Max is Founder and Managing Director of Heartland Ventures. While pursuing his BS from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Max served as CEO/Founder of both CleanSlate and Peloton Investors, from which he gained valuable domain and entrepreneurial experience, as well as a deep understanding of Midwestern business trends and practices. Through the process of inventing, designing, and marketing, Max was able to patent and license CleanSlate, a technology that prevents cheating on written exams. Prior to developing CleanSlate, Max founded Peloton Investors, a Milwaukee-based real estate investment firm, which he grew to 450 residential units. Max also led the acquisition of a ten-employee Midwestern construction company, which subsequently experienced 20X revenue growth.
Max serves on several regional boards designed to increase per capita income and entrepreneurial activity. He also serves as a founding board member of the University of Notre Dame’s inaugural venture capital fund. Max has received national recognition for his achievements and community impact. He was awarded an Edison Award in 2017 for innovation, received 1st place in the national Recess pitch competition, and placed 1st in the Indiana University IDEA Competition. In addition, Max was nominated as an Indiana Rising Star for enhancing the state’s entrepreneurial growth and competitiveness.
Mark joined the Heartland Ventures team shortly after it was founded, in June of 2017 and has since been named Partner. Mark spent his first year at Heartland in Silicon Valley to lead the firm’s deal sourcing, co-investor relations, and founder interactions. Currently, Mark resides in New York City and has added firm operations to his duties.
Mark has over a decade of business leadership experience within the travel technology sector. There, Mark served as Vice President, in charge of strategy at Sceptre Vacations based in Long Island, New York. Mark led European product development, North American business development & National Accounts, as well as oversaw all operations and financial functions.
Additionally, Mark co-founded an Angel Investment firm and currently sits on the Board of Directors for DH Enterprise & Associates. Mark received a BS in Entrepreneurship from Muhlenberg College and an MBA from The University of Notre Dame.
Ryan is a co-founder and Partner of Heartland Ventures and has been actively involved in the formation of the business since its inception.
Prior to Heartland, Ryan served (and is actively serving) as Managing Partner of Great Lakes Capital since co-founding the firm, Ryan leads the firm’s strategic direction and investment focus. In addition to leveraging his two decades of development experience, he has worked to position the firm to capitalize on opportunities in both debt and equity across market segments and cycles.
Ryan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Brad is a co-founder and Partner of Heartland Ventures and has been actively involved in the formation and development of the business.
Prior to Heartland, Brad served (and is actively serving) as Managing Partner of Bradley Company, Brad leads the firm with 20 years of real estate transaction and management experience. Throughout his tenure, he has gained an insightful and broad-based view of industry dynamics that allows him to provide his clients with valuable awareness of market trends and new opportunities.
Brad is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with dual degrees in business and history.