Avtech Ventures Team
Who We Are
Gary Shields, CFA
Founder & CEO
Gary has 30+ years of success as an investment banker, venture capitalist, board member, and C-level
executive who has played an active role in hundreds of transactions that achieved optimal value for
regional, national, and multinational companies. He has held senior technology and healthcare-focused
investment/investment banking positions with leading firms in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and
Gary founded Avtech Ventures in 2001 as one of San Diego's largest venture capital firms before
expanding the firm to include M&A and capital formation advisory services. At Avtech, he has led direct
investments in more than 40 companies and personally held board positions at more than 15. He played
critical roles guiding the portfolio companies toward successful financings and exits including mergers
and acquisitions (M&A), strategic partnerships and capital formation at all stages through IPO and sale.
Prior to Avtech, he co-founded Flemming Lessard & Shields, a leading Southern California-
headquartered investment bank with offices in San Diego and San Francisco, where he led dozens of
M&A and capital formation assignments for leading regional, national and multinational companies.
He moved to San Diego in 1991 to be Senior Vice President Corporate Finance and Development and an
early investor at Integrated Medical Systems, one of the most successful companies in the healthcare
information industry. While there he negotiated a major strategic alliance with McKesson Corp and
then, while leading the company's IPO process, negotiated a very successful all-cash sale of the company
to Eli Lilly.
Before moving to San Diego Gary held senior technology investment banking and research positions at
LF Rothschild in New York, and Robertson Stephens in New York and San Francisco. He was also a
partner at Technological Investors, a leading New York City firm investing in public and private
technology and medical companies. Earlier in his career, he managed one of the largest US groups for
Paris based Credit Lyonnais where he led dozens of transactions that totaled billions of dollars for the
firm's Fortune 500 multinational clients. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and
holds Series 79 and 63 securities licenses. He received his BA with honors from the University of
Cincinnati and was a fellow in the MSFS program at Georgetown University. Additionally, he holds two
patents in the field of advanced optics technology and is a multi-engine instrument-rated pilot.
Logan joined Avtech Ventures as an Intern in 2020 and quickly rose to the position of Associate. Having spent a good portion of his life as a professional skier he continually shows his capability of being a team member and of winning. He assists in writing marketing materials for transactions, for identifying prospects, and making initial contact with acquisition / investor targets. He earned his BS in Information Sciences at University of Utah where he is enrolled in the Master of Science in Finance program.