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StartUpNV Announces Three New Members on Board of Directors

LAS VEGAS (March 26, 2024) – StartUpNV, Nevada’s business accelerator and incubator for scalable startups, announced that three distinguished community and business leaders will join the nonprofit’s board of directors effective April 1. The new board members are Kacy Drury, Parker Werline, and Michael Sherwood.

Kacy Drury, currently senior vice president for customer experience and operations for Everi Holdings, brings to the board a 20-year career in gaming as well as experience on various community organizations, including serving as a commissioner on the Nevada Veterans’ Services Commission, a council advisor on Veteran’s Voices: Were Listening oral history program at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV), a board member on the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada, and a board director on the Community Roots Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from California State University, San Bernardino.

Parker Werline has nearly a decade of experience in the finance industry. Currently, he is the private equity assistance vice president at Fiume Capital, where he is responsible for critical components of the investment process including conducting due diligence, financial modeling, preparing investment memorandums and evaluating market and industry dynamics. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, Werline served as an investment banking associate for mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley in New York City. He has a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Vassar College.


Rounding out the trio of new board members is Michael Sherwood, the chief innovation and technology officer for the city of Las Vegas. Sherwood has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of process improvement, technology, and innovation. Prior to his tenure with the city of Las Vegas, he served as the deputy director of public safety, business services, and city technology for the city of Irvine, California. He received his Bachelor of Science in management from Pepperdine University and a Master of Science degree in executive management from the University of Southern California (USC). 


“The diverse background and experience that Kacy, Parker and Michael will bring to the board of directors is unparalleled,” said Jeff Saling, executive director of StartUpNV. “Additionally, they have demonstrated a staunch commitment to fostering Nevada’s startup ecosystem serving as mentors to entrepreneurs and angel investors involved with StartUpNV’s programs.”

About StartUpNV

StartUpNV is a 501(c)3 non-profit statewide accelerator and business incubator for scalable Nevada-based startups that provides expert mentorship and access to a network of capital partners. StartUpNV’s founders, mentors, university connections, investors, and business partners work together to grow and support a robust, inclusive startup ecosystem in Nevada. StartUpNV’s related venture funds, FundNV, AngelNV, and the new 1864 seed fund, provide startups access to local venture capital along with education for entrepreneurs and angel investors. Since inception in 2017, StartUpNV has heard pitches from more than 1,000 startups, held more than 250 education events, and seen nearly $80 million in venture capital raised for more than 55 companies. For information visit:


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