CEO & Founder
To a hiring manager, finding the right candidate can be a Sisyphean undertaking without Candidate.Guru. A job candidate who looks perfect on paper may not mesh well with his or her boss. So, the process of finding the right fit repeats.
Candidate.Guru has a solution. Using a predictive algorithm, the company matches attributes between a candidate and a hiring manager, often leading to a longer, more satisfying corporate relationship.
This scientifically-proven technology greatly increases the likelihood that an employer will find the right fit the first time. With beta testers and clients such as Seacoast Bank, Florida Atlantic University, ACI Universal Payments, Genesys, IPC and many others, Candidate.Guru is bringing big data solutions to an HR quagmire.
In the twenty-five plus years that Chris Daniels has spent in the technology industry, whether running multi-hundred-million dollar product and sales organizations globally for companies like Avaya or NICE Systems, or co-founding several technology-centric start-ups that raised nearly $48 million in venture capital, Chris has learned both how to scale a growing operation and deliver a valuable and disruptive product or service.
VP of Sales & Co-Founder
DSC Trading, LLC* (DSC) is a commercial aircraft parts distributor specializing in TAC-2000 certified “expendable” parts replacement for commercial airlines (both domestic and foreign), among others.
Since being founded in 2002, the company has bought 25-plus inventories of commercial aircraft parts that make up the 135,000 parts held in the company’s warehouse in Pembroke Pines, Florida. On average, what DSC sells in 5 years or less is 3 to 5 times its inventory purchase price. Since 2009, DSC Trading’s revenues have grown from $1.2 million to $2.5 million. And its base of 1,800 customers grows annually by 12% to 15%.
Mark Wise, co-founder of DSC Trading, LLC, makes a promise to his customers: Place an order and, in 20 minutes, DSC will send you an air bill number and a photograph of the parts. Sending the right part, on time, every time is the reason why – despite airline consolidation -- he has lost almost no customers in 16 years.
Wise brings 33 years of experience in aviation parts sales, acquisition and repair marketing and has acquired long-term contracts with the likes of Southwest Airlines, FedEx and UPS, KLM, ATA, Northwest Airlines, Cathay Pacific and many others.
President & Founder
Design Trade Services (DTS) is a full-service purchasing and fulfillment e-commerce platform connecting thousands of interior designers with major furniture manufacturers – instantly, enabling manufacturers to service the entire design community by bringing scale, fulfillment expertise and bigger discounts.
In just over four years, Design Trade Services is already helping more than 1,000 interior designers’ clients select products from a current inventory of over 50,000 items. And with a 22%-35% gross margin, and demand from both ends, DTS is poised to grow.
Driven by decades of witnessing interior designers’ frustration, Greg started searching for a way for interior designers to leverage their combined purchasing power, as well as to create a large new sales channel for manufacturers.
This radical transformation is Greg’s dream. As a serial entrepreneur, he wakes up every morning working to convert his vision into a reality. Design Trade Services is only possible because of the evolution of the e-commerce marketplace and willingness of both parties to embrace that approach.
Managing General Partner
Ben Patz serves as Managing General Partner at FAN Fund and Florida Angel Nexus. Patz co-founded Coleman Technologies, Inc. in 1995 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer. Over the next 14 years, sales grew to $250 million and he exited in 2009.
He then became Chief Operating Officer at Presidio, running operations and leading the company’s M&A activities, until 2013 when he exited again.
Patz was also principal investigator on a number of Small Business Innovation Research grants relating to the application of Fuzzy Logic and Neural Networks to control systems. He was Principal investigator on a number of SBIR grants relating to the application of Fuzzy Logic and Neural Networks to control systems.
Patz has 15 years’ experience in system analysis, design, and testing for the Naval Research Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, CRC and CTI. He has a specialty in computation, control systems, and simulations.
Patz received Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002 and University of Central Florida’s Professional Achievement Award in 2006. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1983 with bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in the same subject from the University of Central Florida in 1985.