Our Team & Board
george boerigter, chairman
Mr. Boerigter is the Founder and Chairman of SoundOff Signal, a Michigan-based manufacturer of specialized transportation lighting, principally warning and systems lights for police, fire, EMS and DOT clients. With several hundred employees and manufacturing locations around the world, Boerigter and his team have won numerous awards including World Trader of the year and SBA Exporter of the year.
Additionally, SoundOff does business in all 50 states, more than 30 countries worldwide and has a perfect record of 24 straight years of growth and profitability, while being totally self-funded. The firm has never had a layoff or workforce reduction.
In 2007 they moved to NM for the majority of each year. Since coming to NM he has engaged the business, education and arts community in numerous ways. He is sponsor of the Anderson School Business Breakfast series, a member of the Albuquerque Economic Forum, the New Mexico Angels, and is an investor in several New Mexico based start-ups. He encouraged the foundation the NM Angels Start-Up Factory model. In his other Board work, George has served as a board member to, Preferred Produce, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation and was the Vice Chairman of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Board. He continues to serve on the Board of Opera Southwest.
He has a Bachelor’s degree from Hope College and Master’s Degrees from both the University of Southern California and Western Theological Seminary. He is supported in his endeavors by his wife of 50 plus years, Sibilla, their three sons and six grandchildren.
john chavez, president
Mr. Chavez has served as the President of the New Mexico Angels since 2008 and has been an active angel investor since 2003. Mr. Chavez is also the Managing Director of Phase One Ventures, a start-up fund out of Santa Fe, NM and Managing Director of New Mexico Start-Up Factory I and II. Outside of the Angels, he is the President of Tafoya and Brainerd Partners LLC, a nationwide business development consulting firm. Prior to his work in consulting, Mr. Chavez was appointed Cabinet Secretary of the Taxation and Revenue Department by by New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. During his six year tenure as Tax Secretary he also served as the President of the Federation of Taxation Administrators for one year.
Mr. Chavez received the following degrees from New Mexico State University: Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Art in Economics and Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.
dorian rader, vice president
Dorian Rader is Managing Partner at New Mexico Angel spin-off, NMA Ventures. She is also the former the Executive Director and co-founder of New Mexico Start-Up Factory, a technology transfer organization, paired with an investment fund that licenses innovations from research institutions to create investable high-tech companies. An experienced water entrepreneur herself, Dorian has launched 14 high-tech companies. With a background in finance and operations, she has a proven track record of taking companies from idea to industry, while ensuring the formation of a stable and fiscally responsible corporate infrastructure.
She is also currently serves as the Vice President of the New Mexico Angels, where she works to source high growth investment opportunities, while performing due diligence and managing the investment portfolio after an equity deal has been made. Rader is also a General Partner with Rio Vista Growth Capital, a New Mexico mezzanine fund where she manages the operations and financials of the fund’s investments. Additionally, she has worked with the University of New Mexico patent office, was the Angel in Residence at Sandia National Laboratories, and served as Senior Associate at national VC firm, Village Capital. Dorian advises and coaches entrepreneurs on equity investments across many different organizations in New Mexico and Colorado. She earned a B.A. from the University of New Mexico in Entrepreneurial Studies.
sherman mccorkle, board member
Sherman McCorkle is President and Chief Executive Officer of Technology Ventures Corporation and has served in this capacity since the company’s inception in 1993. He is a founder and Charter Director of New Mexico Bank and Trust. He currently serves on several boards including: United Way of America; National Trustee, National Jewish Medical Research Center; Chairman of the Board, Albuquerque Economic Development; Chairman of the Board Kirtland Partnership Committee and Vice Chair of the Board and Director, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce.
He is the recipient of several awards including: Arthur Spiegel Lifetime Achievement Award; The New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award; Industrial Developer of the Year, New Mexico Industrial Development Executive Association; The Albuquerque People’s Choice Favorite Community Leader Award (1997, 1999 and 2000) and The Martin Luther King Freedom Award to name a few.
