the doers.

Doer: (Noun) a person who gets things done with vigor and efficiency.

Meet the people behind Innventure.

Greg Wasson

Founder & Chairman of the Partnership

Greg Wasson is the chairman of Innventure, a Wasson Enterprise partnership. Greg is the former CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance.

As Walgreens CEO, Greg led this Fortune 35 company to record fiscal 2014 sales of $76.4 billion. He is credited with creating significant financial and shareholder value, initiating and completing game-changing mergers and acquisitions, leading complex organizational and structural change, assembling a diverse and high-performance senior leadership team, and establishing Walgreens position as an industry leader. Before retiring from Walgreens, Greg had transformed an iconic 114-year-old domestic company into the first global pharmacy-led, health, well-being, and beauty enterprise via the successful merger with European-based Alliance Boots to create Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Greg started his career as a pharmacy services intern in the Walgreens corporate offices—an opportunity that led to his being hired by Walgreens upon graduation. Greg then spend many years in store operations, leading and opening new markets around the country. Greg also had the opportunity to run Walgreens Health Services which gave him a keen insight to the health care services side of the Walgreens business. This role lead to COO of Walgreens. Greg was with Walgreens for 34 years.

Greg grew up in Monticello, Indiana where he learned the value of hard work and figuring out solutions to complex problems. He received his BS in pharmacy in 1981 from Purdue University.

Mike Otworth

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Mike is CEO of Innventure, an entity created, with Wasson Enterprise, to work in partnership with Fortune 100 companies to evaluate, scale and commercialize disruptive technologies with significant market potential. Initial partner is Procter & Gamble.

Prior to Innventure, Mike served as President and Founding Partner of Green Ocean Innovation for six years. Other founding partners included Dr. Harry Jacobson, Chairman of MedCare Investments and former CEO of Vanderbilt Medical Center, and Joseph Cook, Jr., Chairman of Mountain Group Capital; former CEO and Chairman of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Vice-President Global Operations, Eli Lilly and Company. Green Ocean provided technology sourcing and innovation strategy and development services to Lilly/Elanco Animal Health primarily focusing on therapeutics, diagnostics and various medical devices.

Prior to Green Ocean, Mike served as Vice-President and Founding CEO of multiple start-ups at XL TechGroup (XLTG). Mike was a key senior management leader of XLTG, which founded, capitalized and advanced companies successfully to late stage funding. Six of the late stage funding events included IPOs in New York and London creating $4.5 Billion of market value.

Mike began his career on Capitol Hill working as a legislative aide and committee staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives after Graduating from Otterbein University with a B.A. in Political Science & Biology.

Dr. John Scott

Founder & Chairman of Fund Investment Committee / Chief Science Officer

John developed the DownSelect Method, focused on vetting disruptive technologies and associated business opportunities, a model John developed during his role as Founder and CEO of XLTG.

John is a dual program Ph.D. in Physics/Astrophysics with over 60 papers published (refereed scientific journals). For the first 10 years of John’s career, he was an academic scientist in various universities and government labs. John was a frequent Invited Speaker at national and international conferences and during this period John also became a technology consultant to six national governments.

After leaving academia, John founded, grew, and sold two technology companies, formed with venture backing. Based on these experiences, John devised a systematic methodology for founding, funding (early stage) and scaling start-up disruptive technology companies (Newco’s); the methodology was an alternative to classic venture portfolio management. This methodology was the forerunner of the Downselect and scaling processes that are the foundation of Innventure.

Key elements of the methodology included partnerships with F500 companies and a systematic, quantitative approach to identifying disruptive technologies with significant commercial potential in the near term. During its 20-year life, XLTG founded, funded (early stage), commercialized, and scaled 11 out of 12 NewCos to late stage funding (the XLTG mandate). Six of the late stage funding events involved IPOs in New York and London. After late stage funding, the former XLTG subsidiaries were “spun out” into the control of the late stage investors (both public and private).

Rick Brenner

Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Rick is COO of Innventure, a Wasson Enterprise partnership. Rick also is Head of Strategy and Intelligent Innovation for SPRIM Americas. Rick’s role at SPRIM provides seamless access to a broad range of fungible resources to support Innventure efforts, including scientific analysis, market insights and administrative support. Rick brings over 30 years of experience in brand building, new products and innovation leadership.

Prior to joining SPRIM in 2010, Rick was the founding CEO of TyraTech, an XL Tech Group Company, where he led the newly launched company in 2004 with 3 employees, no revenue and a nascent technology to a successful IPO in 2007. Rick led the multi-year partnership and co-development team with Kraft Foods to develop a disruptive new technology, designed to help prevent parasitic infections in developing countries where parasitic infections are a major health issue.

