Jeff Jacobsen
Mergers and Acquisitions

Jeff Jacobsen is a recognized strategic and operational finance leader with extensive experience in both private and public companies. Jeff’s core competency is value creation through full cycle corporate development including acquisitions, mergers, integrations, organic growth and divestitures.

Key accomplishments include: the roll-up of a $400 million travel distribution and technology company and subsequent divestiture to a private equity consortium including SoftBank (The Leisure Company); providing finance and administration leadership for a travel technology venture from start-up through growth to $50 million in annual transactions, and subsequent sale (Neat Group, now part of Orbitz); $3 billion merger of the two largest global natural gas compression companies (Universal and Hanover); and various strategic acquisitions of private companies and divestitures of non-core business units to private equity buyers (Newpark Resources).

Jeff was also a top-ranked global airline and travel technology strategy consultant as a founding Principal in American Airlines’ third-party consulting practice. Prior to his business career, he was a nuclear plant engineer in the US Naval Reactors Program.

Jeff holds a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is happily married, has three sons, and enjoys golf, skiing and wake-surfing.

Kristine Stauffer
CPA, Financial Advisor - Healthcare

Kristine is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Texas with over twenty years of healthcare management. She is a versatile, high-energy finance executive who develops competitive strategies that lead companies through change and challenge, using performance improvement to achieve growth and success. As the healthcare industry evolves, she has been able to utilize pragmatic thoughts to architect strategies while being tactical and hands-on, directing resources to ensure corporate goals are met for the financial health and growth of an organization.

Mrs. Stauffer holds a BS in Accounting from University of Louisiana and holds an MBA in General Business from Louisiana State University. After working in hospitality management for five years from 1995 to 2001, she has worked in healthcare to present. Mrs. Stauffer is a CPA in the state of Texas and an active member of Houston Chapter CPA Society and Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Ori Kitov
Legal Advisor

Ori Kitov is an attorney in one of Israel’s top leading law firms Corporate Department, providing general counsel to public and private companies, with an emphasis on capital markets, structured finance and derivatives, commercial transactions, corporate law, M&A, and restructuring. Ori further provides ongoing corporate and securities law advice to Israeli companies and institutional investors.

In recent years, Ori has taken part in significantly large transactions in the Israeli economy in the fields of insurance, Healthcare and REIT corporations.

Ori was member of the editorial board of the Bar-Ilan University Law Review and served as a teaching assistant in taxation courses in the Bar-Ilan University. Ori has a Master of Business Administration (Honors), and Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and was Awarded Dean’s and Rector’s List for achievements in each one of the degrees above mentioned, with total averages placing him in top 2.8 percentile of class.

Simon Gao
Artificial Intelligence - Healthcare Technology

Simon is a seasoned data science executive who is focused on healthcare data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. He has worked with Chenmed, New York Life, and CUNA Mutual Group responsible for data analytics initiatives on patient care outcome prediction and optimization, database marketing analytics, and customer health risk underwriting. He has been the head of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence at Chenmed; a Corporate VP, Chief Analytics Officer at New York Life DTC, where he helped develop and drive the creation of enterprise data science roadmaps. Corinium Intelligence recognized Simon as one of the Top 50 Data & Analytics Professionals in USA & Canada.

At AI Safety Holdings, Simon is focused on determining the strategic value of our investments as it relates to leveraging AI for Healthcare Technology and Data Analytics.

Simon holds a PhD in Applied & Resource Economics from University of Florida, Gainesville and a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern A&S University in China.

Jesse Speltz
Investment Advisor

Jesse Speltz, Director of Tax Credit Investments, at Cabretta Capital is responsible for business development and expanding Cabretta’s national footprint with institutional and high net worth investors to mitigate their state tax liabilities.

Jesse is an accomplished finance and business development professional with 30+ years of leadership experience working with middle market and growth-oriented companies. Prior to joining Cabretta, Jesse led business development for DHG’s private equity and transaction advisory teams, assisting buyers and sellers with their M&A and financial accounting requirements around a transaction.

Jesse is heavily involved within the financial community, currently serving as a board member for the Atlanta Association of Corporate Growth (ACG), attending 25-30 ACG events across the country on an annual basis. Jesse and his wife live on the north side of Atlanta in Roswell, GA. When Jesse is not in the office you can find him on the golf course, traveling, enjoying a glass of wine, and/or cooking. If you are ever in the area, reach out, and let’s tee it up!

Richard Vazquez, MD FACS
Healthcare Advisor

Dr. Vazquez practiced general surgery for 38 years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Emeritus 2017) in Chicago, Illinois and is a faculty member (Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery) at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois from 1965 to 1969 and completed his general surgical residency in 1974 at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. Concurrently he attended the University of Illinois graduate school in bioengineering and physiology while he attended medical school and his residency program. He has been continuously board certified by American Board of Surgery since April 1975 and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1976. He has served on committees of SAGES (Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons) such as the Patient Safety, Quality, and Outcomes, and the Safe Cholecystectomy task force (current).

Among his professional achievements, Dr. Vazquez served as Chief Medical Officer of the Illinois State Police from 1988 to June 2002 acting as the professional medical and medical and surgical advocate for all state troopers, code personnel, and their families for all serious injuries and illnesses referred to his unit.

Dr. Vazquez has been CEO/CMO of SafeStart Medical, Inc. since 2017. The SafeStart platform provides a simple digital framework toward zero harm and high reliability. SafeStart SAAS is designed to eliminate handoff and communication errors, to prevent harm to patients, to reduce delays, cancellations, and no shows for preoperative patients in any clinical setting. Patients and families are actively involved in the review of their image enhanced safety record from (home when possible). SafeStart promotes a culture of safety while providing a high reliability auditable process that produces a patient specific image rich surgical safety timeout checklist in lock step with the safety checklist Universal Protocol of numerous professional medical and nursing societies.

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