a financial technology services solution for the single and multi family office market. Mark has also led operations and development roles at several technology and finance companies including RockIT Solutions, Rockefeller & Co, WealthTrust, Homrich & Berg, Convergent Wealth Advisors and Atlantic Trust PWM.

Mark received a BS in Finance/Investments, Entrepreneurial Studies and Communications from Babson College, USA.

Laura Roden, MBA

Laura Roden is the founder and managing director of VC Privé, LLC. VC Privé specializes in marketing funds to private investors, such as high net worth individuals, family offices, foundations, endowments, and independent financial advisors.

Prior to founding VC Privé, Ms. Roden was the Managing Director of The Angels' Forum (TAF), a leading association of individual and corporate early stage investors. Ms. Roden is currently a member of the Harvard Angels, and active with the Angel Capital Association. Prior to running The Angels' Forum, Ms. Roden was President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE), the largest nonprofit in Northern California dedicated to helping technology entrepreneurs. Her earlier career included a decade as chief financial officer and/or cofounder of several emerging technology companies and executive positions at Deloitte & Touche, Whalen & Company, H.P. Hood/Agrimark and Hill Holliday Advertising.

She has taught at the San Jose State University College of Business and has guest lectured in the San Jose State University and Santa Clara University MBA programs. Ms. Roden currently sits on the Board of Directors of Heritage Bank (NASDAQ: HTBK.) In addition, she was an original Board member of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs & Executives, part of the Steering Committee of the SFJCF Business Leadership Council, and is on the NorCal Education Committee for 100 Women in Hedge Funds. She received her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard University.

She was nominated as one of the "most influential women in Silicon Valley" by the San Jose Business Journal.