Investing in Exceptional Companies in Southern and Central Appalachia
Spring 2010 Newsletter
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Oak Ridge Office
1020 Commerce Park Dr.
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Tel. 865.220.1716

London Office
P.O. Box 1738
362 Old Whitley Road
London, KY 40743-1738
Tel. 606.864.5175

L. Ray Moncrief
Fund Manager

Grady Vanderhoofven

Fund Manager

Brenda McDaniel


Melissa Muendel, PhD

Director of Operational Assistance

Melissa Conn


Chris Miller


Cindy Bowles

Accounting & Reporting Manager

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Aldis Teams with Intermountain Traffic, LLC and Southwest Traffic Systems, Inc.

March 2010—Aldis Corp., a leader in next generation traffic management systems, announced today the addition of Intermountain Traffic, LLC and Southwest Traffic Systems, Inc. to the Aldis strategic sales channel serving cities and municipalities with more efficient and cost effective intersection video traffic management solutions.

“Aldis is on the cutting edge of intelligent traffic management and our customers are looking to technology to solve the next generation of traffic management initiatives,” stated Fred Roush, President of Southwest Traffic Systems.  “They are a great fit for our growing demand in this market.”

Wazoo Sports Partners with the Louisville Bats

April 2010—Wazoo Sports has reached an agreement with the Louisville Bats, a Cincinnati Reds Triple A team, to broadcast all Bats home games in 2010 on the Wazoo Sports Network.

“The Louisville Bats have done an awesome job showcasing professional baseball to the fans in the Louisville area,” said Jeff Sheppard, Vice President of Business Development at Wazoo Sports. “Wazoo Sports is very excited about our partnership with the Louisville Bats as they continue to showcase their talent by expanding the coverage of Bats Baseball on the Wazoo Sports TV Network.”

Fund Manager Moncrief Participates in Roundtable Discussion with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner

February 2010—Meritus Ventures Fund Manager, Ray Moncrief, participated in a roundtable discussion at Research Triangle Park that  on the need for continued support of community development capital programs that focus on small business development and underserved communities.

The round table was held by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, and it included U.S. Representatives David Price (NC-4) and Brad Miller (NC-13), as well as executives from the area. An article with more details and a picture of Mr. Moncrief and Mr. Geithner can be found here.

Fund Manager Vanderhoofven Speaks to Business & Technology Leaders on Venture Capital in the Region

February 2010—Meritus Ventures Fund Manager, Grady Vanderhoofven, was the guest speaker at the February meeting of the Innovation Valley Technology Council. Mr. Vanderhoofven presented an outstanding summary of venture capital in the state of Tennessee relative to venture capital hot spots across the country and in the southeastern U.S. 

Mr. Vanderhoofven’s presentation included statistics that show the economic impact of venture backed companies on job creation and wealth creation for a host community. A video of the presentation can be found on innovation and entrepreneurship blog

Fund Manager Moncrief Testifies Before Congress on Benefit of Community Development Capital Programs

March 2010—Meritus Ventures Fund Manager, Ray Moncrief, testified before the House Committee on Financial Services on the importance and role of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Also testifying were Ms. Donna Gambrel, Director of the CDFI Program, and The Honorable Michael Barr, Assistant Secretary of Domestic Finance, U.S. Department of the Treasury. A webcast and record of the testimony can be found here.
About Meritus Ventures, L.P.

Meritus Ventures, L.P. is currently the only Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) in the United States.  The $36.5M venture capital fund invests to realize attractive returns for the fund's investors while creating wealth and jobs in rural areas of central and southern Appalachia and Arkansas.  In addition to providing equity investment, the fund may provide operational assistance to its portfolio companies.

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