Advisory Board

Meet our advisory board members

Stephen J. Heyman

Steve Heyman is co-founder and senior advisory board member of eLynx Technologies. His background in the oil and gas industry spans more than four decades and includes oil and gas exploration and production, as well as gathering, processing, and treating natural gas and gas liquids.

Steve is also a managing member of Nadal and Gussman and its affiliates, president of Reserve Drilling Company, and chairman of American Land Development Company.

He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he is a recipient of the University Alumni Award of Merit. He currently serves his alma mater as trustee and has served on its Presidential Search and Executive Committees.

Steve is a trustee and former chairman of St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also serves as trustee and executive committee member of the world-renowned Philbrook Museum of Art and was a trustee of the Children’s Medical Center, Undercroft School, and Holland Hall School.

J. Jeffrey Auxier

Since 1998, Jeff Auxier has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Auxier Asset Management and the Auxier Focus Fund. After graduating in 1981 with honors from the University of Oregon with a degree in Finance and an emphasis on accounting, Jeff began his professional career in 1982 at Foster Marshall-American Express (now Smith Barney) in Portland, Oregon. In the late 1980’s Jeff helped Smith Barney create the Portfolio Management Advisory Board. He also served as a member of the Chairman’s Council from 1990 to 1996 and Senior Vice President of Investments and Senior Portfolio Management Director. In 1993, Jeff was awarded the Consulting Group Bob Dwyer Award, which honors the Portfolio Manager whose “integrity, knowledge and commitment to the discipline of investment management exemplifies the highest standards.” In a national competition pitting some of the nation’s top performers against each other, Money magazine named Jeff their “All-Star Broker” two years in a row (1997/1998).

In 1998, Jeff realized his professional dream. He left Smith Barney to start his own investment advisory, Auxier Asset Management and, in 1999, the Auxier Focus Fund. From the start, Jeff wanted a fund where the manager is held highly accountable, so he committed to remaining one of the Auxier Focus Fund’s largest shareholders. He instituted company policy that he will not sell a single share while still manager. Jeff, as well as everyone on his staff, is focused on aggressive, fundamental research. “Everyone here is focused on performance,” says Jeff. “We’ve all got our own money on the line.”

Since 2008 Jeff has served on the Board of Directors for Colorado based eBags, whom he has helped guide to being the #1 bag retailer in the United States.

Jon Nordmark

Jon co-founded eBags in 1998 and Iterate.ai in 2013. As a student of technologies and emerging companies, he was selected by LinkedIn to be a Top Voice.

Large organizations – from industries like energy, retail, media, and government –use Iterate's services and it's innovation workflow platform to monitor technology trends, curate startups, then speed-up the digital prototyping process.

Prior to Iterate, Jon was 10-year CEO of eBags.com which grew profitably at a 34% CAGR between 2000 and 2008, passing more than $100 million in annual gross sales by early 2008. He remained Chairman of eBags until it sold $1.5 billion worth of bags and was acquired by Samsonite in 2017.

Between 1999 and 2001, eBags became one of the first retailers to:

  • Dropship from ~500 3rd party warehouses (1999)
  • Run on a negative cash conversion cycle (1999)
  • Solicit product reviews from consumers (1999)
  • Test site features using A/B split methods (2000)

eBags also built 6pm.com and sold it to Zappos while running CaseLogic.com and TUMI.com in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan.

Between eBags and Iterate.ai, Jon invested in and worked with many startups. They've included VC- and angel-backed ones like Runa (acquired by Staples, 2013) where Jon was chairman of its advisory board and Clearhead (acquired by Accenture, 2017).

Ken Wilcox

Ken Wilcox currently serves as the Chairman Emeritus of Silicon Valley Bank. Silicon Valley Bank is the bank of account for well over half of all the venture capital-backed technology companies in the U.S. as well as over half of all the venture capital firms in the U.S.During his tenure as CEO (2001-2011), Mr. Wilcox:

  • Transformed the bank’s portfolio from one-third technology companies and venture capital firms to 99% technology companies and venture capital firms
  • Expanded the Bank’s product set from one that addressed only startups to one that addressed all technology companies regardless of size
  • Extended the Bank’s reach from purely domestic to global, to include China, India, Israel, and the UK
  • Served seven years on the Board of the San Francisco branch of the Federal Reserve.

In 2011 Mr. Wilcox passed the baton to his successor Greg Becker, became Chairman of the Board and moved to China to co-found a 50/50 joint-venture bank with the Chinese government in Shanghai devoted exclusively to working with technology companies in China.

Mr. Wilcox is a member of the Board of the Asia Society of Northern California, the Asian Art Museum, the Equilibrium Capital Group, and Columbia Lake Venture Debt Fund. He is also an adjunct professor and member of International Advisory Board at Fudan University in Shanghai and an advisor to a number of startups.

In 2008, Mr. Wilcox was named “Banker of the Year” by American Banker.  He earned the distinction of “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young in 2009 and in 2010. In 2013, the Shanghai Municipal Government presented Mr. Wilcox with the “Magnolia Silver Award”, a municipal honor given to expatriates for their outstanding contribution to the city’s economic, social or cultural development.

Mr. Wilcox earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School, as well as a PhD in German studies Ohio State University.

Peter Cobb

Peter serves on the board of directors of DSW, Inc. as well as PayPal's customer advisory board. He co-founded eBags.com and 6pm.com, which were acquired by Samsonite and Amazon/Zappos, respectively. Peter is an early stage investor in Alibaba, Uber, Spotify, Alipay, CTrip, Bazaar Voice, and Drilling Info.

As eBags.com co-founder, Peter played a key role in creating and building the largest online retailer of luggage and travel products. Prior to the 2017 sale, Peter was a member of the eBags board of directors and his responsibilities included marketing, creative, merchandising, business development, private label, public relations, international, and key strategic initiatives.

Since the March 1999 launch, eBags.com has sold 32 million bags and posted over 3.5 million customer reviews. eBags.com was awarded Web Site of the Year by Multichannel Magazine six times. In addition, eBags.com is one of the first online retailers to successfully implement the drop-ship model enabling the company to preserve cash and maintain a negative cash conversion cycle. eBags.com, which offers 100,000 travel products and accessories from 1,000 brands, sells to customers in 200 countries and was named a Hot 100 website by Internet Retailer magazine.

He was a board member of the National Retail Federation (NRF) and was chairman of Shop.org, NRF's digital retail trade association.

Peter is​​ past chairman of the Travel Goods Association (TGA) where he was named the TGA Award winner recognizing exceptional service to the travel goods industry. He was named Colorado Marketer of the Year in 2003 and is a frequent keynote speaker at retail and technology conferences.