Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
Rod Martin was part of the startup team at dot-com legend PayPal, as a senior advisor to founder & CEO Peter Thiel during the company’s startup phase, its initial public offering and its subsequent acquisition by eBay. He not only understands it is possible to transform an industry, he has actually helped do it. After PayPal, he served at Clarium Capital, Thiel’s global macro hedge fund; today, as head of The Martin Organization, he leads a portfolio of technology companies in both the internet and biotech spaces. He holds a J.D. from Baylor Law School, previously served as Policy Director for Governor Mike Huckabee, was a Sturgis Fellow at Cambridge University, and serves on the Board of Governors of the Council for National Policy.
Dr. Twyla Bartel
Chief Medical Officer
Twyla Bartel is a Fellow and Immediate Past President of the American College of Nuclear Medicine (ACNM), She was a professor of radiology and PET Director at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She completed a nuclear medicine residency and a PET/CT fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She has conducted extensive research in the field of radiology, particularly on the accuracy of PET in detecting various types of cancer. She has received numerous awards for her research, including the Research Fellow Award from the Radiological Society of North America and the Young Investigator’s Award from the Missouri Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. In addition, Dr. Bartel also holds an MBA and has extensive experience in business.
Chief Operating Officer
Guillermo Aragon is an entrepreneur and veteran of several start-ups and VCs in the technology, finance and education sectors. He is the founder of GJ Aragon Financial and was an investor, partner and the Chief Operating Officer at Aurora Strategies, Inc. a for-profit educational services company. He is Chairman of the Board at KBO Strategies, Inc., a board member of the NorthStar Academies, a former board member of The Aurora Schools, Inc., and serves as a mentor at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Miami, Florida. For over 25 years, he has provided business consulting, financial services, capital acquisition and project development for early stage through launch for companies in artificial intelligence and natural language programming, customer relationship management, sales force automation, communications and logistics; as well as mergers & acquisitions funding, turnaround focus and re-alignment for clients in technology, bio-tech & pharmaceutical and commercial real estate investment.
Michael L. Clerkin
Michael Clerkin, our General Counsel, is the former General Counsel of the University of Delaware. He also served as General Counsel for the UD Technology Corporation, where he oversaw all intellectual property matters, including protection, licensing, and litigation. There, and later as founder and senior partner of Clerkin, Sinclair & Mahfouz, he has worked closely with start-up companies from their formation through profitability. He holds a J.D. from Marquette University Law School, as well as an LL.M. in information technology law from Chicago’s John Marshall Law School.
Vice President for Administration
Haley Martin, our Vice President for Administration, is a seasoned entrepreneur with both startup and corporate experience. She previously founded and led, as CEO and Chief Designer, a successful jewelry company which gained a nationwide footprint in under 18 months. She was particularly successful in utilizing digital media to drive both sales and a superior customer experience. She also serves as President of The Martin Foundation.
Christina Murphy Lusk
Assistant Vice President for Operations
Christina Murphy Lusk is our Assistant Vice President for Operations. She is an accomplished operations and marketing professional with a degree in Chinese Studies (including proficiency in Mandarin) from the University of Colorado and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she served as Chairman of the Honors Council and President of the Business Law Society. In 2006 she was selected for Leadership Greater Little Rock, and in 2013 for Leadership Arkansas.
Assistant Vice President for Client Development
Lourdes Cosio, our Assistant Vice President for Client Development, previously served for six years as the District Policy and Outreach Director for a U.S. congressman in South Florida. Prior to that, and based in Madrid, Spain (where she lived for over twenty years), she was the European Sales & Business Development manager for a major online company, general manager of an Internet start-up, Head of Research for a boutique headhunting firm, and financial translator for Ernst & Young Madrid. She combines wide-ranging functional experience with a talent for cultivating relationships, a strong business sense, and an uncommon dedication to outstanding service.