Ken Coleman, President and CEO, co-founded C8 Sciences in early 2011 following a career as a senior operating executive and then as an entrepreneur and strategy advisor to businesses in several industries.
During the past 15-years, Ken has advised the CEOs and Boards of entrepreneurial businesses ranging from startup ventures to mature turnarounds on strategies for development and growth, with particular focus on product/market strategies, operating plans and financial planning. These companies employed a wide range of technologies in a various industries including medical devices, communications electronics, sports products, internet software and services and clean-tech chemistries. In some instances, he co-founded and/or assumed an interim operating role as CEO or COO. He has also been an Operating Partner with Endeavor Capital Management, a private equity firm in Westport, CT.
Prior to his advisory career Ken was a senior executive in both the sports equipment and communications electronics industries. As Group President and a Director of Bell Sports Corporation during both its private equity and public phases, he was responsible for leading Bell’s efforts to grow and dominate the bicycle helmet market in the 1980s and 1990s. Previous to Bell Sports, Mr. Coleman was Senior Vice President of Times Fiber Communications, where he spearheaded a product development strategy that returned TFC to market leadership. As Vice President Marketing and then General Manager of General Instrument’s Jerrold Cable Television Electronics Division, he led the development of the product and marketing strategies that enabled GI to dominate that industry during its highest growth period in the late 1970s through the mid-1980s.
Ken began his career in the chemical industry with Cabot Corporation after earning an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Yale.
Kevin Custer, Vice Chariman, has over 25 years of experience in technology and the education market and is a recognized leader in launching and growing successful businesses in the online and enterprise markets.
Highlights of his career include being the primary architect in the launching of six startups, all becoming multi-million dollars companies, three of which achieved over $20 million in revenues within their first three years, two of which went public with his leadership. The products of his companies have been installed in more than 50 percent of the K-12 schools in the United States with over 10 million online users each week and total over $300 million in annual revenue. Under his leadership he took a small Internet company public through a reverse-takeover of Canada’s seventh-fastest growing public company. Prior to that, he built an Internet-based subscription service that grossed over $20 million in 30 months. Custer has managed as many as 100 employees as well as raised ten’s of millions of dollars as an investment banker. As an international speaker, he has been recognized as having a strategic vision for the practical application of technology. Custer has presented to many state and national associations, including Autism Society of America, Council for Admin of Special Education, Assoc, of School Business Officers and Council for Exceptional Children, Software and Information Industry Assoc and COMDEX Asia.
Mr Custer is a Founding Partner in Arc Capital Development, a Private Equity firm that specializes in technology products for the Education and the Disability markets. He currently serves on the Board of three portfolio companies including Kinderstreet, Social Express, C8 Sciences as well as acts as Board advisor to for several client companies. Over the last 10 years, Arc has made over 13 investments, with five exits and been advisors to more than 40 of the Education industries fastest growing companies.
Matt Fitzpatrick, Vice President of Product Management, has been designing and supporting child-centered technology and structural reform initiatives for more than ten years, traveling to districts and schools across the US and Canada.
Prior to joining C8 Sciences, Fitz was the Implementation Director for CompassLearning's Impact Teacher Academy, developing a knowledgebase of professional development best practices. Previous to that, Fitz created the highly-regarded professional development program for Renzulli Learning Systems, a University of Connecticut company that provides PD and software in support of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model developed by Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis.
Fitz was also a Policy Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington DC, coordinating and evaluating the Smaller Learning Communities Program, as well as working with other federal grant programs such as the Tech Prep, Dropout Prevention and Community Technology Center Programs. He taught at the middle and high school levels in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.