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Michael R. Ward


http://mjoseph.com.au/areas-practice/criminal-law/ wardMichael R. Ward is Co-Founder and Partner of Garrison Strategic Advisors. Mr. Ward’s career has focused on providing strategic and transactional counsel to high-growth companies.

hello Mr. Ward was formerly a Founder, Managing Director and then Venture Partner of Nobska Ventures (www.nobskaventures.com), an early stage venture capital firm, and Co-Founder and Partner of Nobska Group, an affiliated merchant banking firm. Mr. Ward originated and co-managed Nobska’s relationships with firms such as IBM, Lockheed-Martin and Summit Partners and originated and co-managed multiple early stage venture financings, recapitalizations and management buyouts.

Mr. Ward co-founded and managed institutional investor and target company outreach for Legenta, Inc., a special purpose entity in which Nobska Group partnered with their former IBM client, Mike Beasley. Legenta was formed to identify and acquire enterprise software assets. Legenta partnered with Summit Partners and Wells Fargo Bank in acquiring helpsystems, Inc., a global leader in datacenter automation software

His prior professional experience in finance and venture capital includes serving as Vice President of O’Donnell Davis Management, Inc., a hedge fund and family office then based in Princeton, NJ. Mr. Ward worked with the firm’s portfolio companies in health care and information technology and managed the day-to-day merger and acquisition, as well as real estate investment activities of the firm.

O’Donnell Davis was the majority investor in InfoMed, Inc., which became the market dominant competitor in the Home Health Care IT market. InfoMed established a sustainable competitive advantage in the industry with the aid of O’Donnell Davis’ expansion and acquisition capital, high-level management support, and strategic and transactional counsel. Mr. Ward contributed to the successful identification, acquisition, and/or post-merger integration of Computer Resources, Inc., Coastal, Inc., the Visiting Nurse Association of Tampa, and Script Systems, Inc. InfoMed became a publicly held company through its merger with Script Systems. O’Donnell Davis further leveraged its knowledge of health care and health care informatics through substantively profitable risk arbitrage activities. Mr. Ward created and implemented the financial models supporting these and other investments, most notably in support of O’Donnell Davis’s position in Hospital Staffing Services, Inc. “HSSI”.

Additionally, Mr. Ward was a management consultant with CSC Index, then one of the world’s premier management consulting firms, which originated the consulting disciplines of “Reengineering” and “Value Disciplines.” His work at CSC Index included strategic advisory services to such clients as GE Capital as well as marketing and practice development responsibilities on behalf of the firm. Early in his career, Mr. Ward worked for The Equitable Companies in corporate finance and legislative affairs in the Office of the Chairman. Mr. Ward attended Harvard Law School and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business after completing his undergraduate studies at Harvard College, with honors in History and Science and as a Harvard National Scholar.

Mr. Ward was appointed by Maryland’s Governor and then served for 4 years on the Investment Advisory Board for the State of Maryland’s Enterprise Investment Fund. The Enterprise Investment Fund is regarded as one of the nation’s most successful publicly-sponsored early stage venture investors and Mr. Ward helped approve and oversee dozens on investments, and on behalf of his firm co-invested with the Enterprise Investment Fund, most notably in KoolSpan, Inc., now one of the global leaders in securing mobile communications.

Additionally, Mr. Ward was nominated by the Governor of Maryland, and then confirmed by the Senate of Maryland for a board seat on Maryland’s Historic Trust, which oversees the State’s historically significant real estate portfolio and administers the state’s Historic Tax Credit program.

His other prior board service includes a number of non-profit entities, Baltimore Advisers (an affiliate of Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter’s groundbreaking enterprise), Open Society Institute (a global non-profit founded and largely funded by George Soros), the Maryland Historical Society, Volvo Ocean Race Chesapeake, the Institute of Christian and Jewish Studies, among others.