The Open Prairie Team

Fund Management and Advisory

Jim Schultz

Jim is the Founder of Open Prairie.  Now Chairman, he was the Managing Director of Open Prairie Ventures I and II. A fifth-generation agribusiness and banking entrepreneur, he leverages experiences gained while operating his family’s various international agribusinesses and syndicating the investment of 13,000 acres of Midwest farmland between 1980 and 1997. He earned a BA in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, a JD from DePaul University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute.

Jim is the Open Prairie deal lead for Vestaron CorporationCompact Particle Acceleration Corporation and Metabolic Solutions Development Company.

Energy Bio

Jim is the Founder of Open Prairie. A sixth-generation agribusiness and banking entrepreneur, he leverages experiences gained while operating his family’s various international agribusinesses and syndicating the investment of 13,000 acres of Midwest farmland in the in the 1980’s and 1990’s. He earned a BA in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, a JD from DePaul University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 

Pat Morand

Pat is the President of Open Prairie and Managing Director of the Southwest Michigan First Life Science Fund. His expertise is in complex regulated industries, with special strength in turnaround management, investor relations and accountability standards and performance. Prior to joining Open Prairie, he was a three-time chief executive officer in the biologics industry; Vice President of Commercial Operations for Genesis Therapeutics; Executive Vice President of Sequitor Medical Technologies; and Executive in Residence of the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse. Pat holds a BA from Athenaeum of Ohio.

Pat is the Open Prairie deal lead for Axonia Medical, Monteris Medical and Tolera.

Jason Wrone

Jason is the Vice President of Open Prairie and responsible for the oversight and reporting of all private equity funds and advisory services. He has extensive experience in private equity investments, real estate development, strategic consulting, and financial analysis and reporting. Prior to joining Open Prairie, he was a pharmaceutical sales representative for Eli Lilly and headed several privately held real estate and media ventures. He received a dual BS in Finance and Marketing from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Jason is the Open Prairie deal lead for NewLeaf Symbiotics

Michael Peck

Michael is a Venture Partner with Open Prairie and is responsible for deal sourcing, portfolio management, and portfolio company support in Kansas. He has extensive experience in venture capital investing and growing start-up companies, particularly in the biotechnology and information technology sectors. Prior to joining Open Prairie, he was Vice President of Investments for the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation and was a management consultant at Accenture. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas and a joint ME and MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute.

Michael is the Open Prairie deal lead for Metactive, Flow Forward Medical and Innara Health

Sam Hogg

Sam is a Venture Partner with Open Prairie and is responsible for deal sourcing, portfolio management and company support in Michigan. His expertise centers around the biological sciences with a focus on sustainability and resource economics. Prior to Open Prairie, he was the Director of Venture Development for NextEnergy and a Portfolio Manager for Michigan State University Foundation. He received his BA in Environmental Biology from Albion College and an MBA in Finance from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University. He is also a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute.

Administrative

Dennis Beard

Dennis is the Chief Financial Officer of Open Prairie. He has vast experience in venture investments, operations, strategic planning, financial reporting and board management. He has provided financial and accounting services to companies ranging in size from seed-stage start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in retail, healthcare services, manufacturing and financial and communications services industries. He is a CPA and earned his BS in Accounting at Miliken University and his MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Hayli Anderson

Hayli is an Administrative Assistant with Open Prairie and is responsible for administrative and office support. She earned an AS in Accounting from Olney Central College.

Tom Heise