Experienced leadership in a crowded field.
Stanley Wunderlich, Principal
Mr. Wunderlich brings to his clients over 40 years of experience in Wall Street activities. A specialist in strategic corporate development and has participated in numerous initial public offerings, private placements of equities and institutional private equity offerings. Focused on companies new to the U.S. public markets, he works with businesses based in China, Greece, Sri Lanka, Canada, as well as the United States.
Mr. Wunderlich is noted for forging close relationships with key broker/dealers, venture capitalists, institutional investors, research analysts, media personnel and global private equity sources. Listed in the Who's Who in Executive Management, Mr. Wunderlich is a former member of the American Stock Exchange Arbitration Panel and LIFT (Long Island Forum for Technology). He holds a B.A., L.L.B. and most credits toward his M.B.A. in Executive Management. A proud former United States Marine, a well respected global Triathlete, he is a two-time "Ironman" World Championship finisher.
Richard Serbin, Senior Advisor
Richard Serbin serves as Managing Director of Platform Health Ventures, a healthcare strategic and tactical consulting group as well as the Chief Operating Officer of the Gorlin Companies, LLC. Richard is a pharmacist, regulatory attorney, and patent attorney. He was Chief FDA Counsel for Revlon Corporation and Johnson & Johnson Corporation. At Johnson & Johnson he held various Senior management roles. He has served on the Board of Directors of over twenty public and private companies, including those of J&J’s, international and domestic operating companies. These were companies involved in biotechnology, dermatology, veterinary medicine, female healthcare, medical devices, photodynamic therapy, surgical and consumer products. During his career he served as the lead in taking two companies public and cofounded over ten companies. For more than a decade, he served and continues to serve as a Senior Advisor to the Swedish American Life Science Summit (SALSS), the leading invitation healthcare summit, held annually in Stockholm, Sweden.
Michael Price, Principal
Michael Price brings over 30 years of experience in managing investments, banking, institutional funds, and portfolios for corporate executives. His proven ability to manage projects from planning through execution and completion, in addition to his excellent problem-solving skills are key to the success of his clients. Michael has been a licensed financial advisor since 1987 and the Director of European Development for a London-based law firm from 2004 - 2010. He has also assisted U.S. based companies in gaining access to European Capital Markets, filed dual listing on NYSE Euronext in Paris as part of the company's strategy to expand investor ownership beyond the United States, and established business relationships with financial institutions while living abroad.
Additional achievements and experience for Michael include:
-Certified Member of the Investor Relations Society of London, Europe's most prestigious body for Investor Relations practitioners
-Associate Member of the National Investment Bankers Association. NIBA.
-Member of the Future Lawyers Network- College of Law-London UK. Licenses
-Held licenses at the National Association of Securities Dealers, Series 7, 63, and Series 24 for supervision of financial representatives.
Brad Powers, Principal
Brad Powers is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record of assembling capital, talented employees and board members, as well as founding, developing and profitably growing ventures. He has helped to shape and create enterprises worth hundreds of millions of dollars both in the private and public markets. He uses an innovated methodology along with his vast knowledge from previous enterprises to achieve success. Brad will assist with attracting the necessary capital to fully fund our early stage business plan, help to accelerate growth, and achieve success for all interested parties.
Larry Schafran, Principal
Larry Schafran is a private investor with interests in “disruptive” technologies. He recently co-founded a new oil company (Legacy Oil, Inc.) that “adopts” stranded, orphaned and/or marginal oil wells. He is New York City based and until recently served as a Director of COPsync, Inc. (COYN), a technology company that connects law enforcement officers across the Nation; Director of VerifyMe, Inc. (VRME), individual, document and product authentication services; Wright Investors’ Service Holdings, Inc. ((WISH/financial services, AUM $1.3 billion) formerly National Patent Development Corp.); Glasstech, Inc. (a manufacturer of furnaces that manufacture automotive glass and glass for solar panels), and Cupcake Digital, Inc. (an award winning provider of educational and interactive APPs for young children). He is certified as a Sarbanes-Oxley “financial expert” and is Chairman of the Audit Committees at WISH and Cupcake Digital.
Mr. Schafran holds BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Wisconsin, where he was also an Instructor, teaching Corporation Finance and Modern Corporate Problems.
Gerald Franz, Principal
Jerry brings a deep and diverse background to LaunchpadIR's clients and partners with 30+ years of relevant experience. He has spent 10 years as an adviser to investors in the clean tech and internet space, and 20+ years as a business development (BD) consultant to dozens of small cap/start-up companies. In 1977, Jerry co-founded McKeown & Franz Inc. (MFI), a premier environmental consulting firm in Manhattan specializing in the analysis and approvals of large scale real estate projects (including South Street Seaport, MetroTech, and Trump City) and clean tech investment advisory. As managing partner of MFI he identified, advised and completed over $12B in projects/investments.
In recent years (2011-17), he continued advisory and BD consulting for start-up companies and served as project manager for a public renewable energy company, BlueSphere Corp.
Keith Eckert, Consultant
Keith Eckert is an entrepreneurial, highly-effective and proven senior finance executive with a history of success in strategic and operational roles. He is a results-oriented leader who partners with senior executives and board members to develop a shared vision for success and promote collaboration across all levels of an organization. He has experience at established companies as well as launching and turning media start-ups into high-growth and profitable businesses. Keith excels at finding business-oriented solutions to complex business issues, driving performance and increasing operating efficiency. He has a proven track record of building, growing, developing and managing finance and administrative teams.
Paul Bornstein, Consultant
Paul Bornstein has over 30 years of varied investment experience and as a portfolio manager at Black Diamond, he has a deep value process looking for a catalyst that will increase a company’s valuation. He needs to meet with management as they are the key to the investment process and help to determine the potential upside of a company. Paul sees 10+ companies a week so he has a wealth of contacts and advises emerging companies on the best way to move forward or in combination with another.
Prior to Black Diamond he worked at a number of buy side firms where he was a portfolio manager/analyst including Merrill Lynch Asset Management, Travelers Investment Management, and John Levin and Company. In his years he has covered every sector. He was also an investigative reporter at Forbes Magazine, which provided key analytical skills to his investment process and allowed him to discover major points a company needs to be successful. He also developed an IPO database on the performance of new issues, which was turned into a 50+ page cover story.
Paul got his MBA from Fordham Business School and his BA from Clark University.
Adam Brooks, Senior Vice President
Mr. Brooks comes to CFSG1 with a strong background in management, finance and technology. Prior to joining the Company he served as Vice President, Financial Advisor and Regional Technology Coordinator for Morgan Stanley, New York, where he co-managed a $100 million financial portfolio for non-institutional clients. As Regional Technology Coordinator for the Northeast Division of Morgan Stanley, he trained executives and employees throughout the region in the use of proprietary and non-proprietary software and technology applications. He holds a B.S. in Marketing from the State University of New York at Old Westbury, New York.
Marisa Leigh, Executive Director/Media Relations
Marisa Leigh brings her strong background in healthcare, journalism, public relations, fine arts and marketing to LIR. Over the past few years, she has written extensively for newspapers, online journals and magazines throughout the U.SIn addition to currently writing for US News and World Report and Huff Post, she is an author and ghostwriter. Regarding business, she specializes in press releases, marketing and social media. She majored in Chemistry and minored in English at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Meryl Orshan, Director of Operations
Ms. Orshan has served LIR since 1994 and currently handles operations and support services, marketing materials and brochures, group marketing and seminars and various phases of account management and development. Ms. Orshan received a BA degree from Hofstra University in Administration and Marketing.