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2019 MENTORS & JUDGES


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REGIONAL JUDGES
(SELECTING 1 SEMI-FINALIST FROM EACH OF THE 10 REGIONS - NOT VOTE BASED)


NORTHWEST REGION
(California, Hawaii, Alaska)


MARQUIS JACKSON - Regional Judge

San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network
Regional Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Marquise Jackson is the Regional Director for San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network. Marquise has a background in technology commercialization, market research, and economic development. A student of science, Marquise thinks it is interesting to observe how small changes in technology, the economy and knowledge can change small businesses.

JUDI MELLON - Regional Judge
Hawai'i SBDC
Center Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

An entrepreneur herself, Judi loves to help others grow their business. Her 20 years in the U.S. Marines, academic degrees and experience have provided strong skills in finance, process improvement and strategic planning, Judi’s passion is working with entrepreneurs to generate sustainable growth. 

JON BITTNER - Regional Judge
Alaska SBDC
Executive Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Jon Bittner serves as Executive Director of the Alaska Small Business Development Center. Previously, Jon served as Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce and received the Young Economic Development Professional of the Year award from the IEDC for his work in economic development and community building in Alaska.

 

WESTERN REGION
(Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)


JENEFENESS TUCKER - Regional Judge
Public Speaker Trainer and Professional Development Coach

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Jenefeness Tucker, MBA has been coaching, educating and training entrepreneurs for more than 16 years. Over the course of her career, Jenefeness has worked in the private sector, public service, large corporations and small businesses, always seeking opportunities to educate and empower herself and those around her.

CHAD MOORE - Regional Judge
Montana SBDC
State Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Chad Moore is the State Director for the Montana Small Business Development Center. With experience in marketing, new client development, business planning, strategic planning and overall business coaching, his expertise has helped businesses understand the marketing landscape in today’s business environment, secure seed capital and offset business expenses through expansion incentives.

TRACY BAKER - Regional Judge
Miles City, Montana SBDC
Regional Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Tracy Baker is the Miles City, Montana SBDC Regional Director and the Miles Community College Workforce Development & Community Outreach Coordinator. Baker grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, but has lived in Miles City for 13 years.  Prior to this, Tracy was the Director of the Miles City Economic Development Council.

JILL KLINE - Regional Judge
Wyoming SBDC
State Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Jill serves as the state director for the Wyoming SBDC Network, with a master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Geology.  She is also certified as an advisor in: business, technology development and commercialization, Core Four Business Planning, NxLevel Business Planning instruction, and Profit Mastery.

WILL FOWLER - Regional Judge
 

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
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JIM DREAVER - Regional Judge
 

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
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MIKE FINNERTY - Regional Judge
 

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
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MIDWEST REGION
(Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota)


RICHARD PROFFER - Regional Judge
University of Missouri Extension
Business & Community Development

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Richard Proffer has been with University of Missouri Extension for over a decade working in business and community development.  He is active in business development activity where he helps Missourians start a business, stay in business and be successful at it and has won several awards for his work and helped over 100 businesses get started.

SAMANTHA LUNKFORD - Regional Judge
Cameron University: Director of Emerging Technology & Entrepreneurial Studies

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Dr. Samantha Lankford brings over 17 years of management, consulting, and leadership experience in university, corporate, and small business environments. She specializes in Entrepreneurism and Leadership Development. Dr. Lankford assumed the position of Director of Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies at Cameron University in February of 2017.

LISA SHIMKAT - Regional Judge
Iowa SBDC
State Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Lisa Shimkat is the State Director of the Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  The Iowa Small Business Development Center has 15 centers across the state that provide business counseling for entrepreneurs in all areas of starting, operating and expanding a business, including utilizing existing community loan programs in partnership with banks and federal programs.

DAVID MARTIN - Regional Judge
North Dakota SBDC
State Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
David K. Martin is State Director for the North Dakota Small Business Development Centers, North Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Centers and North Dakota - South Dakota Veterans Business Outreach Centers, which provide training and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses across the entire state.


SOUTH REGION
(Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi)


TIMEKIA MALLERY - Regional Judge
Tulane University Albert Lepage Center
Senior Program Coordinator

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Timekia is the Senior Program Coordinator of the Albert Lepage Center and runs the Student Venture Incubator Program. She helped build the Innovators-in-Residence Program, supporting student entrepreneurs through coordinating programming and logistics for all activities in the student venture incubator and works directly with the Innovators-in-Residence and alumni to pair them with student ventures in a mentor role.

BRUCE STRONG - Regional Judge
Minnesota SBDC
State Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Bruce Strong is State Director for the Minnesota Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network. He has extensive experience in community and economic development and in the mortgage lending and banking industries. He is an Air Force veteran and graduated summa cum laude from National College with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing.

JONATHAN PATTON - Regional Judge
 

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
 

SHELLEY DELAYNE - Regional Judge
 

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

 


NORTH REGION
(ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN)


JANIS MUELLER - Regional Judge
Michigan SBDC at Kettering University
Regional Director 

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Janis Mueller is the Regional Director for the Michigan Small Business Development Center at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan and leads a team on business consultants to drive economic impact across the region.  She actively supports several non-profit organizations in the region.

DON ELMORE - Regional Judge
Champaign SBDC
Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Don Elmore brings many years of experience in consulting, executive and managerial roles to his position as Director of this Small Business Development Center in Champaign.

ERICKA PERKINS - Regional Judge
Illinois SBDC
Assistant State Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Ericka Perkins is the Assistant State Director of the Illinois SBDC Network and oversees the day to day operations of 38 locations throughout the state. Ms. Perkins has worked for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the host of the Illinois SBDC Network, since 2000 in various roles.

 

SOUTHEAST REGION
(ARKANSAS, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, OKLAHOMA, TEXAS)


ROLANDO BALLI - Regional Judge
Ozadi
Founder

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Rolando has a diverse background from IT Sales, Human Resources, to entrepreneurship. Founding three companies; a real estate management company, an outdoor living construction company, and most recently Ozadi, he is passionate about the future of work, outdoor living (and working) and spends his free time in the outdoors and traveling

JOHN CUNNINGHAM - Regional Judge
Cameron University
CULE-IT Specialist

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
John Cunningham graduated from Cameron University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Multimedia and Instructional Design. John is also an aspiring entrepreneur who knows a great deal about computers and has owned his own web hosting and design business.

