Our management team represents a cohort of experienced business development & industry leaders, venture research experts, and professionals with operational experience within startups.
Marc Manley – Managing Director & Fund Manager
Marc is a proven business strategist, entrepreneur, and technology executive with experience in startups, high-growth companies, turn around situations, and global project management at a major investment bank. He has successfully delivered results in technology, real estate, finance, pharmaceutical, publishing, direct response marketing, insurance, nonprofit, and other business sectors. Marc is especially adept at entrepreneurial development, capital formation, and coaching startups from launch through growth and exit.
Marc received a B.A. in Psychology & Chemistry from Columbia University in New York City and has continued post-graduate education at Harvard University.
Bill Byers – Venture Principal
Bill is a prominent chemical engineer with a passion for investing in and advising early-stage companies. Having served as President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Bill brings a powerful technical perspective to WVC alongside a vast amount of industry and business expertise. He has experience in developing and commercializing products that improve environmental performance and also consults clients on how they can improve their environmental footprints. Bill is highly entrepreneurial and is often found starting new programs and managing fast-track projects.
Bill graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University. He later went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of Oregon and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honors society. Bill is a registered Professional Engineer in Oregon and a Board-Certified Environmental Engineer.
Tom Hannah – Venture Principal
Tom is a retired CFP® and Vice President of RBC Wealth Management, having spent 48 years in financial services and management at Royal Bank of Canada, Ragen MacKenzie / Wells Fargo, Dean Witter Reynolds, and other financial services firms. One of his key avocations has been start-up and “angel” funding, including investments and/or advisory roles at nearly two dozen small growth companies over the last two decades. For fun, Tom enjoys piloting his small airplane and collecting and playing fine guitars.
Tom graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Business Administration, Finance.