About Us

 

About the Merrimack Valley Venture Forum

Who We Are

The Merrimack Valley Venture Forum (MVVF) is a non-profit business association for entrepreneurs, early- to mid-stage companies, professional service providers, academia and investors to facilitate business growth in technology sectors.MVVF is committed to assisting emerging technology companies, connect with established industry leaders, and mid- to late-stage companies, to obtain professional and financial guidance to succeed.

We are:
  • Technology-oriented companies and professional service providers serving regional, national and international markets located in MA (50%), NH (40%) and other surrounding NE states (10%)
  • Venture capitalists, angel investors, strategic investors and financial institutions
  • Entrepreneurs and business leaders
  • College Professors, staff and students

Volunteers
Much of the work of the Forum is done on a volunteer basis by committee members. Opportunities exist within the following committees:

  • Marketing
  • Membership
  • Mentoring
  • Programs

Anyone interested in joining a committee should contact Susanne Ferrara at sferrara@mvvf.org.

Directory
The MVVF is please to offer a membership directory for the purpose of helping to promote networking connections and services. Please visit the directory listing.

Membership
Visit here for Membership information

Directions
Click for directions to the MVVF main office, located on the second floor of the Enterprise Bank building.

Board of Directors
Officers

Chairman


James Bleck
President and Founder
Bleck Design Group

“James Bleck is the president and founder of Bleck Design Group, a product design consulting company providing industrial design and mechanical engineering services. Bleck Design Group designs medical devices, business equipment and consumer products. The firm has won over 20 major design awards in its 25 year history.”

President


Chet Szablak
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Executive Vice President
Enterprise Bank and Trust Company

Chet Szablak is an executive  vice president and the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Enterprise Bank, a full service commercial bank headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts.   As the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Chet is directly involved with setting the marketing and sales strategy for the bank.  Chet provides strategic and tactical oversight to brand management, market segmentation, growth initiatives, product development, signature events, promotions and advertisements.  He fosters a consultative sales approach within the bank and accomplishes this through accountability, motivation, assistance and training.”

Secretary


Joseph C. Marrow
Principal
Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendlton, P.C.

A member and chairman of the firm’s corporate practice group, Joe’s practice focuses on the representation of private and public high technology companies and entrepreneurs throughout the business life cycle, from corporate formation through liquidity event. He provides legal advice on a wide array of corporate legal matters with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, financings (debt and equity), securities compliance and reporting, corporate governance, intellectual property, employment and general day-to-day corporate counseling.”

Treasurer


John D. Geraci, CPA, MST
Partner
Litman, Gerson, LLP

John has extensive experience in assisting companies with mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, and budgeting and forecasting. John’s clients receive the highest level of client service, leveraging the technical expertise achieved while spending 12 years at Boston’s largest regional accounting firm. His experience spans several industries, including manufacturing and distribution, services, construction, government contractors, and hospitality. His clients are privately held businesses and venture backed companies that require a broad range of knowledge to effectively assist with corporate, personal, and other related business entity matters.”

Directors


John Blake
Member
Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, PC

“John is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Group who focuses his practice in the areas of commercial real estate, commercial lending (both real estate and asset-based), commercial leasing, permitting, environmental, and land use law. John represents both lenders and borrowers in commercial lending transactions, as well as real estate developers throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.”


Kathryn Verreault Carter
Dean, College of Management
University of Massachusetts Lowell

“Kathryn Carter has been Dean of the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell since 1994. She holds a Ph.D. in Accounting from Texas A&M University and taught in the field of accounting for 12 years before becoming dean. She is committed to leading the Manning School of Business  in the delivery of high quality management education, research and outreach.”


Walter F. Dawson
Patent Attorney
Pearson & Pearson, LLP

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Susanne Ferrara
Executive Director
Merrimack Valley Venture Forum

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William C. Geary, III
Co-Managing Partner
Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP

William C. Geary III is co-managing partner and a member of the Intellectual Property Department and Life Sciences and Emerging Companies practice groups. His practice concentrates in all aspects of patent and trademark law. Bill counsels clients in strategies for the development, protection, and exploitation of patent and trademark rights in the United States and abroad. He has extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in a variety of technologies, with emphasis in the fields of medical devices, polymers and advanced materials, and chemicals. He represents start-up as well as established companies, including Johnson & Johnson, various medical device manufacturers, and medical and research institutions, including Massachusetts General Hospital.”


Timothy F. Haggerty
President
Haggerty & Associates

“Before entering the advertising agency business, Tim worked for Compugraphic Corporation as a systems specialist selling computer hardware and software to the advertising and newspaper industry throughout the United States. Tim’s responsibilities include overseeing the day to day operations of Haggerty & Associates and the supervision of all account service, media planning and new client development. Tim also has fifteen years of extensive bank marketing experience. He has worked with financial institutions including Winchester Savings Bank, Northern Bank & Trust Company, The First National Bank of Ipswich, Heritage Bank and project work for Century Financial and MASSBANK. Tim is the hands-on account manager for AEA Technology QSA, Inc., Mount Vernon Group, Grand Wireless Communications, Winchester Savings Bank, First National Bank of Ipswich, Heritage Bank and several other accounts.”

 

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Steve Tello
Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development
Assoc. Professor, Management & Entrepreneurship
UML

“Steven is Associate Professor in the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Associate Director at the University’s Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2). These joint appointments allow him to combine his passion for teaching with research examining how to best promote the commercialization of emerging technologies.  Steven co-founded the University’s undergraduate concentration in Entrepreneurship in 2007 and contributed to the establishment of an interdisciplinary graduate program in Technological Entrepreneurship. Dr. Tello maintains an active role in support of technology integration on the campus and within the UMass system. ”


Doug Verge
Shareholder
Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA

“After 10 years as chair of the Intellectual Property and Technology Group, Doug stepped down from that position in 2010 to focus on his dynamic and challenging IP practice, his tenure culminating in a New Hampshire Business Review “Best of Business” Award for the firm’s IP practice. His clients represent diverse business interests, including manufacturing, technology, medical, education, and the arts. He works closely with foreign counsel in numerous countries on both trademark and licensing matters.”