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With over 100 years of combined experience in the hospitality business — including distinguished board members with deep hospitality and technology expertise — we understand the needs of hospitality owners and managers.

Ken Deemer  |  DIRECTOR

Ken Deemer is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve their vision. He is a founding partner and former Chairman of Los Angeles Social Venture Partners (www.lasvp.org) a group of business professionals who contribute their time, money, and expertise to promote philanthropy in L.A., and to help nonprofits expand their capacity and effectiveness. The organization currently focuses on organizations addressing education and the environment, and produces the annual Social Innovation Fast Pitch (www.socialinnovationpitch.org), of which he was a co-creator. Mr. Deemer was a co-founder and former Chairman and President of the Tech Coast Angels, (www.techcoastangels.com), one of the largest and most active angel investor groups in the country. He serves as Board President of Environmental Charter Schools (http://www.ecsonline.org), and as Board member and Treasurer of Social Venture Partners International (http://www.svpi.org). He is also a Senior Fellow of the Society and Business Lab at USC. Mr. Deemer is an active private investor with over twenty years of venture capital experience as a General Partner of InterVen Partners, a firm that he co-founded in 1985. He has invested in and served on the boards of numerous public and private companies in technology, manufacturing and specialty retailing. Earlier in his career, he was a co-founder of a direct marketing company, My Favorite Charities, marketing manager of a computer peripherals company and a systems engineer with Hughes Aircraft Company. Mr. Deemer holds BS degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA, with distinction, from Carnegie-Mellon University. His wife, Candy, is an author and management consultant. They have three sons.



R. Stephen Doyle  |  DIRECTOR

Stephen Doyle currently serves as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Innisfree Investments, LLC, a family company that invests in start-up private companies and the public securities markets. He is also a managing partner at Main Management, LLC, a San Francisco-based investment management firm specializing in Exchange Traded Funds. Stephen began his career in the financial services industry in 1974 at E. F. Hutton and moved to Montgomery Securities in 1983. During his tenure at Montgomery, Stephen served as a liaison between the venture capital community and the public equity markets. He also worked in investment banking at Montgomery and was, for a period of time, responsible for all equity private placements. Stephen was responsible for the Montgomery Bridge Funds, a $100 million venture capital fund group focused on later-stage private companies. In 1990, he became the founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Montgomery Asset Management, an independent affiliate of Montgomery Securities. Under Stephen's leadership, Montgomery Asset Management grew to over $12 billion in assets. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Montgomery Funds, a $5 billion mutual fund complex. In 1997, Stephen successfully negotiated the sale of a majority stake in Montgomery Asset Management to Commerzbank, Germany's third largest bank. He served as Chairman of the Board of Montgomery Asset Management from January 1990 to May 2001 and Chairman Emeritus from May 2001 to December 2001. Stephen is a graduate of Menlo College and San Jose State University and served in the United States Marine Corps.



Lee Pillsbury  |  DIRECTOR

Leland C. Pillsbury is the Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Thayer Lodging Group. Mr. Pillsbury oversees all aspects of Thayer's activities, including its strategy and investment policy, and will be a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to forming Thayer, Mr. Pillsbury founded Grand Heritage Hotels, a manager of historic and unique independent hotels. Mr. Pillsbury joined Marriott Corporation in 1969. During his 20-year tenure at Marriott, he served in a variety of roles including hotel general manager, director of sales and marketing and strategic planning and development. Mr. Pillsbury is a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.



Lucien Ruby  |  FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN

For over 30 years, Lucien has focused on start-up and development stage companies, serving as an entrepreneur, turnaround CEO, teacher, researcher, consultant, board member and venture capitalist. Lucien is the co-founder of Quest Ventures, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm specializing in seed-stage opportunities that co-founded over 25 companies, primarily technology startups. Lucien was a co-founder and for two years a Managing Director of Crown Advisors, a $100,000,000 fund investing in late stage private companies and micro- cap public securities. Prior to forming Quest Ventures, Lucien was a principal at Brentwood Associates in Los Angeles where he served on several Boards of Directors, including both software and hardware companies in the early stage of their development. Lucien has a B.S.C.E. from Duke University and a MBA from Harvard University. Upon graduation from Duke, Lucien worked as a field engineer in the Republic of South Vietnam where he received a Special Letter of Commendation for Contributions Under Special Circumstances.



Norm Williams  |  DIRECTOR, PRESIDENT, CEO

Norm Williams took over as CEO of Capton in late 2011 with the vision to build an important company, focusing on a large problem in the hospitality segment. During his distinguished career he has taken several global sales organizations from under $20MM in revenue per year to well over $100MM within a short timeframe. Including startup, high-growth and mature hardware, software and services companies. As CEO of Island Data Corporation, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company he grew revenue sevenfold during his first full year and later engineered a sale to LivePerson (LPSN). Previously Norm was part of the founding sales team at Conner Peripherals, a Fortune 500 company that specialized in small form factor hard disk drives. During his tenure at Conner, the company was recognized as the fastest growing manufacturing startup in U.S. history, achieving Fortune 500 status in its third year of operation. Prior to Conner, Norm held various positions at Seagate (STX). In addition to his corporate achievements, Norm has been a guest speaker numerous times at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business, EMBA program. He earned his BA degree in Economics from UCLA. He also earned a graduate certificate from the AEA - Stanford University Executive Institute for Management of High Technology Companies. He is married with three children.




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