Charles R. Kokesh, MBA, J.D.

Mr. Kokesh earned his J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California–Berkeley in 1978, his MBA degree from Harvard Business School in 1971, and his B.A. degree in Psychology from Harvard College in 1969. As a businessman with 40 years of experience, he is an expert in entrepreneurship and business planning.

Mr. Kokesh worked for Citibank in their Middle East Division as a Foreign Exchange Trader, Lending Officer, Operations Officer, and Branch Manager (1971-1973), for Arthur Young & Co. as a tax consultant (1973-1974), for Levi Strauss & Co. as their International Finance Manager (1974-1975), and for Bank of America as Vice President and Director of Global Treasury Management (1977-1978). He founded and was Managing Partner for Technology Funding (1979-2006), served as President of Dakota Arms, LLC (2007-2009), and provided services as an independent business consultant (2009-2012).

Technology Funding managed 10 private funds and 11 publicly registered funds, helped 69 companies go public, and assisted a large number of portfolio companies be acquired by much larger firms. During his tenure, Technology Funding invested $315 million in approximately 250 private companies. Mr. Kokesh also served on the board of directors or the management committee of more than 40 start-up companies. Technology Funding focused on investments in medical technologies, information systems, and advanced manufacturing technologies.