Mr. Tankersley has more than 30 years of experience as a venture investor and has raised and managed more than $1.0 billion of venture capital during his career. He is responsible for a number of highly successful investments in companies such as Crown Castle and Brooks Fiber Properties. Prior to founding Meritage, he co-founded Centennial Funds in 1981 and served as its CEO and/or CIO until 1997. His career began at the Continental Illinois Bank in 1974, where he joined its venture capital subsidiary in 1978. Mr. Tankersley is a Past President and Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Denver Area Council Boy Scouts of America, serves on the Board of Directors of Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley, California, and serves on the Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship’s Executive Advisory Board. He received an undergraduate degree with High Honors from Denison University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He currently serves, and has previously served, on the Boards of Directors of various Meritage portfolio companies.