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Cleantech CEOs to Demonstrate Innovative Business Strategies and Best Practices for Global Markets

Submitted by: SJF Ventures

Categories: Clean Technology, Events

Posted: May 28, 2008 – 01:15 PM EST


Nine Cleantech Entrepreneurs to Present at the 'Cleantech Companies in Mainstream Markets: Fourth Annual CEO Panel on Innovative Strategies' Event in New York on Wednesday, June 11, 2008

May 28 /CSRwire/ - NEW YORK,NY, - May 28, 2008 - SJF Ventures announced today that the 'Cleantech Companies in Mainstream Markets: Fourth Annual CEO Panel on Innovative Strategies' event will be held in New York City on Wednesday, June 11th from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM EDT at the offices of Deutsche Bank at 60 Wall Street in New York City. CEOs from nine different cleantech companies, who are currently executing new and creative cleantech business models, will share their innovative solutions to the business challenges inherent to a number of cleantech segments including alternative energy, transportation, electronics recycling, and consumer products.

The event will feature a keynote from Kevin Skillern, Senior Vice President at GE Energy Financial Services, who leads the venture capital team focused on the energy and water industries. GE Energy Financial Services has more than US $19 billion in assets investing more than US $5 billion annually.

"SJF Ventures is committed to supporting cleantech innovation," said David Kirkpatrick, Managing Director and co-founder of SJF Ventures. "Past presenters from this event have raised more than $130 million in venture capital, which is a testament to the caliber of the CEO presenters and the success of this event."

Each presentation will demonstrate how well conceived cleantech business models can scale rapidly for global markets by reducing costs, improving quality and delivering innovative services to both established and emerging markets. CEOs scheduled to present include:

• Rob Brierly, CEO, Aircuity
• Craig Bramscher, CEO, Brammo Motorsports
• Allen King, President, Excellent Packaging & Supply
• Andrew Kennedy, President, FoodLogiq
• Frank Shinneman, CEO, Lamina Lighting Inc.
• Jacob Susman, CEO, OwnEnergy
• Michael Nark, CEO, Prenova
• Chuck Newman, CEO, Recellular, Inc.
• Rusty Jewett, CEO, Sencera

The companies presenting at the event represent a variety of cleantech sectors, including energy efficiency, energy management, food safety, transportation, and electronics recycling, and have revenues between $1 million and $20 million or more. Companies featured in previous years include groSolar, Intechra, Zipcar, RecycleBank, Native Energy, ConsumerPowerline, and Helios Coatings, Inc.

"Since presenting at last year's CEO Panel, SJF Ventures has been a valuable resource for Helios Coatings as we looked to raise additional capital to ensure growth for our company," said Mark Leininger, CEO, Helios Coatings Inc., Canton, OH. "The connections we made at this and other events organized by SJF led directly to our completing a capital raise of over $4.2 million, at a time when raising capital in the cleantech sector has become increasingly more competitive."

The lead sponsors for the event are Deutsche Bank and Citibank, official event sponsors are Reitler, Brown & Rosenblatt LLC, BSG Team Ventures and Hutchison Law Group. The media co-sponsors are Greentech Media; Investors' Circle; Cleantech Group; Hedge Connection; New Center for Economic and Environmental Partnership (CEEP); The Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA); New York Industrial Retention Network (NYIRN); Opportunity Finance Network; Urban Agenda; and

The 'Cleantech Companies in Mainstream Markets: Fourth Annual CEO Panel on Innovative Strategies' event registration fee is $125 and due to the high level of security on Wall Street, pre-registration is absolutely required. Interested parties can register online at The media can register by contacting Anne Sweeney at or +1 978 499-9250, x 228.

About SJF Ventures (
SJF Ventures, with offices in Durham, NC and New York, NY, is a venture capital fund with $45 million under management that focuses on the cleantech, premium consumer products, and technology-enhanced services sectors. The Fund looks for experienced management teams that are driving exceptional growth and positively impacting the world. For more information about SJF please go to

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