Rick began his career in Market Research, followed by six years at Leo Burnett Advertising where he managed accounts including Green Giant, United Airlines and Procter & Gamble. Following his tenure at Leo Burnett, he spent eight years at Procter & Gamble where he was responsible for marketing and brand management for consumer products including Clarion Cosmetics, Noxzema Skin Care Products, and Secret and Sure Antiperspirants, where he led multiple new product launches, including Secret and Sure Ultra Dry and a line of personalized skin care products under the Clarion brand.

Rick received his MBA from Northwestern University, with majors in marketing and finance, and his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, with a major in Business Administration.

Kim Wasson

Founder & Chief Ideology Officer

Pharmacist and community advocate Kimberly Wasson has more than 20 years’ experience as a practicing pharmacist, as well as years of demonstrated commitment to helping people in need via community organizations such as Love INC and Dispensary of Hope.

A 1981 graduate of the Purdue University School of Pharmacy, Kim had a 17-year career with Walgreens. Kim served in the capacities of pharmacist, pharmacy manager, and store manager in Houston, Milwaukee, Boston, and Las Vegas. In 2006, Kim earned her Pharm.D. degree at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. She followed her doctorate with five years of service at the outpatient anticoagulation clinic of Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois. Throughout her pharmacy career, Kim has served patients by providing much-needed expertise and compassion along with knowledgeable guidance through the challenges they face navigating this country’s complex healthcare system.

In addition to serving as co-founder and executive VP of Wasson Enterprise, Kim is owner/operator of Forward Stride Stables in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois where clients can board their horses and receive quality riding instruction from two expert trainers.

Jim Donnally

Chief Financial Officer

Jim is the CFO of Innventure, a Wasson Enterprise partnership. Jim also is Vice President and CFO for Glockner Enterprises. Glockner Enterprises includes consumer and commercial finance divisions, wholesale lubricant and fuel divisions, several dealer-controlled used car finance operations, and captive and independent insurance agencies and franchise automobile dealerships in Ohio and Kentucky. Jim is also highly involved in organizations and companies that are helping grow southeast Ohio communities and sits on numerous boards.

In addition to his role as CFO, he manages the IT, HR, accounting and legal departments, giving him the ideal view of the inner workings of the enterprise - such as treasury and other asset management, lender and regulatory relations and employee benefit administration.

Prior to Glockner Enterprises, Jim was a CPA at Hayflich & Steinberg, where he prepared for-profit audit, review, compilation and tax engagements for regional wholesale, retail, manufacturing and service concerns, specializing in consolidations.

Jim received his bachelors in accounting with minors in economics, finance, philosophy, psychology and theater in 1991 from Marshall University.

Lindsay Lingle

Chief Marketing Officer

Lindsay grew up in the retail world and learned early on the importance of meeting customers’ needs. After earning her BA in Public Relations from Purdue University in 2011, she joined Kao USA Inc. as an intern within the trade marketing team before becoming a category analyst for several retailers. This new experience taught her how products interact on the shelf and how categories are viewed by the retailer.

Lindsay really honed her skills in retail when she was placed on Kao’s Target account as the business development analyst, specializing in the hair color and care categories, with a focus on the John Frieda brand. That stint led to her move to the John Frieda marketing team that supported its Precision Foam Colour product. Lindsay’s time at Kao gave her an in-depth understanding of the Consumer Product Goods (CPG) business, adding to her already extensive exposure in a retail-focused family.

Along the way, Lindsay earned an MBA from Xavier University and began laying the groundwork for what would become her own company. That year, Lindsay took a giant step away from the corporate world to build her own brand—Holly & Tanager. H&T is focused on the design and manufacture of handbags that are both chic and functional—the perfect solution for women who crave organization and fashion.

David Brenner

VP Operations

David is the VP of Operations for Innventure, a Wasson Enterprise partnership. David brings over 10 years of experience in leading and delivering transformational projects across a wide range of industries.

Prior to joining Innventure, David was a Senior Manager at Deloitte where he was part of leadership team that scaled Deloitte’s newest business unit (the US Delivery Center) to 1,500 staff in 18 months. David’s prior experience includes leading the implementation of Electronic Medical Records for orthopedic surgeons, modernizing flagship applications for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and supporting the implementation of the Affordable Care Act at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC).

David received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M at Commerce.

Mike Lingle

VP Finance & Innovation

Mike attended Purdue University where he double majored in physics and mechanical engineering. While in school, he spent two summers working for an ALMS/IndyCar team where he was engaged in engineering suspension design, aero design, shaker rig testing, and helped with fuel/race strategy. He later switched to accounting and finance when he realized that he had a passion for business.

Following graduation, Mike started with Amazon as a financial analyst for a fulfillment center in Hebron, KY. He later became part of the operations team as an Area Manager for the inbound side of the building. While in this role, Amazon launched the MyHabbit business within his fulfillment center. Mike then was pursued for a Site Controller role within Amazon’s Customer Service Operations where he helped launch a green field CS site with 600-1,000 associates and 40+ executives. This role allowed Mike to greatly extend his scope by working with global finance and capacity planning, while owning responsibilities at a site level.

