Clean Business Investment Summit

Founding Sponsor


Opening Remarks:   Jerry Knotts, President & CEO, CCVF

Summit Opening:    Congresswoman Lois Capps

Morning Keynote:   “Growing through the Crowd: Future of Equity-based Crowdfunding”    Ben Lee, CircleUp

Morning Panel:     Changing Funding Landscape  

    Panelists:   Brad Barnhorn, Barnhorn Growth Advisors
                    Ben Lee, CircleUp  
                    William Klehm III, Falbrook Technologies  
                    Steve Parry, NGEN Partners  
                    Renee Becker, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips  
                    Chance Barnett, Crowdfunder                                            Tim Bubnack, Huntington Capital

Entrepreneur Presentations

Lunch  Afternoon Keynote:   Jeff Denholm, Atira Systems  

          CBIS Awards Ceremony   Joe Nida Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
          CBIS Legacy Award   
          Christie Communications’ Clean Media Award

Entrepreneur Presentations

Student Entrepreneur Presentations

Profile of Successful Start-up

Investor Roundtable convened by David Raney, Raney Associates
      Barnhorn Growth Advisors 
      DFJ Frontier   
      E & A Companies  
      Keiretsu Forum  
      Leonhardt Ventures   
      Huntington Capital  
      NGEN Partners    
      RSF Social Finance 
      Tech Coast Angels   
      The Unreasonable Institute   
      Watershed Capital/Impact Capitalism Circle 
      West Coast Asset Management                                                

Local Wine Reception


 Clean Business Investment Summit 2013

Jerry Knotts President & CEO, California Coast Venture Forum

Jerry is the President/CEO of the California Coast Venture Forum and President of J.E. Knotts & Associates. He has more than 30 years successful experience in small, medium and large sized defense and aerospace low and hi-technology companies. He served as Vice-President/General Manager, Defense Electronics Div, California Microwave and Vice-President, American Nucleonics Corporation. He serves as a member of the Board of Counselors, California Lutheran University School of Business; a member of the SoCalBio Investor Conference Company/Company Screening Board; and a mentor for the LARTA Institute. Jerry has notable achievements in general business management, strategic planning, and business development, in addition to serving on numerous Corporation Boards and providing strategic and financial planning services to small and medium sized companies. Jerry holds a BSEE (Electrical Engineering) from Penn State University; an MBA from Auburn; and is graduate of the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC), Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), and Air War College. Jerry is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE and a registered Professional Engineer. 

Michael Manchak  President & CEO, Economic Vitality Corporation

Currently President and CEO of the Economic Vitality Corporation, a regional economic development organization. Michael previously served as the project manager for California Central Coast Research Partnership; Vice President of Business Development at ATW Alternative Technologies, Inc.; Managing Partner of Terranalysis Corporation; and Construction Finance Analyst for Chase Manhattan Corporation.  He has a business degree from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. Michael serves or has completed terms on the following Boards and Advisory Councils including California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), Central Coast Software & Technology Association (SOFTEC), Emeritus, Workforce Investment Board of San Luis Obispo County, Cal Poly's Orfalea College of Business, Community Advisory Council, Cal Poly’s College of Engineering, Dean’s Advisory Council, Rabobank Regional President Advisory Council, Cuesta College Business Advisory Committee, Paso Robles Economic Task Force, Former UCSB Economic Forecast Project, Formerly Vice-Chair of the California Space Authority, Central Coast Economic Forecast, Central Coast Venture Forum, California Stewardship Exchange, Twin Cities Community Hospital Governing Board, and the EDC Advisory Council.

Ben Lee  CircleUp

Ben is the Director of Business Development at CircleUp, an equity-based crowdfunding platform focused on connecting great consumer brands with accredited individual investors.  He joined CircleUp with experience in both startups and consumer products. He previously worked at JH Partners, a consumer-focused private equity firm, where he invested in and supported companies in a variety of industries, including personal care, home goods and direct marketing.  He went on to spend time at GoSmile, a developer of innovative teeth whitening products, and TaskRabbit, an online services marketplace. Ben started his career as an investment banker at Thomas Weisel Partners. Ben received a BS in Physics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He holds Series 63 and 82 licenses.  

