Mel is a seasoned business executive, having over 25 years in business operations and over 10 years as a professional venture capital investor. Most recently, Mel was Interim Operations Manager for IndustrialENET, a fast-growth specialty engineering company in Oregon. IENET tasked Mel with bringing “good business practices” to the firm, including upgrading their accounting, legal, and insurance service providers, implementing an OSHA-compliant safety program and a pre-employment drug-screening process, drafting the first-ever strategic business plan, and recruiting and hiring four young engineers and two support staff members. From 1991-2015, Mel was CEO/Owner of HumphreyLine, Inc., a $10 Million American manufacturing company serving the promotional products industry. Although a small player, HumphreyLine followed a very specific operating strategy and was seen as an industry leader. The Company’s Made-in-America manufacturing focus, combined with its “Serve-the-Customer” operating philosophy, resulted in all-time industry service records, best-in-class product quality, and a solid regulatory compliance record (FDA, OSHA, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act). In late 2014, HumphreyLine was purchased by a strategic buyer, and for the next year, Mel assisted with the transition to the new ownership. From 1980-1990, Mel was a venture capital investor, first in Boston and later as Founder and Director of Salomon Brothers Venture Capital in New York, specializing in early-stage health care and technology firms. He earned his BA at Stanford and his MBA at Harvard, and served his military duty as Supply Officer onboard USS FARRAGUT (DLG-6).