Team

We are a team of seasoned CEOs who have successfully led innovative companies in a variety of industries including Biotech, Fintech, Manufacturing and Online / Digital Technologies and Aerospace.

Our Team

Each GP member and Advisor brings deep operational experience and leverages their robust networks in the global tech community to position our position companies for accelerated growth.

Nathaniel Harding

Nathaniel Harding

Managing Partner

A born and bred Oklahoman, Nathaniel is an innovator and market maker who has founded, scaled and sold companies. He is a successful investor in energy, biotech and ag tech. Nathaniel was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and a Most Admired CEO in Oklahoma by the Journal Record.

Susan Moring

Susan Moring

Associate

A startup enthusiast, Susan has spent the bulk of her career supporting entrepreneurs and contributing to the growth of Oklahoma’s startup ecosystem. Susan launched a social entrepreneurship fellowship program in Oklahoma City and grew the state’s first coding bootcamp. Susan is a steering committee member for Creative Oklahoma’s Entrepreneur Mentor Program (IKEMP), and she works nationally with Techstars.

Wayne Brown

Wayne Brown

Controller

A lifelong Oklahoma resident, Wayne has over 30 years of broad-based financial and tax experience for manufacturing and energy companies. He has directed daily financial operations, asset acquisitions and divestitures, and cash management.

 Patrick Sweeney

Patrick Sweeney

Research Fellow

Patrick graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Economics and a MS in Financial and Quantitative Economics. Previously he was a Research Associate at Harvard Business School. His research is primarily about venture capital, private equity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and diversity. He’s worked on a wide array of different projects including authoring a case study on SoftBank’s Vision Fund and WeWork to co-authoring the academic research paper “Venture Capital’s “Me Too” Moment.” Prior to HBS he worked on an energy hedge desk where he sold and traded oil & gas derivatives. 

David Woods

David Woods

Partner

David is a natural leader, having held CEO positions at Ditch Witch and EXIM Group. He currently is the CEO of Magellan Executive Partners, is passionate about helping CEOs and owners grow their organizations, their leaders, and their teams. David is a frequent keynote speaker on growth strategy.

Blake Bixler

Blake Bixler

Entrepreneur In Residence

Originally from Oklahoma, Blake is an entrepreneur with experience in agriculture, energy and venture capital. Blake’s expertise spans a company’s complete life cycle, from building the initial operations, leading teams, and driving growth, through navigating the acquisition process.

Alexis Wade

Alexis Wade

Strategic Relations Manager

A University of Oklahoma graduate, Alexis launched a successful communications career with Magellan Executive Partners. She has a passion for building relationships and facilitating an environment where all feel effective, efficient, and accomplished.

Mike Moradi

Mike Moradi

Venture Partner

Mike is an entrepreneur having founded, led, and grown several biopharma and nanotech startups. He has been a managing, general or venture partner for several local, coastal and international venture capital funds. Mike was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a TED member.

Taylor Brooks

Taylor Brooks

Director of Administration

From Oklahoma, Taylor has always had a passion for startups. She has 7+ years’ experience in healthcare and energy. Taylor is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed.

Rachel Frazer

Rachel Frazer

Public Relations

Rachel is a brand strategist and digital marketing executive who has a strong track record of delivering results for nonprofits, entrepreneurs, creative science, and energy companies. She is a Social Innovation Fellow for The Mine OK, a catalyst for social innovation, equipping Oklahoma’s entrepreneurs, nonprofits, creatives and developers with the tools to create a better world through leadership, problem solving, and social impact.

Nathaniel Harding

Nathaniel Harding

Managing Partner

A born and bred Oklahoman, Nathaniel is an innovator and market maker who has founded, scaled and sold companies. He is a successful investor in energy, biotech and ag tech. Nathaniel was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and a Most Admired CEO in Oklahoma by the Journal Record.

David Woods

David Woods

Partner

David is a natural leader, having held CEO positions at Ditch Witch and EXIM Group. He currently is the CEO of Magellan Executive Partners, is passionate about helping CEOs and owners grow their organizations, their leaders, and their teams. David is a frequent keynote speaker on growth strategy.

