OUR TEAM

NMA Ventures is led by a dynamic trio of Native New Mexicans, who are
 the most experienced investment team in the State. 


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DORIAN RADER
MANAGING PARTNER

Dorian may be the youngest fund manager in State history, but her experience speaks beyond her years. As the former Vice President of the New Mexico Angels, she worked to source high growth investment opportunities, managed investments, and the due diligence process for the last decade. She was also the Executive Director and co-founder of New Mexico Start-Up Factory, a technology transfer organization, paired with an investment fund that licenses innovations from research institutions to create investable high-tech companies. An experienced water entrepreneur herself, Dorian has launched 14 high-tech companies. With a background in finance and operations, she has a proven track record of taking companies from idea to industry, while ensuring the formation of a stable and fiscally responsible corporate infrastructure.

Rader is also a General Partner with Rio Vista Growth Capital, a New Mexico mezzanine fund where she manages the operations and financials of the fund’s investments. Additionally, she has worked with the University of New Mexico patent office, was the Angel in Residence at Sandia National Laboratories, and served as Senior Associate at national VC firm, Village Capital. Dorian advises and coaches entrepreneurs on equity investments across many different organizations in New Mexico and Colorado. She earned a B.A. from the University of New Mexico in Entrepreneurial Studies. Together with her husband Keefer Rader, they own the premier radiant heating company, Outlaw Mechanical - The Boiler Experts of New Mexico & Colorado. They also have a daughter and many animals. 

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JOHN CHAVEZ
GENERAL PARTNER

Mr. Chavez currently serves at the President of New Mexico Angels; a local Angel investment group of over 60 accredited investors, which he is also an active investor. Since becoming President, the Angels have seen an increase of over 100% funding of investment deals in new companies. The Angels are now leading investment deals, rather than following venture capitals into them. He is also the Managing Partner of Phase One Ventures and New Mexico Startup Factory Fund I and II.

Mr. Chavez has created technology showcase forums which allow Angel technology partners, Los Alamos National Lab, Sandia National Laboratories, and the University of New Mexico, the opportunity to present technologies available for licensing to Angel members and guests.
In addition to funding new companies, he is an avid entrepreneur. In 2012, he co-founded the New Mexico Start-Up Factory, a company that spins out technology start-ups based on innovations from the University of New Mexico. These spin outs include: Zocere Inc., Exovita Biosciences Inc., Ecopesticides International Inc., Dynamic Photonics Inc., Lotus Leaf Coatings, Inc., Enthentica Inc. and others.
In a previous life Mr. Chavez was appointed as the Cabinet Secretary of the Taxation and Revenue Department for State of New Mexico by Governor Gary Johnson. Mr. Chavez served as Cabinet Secretary for six years and as the President of the Federation of Taxation Administrators for one year. He has a BA in Economics, BBA in Finance and MBA in Regulatory Economics from New Mexico State University.

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SHERMAN MCCORKLE
GENERAL PARTNER

Sherman McCorkle is the Chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Sandia Science & Technology Park Development Corporation (1999 to present) and has served as Lead Independent Director of EMCORE Corporation. From 1993 - 2011 he was President and CEO of Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC). He served from 1988 - 1992 as the President and CEO of Sunwest Credit Services Corporation and from 1976 - 1988 as Senior Vice-President of Albuquerque National Bank.
A leader in the financial services industry, he was appointed by the American Bankers Association to the American Law Institute’s Select Committee on the Uniform Commercial Code of the United States. He is a co-founder and Charter Director of New Mexico Bank and Trust and of Plus System Incorporated. While at TVC he facilitated private equity and venture funding in excess of $1.2 Billion. Active in start-up business ventures he has advised over 125 start-up businesses and is a co-founder of New Mexico Angels.
Mr. McCorkle was voted by the New Mexico business community as the Most Influential Individual in the state. He has received the Albuquerque People’s Favorite Community Leader award multiple times. Mr. McCorkle is an active emeritus member in the USAF Chief of Staff Civic Leader Program, the Air Force Material Command Civic Leader Program. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Strategic Deterrent Coalition. He also serves on the Board of the New Mexico Angels. Mr. McCorkle is a 1984 Graduate of the Colorado Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado. Mr. McCorkle is married to the former Cathy Weaver. They have two adult daughters, Ashley and Shelby.