The Board

Sammy Abdullah, CFA.  Sammy chairs the board of Blossom Street Ventures and manages day to day operations.  Along with Kevin, he co-founded the firm.  His primary responsibilities are to source and diligence new opportunities, oversee the portfolio, and handle investor relations.  Previously, Sammy was a Vice President at Congruent Investment Partners.  Prior to that, he worked at Prudential Capital Group and Blossom Street Capital (unaffiliated with Blossom Street Ventures)  

Kevin Vela.  Kevin Vela is a founding partner at Vela | Wood P.C.  He focuses his practice in the areas of technology transactions, venture financings, M&A and corporate law. In recent years, he has represented both startups and investors in over $100M in seed, angel and venture rounds.  Kevin proudly represents emerging companies all over the world.  Kevin was named a 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star, was honored by D Magazine as a 2016 Best Lawyer in Dallas, and is a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, an honor granted to 1/3 of 1% of Texas attorneys.

Robert C. Johnson.  Robert has been an entrepreneur and investor his entire adult life.  Shortly after graduating Colgate University in 1994 with a double major in Computer Science and Psychology, he joined software startup Sundance Digital as employee number two.  Robert quickly found himself as CEO and majority shareholder of the fledgling company.  Under his leadership the company grew to become one of the world's largest providers of software to automate television stations, and their customer list included many households names in the US, South American, and Asia.  In 2006 the company was sold to Avid Technology (NASDAQ: AVID) and Robert transitioned into a corporate VP of Enterprise Sales role.  After leaving Avid, Robert became involved in the oil & gas industry where he worked with a partner to consolidate production assets in the East Texas field.  The resulting company was sold to Gale Force Petroleum (TSX:GFP), a public Canadian company, and Robert currently sits on the board as a member of the reserves and audit committees.  In 2008 Robert founded TeamSupport.com which provides enterprise class customer service software delivered via the web.  TeamSupport is growing rapidly in this $4.6B market and has focused on customers who see customer support as a key strategic differentiation.  Their customer base includes AT&T, the NBA, the American Lung Association, and WalMart. 

Thomas Gaunt.  Tom has been an executive in the software business for over 25 years.  He has managed exponential growth at early stage companies, such as Macromedia.  More recently Tom was SVP of  worldwide sales at Rogue Wave Software, a leading provider of enterprise class software tools and components.  He is currently the CEO of a stealth mode start up.  In addition, Tom serves on the board of directors of Executive Networks, and of Readers 2 Leaders, a West Dallas based non-profit whose charter is to help kids in West Dallas to read at or above grade level.

Mark Clark.  Mark is a Senior Partner at O2Works, a premier Oracle E-Business Suite services provider headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Mark started his career with Oracle Corporation as one of their first Applications consultants, and later founded two globally focused consulting firms concentrating on Oracle Applications. He has worked with enterprise customers across a wide variety of industries and geographies since 1990. Mark is currently actively involved as a co-founder or Board member of both the North Central Oracle Applications user group and the South Central Oracle User group. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Oracle Applications User Group for several terms, and recently completed a two -year term as their president. Additionally he services on a number advisory boards to Oracle product management. 

Bruce MacFadyen, CFA.  Bruce serves as board member emeritus and advisor to Blossom Street Ventures. He is also CEO of Chilon, a corporate strategy firm based in Dallas, Texas. Prior to founding Chilon, Bruce was an executive at cloud security company Armor Defense. During his tenure at Armor he was CFO through four investment rounds and later led the Product Lab which designed the next generation of security solutions. Prior to Armor Bruce held leadership roles at Guardian Healthcare (acquired by Evolution Health) and Atlas Capital. 

Davis Deadman.   Davis has been a Partner with Advantage Storage since 2012. In that role, he is responsible for sourcing and executing on new acquisitions and development activity. His background resides in lending/banking, valuation, commercial real estate and institutional money management. Mr. Deadman currently serves on the Board of Directors of both Triumph Savings Bank, SSB and Triumph Business Capital. During 2004 - 2011, he served as Chief Executive Officer and President of NexBank, a financial services organization that included a broker-dealer and an investment banking and corporate advisory firm. During 1998 - 2007, he served as a Senior Portfolio Manager and ultimately partner with Highland Capital Management L.P. In this role, he managed a team of investment professionals responsible for a several billion dollar portfolio of credit investments across multiple industries. Additionally, he oversaw various real estate investments for the firm including the notable $200+ million Chase Tower (Dallas CBD Office) acquisition. Prior to 1998, he served as an investment officer at Mutual Benefit Life, where he managed a commercial real estate-backed loan portfolio.
 

Tim Hamick.  Tim is a senior executive, tech entrepreneur, accomplished sales executive, startup investor and internet marketing expert.  He's also a director of Entrepreneurs' Organization, Dallas Chapter.  Previously, Tim was a consultant to and COO of BubbleLife Media, a digital media and content publishing startup in the Dallas area.  Prior to that he was co-owner and managing principle of 2ndLAW Media, an interactive ad agency.  He sold this business in May 2013.  He is also the co-founder of vWoGo, an online gaming platform. Tim has run divisions of financial services firms Merill Lynch (NYSE: ML) where he was a managing director and Southwest Securities (NYSE: SWS) where he held the title of executive vice president and served the firm's executive committee.  Prior to Merrill Lynch, Tim managed various groups at ABN AMRO Incorporated and The Chicago Corporation, most notably the development of early to market technology for the online trading of equity and option instruments.  These groups were later sold to ABN AMRO and Merrill Lynch.

 

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