Ian Rogoff is a Co-Founder and General Partner with Sierra Nevada Partners, an investment management company designed to buy and grow sustainable businesses located in the Western US. He serves as Executive Chairman of HelioPower, an integrated energy services company, and Chairman of the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization, a non-profit public-private partnership. Ian is also an Investment Committee Director at the CalCEF Angel Fund, and serves on the Board of Directors of a number of technology companies, nonprofit organizations, and higher-educational institutions. Ian currently serves on Governor Sandoval’s Nevada Energy Industry Task Force, and previously served on the New Nevada Task Force. He is a recipient of the Sierra Vision award.
Previously, Ian was Vice President of the Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp, which included responsibility for Microsoft’s global Partnerships, Services and software vendor relationships, partner strategy, marketing, programs and business development within the enterprise business segment. Before that, he was VicePresident and General Manager of Enterprise Services within the Worldwide Enterprise Group at Microsoft. His organization was responsible for the worldwide Microsoft Consulting Services function, Microsoft’s worldwide training, assessment, and certification business, management of Microsoft’s global technology partners, and partner investments. Prior to almost 10 years at Microsoft, Ian served as a District Manager for Consulting and Systems Integration at Digital Equipment Corporation, and Co-Founder and President of Optimum Software, a privately-held software and consulting firm. Ian has a functional background in engineering, consulting, software development, systems integration, business development and M&A. His industry experience includes IT, discrete manufacturing, aerospace and energy. Ian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Miami, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Liberal Arts from Stanford University, and has completed an executive management program at Dartmouth College.
- BFA, Cornell University
Peter Rostovsky is a Russian-born artist who works in a variety of disciplines that include painting, sculpture and installation. Known for his atmospheric paintings that explore the sublime in the everyday, he is equally committed to conceptual and collaborative work. Rostovsky’s many diverse projects attempt to bridge the gap between painting and conceptual art while remaining attentive to painting’s material and discursive history and especially to its encounter with new technologies. His work has been shown widely both in the United States and abroad and has been exhibited at such venues as The Walker Art Center, MCA San Diego, The New Orleans Museum of Art, PS1/MOMA, Artpace, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, the ICA in Philadelphia, the Blanton Museum of Art, S.M.A.K. Museum, and a host of private galleries. In addition to his studio practice and writing, he also teaches in a number of art schools that have included MICA, UArts, The Cooper Union, NYU, Lesley University and Parsons New School.
- BA. in Political Science, University of Colorado-Boulder
- MSc. in Information Systems, George Washington University (GWU) Graduate School of Business.
Roland Schumann co-founded SwapDrive, Inc. in 2000 to enable businesses to backup and share their mission-critical information online using secure data centers located off-site, creating one of the first consumer Internet ‘clouds’. Mr. Schumann served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and as a Board member, playing a key role in the development of new products and strategic plans, until the acquisition of SwapDrive by Symantec Corporation in 2008. Mr. Schumann continued to manage day-to-day operations of the cloud storage business unit as an executive at Symantec, overseeing one of the largest data storage infrastructures in the world. In the summer of 2010, Mr. Schumann left Symantec Corporation to concentrate on his investments, mentor students, and advise entrepreneurs.
Prior to SwapDrive, Mr. Schumann was a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where he provided technical risk management services to the company’s clientele, and a senior project manager and information systems developer for the Advanced Technologies Group within the Thomson Corporation (i.e., Reuter’s, Westlaw, First Call, Janes’), overseeing complex technical projects for investment banking, research, and publishing firms.
Mr. Schumann attained the rank of captain as an intelligence officer and paratrooper in the US Army for 10 years before pursuing a civilian career in business.
Mr. Schumann frequently lectures to on entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and post-graduate students at leading business schools including Thunderbird School of Global Management, George Washington University, and Georgetown University. In addition, he serves as a judge for multiple university business plan competitions.
Mr. Schumann is an active member of the Angel Capital Association and the Sierra Angels, an angel investing group based in the Lake Tahoe Basin. He is a member of the Sierra Angels Selection Committee, where he screens investment opportunities and chooses companies to pitch to the broader membership. Mr. Schumann is also a mentor in GWU’s StarMBA program, a specialized MBA for individuals with strong personal brands such as professional athletes, artists and musicians. He was recognized by GWU as the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award.
He and his wife Karen reside on the north shore of Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada. They have two grown children.
Painting & Drawing
- BA in Studio Art, UC San Diego
- MFA in Painting, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Julia Schwadron has shown her artwork across the country as well as internationally, including recent solo exhibitions at HGallery Project Space in Bangkok, and The Farnham Galleries at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Schwadron was a Visiting Professor of Painting and Artist in Residence at Chiang Mai University from 2010 – 2011, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of Iowa from 2007-2009.
She was a founding member of the “Matzo Files,” an artist flat file project inside Streit’s Matzo store on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 2004. As a Jacob Javits Fellow from 2002-2004, she facilitated an exchange in conjunction with the Transmedia Postgraduate Program in Art and Design in Brussels, Belgium. In 2006, Schwadron was awarded a Joan Mitchell Fellowship for residency at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, VT, and a resident at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
She currently lives and works in South Lake Tahoe, where she is a professor of Painting and Drawing as well as Program Coordinator for the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Sierra Nevada College.