Connect / Meet the Experts

Experts: they’ve been there, done that, tried, tried again and succeeded. We’ve compiled some of the best and brightest to help New Hampshire’s most innovative entrepreneurs exceed their wildest dreams.

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Liz Gray

Liz Gray

NH Business Finance Authority, Live Free Start

Originally from New York, Liz Gray came to New Hampshire for college, fell in love with the Granite State and decided to stay. Liz is drawn to public service and state government. She started her career working for then-Governor Jeanne Shaheen, followed by time working with the New Hampshire State Senate, Governor John Lynch, and the NH Division of Economic Development. She is now the Director of Entrepreneurship for the NH Business Finance Authority.  In her current role she is leading Live Free and Start, an initiative working to make NH an even better place for innovation based companies to start grow and succeed. Liz is a proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and International Affairs and later a Master's in Public Administration.

Mark Kaplan

Mark Kaplan

CEO of Alpha Loft

Mark Kaplan has three decades of executive, venture capital, financial, and investment industry experience. Since moving to New Hampshire in early 2013 Mark has been leading the transformation of Alpha Loft, an organization working collaboratively to support and provide resources to NH entrepreneurs launching and scaling innovation-based businesses.

Nancy Clark

Nancy Clark

Drive Brand Studio

Founder and owner of Drive. I drive. It is what I do. With clients located all over the country, I drive. And, I'm driven. The word "Drive" defines both me and our incredible team in our powerful little brand studio. It is our noun. It is our verb. It is who we are and how we approach the success of our clients. I have a really great job. A perfect day is working with a client to craft a great story, one that uncovers a unique and authentic personality. And then engaging that story to formulate an insanely successful marketing strategy. This is what drives me. What drives you?

Matthew Benson

Matthew H. Benson, Esq.

Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, PLLC

Matthew H. Benson is an attorney at Cook Little Rosenblatt & Manson in Manchester, where his practice focuses on representing startup and other entrepreneurial companies with various business and commercial matters.

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Tom “TK” Kuegler

Wasabi Ventures

Tom “TK” Kuegler is the co-founder and general partner of Wasabi Ventures.  Wasabi Ventures is an venture capital, incubator, and consulting firm that specializes in building and advising early stage technology companies.  In the last 10 years, Wasabi Ventures has built, financed, and advised over 200 start-ups including some wildly successful ventures like Right Now Technologies, PBworks, Ustream, and Etherpad.

Maurice Gilbert

Maurice Gilbert

Devine Millimet Tax Group

Maurice has been actively involved in public accounting and tax administration for more than 40 years. He brings his extensive knowledge of federal and multi-state tax planning, enforcement and compliance procedures. He assists clients with federal and state tax planning opportunities, evaluates the tax implications of proposed business transactions, and provides analysis on proposed state and federal tax legislation and regulatory changes.

Hollis McGuire

Hollis McGuire

NH Small Business Development Center

Hollis’ experience spans over three decades and includes being a business owner, director, controller/CFO and product manager for traditional and high technology companies. She is a founding member of the Northeast Angels Investment group and is currently on the board of directors. She is a past board member of the New Hampshire High Technology Council and the Rockingham Economic Development Corporation. She is a founding member of the LFS Advisory Council where she is on the capital access committee. She has been a frequent lecturer, speaker and author on business topics concerning emerging business and access to capital.

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Kevin Low

Secured Network Services Inc.

Kevin Low is president and founder of Secured Network Services (SNS), a leading provider of advanced IT services and trusted partner to businesses and nonprofit institutions. As a leader in IT innovation, Kevin has built a company from the ground-up following a colorful history providing his expertise to some of New England’s most recognized institutions.

Alan Resiche

Alan Reische

Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA

Alan’s practice is focused on transactional matters: business acquisitions and mergers; planning for next­generation internal ownership transfers; and debt and equity financings from institutional and non­institutional sources. His client base ranges from closely held, family­-owned companies to those with extremely diverse shareholder ownership.

Michael Bergeron DRED

Michael Bergeron

N.H. Division of Economic Development

Michael Bergeron, Senior Business Development Manager for the N.H. Division of Economic Development, manages out-of-state business recruitment for the state. He provides confidential real estate searches and tours, labor analysis, state tax credits, job training grants, state permitting assistance, and any other help needed to facilitate the expansion or relocation of a business to New Hampshire.