Cayenne Consulting has assembled a team of Senior Advisors and specialists to advise clients who require an even greater degree of strategic insight and guidance, or who require specialized industry, regulatory, or legal support. Some of our Senior Advisors are available to serve on the Board of Advisors of your company.
Over the past 30+ years, working independently as a serial entrepreneur as well as a serial intrapreneur within multi-national corporations, Tom has focused on recognizing outstanding new technology opportunities and successfully forming and leading new enterprises. His career has included leadership roles at both Fortune 1000 companies such as Texas Instruments, NCR, Fairchild Semiconductor, Fujitsu and DuPont, and entrepreneurial ventures such as Integrated CMOS Systems, VIA Technologies, Quantum3D, and Anadigm. Tom's extensive experience and expertise spans business development, sales and marketing, brand management, operations (general management), and manufacturing.
Tom's earliest successes were at Texas Instruments where he led business development efforts to develop electronic sound generators and controllers for integration into leading consumer electronic products for the toy and game industry. Parker Brothers, Coleco, Milton Bradley and many others introduced products incorporating the TI technology, resulting in revenue growth from zero to over $50 million annually within 3 years. Tom later led efforts to commercialize the first RISC microprocessors, initially at NCR and then at Fairchild, followed by his first entrepreneurial efforts with Integrated CMOS Systems (sold to Toshiba) and VIA Technologies (now a major international IC company in Taiwan). At Fujitsu Microelectronics from 1992 to 1996 Tom initiated efforts to restructure US semiconductor operations, reducing operating costs by more than $20 million while increasing sales from less than $190 million to over $600 million within 3 years.
Since 1998, Tom has advised or participated in the formation of more than 30 other high technology startups, most recently as President and general manager of DuPont Displays passive matrix polymer OLED displays business headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, and as interim COO for Anadigm, a field programmable analog array company headquartered in Tempe, AZ. From 2007 to 2010, Tom served as Executive Director for the Society for Information Displays, a professional society dedicated to advancing the state of the art in electronic displays for every product class from televisions to cell phones. Additionally, Tom currently serves on the Board of Directors for Project InVision International and is a trusted advisor to numerous other public and private companies in the displays, semiconductor and software industries.
Tom began his career as a hardware and firmware designer for microprocessor systems and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY.
Joan is committed to the belief that challenges can be turned into opportunities when companies recognize they should seek expert advice before they are at that pivotal juncture facing critical decisions. Be proactive, not reactive.
Before moving to Arizona, Joan spent over two decades working on Wall Street. Her career includes forming and leading marketing and strategic/business planning departments for Merrill Lynch Futures. Subsequently, she worked for boutique firms as a portfolio manager and then as an SVP, investment banker for Jesup & Lamont. She focuses on diverse industries and sectors within, including technology, life sciences/medical devices, consumer electronics, communications, professional services and special situations. As an investment banker, she successfully raised capital for multiple companies, preparing business plans and pitch decks, coaching CEOs and CFOs on how best to position themselves and present a compelling story and investment thesis to potential funding sources.
Joan has a hands-on, strategic and creative management style that produces collaboration between disciplines and functions, yielding better outcomes, to advance corporate growth and goals of startups/emerging businesses, small and mid-sized companies. She has been advising C-level management in the identification and pursuit of business building opportunities through a sound, disciplined business planning process and comprehensive strategic approach, resource optimization, and fostering team consensus and buy-in for effective implementation and execution. She also advises business owners on exit planning and positioning their companies for future sale. Joan's reputation for being client-centric can be seen in her long-term client relationships.
Since moving to the Valley, Joan, having been an entrepreneur herself, has been committed to advancing and supporting entrepreneurship and innovation in Arizona. She has recently been recruited to advise student-led venture teams as part of Entrepreneurship and Innovation programs at Arizona State University. Joan has worked on various industry association committees (AZ Tech Counsel, AeA, Connect AZ), as well as serving on the Dean's Corporate Advisory Board (ASU's Fulton School of Engineering).
Joan has an MBA (marketing/finance) and a BA (sociology/psychology) from Hofstra University and advanced finance courses from NY Institute of Finance.
Marty Zwilling's passion is nurturing the development of entrepreneurs by providing first-hand mentoring, funding assistance, and business plan development.
He writes a daily blog for entrepreneurs and dispenses advice on the subject of startups to a large online audience of over 235,000 Twitter followers. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, and the Huffington Post. He recently released his first book titled "Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur?"
He has a 30-year track record of demonstrated results as an executive in general management, computer software development, product management, and marketing, as well as in leading technical business transformations, conducting due diligence for investors, mentoring new technical executives, and overseeing business development, customer service, and outsourcing both onshore and offshore.
Marty began his career with IBM, holding an array of positions including executive roles in software development and professional services. Prior to launching on his professional path, Marty's education included the attainment of Bachelor of Science Degrees in Accounting and Computer Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
A resident of Fountain Hills, Arizona, Marty is a Board Member at Callaman Ventures, on the startup selection committee of the Arizona Angels Venture Group Inc., an advisor to the Arizona State University Technopolis program, Executive in Residence at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and member of the Advisory Boards for several startups in the area.