Sherman was President and CEO of Sunwest Credit Services Corporation and a founder and Charter Director of Plus System Incorporated, the World’s largest retail electronic banking corporation. He served three years for the American Bankers Association on the Select Committee on the Uniform Commercial Code of the United States. Sherman is an Honors Graduate of the Colorado Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado. Active in the outdoors, he is an avid snow skier, speedboat pilot, Harley rider, and marathon runner, and can be found on horseback in the Manzano Mountains.
DEBORAH PEACOCK, board member
Deborah A. Peacock received her B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1978 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1985. Deborah was admitted to the New Mexico Bar in 1985 and the Colorado Bar in 2001. She is a Registered Patent Attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is also a registered Professional Engineer in New Mexico and Colorado. Since 1988, along with Jeffrey D. Myers, Deborah has headed the largest group of intellectual property attorneys in private practice in New Mexico at Peacock Myers, P.C.
Deborah is a well-known and experienced intellectual property practitioner, and has been so recognized by inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell (certifications derived from national lawyer survey). Her primary areas of practice include licensing and other intellectual property agreements, intellectual property and business strategies, angel and venture capital investment in technology companies, patents, trademarks, and copyrights (U.S. and international), representing major universities, Sandia National Laboratories, museums, numerous companies, venture capital groups, and individuals for all phases of business and intellectual property work.
Prior to practicing law, Deborah worked in the mining industry in the United States and Tasmania (Australia). She was employed as a metallurgical engineer and front-line foreman at several mining and metals processing facilities.
Deborah is past President and on the Board of Explora, and is also on the Boards of the New Mexico Angels, the Association of Commerce and Industry, the International Women’s Forum (New Mexico), and The Nature Conservancy. She has received the prestigious Governor’s Award for Volunteerism, the YWCA “Women on the Move” award, and the New Mexico Business Weekly Power Broker award. Deborah is also a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Albuquerque Economic Development, and New Mexico Amigos. She has served as an Advisor to the Technology Ventures Corporation since its inception (15 years). And, in her spare time, Deborah is a percussionist with the Albuquerque Concert Band.
Deborah and her husband, Nate Korn, have invested through the New Mexico Angels and privately, in approximately 10 angel and venture capital deals. Nate keeps saying “Not another one” but then ends up being quite enthusiastic.
john rice, board member
John Rice is President of ASiQ, a firm specializing in executing business turnarounds, launching successful startups, and positioning firms for exit through sale to strategic merger or acquisition. He is an experienced serial entrepreneur, executive, and venture capital investor. He frequently serves as CEO of start-up or turnaround ventures. His companies have provided capital and management assistance to start-up and/or under-performing companies and have negotiated spin-offs and sales for investor exit.
Successful companies have included enterprises in manufacturing of electronics, jet engine test equipment, black boxes, and industrial overhead cranes, as well as in radio, television, cable television, print media, home health care, electronic medical claims filing, Internet accessible medical information and services, distribution of foods, home improvement products, industrial security, and regional satellite communications. He received his BA with honors from Harvard University.
ELIZABETH KUUTTILA, board member
Ms. Kuuttila joined Science and Technology Corporation in 2003 with more than 20 years of leadership experience in technology commercialization and licensing. This includes positions as Assistant Vice President for Technology Commercialization at Purdue Research Foundation; Director, Technology Commercialization, University of Georgia; Director, Office of Technology Commercialization, Center for Advanced Technology Development, Iowa State University. Her prior experience includes a consulting practice that provided strategic marketing and technology transfer consulting services for a wide variety of well-known technology corporations, universities and foundations, including Stanford University. Lisa began her career in industry in several engineering and technology marketing positions.
Ms. Kuuttila has exhibited exceptional skills in the marketing and start-up company aspects of technology commercialization, having significantly increased the number of spin-off companies at each university she has served. She has substantial expertise in university-based equity transactions. She managed the seed capital venture fund on behalf of Purdue Research Foundation, making investments in Purdue start-ups. She has published extensively in her field and has made presentations throughout her career at AUTM, AURRP, the Licensing Executives Society, the Association of University Related Research Parks and other regional and national conferences and forums.