Albert Montano is Managing Director, Institutional Relations for The EMCO/Hanover Group which he joined in late 2012. He is the founder and CEO of Ventana Financial Associates of Deerfield, Illinois, which specializes in capital funding, budget control and direct venture management. Ventana Financial’s expertise in securing seed capital for aspiring entrepreneurs provides a unique service nationwide. In addition, Mr. Montano’s extensive experience has enabled him to secure growth capital for emerging companies and to place considerable funds into private equity opportunities. Ventana Financial Associates also specializes in patents, copyrights and trademarks of intellectual property, as well as resource acquisition. Additionally, Mr. Montano has extensive experience in concept development of emerging technologies. He is currently involved in originating, verifying and validating marketability of internet based concepts and technologies. As part of the necessary process of product development, Ventana Financial also conducts formal presentations to potential investors, as well as to the marketplace in general. Montano often acts as an angel investor, founding CEO, founding CFO, as well as member of the board of directors.
Mr. Montano is a recognized civic and business leader with integrity and vision. He enjoys being involved in the development of innovation that helps define breakthrough technologies. His impact on applied research may prove to be his greatest achievement. His creative talents and entrepreneurial business acumen complement his high energy and optimism. Highlights of his professional career and accomplishments are noted below:
Mr. Montano holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard University where he held a fellowship from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and received a scholarship from the Council on Graduate Management Education. He also is a member of the Harvard Club of New York City. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New Mexico receiving a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. He is a former president of the University of New Mexico Alumni Club of Chicago.
Mr. Montano was recruited from the Harvard Business School by Baxter Healthcare where he served with distinction as Product Development Manager and, concurrently, as Product Line Manager with profit responsibility for $55 MM in annual sales. As a founder, he nurtured an emerging company (BioStratum Incorporated) by raising the initial $6 MM in seed money (eventually capitalized at $100 MM) and by serving on its board of directors for six years. More recently, he served a distinguished two-year term as co-president of the Harvard Business School Club of Chicago, following up his co-chairmanship of their Entrepreneur’s Council. In 1998, he co-chaired the HBS Global Alumni Conference highlighting entrepreneurship. He also served as founding chairman of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
Mr. Montano serves on the board of directors of Maxx Media Group LLC, and on the advisory board of Alternative Investment Resource, a wholesale brokerage firm, and as Managing Director, Institutional Relations for The EMCO/Hanover Group. He is a principal in Wall Street Capital Fund in New York City. Mr. Montano is a director in the social media company Peekaboo and is VP, Strategic Alliances for the private jet company AirChicago Holdings, Inc. He is a co-founder and officer of eMusea, a website designed for hobbyists and collectors as well as a general partner in the internet company Etent, LLC. Mr. Montano resides in Highland Park, Illinois and remains active in the National Eagle Scout Association.