Brad Barnhorn  Founder, Barnhorn & Associates

Brad Barnhorn works with a select set of leading growth-stage companies and private-equity groups in the food and beverage space as a board member and strategic advisor. His work leverages 25 years of company-building experience as entrepreneur, CEO, management consultant, board member and investor, cutting across all critical strategic and operational dimensions of successful company-building in the food and beverage space. Mr. Barnhorn’s CEO career began as founder and CEO of the Fantasia Fresh Juice Co., which he rapidly built into the leading superpremium fresh juice/smoothie company in the Midwestern United States, culminating in its merger with Naked Juice and subsequent sale to Pepsi. He currently serves as a Board Member and/or Strategic Advsior to eight food and beverage companies including Krave Jerky, KeVita, Zola and Rhythm SuperFoods.  Brad holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and resides in San Francisco and Sonoma County.

Chance Barnett Co-Founder & CEO, Crowdfunder

Chance Barnett is the Co-Founder and CEO of Crowdfunder, the social network and business crowdfunding platform for small businesses, social enterprises and startups. Chance is a successful internet entrepreneur, investor and advisor who has started and bootstrapped several companies from inception to over $58,000,000 in revenues over the last 13 years. His unique skill set brings together both hands-on technical knowledge and high growth marketing/customer acquisition experience, as demonstrated by having built technology and grown businesses that have acquired over 40,000,000 email subscribers online. Prior to founding Crowdfunder in 2011, Chance’s left his most recent full time operational leadership role and became a hands-on investor and advisor for early stage growth companies, a Forbes Contributor on Startups and Crowdfunding, as well as a published best-selling Author & Speaker in the areas of Personal Development & Entrepreneurship. In founding Crowdfunder, Chance has played an early and significant role in JOBS Act legislation & regulation– engaged directly with top leadership across Congress, the White House and the SEC. Chance is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Economics. He lives in Venice, California where he is an Advisor or Board Member to a select group of socially conscious businesses and early stage startups, and surfs when the waves are good.

Tim Bubnack Managing Partner, Huntington Capital

Tim Bubnack joined Huntington Capital in June 2007 and has more than 15 years of lending, technology investment and financial experience. Prior to joining Huntington Tim spent five years with Silicon Valley Bank as Managing Director of commercial banking activities in the San Diego region where he managed early stage and middle market banking relationships in the technology, communications and biomedical industries. Prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank in 2002, he served in senior executive positions at Comerica Ventures, Inc. and Comerica Capital Advisors where he was responsible for identifying and assessing direct equity investments and investments in venture funds. Tim also made loans in partnership with the Technology and Life Science Division of Comerica Bank. At Comerica Bank he was part of the founding team of the company’s Southern California Emerging Growth Division. Bubnack earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of San Diego.  He is active in the business community where he was most recently a board member of the San Diego Venture Group and currently a Business Advisor for Pacific Community Ventures. Tim’s current board seats and observer positions include Advanced Structural Alloys, Crescent House Publishing, Diamond Contract Services, Eaton Pharmaceuticals, Environment Furniture, Paragon, and Reischling Press. Tim was on the board of Anakam which was sold to Equifax (NYSE: EFX).

Steve Parry Managing Director, NGEN Partners

Steve is a professional geologist with an international resource industry background. For the past eleven years he has been a Managing Director with NGEN Partners, and has made investments in a diverse group of companies centered on sustainability, climate change and strategic resources. He is Chair of the Board of Dirtt Environmental Solutions and Powerspan Corporation, Lead Director of Fallbrook Technologies and a Director of Rayne Corporation, Greengate Power, SolFocus, Solaria and Tioga Energy. He is Chair of the Santa Barbara-based Nuclear Age Peace Foundation ( and a Trustee and Executive Committee member of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation ( Steve is a graduate of Queen’s University and the University of Western Ontario and is a recipient of the Canada 125 medal for his work involving sustainability of Canadian resource communities.

William Klehm III Chairman and CEO, Fallbrook Technologies

Bill Klehm joined Fallbrook as Chief Executive Officer in April 2004. He has over 20 years of automotive-related experience and has held several positions with management responsibilities in the automotive business, including finance, marketing, sales, product development, and manufacturing operations. Previously, he served as the president and general manager of Newgen Results Corporation, an automotive customer relationship management firm. Prior to joining Newgen, Bill served as president and SBU director for Visteon Climate Control Systems Ltd.  He helped develop and launch Visteon’s Aftermarket Division. He started his career with Ford Motor Company in 1985 and held a variety of posts within the Ford Customer Service Division where he was responsible for developing and executing the marketing/growth strategy for its customer service parts business. Bill holds a B.A. in Management and Marketing from Northwood University and also participated in the Harvard Business School Executive Education Programs.

