Since 1991, Mr. Snyder's primary business activities have focused on the technology industry and the development of emerging and high growth companies. In 1997, Rick founded and led Avalon Investments, Inc., a venture capital company targeted at investments in technology-oriented ventures. From 1991 to 1997, he served as executive vice president and then president and COO of Gateway, Inc. Rick currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Gateway. From 1982 to 1991, Rick was with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). Rick studied at the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree with high distinction in 1977, a Masters of Business Administration with distinction in 1979, and a Juris Doctor in 1982.
About Ardesta - Through its creation of and investment in Small Tech companies, Ardesta, LLC has become a leader in bringing Small Technology products to the global marketplace. Ardesta's "Small Tech" market focus encompasses such fast growing and disruptive fields as nanotechnology, microelectromechanical systems ("MEMS") and microsystems. These revolutionary technologies improve existing products and enable the creation of new products by making them smaller, smarter, more energy efficient and less expensive to manufacture and operate.