Our Team
Dwight Gibbs
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Dwight Gibbs is the Chief Executive Office of Therla, LLC, an investment firm focused on investments in software companies. Previously he was Chief Information Officer at INVISION. In that role he was responsible for the continued development of innovative ad sales and management tools, including the development of the industry’s first cross-platform solution, unifying ad sales and management across traditional and new media. Prior to joining INVISION, Dwight served as the Senior Vice President of Technology at INPUT where he was responsible for technology operations and strategy. Previously, Dwight worked for Legg Mason Capital Management as Chief Technology Officer, where he rebuilt an in-house technology platform to provide best-in-class systems and services to internal and external clients. Dwight was the Director of Technology Acceleration at Capital One where he worked directly with the CTO to develop technology strategy and evaluate new technology. Dwight also served as CIO of TextOre, Inc., a Northrop Grumman backed text mining company, and CTO of The Motley Fool, Inc., an online investment educator.

Dwight holds an MBA from Georgetown University; an MS in Management Information Systems from The University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce; and a BS in Commerce from The University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce.

Eric Meerschaert
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Eric is a Managing Director of Exedient LLC, focused on accelerating profitable revenue growth for portfolio companies and clients.Previously, Eric was President of Click Commerce where he led four separate operating groups providing eCommerce software solutions, clinical research administrative solutions, service management solutions and outsourced labor management solutions.  Click Commerce was a division of ITW, and Eric played a critical role in preparing the company for and successfully leading the company through its sale to a private equity firm.

Prior to joining Click Commerce, Eric held a variety of executive leadership roles in software companies.  Eric was SVP of Global Marketing for Sterling Commerce.  At Sterling Commerce, Eric rebuilt the marketing organization and accelerated marketing results dramatically while integrating 3 new acquisitions.  Eric also held leadership positions at JD Edwards and Optika software companies. The earlier part of Eric’s career was spent at Arthur Anderson’s Management Information Consulting Division (now Accenture) and McKinsey & Co. driving corporate change and bottom line results for Global 1000 companies.  Eric helped his clients achieve operational excellence across insurance, banking, manufacturing, information technology, pharmaceuticals and high-tech manufacturing.  A majority of Eric’s consulting expertise is focused on optimizing customer-facing processes, but he also brings expertise in regulatory filing and supply chain management.

Eric holds a Bachelors of Business in Management Information Systems with a minor in Operations Research from Drake University.

Michael Myers
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Michael joined the Avantce Capital team to focus on investments and acquisitions in software, internet applications, infrastructure, and communications.  He has extensive experiences in management, sales, marketing, and operations and is an active venture investor in Telecom, Data center, Asset Management, Invoice Automation, Procurement, Provisioning, Business Intelligence, Supply Chain, Collaboration, Process Improvement, Content, Records, Document, and Integration Management technology companies. Michael built a proven track record over the last twenty years in his roles at GlobalCenter, Global Crossing, Red Hat, Visual Sciences (Omniture now Adobe) Metastorm, MessageVision and Questys Solutions.  His experiences include both public and private companies focused on delivering high value customer solutions and operational efficiency.


Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Ashland University sits on several boards and support a number of charities in Naples, Florida.




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Investment Strategy

Avantce Capital investment strategy and process involves intensively studying fragmented industries to identify high-potential sectors; becoming deeply knowledgeable in the selected sectors; and investing in...

Our Promise

Avantce Capital is committed to your success.  We will work with you to maximize the value of your business. Avantce Capital has a distinct approach which combines creative financial execution with deep tech...

Approach to Investments

Avantce Capital invests in and operates companies in mature segments of the software industry. ...


  Avantce Capital principals each have more than 20 years of leadership experience.  The team has deep and relevant experience in the targeted areas in which we invest. Each principal of Avantce Capital has a...