ESE Award Winners for 2002
Sal Buccieri Memorial Venture Impact Award
The Sal Buccieri Memorial Venture Impact Award is awarded to an individual in the venture capital and entrepreneurial community who exemplifies the passion towards seeing early stage entrepreneurial opportunities succeed and flourish. This individual is one who has clearly impacted early stage technology and fast growth venture opportunities by providing the essential capital, extensive counseling and necessary vision to allow such companies to win in today's competitive environment. The recipient of this Award is one who strives to create a better environment for all so that entrepreneurs achieve their dreams and attain success. This award is bestowed upon an individual that is clearly identified with the early stage entrepreneurial community and is regarded in the highest professional, ethical and human regard.
Stephen M. Goodman is a partner in the Business and Finance Practice resident in the Philadelphia office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and is co-chairman of the firm's worldwide Technology Practice Initiatives. His practice focuses on representing emerging growth companies. He coordinates all aspects of the representation of such companies and concentrates his practice on legal aspects of corporate finance and acquisitions.
Mr. Goodman has served as a member of the Advisory Board to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Mr. Goodman served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. and Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit after receiving his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
The Sal Buccieri Memorial Venture Impact Award is named in memory for Salvatore Buccieri. Sal passed away in December 2000 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was 39. Sal was a Partner at Arthur Andersen in the Growth Company Practice that he joined in 1984 after graduating from Drexel University. He worked extensively throughout his career assisting early stage companies with financial and business issues. Sal was closely involved with Early Stage East and will be missed by all.
The Founders' Award
The Early Stage East Founders' Award is awarded to an individual who has shown outstanding commitment, leadership and support of the venture capital community as a whole. This individual is committed to the growth of the overall venture capital community and has shown a belief in and commitment to this region in the development of venture capital and entrepreneurial activity.
M. Scott Albert, with over ten year experience in the venture capital industry, is currently responsible for most of the information technology investments as General Partner of The Aurora Funds Inc. Previously, he was the Chief Investment Officer of the North Carolina Technological Development Authority, Inc. ("NCTDA"), a state funded corporation that supports technology-based entrepreneurial companies in North Carolina where he led the new venture investment efforts and performed portfolio company monitoring for their extensive statewide portfolio. Prior to serving at the NCTDA, he was at Criterion Venture Partners in Houston, Texas, as a General Partner for a $30 million pool of capital. In addition, he has served as President of a venture-backed start-up company.