We start companies and partner with growing businesses to improve people’s lives
Empowering each individual to make a lasting impact
You can still do well by doing good
Connecting trusted partners to accelerate growth
We have decades of experience in healthcare and technology
We bring operational expertise to the companies we invest in
We transform human wellness, performance and engagement through the growth of early stage companies that have a shared purpose.
We are a team of inventors and creators who love to roll up our sleeves and dig in. We value kindness, collaboration and diverse perspectives.
To know me is to know that of my passions has always been “doing.” Trying new things, building things, doing for myself. Being Director of Technology at Abundant allows me to take that passion and turn it into a higher purpose: Helping people. My position allows me to help startups and customers in so many ways that are new and different every day. I get to wake up and come to work excited for the next problem solving challenge, excited to help new companies grow and succeed, excited to learn new technologies and help other people learn.
At Abundant, I am surrounded by coworkers and executives that excel in their respective disciplines. I am able to learn and be exposed to aspects of business creation and leadership that are rare for my discipline, and I love every minute of it.
Director of Technology, Frequency540 / The Abundancy
Software Engineering Manager, Leo Burnett
Senior Software Engineer, Leo Burnett
Bachelor of Sciences Degree, Management Information Systems, Millikin University
I was fortunate to grow up in a family with many medical professionals, so from a young age, I saw the profound impact that healthcare provides.
My career has been a multi-disciplinary journey to solve the big challenges of our healthcare system. I started on the provider side. Then I moved into medical technology. After that, I worked in the capital markets and invested in public equities. The barriers to a better healthcare system for patients and providers are systemic. It’s my passion to bring clarity to this complex industry and create the change that we all want for each other.
At Abundant, I’m building companies that bring people together with shared purpose. Our team collaborates with care and consideration for different points of view. We have the experience, patience, and persistence to create our dreams for the world.
When I’m not at work, I’m spending time with my family, searching for new Thai food dives, and dreaming about my next Mexican vacation.
Citadel Global Equities
Point72 Asset Management
Wells Fargo Securities
MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine
BA, Northwestern University
Growing up in Ecuador, I remember my parents always telling me the importance of family, honesty and hard work. I’m now happily married and enjoy watching my 3 children grow up under the same simple but powerful values.
I have loved building a career in the U.S and working in technology for most of my career. I have been blessed with what I call “really cool” experiences — from growing a business that started with 20 people to over $400M in revenues, to using data and technology to solve big problems, to selling a business and ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ. Just as importantly, I love the opportunity to share those experiences once a year when I teach at Northwestern.
At Abundant, I get to continue on this journey of leading businesses to do great things. I work with a team of people who, like me, believe in hard work and sharing their unique life experiences. We all share the goal of building businesses that will leave this world in a better place than when we started. We are a family who believes in creating the world we want to share.
In the moments in between, I enjoy playing bad golf, cooking breakfast and smoking meats.
President, CityBase (acquired by GTY Holdings)
Chief Commercial Officer, Uptake
Chief Operating Officer, Centro
Chief Financial Officer, Centro
Controller, Oak Brook Bank (acquired by MB Financial)
MBA, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Master of Science in Accountancy, University of Notre Dame
Bachelor in Finance and Economics, Miami University (OH)
I always wanted to become a physician. I began my career as a surgeon in academia where I operated on patients, educated students and residents, and did basic scientific research funded by NIH and DOD.
My entrepreneurial career began when my colleagues and I recognized that our research had the potential to disrupt the world of transfusion medicine. We founded a publicly traded biotech company focused on developing a blood substitute to be used when donated blood was unavailable. The goal was to translate our novel discovery into improved healthcare for humankind. I became Chairman and CEO and led our IPO. I subsequently became deeply involved in the Chicago healthcare entrepreneurial ecosystem, and joined Abundant in 2016 to focus on the enormous challenges and opportunities in healthcare delivery in this country.
I have enjoyed the experience of collaborating with a talented team of individuals at Abundant who have similar values and share the same goals of improving the world by starting and building great healthcare businesses.
I am grateful to have a wonderful wife, 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and a mischievous toy poodle, and enjoy sharing life in Chicago with all of them.
Founder & Principal, The Gould Consulting Group LLC
Member Board of Directors, MATTER
Chairman & CEO, Northfield Laboratories Inc.
Professor of Surgery, University of Illinois
Chief of Surgery, Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center
B.A., Williams College
M.D., Boston University School of Medicine
Surgical Residency, Yale University
Surgical Residency, University of Vermont
Research Fellowship, Michael Reese Hospital and University of Chicago
I have always felt that the “triple crown” of a career is doing work that inspires you, alongside people you care about, for a company whose values you share. I am truly fortunate to have found that formula at Abundant.
The Abundant team is a special group of people that share a goal to create and grow companies whose success is measured not just by revenue growth and increased enterprise value but also by the positive change they have on the world.
I’ve spent most of my career working for large multi-national holding companies in the consulting and advertising industries and I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything. I cannot overstate the fulfillment that comes from working at an organization that both values and practices transparency, trust, integrity, and accountability.
These values transcend my ‘work-life’ and carry into my ‘home-life’ as I try to instill them in my three young children that I’m raising with my wife in Chicago. When I’m not busy instilling values, I like to spend my time traveling, cycling, camping, and lamenting over Cleveland sports failures.
VP, Finance Director, Leo Burnett
Executive Director, Finance, The Abundancy Group
VP, Finance Director, Starcom MediaVest Group
Senior Auditor, KPMG
MBA, Accounting, University of Dayton
BS, Accounting, University of Dayton
My work with the Abundant/AVIA teams brings me great joy, job satisfaction and I appreciate the opportunity to engage with colleagues who truly care for the wellbeing of all holistically in mind, body and spirit. A native of Massachusetts, my Cape Verdean heritage has shown me special family values and the true meaning to be a passionate woman, mother and colleague. I have been blessed to share my family culture with my wonderful husband, three beautiful children and a granddaughter.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, basketball and travel. Abundant enhances my life by allowing me to add value to the company through my support services, surrounded by a caring and compassionate work environment every day.
Legal Specialist, DLA Piper LLP (US)
Assistant Floor Coordinator, Brown, Rudnick, Freed & Gesmer, P.C.
Executive Assistant/Relocation Specialist, John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company
Degree in Business, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI
My career has mostly been accidental. I was hired out of college into the Aerospace industry where I spent 15 years learning valuable management skills. I am always appreciative that I had the good fortune of having a great first boss who taught me to 1) show initiative and 2) work hard. And that's what I've been trying to do ever since.
I found my way to healthcare (and entrepreneurship) based on a personal experience associated with the birth of our first son and haven't looked back. I love this industry — it is big, important, and in need of improvement.
Joy for me is found in the people with whom I work — our clients, partners, and colleagues. We created Abundant as a place where people could come to live in their genius and do their best work. I'm very proud of what we have created.
Co-Founder & CEO, AVIA
Board Member, WiserCare, Inc.
Board Member, Transparent.
Commissioner, Board of Commissioners, The Joint Commission
Board Member, HopeLab
Co-Founder, LIFE XT
Board Member, healthfinch
Ardent IO, Board Member
Co-Founder and Board Member, The Abundancy
Founder and Chairman, RIse Health
Founder and CEO, CarePages Inc
President, Bombardier Aerospace, CAS
President, ONSI Corporation, United Technologies
MBA, Columbia University - Columbia Business School
BBA, University of New Brunswick
My entire working career has been dedicated to healthcare, initially as a physician and later as an entrepreneur. Further life experiences, including parenting children with complex medical needs and overseeing health insurance benefits for employees, have rounded out my experience. Throughout, I’ve witnessed both the inherent human and societal need for quality healthcare and the enormous headwinds created by divergent financial and social incentives.
Working together to address these complex issues was our formative commitment when Abundant Venture Partners was founded in 2011. Having spent several years as Chief Operating Officer then transitioning to an Operating Partner role to engage more deeply in creation of new ventures, I’ve been fortunate to have a front row seat to healthcare innovation.
Working with the Abundant team, sharing a mission-based orientation, and benefiting from the team’s subject matter expertise has been stimulating, challenging, and incredibly rewarding.
Outside of work, I love spending time with my family, am a passionate reader, an occasional Peloton rider, and enjoy cocktail hours (preferably not virtually!) with friends.
Chief Operating Officer, HX360™
Owner/Co-Founder, Cullom, Inc.
Co-founder and VP, Administration, CarePages, Inc.
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), The University of Connecticut School of MedicineMaster of Science (M.S.), Sarah Lawrence CollegeBachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Biochemistry, McGill University
Adventure over ease, courage over fear, community before self—these values are the common denominators that have allowed me to work with health systems in the midst of massive transformation, start a nonprofit focused on exposing young people to careers in STEM, convert under-used buildings into neighborhood assets, and teach in public schools. Most recently, I’ve been able to collaborate closely with health tech entrepreneurs who aim to change the status quo. While the results are diverse, all of it is in the service of creating positive change for the world in which we live.
