We distinguish ourselves by having a team with a wide range of expertise. We are successful investors, technically savvy, and possess extensive operating experience in marketing and sales. Importantly, we are also entrepreneurs just like you.

The team has a long history of working together. Cumulatively, we have known each other and worked together for decades.

    Shawn Kelly

    Managing Director

    Shawn’s career has centered on financing and building growth stage companies. Previously, Shawn was with Austin Ventures, where he co-opened the firm’s Dallas offices. During his tenure, the firm grew from $450 million to $3 billion of capital under management. Shawn invested in and was active with the Boards of twelve growth-stage businesses. Prior to Austin Ventures, Shawn was an investment banker with J.C. Bradford in Nashville where he focused on private equity and M&A transactions.

    Shawn earned a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Master in Professional Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration with High Honors from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Shawn is an active member of the Lone Star Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Shawn resides in Dallas, Texas.


        Ed Olkkola

        Managing Director

        Ed’s career has spanned a wide range of executive-level positions in marketing, finance, information technology, strategy, product and corporate development, and professional investing. Previously, Ed was Senior Vice President, New Products and Business Development for A. H. Belo Corporation where he focused on strategic investments in media and technology companies. Ed was a General Partner at Austin Ventures where he focused on communications systems/software and semiconductor investments. His investment exits include Agere Systems, Sychip, Santera Systems, Navini Networks, NexGen, Ramp Networks and Raptor.

        At Compaq, Ed held the position of Vice President and General Manager of the communications products division and co-founded the Compaq Venture Fund. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of engineering, marketing, strategy, and finance roles at Motorola Information Systems Group. Over his career, he brought over a dozen new products to market and acquired several companies totaling over $750 million.

        Ed received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, holds an MBA from Northeastern University and completed the Compaq executive leadership program at Harvard University.


            Mike Taylor

            Managing Director–Talent

            Mike brings disciplined processes to the Teakwood family of companies for all their Executive Search and Coaching needs. These processes encompass executive recruiting, team assessment, gap analysis, mentoring, team building, and culture transformation. He has decades of experience within the BPO, Technology, and Software (SaaS) sectors. A partial list of Mike’s past clients include Technology Crossover Ventures, Austin Ventures, and Battery Ventures, in the private equity/venture capital realm, as well as companies such as SOURCECORP, BMC Software, Solarc, Samsung, Freescale Semiconductor, GENBAND and Academic Partnerships.

            Prior to Teakwood, he helped open the Dallas office for Washington, D.C.-based executive search firm Cabot Consultants. Mike was an instrumental Partner for years in developing the Private Equity/Venture Capital practice for Heidrick & Struggles both in Austin and Dallas. Prior to Heidrick & Struggles, he was President of his own boutique search firm. His earlier corporate experience was with McKesson (HBO & Company), EDS and Schlumberger.

            Mike graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering. Mike resides in Dallas, Texas.


                Jonathan K. Hustis

                Managing Director–Corporate Development

                Jon Hustis has a legal and executive career extending across national and global technology businesses. His experience includes a diverse range of enterprises, from start-ups seeking seed capital to multi-national Fortune 500 enterprises such as Texas Instruments and Oracle Corporation. Prior to joining Teakwood, Jon was a law partner with the Dallas offices of the national firm of Culhane Meadows PLLC, and the Texas law firm of Phillips & Reiter PLLC. Jon was also general counsel at global technology businesses GENBAND and MetaSolv Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSLV). He served MetaSolv Software for over ten years, from startup days through its IPO in 1999, and then on through its sale in 2007 to Oracle Corporation. Before that, he worked in legal, business and finance positions at Texas Instruments and FoxMeyer Drug Company. Jon founded a general law practice that served clients in Dallas for seven years immediately following his graduation from law school.

                Jon holds an undergraduate degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and a law degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He is a member of the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation’s board of directors, and has been active in various local organizations relating to law, technology and business. He lives in Dallas.


