Director – Business Development
Since 1997, when she helped a NYSE-listed corporation with a South African joint venture, Marsha has traveled frequently to Africa, and worked daily with Africans, facilitating economic development by linking stakeholders in entrepreneurial ventures to build indigenous African industries. She nurtures pre-qualified project pipelines, vets business opportunities, enlists expert consultants and petitions funding sources. Her business model relies on health or technology professionals who are launching businesses in Africa. She works along side these entrepreneurs, as an extension of their executive team.
She also advises US corporations entering African markets and not-for-profits seeking sustainable solutions in Africa. Prior roles include that of independent entrepreneur (1970’s), VP of Investments at Dean Witter (1980’s), Advisor to the CEO and Director of Corporate Communications at Pioneer (PXD:NYSE) as it grew from $60M to $4B (1990’s). She served as Finance Chair of the executive board of a medical center managing a budget of $200 million/yr (1990–1997). Since 2001, she has managed a private equity investment portfolio in medtech. Marsha earned her Executive MBA at SMU’s Cox School of Business, Dallas in 2001. She has lived and worked internationally in Australia, Argentina, China, Germany, Taiwan, India and Africa.