Our Team

 

Jeff (J.D.) Davids

J.D. is the founder of SmartMoney Startups and SmartMoney Veterans.  He is a Marine Corps veteran with over 25 years of experience in the startup world.  Following his military service, J.D. served at the C-level in 8 startups in roles including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer.  He has orchestrated and completed over $1 billion dollars in financial deals throughout his career.  His 8 startups include 6 exits and 2 learning experiences.   J.D. is an alum KPMG and of THE Ohio State University.  

Amanda Lettmann

Amanda lettmann

Amanda is an Air Force Veteran and a serial entrepreneur with 20 years of global expertise with startups and Fortune 500 companies.  She has an extensive M&A background with $4B in acquisition execution in the past 10 years.  Amanda is Founder & CEO of Kardia Ventures where she invests in and advises tech startups in Silicon Valley and Southern California.  She is also CoFounder and COO of Simple Disability, a data analytics startup.  Amanda holds an MBA, a Business Advisor at The Founder Institute and EvoNexus and Board Advisor at Girls in Tech San Diego and SmartMoney Veterans.  


ADVISORY BOARD

Gerald “Rocky” McMurray, Commander, US Navy (ret) Naval Aviator - 20 yrs US Naval Academy Graduate,

Gerald “Rocky” McMurray, Commander, US Navy (ret)
Naval Aviator - 20 yrs
US Naval Academy Graduate,

Briana Weisinger, UC San Diego Office of Innovation & Commercialization, Startup Advocate

Briana Weisinger, UC San Diego Office of Innovation & Commercialization, Startup Advocate

Mike Frazier, Colonel, US Marine Corps (ret) Marine Corps Infantry Officer - 20 yrs Graduate…….

Mike Frazier, Colonel, US Marine Corps (ret)
Marine Corps Infantry Officer - 20 yrs
Graduate…….

Barry Easterling, Captain, US Army (veteran) Helicopter Pilot - 4 yrs Entrepreneur - Founded and sold a company successfully College???

Barry Easterling, Captain, US Army (veteran)
Helicopter Pilot - 4 yrs
Entrepreneur - Founded and sold a company successfully
College???



Veterans in Residence:
Current

Greg Milicic, Commander, US Navy (ret) Naval Surface Warfare Officer - 18 years Naval Postgraduate School -  University of No Carolina - Chapel Hill

Greg Milicic, Commander, US Navy (ret)
Naval Surface Warfare Officer - 18 years
Naval Postgraduate School -
University of No Carolina - Chapel Hill

Joe Guerrero, Marine Corps Infantry Officer Selected as 1st Platoon Commander to tactically deploy digital infantry innovations Degree here

Joe Guerrero, Marine Corps Infantry Officer
Selected as 1st Platoon Commander to tactically deploy digital infantry innovations
Degree here

Veterans in Residence: Alumni

Nathan Shearer, Army Veteran Infantry  ___ deployments ___total months abroad Finance Degree: USD - in process

Nathan Shearer, Army Veteran
Infantry
___ deployments ___total months abroad
Finance Degree: USD - in process


Cohort #1 Graduation 2018 Dignitaries attending included:

Cohort #1 Graduation 2018
Dignitaries attending included: