WAVE’s Advisory Board members are recognized leaders from energy, private equity and infrastructure industries. Their experiences and insights help us maintain highest business standards and foster trusting relationships with entrepreneurs, businesses and investors.
Thomas Massie, Operating Partner
Thomas founded three companies; each experienced rapid growth, became market leaders, and all three companies achieved successful Initial Public Offerings. Thomas possess strong operating skills and excels in architecting and implementing scalable business models. He thrives on mentoring and coaching management teams to drive operational excellence. Thomas works with the leadership teams of WAVE’s portfolio companies to enhance operational efficiencies, performance and acceleration of revenue growth.
Prior to joining the WAVE Private Equity team, Thomas founded three companies; Mass Micro Systems, Focus Enhancements, and Bridgeline Digital. Each experienced rapid growth, became market leaders, and all three companies achieved successful Initial Public Offerings. Cumulatively his three ventures generated over $700 Million in revenues and in multiple years were recognized by Inc. 500 and Deloitte Fast 500 as one of the fastest growing companies in America.
For several years, Thomas was a member of the Board of Directors of MapInfo, a location intelligence software company. He was Chairman of MapInfo’s Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. MapInfo was acquired by Pitney Bowes for $480 million dollars.
Thomas is the President and CEO of Topline Performance Solutions, Inc., a Boston based Management Consulting firm. He was a non-commissioned Officer in the United States Army, 101st Airborne Division and is an active volunteer member of the American Legion. Thomas is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Warriors A Team Inc., a non-profit dedicated to assist United States Military Veterans who struggle re-acclimating into civilian life.
Thomas attended Wayne State University and is a guest lecturer at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Robert J. Manning school of Business.
Mark Nydam, Operating Partner
Mark has over 11 years of experience in private equity and over 20 years of experience in the global energy sector, as well as clean energy and clean technologies. Besides guiding business execution of WAVE portfolio companies, he also serves on the Board of Directors of Accordant Energy, a municipal waste to solid fuel technology and project development company. His private equity experiences span senior investor roles at PCG Asset Management and Harbourvest Partners. In those roles, he worked on clean energy and clean technologies from the perspective of venture capital and private equity firms, major Middle Eastern energy producers, international oil and gas companies, corporate investors and national governments, and brings a broad perspective to the clean energy and technology sector.
Prior to his private equity career, Mark was a principal of Booz Allen Hamilton where he directed clean and new energy technology related to private equity engagements in the Middle East. Before that, he founded Signal Hill Advisors, an advisory firm providing venture capital firms and their portfolio companies with investment selection, due diligence and business strategy. He also served at L.E.K. Consulting where he advised PE and corporate investors on investment strategies. Previously in his career, Mr. Nydam spent three years working as a Foreign Affairs Officer for the U.S. Department of State where he developed and managed a multi-million dollar development assistance program that helped Middle Eastern and Asian governments attract western private investment into their oil and gas sectors.
Mark has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Geology and Geophysics both from Yale University. He also holds a Master’s in International Relations and a Master of Business Administration with honors from the University of Chicago.
Mirko Jovanovski, Advisor
Mirko is a Director and Co-Head of the Infrastructure and Energy at Deutsche Bank Private Equity GmbH. As part of the Infrastructure and Energy team, he directs private equity funding to energy and utilities (e.g. power plants, grids, water and waste management,) transportation, and Public-Private Partnership projects in Europe, North America and developing countries. The energy group is part of DB Asset and Wealth Management platform which has client assets of $11 billion. He has 17 years’ experience in the private equity industry.
Prior to joining DB, Mirko served as an Investment Manager, Managing Director and Partner at Net Capital Partners GmbH. He joined DB Private Equity GmbH’s predecessor firm in 2006. Earlier, he was an Investment Director of Sal. Oppenheim Private Equity Partners GmbH and worked at CAM Private Equity where his main responsibilities included European Buyouts and Emerging Private Equity Markets. While working at Apax Partners, Mirko invested in early stage technology companies.
Mirko started his career at Boston Consulting Group Inc., as a Strategy and Management Consultant. He has also been a successful entrepreneur and co-founded several technology companies. He was the Co-Founder and Director of BioNET AG. He specializes in financial services, organizational development and growth strategies.
Mirko serves as a Director of Ultrasonic Systems GmbH, and served as a Director of NCP Group AG. Mr. Jovanovski also served on several Advisory Boards of technology start-up companies.
He earned an M.B.A. and Masters in Economics from the University of Berlin.
Peter Nicholas, Advisor
Pete Nicholas is co-founder and chairman of the board of Boston Scientific Corporation. He served as chairman and chief executive officer from the company’s founding in 1979 until 1999, when he turned over CEO responsibilities. Under Nicholas’ vision and leadership, Boston Scientific has grown from a start-up company with 38 employees to a global corporation with approximately 24,000 employees and revenue of $7.143 billion in 2013. Boston Scientific is one of the world’s largest medical device companies dedicated to less-invasive therapies.
Before co-founding Boston Scientific with John Abele, Nicholas served as general manager of the Medical Products Division of Millipore Corporation. From 1968 to 1978, he held a variety of positions both domestically and internationally at Eli Lilly in sales, marketing, and general management.
Nicholas is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and vice chair of its Academy Trust, and he is a member of the American Academy of Achievement. He is a recipient of the Phoenix Lifetime Achievement Award, signifying distinguished leadership and accomplishment in the medical device industry. He is also a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Nicholas has served on various for-profit and not-for-profit boards, and was formerly chairman of the board of trustees of Duke University. He is the founder of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.
Nicholas served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1966, resigning his commission as a lieutenant. He holds a BA from Duke University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.