Meet the IMPACT 2015 “Lion’s Den”

Jonathan Brassington
is the chief executive officer, co-founder, partner and member of the board of directors at LiquidHub, a digital integrator that partners with businesses to improve customer engagement and drive growth. Bringing more than 15 years of technology and innovation experience to his role, Brassington has led LiquidHub to be consistently recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in the greater Philadelphia and mid-Atlantic region. Prior to the establishment of LiquidHub, Brassington was a partner at Broadreach Consulting, an Internet professional services firm. He is an avid technology strategist and speaker as well as an early stage investor in a variety of technology driven businesses. Brassington is a leader in digital customer engagement and has previously worked as an expert source with The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, SmartCEO, and SmartBusiness. Brassington has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Misericordia University and a master’s degree in telecommunications and operations from the University of Pennsylvania.

Walter (Buck) Buckley
is the co-founder, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of Actua (formerly ICG and Internet Capital Group), a multi-vertical cloud company. Walter founded Internet Capital Group in 1996 and prior to that he was vice president of acquisitions for Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., where he led many of Safeguard’s investments through the mid-1990s, including Diamond Technology, ChromoVision and Video Server. He was also responsible for developing and executing Safeguard’s multimedia and Internet investment strategies. Before Safeguard, Walter was president and co-founder of Centralized Management Systems, Inc., a medical supply company which he sold in 1987. Previously he spent three years at CoreStates in the commercial lending group. Walter received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Robert Corrato
is a co-founder and managing partner of Devon Hill Capital Partners (DHCP), a diversified healthcare investment firm with a focus on content and technology enabled healthcare service companies. Prior to founding DHCP, Dr. Corrato was the founder, chairman and president and CEO of Executive Health Resources (EHR). His leadership was instrumental in positioning EHR at the forefront of the healthcare compliance industry. Dr. Corrato has amassed extensive knowledge and expertise in all facets of the healthcare service industry. In particular, he has had great success leveraging sophisticated content and enterprise technology to enable healthcare services nationally. Prior to founding EHR, Dr. Corrato held the post of deputy director of the Office of Health Policy and Clinical Outcomes at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Corrato earned his master of business administration degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Michael Hagan
is president and chief executive officer of LifeShield, the nation’s first professional grade and professionally monitored wireless security system and home protection provider. Prior to joining LifeShield, Hagan served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Nutrisystem, Inc. from 2002 to 2008. Hagan led a team that turned around a struggling $27 million weight loss company and transformed it into a leading weight loss provider, reaching $778 million in sales by 2007. Previously, Hagan co-founded Verticalnet, Inc., a technology firm that provides supply management software and also created and managed industry specific “vertical” marketplaces. Prior to founding Verticalnet, he served as a vice president and senior manager at Merrill Lynch Asset Management from 1990 to 1995. Hagan currently serves as a director at Internet Capital Group, Inc. He received his bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University and was formerly a Certified Public Accountant.

Michael Wells
is a managing director at Princeton Biopharma Capital Partners, LLC, a boutique private equity firm focused on providing growth capital and operating expertise to commercial stage healthcare companies. He is a veteran of the pharmaceutical industry with extensive expertise in licensing and commercialization of prescription pharmaceuticals around the world. Prior to forming Princeton Biopharma Capital, LLC, he was the founder and CEO of Aton Pharma, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company with products that treated orphan diseases. In 2010 the company was sold to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International for $330 million. In 2009 Michael was a winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Prior to forming Aton, Michael co-founded Lathian Systems Inc., a venture-backed company that provides online data and marketing services to pharmaceutical and biotech companies. His career began at Merck & Co. Inc., where he held positions ranging from hospital sales to brand management. He holds a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from The Wharton School.

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