Media Inquiries: For all MAVA media inquiries, please contact us at 703-506-9300 or email


Check back regularly for news, coverage, and announcements about MAVA.




McLean, VA – May 17, 2010 The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) today announced that Joe Mecane, an Executive Vice President with NYSE Euronext, will deliver a keynote address on Thursday, May 20 at Capital Connection ’10, May 19-20, at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore, MD.


Mecane serves as the co-head of the U.S. Listing and Cash Execution businesses, and in this role, he oversees strategy, business development and operations for NYSE Euronext’s U.S. equities platforms and ventures including the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex. He was previously EVP and Chief Administrative Officer of U.S. Markets, responsible for U.S. market planning, analysis and project oversight.


“Given recent news events concerning the security of trading platforms and current financial reform initiatives, it is extremely timely that Mecane, who is so directly engaged in these critical issues, is addressing our audience,” said Julia Spicer, executive director, Mid-Atlantic Venture Association.  


Capital Connection provides a varied line-up of speakers and panels who are relevant to the different constituencies participating each year. An audience of investors, advisors, consultants and entrepreneurs will be attending the first session of the conference, “Liquidity Trends and Strategies” at 9 am, Wednesday, featuring Will Dunbar, Managing Director, Core Capital Partners; Fred Joseph, Partner, America’s Growth Capital; and Jim Rowan, Managing Director, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company.


For tech company executives, Capital Connection is offering unique CEO and CFO peer group discussion roundtables, also scheduled at 9 am, Wednesday. Reggie Aggarwal, CEO, Cvent; Luis Derechin, Co-Founder, JackBe; and Bill Karpovich, CEO, Zenoss, will lead the CEO discussion. Leading the CFO roundtable are Jake Maas, CFO, LivingSocial, Randy Klueger, CFO, Core Capital, and Bill Repetti, CFO, Zenoss.


John Eck, President, NBC Network and Media Works; Bob Bowman, CEO, Major League Baseball Advanced Media; Martin Nisenholtz, Senior Vice President, The New York Times Company; and Howard Schmidt, Special Assistant to the President and U.S. Cybersecurity Coordinator, round out the keynote speaker list. There will also be panels on education innovation and technology as well as on advertising and online media.


In addition to two full days of programming, there will be 40 early stage tech companies presenting their products and solutions as well as 11 growth companies showcasing their operations. New this year is a special group of emerging companies. “Many interesting and innovative enterprises that are tackling real market needs are being built by our region’s entrepreneurs and have applied to Capital Connection,” said Spicer. “Capital Connection ‘10 is highlighting 13 of these promising entrepreneurial ventures that are being launched in the market today.” The heads of six of these start-ups will have the opportunity to give a five-minute fast pitch: Carfeine, Delivery Labs, LLC, OurParents, Inc., Retail Relay, Ringio, and ZoomSafer. The additional selected companies are Aero Farm Systems, LLC, Deconsruct Media,, Health e-Lunch Kids, Localist Corporation, Masking Networks, and Sponto LLC. Go to Presenting Companies on the Capital Connection website for links to all of these companies.

About Capital Connection ’10TM and MAVA

As it has done for more than 20 years, Capital Connection ‘10 will bring together the broad community of entrepreneurial companies and potential partners to enhance growth and conduct business. MAVA’s flagship event, Capital Connection ‘10, is scheduled for May 19-20 at the Hilton Baltimore, MD. Opinion leaders from business and government will be on the program along with leading technology companies at all growth stages that will be showcasing their capabilities to a nationwide audience of investors, advisors, partners, and entrepreneurs. For registration information, go to


The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association represents the full spectrum of capital sources, entrepreneurs, and their strategic partners. MAVA provides a wide range of programs, information and forums designed to stimulate company growth, facilitate quality deal flow, encourage collaboration, and foster relationships between entrepreneurs, investors, strategic partners and customers. For more information, please visit