                    Chad York

                    Managing Director - Finance, CFO

                    Chad has over 20 years of progressive experience in the investment industry and public accounting serving start ups through multi-national corporations. Prior to joining Teakwood, Chad served as Vice President, Financial Reporting and Global Audit at Hudson Advisors L.P. (exclusive asset manager to the multibillion-dollar private equity firm, Lone Star Funds), where he led the financial reporting, accounting, and compliance processes for approximately 100 fund related legal entities. Chad began his career as a public company auditor with both Arthur Andersen and Deloitte & Touche. He served both publicly traded and privately-held clients in a variety of industries and facilitated several initial public offerings of equity and debt, and completed numerous due diligence and M&A assignments.

                    Chad is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma. He resides in Dallas, Texas


                        Stu Bell

                        Managing Director–Business Development

                        Stu Bell has more than 20 years of banking experience, nearly 16 years of those with Comerica and Imperial Bank where as Senior Vice President he most recently managed the Dallas Technology and Life Science office.  Over the duration of his career, he has partnered with technology companies to help them meet growth initiatives, providing senior debt, treasury management solutions, and insight of how previous start ups met similar challenges.

                        Serving a wide regional footprint, these companies have been located primarily in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, ranging from true startups to $500 million plus in revenue. Stu was consistently a top producer, responsible for underwriting and managing a $100 million plus portfolio that included small lines of credit, as well as leading $50 million plus multi-bank transactions. Stu helped triple the Dallas loan portfolio after helping launch the office in 2001. Prior to that, Stu helped launch Zilliant and grow the Austin software company, functioning as CFO and head of HR while helping them raise equity from Austin Ventures.

                        Stu earned a Master of Business Administration from the McCombs School at the University of Texas and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Trinity University. An active member of the community, Stu serves on the Board of Directors for 3 entities serving various aspects of the Dallas community. He was named the Lake Highlands YMCA Father of the Year in 2014.


                            Laura Kusching

                            VP Finance–Fund Operations

                            Laura has twenty-five years of experience running the operations of middle market companies, including all accounting, human resources, customer service, general operations, and finance functions. Laura has experience in several different disciplines, including various service industries, import/export and property management. She handles all of the accounting and operations for Teakwood along with contributing to due diligence and portfolio-company support efforts.

                            Laura received her AA degree from College of Central Florida and resides in Murphy, Texas.


                                Jim Janicki

                                Executive Partner

                                Jim brings more than 25 years of executive leadership with extensive entrepreneurial and software technology experience. He is currently the President and CEO of Ignite Technologies, a leader in enterprise content delivery solutions. Jim also served as President and CEO of Calpont, a privately-held company that focuses on high-performance database solutions. Prior to that, he was the co-founder and CEO of MetaSolv Software, a leading global provider of operations support system solutions for communications service providers around the world. MetaSolv Software grew from three employees to more than 600 and went public in 1999 with revenues reaching $130 million in 2001.

                                Jim is the recipient of numerous honors including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Tech Titan Corporate CEO award from the Dallas Metroplex Technology Business Council. Before co-founding MetaSolv, Jim spent more than a decade in various positions at Texas Instruments.

                                Jim has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University and resides in Dallas, Texas.


                                    Kevin Klausmeyer

                                    Executive Partner

                                    Kevin is an experienced leader with extensive software and technology industry background at both public and private companies and brings a deep understanding of the operational and financial issues faced by rapidly growing, global companies. Kevin currently serves on the boards of Hortonworks, CallidusCloud and Unitrends. He also serves on the advisory board for Opvizor, and previously served on the board of Quest Software (acquired by Dell).

                                    Kevin Klausmeyer’s background includes service as Chief Financial Officer of several technology enterprises, including The Planet (merged with SoftLayer), RLX Technologies (acquired by Hewlett Packard) and PentaSafe Security Technologies (acquired by NetIQ). He also served as the Principal Financial Officer, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for BMC Software, following 13 years of practice in public accounting. As a software finance professional, Kevin was one of the three industry representatives on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) Software Revenue Recognition Task Force that interpreted and provided guidance to the software industry on the U.S. authoritative revenue accounting rules.

