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Terry Cross, Interim CEO

Terry Cross, Interim CEO

Mr. Cross received his MBA in Finance from Wayne State University, and started his career in the machine tool industry at The Cross Company of Detroit. For 26 years, until his retirement in 1998, Mr. Cross served in management roles and since 1985 as a Senior Vice President, at CP Systems Company, Kidder, Peabody & Company and its successor PaineWebber. From 1989 to 1998, he focused almost entirely on the technology companies and venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. In February 2000, Mr. Cross co-founded Sonoma Photonics, Inc. and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until he resigned to return to Michigan in August 2002. During his tenure, Mr. Cross raised over $10 million in venture funding from domestic and European investors.

Since returning to Michigan, he founded Windward Associates to assist young companies in connecting and growing in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Michigan, where he focuses on capital formation advisory. Since 2002, he has mentored over 50 company founders in Southeast Michigan and has been instrumental in helping entrepreneurs raise in excess of $100 million of capital funding. He has served as director of 12 companies as well as Chairman of three companies. He began early stage private investing in 1962. Over 40 years Mr. Cross has invested in 44 venture deals including the following that became publicly traded: Novell, DSC Communications, Napster, PayPal, Inkotomi, Warehouse Club and he was an angel round investor in Google.