About Us

The Aggie Angel Network (AAN) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing quality early-stage investment opportunities for accredited angel investors, and to assisting early-stage high-growth potential technology companies with fundraising and advisory services.

Who We Are

We are a network of accredited investors who invest directly into promising entrepreneurial businesses in return for stock in the companies. The Center for Venture Research estimates that U.S. angel investors invested $19 billion in 55,000 deals (about 35,000 small businesses) in 2008

What We Do

The Aggie Angel Network is actively seeking to invest in great startup companies. In addition to money, the AAN brings connections, market knowledge, mentoring and operational excellence to early-stage entrepreneurs with disruptive technologies. Let us help you to turn your vision into reality.

Board of Directors & Staff

 

Brett Cornwell, Director

Brett Cornwell is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Commercialization for Texas A&M System Technology Commercialization. He oversees  and is responsible for the Licensing and IP Mangement,  New Ventures, and Industry Alliances  Division activities.  This includes partnering with industry to commercialize the A&M System’s portfolio of technologies to spin out of new companies in support of the commercialization of technologies. The services for new spin out companies include screening stage market assessments, business plan development, marketing plan development, market research studies, strategic business planning, and the development of venture pitches.

He is on the adjunct graduate faculty at Texas A&M University teaching courses in technology commercialization in the Mays Business School. His courses focus on technology market screening and evaluation, venture planning and evaluation, and business planning and launch. He is also a Faculty member at the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin and is an Adjunct Lecturer in the McCombs School at the University of Texas at Austin as an instructor in the Master’s in Science and Technology Commercialization degree program. He has led a number of international technology commercialization benchmarking and training projects including projects with CONACYT in Mexico, Innovisa in Portugal, The University of Otago in New Zealand, and ProTon in Europe.

Brett Cornwell was a program coordinator for the NASA Mid-Continent Technology Transfer Center (MCTTC) for ten years and served as the deputy director for three. At MCTTC, his experience and knowledge was used to write marketing studies for new technologies, outreach to companies, and define market opportunities and barriers for potential licensees.  He has twenty years experience in technology transfer and two years experience with small companies as sales and marketing manager. He was recognized as the Outstanding Technology Transfer Intermediary in Arkansas in 1997, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mid-Continent Federal Laboratory Consortium in 2001, designed major portions of the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Technology Assessment process for the RIB-IT program and has been published in R&D Enterprise, Asia Pacific. He is a co-author of Marketing Scientific Results published in October 2004.

Cornwell holds an MBA from Texas A&M University and a BBA in marketing from Baylor University.

 

Omar Hakim, Director

Omar Hakim is a management consultant, entrepreneur and angel investor with over 23 years of experience. He has mentored over 100 technology startup companies since 1997.

Omar was the co-founder and first managing director of the Aggie Angel Network, which is now one of the most active angel networks in Texas. Prior to co-founding the AAN, Omar was the General Manager of the Research Valley Innovation Center (RVIC), a non-profit business incubator providing strategy and intellectual property consulting services and fundraising assistance to over 50 technology startups.

Prior to leading the RVIC, Omar was co-founder of IP Tactics, an IP monetization and professional services firm. Omar identified promising patent portfolio acquisitions, performed valuation analysis and presented recommendations to investment groups and hedge funds.

Prior to co-founding IPT, Omar was with Accenture for ten years. Omar founded Accenture’s Asia region network consulting practice which supported all network engagements across 15 countries. Omar was responsible for regional account planning, alliance management, sales support, proposal development, project reviews, quality oversight, opportunity pipeline tracking, relationship management and communications with senior client and Accenture executives. He grew his consulting practiceʼs revenues from zero to 5% of the entire regional market unit’s annual revenues in two years.

Prior to relocating to Asia, Omar worked in Accentureʼs New Business Models group, providing consulting services to startups. Omar was also a liaison to Accenture Technology Ventures ($1 billion VC fund), supporting due diligence and making investment recommendations. Omar also managed one of Accentureʼs five patent portfolios which was made up of over 500 awarded and pending patents.

