Mark Roberts - Chicostart

Mark Roberts has over 20 years of senior management experience.  Currently, he is the CEO of Springboard Biodiesel, LLC, s cleantech manufacturing company that has helped redefine the distributed low-carbon fuel production model. Prior to Springboard, Mark spent 15 years providing high growth technology companies – both in the US and abroad – with strategic and financial advice. As a Senior Managing Director, heading the Global Semiconductor and Storage practice at Bear Stearns and a Partner at Thomas Weisel Partners, co-heading the Global software practice, Mark has been involved in a significant number of transactions – initial public offerings (IPOs), secondary and debt financings and private capital investment, together representing billions of dollars in growth capital. In addition, throughout his time in the investment banking industry, he maintained a strong focus on M&A and as a result was very active in the strategic mergers and acquisition activities of his clients.

Mark’s background – blending both transactional expertise and operational experience – helps him to provide studied and experience-based advice on a wide range of transactional, strategic and operational topics.



Springboard Biodiesel

– Present (8 years)

Springboard Biodiesel manufactures innovative and patented equipment that enables the profitable production and use of biodiesel in local markets.

Managing Director

Thomas Weisel Partners

(3 years)

Sr. Managing Director

Bear Stearns

(6 years)


Robertson Stephens

(2 years)San Francisco


Lehman Brothers

(4 years)