JAMES S. CHAPIN
Chairman and CEO, Biozhem
Chairman and CEO, Brush Creek
Mr. Chapin was co-founder of SierraSilicon, a corporate financial consulting firm headquartered in Northern California. He has been a principal of that business since June 1998. The mission of SierraSilicon is to assist early and second stage companies with a wide-range of business services that include business plan preparation, corporate strategy refinement and fund raising.
Mr. Chapin has significant high-level contacts in Silicon Valley and throughout the United States that specialize in funding projects that require $5 million to $50 million. Mr. Chapin spent five years with International Business Machines in Farmington, Connecticut in various executive positions, followed by ten years in the investment securities industry with Smith Barney and Tucker Anthony in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1994, he was recruited by publicly traded, Brush Creek Mining and Development Co., Inc., Grass Valley, California, and served as its CEO and Chairman until May 1998. During his tenure, Mr. Chapin was successful in raising approximately $15 million of equity financing, negotiating a significant joint-venture agreement and steering the company through a variety of hurdles created by a previous management. In 2002, Mr. Chapin became Chairman of the Board and CEO of Biozhem Cosmeceuticals, Inc. which launched an infomercial starring Lindsay Wagner and eventually partnered with one of the world’s largest direct response companies.
Mr. Chapin graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and attended MBA courses at the University of Hartford and the University of Connecticut. He also attended the executive MBA program at the Tuck School of Dartmouth.