ABOUT US

THUNDERBIRD ANGEL NETWORK




The Thunderbird Angel Network, or TAN, is a dynamic group of accredited investors who are affiliated with the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Our members include Tbird alumni, professors, friends and members of the Phoenix startup community.


TAN serves as a source to its members for early-stage companies that have the potential to grow rapidly. The Network is based at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, a hot-spot for global business; thus, its members are interested in both domestic and international deals. TAN members typically seek to invest between $50,000 and $500,000.


TAN hosts dinner meetings throughout the year. All applications are encouraged to apply through Gust.com. The applicant will then be evaluated by the TAN selection committee before being asked to present at a TAN dinner. If greater interest is created, further due diligence and deal terms will be developed. Members act on their own behalf and individual investment decisions.

OUR INVESTORS



TIM KELLY


Tim Kelley has over 20 years of experience as an Entrepreneur in Construction, Education, Finance and Software in Mexico, South America, the US and Africa (Angola). He served as Founder, Chairman and CEO of KCA International Construction and Facilities Management for over 14 years and managed over $200 million dollars of projects in Mexico and over 2 million square feet of office, commercial and residential space throughout Latin America. He raised over 100 million dollars to build a cross border mortgage bank 2003-2008. In 2010 and 2011 he was contracted by the US Agency for International Development to advise the Central Bank of Angola (BNA) on regulatory structures for residential real estate finance. Mr. Kelley is a recognized expert in the area of cross border mortgages, entrepreneurship and international real estate finance. He was featured by Entrepreneur Magazine for innovative international entrepreneurship. Currently, he serves as the COO of the Entrepreneur Opportunity Fund, owner and CFO with his wife of two education related companies with 45 + employees and several million in gross revenue, and is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics at Grand Canyon University. He holds a BA from Gonzaga and an MBA from Thunderbird with additional course work at Oxford University and ASU. He also serves on the Board of Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, Invest Southwest, The Governor’s Committee on Cross Border Real Estate at the Arizona Mexico Commission and is a member of Delta Mu Delta and . He is also the Past Chairman of the Thunderbird Angel Network and founder and Chairman of the Canyon Angels.

JAMES WALDROP


As an entrepreneur over the past 25 years, Jim Waldrop has founded, led and successfully exited several companies in the construction, real estate and technology sectors. Most recently he founded HomeSphere as an Internet-based entrant in the residential construction industry serving the building product manufacturer and home building communities.

Prior to founding HomeSphere, Jim Waldrop served as CEO of Cathay Global Investments, an international family-office firm with investments in the United States, Pacific Rim, and Latin America in commercial and residential construction and other industries. Formerly executive vice president of Pulte Homes, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) – a multi-billion dollar home building company - he combines an insider's knowledge of the home building industry with an educational background and career experience in operations, finance, and information systems.

Jim Waldrop is a seasoned expert, whose background incorporates deep knowledge of residential construction financing and development, building products, and applied systems technologies. He has raised multiple rounds of equity and debt capital. He holds a BS in Applied Science with an emphasis in computer systems analysis from Miami University and an MBA with an emphasis in finance and information systems from the University of Colorado. He was a past member of the Information Technology Workgroup of the National Association of Homebuilders Business Management & Information Technology Committee. He has served on Miami University's School of Applied Science Advisory Board. He also has been a guest lecturer at Miami University, University of Colorado, and Thunderbird University as well as an invited speaker at multiple construction industry conferences. He is a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel.

GARY GIBBONS


As an entrepreneur over the past 25 years, Jim Waldrop has founded, led and successfully exited several companies in the construction, real estate and technology sectors. Most recently he founded HomeSphere as an Internet-based entrant in the residential construction industry serving the building product manufacturer and home building communities.

Prior to founding HomeSphere, Jim Waldrop served as CEO of Cathay Global Investments, an international family-office firm with investments in the United States, Pacific Rim, and Latin America in commercial and residential construction and other industries. Formerly executive vice president of Pulte Homes, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) – a multi-billion dollar home building company - he combines an insider's knowledge of the home building industry with an educational background and career experience in operations, finance, and information systems.

Jim Waldrop is a seasoned expert, whose background incorporates deep knowledge of residential construction financing and development, building products, and applied systems technologies. He has raised multiple rounds of equity and debt capital. He holds a BS in Applied Science with an emphasis in computer systems analysis from Miami University and an MBA with an emphasis in finance and information systems from the University of Colorado. He was a past member of the Information Technology Workgroup of the National Association of Homebuilders Business Management & Information Technology Committee. He has served on Miami University's School of Applied Science Advisory Board. He also has been a guest lecturer at Miami University, University of Colorado, and Thunderbird University as well as an invited speaker at multiple construction industry conferences. He is a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel.

LEWIS RUTHERFURD


Lewis Rutherfurd is financier who lives in Hong Kong. He attended Princeton University, graduating in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies. Later, he attended Harvard where he earned an M.B.A. with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business. In 1989, Rutherfurd was a managing director of Royal Trust Enterprise Capital, a venture capital firm in Hong Kong. He set up Inter-Asia Venture Management, Ltd, a venture capital firm, in Hong Kong in 1972, raising a $1 million for their first fund. They went on to complete 15 investments. Rutherfurd’s first notable deal was the expansion of McDonald's into Hong Kong in 1974. He is currently the co-founder and Managing Director of Inter-Asia Venture Management, Ltd.

Rutherfurd was a former Governor and Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, an Advisory Board member of Princeton in Asia and a former trustee of Berkshire School. He is past Co-Chairman and executive committee member of the Hong Kong Venture Capital Association and acts as trustee of the Mary Wood Foundation.
 

STUDENT TEAM



LOGAN WARD


Logan's true passion in life developed as a young adult when he learned about Investing from his Grandfather, which he plans to do for a career. He volunteered for two years serving Asian immigrants in the USA, becoming fluent in Mandarin. These opportunities helped develop his global analytic and communication skills and drove him to a career in business. Logan has consulted for various fortune 500 companies in Asian Relations, as well as translated for several Multi-National Corporations.

Logan majored in Business Management at Utah Valley University with emphases in International Business, and a minor in Chinese. He will graduate December 2017 with a Master of Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Logan loves volunteering in civic and community service events where he can see individuals benefit from his efforts. He is a devoted husband, outdoor enthusiast, student, traveler, and loves to help out on his family’s ranch when able.

Currently Logan serves in various leadership roles for Thunderbird Angel Network, Thunderbird Finance Association, and the Greater China Club.

PIER VENDER


Pier Vender is a current Masters student at Thunderbird School Of Global Management, after graduating from Bocconi University in Milan and 4 years of experience in AC retail and corporate finance he moved to the US to complete his education.

When he is not studying he is following closely the Tech industry, with a particular focus on the BlockChain technology and its application to his other two passions: the Airline Industry and the Automotive Industry. He plans to start doing business in Africa in the near future and possibly help local entrepreneurs to achieve success through a Private Equity Fund.

Pier is also a member of the finance Club at Thunderbird.