Company

SafeFirst Partners, LLC was founded in 2018 by Regine Bonneau and OmegaPoint Partners, LLC (www.omegapoint.io). OmegaPoint Partners was formed to pursue sustainable investments through collaboration of efforts. OmegaPoint believes that through the power of collaboration, more things are achievable. The team that makes up OmegaPoint Partners has years of experience in creating sustainable businesses, early stage investment, and doing well by doing good.

Leadership

Michael Cameron – Co-founder & Senior Advisor

Mike Cameron is a lifetime entrepreneur. He is a Co-Founder of multiple companies including: National Solar http://natlsolar.com/ Waste to Energy Partners http://www.bolderindustries.com/ I-4 Capital Partners http://i4fund.com/ and JobPath Partners https://yourjobpath.com/ Mr. Cameron, was also the President and CEO and a major shareholder in Zephyrhills Water, and was primarily responsible for developing it from the once small, local company into the largest bottled water company in the Southeastern US. He negotiated the successful sale of Zephyrhills to Perrier/Nestle. Mr. Cameron is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds an M.B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. In addition to his business ventures, Mr. Cameron was a member in the Young Presidents Organization, served on the Board of Overseers for Georgetown University, and was the President of the Wharton School Club of Central and North Florida.

Dan Liptak– Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer

Dan Liptak is the CTO of HeroesJourney Partners, LLC, with over 20 years in the computer programming industry to date. Liptak is an experienced web developer who has developed and managed multiple

consumer driven websites including Cambridge Homes and InformedEater. An internship at NASA during high school put him on a 20-year path in Information Technology. He registered his first domain name in 1998 and has been helping companies big and small build their web presence ever since. With his experience in the computer industry along with his passion for entrepreneurism, Dan’s attitude and culture within the team is complete.

Dennis McBride

Since 2010 Dr. McBride has been Founder of Intellectual Property Matters LLC (North Carolina) and a Partner at ipCapital Licensing Company LLC. Dr. McBride has 38 years of professional experience, as both an individual contributor in a wide variety of technical assignments and as a manager at various levels. He joined Lenovo (United States), Inc. in 2005 as Director of Intellectual Property Licensing as part of IBM’s divestiture of its Personal Computing Division. He was also appointed to the Lenovo Singapore Board of Directors. Dr. McBride’s thirty-one year IBM career spanned several divisions, including Research, Microelectronics, Personal Computers and Mainframe Systems. As a Program Director of Licensing he was in charge of monetizing the IP portfolio. These comprised patent infringement assertions; business development of trademark and technology licensing; identifying, negotiating and executing new deals to grow IP income; and managing the annuity income stream. Dr. McBride worked with Finance, Accounting, IP Law, and Product Development while having overall program management responsibility for IP income. He was also responsible for IP Defense in areas such as non-infringement through prior art and other defenses, working in concert with IP Law and General Legal functions. Dr. McBride drove the Patent Portfolio Management process to evaluate invention diCHNGosures, select the most valuable inventions for first country and foreign counterpart filings within budget, and evaluate patents when maintenance fees were due. Earlier career responsibilities included Research Staff Member and management roles at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, technology strategy development, and hardware and software product development. He is an inventor with several patents. Dr. McBride has a Ph.D. (EE) from Polytechnic Institute of NY and M.S.(EE), B.S.(EE) degrees, combined honors curriculum, from Purdue University.

 

Paul Koch, Advisor

Mr. Koch has advised and co-founded a number of early stage companies, including JobPath Partners, a job posting and training site for military veterans, FabLab, a branded makerspace, and Energy Conversion Partners, a technology agnostic renewable energy center developer with a global presence.

Paul is actively involved in the community through the Central Florida Foundation and volunteering as a mentor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy at the Orlando Science Center. When Paul is not in the office he can be found playing ice hockey in a local league, or competing on the triathlon circuit. Paul is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Rollins College.

Whit McFarland, Advisor

Mr. McFarlin is a registered professional engineer, with several patents and technical publications. From July 1993 through July 1998, McFarlin was President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Angeion Corporation, a public medical device company developing products in the cardiac rhythm management field (implantable defibrillators and catheter ablation systems). Mr. McFarlin led the company through its development stage into an operating company, then retired in January 1999. He continued to serve as Chairman of the Board through January 2000. From 1990 to 1993, Mr. McFarlin was Co-Founder, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of CLARUS Medical Systems, Inc., a private medical device company developing and manufacturing products for the orthopedic and neuro-endoscopy markets. Mr. McFarlin served on the Board of Directors of CLARUS Medical until the Company was acquired in February 2000. From 1985 to 1990, Mr. McFarlin was President and CEO of Everest and Jennings, International, Ltd., a $200 million manufacturer of durable medical equipment for the physically challenged. This Company was acquired in 1990. From 1977 to 1985, McFarlin held several positions at Medtronic, Inc., joining the company as Vice President of Research and Development for pacemakers, leads and cardiovascular instrumentation. He was later named Executive Vice President, responsible for Medtronic’s US Cardiovascular business. Medtronic is the world leader in cardiac rhythm management. From 1964 to 1977, Mr. McFarlin served in a variety of engineering management capacities at Texas A&M University, TRACOR, Inc. (Texas), and Beckman Instruments (California). In 1963, McFarlin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Mathematics from Henderson University in Arkansas. His professional career began as Chief Engineer of Texas A&M Nuclear Particle Accelerator Program, while completing a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering.

Mr. McFarlin has previously served on the Board of Directors of: Autonomous Technologies, a public laser eye surgery company (acquired by Summit Technologies), PSICOR, a public cardiovascular company (acquired by Baxter, Inc.); Zero Corporation, a public diversified electronic equipment company (merged with Applied Power, Inc.); FENA Design, Inc. a private durable medical equipment company (acquired by Dane Industries); and POSSIS Medical, a public cardiovascular company (acquired by Bayer Corporation). Mr. McFarlin has also served on the Technical Advisory Board of Med Source Technologies, Inc. (a $150 million public company serving the component manufacturing needs of the medical device industry), as well as serving as Audit Committee Chairman for several public companies and on numerous strategic and planning board committees.

 

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