Led by Harry Bushong, Convergence Ventures has assembled a team of experts in business, finance, and cutting-edge science. Together, they have raised hundreds of millions in private equity, authored hundreds of scientific papers, and dealt with leading institutions and businesses in biotech and related fields.
Inspired by his relationship with Dr. Malcolm Gillis, former President of Rice University, Harry Bushong is the founder and CEO of Convergence Ventures. In 2005, he co-founded nanoTox, Inc. with a focus on providing toxicology services for companies using nano-scale technology across a wide range of industries. In 2003, Mr. Bushong joined the Olmsted Group, a New York life sciences merchant bank. The companies in the Olmsted portfolio were based on intellectual property licensed from MIT, Columbia University, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University and Baylor College of Medicine in the fields of pluripotent stem cells, genomics, biotech and hepatocyctes. Some of the companies included Omnimmune Corp, Plurion, Zirius (formerly Avatar) and Amphioxus.
Prior to his work in health sciences, Mr. Bushong was a driving force in multiple startups since 1995 when he began work with Aurora Financial Services, a private NASD broker/dealer in Houston focused on the energy sector. In addition, Mr. Bushong has been an active investor in Advanced Throughput, Inc., a genomics company focused on personalized medicine, which was recently acquired by privately-held Bastra, Ltd.; and Optokey, Inc., a Bay Area company focused on bio-spectroscopic and environmental analysis.
An entrepreneur by nature, Leslie Bowlin has been involved in numerous business ventures that took her from the coffee trade to the industrial coatings industry. She has been a major force as a fundraiser for various charities and organizations in Houston, including The Houston Symphony, The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Hospice at Texas Medical Center, and the UTHealth Science Center. Ms. Bowlin also shares her talents and time by serving on many non-profit boards including CCFA, The Houston Symphony Society, The Fay School, Northwood University, and the Houston Grand Opera. Today, Ms. Bowlin serves as a board member for UT Health PARTNERS.
In 2002, she founded PR Squared, a full-service PR and marketing agency based in Houston. The company continues to operate today with Ms. Bowlin still overseeing the company. In 2013, Ms. Bowlin joined the team at the Houston Maritime Museum and was appointed the Museum Director. Since joining the museum, she has overseen the growth of the current museum and is planning the expansion of HMM to a new 58,000 sf Maritime complex to be built on the banks of Buffalo Bayou.
Mr. Mike Schick formed Stearman Partners in early 2017 to gain greater access to value oriented fund managers and energy focused private equity firms needing capital introductions. Mr. Schick also works with the Paul Gannon Family (Kirby Energy Partners) focusing on investing assets in energy focused private equity funds. While Kirby is no longer active, it continues as an entity handling capital calls and distributions.
Mr. Schick has extensive experience in working with money managers in emerging markets, producing quantitative analysis of emerging market equities, researching companies, developing and analyzing supply and demand models and making investor recommendations. He also worked extensively in the natural gas sector at Koch Energy Trading, Shell Energy North America (Coral Energy), Energy Analytics, Fortis Bank and Vinmar International (Goradia Family). While working in natural gas, Mr. Schick had many duties including providing financial trading and hedging strategies to Shell, initiating and building relationships with natural gas producers and end use customers, developing and analyzing trades in the natural gas financial markets.
Mr. Schick received his Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin in 1987.
Mr. Robert Erwin is a founding principal and Director of Aeicon Corporation Limited, an international consultancy and investment banking firm based in Bermuda. He has 25 years of worldwide advisory and project finance experience encompassing over $15 billion in transactions for energy, infrastructure and investment-grade real estate assets in Asia, Australia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Mexico, and the US. He is also founder of Aeicon Finanzas SA de CV, Aeicon MaxEn Management Services Trust (GP for a US-based private equity partnership), the Emerging China Strategies Fund; EPIC Clean Technologies Corporation (“EPIC”), MaxEn Asia Holdings Limited, and MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc. (now PHG Energy, LLC.)
For several years, Aeicon principals were members of the US-China Energy Cooperation Program (“ECP”) and the China Greentech Initiative. Mr. Erwin served on the ECP Clean Coal Working Group and Energy Finance and Investment Working Group and is an advisor to the China Water Investment Company, Ltd (an affiliate of the Ministry of Water of the PRC). He is an advisory director of RUILIN Holdings Ltd. Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of EPIC, a member of the Explorers Club (NY) and Vice Chairman of the Board Directors of the United States Rugby Football Foundation.