Joining Abundant means being part of a tight-knit team of creators who dare to build companies that make our world better. I get to work with brilliant people who not only compel me to grow but who are also unafraid to admit what they don’t know and are willing to roll up their sleeves to find a solution together. I wake up every day and know that the team is committed to working hard to achieve a common goal while being intentional about practicing their stated values.
Outside of work, I like to go hiking, visit art museums, tackle new renovations with my husband, and take too many pictures of my dog.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago Public Schools
MS Health Systems Management, Rush University dual
BA Neuroscience; Medicine, Health & Society, Vanderbilt University
I reentered the work force after raising three wonderful daughters. I first began working for Abundant in a temporary capacity while working for Advanced Resources. I had not originally intended to return to the workforce full-time. I was so impressed with the positive energy and the sense of shared success at Abundant, I was convinced to join the team full-time. I am responsible for keeping the office and events running smoothly. This is always a pleasure as everyone is appreciative and helpful. Our office is a fun, energizing place to work where a group of talented people are committed to improving our world. I’m very happy to be a member of our fabulous team!
In addition to working as the Office Manager for Abundant Venture Partners, I am an Executive Assistant to President, Leo Brubaker, and an executive assistant for the CEO of Transparent, Brandon Starkoff. I love my job because the commitment to life/work balance allows me time to enjoy reading, gardening, beekeeping and spending time with my family.
Pricing Administrator, Production Coordinator, Project Administrator, Senior Customer Service Representative, R. R. Donnelley and Sons
Human Resources, Payroll and Accounting roles, Sam Adams Alliance & Sam Adams Foundation
Various office positions, Advances Resources
Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, Saint Mary's College
I was always intrigued by the legal profession growing up as a child in New York. I began my legal career in 1973 in Baltimore, Maryland, after attending Georgetown University undergrad and law. I relocated to Chicago in 1975, began my practice and moved to Rudnick and Wolfe in 1981. Amidst my vision as Chair, I became one of the principal forces behind the national and international expansion of Rudnick and Wolfe to DLA Piper. Over the last two and half decades, DLA Piper has grown to over 4,500 lawyers in 97 offices and 45 countries.
My passion was always about helping the underprivileged communities and diversity inclusion. I began an extensive pro bono program at DLA Piper and enhanced the culture of corporate social responsibility in the engagement of services to social problems in our communities as well as several global pro bono initiatives. To this day, these programs hold a special place in my heart.
I began my entrepreneurial career after my retirement from DLA Piper in 2017. My focus now is at Abundant Venture Partners, a purpose-based incubator focused on improving the human condition by creating companies that improve Human Wellness, Human Performance and Human Engagement. In my position as Operating Partner, Abundant Venture Partners brings me joy to collaborate with talented and compassionate colleagues who are engaged with the aspiration to generate healthiness to minds and bodies.
In my spare time, I enjoy golfing, skiing and spending quality time with my beautiful wife, two daughters and our collie.
Board of Directors, Sinai Health System
Board of Directors, Mindful Communications & Such,
Board of Directors, PBC
Board of Advisors, Cresset Financial Advisors
Board of Advisors, Workstorm
Board of Directors, Pro Bono Task Force, Legal Service Corporation
American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL)
Chicago Bar Association
Advisory Board, Georgetown University Corporate Counsel Institute
Board of Visitors, Georgetown University Law Center
Advisory Committee, Georgetown University Global Business School
Illinois State Bar Association
Civic and Charitable
Annual Campaign, General Campaign Chairman and Vice Chairman of Board, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
Board of Directors, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Board of Governors, American Jewish Committee
Birthright Israel Foundation
Board of Directors and Chair of Executive Committee, Primo Center for Women and Children
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
BSBA, Georgetown University
I’ve lived in Illinois my whole life minus the 4 years I ran away to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for college. Missing my family (I’m the youngest of 4) and having my fill of snow, I made my way back to the best city, Chicago. Having had the bulk of my experiences in HR at small (but mighty), growing companies with even smaller teams, I knew I wanted to continue that trend with an important tweak. I wasn’t simply looking for the best opportunity, I also needed to be part of the best culture. Enter Abundant.
I hear how silly this sounds as I say it out loud but it’s the truth — I’m a better person for having worked here. Positive change, shared success — that sentiment permeates through everything we do. It’s really special to know the work you are doing is making a difference and not just on a large scale; our mission is felt all the way down to the daily conversations had with (amazing) teammates. Plus, I get to be my authentic, goofy self and feel completely accepted — I can never leave!
