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Howard Lubert, Area President – Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic

Mr. Lubert co-founded the Mid-Atlantic Region in 2010.  After 25 years in the private equity space he recognized the unique features of the Keiretsu Forum process and model and sought out Randy Williams to explore opening chapters on the East Coast.  Randy introduced him to Vince Leusner who was also contimplating a Philadelphia Chapter and they opened the first Mid-Atlanitc Chapter in Philadelphia in March, 2011. 

He is the Founder and Managing Partner/Senior Analyst at SafeHatch LLC, a business acceleration and corporate advisory services consultancy that supports startup and early stage technology companies.  Mr. Lubert spun SafeHatch out of Safeguard Scientifics in 2000 after the implosion.  The Company typically takes senior management role(s) in the portfolio companies it supports and works with them until they are prepared to complete their management teams with full-time employees.  Business Acceleration services are provided for companies in many disciplines, but are usually focused in the Internet, e-business, security, SaaS, infrastructure, software, e-learning, mobile or wireless spheres.

Mr. Lubert became the Managing Director of the Rowan University Innovation Venture Fund (RIVF)in Novmber of 2014.  RIVF is an Evergreen Fund designed to support the entrepreneurial and innovation initiatives on the Rowan University campuses as well as the South Jersey area.  The Fund has invested $2m in 5 portfolio companies to date and syndicates deals too large for the Fund first with Keiretsu Forum and then other area angel groups.

Mr. Lubert brings 34 years of formalizing and optimizing the due diligence and deal flow processes for various venture capital funds including Safeguard Scientifics and its family of private equity funds, as well as other angel investment groups to Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic.  Lubert was also senior manager at Deloitte & Touche, where he played a principal role in the development of the e-business consulting practice.  He is a renowed Term Sheet creator and negotiator and takes on this role in every due diligence project in the Mid-Atlantic and South-East Regions.

Areas Of Expertise:

  • Due Diligence
  • Business Acceleration
  • Business Remediation/Turnaround
  • Term Sheet Development & Funding


Charles "Chuck" Carter, VP Entrepreneur Services- Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic  

Mr. Carter's extensive experience encompasses the full business spectrum, from large, diverse companies to startup, early stage, and developing businesses, including both privately and publicly held corporations.  With strong entrepreneurial skills and a robust background in strategic execution and sales and marketing, he is particularly adept at building entire entities, both businesses and organizations from the ground up.  In his role as VP of Entrepreneurial Services, Chuck works with Howard on DealFlow and is the primary point of contact for all entrepreneurs.

Areas Of Expertise:

  • Operations & Logistics
  • Market Strategies
  • Executive Management & Leadership



Steve Kozachyn, Due Diligence Director – Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic    

Steve, a serial entrepreneur and educator, officially joined the K4-MA team as the Director of Due    Diligence on March 1, 2018 but has been active with K4-MA for the last two years in his role with Rowan  and the RIVF.  With a master's degree in business administration and advanced degrees in mechanical engineering and engineering management, he is a skilled instructor in the engineering and business disciplines. He has 25 years of industry experience in developing over 300 successful consumer products.  He has developed children's toys for Tyco, Mattel and Empire Industries (Big Wheel, Slip-n-Slide). Mr. Kozachyn’s experience includes engineering, project management and operational disciplines. 

Areas Of Expertise:

  • Due Diligence
  • Engineering Design & Management
  • Prototyping, Project Management


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