ADA RYLAND - Regional Judge
AdaRyland.com
Early-stage Startup Specialist

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Ada Ryland is a mechanical engineer who crossed over into studying people and business effectiveness over 15 years ago. Ada’s focus is on clarity and “agency” for the founder—the person—not on the business idea or startup. She brings a practical approach that help entrepreneurs lower that feeling of “spinning wheels” and “overwhelm” so that they can think clearly and make better decisions. Ada has guided 100+ early-stage entrepreneurs and founders and works with several startup accelerators as a trainer and mentor.

 

MIDNORTH REGION
(INDIANA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA)


MIKE BOWERS - Regional Judge
Ohio SBDC at Columbus State Community College
Director & Business Advisor

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Michael Bowers is a Business Advisor and Director for the Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Columbus State Community College. He has a diverse business skill set with experience in banking, private equity, strategic planning, digital media and marketing.

SONYA SMITH - Regional Judge
Pennsylvania SBDC
Associate State Director Programming & Policy

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Sonya Smith is the Associate State Director Programming and Policy for the PA Small Business Development Centers. Sonya’s key duties include the design, implementation and review of programs to enhance the delivery of services to small businesses in Pennsylvania by the PASBDC Network and serving as lead on the ASBDC accreditation team.

CINDY NELLIS - Regional Judge
Clarion University SBDC
Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Cindy Nellis is the Director of the Clarion University Small Business Development Center, overseeing program development, evaluation and reporting, budgeting, human resources, public relations, and training programs. Cindy specializes in researching, developing marketing and advertising strategies, business plans and financial proposals and prepares detailed financial reports for SBDC clients.

MIKE WILLIAMS - Regional Judge
Cook Medical
Director of Global Vascular Programs

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Mike Williams is the Director of Global Vascular Programs for Cook Medical. Mike leads the product management and marketing teams, generating over a billion dollars in yearly sales. He received an BA at the University of Utah in Business Management, an MBA at Thunderbird (ASU), and is a Tobias Leadership Fellow at Indiana University.

 


EAST REGION
(NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, OKLAHOMA)


DANIEL STRACK - Regional Judge
Former Goldman Sachs Managing Director
 

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Daniel Strack is a former Goldman Sachs Managing Director recognized as a creative, client-focused business leader with solid experience introducing new initiatives to leverage services, improve performance and mitigate risk. He is also a passionate small business advocate helping to advise, finance, build and run startups both in and out of financial services.

DEEPIKA PAUDELL - Regional Judge
Cameron University
CULE-IT Specialist

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Deepika Paudel is an aspiring entrepreneur who joined Cameron University as CULE-IT Specialist in July 2018. Deepika is an international student from Nepal who graduated from Cameron University with a Master’s in Business Administration in May 2018.

LIAM MCMAHON - Regional Judge

 

NORTHEAST REGION
(MASSACHUSETTS, MARYLAND)


RICHARD CHENEY - Regional Judge
Massachusetts SBDC
Regional Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Richard is the Regional Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) at Clark University.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Hobart College in Geneva, New York and earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

PAUL BARDACK - Regional Judge
Maryland SBDC
Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Paul Bardack is Director of the Maryland Small Business Development Center and has served as Deputy HUD Assistant Secretary, as senior policy advisor to the New Jersey Governor, and on Capitol Hill he was instrumental in crafting the federal enterprise zone program.

 

LORA M. BROWN - Regional Judge


SEMI-FINAL ROUND JUDGES
(SELECTING THE TOP 10 FINALISTS FROM THE 25 MOST VOTES + 10 REGIONAL WINNERS)


Matt Kaplan

MATT KAPLAN - Semi-Final Judge
Outdoor Industry Association
VP Membership & Business Development

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Working in the Outdoor Industry for over 20 years, Matt has a wide array of experience and perspective from several brands within the Industry. He has worked with large, Big Box Retailers, small independent specialty retailers, international distributors, domestic distributors, and online retailers.  Since joining OIA, the membership numbers have grown to an all-time high, revenue has exceeded all previous records and Matt has launched several new initiatives and programs. 

JANELLE PAGE - Semi-Final Judge
Nutraceutical Corporation
VP of Marketing & eCommerce Strategy

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Janelle Page’s career in business and marketing began in elementary when she first started selling blow pops and candy bars to her fellow schoolmates. Her resume includes successful ventures in marketing, real estate, sports nutrition, supplements, events, consulting, teaching, and public speaking. Over the years, she has created and sold several companies, as well as helped hundreds of brands—both large and small—grow their business. Prior to becoming the Vice President of Marketing and eCommerce Strategy at Nutraceutical Corporation, Janelle was the founder and CEO of KickFire Marketing. Janelle is an outdoor enthusiast who’s passionate about mountain biking, hiking, and practicing exceedingly difficult yoga poses. 

ADAM BUCHANAN - Semi-Final Judge
adamcbuchanan.com
Owner, marketing influencer

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Adam Buchanan has been helping brands with their digital marketing strategies for over 10 years. He's helped companies like Cabela's, Columbia Sportswear, and Backcountry.com with their social media and influencer marketing programs. He believes companies should focus more on trust rather than trends to grow their business and talks about how to infuse more trust on his podcast The Marketing Trust. You can connect and learn more about Adam on twitter @adam_buchanan and his website adamcbuchanan.com.

STEVE GRAYBILL - Semi-Final Judge
Mulibex
Founder & CEO

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

 “Ain’t no mountain high enough” is an understatement.  When Steve sees a challenge, he climbs right over the dang thing.  It doesn’t matter if it’s developing and designing the next generation of aircraft, in the military defending our freedom, or in his personal endeavors, namely wrangling his kids, Steve does what it takes to get the job done.  Some might say he kick’s butt and takes names later, but he mostly just kick’s butt.  Pushing the limits in everything he does, he is often heard hollering, “Giddy-yup” and “Let’s do this!”  He is a man’s man with the heart of a saint.

