Fonative's Board of Advisors further expands the company's breadth of technical expertise, industry experience, and business savvy.
Ed Pendergast is a Managing Director of the investment banking firm Dunn Rush & Co. LLC. He serves on a number of Boards in positions that include Chair, Interim CEO, and Committee Chair.
At his consulting firm, Pendergast & Company LLC, Ed works with a broad range of companies in industries as diverse as materials, medical devices, technology, professional services, and restaurants. While his primary background is finance, Ed advises companies on team building, strategy, and corporate governance. Ed has also served as an arbitrator and mediator helping to resolve commercial disputes.
Ed holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Bentley University and is a graduate of the Owner President Management Program (OPM) at Harvard Business School. He has held a number of credentials including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Accredited Business Valuator (ABV), and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Ed serves on the faculty of the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) Board Advisory Services, evaluating effectiveness and guiding boards towards best practices for good governance.
Michael Wolfe is the Chief Technology Officer of Ontario Systems, LLC, North America’s leading vendor of Accounts Receivable Management and Revenue Cycle Management solutions. In this role, he is responsible for all product development, engineering, and infrastructure for the company’s numerous software and cloud products.
Michael has driven dozens of initiatives that have helped solve the most complex business problems for, and with, Ontario’s clients. His focus lies on open, loyal relationships with customers, which he sees as the foundation for constant improvement across the enterprise. A technophile at heart, Michael is fluent in programming in many different architectures, building complex systems, and managing the complexities of cloud solutions.
Michael is Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board of the Security and Software Engineering Research Center (S2ERC); Founder and President of Sustainable Muncie, a nonprofit organization focused on economic development and financial sustainability of the Muncie downtown; and Founder, President, and Chairman of the Board of Farmished, a nonprofit seeking to establish a sustainable, local food ecosystem.
Glen Gerhard is Founder of CogNexus, a consulting company focused on technical training in developing countries. Prior to this, Glen served as VP of Product Management at Sansay, where he was instrumental in defining corporate and product strategy for its software-based VoIP infrastructures.
With extensive background in both carrier and vendor corporations, Glen deftly brings complex issues into focus and context. Glen has spoken at numerous industry conferences and authored technical whitepapers, providing practical experience and an objective view of the challenges facing VoIP and NGN carriers.
Prior to Sansay, Glen joined San Diego-based Nuera Communications as Product Manager and was later named VP of Business Development, overseeing the introduction of its first SIP gateways and SS7 softswitches. Before joining Nuera Communications, Glen worked for Network Equipment Technologies as a System Engineer and Product Manager. Glen holds a BSEE from Ohio State University.
Nicholas Paine is Founder and CEO of Quinto Capital, a venture capital investor in high-growth tech companies and real estate platforms. The Quinto investment portfolio comprises 12 direct venture investments and 3 venture funds located across Europe and the UK, North America, and Greater China, more recently skewing toward software-as-a-service businesses.
Nicholas began corporate life in Proctor and Gamble brand management and moved on to become an Executive, Founder, and Chairman/CEO of several IT and internet companies located across the globe.
One such venture is Lavalife, which began as a telephone dating service in the 1980s and evolved into online dating with the advent of the internet. Nicholas and his co-founders grew Lavalife to $90 million in annual revenues and sold it to a Nasdaq-listed company in 2004. Nicholas continues his involvement in the social network space as Chairman of WorldFriends, an international meetup service based in Shanghai that is expanding into Indonesia.
Nicholas is well versed in building effective early-stage company growth strategies, brands, and management teams. He holds an Honours Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the Ivey Business School, the University of Western Ontario.