TOM HAWKINS

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Managing Partner Investment Committee Chairman & CEO

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Tom launched Forté Ventures in 2012 with more than 24 years of venture capital, entrepreneurial and operational experience. Prior to Forté Ventures, Tom co-founded the Venture Capital line of business at Arcapita Bank in 2005 and raised a $200 million growth stage venture capital fund in 2006. Tom managed investment activity in the IT, communications, energy and industrial technology sectors.

Prior to Arcapita, Tom was an Investment Partner with the Corporate Fund of Siemens Venture Capital, the $850 million venture capital arm of Siemens AG (NYSE: SI), where he managed investment activity in IT, communications and industrial automation & control.

Prior to Siemens, Tom served as a member of the General Partner of two funds at Cordova Ventures, a $250 million venture capital firm in Atlanta, where he focused on digital media, Internet & e-commerce, enterprise and infrastructure software, communications and industrial technology. Prior to Cordova, he managed Strategic Business Development at Radiant Systems, which was acquired by NCR (NYSE: NCR) in 2011.

Tom currently serves as a Board Director at AppBus and OpsDataStore and serves as a Board Observer at Urgent.ly, Inform, and RapidSOS. He previously served as a Board Director at Navini Networks (acquired by Cisco), SmartSynch (acquired by Itron), and Digital Envoy (acquired by Landmark Communications).

Tom is, also, a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Georgia, where he serves as the Treasurer of the organization.

Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.