 

BEN FORCHINI - Semi-Final Judge
San Francisco State University
Aquatics & Safety Programs Coordinator

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Ben Forchini is the Aquatics & Safety Programs Coordinator for San Francisco State University. Prior to his role at San Francisco State, Ben held roles as the Program Director for the Boys & Girls Club of the as well as the Athletic Recreation Coordinator for the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. He is also the founder and owner of California Surfing Academy in Half Moon Bay, CA. An avid waterman, Ben provides decades of experience in ocean safety and recreation.

BRIAN HYDE - Semi-Final Judge
Maverik, Inc.

Director of Financial Planning
 

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Brian is a proud WSU Finance graduate and now works for Maverik as their director of financial planning and analysis.  In this role, Brian has the opportunity to help plan Maverik’s rapid growth trajectory.  He also manages financial reporting and business analytics at Maverik with a team of wicked sharp financial analysts.

 

RANDALL PINSON - Semi-Final Judge
Rockagator
President

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

 

Randall Pinson is the founder of Rockagator, a Utah company that produces waterproof backpacks, duffles and dry bags.  Growing up in the foot of the Wasatch Mountains has given Randall his inspiration for developing kit that appeals to a broad cross-section of outdoor enthusiasts.  In 2018 Rockagator became the official Backpack of Spartan Race’s premier Endurance Event ‘The AGOGE’.  Randall graduated from the University of Utah School of Business and continues to grow Rockagator in the same community that grew him.  

ELI CHMOUNI - Semi-Final Judge
SURF
Founder & CEO 

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Eli Chmouni moved to Arizona from Lebanon at the age of 19 with $600 and the hunger for the American Dream. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degree, he realized that a traditional job setting is not exciting enough. He then launched 4 startups over 8 years, two of which have been acquired. In 2016, Eli was voted a top 35 under 35 entrepreneur in Arizona, and his startups have won significant awards and accolades over the years. Eli was a faculty member at Arizona State University for eight years teaching engineering and entrepreneurship. He's mentored more than 500 startups. 

 

MELANIE WEBB - Semi-Final Judge
Sol Fitness Adventures
Founder

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Melanie is the founder of boutique tour operator Sol Fitness Adventures and was named “The person to call” for her guided retreats in Utah’s National Parks by DEPARTURES Magazine. An ACE-certified personal trainer, Melanie spent six years training private clients in Washington, D.C. The former wildlife biologist and environmental consultant lent her experience to KÜHL Clothing from 2015 to 2018, serving as their PR and government affairs manager. She has also been featured on Good Morning America and in Outside, IDEA Fitness Journal, Los Angeles Times, and more. Melanie recently authored her first book, Adventures in Mother Nature’s Gym. 

JENNIFER KILLIAN - Semi-Final Judge
AndShesDopeToo
Owner & CEO

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Jennifer is the Co-Founder and CEO of AndShesDopeToo, an outdoor women’s event company based in Ogden,UT. She started her journey in 2015 with her husband and business partner Taylor. Her goal was to create a community for women in the outdoors that removed all aspects of comparison and competition. Through Jennifer’s drive and passion, ASDT has become a world-wide brand, hosting multiple large scale camping experiences, intimate backcountry retreats, local meet-ups and The Lady Wild Film Festival.

Her greatest success on top of AndShesDopeToo is being married to her husband of 11 years and their 3 outdoor loving children.

 

PETER F. MALEN Jr. - Semi-Final Judge
Workman Nydegger
Intellectual Property Attorney

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Peter F. Malen Jr.’s legal and technical backgrounds are diverse. He began his professional career as a mechanical engineer with the Department of Defense.  Since transitioning law, Mr. Malen now manages IP portfolios for clients ranging in size from one-person operations to top 10 Fortune 500 companies in a wide variety of fields, including sporting goods.  In addition to the development and implementation of IP protections for U.S. and international patent and trademark applications, Mr. Malen also provides international trade secrets counseling, licensing, infringement investigations, due diligence investigations, and assistance in the advancement of client rights in numerous foreign jurisdictions including Canada, Europe, and Asia.  

J. PAUL NORTON, Ph.D. - Semi-Final Judge
Workman Nydegger
Associate: Patent Prosecution Group

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Dr. J. Paul Norton is an associate in Workman Nydegger’s patent prosecution group. He holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Utah, where he gained extensive experience with the function of the mammalian immune system and teasing apart the genetic and molecular bases for microbial pathogenesis. Dr. Norton’s research has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, and he has also presented his research as an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences.

BRENT P. LORIMER - Semi-Final Judge
Workman Nydegger
Intellectual Property Attorney

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Brent P. Lorimer’s wide-ranging technical and litigation experience contribute to his success in intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. His practice focuses on patent, trademark, copyright, licensing and trade secret litigation and related counseling. He has led litigation teams in a wide variety of technologies including radar-based “dilemma zone” systems, automatic lane allocation, measurement of volume, occupancy and other traffic patterns, embolic microspheres for use in treatment of uterine fibroids and other benign and malignant tumors, nano fibers used in stents and other devices, devices and methods for thromboembolectomy, and devices and methods for angiography.

FRASER D. ROY - Semi-Final Judge
Workman Nydegger
Intellectual Property Attorney

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Fraser D. Roy’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law with a focus of assisting clients to manage and develop their U.S. and foreign IP portfolios through identifying and protecting key innovations and technologies and thoughtfully selecting U.S. and foreign IP protection strategies. With this underlying motivation, Mr. Roy’s practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the U.S. and foreign countries, the preparation of licensing, acquisition, confidentiality, and other agreements related to intellectual property, and attending to issues related to copyrights and trademarks.

 

HANNAH FOLLENDER - Semi-Final Judge
Workman Nydegger
Registered Patent Attorney

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Hannah Follender is a registered patent attorney focused on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in a variety of fields including biotech, mechanical and medical devices. Ms. Follender grew up alpine ski racing on the East Coast of the United States. Upon graduating from college in upstate New York, Ms. Follender compared snowfall totals and moved to Utah to pursue big mountain freeskiing as a professional skier. She competed in international freeskiing competitions in America and Europe as a sponsored athlete for multiple outdoor brands. Through patent law, Ms. Follender has found a means to continue to involve herself in the outdoor industry, this time in a behind-the-scenes role to help companies protect their IP.  

