John Gillespie has over 30 years of experience in leading and investing in companies. Since 2006, John has invested in and advised multiple entrepreneurial ventures including a development-stage, 3D optics company based in Pasadena, a minor league baseball team and a New York City-based social and cultural club. Previously, John served as Executive Vice President and CFO of The Mentor Network, a nationwide human services company with 24,000 employees and over $1 billion in revenues. In this position, John directed the firm’s finance, IT and HR departments, as well as its debt issuance, securities law compliance, insurance coverage and strategic financial planning. Prior to joining The Mentor Network, John served as an investment banker for 18 years with Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, and Bear Stearns where he led financings totaling over $13 billion, including an innovative debt transaction for constructing the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Additionally, John has authored numerous articles, an award-winning book for Simon & Schuster on the history and reform of corporate governance and a screenplay which sold to Dreamworks. John received an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Harvard College.