Matt Crowley Elected President of LA Venture Association (LAVA)

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Los Angeles, CA, August 17, 2012—The Board of Directors of The Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA),  a non-profit organization which supports the development of startups and emerging growth companies in Southern California (, has elected new officers for the 2012-2013 term.

Board members Matt Crowley, Chris Krogh and Emily Yukich have been elected to the positions of President, Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.

Mr. Crowley is Principal of Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy. He replaces outgoing President Randy Churchill, Director of Business Development of Cooley, LLP, who moves to Past President. Mr. Krogh is a Principal at Squar Milner and Ms. Yukich is Partner at Fox Rothschild.

“With this outstanding team in place, LAVA is well positioned to continue its growth and move to the next level in serving its membership and the entrepreneurial and start-up communities,” said Mr. Crowley. “LAVA has become ‘Entrepreneur Central’ for emerging companies at all stages of the growth cycle. Although LAVA doesn’t directly fund companies, it provides educational programs and networking venues where entrepreneurs from diverse industries can meet both the direct funding sources as well as advisors critical to all stages of growth.”

“LAVA’s monthly, content rich meetings have been very successful at bringing together these groups, routinely drawing over 200 business professionals,” he added.

To accommodate that growth and provide more convenient access for the entrepreneurial community, LAVA has moved to an evening program format with various locations in the Silicon Beach area.

The 2012-2013 program of work reflects commitment to providing new opportunities for entrepreneurs to connect with the transaction community. In addition to the monthly educational programs and annual conferences, LAVA members can look forward to many newly organized Strategic Interest Groups, member-only events and expanded membership benefits.

Other organizations have come and gone in the last quarter century, notes Leonard Lanzi, Executive Director, but LAVA has endured, now standing as the oldest of its type in Southern California.

LAVA’s longevity has been made possible by an impressive line of dedicated volunteers—a Who’s Who of the financial community, who set the foundation for LAVA in 1985 and who continue as stewards today.

In addition to those noted above, LAVA’s Board of Directors consists of the following: Jim Andelman, General Partner, Rincon Venture Partners; Jim Armstrong, Managing Director, Clearstone Venture Partners; John Babcock, Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners; Ryan Born, CEO, AudioMicro; David Casares, Principal, Vicente Capital Partners; Randy Churchill, Director of Business Development, Cooley LLP; John Dmohowski, Director Client Services, PortTechLA; Allan Duboff, Partner, Loeb & Loeb; Jon Funk, Founder, Ocean Road Partners; Stephen Hughes, Senior Relationship Manager, Silicon Valley Bank; Sam Jones, CEO, Formation Media; Ivan Nikkhoo, Managing Director,
Siemer & Associates; Barry Paulk, Owner, Quest Executive; Sami Revah, Principal, Stanton Chase International; David Ryan, Managing Partner, Mission Ventures; Dana Settle, Partner, Greycroft Partners; Victoria Silchenko, CEO & Founding Partner, Metropole Capital Group; Matthew Smith, CEO & Co-Founder, Nevolution; Alan Spatz, Member, TroyGould PC; and Louis Wharton, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP.

For more information on membership, events, programs, and sponsorships please contact Leonard Lanzi, Executive Director at

About the Los Angeles Venture Association:

Founded in 1985, the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) is the most successful and longest running organization of its kind in Southern California dedicated to the development and growth of entrepreneurial ventures. Through its educational programs, strategic interest groups and annual conferences, LAVA provides a forum where entrepreneurs meet and learn from fellow executives, investors, bankers, financial advisors and other professional advisors. For more information, visit

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