JOHN C. STRINGHAM - Semi-Final Judge
Workman Nydegger
Intellectual Property Attorney

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

John C. Stringham is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Utah Supreme Court. His practice includes all facets of intellectual property law with an emphasis on the preparation and prosecution of patent, trademark, and copyright applications in the U.S. and foreign countries. Mr. Stringham also engages in the preparation of licensing, publishing, and other agreements related to intellectual property as well as opinions regarding infringement, validity, and availability of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

BRAD BARGER - Semi-Final Judge
Workman Nydegger
Intellectual Property Attorney

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Brad Barger’s practice focuses on the procurement and protection of intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets, and copyrights. He has experience pursuing patent protection within a broad array of subject matters, including computer systems, telecommunications, software, plasma display circuits, mining and drilling equipment and electronics, synthetic diamond manufacturing, bio-medical devices, and many other technology fields.

JOSEPH M. EVANS - Semi-Final Judge
Workman Nydegger
Intellectual Property Attorney

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Joseph M. Evans prepares and prosecutes patents in the mechanical and biomedical arts. Mr. Evans holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University, where his research projects included disease detection and diagnostic devices. His research included the optimization of backscattering interferometry, a method for detecting various disease biomarkers, as well as a novel device for detecting tuberculosis in low resource areas of the world. Previously, Mr. Evans worked at Bard Access Systems as an R&D intern. He was a member of the PICC team, designing and testing peripherally inserted central-venous catheters

STEVE TAYLOR - Semi-Final Judge
Collegiate Running Association
President/Co-Founder

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Steve Taylor is the co-founder of the Collegiate Running Association, along with being the University of Richmond Spiders head coach while contributing on several levels to long distance running on the national level. In addition to years of as an active athlete where he represented the U.S. in the 1991 World Championships and 1991 and 1995 World Marathon Cup, he has spent decades as a prominent coach. His creation of the Collegiate Running Association in 2013 has led to thousands of dollars returning back to student-athletes who are working toward a degree, including the first-ever champion, Paul Chelimo, who went on to medal in the 2016 Olympic 5,000m.  

COMING SOON


ON-SITE MENTORS


JOSHUA IRVINE - mentor
Irvine Legal
Managing Attorney

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

From working at top regional firms to starting his own firm, Joshua has a flare for the entrepreneurial.  While his work takes him to various continents, the service is the same - help businesses and individuals solve the problems that they face.  He takes the same drive and passion to serving clients big or small, in the US or internationally.

Diana George

DIANA GEORGE - mentor
Crewe Advisors Wealth Management
Complex Financial Planner

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Diana has cut her teeth in the financial industry serving in positions such as a business relationship manager, Vice President of the Women's Financial Group Manager at Zion's Bank, and a Sr. Private Banker Vice President at Wells Fargo.  Diana brings over 20 years of banking, financing and debt restructuring experience to Crewe Advisors. She specializes in complex financial planning to business owners, high net worth families, real estate investors, and trust beneficiaries in various areas of individual, fiduciary, non-profit, and wealth transfer strategies. Her focus also includes women in transition, philanthropic planning, and generational wealth transfer.

STEVE HAWK - Mentor
Tony Hawk Foundation
Founding Executive Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

A lifelong surfer and writer, Steve Hawk has been a professional journalist for more than 30 years. He began his career as a newspaper reporter in Southern California and has gone on to serve as editor of Surfer, Sierra, and (currently) Stanford Business magazines. Outside of journalism, he was the founding executive director of the Tony Hawk Foundation and a staff writer on the HBO television series John From Cincinnati.

Brett Horstmann

BRETT HORSTMANN - mentor
Lifetime Products
VP of Sales, Tables & Chairs

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Brett Horstmann is the Vice President of Sales for Tables and Chairs at Lifetime Products, Inc.  Previously he worked as Director of International Sales for Lifetime Products.  Brett earned a dual Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in Business and Spanish in 1998.  Later he studied at Thunderbird, earning an executive certificate in global management.  Most recently, Brett received an MBA from Weber State, and now enjoys teaching international marketing once per year in the MBA program.  When not at work, Brett enjoys family time, cycling, and reading.

 

 

BRITTON WELSH - mentor
Beehive Cheese Company
Cheesemaker & Business Admin

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Britton Welsh is a cheesemaker and business admin at Beehive Cheese Company in Ogden, UT.  Britton started making cheese manning the farmer's market at 14 years old and now has moved into marketing and strategic visioning at Beehive Cheese.  He graduated with an MBA from Weber State and has a passion for helping advance the food culture of Ogden.  When not making friends with cheese, Britton loves making lattes, traveling, taking pictures, and hiking with his 3-year-old goldendoodle, Copper.

Debra Mitchell

DEBRA MITCHELL - mentor
Twisted Silver
Founder/Designer

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Leading the trends, founder and designer (Ogden native & Weber State grad) Debra Mitchell of Twisted Silver llc® began her career in fashion with The Bon Marche as the Northern Utah regional fashion coordinator, which expanded from there. Home for Debra became California, and after taking time out to raise her 3 kids, stepped right back into design. With fashion in her blood and an eye on a career in fashion design, she became a indie jewelry designer overnight when her very first design was placed in a high profile Emmy Awards event, branding this girl-next-door brand, Twisted Silver as a celebrity favorite. TV, glossy magazines, runway & red carpet sightings, and a steady stream of invitations to events for The Academy Awards, Grammy, Emmy etc, continue to generate national interest. This collected, salvaged, and upcycled earthy base metal brand was founded in 2003. Debra’s strong sense of style and individuality is apparent in her line. Distinct.Chic.Timeless.

