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About Keiretsu Forum

Keiretsu stands for collaboration, the culture in which our forum thrives. Keiretsu Forum is the largest North American angel network with 23 chapters and over 850 accredited investor members. Since September 2000, Keiretsu Forum members have invested more than $265 million in over 285 companies in technology, healthcare/life sciences, consumer products, real estate and other segments with high growth potential. Our community is strengthened through education on angel investing, as well as charitable and social activities. More details about Keiretsu Forum are available here.

Our members possess and share diverse industry expertise, from software, telecom and life sciences to retail and information technology. Presenting entrepreneurs have the opportunity to enjoy exposure to our accredited private equity investors, VCs and resource partners, access to a wealth of feedback and insight, and a portal into the markets, relationships and executive talent found within the Keiretsu network.

About our Team

Nathan McDonald
Northwest Region

Nathan brings a unique entrepreneurial business and organizational development background developed during many years of hands-on, active leadership and operational experience. As one of the Northwest’s leading organizers of entrepreneurial and investor relations-focused media and funding events, he has facilitated scores of engagements and successfully promoted hundreds of privately financed high-growth companies.

Nathan co-founded and currently leads as President, the Northwest Region of the Keiretsu Forum global angel investment group. He wrote the business plan and designed the organizational structure, which led to the initial license agreement with global Keiretsu Forum. He recruited the team, implemented policies and procedures, designed, and coordinated multifaceted events. As part of his overall regional growth strategy, he created and implemented controlled expansion activities in Seattle, Bellevue, Boise and Portland. Nathan’s leadership and personal networking skills combined to quickly build the region into the fastest growing angel investment group in the nation, adding over 350 investor members and facilitating $65 million in funding for 113 companies.

In 2004, Nathan became Managing Director of Venture Velocity, a business growth consulting organization. He recruited a talent pool of executive-level consultants from among the most successful and fastest growing companies in the region. Nathan has been a moving force in building and shaping investor networks for two emerging fund managers including The University Funds and Pacific West Land.

Nathan has dedicated much of his career to stimulating growth-stage capital investment including as lead organizer for the Northwest’s most successful venture funding conference, raising over $30 million for 15 growth companies. As Co-founder and Managing Director of the Investment Forum, he produced the highest quality educational programs, social events, and investment forums in the region in collaboration with more than thirty-five industry groups and hundreds of different sponsors. Nathan co-founded an industry leading showcase event and media piece, which attracted over 500 of the region’s most influential investors and CEO’s to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments.

Nathan is a graduate of University of Washington Michael G. Foster Business School with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration & Finance with an emphasis in entrepreneurial leadership and venture finance. He has been a consistent supporter and volunteer for his alma mater, serving as a sponsor and judge for the UW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition for many years. Nathan and his wife Brianna live in the Wedgwood neighborhood in Seattle with their two young sons Evan and Wyatt.

Contact: nathan@keiretsuforum.com

Sherry Zins
Northwest Region
Vice President

Sherry helped found the Seattle chapter of Keiretsu Forum in 2005, and served as the Vice President. In her first year in this role she was able to bring in more than a third of the new members. She rejoined the organization in 2010 and now focuses on membership, retention, committees and the charitable foundation.

Sherry has experience in both engineering and sales. In her past, she held engineering positions at SpaceLabs Medical, Zetron, Honeywell, Solectron and Qualitel. In 2003, she joined American Electronics Association (AeA) as the Washington Council Director of Membership Development. During her six years with AeA, she was consistently in the top three for sales and retention nationally. Because of her strong relationships with executives, Sherry was later hired by WTIA as Membership Development Manager and continued her strong performance serving members.

In all of her professional roles, she has worked with senior executives within the technology industry as well as other industries, including finance, legal, marketing, education, and the start-up community.

From 1982 to 1990, Sherry served in the U.S. Army and held a top secret clearance. She is also active in the community and serves on the ITT Technical College’s advisory committee, works on the University of Washington business plan competition, is a judge for the FIRST Robotics regional competition and serves on the Edmonds Community College Medical Device Skills Panel.

Sherry has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from ITT Technical Institute, graduating with highest honors.

She is married and has an adult son. Sherry speaks four languages (English, German, French and Spanish) and is a tri-athlete.

Contact: sherry@keiretsuforum.com

Harold (Harry) Lee
Northwest Region
Entrepreneur Director

Having grown up in the Chicago area Harry received his degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Using his technical acumen he migrated to Texas performing Systems Engineering work and Project Management for Compaq, HP, and Dell Inc. to later become a highly successful Enterprise Corporate Salesman. In the Spring of 2007 Harry’s sales region covered the PAC-NW (WA, OR, ID, CO, and AK). Harry has earned awards for Dell salesman of the Quarter and of the Year through strong business relationships and superseding customer growth models. Running financial reviews that related companies’ historicals to it’s sector were pivotal to his success.

