Management

Team

Our decision making process at Liberty Capital Ventures is collaborative.We bring the strengths of all the individual partners to bear for our portfolio companies.

Kenneth Mabbs

Kenneth Mabbs

Ken is a Managing Partner and a founder of Liberty Capital Ventures. He serves on the Board of Directors of Knoa Software and OnePIN, and until their exits, served on the boards of E Ink and ISOPur. Prior to its IPO, Ken was an observer to the board of A123 Systems.

Prior to co-founding FA Technology Ventures, Ken served as Director of Investment Banking and Director of Merchant Banking from 1991-2000 at Gleacher and Company, a publicly traded investment banking firm focused on emerging technology companies. Ken led the transformation of Gleacher’s corporate investment banking practice from a regional generalist approach to a nationwide information technology and energy technology focused practice. Investment banking revenues grew from $7.8 million to $32.8 million and equity underwriting volumes of lead or co-lead transactions increased from $24 million to over $2 billion. The Merchant Banking activity consisted of the venture capital investing of the FATV I Portfolio, which invested over $17 million and resulted in realizations of over $77 million. Ken also worked on strategy, due diligence and investment negotiations in Mechanical Technology and its follow-on investments in Plug Power (where he was a co-founder), Beacon Power and Satcon as well as FATV I investments in iRobot and META Group. Prior to working at Gleacher, Ken was a senior investment banker at Bear Stearns and Company, Inc., in New York and in Boston where for eight years he focused on emerging technology companies.

Ken has served as a Judge and Mentor to the annual MIT Enterprise Forum’s Ignite Business Plan Contest for energy technology companies since its inception (now The Cleantech Open). Along with a select group of leading energy technology executives and scientists, he addressed the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science regarding investing in energy technology and accelerating the emergence of the hydrogen economy in the United States. In 2012, Ken testified before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on the topic of Energy Storage in the new digital economy.

Ken has a BA from Denison University, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Gregory Hulecki

Gregory Hulecki

Greg is a Managing Partner and founder of Liberty Capital Ventures. He serves on the Board of Directors of Auterra and, until their exit, served on the Boards of Autotask, BinOptics, Softricity, Concentrix and IP MobileNet. He is also a Board observer at CreditSights.

Greg has an extensive history in private equity investing investment experience across every stage of the venture capital life cycle most recently with FA Technology Ventures. Greg was a Managing Director and founder of Seacoast Capital (1994-2000), a $100 million growth equity fund. Prior to founding Seacoast, Greg managed the investment portfolio of Signal Capital, a Sam Zell backed fund that invested in a wide variety of assets and distressed securities. Greg and his team rationalized the Signal portfolio, deciding which assets to sell and which to support, and maximized the value of the portfolio. After successfully advancing the Signal Capital portfolio, Mr. Zell became the lead investor in Seacoast.

Prior to Signal Capital, Greg worked as a principal at Capital Growth Partners, a middle market private equity firm focused on providing growth equity, and Venture Founders, an early stage technology venture capital firm where he was involved with successful investments in Vicor (NASDAQ: VICR) and MatrixOne (which went public and was subsequently acquired by Dassault Systems in 2006). He started his career as an engineer and manager on the factory floor of General Motors, followed by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), where he helped design state of the art manufacturing systems to rapidly scale mass production of VAX computers.

Greg has been actively involved in recruiting and screening entrepreneurs for Springboard Enterprises, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating women’s access to the venture capital markets. In addition, he has worked with mentors from the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, comprised of successful entrepreneurs and investors who assist technologies and startups in spinning out of the University. Greg has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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James S Gladney

James S. Gladney

Jim Gladney founded Liberty Capital Partners in 1994. Liberty Capital Partners and its affiliates manage over $1.5 billion dollars on behalf of individual and institutional investors.

Jim is an experienced venture capitalist, private equity investor and CEO who has spent the past 30 years building a broad array of over 50 companies domestically and internationally.

He has served for 15 years as the Managing Partner of venture capital/private equity firms and 15 years as the CEO of operating companies. His industry experience includes software, media, hospitality, business services, distribution, real estate & construction, franchising and manufacturing.

Jim has served on the Boards of Directors of over 25 companies and has served as Chairman of the board and of various executive, audit, compensation, governance, and succession planning committees. He is a recognized expert in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Corporate Advisory, Strategic Planning, Industry Consolidations, Franchising, Real Estate Development, Negotiation, Public Relations and Sales & Marketing.

Jim currently serves as Chairman of the Board of RentBits/Remotely, a Denver based technology company.

Jim served as the Managing Partner of Park Avenue Equity Partners, a NYC based private equity firm specializing in acquiring middle market companies.

Jim was Chairman and CEO of Boston based All Seasons Services, Inc., the largest privately owned provider of vending, dining and office refreshment services in the nation with over 2000 employees. Mr. Gladney led a management group that acquired All Seasons and then acquired 36 additional competitors in the industry executing a successful industry consolidation strategy. He grew the business from $80 million in revenue to over $200 million in revenue and sold the company, generating a sevenfold return to investors in just over three years.

Jim was Chairman and CEO of Federal Investment Co., Inc. Under his leadership, the diversified real estate development company grew to become New England’s largest homebuilder, winning the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Chip Enterprise Award. Federal Investment Co., Inc. was engaged in the acquisition, design, permitting, development, construction, marketing and management of residential communities and commercial developments across New England.

Merrill Lynch and Ernst & Young named Mr. Gladney a nominee for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award on three separate occasions. Inc. magazine has twice named his companies to the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held companies in the country. Mr. Gladney was selected by the Boston Business Journal for its inaugural “40 Under 40” designation which recognizes the accomplishments of the best and brightest business people under the age of 40.

Jim is a Founding Member of the Providence Chapter of Legatus, a Catholic CEO group and served on the Legatus International Board of Governors. Mr. Gladney served on the Board of Regents for the Portsmouth Abbey School, a Benedictine Catholic Boarding School and established a scholarship fund for students interested in religious vocations.

Jim has been married for 25 years and has four children. He is an avid golfer and licensed pilot.

Jim graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. degree in Finance.

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