Cass Morgan

CASS MORGAN - mentor
Weber State University
Program Director & Asst. Professor

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Cass Morgan is the program director and an assistant professor of the outdoor recreation degree program at Weber State University. Cass completed her Ph.D  at the University of Utah in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. She has over 15 years experience working in the industry. Prior to working in the university, she worked as a recreation planning consultant, researcher, and outdoor educator for a number of programs across the United States. Her research interests focus on how outdoor programs drive youth development. Cass enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, rock climbing and hiking.

Bart  Miller

BART MILLER - mentor
Klymit
VP Sales

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Bart is a start-up business builder and current V.P. of Sales at Klymit, joining that team near the end of 2014. Klymit’s sales growth in 2015 and 2016 landed the company on the INC 5000 list of fastest growing private businesses both years. Before Klymit, Bart was V.P. of Sales at Goal Zero, a Utah based outdoor product start-up business which sold for $80 million to NRG (NYSE: NRG) in 2014.  Prior to the acquisition, Goal Zero was #9 on the 2013 INC 500 list and Bart was a Utah Business 40 Under 40 honoree. Bart was also a key contributor to the success of England Logistics, a then early-stage transportation 3PL which grew to over $100 million in revenue during his time employed there.  He holds degrees in business management from The University of Utah and an MBA
from Weber State University.

 

Matt Kaplan

MATT KAPLAN -mentor
Outdoor Industry Association
VP Membership & Business Development

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Working in the Outdoor Industry for over 20 years, Matt has a wide array of experience and perspective from several brands within the Industry. He has worked with large, Big Box Retailers, small independent specialty retailers, international distributors, domestic distributors, and online retailers.  Since joining OIA, the membership numbers have grown to an all-time high, revenue has exceeded all previous records and Matt has launched several new initiatives and programs. 

BRAYDON BALL - mentor
Maverik, Inc.

Photographer/Videographer

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Utah based photographer with a passion for capturing the moments of outdoor adventures with friends. Working professionally with outdoor brands has taken me around the world to capture the stories that back up their values. Currently full time photographer and videographer for Maverik “Adventures first stop"

MICHAEL PETRI - mentor
Petrus Solutions

Mechanical Engineer / Owner

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Originally from Dallas, TX, Michael is a mechanical engineer and the owner of Petrus Solutions, a product development company in Ogden that specializes in helping start-ups and inventors turn their ideas for consumer products into realities. In his free time, Michael is an avid skier, runner, singer, and Frisbee golfer.

REYES FLOREZ - mentor
Platform Accounting Group
Founder & CEO

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Platform was launched in late 2015 with the goal of becoming a leading tax and advisory firm through the acquisitions and consolidation of boutique CPA firms across the Western United States. Previously, Reyes was an Investment Banking Associate at Credit Suisse where he focused on M&A and capital markets advisory for companies in the Business Services and Education Technology sectors.  Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Reyes was a Finance Associate at Goldman Sachs in their Salt Lake City and New York offices.  

Matt Kaplan

KAYLOR DASTRUP -mentor
kaylordastrup.com
Outdoor Photographer

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

I am a Utah based outdoor photographer. Photography is what I do full time. I seek to consistently create art that allows us to recognize the influence of nature in our lives. I love pushing myself and feel that there is no better place to do that than in the outdoors. I love being around passionate people, seeing and being around people that have a passion for the outdoors, or their passion gets them outdoors is what I strive to capture in my photography. I am married to who I think is a goddess but she goes by Marissa, together we have a 2 year-old named Kozwell.

KAT SAMARDZIJA -mentor (by phone)
Locker Lifestyle

Founder & CEO

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Kat is a student-athlete, founder of Locker Lifestyle, and is a past winner of the Outdoor Weber Competition. She started her company after having her valuables stolen out of a gym locker. She created three patent-pending products that serve as wearable lockers. Safely stash your essentials (such as cash, keys, an ID or phone) for fitness, travel, festivals, and more! Kat has attended and won over 11 national pitch competitions. She is an Amber Grant recipient, FedEx Small Business Grant Winner, and was named as one of the top 15 millennial entrepreneurs in the country. She will graduate in a semester with a double major in entrepreneurship and marketing.

CHIP NELSON -mentor
Retired - Woodside Homes
Former President & COO

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

After several years in general real estate, Chip got into the home building and development business and eventually became president and COO of a large multi-state homebuilding company. The Homebuilding Company sold over twenty thousand new homes and developed around thirty five thousand building lots. The company achieved revenues of over one billion dollars.

 

TARA HASKINS -mentor
Fluid
Director of Business Development

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Tara has had a long career working within the travel and tourism industry including global brands, Holland America Line, Windstar Cruises, the Yachts of Seabourn, Intertrav SRL, Micato Safaris, Hurtigruten, Globus and DMC, and brings extensive experience in inventory and product management, itinerary planning, traditional and digital marketing and business development, both domestically and internationally. Business savvy and innovative, she looks to establish relationships with people in order to find them the right solution. She has a B.A. in Marketing and Public Relations from Seattle and Gonzaga Universities

 

DAVE NOACK - Mentor
Weber State University
Executive Director: Hall Global Entrepreneurship Center

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Dave Noack joined the Weber State University faculty in 2014 and currently serves as the executive director of the Hall Global Entrepreneurship Center, assistant professor of entrepreneurship and the Hall Endowed Chair in entrepreneurship in the Goddard School of Business & Economics. Dave currently teaches courses on introduction to entrepreneurship, new venture finance, and strategic management. Dr. Noack’s research focuses on entrepreneurship and strategic management, particularly on start-up teams, new venture creation and entrepreneurial decision-making.

JODI VAN ORMAN - Mentor
Out of Bounds Creative
Owner

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Jodi has owned the Ogden based advertising firm, Out of Bounds, for the last 17 years. Out of Bounds specializes in marketing outdoor recreation companies the areas of design, web, video, print and social media. Jodi loves spending time in the outdoors with her two dogs and three talented children.

JADE BECKMAN - Mentor
Mountain America Credit Union
VP Consumer Lending 

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Jade got his start at Mountain America Credit Union as a part time teller while attending college in 1992. Jade was part of the start up staff at Volkswagen Bank USA where he helped launch the bank’s home equity operation and credit policy. At Mountain America, he has been on the front lines as a mortgage loan originator and in management in the mortgage area. Currently, Jade holds the position of Vice President of Consumer Lending at Mountain America, where he oversees auto, RV, indirect lending, credit card,
lending insurance products and serves on the credit union’s loan committee, credit
committee and rate committee.