Omar earned his BS in Applied Mathematics with a minor in EE, and his MS in Technology Commercialization. He has been awarded seven patents and has over 15 patents pending.

 

Christine Hollinden, Director

Picture2As founding principal of Hollinden | professional services marketing, Christine is
passionate about helping professional services firms distinguish themselves from
the pack. Her energetic and forward-thinking approach has earned her industry
recognition and status as a sought-after speaker on marketing topics.

Prior to founding Hollinden in 1993, Christine’s career included serving as
director of marketing for KPMG in Houston, regional communications manager
for Coopers & Lybrand, and marketing coordinator for Grant Thornton.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Houston at Victoria, and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. She also holds the prestigious CPSM (Certified Professional Services Marketer) designation and is a Certified Kolbe Consultant. Dedicated to her field, she served as an adjunct professor of marketing at the University of St. Thomas in Houston for over ten years and currently teaches Social Media for Business at Rice University’s Susanne Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Bill Ramey, Director

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William P. Ramey III (“Bill”), a 1995 graduate from Texas A&M.  In the field of Intellectual Property Litigation he has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list from 2013-2017, a Houston Top Lawyer for 2013-2017 as selected by H-Texas magazine and Houstonia Top Lawyer 2013-2017 as selected by Houstonia magazine.  In 2011, he took the entrepreneurial plunge himself and founded the law firm of Ramey & Schwaller, LLP, a nationally recognized Intellectual Property Boutique. His practice concentrates on obtaining, enforcing and licensing intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. He has extensive technical and patent prosecution/preparation experience and has successfully navigated numerous patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright disputes. 

Outside of his law practice, Bill is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property and entrepreneurship with Texas A&M’s May’s School of Business; serves on the Advisory Council for both the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship and the Texas A&M Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council; and, is a member of the Aggie Angel Network.

Mike Wilkinson, Director 

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 Michael R. Wilkinson leads Paragon Innovations’ business strategy and vision, product design and development, and customer relations. Since its inception in 1990, Wilkinson and his team have grown Paragon into one of the nation’s leading providers of product development and engineering services. Customers include 3M, B.Braun Medical, Hitachi, Medtronic, Motorola, and Siemens, among others.

Wilkinson himself earned his Eagle Scout at the age of 13.  In addition, Wilkinson was the district chairman of the Circle 10 council Explorers, and in 2007 won the William H. Spurgeon III Award, the highest recognition for the Exploring program. Wilkinson graduated in 1986 from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas with a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology (now ESET). (Whoop!)  Wilkinson is a CEO member of Vistage International.

Wilkinson is a member of the Advisory Council of Texas A&M McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship (formally CNVE) and serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for Texas A&M Engineering Department. He frequently guest lectures for the Engineering and the Mays Business School at Texas A&M.  He annually judges the Venture Challenge and the Raymond Ideas Challenge for the Mays Business School MBA program.  Wilkinson serves on the College of Education STEM summer camps committee. Wilkinson is currently serving as a Design & Manufacturing Forum Tri-Chair of Tech Titans. Wilkinson has served on the Board of Directors of Metroplex Technology Business Council (now Tech Titans).  Additionally, he is a former chairman of the American Electronic Association’s (AEA) North Texas CEO roundtable. Lastly, Wilkinson is financially involved in the Texas A&M Foundation.

 

Blake Petty, Staff

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Blake Petty is the director of the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship. Petty received his bachelor’s from Texas A&M in ’98 and his master’s in 2000. After graduating from A&M, he worked in administrative positions at the university and Texas A&M System, including a 10-year stint in the Office of Technology Commercialization.

Most recently, Petty served as assistant vice president of Research and coordinated all Innovation, Industry Relations and Business Development initiatives at Texas A&M. He also facilitated commercialization and entrepreneurship opportunities for the campus and its faculty researchers. In addition, he served as a founding partner in the launch of Startup Aggieland.