Mike also co-founded Eta Vision, a hardware and software company that is building an IoT sensor platform. They are focused on helping data centers and other utilities understand and manage their environmental conditions. This helps them optimize their operations, resulting in energy savings, cost savings, and a better sustainability.

Mike leads the DownSelect process for Innventure.

Kathryn Traut

Director of Marketing & Communcations

Kathryn majored in Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Xavier University and also played on their Division 1 varsity volleyball team. While still a senior, she received a coveted trade marketing internship at Kao USA where she managed the John Frieda Hair Care POP process, analyzing key competitors and developing its national product displays strategy.

With the internship under her belt, Kao USA hired her on within its International Marketing Department. Her position at Kao was an amazing opportunity where she strategized, coordinated, and executed marketing plans for Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Following her position at Kao, Kathryn joined The Gorilla Glue Company as assistant brand manager for O’Keeffe’s, its skincare line. While at Gorilla Glue, she successfully developed strategies and coordinated the execution of digital and social marketing, public relations, marketing communications, event coordination and company performance reports.

Along her career path at Kao, she met Lindsay Lingle where they both shared a passion for retail. In 2016, they created their own brand – Holly & Tanager, which focuses on designing and manufacturing handbags that are both chic and functional.

Michael Conaboy

Director of IT

Michael’s passion for engineering came alive when he attended Purdue University. At Purdue University, Michael majored in Electrical & Computer Engineering. During the summer prior to his junior year, he received an internship at Graphet Data Mining where he contributed to in-house data analysis software written in Matlab and performed statistical analysis on utility billing time series data.

After graduating, he then received a full-time position at Graphet Data Mining as a Software Developer and Energy Engineer growing to become the Regional Lead Engineer for the western United States. While in those positions, he performed energy audits on large industrial, commercial, and industrial facilities to develop strategic plans to drive sustainable energy conservation. He also managed cross functional teams, developed innovative solutions for reducing internal cycle times, and was responsible for maintaining customer relationships and managing engineering resources to deliver quality results on time.

In late 2015, Michael co-founded Eta Vision, a hardware and software company that is building an IoT sensor platform. They are focused on helping data centers and other utilities understand and manage their environmental conditions. This helps them optimize their operations, resulting in energy savings, cost savings, and a better sustainability.

Cam Iverson

Lead Web Developer & Analytics

Cameron grew up in the small business world and has learned a lot from the business that his great-grandfather started and his father runs – Iverson & Co. He has a strong mind for business, which led him to North Central College in Naperville where he received a BA in Human Resource Management.

After graduation, Cameron spearheaded a new role at CDW in Social Learning. As the Social Learning Advisor, Cameron was responsible for energizing and training coworkers on a cloud-based training solution called Brainshark; which is still being used today, along with planning and executing recognition initiatives within the company.

After some time, Cameron realized he had a passion for web development, and for the most part, he was self-taught but decided to take the jump into web development full-time and started a class with General Assembly, and completed the Web Development Immersive class in 2016.

Steve Rodich

VP Creative & Brand Strategy

Passionately curious and energized by the creative process from strategy through execution, Steve is a teller of brand stories. For the past decade, Steve has worn many hats at boutique advertising agencies where he’s been able to gain real hands-on experience, making him a bit of a chameleon for Wasson Enterprise as a strategist, designer, photographer and videographer, editor, illustrator, 3D artist (and the list goes on). He recognized early on that content is king and continues to challenge himself in finding as many ways as he can to create meaningful and impactful content for brands.

The need to express his creativity was always there from a young age, but started manifesting itself when he took a graphic design course in High School and was recognized in the midwest with the Coca-Cola Art of Harmony Award. While attending Indiana University, Steve was president of IU’s chapter of the American Advertising Federation, where he was recognized with the Vance L. Stickell Memorial Award, one of 20 national internships given that year that took him to the marketing department of Southwest Airlines in Dallas. He followed that up with working in the creative department at Hirons & Company. After graduation, he began his creative career working for an advertising agency in Georgia and another that took him to Pittsburgh and Miami. He’s moved from the north and the south four different times. Though, Chicago is, and will always be, home for him.

While he doesn’t like to say it, Steve has ADDYs and other awards to his name, but the true reward is to do meaningful work that changes people’s lives, and that’s what he was able to do while serving as Creative Director on the Penn Medicine account. During that time, Steve was influential in crafting stories about cutting-edge breakthrough technologies developed at Penn Medicine that disrupted the industry and gave new hope to patients with cancer, heart and brain disease. He’ll tell you that connecting with patients who have overcome insurmountable odds and thrived to live their very best life, has been one of the greatest honors of his life.

