Doug Buerkle, Commercialization Advisor
As Founding Executive Director of NEXUS-NY, Doug Buerkle helps catalyze and accelerate early stage, clean energy startup companies. Through its financial and business support, NEXUS-NY has helped launch more than a dozen new companies since 2014.
Prior to joining NextCorps, Doug held various executive positions in industry where he guided the rapid growth of multiple technology companies. Doug was co-founder and CEO of Lumella, Inc., an optical component startup, which he exited through the sale of the company’s silicon photonics IP to a Global 1000 firm. Doug is passionate about improving commercialization pathways for scientific innovations which promise to improve the human condition. He holds an MBA from the Simon School at the University of Rochester and a BS in Engineering from Temple University.
Ken Camarco, Manufacturing Advisor
Clarkson University alumnus and Trustee, Ken Camarco ‘85 of Colts Neck, New Jersey is the president and founder of Boundless Breakthroughs LLC, a startup company developing innovative material handling and cargo management products, in addition to providing business process improvement advisory services across a variety of industries.
Camarco was a member of Pall Corporation’s (Port Washington, NY) executive management team; and in 2014 he was appointed chief customer satisfaction officer to lead the corporation’s “customer first” initiatives to develop a culture of service excellence across all customer touch points. During his tenure at Pall, Camarco led global operations, supply chain, and information technology for the corporation. In 2015, Pall was sold to Danaher Corp.
Mike Derrick, Strategic Advisor
Mike brings proven leadership experience to the DTI team. He served three decades in the U.S. Army, commanded troops in combat, and rose to executive levels of military and diplomatic leadership. Following military service, he concluded his government career as a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State. He has lived and served around the world and will bring DTI a global perspective on operations and strategy. Having built organizations from small combat units to a multi-national enterprise, Mike knows how to optimize teams in order to deliver results. In the 2016 election cycle, he continued his public service by running for the U.S. Congress in New York’s 21stDistrict.
Mike holds a BS from the United States Military Academy, West Point and two MAs from Indiana University. He has taught on the faculty at both West Point and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Mike and his wife, Kathy, live in the Champlain Valley in Northern New York.