Rick has over thirty years experience as a successful entrepreneur, company creator, private equity investor manager and venture capitalist.
Prior to co-founding VectorPoint Ventures, Mr. Nagel was founder and President of Pillar Management, an Oregon based group of experienced investors who have made active investments in over fifty companies and raised over $130 million, achieving many successful liquidity events. He has extensive experience in M&A and stock offerings. Rick was also co-founder and a former director of Metro One Telecommunications. He was instrumental in growing the company to over $270 million in revenue, 7000 employees, with a market capitalization of well over $1 billion, which provided exceptional returns for the investors prior to his departure. Rick also founded and served as President and CEO of four other companies.
Mr. Nagle’s past experience includes extensive national, retail and wholesale management with companies including Revlon, Johnson and Johnson and American Hospital. He developed national operations including licensing and distribution rights throughout the United States and internationally. He also founded and served as President and CEO of Northwest Cardiac Instruments and Hear-Tel, which became a leading telecommunications company for the deaf and hearing impaired.
Mr. Nagle has served on the executive board of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network and was Vice Chairman of Angel Oregon in 2002 and Chairman in 2003. He has also served on the boards of the Oregon Sports Authority and the Stadium Finance Committee. He was also part owner and a founding investor of a national sports league.
Rick has successfully developed seminars and programs to assist entrepreneur’s education and management expertise and has been a frequent guest speaker at business conferences. Included among the highlights of his boards and community participation is a longtime involvement with local angel investors and national capital networks. Rick has been involved in a mentoring program through the Boys and Girls Aid Society and is a volunteer for the Friendly House. He has served on the boards of Committed Partners for Youth at Risk and Friends of the American Cancer Society. Rick attended the University of Oregon and Portland State University. He is a member of the Arlington Club of Portland.