Osman R. Minkara is the founder and managing principal of CIG Corp., a wealth management and advisory services firm in metro Detroit. Since its inception in 1997, Mr. Minkara has developed the firm into a substantial niche provider in wealth management and business advisory services for individuals and institutions throughout the United States. Under his leadership, the company has developed an extensive suite of traditional and alternative wealth management services, with a focus on health care. CIG has a world-renowned medical advisory board and a large majority of clients in the health care field. Mr. Minkara serves on multiple boards, including Oakland County (Michigan) Economic Roundtable, Wayne University Executive Board and GenerationOne. Mr. Minkara has a bachelor of science degree in finance and is magna cum laude from Wayne State University. He participated in the Advanced Management Programme at Oxford University and holds a joint Executive MBA from New York University, London School of Economics and HEC in Paris. He has earned multiple honors in recent years, including designation as the 2010 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager, a distinction given to fewer than seven percent of the wealth managers in the Detroit area. Other awards include Wayne State University Emerging Corporate Leader and Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40 (top 40 executives in Michigan under 40 years of age). In addition, he has been interviewed on financial matters by multiple media outlets, including CBS and ABC.
John Danaher, M.D.
Dr. John Danaher has extensive expertise in managing e-business growth, translating vision into profitable enterprises, creating strong business infrastructures and building high-performance teams. As a part of the original management team of WebMD, Dr. Danaher was a key contributor to the rapid growth of the innovative healthcare brand and led the development team that launched the $240 million Professional Division. Under his leadership, the company aggressively grew revenues and Internet transactions by delivering administrative and clinical services to healthcare providers and insurers. Additionally, he was a co-integration lead in the merger of WebMD with Healtheon and other acquisitions that form today’s WebMD. Dr. Danaher also served as the corporate vice president of marketing for Foundation Health Systems (now Health Net Inc.), one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies, where he spearheaded the launch of consumer-centric initiatives to improve member retention and satisfaction. As medical director of Fourth Generation Medical Management (4G), he executed a major initiative to design and deliver enterprise-wide information system solutions that deployed leading-edge disease management offerings. Dr. Danaher earned his M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School, his MBA from Stanford Business School and his bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College. He completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Stanford University Medical Center and is board-certified in internal medicine.
Mr. Wolf is focused on creating, financing, nurturing, and growing new ventures based on breakthrough research and technology. Prior to founding GenerationOne, Mr. Wolf founded and was the Managing Partner of Seed-One Ventures, a firm focused on identifying and acquiring cutting-edge ideas and technologies and the systematic formation and management of early-stage, high-growth companies based on these breakthroughs. Jeff founded and served as Chairman/CEO of several medical technology companies including TyRx Pharma, a company focused on the development of bio-compatible polymers; EluSys Therapeutics, a company focused on the development of a novel technology to remove blood-borne pathogens; Avigen, a San Francisco-based gene therapy company; and Sensatex, a Maryland company focused on the development of novel medical diagnostic systems.
Mr. Wolf received an MBA from Stanford Business School, a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. with Honors in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Prior to joining GenerationOne, Mr. Grotelueschen was the Vice President of Products at Research in Motion (RIM) where he was responsible for the development and product introduction of the Blackberry product line. Previously, he was Vice President and General Manager of Motorola’s Components Products Division, where he spent 24 years in various capacities in the Cellular Subscriber Sector. Mr. Grotelueschen received his MBA from the University of Chicago and his MSEE and Honors BSEE (Magna Cum Laude) from Marquette University.
Mr. Meadow is the Faculty Director of Global Initiatives and since 2000 has held the position of Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Scott Meadow has over 25 years experience as a general partner with four venture capital and private equity firms including William Blair Venture Partners, The Frontenac Company, The Sprout Group and most recently with the Edgewater Funds, where he remains a Senior Advisor. Over the course of his career, Scott has approved hundreds of equity financings, been active in fund-raising and has personally led, originated or created more than sixty investments including two dozen healthcare services companies. Mr. Meadow has been recognized four times by Venture One as one of the outstanding healthcare investors in the industry. He was designated by Business Week’s “Guide to the Best Business Schools” as one of the outstanding entrepreneurial professors in the country. Professor Meadow has taught 5000 students at Chicago Booth, in Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity, Commercializing Innovation (which he created) and the New Venture Challenge.
Professor Meadow earned his A.B. Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.