Investor Connect Podcast

In this episode, Hall welcomes Dr. Eric Tait, Founder and Fund Manager at Vernonville Asset Management (VAM).

Vernonville Asset Management is a private investment firm created to provide investors the opportunity to invest in real assets. Their focus is creating and maintaining investor wealth through alternative investment strategies. Returns are generated for their clients by directly investing in companies and development teams with a proven track record of profitable operations along with experienced management.

Eric is a physician who is board-certified in Internal Medicine. Under Eric, VAM has grown to over 100 million dollars in assets internationally and domestically, these include the Hilton Curio Resort in Belize, numerous Triple Net Commercial and Light Industrial assets, multi-family apartment homes, student housing, specialty coffee farms in Boquete, Panama, and dozens of single-family homes, private lending funds, and angel investments. Eric is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Urban Capital Network, an investment firm that partners with top quartile Venture Capital firms to allow access to non-traditional venture investors. Eric attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. At Morehouse, Eric was very involved in the Health Careers Society and mentoring elementary school children in math and science.

After college, Eric relocated to Houston to attend Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones School of Management and Baylor College of Medicine where he received his dual-degree M.D./MBA. During his tenure at Rice, he worked for Aetna Healthcare as special assistant to the Senior Network Medical Director for the Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware region. Eric graduated from Rice University with an MBA in Healthcare Management and a concentration in Entrepreneurship.

Upon graduation from Baylor College of Medicine, Eric attended the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for his internship and residency in Internal Medicine. Eric is in private practice and is currently on the medical staff of Saint Joseph Medical Center in Downtown Houston.

Eric is also President of Pinnacle Physician Management Organization, a member of Key PAC, and is also involved with numerous community-based organizations in the Greater Houston region like The Morehouse College Alumni Association. Eric’s interests include reading, entertaining, and spending time with his wife Claudine and young daughters Kiran and Lena.

Eric shares with Hall what excites him now in the industry and advises startups and investors. He discusses the state of startup investing post-COVID-19 and speaks about his investment thesis.

You can visit Vernonville Asset Management at

Eric can be contacted via email at, via LinkedIn at, and via

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Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

Startup founders need time-management skills to run a business.

Here’s a list of key skills successful founders have:

  1. Can set up daily routines and repeat them consistently.
  2. Can prioritize tasks doing the most important ones first.
  3. Can delegate tasks to others when others are better suited for those tasks.
  4. Can use time management techniques such as Pomodoro and others.
  5. Can plan the work and then work the plan consistently.
  6. Can mitigate distractions from social media, email, and other sources.
  7. Can focus on a singular task and avoid multitasking.
  8. Can simplify projects to their essential components and focus on those.

In this attention-demanding economy, it takes strong time-management skills to succeed.

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