                                    Kevin graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas with a BBA in Accounting and currently resides in Houston.


                                        David Sikora

                                        Executive Partner

                                        David Sikora is a veteran of the software industry, having served as CEO of multiple public and venture backed private companies during his 25-year business career. He has raised over $100M in venture capital and public equity, and has participated in multiple successful exits and IPO’s.

                                        Currently, Mr. Sikora is an active investor and advisor to technology companies, and also serves as Executive Partner for Teakwood Capital. Most recently, he was the Founder & CEO of Digby where he built the first mobile and application storefronts for 50 major brands including Brooks Brothers, Abercrombie & Fitch, UnderArmour, Bed Bath & Beyond, 1800Flowers, HomeDepot and many others.

                                        He also served as the CEO of Pervasive Software (NASDAQ: PVSW) and Forefront Group (NASDAQ: FFGI), which was the first Internet software IPO in the state of Texas in 1995. He is a previous winner of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and many of his software products have won industry awards for innovation. Sikora has an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.


                                            Dave Ellett

                                            Executive Partner

                                            Dave Ellett brings more than 30 years of executive experience guiding online organizations through various stages – from start up to restart scenarios. He currently serves as chief executive officer for RemitDATA where he is responsible for the vision, strategy and day-to-day operations of the company.

                                            Ellett has held senior positions at several internet-focused businesses. Prior to his role with RemitDATA, he served as president and general manager of Belo Interactive Media. Prior to Belo, Dave served as CEO and chairman of Powered, an industry leader in building social media websites for major brands and publishers. Before joining Powered, Ellett served as CEO at Docent Inc., a leader in enterprise e-learning and business performance management, taking the company from the “A” round of funding through a successful IPO.

                                            Ellett’s experience also includes tenures at large IT companies, such as serving as the corporate vice president of worldwide education for Oracle, and COO for Business Objects. In addition, Ellett spent 13 years with EDS in a number of key management roles, including president of the performance services group.

                                            Ellett holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He is married and has three daughters and a son.


                                                Ed H. Bowman

                                                Executive Partner

                                                Ed currently serves as Chairman and CEO of TRNT Holdings, LLC and possesses a broad business background in a variety of industries with a global perspective. He has served as CEO in both public and private company environments (while with a leading private equity firm), and has raised more than $1.6 billion in seven debt and equity transactions, and has extensive experience in acquisitions. He has relevant corporate governance experience with special interest in Enterprise Risk Management and the role technology plays.

                                                Ed’s past positions include serving as CEO, president and director of SourceHOV, one of the largest business process outsourcing companies. Prior to this, he held leadership roles at First Data Corporation, HBOC & Co., Insurance Systems of America and Andersen Consulting. He currently sits on the board of Eagle Materials, Inc., a leading U.S. manufacturer and distributor of building materials.

                                                A recipient of the 2010 EY Entrepreneur of the Year® award for the southwest region, Ed received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honors from Georgia State University, as well as a Master of Science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


                                                    Dave Panos

                                                    Executive Partner

                                                    Dave is technology industry veteran with 30 years of experience helping define new markets across a wide range of Internet and enterprise software sectors. He has been a senior executive leader during all stages of a company’s lifecycle – from initial founding thru IPO. He has deep experience with critical company transitions including building high performing teams, managing through growth, fund raising, acquisitions and strategic exits.

                                                    Currently, Dave serves as chairman of the board of Rightside (Nasdaq:NAME) and as a board director for iPass (Nasdaq:IPAS). Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of social media tools pioneer Pluck, before its successful sale to Demand Media. Dave served in several executive leadership roles at Demand Media and was the company’s Chief Marketing Officer during its IPO. He co-founded or held senior executive roles in a number of other innovative start-ups and was a Venture Partner with Austin Ventures.

                                                    Dave holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Furman University. He resides in Austin, Texas.