About Us

The Merrimack Valley Venture Forum’s new division: The Power Networking Group

The Power Networking Group (PNG), a division of the Merrimack Valley Venture Forum, was formed for the purposes of creating an organization for businesspeople committed to the highest standards of professionalism and service. The goal of PNG is to exchange business introductions and connections. Members will at all times maintain and conduct themselves with the highest level of professional integrity and adhere to applicable standards of their professions.

What Does Membership Buy?

  • Access to varied group of professionals with connections to decision-makers and/or who serve as valuable resources to members of the group.
  • Quality introductions and connections to decision-makers.
  • Monthly meetings
  • Special Linkedin group for PNG

New Meeting Format

The overall goal is to develop natural chemistry among members through our meetings. Each monthly meeting agenda will vary according to member requests, guest speakers and location. There will be formal and open networking at each meeting as well as some of the elements listed below::

Introduction The purpose of meetings (development of introductions and connections; networking). Who are we and how can we help each other.

Report on success stories. Report on profitable introductions and connections (can be anonymous).

Formal networking. Either one on one meetings with other members (e.g., speed dating) or targeted small group meetings of members (people assigned to specific groups).

Informal networking There will be time allotted before and after the formal program for open networking.

Open format – use of speakers or tips on networking. Introductory remarks by each of the attendees.

Topics -Select a different theme or topic for each meeting. Small groups could address a different topic with a chairperson leading each discussion.

If you are interested in membership to PNG Contact Maura K. McDonough: mmcdonough@mvvf.org


Visit here for Membership information

New Office Location
MVVF main office is now housed within the office of LitmanGerson Associates, LLP in Woburn, MA.



Board of Directors

Executive Director


Maura K. McDonough

Merrimack Valley Venture Forum-PNG Division


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.”


Joseph C. Marrow
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.”


John D. Geraci, CPA, MST
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.”


John Blake
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.”

Walter F. Dawson
Patent Attorney
Pearson & Pearson, LLP

Timothy F. Haggerty
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.”


Doug Verge
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.”