Name: Mark Boomgarden
Title: Mentor, Angel Investor, Serial Entrepreneur, Limited Partner
Fundraising Goal: $5000
Mark Boomgarden has over 20-years of experience in high-technology fields, to include manufactured products and licensing, research and development, mergers and acquisitions, and new-company formation (start-ups). He has held key leadership positions while in operations, engineering and business-development – both domestically and internationally.
Boomgarden is a mentor, Angel Investor and serial Entrepreneur, and currently a Limited Partner at TFX Capital. Prior to this, Boomgarden was co-founder and Vice President of Operations at Akoustis (NASDAQ: AKTS), a Charlotte-based technology company that provides single-crystal RF filter designs and products to the mobile phone industry. Prior to Akoustis, Mark served as Vice President and General Manager at DigitalOptics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSRA). Boomgarden joined DigitalOptics from Tessera, where he served as General Manager of the wafer-level optics organization, and previously as Vice President of their Wafer Level Camera business.
He came to Tessera from its acquisition of Digital Optics Corporation (private, separate entity), where he served 7-years as Director of Operations, Test and Metrology Manager, and Operations Manager. Prior to Digital Optics, Boomgarden served from 1992-2000 in various operations and engineering roles at Alcatel (North-American Fiber Optic Division), and from 1986-1992 in the United States Navy Submarine Service.
Boomgarden holds a BSEE from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). He is a past Chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Advisory Board at UNCC, a founding member and current Vice Chairman of the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) Advisory Board, and a current mentor and board member of CLT Joules.