For 20 years, Gerry has served as a Managing Director with OVP Venture Partners, the most experienced venture capital firm in the Pacific Northwest. OVP has backed over 125 start-ups – and seen 53 liquidity events including 23 IPOs, and 30 others being acquired by public companies.
From 1981 to 1992, Gerry was co-founder of Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) where he served as President. He helped lead Mentor to over $400 million in sales and $1 billion in market capitalization, ranking it as one of the largest and most profitable of all U.S. companies founded in the 1980s.
His service as a board member covers the range from digital media, energy, enterprise software, network security, and wireless communications to biotechnology. He is the author of The Vision Trap (Harvard Business Review, March 1992). His next book, The Success Matrix, is under development.
He holds an BA in Chemistry from Cornell University, and a MBA from Harvard.