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How to Find, Select, and Build Your Co-Founding Team

  • 18 Oct 2016
  • 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Workbar Boston, 711 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA



Kent Plunkett, CEO and President, CCP - presentation

Gerry Wilson, Partner, OmniAnalytics - presentation

Steve Habermas, Founder and CEO, VeriLync Capital Solutions - presentation

Most successful start-ups have more than one founder, actually an average of 2.4.  Since the year 2000 more than ninety percent of the billion-dollar start-up companies began with co-founders. Our Boston ENET meeting on October 18, 2016, will help entrepreneurs find, select and build their co-founding teams. It is essential that the importance of having co-founders is understood as it is critical to growing your company to a huge success. 


Our panelists for the meeting include successful founders and early stage company investors. Kent Plunkett, the CEO and founder of Salary.com, Gerry Wilson, the CEO and Founder of Yoonew and Steve Hubermas, Founder and CEO of VeriLync Capital Solutions are the panelists.


Speaker: Kent Plunkett, CEO and President, CCP

A serial entrepreneur with deep experience in starting and growing companies, Kent is thrilled to be back at the helm of the company he founded in 1999. During his tenure as its Chairman and CEO for eleven years, Salary.com grew from a start-up through its successful initial public offering in 2007; was acquired by Kenexa in 2010 and subsequently, by IBM. Before acquiring the company back in January 2016, Kent was the CEO of Intronis, another SaaS leader.

Kent holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and A.B. in Economics and Government from Georgetown University. He is a three time Inc. 500 CEO, a six-time Deloitte Fast 50 awardee and recipient of the 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year Award for business services. Kent is accredited by WorldatWork as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP®)

Speaker: Gerry Wilson, Partner, OmniAnalytics

Mr. Gerry Wilson is currently a partner with OmniAnalytics. He has produced data monetization strategies for an online media conglomerate, conducted data management platform evaluations and participated in business plan and go-to-market strategies for customers in the B2B marketing data space. Prior to OminAnalystics, he was the Vice President, Data and Technology Solutions for MediaLink, LLC. Previously, he was a cofounder and Managing Director at Verto Media, LLC., an advertising technology company specializing in programmatic solutions for the digital audio industry. He has also held positions with Appnexus, inc., Do It Media, LLC. and YooNew, Inc.

Gerry has a Master of Business Administration in Financial Management and Entrepreneurship from the MIT Sloan School of Management as well as a Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.

Speaker: Steve Habermas, Founder and CEO, VeriLync Capital Solutions, www.VeriLyncCapital.com

Steve Habermas is the founder and CTO of VeriLync Capital Solutions. VeriLync provides alternate lending solutions to business owners with a mission to make it easy for businesses to quickly obtain the optimal financing solution for growing their companies so that they can focus their time and resources on running their businesses rather than financing them. Steve has 20 plus years of diverse leadership and operational execution experience that fuel his desire to fulfill VeriLync Capital Solutions mission.

Steve then worked in the high-tech software product industry as a senior executive. He was the VP of Engineering for several successful software product companies in the Boston area including Tele Atlas (acquired by TomTom), Axeda (acquired by PTC), and Verivo Software (assets acquired by Appery). Steve is recognized as an expert in applying Agile processes and bringing innovative products to market. As a business executive, Steve became frustrated that the customers he served were routinely limited in their ability to expand due to capital constraints. So, he launched VeriLync Capital Solutions to address this challenge.

He began his career as a submarine officer in the United Stated Navy, where he was responsible for the daily operation of the 165-person, $1.8 billion USS Nebraska submarine. Steve graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy with a BS in electrical engineering. He also earned a MS in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He and his wife reside in the Boston area with their five children.


Moderator: Brigid Oliveri Siegel, Partner,  Ward Howell International, Inc.,



Brigid Siegel is a partner and management consultant at Ward Howell, Inc. where she conducts retained executive searches. In this capacity, she focuses on finding and developing leaders as well as building effective managing teams which will guarantee success in any technology, life sciences or biotech field.


Brigid began her career in the high technology industry over 30 years ago and in executive search, 20 years ago. She was a principal at Brigid Siegel Associates, a partner at  Polachi, a Managing Director with The Onstott Group, a Senior Partner at Heidrick & Struggles and a Vice President with Fenwick Partners. Throughout her retained executive search career Brigid has successfully completed numerous senior executive search assignments for clients ranging from emerging growth companies to multi-billion dollar corporations.  


Brigid studied at Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Lowell Technological Institute. Her executive search industry expertise has been cited in the Boston Business Journal, the New York Post, as well as Hunt Scanlon’s Executive Recruiting Industry Newswire. She was also a member of the Executive Board of the WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) Venture Forum for seven years and is currently a Boston ENET Vice Chairperson and an Executive Board member.