The advertising landscape is always changing, always evolving, and so is Steve. One thing that won’t change is his curiosity for the world and desire to connect people emotionally with brands.

Tayt Rule

Chief Operating Officer, New Ventures

Growing up on a farm in Wisconsin and having Grandparents who founded a real-estate company, Tayt learned how to roll up his sleeves and work hard to make his own way. A natural leader early on, Tayt found himself in various leadership roles in both sports & business. In High School, he won the Wisconsin Entrepreneur Competition in the DECA business organization which further helped define his education and career aspirations.

Tayt graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire where he attended one of the first Entrepreneur schools in the county. His Entrepreneur & Business Administration degrees helped fuel his passion for both entrepreneurship and leadership where Tayt went on to lead in ever-increasing operational roles for Kraft Foods, M&M Mars, Target & Amazon along with founding a High-End AV company in California over his 17 Year Career.

Throughout his career tenure, Tayt helped every team he lead generate record operational performances through his highly-engaging, visionary leadership style along with his radical candor with talent and overall risk-taking skills. In one example of his leadership style, one of his teams shattered a 20-year-old production record at M&M Mars and he brought a 145-person marching band on to the production floor to celebrate. These types of moments are not unique to Tayt as he believes “how you make people feel” is paramount to any successful culture. In his last role prior to Wasson Enterprise, Tayt lead a team of over 5000 associates virtually, with over 400 executives for Amazon Customer Service where they ranked as the highest engaged team in the World during his tenure while achieving the lowest cost in the history of the virtual team.

Tayt will play many hats for Innventure as the COO of New Ventures. His main focus will be on operations for New Co startups. The first of which is Purecycle Technologies which is a licensed, Proctor & Gamble patented, disruptive plastic technology which will revolutionize how polypropylene is recycled to “virgin-like” resin and help clean up the planet. A first in the history of the plastics industry.

Betsy Nicketakis

Manager Business Administration & Partnerships

Betsy is the Manager of Business Administration and Partnerships, where she’ll focus on her passion – building and fostering relationships through a thoughtful and organic nature.

Prior to joining the WE team, Betsy worked at GEMS World Academy Chicago, part of the largest global independent educational provider organization, GEMS Education. As Associate Director of Marketing and Enrollment Management, Betsy focused on increasing visibility in Chicagoland, and stewarding relationships with prospective families and students. Before joining GEMS, Betsy served as the Manager of Community Programs at Presence Health, where she created and cultivated partnerships with local organizations to increase brand awareness and grow market share. Earlier in her career, Betsy served on Walgreen Co.’s community affairs team, working closely on their philanthropic initiatives, and managing grant fulfillment, partnership activation, employee engagement and disaster relief aid. Her career began at Lincoln Park Zoo running their corporate alliances program, where her passion for relationship management began.

Betsy earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University and holds a Certificate in Meeting, Convention and Exposition Management from Roosevelt University.

Anthony Paoni

Chairman of the Fund Committee & member of Fund Investment Committee

Tony is the Senior Executive Advisor for Innventure, an entity created, with Wasson Enterprise, to work in partnership with Fortune 100 companies to evaluate, scale and commercialize disruptive technologies with significant market potential. Their initial partner is Procter & Gamble.

Tony currently is Vice Chairman of Liberty Advisor Group; a Chicago-based management and technology consultancy firm. He has a distinguished career including 17 years as a faculty member at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University where he created two popular courses and co-authored two books. Prior to joining the faculty, he spent 28 years in the information technology industry with organizations that provided computer hardware, software and consulting services. He held functional management roles including: SVP of Sales and Marketing; SVP of Software Development and SVP of Customer Support; Division President; Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman.

In addition, to holding functional management roles, Tony has consulting experience working with numerous management teams creating and executing transformational change strategies to include a strategic enterprise business platform. He led engagements with companies including: McDonald’s Corporation, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo, American Express and many more. From 1997 to 2013 Tony also held several board positions for publicly and privately held companies.

Chris Lowe

Operating Fund Partner

Chris has over 15 years of senior management experience as President, CBO and CFO of various private and public life sciences, medical technology, and technology companies. Additionally, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of both public and private companies, and has chaired their respective Audit Committees and Compensation Committees. Chris helps companies succeed by assisting them with corporate and financial strategy, including early stage financing, successive fundraising and IPOs, public company advising and Wall Street communications, licensing transactions, M&A, restructurings and coaching at every level of the C-Suite. In particular, he excels at helping companies navigate the challenges of accessing capital, M&A, licensing, restructurings and exits. During his career as a C-level executive, Chris has successfully raised over $500M in private and public financings, completed over $1.0B in M&A transactions, negotiated over $300M in debt instruments for companies, and has overseen three SOX-404 implementations.