Away from work I turn my attention to running with poor form, eating my way through the city while practicing the art of dinner conversation, and burning off energy entertaining my niece and nephew.
United Dental Partners
Bachelor of Sciences Degree, Marketing, Northern Michigan University
When I first started working at Abundant as an intern, I was amazed by the knowledge and expertise on the Abundant team. Each member brings unique experiences and insights to their work, and I enjoy seeing this knowledge translate into new business ventures.
What impressed me even more than the team’s business acumen, however, was the level of commitment, passion, and collaboration each member of the team brings to their work each day. The spirit of collaboration permeates project work, and each person ensures that what we do is aligned with our core values and vision.
To me, “Positive change. Shared success.” is an outcome of Abundant’s values-driven and people-first approach to venture creation. By bringing together a group of committed individuals passionate about creating change, Abundant shapes ventures that will have a positive impact across the healthcare ecosystem.
Intern, Education Funding Partners
B.S., University of Notre Dame
I believe there are three things that make any company great. The people, the people and the people.
When founding Abundant, Eric and I set out to create a culture where people could live in their genius to create positive change in the world, and a supportive, collaborative environment where their skills would be nurtured and complimented for shared success.
My greatest joy is using my creative energy to solve problems, learn new things, and to be surrounded by a team of brilliant, hard working people during the process. Abundant is that place for me. And I hope maybe for you as well.
Especially if you are from Ecuador. But even if you are not from Ecuador, you should still check it out. But only if you like smoking meats.
CEO, Leo Burnett Group & Publicis Communications Central Region, Leo Burnett
Board Member, Centro
Founder and CEO, The Abundancy
Founder, Ardent IO
Founder and CEO, Frequency540
Chairman Of The Board, Kontera
CEO, Cardinal Path
President, Starcom MediaVest Group
Marketing Director, Procter & Gamble
Brand Management, Procter & Gamble
Account Supervisor, BBDO
Account Executive, BBDO
Officer, U.S. Army
BS, Economics and Marketing, University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School
I have always been motivated by the opportunity to drive positive change. Growing up with parents as educators, I’ve seen the value of relentless curiosity, teamwork and selflessness firsthand. I’m proud to work in an environment that fosters this while building businesses to leave the world a better place than we found it.
My journey with Abundant began immediately after graduating from Michigan State University. In my position, I’m responsible for the accounting operations of Abundant while also providing financial support to various portfolio companies. I’m energized by the diversity of projects across the portfolio and grounded by the common values shared within the Abundant family. The opportunity to spend time with inspiring people in and around the portfolio certainly does not hurt either.
My free time is best spent with friends and family. When I’m not visiting Northern Michigan during the summer, I can be found exploring new restaurants in Chicago, reading, or watching the Detroit Lions lose football games.
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Economics, Michigan State University.
Mr. Elrad co-founded GEM in 1994 and serves on the Investment Committee. Mr. Elrad is the Chief Investment Officer of GEM Realty Securities and oversees portfolio management, investment research, trading, operations and business development. As a member of the Investment Committee, Mr. Elrad is involved in setting investment strategy for GEM Realty Properties and GEM Realty Securities. In addition, Mr. Elrad is actively involved in formulating and implementing GEM’s corporate strategy.
From 1989 to 1994, Mr. Elrad represented JMB Realty Corporation in the Loan Restructuring and Capital Markets Group and was named vice president in 1992. Mr. Elrad is a member of Wharton’s Undergraduate Executive Board. Mr. Elrad is also a board member of Abundant Venture Partners and the Digestive Health Foundation. Mr. Elrad is actively involved in the YPO and CEO organizations. Mr. Elrad received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989.
Ted is the former CEO of public company Overture Services, an internet search company, which he led to over $1 billion in revenues before selling to Yahoo!. After leading the Overture division at Yahoo!, Ted became an investor at Elevation Partners, known for its stakes in companies like Facebook, Yelp, and Marketshare. He started his career working on strategy and change management engagements at Mercer and McKinsey.
Ted Co-Founded AVIA and is active in ensuring that the firm fulfills its mission of accelerating transformation in healthcare. He is an experienced healthcare and technology entrepreneur, executive and investor.
He serves Hope Street Group, an agent of policy change in social sectors, as board chairman, and recently CMS as a senior adviser focused on delivery system and payment reform.
Ted holds a JD from Stanford University and a BA from Dartmouth College.
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Director, Human Resources
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