Brian Hand has 30 years of entrepreneurial and investment experience. Brian is co-owner of Skolnik Industries, Inc., an industrial packaging company. He co-founded the FireStarter Fund LLC in 2012 and serves as its Administrative Member; co-founded Timelines Inc. in 2007 and served as its Chief Executive Officer; and founded ShopLocal, LLC in 1999 and served as its CEO. Previously, Brian served as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of First Analysis Corporation and was responsible for co-managing day-to-day activities of its investment research, investment banking and venture capital activities. During his nearly 16 years with First Analysis, he worked on identifying early stage companies in the technology, information services and business services industries, structuring investments in these companies and working with the companies through their development and growth. Brian received both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.