MEET THE GOVERNING BOARD
Defy has a Governing Board and Local Boards for each of its Chapters. Each volunteer group consists of committed executives, entrepreneurs, business professionals, academics, and philanthropists.
- Houston, TX – Chairman
Hank is the Chairman of TGS, which provides global geoscientific data products and services to the oil and gas industry to assist with licensing rounds and the preparation of regional data programs. Hank began his career as a Geophysicist with Shell Offshore (1981-1987) before he moved to Schlumberger (1987-1995) where he ultimately held the position of VP and General Manager for all seismic product lines in North and South America. Hank joined TGS as its CEO in 1995 and remained in the position following the 1998 merger with NOPEC International that created the initial public listing for TGS. Hank served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC) from 1993-2011 and serves on the board of the Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG) Foundation.
- Cambridge, MA
John Dvor is an investment professional and operating executive with a focus on life-saving innovation. He has executed 50+ VC, PE and LP transactions of $1B+ in total valuation across sectors, with performance metrics at top percentiles. Mr. Dvor is responsible for business development, capital raising and investor relationship management at Miraki Innovation.
Previously, he served as Head of Corporate Development at a $3B revenue family office conglomerate, leading the organic and inorganic growth of 3BL Media, providing ESG/CSR enterprise solutions to 60% of the Fortune 500. Prior to that, he co-founded Tufts Health Ventures, the investment division of Tufts Health Plan, a $5B revenue health insurance company. He was a co-founder of ReMed Life Sciences, a dermatological regenerative medicine company based in Japan, spun out of Aderans (OTC:ADRNF), which was acquired by a private equity fund. He held leadership roles at iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT), Aga Khan Development Fund, and Millhouse Capital.
Prior to his business career, he served in the US Marine Corps 1998-2003 at the White House as US Secret Service Attaché on Advance Presidential Missions. After two tours of duty, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts cum laude at Harvard University. He serves on the Board of Association for Corporate Growth, where he serves as the Chair of the Family Office Committee. His work has been covered in the Financial Times, Mainichi Shimbun, Xconomy, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Middle Market Magazine and Boston Globe.
- New York, NY
Marcus began his career in global advertising, managing more than $500 million in corporate advertising spending at agencies such as Fallon, BBDO, Arnell Group, and UniWorld Group with accounts ranging from United Airlines, Miller Brewing, Pepsi-Cola, McDonald’s, Reebok, NBA, NFL, Adidas, Ford, and Mercedes Benz. Over the years, Marcus has also created successful ventures with some of the world’s most beloved celebrities including Muhammad Ali, Jay-Z, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, and Lil Wayne. In addition to Marcus’ impressive track record of advising and investing in early stage ventures, he is deeply committed to criminal justice reform, seeking to de-carcerate America and build institutions that provide opportunity for all.
- New York, NY – Secretary
Brian is currently a Founder of Swellbox, a consumer solution for managing digital health records. Prior to Swellbox, Brian was a Co-Founder of Glocap, an 80+ person tech-enabled recruiting platform for the alternative asset space, where he was Head of Strategy and Head of the Private Equity practice. Brian has been an invited expert guest on CNBC and Reuters, as well as an invited speaker at Harvard and Wharton business schools. Prior to Glocap, Brian worked in investment banking at DMG. Brian has a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
- New York, NY
Harry Krensky is a managing partner of Discovery Americas. Mr. Krensky is a founder and director of ULCC airline Volaris. Mr. Krensky also sits on the board of directors of transportation companies Lipu and FTM, education company AMCO International, and healthcare company H+/Sisi Medica; and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Colby College. He was a founder of emerging market hedge fund managers Discovery Capital Management and Atlas Capital Management; and was a founder of the Deustsche Bank emerging market hedge fund. He has worked in the emerging market group of Bear Stearns; and has served as an adjunct professor of international business at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Mr. Krensky has a BA from Colby College, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
- New York, NY
A partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in the Corporate Department and member of the Capital Markets and Securities Group, Monica has represented issuers in capital markets and leveraged finance transactions, including IPOs and high yield debt offerings. Monica has represented both issuers and investment banking firms in a variety of public and private equity and debt securities offerings, including initial public offerings, as well as high yield and convertible debt offerings. She also represents private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in a variety of other engagements such as leveraged acquisitions, structured exchange offers, debt and equity tender offers, first and second lien senior secured debt financings, high yield bridge financings and consent solicitations. Monica has also counseled companies in disclosure and corporate governance matters. In 2012, Monica was recognized by Legal 500 for her work in capital markets, including debt offerings, equity offerings, and high-yield debt offerings.