John T. Preston is founder of TEM Capital. Most of Mr. Preston’s career (30 years) was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.I.T., where he was the Director of Technology Development (and Licensing). In that capacity he was responsible for the commercialization of intellectual property developed at M.I.T. and oversaw activities that led to the creation of hundreds of new technology-based companies as well as the negotiation of thousands of licenses with existing companies. He also oversaw many complex negotiations including the creation of the U.S. standard for high definition television, while representing M.I.T. on the HDTV Grand Alliance.
Mr. Preston was awarded the rank of “Knight of the Order of National Merit of France” by French President Mitterrand. He was awarded the “Hammer Award for Reinventing Government” by Vice President Gore. He is the recipient of numerous other awards and honors including the Thomas Jefferson Award, given to the leading American in technology transfer and the Renaissance Engineering and Science award from Stevens Institute of Technology. He testified before Congress on seven occasions as an expert in technology.
Mr. Preston is Honorary Alum of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received a B.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin and a M.B.A. from Northwestern University.
Mr. Alan Quasha sits on the Investment Committee of several Vanterra funds including TEM Capital. Mr. Quasha is involved in numerous boards and currently serves as President of Quadrant Management, Inc., investment committee member of Trilantic Capital Partners, and investment committee member of TEM Capital. He is also the co-chairman of Carret Asset Management, LLC and Chairman of Brean Capital.
During his extensive career, Mr. Quasha has invested in hundreds of companies in the U.S. and emerging markets. Many of these investments were restructuring and turnaround situations involving significant hands-on operating experience. He served as a director of Richemont SA from 1988 until he joined the Board of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA (a world leading luxury goods company) and was chief executive officer of North American Resources Limited, formerly a joint venture between Richemont SA and the Quasha family, between 1988 and 1998. He is also Chairman of HKN, Inc. (a publicly traded independent oil and gas company), and chairman of the American Brain Trauma Foundation. He was a past director of American Express Funds and a former governor of the American Stock Exchange.
Mr. Quasha holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College, an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master of Law degree from New York University Law School, and a Doctorate of Law from the Harvard Law School.