Meet the Board of Advisors
Managing Director- Alpha Capital
Essel Bailey is Managing Director of Alpha Capital, Inc., a private investment and advisory firm, and serves as Vice Chair of the Michigan Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He is a director and owner of companies engaged in wine production, commercial real estate, healthcare services to the elderly and institutional pharmacy services.
Founder and President- Bernard Financial Group
Dennis Bernard is the founder and President of Bernard Financial Group and Bernard Financial Servicing Group. Founded in 1991, BFG has grown into the largest commercial mortgage banking firm in Michigan, financing on average over $1 billion yearly. Dennis has been involved with over 1,200 commercial real estate financial transactions totaling over $18.6 billion. He specializes in both debt and equity placement with commercial lenders and institutional joint venture participants.
Chair of Business Law Practice Group- Bodman PLC
Tim Damschroder is the co-chair of the Business Law Practice Group of Bodman PLC. He specializes in middle market M&A transactions, corporate finance, and corporate counsel to numerous businesses with both local and worldwide operations. His activities involve companies in a broad range of industries including software, IT, big data, pharma and other technology based industries, manufacturing, publishing, automotive, aerospace, transportation, large retail, food and beverage, construction and healthcare.
CEO and Chairman- Vistage
Robert Holland moved to the Ann Arbor area in 1970 to start the country’s first computer curriculum in a College of Business, and served the academic community as a Professor and Department Chairman for eight years. He went on to become CEO of four different technology organizations in Ann Arbor and established numerous industry-first technologies, including: automated network engineering, information engineering and online systems.
Ann Marie Sastry
President and CEO at Amesite
Ann Marie Sastry is President and CEO of Amesite, an artificial intelligence software company. Dr. Sastry was previously President, CEO, Board Director and co-Founder of Sakti3, recognized as one of MIT’s 50 Smartest Companies (2015), and as at Crain’s Detroit Business Cool Places to Work winner (2017). Prior to starting her companies, she was Arthur F. Thurnau Professor (UM’s highest teaching honor) at the University of Michigan, for 17 years.
Managing Member at 360 Advisors LLC
David Sarns has 25 years experience in leading global organizations in the investment and securities field. He spent 12 years at SG Cowen Securities Corporation as a Senior Portfolio Director and eventually served as both the Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Strategic Development. Previously David was Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director at Rockefeller & Co., Inc.
Founder and President- Keystone Properties, Inc.
Bill has been involved in investment properties in Michigan and California since 1968. As CFO of Hartland Schools he was responsible for financial and building operations, new construction and union contracts.