Kevin Zhang
Partner, Upfront Ventures

Upfront_Kevin-Zhang.jpgKevin looks for interdisciplinary entrepreneurs solving big problems in healthcare and the life sciences. He's also a passionate gamer and invests in interactive media platforms, tools and content. Prior to joining Upfront in 2012, Kevin was at The Boston Consulting Group, where he advised on strategy, M&A and operations for technology, healthcare, and industrial goods clients in the US and Asia. Previously, Kevin worked at Verscend Technologies, a healthcare software startup in Boston, focusing on data analytics product development selling into payers and providers.


Lenny Esmond
Chief Financial Officer, Redhills Ventures, LLC


Lenny is the Chief Financial Officer of Redhills Ventures, LLC and the President of Esmond & Associates, Inc. a multi-office CPA firm.  Prior to Esmond & Associates, Inc., Lenny was a Managing Director of American Express Tax & Business Services Inc.  He began his career with Price Waterhouse (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers), one of the four largest accounting firms in the world, where he was a senior manager.  Lenny’s industry specialties include, health care, real-estate, entertainment, education, and tax-exempt organizations. He previously worked with HeathDataInsights, Inc. (acquired by HMS), DaVita HealthCare Partners, Total Pharmaceutical Care (acquired by Apria), Salick Health Care (acquired by AstraZeneca). His skills include advising start-up companies on business and tax structure and operations, tax compliance and mergers and acquisitions.


Lenny attended UCLA where he received a B.A., Economics/Business.  He is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California CPA Society and Nevada CPA Society. He serves on the Board of Directors of private companies as well as the Westside Family Y in Los Angeles.


Jay Ackerman
President & CEO

jay20shot201_blazer-3.jpgJay is the President and CEO of Health Data Vision, Inc., a leading innovator of SaaS platform solutions for clinical data collection and analytics. In his role, he is responsible for scaling operations, accelerating business growth and fostering product innovation to propel the Company’s impact in the healthcare industry for health plans, providers and healthcare professionals.     

He is seasoned software and services executive with over 25 years of experience in various leadership capacities, including his most recent position as Chief Revenue Officer at Guidance Software, a publicly traded software security company. Prior to this, Jay served as the Worldwide Head of Sales & Customer Success at ServiceSource, where he enjoyed a successful 9-year career as the company expanded globally and grew revenue from $25m to $265m. He was also the President & CEO of WNS North America. WNS, a well-regarded business process outsourcing organization, evolved out of British Airways and grew rapidly as a commercially driven organization.   
Jay holds his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business along with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Connecticut College.  Jay resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two boys.