On the entrepreneurial side, Harry has developed highly successful businesses in real estate, property management, and retail. He brings this drive and passion into developing other entrepreneurs’ visions and aiding them to capture the mind share and capital of active investors.

Harry has passions for triathlons, motor-crossing, traveling, and living in Seattle to list a few.

Contact: harry@keiretsuforum.com

Tyler Varnell
Northwest Region
Marketing and Events

Tyler joined the Keiretsu Forum NW team in May 2012 as the Marketing and Events Coordinator.

Tyler graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California with a B.S. in Finance and a minor in Spanish. During his sophomore year at Pepperdine, Tyler studied abroad for nine months in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he lived with a Spanish-speaking host family and walked through the city to class each day. While studying abroad, Tyler spent extensive time travelling throughout the ruins of Peru, the jungles of Brazil, the beaches of Chile, and all over Argentina. During his other three years at Pepperdine, Tyler played tenor saxophone on scholarship for the Pepperdine Jazz Ensemble, learned to surf, tutored high school students in math, Spanish, and music, and led several Pepperdine groups and clubs on campus.

It is Tyler’s goal at Keiretsu Forum NW to continuously develop and improve our marketing strategies through brand development, website traffic growth, and maximized presence and publicity in the northwest. Tyler aspires to grow his understanding of the angel investment community and has always had an interest in private equity and commercial real estate investment. Overall, Tyler desires to utilize his analytical strengths, leadership experience, and creative mind by learning how to create and grow value.

In his spare time, Tyler loves playing saxophone and piano (sometimes guitar, accordion, and trumpet as well…), and enjoys staying active through flag football, basketball, ultimate frisbee, boating in the summer, and skiing in the winter. Tyler is originally from Arlington, Washington, will often visit his family there on weekends, and is excited to be back in the Northwest!

Contact: Tyler@keiretsuforum.com

Chapter Presidents

Loren Lyon
Chapter President

Loren Lyon currently serves as the Bellevue/Eastside Chapter President for Keiretsu Forum Northwest. Loren is a serial entrepreneur who in addition to his role at Keiretsu is currently CEO at the local DME early stage company, Magic Wheels. He brings a strong skill set in managing start up technology companies.

He was CEO at SelfCHARGE Inc. from 1996 until 2006. The company was consistently listed as one of the fastest growing in the NW and he was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the NW in Manufacturing in 2005. Mr. Lyon orchestrated a sale of the company in 2006 and left the company in early 2007. He was CEO at several other high tech companies in the Northwest and has been a senior manager at companies such as Celerex, Data I/O, Applied Microsystems, Kistler Morse.

Loren has a passion for technology and entrepreneurship that aligns well with Keiretsu. One of the greatest strengths of our country is our creativity and entrepreneurial nature. Putting good deals together with good knowledgeable investors is one of the most powerful things that can be done to bring our economy back to good health.

Mr. Lyon earned a BS in Operations Management from NYU at Albany, NY.

Contact: loren@keiretsuforum.com

Angela Jackson
Chapter President Portland
Chapter President

Angela Jackson is an active angel investor and coach to emerging companies and entrepreneurs. Her background is in marketing/sales, strategy, fundraising and leadership. In addition to her role as the Portland/Oregon Keiretsu Forum Chapter President, Angela is also Managing Director & Fund Manager at Bridge City Ventures Portland Seed Fund, Manager of the Portland State University Business Accelerator, an investor in Oregon Angel Fund and co-chair of Angel Oregon's Consumer/Active Lifestyle investment track and serves on the company selection committee for Women's Investment Network. Angela also advises nonprofit/social entrepreneurs and recently was an "Ask the Expert" consultant to Craigslist Foundation social entrepreneurs in New York. She is an advisor/investor with Mercy Corps' Phoenix Fund, which helps microenterprises in third world areas succeed. Growing up in a family culture of entrepreneurship and philanthropy, she co-founded Social Venture Partners Portland with other area investors in 2001 and has launched numerous non-profit and for-profit enterprises. She held various sales/marketing roles at Auctionpay through Series A and B rounds, a period of rapid growth which earned it numerous awards including a spot on Inc. Magazine 500 fastest growing companies list. Angela loves working with people to help accelerate the success of "the big idea" and is a proud Mom to two budding entrepreneurs, ages 11 and 15.

Contact: angelaj@keiretsuforum.com