CELESTE CANNING - Mentor
Celeste Canning Attorney at Law
Attorney At Law

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Celeste Canning has been assisting business owners with their legal needs for nearly twenty years. She helps clients with start-ups, business and tax planning, contracts, and business sales and purchases, and related litigation. Celeste also offers estate planning services for business clients, including succession planning. Her focus is on pragmatic solutions at reasonable prices.

CURTIS SINGLETON - Mentor
Utah Certified Development Company
VP, Loan Officer

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Curtis Singleton is an Ogden-based local lending professional with a background of providing small business loans to entrepreneurs and seasoned businesses along the Wasatch Front. Currently, Curtis is a VP, Loan Officer for Utah Certified Development Company, where he helps businesses obtain financing for buildings and other fixed assets working with the US Small Business Administration. Additionally, Curtis is a small business owner himself, where he provides financial and small business management assistance to businesses that need help with decision-making, projections, planning, and efficiency management.

KIRK DULANEY - Mentor
Global Sound Institute
Managing Partner

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Kirk started his first company at age 19 and founded 3 different companies before receiving his bachelors degree in business. He then went on to work with several small businesses, before planting himself at Sony for 12 years. While at Sony Kirk led Strategic Business Development efforts for wireless/mobile, health & wellness and sports entertainment. He was able to develop unique business models for launching new products through creative and strategic partnerships.  Currently Kirk is working on a stealth project, which is the first of its kind voice based solution for both mental and physical measurement.

ALEX LAWRENCE - Mentor
WSU
Professional Sales Faculty

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Alex spent his first 20 years in business as a self made entrepreneur that started, led and sold multiple companies.  Alex raised over $25MM in capital and had one partnership reach #34 on the Inc. 500 list.  In July, Alex joined the Professional Sales program as a full-time faculty member, specializing in Internet Sales, Internet Technology and Social Media Sales.  Alex is a highly sought after investor, mentor, speaker, author and teacher. 

 

DAVD MALMBORG - Mentor
Number Six
Director of Marketing Intelligence

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

With over 10 years of digital marketing experience, David has spent much of his career in the high-tech B2B industry. At Number Six, David runs our Intelligence and Accounts teams. He is also President of SLC | SEM, Utah's largest professional marketing organization.

ADAM BRANDLEY - Mentor
ISM
CEO

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Mr. Brandley, aka, America’s Capital Coach, ran a successful international apparel and distribution company, partnered in an M&A firm and a SEC/FINRA authorized broker/dealer firm in Sacramento, California, with 8 sattelite offices.

He is the Founder and CEO of America’s Real Deal and the Independent Stock Market.  His mission is to build a marketplace where people start investing in people again. So much so that if the company stumbles the investors rally and shore up support and confidence, and a community where business owners look first to reward their loyal investors and customers.

JORDAN JUDD - Mentor
AmerSports
Global Vice President, Etail and Marketing

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Jordan Judd currently works for Amer Sports, the parent company of leading brands such as Salomon, Atomic, Wilson, Arc’teryx, and Suunto, as the Global Vice President of Etail and Marketing.  Jordan has over 20 years of experience in the outdoor and sporting goods industry across a variety of roles including retail, sales, product management, marketing, ecommerce and general management.  He has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys skiing, hiking and backpacking, climbing, mountain biking and more.

 

GINA DUFFY - Mentor
SheShreds
Founder/Principal

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

With over 15 years of experience in the luxury hospitality and lifestyle marketing industries, Gina is the driving force behind SheShreds.co. Gina’s recent roles in support of chief executives for lifestyle and direct marketing agencies KBA and DraftFCB, keep her on the leading edge of trends and activations in these elusive disciplines. These platforms, along with her gift for environmental design, fashion design, and talent styling make for innovative and insightful leadership of this new venture. One of her most recent accomplishments was as a team member establishing the first ever U.S. store for Italian luxury outerwear brand, Moncler in Aspen, CO. 

JOHNNY HANNA  - Mentor
Homie
CEO & Co-Founder

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Johnny Hanna is CEO and Co-Founder of Homie. Homie's mission is to make the home buying / selling experience enjoyable while saving thousands of dollars in real estate commissions. Prior to Homie, Johnny was President and Co-Founder of Entrata, a real estate software company, where he helped the company grow to over $100 million in annual revenue.  Johnny and his wife, Paige, have 5 boys, 1 little girl, another boy on the way, and two puppies. Johnny graduated from BYU-Idaho as part of it's first graduating class.

LAUREN KUTSCHKE - Mentor
Ogden-Weber Chamber
Content writer

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Lauren Kutschke is a content writer and marketer who helps small businesses craft their stories. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Brigham Young University. She has worked for AndShesDopeToo, Foil & Ink, Utah Life Magazine, the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce, and more. She is currently learning German and enjoys hiking, skiing, listening to crime podcasts, and watching classic movies. Lauren is married to her husband, Gwyn, and they have a dog named Duke.

MITCH JOHNSON - Mentor
Lifetime Products
Director of Engineering

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Mitch Johnson is the Director of Engineering for Product Development at Lifetime Products. Mitch is passionate about creating and designing new product that creates meaningful family experiences. Mitch has worked at Lifetime for the past 15 years and has been instrumental in placing various products at Sam’s Club, Costco, Walmart, Amazon among other accounts. Mitch is a proud graduate of Weber State University and received his BS in  Engineering Technology.

 

 

ELI WILLIS - Mentor 
iCFO, LLC
CFO

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Upon graduating from Weber State University in 2000, Eli began a career in public accounting working for three amazing firms - Tanner LLC, Arthur Andersen, and KPMG.  With a growing desire to impact small business, Eli left public accounting to work in private industry.  Eli has worked in transportation, manufacturing and distribution, tech start-up, and the steel industry.  In April of 2018, Eli began the adventure of consulting as a CFO for hire.  With his diverse background, Eli has been able to bring strategic and leadership experience to his clients in addition to finance and accounting skills. 