Moderator:  Renee Becker Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Renee’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities, public and private equity offerings and general corporate representation of clients.  Renee performs services for a full range of clients, from closely held concerns to exchange-listed companies, as well as investment banks, institutional investors and financial advisors.  In addition, Renee advises clients and their boards of directors with respect to corporate governance and corporate strategy. Renee's public company representation includes matters relating to federal securities laws under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and the JOBS Act, as well as state securities laws. Renee serves on the Executive Committee of the California Coast Venture Forum, an organization whose mission is to mentor, advise and promote growing companies in markets in California. Renee also serves on the Executive Committee of the California Capital Summit, an organization that brings together entrepreneurs, business executives and capital providers. Renee is actively involved in civic organizations within the Los Angeles area.  She serves on the Board of Directors of Operation Hope, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes financial literacy and as a mentor for middle school-aged girls through Mentoring Our Students Through Experience (MOSTE), a non-profit organization.  Renee is also actively involved in the Holocaust reparations project through Bet Tzedek, a non-profit legal services organization. Renee recently served as General Counsel of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that provides at-risk youths and young adults with opportunities for success through job training and education with an emphasis on conservation projects.

Bridgeman Carney Founder, Carney & Associates

Bridge’s expertise is in the extraction and crystallization of core product values and then formulating sales and marketing messages and G-t-M (Go-to-Market) planning and execution for technology providers. His experiences include sales and marketing assignments for a number of companies located near Los Angeles (Ventura/Santa Barbara Counties) area including Xircom (later Intel), Absolute Analysis, QualityLogic and Terrosa Technologies. Bridge is currently working with local startup companies providing technology-to-market messaging strategy and marketing/sales development. He is also is the IEEE-Buenaventura Section Vice-Chair for 2011 and the Power & Energy Society Chair.

Craig Allen, CFA, CFP, CIMA President, Montecito Private Asset Management, LLC

Craig has been managing assets for foundations, corporations, and high-net worth individuals for over twenty years.  Craig is also a seasoned business consultant, drawing on his extensive experience in investment banking, financial accounting, financial and tax planning, and senior level management. Craig is the author of the book, “Short-Term Decisions equal Long-Term Disasters”; (iUniverse; 2003), and presents financial markets update each week on radio KZSB - AM 1290 in Santa Barbara, wrote a weekly column in the business section of the Santa Barbara News Press, and writes an economic and financial market blog—  Craig is frequently published and quoted in many publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Pacific Coast Business Times and other publications and websites. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA charter holder); a Certified Financial Planner (CFP); and holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) certification.    Craig holds a Master of Pacific International Affairs (MPIA) degree from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California San Diego (2003), with a Career Concentration in Comparative Policy Analysis, and a Regional Concentration in Latin America.  He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Finance from Stephen F. Austin State University (1990).   Craig is the President of the Board of Directors and serves on the finance committee of Transition House, a Santa Barbara-based charitable organization focused on transitioning families in need from homelessness and financial distress, to stability and home-ownership. He is also a member of the CFA Institute, a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA), a member of the CFA Society of San Diego, and a member of the Southern California Investment Managements Consultants Association. Craig is also a faculty member of Axia College of the University of Phoenix.

Melissa Moreno, JD Director of Santa Barbara County SBDC & SBCC's Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Melissa V. Moreno, J.D. completed her undergraduate studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.  She attended Pepperdine University School of Law for one year on a Dean’s Merit Scholarship, and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Barbara College of Law. She is admitted to the California State Bar as an active, licensed attorney. She is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker. Melissa has been steered from the practice of law and into various business, real estate and academic opportunities over the last 20 years.  She is equally comfortable working in an academic as she is a business setting, and embraces the challenge of creatively managing departments for businesses and educational institutions. Melissa owns her own business and is also currently the Director of the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Santa Barbara City College, the Director and Business Consultant for the Santa Barbara County Small Business Development Center, and is adjunct faculty at Antioch University Santa Barbara, teaching Entrepreneurship.

Gillian Christie  Founder & CEO, Christie Communications

Having been a pioneer in the field of helping ethical companies grow for more than 30 years as well as hosting a nationally syndicated green radio talk show, Gillian provides fresh, experienced and dynamic insight and strategies to build companies into Iconic Brands based in value, meaning, and ethics.  Gillian has built teams of brand building experts across the country, with a client roster that stretches from start-ups to global brands. With extensive experience in the sustainability, lifestyle, natural products, health & wellness, nutraceutical, beverage, clean tech, finance, and natural food industries, Gillian has successfully branded, launched, and marketed numerous companies, technologies, and products ranging from start-ups to global brands through innovative, integrated campaigns.

