Partners

Tod O. White is a founding partner of EMA Partners, LLC. During his tenure at EMA, Mr. White has advised clients on numerous transactions, primarily in the technology, life sciences and healthcare spaces.

Prior to founding EMA, Mr. White was General Counsel, Vice President and Secretary of Packard BioScience Company, where he was responsible for negotiating numerous acquisitions, divestitures, license agreements and financing deals. In addition, Mr. White oversaw the company's initial public offering (IPO) in 2000, and ultimately the merger of the company with PerkinElmer, Inc.

Prior to joining Packard, Mr. White was a transactional attorney at the Denver law firm of Jacobs, Chase, Frick, Kleinkopf & Kelley, LLC, where his practice included mergers, acquisitions, financings and securities work. Prior to that, Mr. White was a transactional attorney in the Denver office of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll.

Mr. White holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College and his law degree from The University of Michigan Law School, where he graduated with honors. Mr. White holds FINRA Series 79, Series 63, and Series 62 license.

Andrew D. Raeder is a founding partner of EMA Partners, LLC. Mr. Raeder has advised middle market clients on numerous transactions in a variety of industries, from manufacturing and construction, to healthcare IT and consumer products. Prior to co-founding EMA, Mr. Raeder was a founding partner of The Suffield Financial Group, LLC. During his tenure at SFG, and at Delta Capital Group, Mr. Raeder specialized in lower middle market merger and acquisition work.

For almost ten years, Mr. Raeder worked as a consultant to, and ultimately the President and CEO of two privately held companies: one in the consumer products industry, and the other a manufacturer of medical devices. He ultimately prepared and sold each company to larger competitors in their respective industries. Prior to that, Mr. Raeder worked as a business development consultant and financial analyst for several successful entrepreneurs, including the founders of the WD-40, Foto-Mat, and Smart Food companies. Mr. Raeder also performed due diligence support for mergers and acquisitions at Kirkland and Ellis, LLP. He worked on some of the largest transactions of the period, including Kraft Foods/Philip Morris, and Whirlpool/Roper. Other clients included Celestial Seasonings and Motorola Corporation.

Mr. Raeder graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and holds an MBA from The University of Michigan. Mr. Raeder holds FINRA Series 79, Series 63 and Series 62 licenses.

Professionals

David Schodin is a consultant affiliated with EMA Partners.  Mr. Schodin served as Director, Business Development & Licensing for Abbott Molecular, a division of Abbott Laboratories, where he led a team responsible for forming strategic and tactical collaborations with academic institutions and other companies, including new asset evaluations, access, and IP Licensing, with a focus on Oncology.

Prior to this position, Mr. Schodin was a patent attorney in the Patent and Trademark department of Abbott, where he supported the immunoassay and hematology franchises, pain therapeutics, mature drugs, oncology therapeutics and molecular diagnostics.

Prior to joining EMA, Mr. Kwiat held executive positions with Hewlett-Packard that included outsourcing operations management, account management, and management consulting. Over an 18 year tenure, he led teams that serviced Fortune 100 clients within the Information Technology, Telecommunications, Consumer Packaged Goods, and Life Sciences industries.

Before joining HP, Mr. Kwiat was in the Medical Diagnostics industry as the Manager of New Product Development and Product Manager at Siemens Medical systems. These business development roles were capstones of a decade of software and systems engineering while at Siemens, Computer Technology & Imaging, and GE Medical Systems, bridging across the CT, MR, PET, Nuclear Medicine and PACS modalities.

Mr. Kwiat holds an MBA from The University of Colorado Executive program, and a B.S. in Computer and Communication Sciences from The University of Michigan

Ms. Pochop has more than 15 years of operating experience in the consumer internet, media, technology, retail and education industries. Prior to joining EMA, she served as CEO and engineered a successful turnaround for the Breakthrough Collaborative, a national education organization. Prior to Breakthrough, Ms. Pochop was a Vice President at NBC Internet, where she managed all business development deals and strategic partnerships.

Ms. Pochop began her career as a management consultant at Bain & Company, developing strategies for Fortune 500 corporations in the packaged food, paper manufacturing, and airline industries. She has written cases on entrepreneurship for Harvard Business School and Stanford's Graduate School of Business, and has extensive experience in writing business plans for both startups and successful enterprises. Ms. Pochop holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a BA in Economics from Brown University. Ms. Pochop holds FINRA Series 79 and Series 63 Licenses.

Ms. Stump has more than 15 years of corporate financial planning and analysis experience in the biotechnology and food industries, which included various roles related to mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining EMA, she served as an Associate Director of Finance for Amgen Corporation, where she supported the Research and Preclinical organization by providing valuation expertise for licensing and acquisition opportunities. Prior to Amgen, Ms. Stump was a Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Immunex Corporation, a biotechnology company subsequently acquired by Amgen, for which she developed the valuation models to support the deal and was a key partner in the merger process. She began her career as a financial analyst working for Nalley's Fine Foods and participated in a number of divestiture and licensing agreements.

Ms. Stump holds an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University Graduate School of Business and a BA in Finance and International Business from the Honors College of Washington State University. Ms. Stump holds a FINRA Series 79 license.

Ms. Schrader’s background is in running companies and business divisions for nearly 20 years, with a focus in the life science sector for the last 10 years. Prior to joining the EMA team, she was President and CEO of the preclinical laboratory product company 3D Biomatrix, Inc. Before this she served as a senior business consultant for a medical device consulting firm for many years, after selling her own company in the retail sector.

Early in her career Ms. Schrader worked in economic development at the regional, state and national levels where she facilitated technology spinout collaborations between the U.S. government and the private sector and managed a federally-funded revolving loan fund. She holds a BA in business and economics from Olivet College and a product development certification from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She played college varsity basketball and was inducted into the Collegiate Athletic Hall of Fame.

Mr. Goodman has more than 20 years of strategy, marketing, e-commerce and operations experience in the retail sector. He served as EVP and Chief Marketing Officer-Strategy, Membership and E-Commerce for Wal Mart/Sam's Club. Prior to Sam's Club, Mr. Goodman was Corporate Vice President, US Strategy and Operations for McDonald's Corporation. Mr. Goodman served as Chief Restructuring officer and CEO for a Goldman Sachs Private Equity retail company, was COO of the Save-A-Lot chain of 1200 stores, served as President of Agway Retail Services, and was Vice President of ADR International Consultants.

Early in his career, Mr. Goodman served as an economic and foreign policy advisor to Senator Edward Kennedy. Mr. Goodman sits on the Board of Directors of the St. Louis University School of Business and Livingstone College. He also sits on the Board of Directors of The HistoryMakers.

Mr. Goodman holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy of Economics and Logic from The College of Wooster, and Masters degrees in both Economics and Philosophy from Tufts University.

Ms. Webster's background is primarily in consumer products. Prior to joining EMA, Ms. Webster was a Marketing Manager for International Distillers & Vintners (now Diageo), working on several wine and spirits brands, including Glen Ellen Proprietor's Reserve, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky, and Almaden Vineyards. Prior to IDV, Ms. Webster was in accounting, administering 401 (k) plans for Manufacturers National Bank of Detroit.

At EMA, Ms. Webster focuses on research and outreach, and has worked extensively with clients in healthcare, business services, Federal IT, consumer products, manufacturing, software, and construction services.

Ms. Webster holds a BA in Finance from Michigan State University, and an MBA in Marketing and General Management from The University of Michigan. Ms. Webster holds FINRA Series 79 and Series 63 licenses.