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Building the Team - The Most Critical Part of a Nascent Business

  • Tuesday, April 09, 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • WPI Campus Center, 3rd floor Odeum


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Building the Team: The Most Critical Part of a Nascent Business

Part 3 of a 4-Part Series

A top-notch executive team is a critical element in a startup's success. Yet many entrepreneurs, especially those embarking on their first ventures, find building that great team a difficult challenge. When should key hires be made? How can a great candidate be distinguished from a dud? When does a key employee need to be replaced? And how can hiring great people be reconciled with the budgetary realities of a startup?

Please join us as two executives share their experiences, plus a case presented by Oneighty C Technologies Corporation--a breakthrough technology for sterilizing medical waste.

Wes Davis is a seasoned CEO who has run multiple technology companies. Michael Walsh has advised dozens of startup CEOs on building their teams. Between them, they have seen it all. They will share their insights on how you can get things right, and how you can avoid common mistakes.

Veteran hospital CEO David Andersen will join the panel reviewing the case.

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh

Mike Walsh is currently a Human Resources consultant working for early-stage biotechnology and medical device companies. His consulting services cover all areas of HR including: employment, compensation, equity, benefits, management development, organizational development, mergers/acquisitions and HR information systems.

Prior to being a consultant he was Vice President, Human Resources at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Prior to Vertex he was with Genzyme Corporation as Vice President, Human Resources.   Mike was also with BioSurface Technology, Inc. as Vice President, Human Resources. Mike received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in Education and has completed advanced course work in Counseling and is a former officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Human Resources Association.

Wes Davis

During Wes Davis’ 27 years of operating experience, he was president of six technology companies that had a business-to-business model providing components, sub-systems and software.   At five of the six companies, including two start-ups, the Founder hired him to join as the first outside president to put in place the infrastructure, culture and team to drive growth.  More than 20 members of his various management teams went on to become general managers themselves.  Of the six companies, four were sold, returning $276 million to shareholders. 

In addition to his operating roles, Wes has been an independent member of the Board of Directors at seven companies, the majority of which were start-ups.  Today, he is leveraging his experience by focusing on additional board roles and advising on corporate strategy.  He earned a BSE from Princeton, an MBA from Harvard Business School and served as a Supply Officer in the US Navy.

Case Study

The evening’s case will be presented by David Smith and Eric Walters of Oneighty C Technologies Corporation, developers of a breakthrough technology for sterilizing medical waste. 


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