RAIN Eugene, including The Eugene Accelerator, is organized and overseen by the Local Board comprising two representatives of the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, two from the University of Oregon, one from the City of Eugene and a representative of the local entrepreneurial community.
Co-Chair David Hauser – President, Eugene Chamber of Commerce
Co-Chair Andrew Nelson — Executive Director, RAIN at the University of Oregon
Dana Siebert – Executive Vice President, Green Energy Corporation
John Hull – Assistant Dean, Lundquist College of Busieness and Executive Director, Business Innovation Institute
Denny Braud – Business and Economic Development, City of Eugene
Joe Maruschak – Chief Startup Officer and Executive Director, RAIN Eugene Accelerator
Dave Hauser is the President and CEO of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce a 1,100 member organization committed to advancing a healthy local economy. He has served in that capacity since September of 1991. During Mr. Hauser’s tenure the Eugene Chamber has emerged as a leader in economic development, business advocacy and member services. Under Mr Hauser leadership, the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce has received 15 regional and national Industry honors and recognition for innovation, excellence and leadership. Mr. Hauser has spent over30 years as a Chamber professional. Prior to his arrival in Eugene, he served Chambers of Commerce in Grinnell (Iowa); Ames (Iowa) and Boulder (Colorado). Mr. Hauser is a past-president of the Oregon Chamber of Commerce Executives and a recipient that organizations Executive of the Year honor. He is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) board of directors and is was a participant in the ACCE/Ford Foundation Regional Sustainable Development program.
Andrew Nelson is the Executive Director of UO RAIN and an associate professor of management in the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business. He is the academic director of the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship and is the UO’s Bramsen Faculty Fellow in innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability. He received his doctorate in management science and engineering from Stanford University, where he subsequently served as a lecturer. Nelson also holds a master’s degree in economic and social history from Oxford University and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.
Contact Dana Siebert
Dana Siebert is an executive with 30+ years of experience in high technology, life sciences, and entertainment markets within a wide range of companies; venture backed start-ups, family owned mid-size, and global public enterprises.
Mr. Siebert has general management responsibilities at Chambers Communications that included overall strategy for the TV broadcast and film production companies, with a focus on new business models. Bringing 20+ years of experience from the information technology into the media business leverages many common skills applied with a fresh perspective.
Mr. Siebert continued is long standing commitment to economic development in the region with active leadership: “RAIN”, Governing Board member, Chairperson Capital Committee; and Fund Manger for the Willamette Angel Conference. Managing Director, Oregon Life Sciences, an early stage Life Sciences and Information Technology VC.
Dana Siebert was Executive Vice President for worldwide sales, marketing and services at Symantec Corporation. Mr. Siebert had global revenue responsible for the company. He played an active role in Symantec’s growth thru acquisitions for over twenty years.
Previously held executive positions in high technology companies including THINK Technologies, Wang Laboratories, Computerland Corporation, and Burroughs Corporation.
John Hull, Executive Director, Business Innovation Institute and Assistant Dean for Centers of Excellence at the Business Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon has more than twenty-four years of industry experience, including more than ten years of venture capital and corporate strategic investment experience. Most recently, Hull was the first partner within Nike’s Sustainable Business and Innovation (SB&I) Lab, Nike’s strategic investment program enabling and accelerating Nike’s growth through sustainability.
Prior to Nike, Hull was a managing director at OVP Venture Partners where he sourced and managed investments in early-stage, high-tech startups for OVP fund VI ($185M) and OVP fund VII ($250M). Before OVP, Hull was the director of the Intel Communications Fund (ICF), a $500M strategic investment fund. Hull led the ICF from its inception to maturity as Intel Capital’s largest strategic fund initiative. During his tenure, the ICF invested in over 125 venture-backed companies based in seventeen countries throughout the world and had several companies achieve profitable initial public offerings and acquisitions. Hull also served as Intel Capital’s Marketing Director from 2003-2004. Hull became a member of Intel Capital in 1999, after holding senior operational, finance, and treasury positions within Intel Corporation.
Hull has served on the boards of fifteen privately-held, venture-backed companies. He currently serves on the Advisory Boards of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN.org), Young Entrepreneurs Business Week (YEBW.org), the Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN), and is a member of the Commercialization Advisory Council of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI). John was a founding board member of the Oregon Chapter of TiE.org, the international entrepreneurial association and previously served on the National Venture Capital Association Corporate Venture Advisory Board (NVCA).
Denny Braud, Community Development Division Manager, has worked in various economic development programs within the City of Eugene’s Planning & Development Department for 25 years. He currently manages the City’s economic development and housing programs including the Business Development Fund small business loan program, the Downtown Revitalization Loan Program, the West Eugene Enterprise Zone industrial tax exemption program and Electronic Commerce Zone, the Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption program and the Brownfield Coalition program. He has assisted hundreds of local businesses with their start-up and expansion needs. Additionally, Braud has played a key role in several complex Urban Renewal redevelopment projects within Eugene’s downtown core area including the Broadway street reopening, acquisition and disposition of property for the new Federal Courthouse, acquisition and disposition of property for the new Lane Community College Downtown Campus project, and redevelopment of the Broadway Commerce Center and Woolworth Building.