Aspire Ventures is made up of a dedicated team of individuals passionate about changing the world. Bringing a wide breadth of experience, our team shares a common mission of transforming industries and impact investment.
Essam is an inventor, investor, and international expert in technology foundational to the Internet of Things (IoT). His passion lies in applying technology toward basic human needs. An MIT graduate and IP attorney, he founded several of the earliest and fastest-growing technologies and companies in digital advertising, cloud storage, video on demand, music streaming, and mobile app platforms—most recently Appmobi, which exited its tools division to Intel in 2013.
With a wealth of distinguished business experience and marketing expertise, Dave’s vision has helped define the company’s strategy for leveraging the synergies of Aspire’s proprietary tools in mobile technology, cloud computing, and machine learning. Before his strategic role at Aspire, Dave had a long career within the media industry, including the role of CEO for Susquehanna Media Co., one of the major radio, cable and internet companies in the United States at the time. He was also an early investor in Appmobi, where he ultimately became CEO and guided the company to a successful exit of its tools division with Intel.
A founding investor in Aspire, Jeff has extensive business expertise, most prominently as the CEO of Shank’s Extracts Inc., one of the leading vanilla bean importers and flavor manufacturers in the world. He is also experienced in the finance and healthcare industries, and has served on the boards of both Susquehanna Bank and Lancaster General Health. At Aspire Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to help formulate and achieve the Aspire vision.
Robert brings a great deal of experience and success in real estate development throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. As the president and founder of Redcay Development Companies, Bob has developed educational, residential, commercial, and industrial properties valued over $1 Billion. At Aspire, Bob lends his expertise to develop the first Clio Smart Health campus at the Lancaster Stockyards.
A seasoned strategic financial expert, Pete has called on his 18 years of experience as a financial manager to provide strategic financial planning and guidance to Aspire Ventures since the firm’s inception. He founded WE Consulting LLC in 2008, served as CEO and general manager of Environmental Recovery Corporation where he increased company sales by 361 percent, and previously served as a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot in the US Army.
With 25 years of experience in diversified operations, technology, and product management experience, Alison has a passion for empowering great ideas, strengthening teams, and realizing a true vision through cutting-edge technology. Before joining Aspire, she served as a VP of Engineering at several tech and marketing companies, including Real Media, Simulmedia, and Tacoda, where she was responsible for building a groundbreaking behavioral targeting program. At Aspire, Alison utilizes patentable methods on big data to build portfolio companies from the ground up.
Leading Wylei’s development and sales team, Mike contributes distinctive experience in big data, predictive analytics, and enterprise software-as-a-service to Wylei, an Aspire venture. A graduate of Harvard with an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, he continues to drive research and development of new analytic techniques for data mining and machine learning. Mike serves as a lead resource for developing new products across the Aspire Ventures portfolio.
A business and health litigator with special expertise in risk mitigation, enhanced patient protocols, and healthcare safety, Todd leverages more than 20 years of experience in the field to implement a safety platform and operational protocol for all Clio Health campuses. With rich experience serving clients across the country on issues spanning governance, healthcare, employment, and structural issues; Todd also plays the important role of general legal counsel for all of Aspire’s ventures and affiliates, including Clio Health.
Overseeing Aspire Venture’s core technology department, Tom provides strategic, technical, and architectural direction for the development of Aspire products, with repeated high quality results. With more than 30 years of experience in the information technology industry, where he has led strategic initiatives for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 firms such as IBM, he is an authority in software engineering, systems architecture, and business analysis.