CEO and Fund Manager of the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund in Ann Arbor. With two decades of experience in technology, finance, and law, Rizik has played a principal role in more than 50 multimillion dollar venture capital transactions. He most recently served as a co-founder, partner, and board member of Ardesta, LLC, an industry accelerator dedicated to the development of microsystems and other small technologies. Previously, he served as a managing director of Avalon Investments, Inc., a $100 million venture capital firm specializing in technology-oriented investments. During his tenures at Avalon and Ardesta, he accepted four consecutive "Deal of the Year" awards from the Michigan Venture Capital Association. Prior to joining Avalon, Rizik was a senior partner with Dickinson Wright PLLC, where he led the law firm's emerging company department. He also passed the CPA examination and worked at PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Rizik is also the founder of the website SoulTracks.com. He is a member of the executive committee and serves as finance chair of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. He also serves on the board and is immediate past chair of NextEnergy, Michigan's advanced energy economic development organization, and sits on the advisory board of the Detroit Medical Center. Rizik chairs the investment committee of the First Step Fund and also serves on the boards of the Michigan Venture Capital Association and Leadership Detroit, and is a member of the advisory board of several venture capital funds. In 2010, Crain's Detroit Business
named him a "Newsmaker of the Year" for his leadership role in the advancement of venture capital and entrepreneurship in Michigan. Rizik received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Michigan State University and his JD from the University of Michigan.