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Keiretsu Forum

February 19, 2016 15:12 ET

Keiretsu Forum Tri-State (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana), the 43rd Keiretsu Forum Chapter, Opens March 9th, 2016

Keiretsu Forum Announces the Initial Meeting of Its Newest Chapter in Cincinnati on March 9th at the TAFT Center

CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - February 19, 2016) - The chapter will be led by Sotiris Pagdadis, PhD. Dr. Pagdadis lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a member of the Keiretsu Forum San Francisco chapter.

Dr. Pagdadis has an extensive track record in establishing public-private partnerships and supporting private ventures over the last 25 years. He previously served as a Principal at PwC in a variety of global and national roles, and Managing Director at the law firm of MLA, focusing on procurement advocacy, governmental affairs, and PPPs. Earlier he was Global VP of public sector strategy at CA Technologies, Inc. He began his career as a university professor at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, where he created his first technology innovation lab. 

His global portfolio includes work in the USA and Canada, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, the UAE, South Africa, Uganda and Ghana and Zimbabwe.

"I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to develop the 43rd Chapter of the Keiretsu Forum in the Tri State area, and to bring the strength and resources of a global community of 2500+ accredited angel investors to this region" said Pagdadis. "During the past 16 years Keiretsu Forum members have invested more than $625 MM in 600+ emerging companies in the US and abroad. We know that angel investors are now interested in seeing the best Series A companies from around the world. Cincinnati has become a fertile ground for technology innovation and has developed a track record for working closely with its sister cities in the Tri-State area. We are excited to open our doors here, and anticipate that invited investors in Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana will fund deal flow from our research and development community and from our sister chapters in Silicon Valley and around the world."

"We're thrilled to have a presence in the Midwest under the experienced leadership of Sotiris," said Randy Williams, Keiretsu Forum Founder/CEO. "He has a history of working successfully with major corporations, merchant banks, private equity firms, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, and has the key contacts needed to drive membership in an important market. We look forward to working with Sotiris and his team as they pursue their vision to develop a new Tri-State community of angel investors."

Keiretsu Forum is the largest North American angel network with 44 chapters and over 2500 accredited investor members on 3 continents who share vetted deal flow. Since September 2000, Keiretsu Forum members have invested more than $625 million in 600+ companies in technology, healthcare/life sciences, consumer products, real estate and other segments with high growth potential. Our community is strengthened through education on angel investing, as well as charitable and social activities.

For additional information about Keiretsu Forum or for an invitation to participate in the launch meeting March 9th, please contact Sotiris@keiretsuforum.com.

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