Chris earned his B.S. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a MBA from St. Mary’s University.

Greg Wasson

Founder & Chairman of the Partnership

Greg Wasson is the chairman of Innventure, a Wasson Enterprise partnership. Greg is the former CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance.

As Walgreens CEO, Greg led this Fortune 35 company to record fiscal 2014 sales of $76.4 billion. He is credited with creating significant financial and shareholder value, initiating and completing game-changing mergers and acquisitions, leading complex organizational and structural change, assembling a diverse and high-performance senior leadership team, and establishing Walgreens position as an industry leader. Before retiring from Walgreens, Greg had transformed an iconic 114-year-old domestic company into the first global pharmacy-led, health, well-being, and beauty enterprise via the successful merger with European-based Alliance Boots to create Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Greg started his career as a pharmacy services intern in the Walgreens corporate offices—an opportunity that led to his being hired by Walgreens upon graduation. Greg then spend many years in store operations, leading and opening new markets around the country. Greg also had the opportunity to run Walgreens Health Services which gave him a keen insight to the health care services side of the Walgreens business. This role lead to COO of Walgreens. Greg was with Walgreens for 34 years.

Greg grew up in Monticello, Indiana where he learned the value of hard work and figuring out solutions to complex problems. He received his BS in pharmacy in 1981 from Purdue University.

Mike Otworth

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Mike is CEO of Innventure, an entity created, with Wasson Enterprise, to work in partnership with Fortune 100 companies to evaluate, scale and commercialize disruptive technologies with significant market potential. Initial partner is Procter & Gamble.

Prior to Innventure, Mike served as President and Founding Partner of Green Ocean Innovation for six years. Other founding partners included Dr. Harry Jacobson, Chairman of MedCare Investments and former CEO of Vanderbilt Medical Center, and Joseph Cook, Jr., Chairman of Mountain Group Capital; former CEO and Chairman of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Vice-President Global Operations, Eli Lilly and Company. Green Ocean provided technology sourcing and innovation strategy and development services to Lilly/Elanco Animal Health primarily focusing on therapeutics, diagnostics and various medical devices.

Prior to Green Ocean, Mike served as Vice-President and Founding CEO of multiple start-ups at XL TechGroup (XLTG). Mike was a key senior management leader of XLTG, which founded, capitalized and advanced companies successfully to late stage funding. Six of the late stage funding events included IPOs in New York and London creating $4.5 Billion of market value.

Mike began his career on Capitol Hill working as a legislative aide and committee staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives after Graduating from Otterbein University with a B.A. in Political Science & Biology.

Dr. John Scott

Founder & Chairman of Fund Investment Committee / Chief Science Officer

John developed the DownSelect Method, focused on vetting disruptive technologies and associated business opportunities, a model John developed during his role as Founder and CEO of XLTG.

John is a dual program Ph.D. in Physics/Astrophysics with over 60 papers published (refereed scientific journals). For the first 10 years of John’s career, he was an academic scientist in various universities and government labs. John was a frequent Invited Speaker at national and international conferences and during this period John also became a technology consultant to six national governments.

After leaving academia, John founded, grew, and sold two technology companies, formed with venture backing. Based on these experiences, John devised a systematic methodology for founding, funding (early stage) and scaling start-up disruptive technology companies (Newco’s); the methodology was an alternative to classic venture portfolio management. This methodology was the forerunner of the Downselect and scaling processes that are the foundation of Innventure.

Key elements of the methodology included partnerships with F500 companies and a systematic, quantitative approach to identifying disruptive technologies with significant commercial potential in the near term. During its 20-year life, XLTG founded, funded (early stage), commercialized, and scaled 11 out of 12 NewCos to late stage funding (the XLTG mandate). Six of the late stage funding events involved IPOs in New York and London. After late stage funding, the former XLTG subsidiaries were “spun out” into the control of the late stage investors (both public and private).

Rick Brenner

Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Rick is COO of Innventure, a Wasson Enterprise partnership. Rick also is Head of Strategy and Intelligent Innovation for SPRIM Americas. Rick’s role at SPRIM provides seamless access to a broad range of fungible resources to support Innventure efforts, including scientific analysis, market insights and administrative support. Rick brings over 30 years of experience in brand building, new products and innovation leadership.

Prior to joining SPRIM in 2010, Rick was the founding CEO of TyraTech, an XL Tech Group Company, where he led the newly launched company in 2004 with 3 employees, no revenue and a nascent technology to a successful IPO in 2007. Rick led the multi-year partnership and co-development team with Kraft Foods to develop a disruptive new technology, designed to help prevent parasitic infections in developing countries where parasitic infections are a major health issue.

