Our board of directors and advisors.
Jeff Salinger is a principal at Stuart Mill Capital, Inc. He previously served as senior marketing and sales executive at Sallie Mae and SatoTravel, and acting senior executive at SynXis Corporation. Mr. Salinger brings to the Stuart Mill team proven experience as a developer of innovative and strategic products, a planner with accomplished brand-building market successes, and a leader of highly-regarded sales teams. Mr. Salinger has business start-up experience, has served on small-firm boards, and owns and guides a number of companies. He received his B.S. in Finance and his MBA from the University of Maryland.
Andy Ziolkowski has a 30-year career devoted to venture capital investing and merchant banking across a broad range of industries. Since 2008, Mr. Ziolkowski has been a founding partner of Cultivian Ventures, a venture capital firm focusing on investments in innovative investment opportunities in the food and agricultural sectors. Since 70 percent of fresh water in the world is consumed by these two sectors, investments in novel water-related companies is a significant part of their investment focus. Besides EOSi, he currently represents Cultivian on the boards of directors of AquaSpy Group, Harvest Automation, and Novihum GmbH. His successful investments from prior funds include DexCom, Biomimetic Pharmaceuticals, FutureHealth, Tessera, i-STAT, and The Liposome Company. Mr. Ziolkowski has been a frequent speaker and panelist at venture capital forums and international conferences such as BIO. Prior to joining Cultivian Ventures, Mr. Ziolkowski was a Managing Director of SAE Ventures and Forest Street Capital LLC, where he spent 14 years as an investor and advisor to early-stage healthcare and technology companies. Previously, he was Director, Venture Capital at CS First Boston Merchant Bank. Mr. Ziolkowski began his venture capital career at Whitehead Associates, a family investment fund. He was also an electrical engineer and plasma physicist at the Grumman Aerospace Corporation and Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory. Mr. Ziolkowski has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and Finance and a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Grumman Scholar. He also attended Princeton University’s Plasma Physics Department and did graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Energy Management and Power.
Kevin Brophy has been identifying, structuring and managing alternative investments for 15 years, as a venture capitalist, small hedge fund manager, real estate investor and corporate mergers and acquisitions executive.
Prior to co-founding Meidlinger Partners, LLC in 2008, Kevin held operational and executive roles with Aqua America, Inc. (NYSE: WTR), one of the nation’s largest privately owned water companies, which grew from a market capitalization of $170 million to a peak of nearly $8 billion via 290 acquisitions and new growth ventures.
Kevin has a Masters of Science degree from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University.
David Newton is CEO of C.H. Newton Builders, Inc., a fourth generation general contracting firm focusing on custom home building, architectural millwork and estate care, with offices in West Falmouth, MA, Osterville, MA and Wellesley, MA. David is also the founder and owner of Cape Cod Fire Logs, Inc., a startup company focused on the recycling and manufacturing of wood products.
David served on the Board of Trustees of Cape Cod Academy and Heritage Museum and Gardens. He is on the Board of Governors for the Woods Hole Golf Club and a member of the Oyster Harbor Club. David is an Alumnus of Northeastern University class of ‘85 Business Administration.
David W. Robbins
David Robbins is president and co-founder of Hill & Robbins, P.C., where his practice emphasizes the fields of water and natural-resources law, water quality law, and environmental law. Mr. Robbins began his legal career with the Colorado Attorney General's Office in 1975 as First Assistant Attorney General and head of the Natural Resources Section, and was subsequently appointed Deputy Attorney General in 1977. Mr. Robbins represented the State of Colorado in a variety of interstate water matters, and served as counsel to the state engineer in adjudication proceedings and trials concerning basin-wide rules and regulations. He also represented the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and successfully defended the constitutionality of the state’s first in-stream flow protection law. Since 1981, Mr. Robbins has served as general counsel to the Rio Grande Water Conservation District, leading efforts to defeat proposals to mine the groundwater of Colorado’s San Luis Valley, which ultimately resulted in Congressional action on a bill Mr. Robbins initially drafted to create the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. From 1985-2011, Mr. Robbins served as counsel of record for the State of Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Kansas v. Colorado, No. 105 Original (October Term, 1985), involving the Arkansas River Compact. Mr. Robbins has served as general counsel to the Republican River Water Conservation District since its creation in 2004 and served as special counsel to the Southwestern Water Conservation District for over 20 years.
Mr. Robbins was a member of the Colorado Water Conservation Board from 1980-89 and was its chairman in 1985-86. Mr. Robbins is currently chairman of the Colorado River Salinity Control Forum and represents the State of Colorado at the Colorado River Salinity Control Advisory Council. He is a member of the Colorado Water Congress, serving on its board of directors for many years and as it President in 2005-06. He was named the Colorado Water Leader of the Year in 2012. He serves on the board of directors of the Colorado Water Trust, of which he is a founding board member.
Mr. Robbins is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association, and is a past chairman of the Water Law Section of the CBA. Mr. Robbins received his B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Robert A. Curtis, Pharm.D., MBA
Dr. Robert A. Curtis is a 30-year veteran in the biosciences industry and is currently Executive Chairman and Director of the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake, New York. Previously, he was CEO of the Regional Technology Development Corporation, a non-profit organization in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where he was responsible for identifying and commercializing technology from the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute with a focus on water-based technologies. Dr. Curtis has been a Founder and Chief Executive of a number of companies, including HistoRx (Yale University); Cape Aquaculture Technologies, Inc. (Johns Hopkins); Lion Pharmaceuticals/Phoenix Drug Discovery (multiple universities); and CombiChem, Inc. (Scripps Research Institute-LaJolla), which was eventually purchased by Dupont Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Curtis served as founding President and CEO of MetaMorphix, Inc., a joint venture between Genetics Institute, Inc. and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Prior to these entrepreneurial endeavors, Dr. Curtis held senior management positions at Pharmacopeia, Inc., Cambridge NeuroScience, Inc., and Pfizer, Inc., and also served as Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. He currently serves on the board or as an advisor to a number of private entrepreneurial companies and has served as a judge for the annual MIT $100K Business Plan Entrepreneurial Award. Dr. Curtis holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, a Pharm.D. from the University of Missouri, and an MBA from Columbia University.
Eric Stoermer joined EOSi as President and CEO in 2004 after four years as a Chicago-based business consultant for McKinsey & Company, Inc. There he advised companies in the telecommunications, retail banking, and insurance sectors on sales and operations issues. He directed sales and marketing for infoUSA (American Business Information), where he was responsible for managing three operating units. He received a B.A. in economics from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.