Mike Tomás is considered by many in the industry as one of the most experienced marketers and operating executives for IT/Communications and Biotech/Life Sciences private equity and venture groups portfolio companies. The son of a serial entrepreneur, he spent nearly 20 years driving the evolution of telecommunications in the U.S. and Mexico in leadership roles ranging from sales, marketing, customer service, telemarketing, engineering, and operations. Upon retiring as Chief Marketing Officer of Avantel, MCI/Worldcom's Global Ventures $1B investment with Banamex (at the time, the largest bank in Latin America), Mr Tomás joined other former-MCI executives (including MCI CEO Jerry Taylor) and helped raise venture capital to form Ineto, an integrated customer communications software solution that was named on Red Herring magazine’s “Top Ten to Watch” list. Upon the successful sale of that company in 2001, Mr Tomás helped launch The ASTRI Group, an early-stage private equity investment company providing capital, business development and strategic marketing support to emerging private companies. Mr Tomás sits on the boards of Avisena (revenue cycle management company for medical practices), Perimeter Internetworking (SaaS/managed security services provider for medical practices and financial institutions), Rokk3r Labs (a digital and mobile products developer and portfolio), Bioheart (adult stem cell development for heart muscle tissue repair) and is the current chairman of Florida International University’s Global Entrepreneurship Center. He is an inductee into the Miami-Dade College and WACE Halls of Fame for business, an FIU Torch Award winner--and winner of top communications, medical innovations, education and entrepreneurial awards. An avid athlete, he is also a Miami-Dade County Sports Commissioner.