Brian Abraham is CEO of SwanStaff. Previously the Associate Dean of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis, MN), he has had a career as an entrepreneur and CEO of various firms. Dr. Abraham purchased the defense contractor ProteQ in 2011 and positioned the firm for renewed growth. Dr. Abraham grew the firm 150% and exited with a 10X return within 3 years. Prior to ProteQ, Dr. Abraham was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the hedge fund Groveland Capital LLC focused on arbitrage opportunities in the fixed income space trading high yield and distressed securities. Prior to Groveland Capital, Dr. Abraham was a Director for Whitebox Advisors where he managed a $300MM portfolio of private investments. As part of his role, he served as director and/or CEO for several of the portfolio firms. Prior to joining Whitebox, Dr. Abraham served as President and CEO of Bluefin Robotics, a $14MM undersea robotics company. Under Dr. Abraham, Bluefin achieved over 40% CAGR and a profitability increase of 300%. Prior to Bluefin, Dr. Abraham was the director of commercialization for Battelle Memorial Institute responsible for licensing, new venture creation, M&A activities and Research and Development for the National Security Division.
Dr. Abraham has served as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, Babson College and Michigan State University and is currently a Research Fellow at Case Western Reserve University.
David Lebedoff is co-founder of SwanStaff. He now is Of Counsel at the Gray Plant Mooty law firm. He served for twelve years as a Regent of the University of Minnesota, including as Chair of the board, and before that served on the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board. He has been published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and other national publications. He has been active in many non-profit organizations in Minnesota, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), where he served as Chair, and is now a Life Trustee; and on the boards of the University of Minnesota Foundation; the Guthrie Theater; the Council on Crime and Justice; the Blake School; and the Minneapolis Club. He is the author of seven books, and a winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Best Non-Fiction. David is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (Phi Beta Kappa; magna cum laude) and of the Harvard Law School.
John Bergstrom has been a board member since 2015. He is also an advisor to growth companies currently including Cramer, Creative Publishing, Early Learning Labs, Hill Capital, Job Dig, NetSPI, Tecmark, and The Big Know. He is a past director of companies including Capella Education, The Dolan Company, and Peoples Education. He is also active in the non-profit sector and serves as a board member of Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation. John is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A. and University of Minnesota, M.B.A.
Dan Tenenbaum has been a board member since 2015. He is also a principal and Co-Chair of the Entrepreneurial Services Group at the Gray Plant Mooty law firm. His career has been focused on the representation of emerging growth companies, other small businesses, and the entities that support these enterprises, with an emphasis on corporate, finance, securities, and technology-related matters. He has a B.A. from Brandeis University and received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.