Ed has 30 years of experience managing VC funds and portfolio companies; as founder, builder, president and director of entrepreneurial companies; and as a mentor to others. He is co-founder and developer of the Old Sawmill District, a 45-acre, mixed-use urban Superfund remediation and redevelopment of formerly blighted industrial land in central Missoula, Montana. He is also co-founder of the Northern Rockies Regional Center in Missoula and Zhuhai, China, sponsoring projects for low-cost mezzanine funding.
Ed is a former chairman and currently Executive-In-Residence of University of Montana entrepreneurship and LA Cleantech Incubator programs. He was a partner in a national commercial real estate acquisition and development company. For more than 20 years, until 2010, he was a principal in a seed and early-stage venture capital company operating in Colorado, New Mexico and Montana. He was president of start-up companies that developed and operated three innovative utility-scale natural gas-fired electric power projects, a national scale agribusiness company, and served several interim roles including president of a clean-tech fund effort for the World Bank. Ed is Vice Chairman of the Northern Rockies Advisory Board for The Trust for Public Land, a director of the Missoula Symphony, and has been director/advisor and committee chair of several boards of private, public and community service organizations. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. Ed and his wife, Leslie, live in Missoula, Montana and Boulder, Colorado. They have four sons and are outdoors enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, sailing, skiing, golf, and fly fishing.