Rick began his career in Market Research, followed by six years at Leo Burnett Advertising where he managed accounts including Green Giant, United Airlines and Procter & Gamble. Following his tenure at Leo Burnett, he spent eight years at Procter & Gamble where he was responsible for marketing and brand management for consumer products including Clarion Cosmetics, Noxzema Skin Care Products, and Secret and Sure Antiperspirants, where he led multiple new product launches, including Secret and Sure Ultra Dry and a line of personalized skin care products under the Clarion brand.

Rick received his MBA from Northwestern University, with majors in marketing and finance, and his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, with a major in Business Administration.

Kim Wasson

Founder & Chief Ideology Officer

Pharmacist and community advocate Kimberly Wasson has more than 20 years’ experience as a practicing pharmacist, as well as years of demonstrated commitment to helping people in need via community organizations such as Love INC and Dispensary of Hope.

A 1981 graduate of the Purdue University School of Pharmacy, Kim had a 17-year career with Walgreens. Kim served in the capacities of pharmacist, pharmacy manager, and store manager in Houston, Milwaukee, Boston, and Las Vegas. In 2006, Kim earned her Pharm.D. degree at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. She followed her doctorate with five years of service at the outpatient anticoagulation clinic of Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois. Throughout her pharmacy career, Kim has served patients by providing much-needed expertise and compassion along with knowledgeable guidance through the challenges they face navigating this country’s complex healthcare system.

In addition to serving as co-founder and executive VP of Wasson Enterprise, Kim is owner/operator of Forward Stride Stables in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois where clients can board their horses and receive quality riding instruction from two expert trainers.

Jim Donally

Chief Financial Officer

Jim is the CFO of Innventure, a Wasson Enterprise partnership. Jim also is Vice President and CFO for Glockner Enterprises. Glockner Enterprises includes consumer and commercial finance divisions, wholesale lubricant and fuel divisions, several dealer-controlled used car finance operations, and captive and independent insurance agencies and franchise automobile dealerships in Ohio and Kentucky. Jim is also highly involved in organizations and companies that are helping grow southeast Ohio communities and sits on numerous boards.

In addition to his role as CFO, he manages the IT, HR, accounting and legal departments, giving him the ideal view of the inner workings of the enterprise - such as treasury and other asset management, lender and regulatory relations and employee benefit administration.

Prior to Glockner Enterprises, Jim was a CPA at Hayflich & Steinberg, where he prepared for-profit audit, review, compilation and tax engagements for regional wholesale, retail, manufacturing and service concerns, specializing in consolidations.

Jim received his bachelors in accounting with minors in economics, finance, philosophy, psychology and theater in 1991 from Marshall University.

Lindsay Lingle

Chief Marketing Officer

Lindsay grew up in the retail world and learned early on the importance of meeting customers’ needs. After earning her BA in Public Relations from Purdue University in 2011, she joined Kao USA Inc. as an intern within the trade marketing team before becoming a category analyst for several retailers. This new experience taught her how products interact on the shelf and how categories are viewed by the retailer.

Lindsay really honed her skills in retail when she was placed on Kao’s Target account as the business development analyst, specializing in the hair color and care categories, with a focus on the John Frieda brand. That stint led to her move to the John Frieda marketing team that supported its Precision Foam Colour product. Lindsay’s time at Kao gave her an in-depth understanding of the Consumer Product Goods (CPG) business, adding to her already extensive exposure in a retail-focused family.

Along the way, Lindsay earned an MBA from Xavier University and began laying the groundwork for what would become her own company. That year, Lindsay took a giant step away from the corporate world to build her own brand—Holly & Tanager. H&T is focused on the design and manufacture of handbags that are both chic and functional—the perfect solution for women who crave organization and fashion.

David Brenner

VP Operations

David is the VP of Operations for Innventure, a Wasson Enterprise partnership. David brings over 10 years of experience in leading and delivering transformational projects across a wide range of industries.

Prior to joining Innventure, David was a Senior Manager at Deloitte where he was part of leadership team that scaled Deloitte’s newest business unit (the US Delivery Center) to 1,500 staff in 18 months. David’s prior experience includes leading the implementation of Electronic Medical Records for orthopedic surgeons, modernizing flagship applications for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and supporting the implementation of the Affordable Care Act at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC).

David received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M at Commerce.

Mike Lingle

VP Finance & Innovation

Mike attended Purdue University where he double majored in physics and mechanical engineering. While in school, he spent two summers working for an ALMS/IndyCar team where he was engaged in engineering suspension design, aero design, shaker rig testing, and helped with fuel/race strategy. He later switched to accounting and finance when he realized that he had a passion for business.

Following graduation, Mike started with Amazon as a financial analyst for a fulfillment center in Hebron, KY. He later became part of the operations team as an Area Manager for the inbound side of the building. While in this role, Amazon launched the MyHabbit business within his fulfillment center. Mike then was pursued for a Site Controller role within Amazon’s Customer Service Operations where he helped launch a green field CS site with 600-1,000 associates and 40+ executives. This role allowed Mike to greatly extend his scope by working with global finance and capacity planning, while owning responsibilities at a site level.

