leadership TEAM

   Kevin Smith   |   Founder & CEO  Kevin has spent the last few decades spearheading projects in international business development, startup investment and innovation initiatives at BlackRock, Barclays Global Investors and the law firm Davis, Polk & Wardwell. Since founding The Vault in San Francisco in 2013, Kevin has provided strategic guidance and helped in-house companies raise over $200 million USD. With a global vision, Kevin’s mission is to nurture the next generation of world-class startups and build a full stack global innovation ecosystem. Kevin is a alum of Vanderbilt, Berkeley and Stanford Law School.   

Kevin Smith | Founder & CEO

Kevin has spent the last few decades spearheading projects in international business development, startup investment and innovation initiatives at BlackRock, Barclays Global Investors and the law firm Davis, Polk & Wardwell. Since founding The Vault in San Francisco in 2013, Kevin has provided strategic guidance and helped in-house companies raise over $200 million USD. With a global vision, Kevin’s mission is to nurture the next generation of world-class startups and build a full stack global innovation ecosystem. Kevin is a alum of Vanderbilt, Berkeley and Stanford Law School. 
 

   Sandra Ponce de Leon   |   Head of Marketing  Sandra is a senior marketing executive with deep expertise in entrepreneurial marketing and a focus on technology start-ups. She has over 15 years of experience spanning B2B, SaaS, Innovation, AI, Blockchain, Social Impact and Consumer Mobile businesses. Sandra is the Northern California Chapter President of  LatinaGeeks  and hosts her own weekly podcast,  PoppingtheBubbl .

Sandra Ponce de Leon | Head of Marketing

Sandra is a senior marketing executive with deep expertise in entrepreneurial marketing and a focus on technology start-ups. She has over 15 years of experience spanning B2B, SaaS, Innovation, AI, Blockchain, Social Impact and Consumer Mobile businesses. Sandra is the Northern California Chapter President of LatinaGeeks and hosts her own weekly podcast, PoppingtheBubbl.

   B    ill O'Connor   |   Dean of Vault Innovation Academy (VIA) & Director of Vault Innovation Consulting Services (VIS)  Bill leads the corporate innovation consulting practice and the education and training programs of The Vault. Prior to joining The Vault, Bill was the Head of Innovation Strategy at Autodesk and founded Autodesk’s “Innovation Genome Project,” a 10-year global research project to distill timeless insights about real innovation and create practical techniques that people can use to actually innovate. Bill has worked with hundreds of corporate, universities and government groups from more than 40 countries and is on the faculty at Singularity University. Bill is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College.

Bill O'Connor | Dean of Vault Innovation Academy (VIA) & Director of Vault Innovation Consulting Services (VIS)

Bill leads the corporate innovation consulting practice and the education and training programs of The Vault. Prior to joining The Vault, Bill was the Head of Innovation Strategy at Autodesk and founded Autodesk’s “Innovation Genome Project,” a 10-year global research project to distill timeless insights about real innovation and create practical techniques that people can use to actually innovate. Bill has worked with hundreds of corporate, universities and government groups from more than 40 countries and is on the faculty at Singularity University. Bill is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College.

   Paul Kallmes   |   Head of Vault Angel Accelerator & Special Projects  Paul is a technology professional with a focus on foreign startups coming to the US, and a specialty in the strategic management of intellectual property (IP). He has 20 years of IP and technology licensing and management experience. He has extensive experience managing portfolios in various industries (R&D labs, hardware manufacturers, medical device startups, 3D printing and AR/VR) in the US, Europe and Asia. He has advised startups on IP and market entry strategies, product development and early- stage fundraising. Paul holds degrees from Northeastern University and the University of Washington.

Paul Kallmes | Head of Vault Angel Accelerator & Special Projects

Paul is a technology professional with a focus on foreign startups coming to the US, and a specialty in the strategic management of intellectual property (IP). He has 20 years of IP and technology licensing and management experience. He has extensive experience managing portfolios in various industries (R&D labs, hardware manufacturers, medical device startups, 3D printing and AR/VR) in the US, Europe and Asia. He has advised startups on IP and market entry strategies, product development and early- stage fundraising. Paul holds degrees from Northeastern University and the University of Washington.

   A  ndrew Bonner   |   Head of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships  Andrew leads development of strategic partnerships and sales operations for The Vault globally. Andrew came to The Vault after running sales and business development teams for numerous real estate and technology companies and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is an alum of the University of Notre Dame and Johnson and Wales University Culinary program.     

Andrew Bonner | Head of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships

Andrew leads development of strategic partnerships and sales operations for The Vault globally. Andrew came to The Vault after running sales and business development teams for numerous real estate and technology companies and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is an alum of the University of Notre Dame and Johnson and Wales University Culinary program.



 

   Michael Jee   |   Head of The Vault Korea  Michael combines his background in finance, consulting, and startup investment from the San Francisco Bay Area with his experience in the Korean startup scene to support the growth of companies. He facilitates access to the international investment and broker networks as Vice President at  Seedchange  Investments and is on the ground in Korea working to develop a thriving ecosystem for globally-minded entrepreneurs at the new Vault location in Incheon Songdo Smart City.

Michael Jee | Head of The Vault Korea

Michael combines his background in finance, consulting, and startup investment from the San Francisco Bay Area with his experience in the Korean startup scene to support the growth of companies. He facilitates access to the international investment and broker networks as Vice President at Seedchange Investments and is on the ground in Korea working to develop a thriving ecosystem for globally-minded entrepreneurs at the new Vault location in Incheon Songdo Smart City.