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Trevor R. Loy - General Partner
Kim Sanchez Rael - General Partner
Paula L. Marez - Director of Finance & Operations
David Jargiello - General Counsel & Venture Partner
Clyde W. Neu - Venture Partner
Lawrence Chavez - Venture Partner
Trevor R. Loy
Trevor Loy is a general partner at Flywheel Ventures. He has over 20 years of venture investing, entrepreneurial and operating experience in technology ventures. He is also a past director of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a co-founder of the New Mexico Venture Capital Association, and helped create the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association.
At Flywheel, Trevor has made over two dozen investments, including those that led to the IPO of Jive Software (NASDAQ: JIVE), the acquisition of MicroProbe by FormFactor (NASDAQ: FORM), the acquisition of Tuscany Design Automation by Dassault Systèmes (NYSE Euronext: DSY), the acquisition of RentPayment.com by Yapstone (privately-held), the acquisition of Samba Holdings by Cerca Group (privately held), and several other confidential liquidity events.
Prior to Flywheel Ventures, Trevor held entrepreneurial, executive and technical roles at companies including Gigabeat (backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and acquired by Napster); Brooktree (acquired by Rockwell Semiconductor, now Conexant Systems); ParkingNet, Teradyne,
and Intel Corporation.
Trevor lectures frequently on entrepreneurship and is a Fenwick & West Entrepreneurship Educator (Adjunct Faculty) in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, the entrepreneurship center at Stanford’s School of Engineering that he helped build over 15 years ago. He holds a BS Electrical Engineering, MS Electrical Engineering, and MS Management Science & Engineering,
all from Stanford University.
Kim Sanchez Rael
Kim Sanchez Rael has over 19 years of entrepreneurial start-up, executive management, policy and venture investing experience. She focuses on investments in optics, energy, and water. She has particular strengths in growing product-based companies; improving management, operations, and financing; and building public-private partnerships. Kim is a member of the prestigious society of Kauffman Fellows.
Kim currently serves on the board for MIOX Corp, Lingotek, and Tred Displays for Flywheel. Prior to Flywheel, Sanchez Rael was a co-founder and investor in Qynergy Corporation (an advanced materials/energy startup backed by In-Q-Tel) where she served as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Qynergy, she spent seven years in executive management at Intel Corporation where she oversaw finance, manufacturing, engineering, and operations and planning. Her duties included managing a capital budget of over $200 million and overseeing a $1B factory planning project. Kim also previously served as a legislative aid in the US Senate, where she focused on science and technology policy and foreign affairs.
Kim formerly served on the New Mexico State Board of Finance and the Governor’s Water Infrastructure Investment Team. She was a co-founder of Social Venture Partners New Mexico, a philanthropy group.
Kim received a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford.
Paula L. Marez
Director of Finance & Operations
Paula Marez has been named a top 5 CFO in the state of New Mexico for several years in a row, and is a member of the national CFO Task Force for the National Venture Capital Association. At Flywheel, she oversees all financial, legal, and operational activities, including fund reporting, investor relations, investment process management, information technology, and HR. Prior to joining Flywheel, she spent most her career as a general manager in the upscale restaurant business. She holds a BS degree from New Mexico State University where she studied hospitality, business administration and accounting.
General Counsel & Venture Partner
David joined Flywheel after over 20 years of legal practice, beginning in 1989 in Craig Johnson’s emerging companies group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. In 1993, he was one of the original 14 lawyers who founded Venture Law Group, a leading Silicon Valley law firm that grew to over 120 lawyers in four offices in major technology markets. As a VLG shareholder (partner), he was also that firm’s General Counsel and part of the management team responsible for the oversight and management of its business and professional matters. After VLG merged with Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe in 2003, David became a shareholder in the combined firm’s Corporate/VLG Practice Group. He was a member of Heller Ehrman’s management committee until re-joining Johnson in 2008 to create Virtual Law Partners – the first wholly “virtual” law office of national reach. Still among the most experienced law firm management experts in the country, he writes, speaks and consults frequently on the spectrum of professional and business matters that confront lawyers and law firms. As Flywheel’s General Counsel, David is active in structuring and executing Flywheel’s global investment activities, and helps guide its portfolio companies in various transactional and business matters. He holds a BA from Case Western Reserve University, an MS from Stanford University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley.
Clyde W. Neu
Clyde Neu has over 34 years of venture investing experience as the founder of four start-up companies and a director of two others. He has successfully raised venture capital financing in the U.S. and in Europe. He currently serves as board Chairman of three existing Montana companies including New West, Inc. Clyde is also the President of Epic Management Group, a consulting firm on technology and business strategy. He was a professor of management at The University of Montana for nineteen years where he taught business and technology strategy, financial management, and entrepreneurship. He is a co-author of a college textbook on Small Business Management and holds a BS and MS from Montana State University, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota.
Lawrence Chavez has over 18 years of finance, operations management and strategic marketing experience in a variety of entrepreneurial businesses. He has also been an active angel investor in New Mexico-based companies. Currently CEO of Lotus Leaf, Inc., a materials science-based start-up and NM Gap Fund portfolio company, Lawrence previously managed Flywheel’s New Mexico Gap Fund. He is also a former board member of the New Mexico Venture Capital Association (NMVCA) and the New Mexico Angels. Prior to Flywheel, Lawrence was a Founder and Principal of Infinity Business Development, a start-up consulting firm, and a Founder/CEO of Infinity Music, Inc. Lawrence has a BS from New Mexico State University and a Master’s in Marketing from Texas A&M University.