Mike also co-founded Eta Vision, a hardware and software company that is building an IoT sensor platform. They are focused on helping data centers and other utilities understand and manage their environmental conditions. This helps them optimize their operations, resulting in energy savings, cost savings, and a better sustainability.

Mike leads the DownSelect process for Innventure.

Kathryn Traut

Director of Marketing & Communcations

Kathryn majored in Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Xavier University and also played on their Division 1 varsity volleyball team. While still a senior, she received a coveted trade marketing internship at Kao USA where she managed the John Frieda Hair Care POP process, analyzing key competitors and developing its national product displays strategy.

With the internship under her belt, Kao USA hired her on within its International Marketing Department. Her position at Kao was an amazing opportunity where she strategized, coordinated, and executed marketing plans for Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Following her position at Kao, Kathryn joined The Gorilla Glue Company as assistant brand manager for O’Keeffe’s, its skincare line. While at Gorilla Glue, she successfully developed strategies and coordinated the execution of digital and social marketing, public relations, marketing communications, event coordination and company performance reports.

Along her career path at Kao, she met Lindsay Lingle where they both shared a passion for retail. In 2016, they created their own brand – Holly & Tanager, which focuses on designing and manufacturing handbags that are both chic and functional.

Michael Conaboy

Director of IT

Michael’s passion for engineering came alive when he attended Purdue University. At Purdue University, Michael majored in Electrical & Computer Engineering. During the summer prior to his junior year, he received an internship at Graphet Data Mining where he contributed to in-house data analysis software written in Matlab and performed statistical analysis on utility billing time series data.

After graduating, he then received a full-time position at Graphet Data Mining as a Software Developer and Energy Engineer growing to become the Regional Lead Engineer for the western United States. While in those positions, he performed energy audits on large industrial, commercial, and industrial facilities to develop strategic plans to drive sustainable energy conservation. He also managed cross functional teams, developed innovative solutions for reducing internal cycle times, and was responsible for maintaining customer relationships and managing engineering resources to deliver quality results on time.

In late 2015, Michael co-founded Eta Vision, a hardware and software company that is building an IoT sensor platform. They are focused on helping data centers and other utilities understand and manage their environmental conditions. This helps them optimize their operations, resulting in energy savings, cost savings, and a better sustainability.

Cam Iverson

Lead Web Developer & Analytics

Cameron grew up in the small business world and has learned a lot from the business that his great-grandfather started and his father runs – Iverson & Co. He has a strong mind for business, which led him to North Central College in Naperville where he received a BA in Human Resource Management.

After graduation, Cameron spearheaded a new role at CDW in Social Learning. As the Social Learning Advisor, Cameron was responsible for energizing and training coworkers on a cloud-based training solution called Brainshark; which is still being used today, along with planning and executing recognition initiatives within the company.

After some time, Cameron realized he had a passion for web development, and for the most part, he was self-taught but decided to take the jump into web development full-time and started a class with General Assembly, and completed the Web Development Immersive class in 2016.

Steve Rodich

VP Creative & Brand Strategy

Passionately curious and energized by the creative process from strategy through execution, Steve is a teller of brand stories. For the past decade, Steve has worn many hats at boutique advertising agencies where he’s been able to gain real hands-on experience, making him a bit of a chameleon for Wasson Enterprise as a strategist, designer, photographer and videographer, editor, illustrator, 3D artist (and the list goes on). He recognized early on that content is king and continues to challenge himself in finding as many ways as he can to create meaningful and impactful content for brands.

The need to express his creativity was always there from a young age, but started manifesting itself when he took a graphic design course in High School and was recognized in the midwest with the Coca-Cola Art of Harmony Award. While attending Indiana University, Steve was president of IU’s chapter of the American Advertising Federation, where he was recognized with the Vance L. Stickell Memorial Award, one of 20 national internships given that year that took him to the marketing department of Southwest Airlines in Dallas. He followed that up with working in the creative department at Hirons & Company. After graduation, he began his creative career working for an advertising agency in Georgia and another that took him to Pittsburgh and Miami. He’s moved from the north and the south four different times. Though, Chicago is, and will always be, home for him.

While he doesn’t like to say it, Steve has ADDYs and other awards to his name, but the true reward is to do meaningful work that changes people’s lives, and that’s what he was able to do while serving as Creative Director on the Penn Medicine account. During that time, Steve was influential in crafting stories about cutting-edge breakthrough technologies developed at Penn Medicine that disrupted the industry and gave new hope to patients with cancer, heart and brain disease. He’ll tell you that connecting with patients who have overcome insurmountable odds and thrived to live their very best life, has been one of the greatest honors of his life.

