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Depending on the company needs at a given time we assemble a team of very experienced management in operations, business development, Board and financing activities and can bring a wide array of support services.

John Dexheimer is President of LightWave Advisors, Inc. and has a record of success in helping leading edge firms receive over $800 million of equity investments and mergers since founding LAI in 1999. He has advised on over 100 completed company financings and mergers in software, communications, electronics-optics, advanced materials and services including environmental. 

In his prior career as an investment banker he led the IPO of Uniphase and its early acquisition growth that transformed it into an industry leader in broadband communications systems and subsequently managed the equity research and venture organization of CE Unterberg Towbin, a brokerage firm, from 1990 to 1999.   Prior to 1990, John was in the software industry with GE, DRI and Broadview International.   He has helped found startups and has a record of initiating and structuring successful private investments for affiliated equity funds – including investments resulting in over a dozen IPOs since 1986 and has had several part-time operating roles in startups and turnarounds in addition to serving on several Boards of public and private firms. 

He was a board member and treasurer of OIDA , was co-Chair of its successful 2009 OPTOmism conference on emerging energy and environmental applications ; he is a board member of Bangalore based INDO-US MIM Tec Pvt. Ltd., a leader in advanced materials processing and an advisor to its' affiliates on a range of Indian-U.S. joint ventures, finance and business development in materials, medical and aerospace; is an advisor to the NSF-funded Institute of Mathematical Applications ; he has been co-Chairman of the Executive Forum for the Optical Society of America, a speaker at numerous events including OFC, Photonics West, CLEO, DOE, MIT. He earned an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology.

He is also a partner of First Analysis Private Equity Fund IV First Analysis is a leading private growth equity investor. It has one of the longest records in private capital investing, transitioning through three major long-term investment cycles, and has invested more than $530 million across multiple funds. First Analysis PEF IV invests with a focus on three sectors: outsourced services, information technology, and chemistry-enabled businesses. The stage is for expansion and growth in small and mid-size companies with established business models, high internal growth rates, and market leadership potential. In this role John focuses in several areas, including 1) sensing systems and applications, 2) enterprise software-services, and 3) alternative energy solutions.