Mike Moradi

Mike Moradi

Venture Partner

Mike is an entrepreneur having founded, led, and grown several biopharma and nanotech startups. He has been a managing, general or venture partner for several local, coastal and international venture capital funds. Mike was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a TED member.

Susan Moring

Susan Moring

Associate

A startup enthusiast, Susan has spent the bulk of her career supporting entrepreneurs and contributing to the growth of Oklahoma’s startup ecosystem. Susan launched a social entrepreneurship fellowship program in Oklahoma City and grew the state’s first coding bootcamp. Susan is a steering committee member for Creative Oklahoma’s Entrepreneur Mentor Program (IKEMP), and she works nationally with Techstars.

Blake Bixler

Blake Bixler

Entrepreneur In Residence

Originally from Oklahoma, Blake is an entrepreneur with experience in agriculture, energy and venture capital. Blake’s expertise spans a company’s complete life cycle, from building the initial operations, leading teams, and driving growth, through navigating the acquisition process.

Taylor Brooks

Taylor Brooks

Director of Administration

From Oklahoma, Taylor has always had a passion for startups. She has 7+ years’ experience in healthcare and energy. Taylor is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed.

Wayne Brown

Wayne Brown

Controller

A lifelong Oklahoma resident, Wayne has over 30 years of broad-based financial and tax experience for manufacturing and energy companies. He has directed daily financial operations, asset acquisitions and divestitures, and cash management.

Alexis Wade

Alexis Wade

Strategic Relations Manager

A University of Oklahoma graduate, Alexis launched a successful communications career with Magellan Executive Partners. She has a passion for building relationships and facilitating an environment where all feel effective, efficient, and accomplished.

Rachel Frazer

Rachel Frazer

Public Relations

Rachel is a brand strategist and digital marketing executive who has a strong track record of delivering results for nonprofits, entrepreneurs, creative science, and energy companies. She is a Social Innovation Fellow for The Mine OK, a catalyst for social innovation, equipping Oklahoma’s entrepreneurs, nonprofits, creatives and developers with the tools to create a better world through leadership, problem solving, and social impact.

 Patrick Sweeney

Patrick Sweeney

Research Fellow

Patrick graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Economics and a MS in Financial and Quantitative Economics. Previously he was a Research Associate at Harvard Business School. His research is primarily about venture capital, private equity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and diversity. He’s worked on a wide array of different projects including authoring a case study on SoftBank’s Vision Fund and WeWork to co-authoring the academic research paper “Venture Capital’s “Me Too” Moment.” Prior to HBS he worked on an energy hedge desk where he sold and traded oil & gas derivatives. 

Advisors

Sean Kouplen

Sean Kouplen

Investment Committee

Melissa Bergkamp

Melissa Bergkamp

Agtech Advisor

Vahid Farzaneh

Vahid Farzaneh

Board Advisor

Agnes Budzyn

Agnes Budzyn

Fintech and Insurtech Advisor

Erika Lucas

Erika Lucas

Board Advisor

Daniel Maloney

Daniel Maloney

Board Advisor

Judy Hatfield

Judy Hatfield

Strategic Partner, Real Estate

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Aerospace Advisor

Devon Laney

Devon Laney

Board Advisor

Tom Leydorf

Tom Leydorf

Government Contracting Advisor

Sean Kouplen

Sean Kouplen

Investment Committee

Agnes Budzyn

Agnes Budzyn

Fintech and Insurtech Advisor

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Aerospace Advisor

Melissa Bergkamp

Melissa Bergkamp

Agtech Advisor

Erika Lucas

Erika Lucas

Board Advisor

Devon Laney

Devon Laney

Board Advisor

Vahid Farzaneh

Vahid Farzaneh

Board Advisor

Daniel Maloney

Daniel Maloney

Board Advisor

Tom Leydorf

Tom Leydorf

Government Contracting Advisor

Judy Hatfield

Judy Hatfield

Strategic Partner, Real Estate

CORTADO VENTURES

+1 (405) 698-1748

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12 E California Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73104