LISA MEERTS - Mentor 
Weber State University
Assistant Professor, OCRE

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Lisa Meerts is a phD candidate at the University of Utah where her research has focused on how outdoor and experiential education provides opportunities for transformational learning and identity formation for adolescents. She has over a decade of field experience in the outdoor industry where she has worked for wilderness therapy companies such as Open Sky, outdoor education schools such as NOLS, and outdoor recreation companies such as REI, Inc. In addition to youth development, she promotes a social justice agenda by advocating for all people to have equitable access to recreation opportunities

CHASE BURCH - Mentor
Lucky Slice Pizza
Marketing Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

As the current Marketing Director for Lucky Slice Pizza, I possess a diverse background in startup marketing and business development from my education at Weber State University - where I studied Marketing and Psychology - as well as my various experiential endeavors and explorations with successful companies in the action sports, outdoor, creative, and restaurant industries. 

JON PETTY - Mentor
Weber State University
Adjunct Faculty Business Comm

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Jon Petty grew up in San Diego, California. He attended the Marriott School of Management Entrepreneurship Program at BYU while starting two ventures, a sole proprietorship with a microloan, and a partnership with another student building databases for local companies.  Since college, Jon has focused on real estate investing and consulting. He just completed 24 years of military service and is an instructor in Business Communications at the Goddard School of Business and Economics. 

BRENT HART - Mentor
FORTHGER
Owner

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Brent Hart has been in the design industry for over 30 years. He has worked as a Freelance Illustrator and Designer and also worked at IBM and Novell prior to becoming an Owner at FORTHGEAR, an Integrated Marketing, Communications and Design Firm. He plays several roles in the company including Creative Director, Art Director, Graphic Designer, Web Designer and even takes on some of the web development in the company. He has been with FORTHGEAR for over 21 years. 

CINDY WHITEHEAD - Mentor (by phone)
GN4LW
Founder / Author

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Cindy Whitehead conquered the male dominated profession of pro vert skateboarding in the 70's, and quickly became one of the top ranked professional female vert skateboarders in the U.S. for pool riding and half-pipe.  She went on to coin the term "Sports Stylist®"; working as a fashion stylist for the past 25 years with companies like Gatorade, Nike, the NBA, and athletes such as Tiger Woods, Michelle Kwan, Kobe Bryant, Bethany Hamilton, Derek Jeter, and Mia Hamm. In 2013 Cindy created a brand called “Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word” and came out with a collaboration skateboard with Dwindle Inc. by designing a skateboard aimed at the female market.

JORDAN VANDERHAM - Mentor (by phone)
Orindi Ventures
Founder

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Jordan Vanderham has committed himself to make a positive difference through his work and companies. He founded Orindi Ventures where they designed, patented and are now commercializing a cold endurance mask which helps asthmatics and industrial workers thrive in cold environments. To raise capital he pitched his company in 32 International, national, and state competitions earning a place in front of The Shark, Daymond John, and Marcus Lemonis. Jordan has worked on medical devices that deliver life giving therapy, solar arrays that gaze up at the sun, and robots that spark one’s curiosity. Wear a smile and never stop challenging the norm.  

CHASE SAXTON - Mentor
Adobe
Enterprise Account Executive

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Chase has 8+ years of digital marketing experience, having consulted brands like Coca-Cola, Chick-fil-a, Warner Music Group, Ragnar Relay, and more. During his undergraduate schooling, he started a web development and digital agency called Develop Bright from a $500 Weber State Entrepreneur Grant; it has now grown to over 100 web and marketing clients. On top of his entrepreneur endeavors and private consultancy, Chase also helps Adobe’s enterprise clients in leveraging Adobe’s Analytics and CMS/DAM offerings. 

GARY HAMMERSLAG - Mentor
Boa Technology
Founder/Chairman

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Gary has been an entrepreneur bringing new products to market most of his life.  He was a principal in several early stage medical device companies before founding Boa Technology in 1998.  Boa is the creator and manufacturer of the Boa Fit System, a reel based fit system, usually used instead of shoelaces, on snowboard boots, cycling shoes, golf shoes and many other types of performance footwear.  Boa currently has 240 employees in 6 countries. 

JOSEPH M. EVANS - Mentor
Workman Nydegger
Intellectual Property Attorney

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Joseph M. Evans prepares and prosecutes patents in the mechanical and biomedical arts. Mr. Evans holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University, where his research projects included disease detection and diagnostic devices. His research included the optimization of backscattering interferometry, a method for detecting various disease biomarkers, as well as a novel device for detecting tuberculosis in low resource areas of the world. Previously, Mr. Evans worked at Bard Access Systems as an R&D intern. He was a member of the PICC team, designing and testing peripherally inserted central-venous catheters.

NIKI TONKS - Mentor 
Weber State University
Marketing Manager, Goddard School

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Niki spent 15 years in small business development gaining valuable boots-on-the-ground experience in strategic marketing, public relations, brand establishment, local, online and international sales, government negotiations, social media engagement as well as process and procedure creation and implementation. In sales, she’s personally acquired over 400 local and international clients including big names like Mitsubishi, The Global Fund, and Boeing and has closed deals in excess of $2 million. As an Alumna of WSU, she now directs all marketing for the Goddard School of Business & Economics.

KEITH GORDON - Mentor 
Tread Lightly!
Executive Director/CEO

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Tread Lightly!’s Executive Director/CEO, has two decades of executive level leadership (including CEO) in the healthcare industry. Since he was very young he has always had a passion for the outdoors. His longtime involvement with the Boy Scouts of America taught him about the importance of being responsible in the outdoors. He believes that youth are the future of sustainable access to outdoor recreation. Sharing his passion for the outdoors across the country, with other outdoor enthusiasts, is a dream come true! You can learn more about Tread Lightly's mission at TreadLightly.org.

