Alex Erhart serves as the managing partner at Trinity Capital Investment.With more than 30 years of high-tech experience, he has over 50 patents and has been the founder and CEO of two successful venture-backed startups. Erhart is an exceptionally experienced leader and coach who offers Trinity’s portfolio companies hard-won technical and organizational insights. He specializes in guiding companies that are navigating through strategic growth opportunities.
At Trinity, Erhart manages the firm’s portfolio and business operations. He is renowned for his diligence, knowledge of developing scientific systems and processes and ability to foresee potential challenges for the portfolio companies. He works closely with the entire Trinity team and customers to ensure the portfolio is positioned for growth.
Prior to joining Trinity, he served as executive vice president of engineering and operations at Sand9, a MEMS timing manufacturer. He was a founder and early CEO of biometric fingerprint sensor manufacturer, Validity, which sold for $265 million to Synaptics in 2013. He also was the founder and CEO of Vivid Semiconductor, an LCD display technology startup that was purchased by National Semiconductor in 2000.
Erhart has an electrical engineering degree from Arizona State University and has authored ten technical presentations. He has served on the board of directors for three corporations and has been active in local charitable organizations. He is an astute wine collector and enjoys spending time with his family.
Gerry Harder is the managing director of Trinity Capital Investment’s portfolio and is responsible for analyzing investment opportunities and collaborating on the firm’s investment strategy, objectives, asset allocation and balancing risk against performance.
Harder is an accomplished technology professional with a proven ability to manage organizations and product development at early-stage companies. As the executive vice president of engineering and operations for Sand9, Harder worked to design, develop and produce groundbreaking piezoelectric MEMs based timing devices for mobile, IoT, and communications infrastructure markets. He has served in many technology leadership roles including director of operations for Cirrus Logic, vice president of engineering for White Electronic Designs, and technical leadership roles with ON Semiconductor, National Semiconductor, Vivid Semiconductor, Medtronic and Motorola. His experience with a broad range of technologies and end-user applications is incredibly valuable to companies in the Trinity portfolio.
Harder holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University.
Prior to becoming CEO Kevin Schmidt served as the Senior Vice President for Enterprise Solutions at WorkWell Systems since 2007 and has been with WorkWell since 2001. He has led WorkWell’s consulting practice and Innovation Laboratory.
Kevin brings 26 years of business-to-business operational management experience. He has worked in the high tech and manufacturing, industries and gained experience with many other industries as a Consulting Manager with Accenture’s business strategy practice. Most recently he was a partner in a consulting firm that specialized in providing change management and psychological consulting to Fortune 500 organizations. He has an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Crystal Voss manages the portfolio for Trinity Capital Investment. In her role, she performs financial analysis and manages a complex client portfolio for Trinity. Voss is responsible for portfolio maintenance activities and reports on the health of the fund’s current investments. Voss builds strong relationships with Trinity’s clients and monitors and analyzes the progress of companies in the firm’s portfolio, identifying challenges and opportunities for success.
Voss has over 20 years of experience in the financial and banking industry. She served as the lead business analyst at American Express. Her experience also includes a long history of service at Wells Fargo bank with progressively more responsibility in each role. Over the course of two decades, her roles included operations manager, business system consultant and technology manager, with responsibility for posting over $300 million in daily customer transactions. Voss’ performance track record provided her with the opportunity to attend the Wells Fargo Leadership Development Program in 2004 and 2005.
Voss holds a B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University. Since childhood she has always had a flare for numbers, and enjoys solving problems by analyzing how things work.