INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 25, 2016) – With five angel investing chapters across Indiana and another set to launch, nearly 90 angel investors, and close to 20 portfolio companies, VisionTech Partners/VisionTech Angels have emerged as one of the Midwest’s most active investors in early growth startup companies. To take advantage of the “startup boom” in Indiana and across the Midwest, VisionTech has hired its first executive director, Benjamin (Ben) Pidgeon, a 15-year veteran of the banking industry and current president of the Venture Club of Indiana.
Commenting on Pidgeon’s hiring, VisionTech Founder and Managing Director Oscar Moralez said Pidgeon’s background in finance and investing as well as his direct involvement in Indiana’s startup community makes him the perfect person for the job of executive director. “Ben joins us at a time when our state and our organization are taking leading roles in business startups, innovation/commercialization and job creation. VisionTech Angels is rapidly approaching 100 members and as our portfolio of investments continues to grow, we need an executive director with Ben’s experience to help us optimize our growth, continue to recruit investors and attract and evaluate deals for our organization.”
Prior to joining VisionTech, Pidgeon served as vice president and private banker at Stock Yards Bank and Trust in Indianapolis. He has also worked with MainSource Bank and M&I Bank/BMO Financial, both in Indianapolis; Bank One in Greenwood, and Oak Street Mortgage in Carmel. In addition to serving as president, Pidgeon serves on the Board of Directors of the Venture Club of Indiana; has served as president and treasurer of the Institute of Management Accountants, Indianapolis Chapter; and is former member of the Woodruff Place Foundation Board of Directors.
A native of West Lafayette, Indiana, Pidgeon earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from Purdue University and a Master’s of Business Administration from the IU Kelley School of Business. He holds Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification.