OEN NewsOEN Announces New Additions to its Board of Directors

Scott Sandler, left, and Wendy Kotila, right, are joining OEN’s Board of Directors.

The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) is excited to announce two additions to its Board of Directors. Scott Sandler is joining the OEN Board as its new Vice Chair and Wendy Kotila is joining as its new Investor Services Chair.

Scott Sandler joined the Oregon Angel Fund in 2012 and manages the day-to-day activities of the Oregon Angel Fund including generating deal flow, evaluating business plans and due diligence management. Sandler became CEO of electronic design automation (EDA) startup Novas Software in 2000. There he honed his management skills and engaged his passion for building teams and brands. After selling the company to Taiwanese EDA leader SpringSoft in 2008, he fulfilled a promise to pursue something completely different at mid-life in 2010. He stopped commuting to San Jose, returned to Oregon full time, and invested in the Oregon Angel Fund, quickly becoming one its most active members.

Sandler is an engineer who found out early that he liked talking about technology and products more than designing and testing them. Starting at Intel in the mid-80s provided a solid launching pad for a career in high-tech startups and marketing. He was the first applications engineer for the Verilog hardware description language, spent a year in Japan with formal verification pioneer Chrysalis Symbolic Design, and created a partnership with Microsoft while with early networking vendor Shiva Corporation.

“As an investor and manager with the Oregon Angel Fund, I’ve had the chance to get deeply involved with the startup scene here in Oregon,” says Sandler. “I’m enthusiastic about joining the OEN board because the role will expose me to a broader range of relationships and ways to help the local entrepreneurial community grow and prosper.”

Wendy Kotila is a Portland native. Having significant experience as a marketing and business development lead for world-class technology companies, she moved back home after close to a decade abroad to raise her daughter. Over the past year, Kotila has focused on coaching, mentoring and investing in early-stage startups, and is an active member of OEN. She is currently launching Great Work Incorporated, her own marketing and business development consultancy. She is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the foster care system in Multnomah County.

“I am honored to be joining the Board of Directors of OEN,” says Kotila, “and to be supporting and enabling the entrepreneurial community OEN serves.”

About Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
Founded in 1991, the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing opportunities for Oregon entrepreneurs and improving the business climate for emerging, growth-oriented companies statewide. The organization has members throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. For more information about the OEN, visit oen.org.

For Additional Information, Contact:
Kerala Taylor
Director of Marketing & Communications, OEN
503-222-2270
keralat@oen.org

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