The St. Louis Arch Angels is a network of private investors. It is organized as a 501(c)(6) corporation and is governed by a board of directors composed of the following officers:
Brian Kinman: Chairman
Brian Kinman is a St. Louis native who moved back to the region a few years ago upon retirement from PwC, the multinational accounting and consulting firm, after 25 years in New York City. He comes to the board with a background encompassing a 40-year career as a CPA. In retirement he has become an active investor, mentor and coach within the start-up community.
Tom Niermann: Vice-Chairman
Tom Niermann comes to the Network with an extensive background in product marketing, engineering and fundraising strategies. He founded and served as chief technical officer of three venture-backed software companies and was the former head of technology and program management of strategic partnerships at Google.
James von der Heydt: Secretary
James (Jim) von der Heydt, one of the first members of the St. Louis Arch Angels, spent 21 years in marketing and development with Purina, playing a key management role in the company's technology and brand acquisition strategy. After retiring in 2002, he formed a consulting practice focused on business development and strategic acquisitions. In addition to his role as an advisor and angel investor, he has been involved in the creation and management of six different start-up companies.
Jay Baumohl: Treasurer
Jay Baumohl is a financial executive with experience in various healthcare enterprises, including Express Scripts and Walgreens; and was most recently with Fagron NV, a global pharmaceuticals company.
Greg Trapp: Member-at-Large
Greg Trapp is retired division president and general manager for Progressive Corp. He is currently an investor and consultant to small businesses.
Chairman Emeritus: Gilbert Bickel
Our members are entrepreneurs, CEO’s, venture capitalists and business leaders who have founded, funded and built companies. We mentor and coach the entrepreneurs in whom we invest, serve on their boards, provide contacts and assist with team building, strategic planning and fundraising.
If you are interested in additional information regarding membership in the Arch Angels, please contact Christine Walsh, St. Louis Arch Angels Administrator, at 314-444-1151.