With an aggregate 100 years work experience, WAVE’s executive team combines successful experiences in private equity, project financing, tech investing, and operations in the energy and industrial sectors. The team members share a common respect for the power of technology entrepreneurship and strongly believe in its transformational potential.
Charlie Bridge, Managing Director
Charlie is responsible for the oversight of the Fund’s finance and administrative activities, information technology and financial reporting to the Limited Partners. Charlie has over ten years of experience in private equity finance and administration. He currently serves on the boards of international spinoff companies of an eco-tourism business and understands how best to propagate businesses across new markets. He is a member of WAVE’s Investment Committee.
From 2000, Charlie was with Boston Capital Ventures, a leading venture capital firm where he served as CFO. Starting in 2003 Charlie helped found Brooke Private Equity Advisors and was involved in all financial and administrative matters surrounding five successive partnerships. Prior to Boston Capital Ventures Charlie spent several years with the Wellesley Group as CFO.
Charlie is a member of the Treasurers’ Club of Boston and the Private Equity CFO association.
Charlie received a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from The University of Maine, and a MBA from Northeastern University.
U. Haskell Crocker II, Managing Director
Haskell has over 20 years of private investing experience and has led and participated in over 60 rounds of financing and exits. He has been a director of a number of companies, the first of which (Focus Enhancements) went public in 1993. Besides assisting with the selection and management of portfolio companies, Haskell is a key manager of WAVE’s investor networks. He is a member of WAVE’s Investment Committee.
Prior to joining WAVE in 2014, Haskell was a Managing Director at VIMAC Ventures which he Co-founded in 1991. Before VIMAC, he was a founder and CEO of a successful business in the automotive electronics market and an active private equity investor. Earlier, he worked on the Municipal Bond desk and public finance training program at the Bank of Boston.
Haskell sits on a number of private and non-profit boards including the Windward Isles Sailing Ship Company, Essex County Trail Association and is Treasurer of the Massachusetts Charitable Society (founded 1762).
Haskell holds a BS in Finance and International Business from Northeastern University.
Mark Robinson, Managing Director
Mark in his early career ran a manufacturing facility that made specialty hydraulic pumps for the aerospace and heavy equipment markets. He managed production from order to customer acceptance with responsibility for quality, labor and cost metrics. He also spent several years at Fidelity and Bank of Boston. Over the past 15 years, he has been an investor, managing portfolio companies as well as fund operations. He excels at developing successful business models, identifying talented management, and sourcing and coaching good managers. He is a member of WAVE’s Investment Committee.
Prior to founding WAVE, Mark was a Managing Director at VIMAC Ventures where he invested in IT startups. Before that, he was a senior member of a new management team that successfully turned around Dynapower/Stratopower (a division of General Signal). Earlier in his career, Mark held positions with Bank of Boston, Legget McCall Advisors, and Fidelity Investments where he gained significant expertise in technology application to financial and accounting analytics and decision making.
Mark holds an MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College and a BS in Business Administration from the Whittemore School of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire.
Bob Roeper, Managing Director
Bob started as a US Marine and later turned his attention to expanding US influence around the world through business. While working for Colgate and Kendall, he managed brands in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and then managed numerous international operations. He negotiated to build factories in China, built alliances in Singapore, and led businesses with P&L responsibility. After co-founding a software startup, he became an investor and has been investing in PE for over 15 years and managing fund operations. Bob is an outstanding market strategist, and the portfolio companies seek his insights on market positioning and go-to-market strategies. He is a member of WAVE’s Investment Committee.
Prior to founding WAVE, Bob was a Managing Director at VIMAC Ventures which he joined in 1995. In addition to his investment activities, he also managed the firm’s operations. Earlier, he was a senior officer and director of Occam Research, a venture-funded developer of desktop data analysis software from 1989 to 1994. From 1975 to 1989, he held various senior positions in marketing and management with Colgate-Palmolive. During this period, he also helped found and manage numerous startup and global operations both in the United States and Asia.
Bob holds an MBA from Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth, a BA in Economics from Muhlenberg College—and a degree in life from the United States Marine Corps.
Praveen Sahay, Managing Director
Praveen is a nuclear physicist and gained experiences in oil exploration, petrochemicals and power industries. Thereafter he took on leadership roles, first becoming an Armed Forces battalion commander, and then with the UNO as National Coordinator (CIVPOL) for the first ever democratic elections in Mozambique, for which he was awarded a UN Peace Medal. For the last 15 years, he has been investing in technology companies. Praveen’s talent lies in identifying technologies that will catalyze rapid market adoption and generate strong returns within 3-4 years. He is a member of WAVE’s Investment Committee.
Prior to founding WAVE, Praveen was a Director with VIMAC Ventures, an early stage venture firm, since 1993. Before that, he was an Associate at Updata Partners, an investor in IT and communications startups. He was also a strategy consultant to technology corporations and private equity investors during his tenure at Dean & Company. Praveen has an eclectic set of experiences that include managing mutual fund retail operations, exploring for oil and gas deposits in the Arabian Sea, and leading armed troops as a Deputy Commandant in situations involving threats to industrial safety and security. He was also the National Elections Coordinator (CIVPOL) at the United Nations Operation in Mozambique where he played a key role in the country’s transition to democracy.
Praveen has an MBA from the University of Chicago, a degree in Geophysics from IIT, Roorkee, an MS in Nuclear Physics, and BS in Physics from St. Stephen’s College in New Delhi.
Walter (Chip) Schroeder, Managing Director
Chip has a distinguished career in the energy industry. He has been involved in policy making at the federal government, project financing at Goldman Sachs, international energy development at AES, and business formation at Proton Energy. At AES, an independent power company, he formed the natural gas division which eventually became its largest business division. He also founded and led Proton Energy, a fuel cell company that reached a billion dollar valuation after a successful IPO. He brings valuable perspectives on applying discipline to the process of product development, and on forging creative options for infrastructure financing. He is a member of WAVEs Investment Committee.
Chip has over 35 years of experience in the energy industry including renewable energy sectors such as wind, storage and biofuel. Prior to joining WAVE, Chip worked closely with the Morgan Stanley to identify and evaluate attractive investment opportunities in the renewable energy sector. After assisting some wind energy assets, he co-founded Green Conversion Systems LLC, a waste-to-energy company with funding from Morgan Stanley to develop power projects utilizing municipal solid waste.
He has also been involved in large-scale energy-related M&A transactions and project financings valued at over $10 billion. As a banker for Goldman Sachs & Co and The First Boston Corporation he has participated in over 20 project financings. Chip was also the founder, President and Director of Proton Energy Systems and guided the company to a successful raise of $150 million in an IPO. Other positions held by Chip include President of AES/SONAT Power, a division of AES, and Vice President of Corporate Development for MidCon Corp. He began his career in Washington DC serving first as Chief Energy Analyst for the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives and then as Director of Regulatory Analysis at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Chip has both an undergraduate and a masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been a member of numerous community and industry boards.