Board of Directors

Bruce Gammill

Founder – Colorado Silicon Network

Bruce has been building Colorado Silicon Network (“CSN”), a web-based networking and promotional tool for Colorado’s substantial silicon chip design, software design and Information Communications Technology communities. 
Colorado’s largest export sector is semiconductors and allied ICT equipment.  The concentration of silicon chip designers in Northern Colorado is roughly five times as large as the largest similar concentration in all of Europe.  But, despite its size there is no organized support for the sector.  CSN hopes to change that situation.

Prior to CSN Bruce represented the South West England Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), a British governmental agency, in North America.  The job was to promote the growth of Information Communications Technology (ICT) jobs in an area that ranges from Swindon to Bristol and from Gloucester to Cornwall.  The demographics of the ICT community in that English region are very similar to those of Colorado.

CSN is based on the highly effective template that Bruce developed with fellow Director Simon Bond for the Southwest of England.
Prior to working for the British, Bruce was an economic development consultant to the City of Marseilles and the region of Provence, France.  The ICT community in the corridor from Marseilles to Nice shares many characteristics with the Southwest of England and with Colorado.

For the greater portion of his career Bruce worked on “Wall Street” specializing in municipal finance.  He has worked principally at Citibank and Bank of America where much of his work was starting and building new businesses within the parent company. 
Bruce is a graduate of Colgate University.  He studied also at the University of Southern California’s Institute of Aerospace Safety and Management and served in the U.S. Air Force as Missile/Nuclear Weapons Safety Officer.

 

Mr. Carson Bradbury

Founder & European Director, Cre8Ventures & Chairman of the Southwest Microelectronics Leadership Group

Starting his career as an electronics engineer, Carson has more than twenty years of
Experience in the Microelectronics industry.

During the first fifteen years of his career Carson excelled in International sales and business development roles for both a Japanese semiconductor multi-national and the NASDAQ Electronic Design Automation (EDA) incumbent, Mentor Graphics.

Seven years ago, with arms-length financial and corporate support, from Mentor, Carson created and, today, leads a unique industry investment & business development vehicle called Cre8Ventures. After exceeding all economic targets Cre8Ventures scaled from the UK to mainland Europe and delivered an ROI of 12 between 2003 and 2009.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) listed Cre8Ventures 13th in their top 25 collaborators on EPSRC research and training grants which has an annual budget of £850 million.

Cre8Ventures has since launched the European & Indian Microelectronic Academies (EMA & IMA) whose executive and advisory board includes the founders of ST Microelectronics, NTL, CSR, Imagination Technologies, Element-14/ICERA, Oxford Semiconductor, a high profile Venture Capitalist and a BBC journalist.

Carson was appointed Chairman of the Southwest Microelectronics Leadership Group (MLG) in May 2010.

Prior to Cre8Ventures, Carson took a two year leave of absence from Mentor, to self-fund the launch his own software start-up company, which he has led to an organic profitability.

 

Richard Terrill

BrightWater Advisors – Managing Director

For 23 years Richard has participated in many of the biggest changes in the semiconductor industry, and has been in leadership roles through some of the most exciting as well as the most challenging economic situations in the industry’s history.

He has worked and lived overseas as an expatriate and has developed extensive international business relationships.

BrightWater Advisors is a business acceleration firm focusing on high-technology startup organizations. The firm’s primary focus is working with young firms in Europe and introducing them to the broader world market. The firm has a worldwide network of advocates, consultants and advisors with regional acumen in Europe, Israel, America and Japan.

Richard is sought after for his marketing acumen across a wide range of disciplines and Markets.

He has served in senior Marketing and Business Development positions with XMOS, Altera, XILINX, and Cadence Design Systems.

Richard has degrees in Physics and in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

He holds several patents in the area of programmable logic and circuit design.

 

Simon Bond

Director of Incubation and Networks - University of Bath

Simon Bond is Innovation Centre Director for Bath Ventures, the University of Bath's commercialization group.
As part of the SETsquared partnership of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Southampton and Surrey, the Innovation Centre helps accelerate the development of technology-based start-up companies both from the University's research base and from the private sector.

Simon is also the founder of Silicon South West, a network of 1,300 of the region's semiconductor designers and engineers; the Low Carbon South West network of over 1,000 environmental technologists; and the open Mobile Innovation Camp, a network for mobile device application developers.

He has 18 years experience as a communications & public affairs professional with companies including AT&T, BT, Huawei, Marconi, NYNEX, Lucent Technologies & Telewest.

 

Thomas J. Tierney, PhD.

Academic Director, University College – University of Denver

Tom joined University College in October '07 as Academic Director of the Computer Information Systems and Telecommunications programs. Prior to his current position, he spent most of his career as a manager and leader of software development organizations, developing telecommunications products and applications for enterprise markets.

He also has extensive experience leading product localization, documentation, and technical support organizations for global markets, and leading global teams throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Tom started his career in education and research before entering the corporate world to do Human Factors engineering at Bell Labs.
Tom has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marquette University, a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Maine, and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

The University of Denver has been designated by the National Security Agency and the department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

 

Mr. Will Strauss

President & Principal Analyst - Forward Concepts

Mr. Strauss is an internationally-known semiconductor industry analyst and is considered the leading authority on digital signal processing (DSP) market trends. He is also an authority on semiconductor trends in wireless, audio and VoIP markets.

Mr. Strauss has degrees in Electrical Engineering (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Business (Southern Methodist University) and has worked in electronic design, marketing, sales and market research positions.

He was formerly Executive Vice President of In-Stat, Inc. and earlier Vice President of Market Research for Integrated Circuit Engineering (ICE) Corp.

Mr. Strauss is a regular contributor to several magazines and has authored many articles on DSP and wireless market trends. He is a highly sought-after speaker.