The advertising landscape is always changing, always evolving, and so is Steve. One thing that won’t change is his curiosity for the world and desire to connect people emotionally with brands.

Tayt Rule

Chief Operating Officer, New Ventures

Growing up on a farm in Wisconsin and having Grandparents who founded a real-estate company, Tayt learned how to roll up his sleeves and work hard to make his own way. A natural leader early on, Tayt found himself in various leadership roles in both sports & business. In High School, he won the Wisconsin Entrepreneur Competition in the DECA business organization which further helped define his education and career aspirations.

Tayt graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire where he attended one of the first Entrepreneur schools in the county. His Entrepreneur & Business Administration degrees helped fuel his passion for both entrepreneurship and leadership where Tayt went on to lead in ever-increasing operational roles for Kraft Foods, M&M Mars, Target & Amazon along with founding a High-End AV company in California over his 17 Year Career.

Throughout his career tenure, Tayt helped every team he lead generate record operational performances through his highly-engaging, visionary leadership style along with his radical candor with talent and overall risk-taking skills. In one example of his leadership style, one of his teams shattered a 20-year-old production record at M&M Mars and he brought a 145-person marching band on to the production floor to celebrate. These types of moments are not unique to Tayt as he believes “how you make people feel” is paramount to any successful culture. In his last role prior to Wasson Enterprise, Tayt lead a team of over 5000 associates virtually, with over 400 executives for Amazon Customer Service where they ranked as the highest engaged team in the World during his tenure while achieving the lowest cost in the history of the virtual team.

Tayt will play many hats for Innventure as the COO of New Ventures. His main focus will be on operations for New Co startups. The first of which is Purecycle Technologies which is a licensed, Proctor & Gamble patented, disruptive plastic technology which will revolutionize how polypropylene is recycled to “virgin-like” resin and help clean up the planet. A first in the history of the plastics industry.

Betsy Nicketakis

Manager Business Administration & Partnerships

Betsy is the Manager of Business Administration and Partnerships, where she’ll focus on her passion – building and fostering relationships through a thoughtful and organic nature.

Prior to joining the WE team, Betsy worked at GEMS World Academy Chicago, part of the largest global independent educational provider organization, GEMS Education. As Associate Director of Marketing and Enrollment Management, Betsy focused on increasing visibility in Chicagoland, and stewarding relationships with prospective families and students. Before joining GEMS, Betsy served as the Manager of Community Programs at Presence Health, where she created and cultivated partnerships with local organizations to increase brand awareness and grow market share. Earlier in her career, Betsy served on Walgreen Co.’s community affairs team, working closely on their philanthropic initiatives, and managing grant fulfillment, partnership activation, employee engagement and disaster relief aid. Her career began at Lincoln Park Zoo running their corporate alliances program, where her passion for relationship management began.

Betsy earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University and holds a Certificate in Meeting, Convention and Exposition Management from Roosevelt University.

Anthony Paoni

Chairman of the Fund Committee & member of Fund Investment Committee

Tony is the Senior Executive Advisor for Innventure, an entity created, with Wasson Enterprise, to work in partnership with Fortune 100 companies to evaluate, scale and commercialize disruptive technologies with significant market potential. Their initial partner is Procter & Gamble.

Tony currently is Vice Chairman of Liberty Advisor Group; a Chicago-based management and technology consultancy firm. He has a distinguished career including 17 years as a faculty member at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University where he created two popular courses and co-authored two books. Prior to joining the faculty, he spent 28 years in the information technology industry with organizations that provided computer hardware, software and consulting services. He held functional management roles including: SVP of Sales and Marketing; SVP of Software Development and SVP of Customer Support; Division President; Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman.

In addition, to holding functional management roles, Tony has consulting experience working with numerous management teams creating and executing transformational change strategies to include a strategic enterprise business platform. He led engagements with companies including: McDonald’s Corporation, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo, American Express and many more. From 1997 to 2013 Tony also held several board positions for publicly and privately held companies.

Chris Lowe

Operating Fund Partner

Chris has over 15 years of senior management experience as President, CBO and CFO of various private and public life sciences, medical technology, and technology companies. Additionally, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of both public and private companies, and has chaired their respective Audit Committees and Compensation Committees. Chris helps companies succeed by assisting them with corporate and financial strategy, including early stage financing, successive fundraising and IPOs, public company advising and Wall Street communications, licensing transactions, M&A, restructurings and coaching at every level of the C-Suite. In particular, he excels at helping companies navigate the challenges of accessing capital, M&A, licensing, restructurings and exits. During his career as a C-level executive, Chris has successfully raised over $500M in private and public financings, completed over $1.0B in M&A transactions, negotiated over $300M in debt instruments for companies, and has overseen three SOX-404 implementations.

Chris earned his B.S. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a MBA from St. Mary’s University.