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TREN EVENT: Where angels dare to fly—angel investing today

Tuesday, May 18, 2010
7:15 AM to 8:30 AM
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Location: Richland Community Center

The Three Rivers Entrepreneur Network presents its May seminar: "Where angels dare to fly-angel investing today." The panel of speakers consists of: Byron McCann of the Northwest Energy Angels, Gary Ritner of the Puget Sound Venture Club, and Tom Simpson of the Spokane Angel Alliance. For the business seeking funding, the right angel investor can be the perfect first step in formal funding. The panelists will describe their respective organizations and recent activities and discuss how to know if your business is "angel ready." 

What You'll Learn

  • Where angels are investing today
  • What's hot...and what's not, from an angel's perceptive in investing
  • How underwriting potential deals has changed and how security assessments help businesses identify risk and make better, more informed decisions
  • What angels need to see to become interested
  • Risk profiles of potential deals and returns expected by angels
  • What you should expect from an angel investor

Who should attend? 

  • Business owners
  • Investors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Inventors
  • Economic development professionals
  • Senior managers of businesses and governmental organizations


There is no charge to attend. You must pre-register by Friday, May 14 to attend. Space is limited, so register early. A continental breakfast will be provided.

To register, please visit the registration website here or call Teresa Claar at (509) 375-2068 with the following information for each attendee: name, company/organization affiliation, phone number, and e-mail.

Note: Room capacity is limited. Preference is given to technology-based businesses and economic development professionals.

For More Information

Teresa Claar

(509) 375-2068


About the Speakers

Gary R. Ritner

Gary has been involved in the financial services industry for over 40 years. For the last 30 years he has been self-employed in the investment banking field. His focus has been raising funds for early stage companies. He has been involved in numerous private offerings including Eden Bioscience, Primus Knowledge Solutions, Courtlink, Bainbridge Sciences, Door-to-Door Storage, Targeted Growth, Acadio, Giant Campus, Tully's Coffee, and CG Therapeutics. He occasionally consults to early-stage companies. Prior to that, he was a stockbroker.

He is the founder and manager of the Puget Sound Venture Club, a forum to review early-stage venture opportunities. Since the founding in 1985, members, using the Club's resources and their own contacts, the PSVC has invested in over 625 companies. Membership is restricted to accredited investors that have a minimum net worth of $1 million and a history of venture investing.

Tom Simpson

Tom has over 22 years of experience as an investment banker, a venture capitalist and an angel investor. Most recently, he co-founded GreenCupboards, an on-line retailer of environmentally friendly products for homes and businesses. Tom's investment activities are conducted throughNorthwest Ventures Associates. NWVA has raised and invested over $150 million in emerging companies throughout the Northwest. Tom is a director of Berg Manufacturing, Estorian, GreenCupboards, NetMotion, and Telect; he also observes on the boards of Sur La Table and SinglePoint.

He is president of the Spokane Angel Alliance and serves on the boards of the Technology Alliance of Washington and the Mobius Science Center and on the Advisory Board for the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Tom received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Washington, an MBA from The Wharton School and is an adjunct professor in Gonzaga University's Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.

Byron McCann

Byron founded Ascent Partners which is focused on investments, mergers & acquisitions, and strategic alliances for cleantech and IT companies. He manages Ascent Cleantech Partners funds. He is a venture partner at Prism Capital. He co-chairs the Northwest Energy Angels, a cleantech private investor group and co-chairs the Cleantech Open for the Pacific Northwest. He's an active member of three other angel investor groups.

Formerly, he was CEO of Service Intelligence, a venture-backed customer experience measurement company for retail chains. He co-founded genSoft, the first Windows database, that was acquired by Computer Associates; COO of a cable television advertising venture acquired by TCI; and was with Ernst & Young's national telecommunications consulting practice.

He was vice chairman of the Washington Technology Industry Association and is board chair of Broadway Bound Children's Theatre. He has a cum laude Harvard BA and a Stanford MBA. 

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