Our Team

Rick Hayes, CEO
Rick has been associated with the investment industry since 1980. He has originated, structured, and/or placed several billion dollars in various security transactions, including private and public debt and equity. He has experience in all aspects of start-up investing, from conceptualization and initial capitalization, through sale or re-capitalization. He has particular expertise in the financial services and health care industries, and has provided advisory services to a number of start-up enterprises. Prior to founding Waveland Ventures, LLC he served as President of Waveland Capital, LLC, a privately held company that invests in the securities of small and mid-cap public companies. He has held senior positions at EF Hutton, Prudential Securities, and Dean Witter Reynolds. Rick is a cum laude graduate of Michigan State University where he has served as a member of the Advisory Board at the Eli Broad College of Business, School of Management.

Johan Segerdahl, CFO
Johan began his career in the investment industry in 1981, serving as head of Institutional Equity Sales at Robert W. Baird & Company from 1988 to 1992. He was a Senior Managing Director and Head of Equity Sales, Trading and Research at the Chicago Corporation from 1992 until its acquisition in 1995. Since 1995 he has been the President, CEO and majority shareholder of Iron Block Holdings. His third party board appointments include: Professional Account Management, LLC, a collection agency; Vigen Laboratories, Inc., a biotechnology company; the Cardiovascular Research Board of the Medical School of Wisconsin, and the Research Foundation of the Medical School of Wisconsin. Johan received his BA from Bowdoin College and his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts and Harvard Universities). Johan also serves as the honorary Swedish Consul for the State of Wisconsin.

Paul Deslongchamps, Chief Investment Officer
Paul has over two decades of entrepreneurial, operations and investment experience. Prior to joining Waveland, Paul was the Managing Director of Operon Partners, LLC where he managed the investment of capital and services into early stage technology companies. From 1994 to 1999 Paul served as Director of Ventures in the Office of the President of GE Capital and made investments on behalf of GE Equity, the private equity arm of General Electric. Before joining GE Capital, Paul was a Director at the online service GEnie and developed new markets for GE Informational Services as well as Sterling Software, the predecessor to what became Sterling Commerce (acquired by SBC). Paul has degrees in Accounting and English from Villanova University.

Lacey Tomczuk, Controller
Lacey began her career in public accounting with a local public accounting firm in Milwaukee from 1997 through 2004. Her areas of focus were audits of broker/dealers, and non profit organizations as well as corporate partnership taxation. She is involved with community development finance issues and has served on the finance committee for the downtown Milwaukee business improvement district. Lacey attended both St. Clare's College in Oxford England and Marquette University, where she graduated cum laude with a degree in Accounting.