Advisory Board of Directors
JIM WONG- Chairman of the Advisory Board
A Main Street Launch board member, Jim offers both entrepreneurial startup and P&L experience in global corporations, to include serving on the boards of publicly-traded companies and three decades of serving as a volunteer and board member of nonprofit organizations. In all his endeavors, Jim continues to apply and build on leadership skills gained as a Marine Corps NCO and officer. Educated at MIT, Jim’s corporate experience includes GM’s Packard Electric Division and PepsiCo. Since 1988, Jim has worked in entrepreneurial ventures, initially building a management and organization development consultancy to help Fortune 500 companies improve their labor and capital productivity, later helping clients to source and integrate disruptive technologies from innovative small firms. For ten years, Jim, his wife Linda and their partners owned and managed a Pizza Hut franchise, with nineteen restaurants in Brazil.
Jim also serves as Chairman of the National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (REBOOT), a nonprofit recognized by the White House in 2010 as Champions of Change. As a member of The Rosie Network’s advisory board, he helps to provide entrepreneurship education and mentorship to veteran- and military spouse-owned companies across the U.S.
A leader with in-depth experience in business, law and the military, Lynn is the co-founder and current CEO of nonprofit Veteran Business Project (VBP), which energizes and sustains veteran and military spouse entrepreneurship. Among its services, VBP offers a unique “Vharmony” matchmaking process, connecting those seeking to acquire established businesses with business owners hoping to divest. Lynn is an appointee to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs (ACVBA).
Along with being a former trial attorney, Lynn has held various business leadership positions, to include: General Counsel – Mail Boxes, Etc., COO – Colt Firearms, Trustee – Marine Military Academy, Director of Veteran Services – UCM and President – “360 Degree Success.” He served as a team leader with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company (Special Operations) in South Vietnam where he was awarded the Silver Star Medal for valor, the Bronze Star Medal with combat “v” and the Purple Heart for wounds received in action. His combat and business experiences have been profiled in several books.
DR. DAVE PRAKASH
Dr. Dave Prakash is Staff VP of Clinical AI for Anthem in Palo Alto. He is developing AI based solutions to transform healthcare across care delivery, patient engagement, and business processes. He worked previously for an early-stage healthtech company and for Northrop Grumman where he guided future weapon systems development for the DoD. Dave served 13 years in the US Air Force working as a bomber test pilot and aeromedical doctor. He left active duty in 2017 to attend Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Prakash brings a unique combination of medicine, management and military service to Meisch's TM.