A Technology Focused Management Consulting & Advisory Firm
Specializing in increasing the value of materials, chemicals, and environmental focused technology companies and organizations
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We bridge the gap between R&D, engineering and marketing teams to uncover and accelerate growth.
August Brown was established in 2011 by Dr. Gordon Nameni after completing an NSF Corporate Post-doctorate at A.O. Smith Corporation. The team is made up of engineers, scientists and business professionals with domain knowledge in materials, chemicals, biomedical, environmental and semiconductor manufacturing industries. August Brown works with R&D, engineering, and marketing teams to improve the commercial outcome of new product or technology initiatives.
With this laser focus, August Brown has developed unique methodologies and frameworks that minimize risks in market execution and produce an ecosystem that leads to sustainable targeted revenue growth. As an outgrowth of this work, August Brown regularly provides feasibility studies and reviews, FMV assessments and reasonableness opinions to commercial banks, private equity groups, and investors.
Many seemingly groundbreaking technologies, even after being built, are resting in the graveyard because of poor market execution. We believe that every product that we bring to market or every company that we grow, will benefit society by producing a greater value for the technology ecosystem. To that end, we do everything in our power to unlock new opportunities, drive in innovation and work with our clients to maximize the value of the offering in a manner that can impact the bottom line and lead to sustainable growth.
For commercial banks, private equity and investors, we provide uncompromised feasibility studies, reviews and reasonableness opinions with technical depth, speed, and the highest level of integrity, all at fixed price points that fit into a carved out budget.
Collaborative. Thoughtful. Focused. August Brown applies its proprietary methodologies and frameworks to plan for and solve the critical technical and business issues that inhibit the launch and market adoption of new or existing products.
We work with the management team for strategy development and execution. Or, we provide the skills within a company team to execute on a larger company project goal. August Brown also works with a network of seasoned R&D and business professionals to staff each project as necessary to achieve our client's goals. When necessary, August Brown will serve as a team member for projects led by others in it's network.
Dr. Gordon Nameni
Managing Director, Partner
Through a decade of deliveries at the interface between R&D and commercial markets, Dr. Gordon Nameni, has built a distinguished reputation for growing client revenues. Gordon's professional experience spans product and semiconductor process engineering, product development, operations management, private equity due diligence, market analysis and more recently, venture capital.
Gordon founded August Brown to increase the success rate for companies that are attempting to cross the R&D / commercial gap for their technologies and products. He has personally worked on technology translation with fortune 500, multinational foreign based companies and small engineering firms with revenues from $2M to $15B.
Gordon earned his Sc.B. in ‘98, and his Sc.M. in ‘99, from Brown University in Materials Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, respectively. After earning his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in ‘09, he completed a Fulbright Fellowship and an NSF Post-Doctoral Fellowship with AO Smith Corp. in 2011. For leisure, Gordon enjoys recreational activities with his family including ultimate frisbee, golf and slam poetry.
Dr. Ernie Lee, MBA
Dr. Ernie Lee is a highly regarded scientist and engineer in the water treatment field and a highly sought-after business and technology leader. At August Brown, Ernie leads the water technology practice as a senior associate that oversees all projects from process improvements to M&A advisory and due diligence.
For over the last 15 years, Ernie has worked in all facets of the industry, from the development of point-of-use (POU) to pointof-entry (POE) systems over a wide area of technology coverage including filtration, deionization and decontamination. In the water treatment industry, Ernie has worked with iconic American and multinational brands including A.O. Smith Corp. ($2.9 B) and Pentair ($2.9 B).
Ernie earned his PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering / Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin Madison in ‘04 and his MBA from Marquette University in ‘13. Out of the office, Ernie enjoys golf and reading.
Dr. Bill Reeves
For the past 15 years, Dr. Bill Reeves, has been developing unique marketing and sales deliveries for a wide range of clients. As the practice leader for all sales and marketing focused initiatives, Bill marries the marketing and sales strategies with technology focused projects to accelerate adoption and drive revenues for clients.
Bill earned his BS ‘06, MA ‘08 and PhD ’14 in Advertising from the University of Texas Austin. He wrote his first million-dollar contract before he completed his undergraduate degree. In his spare time, Bill enjoys photography and trains Jiu Jitsu.