Jeff Denholm  Founder, Atira Systems

Jeff wears many hats in life, including entrepreneur, professional athlete, inspirational speaker and environmental steward. ATIRA Systems is the professional nexus of Jeff's entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the environment. While seeking a fire retardant for his Wildfire Equipment Company Jeff was struck by disturbing statistics about the toxicity of current offerings. "What if we could come up with a nontoxic product that is more effective at fighting fires of all types without doing unnecessary harm?" Jeff discovered that annually there are millions of gallons of flame retardant dumped into natural resources-- further destroying precarious wetlands and large population centers throughout the world. So began Jeff's drive in creating a business that not only saves lives and structures, but does no harm to earth. Starting at a young age, Jeff pursued a diverse professional background — taking him out of the typical business environment — into the iconoclastic and adventurous world of a professional Mariner and commercial diver. The seasonal contract work of the Maritimes enabled him to pursue and excel at a variety of outdoor sports, which strengthened his connection to the environment. Further quenching his thrust for adventure, Jeff landed a position as Team Diver and Logistics Coordinator for The Whydah Expedition Society. It was a life-changing injury, sustained in his work as a mariner that redirected the course of Jeff's life forever. His personal mission focused on what he would give back to the world. Rebuilding from his injury delivers a daily sense of gratitude for family, friends and the experiences that so positively shape Jeff's life. It further motivated Jeff to taking the first career step in 'sustainable business' as project manager and brand development for The Flatbread Company. Parallel to his career, Jeff remained dedicated to adventure-sports, despite the effects of his injury, and is currently well rewarded as an athletic ambassador for the Patagonia Company. To Jeff, this honorable nomination serves as an inspirational springboard in creating a sustainable and socially responsible business. Jeff aims to build upon the Patagonia business model and lead ATIRA Systems into the lucrative, rewarding and untapped landscape of truly non-toxic fire protection systems. ATIRA Systems represents the culmination of Jeff's diverse vocational experience coupled with his desire to protect the natural world. Jeff's charismatic 'can do' spirit benefits several audiences worldwide. He serves as a motivational mentor to those who are surviving traumatic injuries while also contributing tirelessly to his community including, The Woodruff Foundation Tahoe Paddle, Ghostryders Watermans Club, and the Ride-A-Wave Foundation.

  Investor Roundtable Session  Overview:

The CBIS Investor Roundtable Session was developed to further our mission to bring together entrepreneurs and investors through meaningful interactions and engagements, fostering growth and helping build high-growth, sustainable businesses. We have handpicked leading investors that can provide expertise and insight across various aspects of investment for our entrepreneurs, from angel investment to venture capital, debt investment to grant funding, and even sector focus (from clean tech to CPG and beyond).

Our goal is to provide value to the CBIS entrepreneurs, investors, partners, sponsors, and media through these dynamic forums and interactions.

Convener:  David Raney, Raney Associates, LLC

David Raney has built a career centered on innovation, cutting edge R&D, and dynamic, strategic development in the motor vehicle industry and beyond.  He has more than thirty years’ experience in strategic product planning and corporate protocol development for compliance with motor vehicle safety, environmental and fuel economy regulations.   He has guided firms in corporate policy development and has facilitated establishment of better and more effective public policy in the process.  He is an expert in product life cycle analysis and optimization, environmental process management, and corporate waste minimization.  David served as the Senior Manager, NA Environmental and Energy Affairs for American Honda Motor Company from 1993-2011 and prior to that he worked in the corporate and engineering divisions of John Deere and Company, Saab-Scania AB, and General Motors Corporation.   He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an Executive MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.  David was a Federal Appointee to the U.S. Clean Air Act Advisory Committee from 2005-2008 and the EPA’s Mobile Source Technical Review Subcommittee from 2005-2010.  Currently, in addition to providing consulting services and environmental and energy dialogue facilitation through his firm Raney Associates, he is an Adjunct Professor teaching Motor Vehicle and Transportation Public Policy at UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, serves on the Board of Advisors to the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering and is a frequently sought after speaker on environmental and energy policy at universities such as Johns Hopkins, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, UCLA, Stanford, and Duke University.