KELLIE GERBERS - Mentor 
Westminster College
Asst. Professor of Education & Leadership Program Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Kellie’s professional background in the outdoor industry started in 2008 as a challenge course facilitator. Prior to joining the Westminster faculty, Kellie served as the Assistant Director for Outdoor Recreation at UGA from 2015–2017 and managed FSU’s Outdoor Pursuits program from 2010–2012. A huge proponent of global learning, Kellie has led study abroad expeditions in Costa Rica and Jamaica. Kellie is a Leave No Trace (LNT) master educator, AMGA climbing wall instructor, PADI-certified diver, and NOLS Medical Institute wilderness first responder (WFR).


PHIL CASE - Mentor
Fluid Advertising
Partner & Managing Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Phil Case leads business development and customer acquisition at Fluid Advertising. Since joining Fluid, he has contributed to humanizing the digital experience for numerous companies and helped to develop an advertising and marketing educational series for business. Case has years of sales and marketing experience in a variety of industries and recently completed a nationwide campaign in awareness and fundraising. In this position, Case oversaw dozens of team leaders and operated a successful marketing strategy.  One of his strengths is his ability to identify problems and develop workable solutions that are cost-effective and on target for organizations. Case received his BA in International Business from Brigham Young University.

   

CHAD PEHRSON - Mentor 
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
Attorney

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Chad is a partner with Parr Brown Gee & Loveless specializing in intellectual property and corporate governance litigation. Chad enjoys his role as an adjunct professor at Westminster College and Weber State University, where he has designed and taught undergraduate and MBA courses on business law, corporate governance, intellectual property, and contracts.

NATHANEL PAYNTER - Mentor 
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
Attorney

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Nathanael is a partner with Parr Brown Gee & Loveless and a member of the corporate and finance practice groups.  Nathanael specializes in business formation and structuring, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, emerging companies, private equity financings, and private offerings of equity and debt securities.  He has advised companies ranging from the start-up phase to exit and has enjoyed regularly participating (as both a judge and mentor) in various business launch competitions, including most recently with the New Venture Challenge at the University of Chicago and Wildcat Seed Fund at Weber State University. 

COHEN SUMMERS - Mentor 
GoPro
Sr. Mgr., Global Education & Training

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Cohen Summers oversees Global Education and Training at GoPro. Originally from Ogden, Utah he attended Utah State University, graduating with BS degrees in Finance and Economics. He started his career working in Paris, France for Amundi Asset Management before returning to the US to help Skullcandy build and scale their global training department.  He now leads a global team at GoPro with the mission of fostering a community of credible influencers.  This is cultivated by creating, designing, and implementing unique education and training strategies aiding in driving the GoPro Brand, Culture, and Sales.

MADISON HAJEB - Mentor 
NumberSix
Director of Intelligence

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Madison runs the intelligence team at Number Six. Her goal is to make sure that strategy and data is central to our client’s experience. In addition, she is passionate about creating a better experience for users online through A/B testing and optimization techniques. When she’s not optimizing the online landscape, she’s running, exploring new restaurants, or traveling the world.

 

DAN BUTLER - Mentor
NumberSix
Director of Accounts

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
With over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and client relations, Dan's role is to ensure all clients and team members work together to form long-term partnerships. Dan is a gearhead at heart and loves anything with an engine. He is often found camping, hiking, and four-wheeling with his family and two dogs Kye and Kami

WHITNEY NORTON - Mentor
NumberSix
Intelligence Consultant

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Whitney Norton is an Intelligence Consultant with Number Six. She has a broad background in the marketing and natural resource industries, and brings a breadth of experience in project management, organization and communications. She is a brilliant analyst who loves to merge strategic execution with with data-oriented inspiration.

 

NATALIE PEACOCK - Mentor
The Marketing Strategist
Owner/Founder

BIO/EXPERIENCE:
Natalie is the heart and soul of this business. She is a former President of the Service Organization at Weber State University where she gained valuable experience in marketing, budgeting, event planning and business partnerships. She is currently running her own business and working part time as the Marketing Manager at Redbone Trucking Inc. in Salt Lake City

 

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FINAL ROUND JUDGES


STACEY SCHIEFFELIN - Final Judge 
Women's Leadership Live
Co-Founder

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Stacey Schieffelin is a Co-Founder of Women’s Leadership LIVE, the
Founder and Former CEO of ybf (your best friend) beauty, LLC, Models Prefer Beauty and is 1 of 6 HSN Star Entrepreneurs! She has engineered a 22-year record of success as the #1 global cosmetic line in direct sales on six networks in eleven countries, HSN (US), QVC (UK-England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales), TSC (Canada), TVSN (Australia, New Zealand), HSE24 (Italy), HSE24 (Germany), Citruss TV (Dubai) and Shopping LIVE (Russia) with over $300 million in cosmetic and apparel sales. Stacey is known for forging a highly personal relationship with her girlfriends/consumers. As a successful market disruptive business leader, deeply soulful and entrepreneur-centric and renowned beauty expert, she is frequently sought by national magazines such as Allure, ELLE, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, and Fitness.

MIKE CALLAHAN - Final Judge
Vista Outdoor, Inc
Chairman of the Board

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Mr. Callahan currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Vista Outdoor, Inc. He also served as Interim CEO and Chairman of Vista. Previous to this interim role he served as Lead Independent Director. Vista is listed on the NYSE as VSTO and generates approximately $2.5 Billion in annual revenues. 

He spent much of his professional career at Cabela’s where he served in a number of roles including SVP of Business Development, International Operations and Industry and Government affairs. He also acted as SVP of Retail Operations and Brand Marketing and was VP of Merchandising. He was a member of the road show team that took Cabela’s public in 2004.

DAVID SCHIEFFELIN - Final Judge
Women's Leadership Live
Managing Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

David CFO, Managing Director for Women’s Leadership LIVE is an Angel Investor, Entrepreneur, and skilled corporate operating officer. David has the cross-disciplined experience to create and execute a Company’s strategic plan alongside founders, advisory teams, key advisors, and partnerships. David began his career with a two year stop on the floor of the NY Stock Exchange working with then trading giant Speer Leeds & Kellogg.  A disrupter in IoT, David developed groundbreaking wearable sensor technology in partnership with Verizon, AT&T, Cisco and Accenture that put his company on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. A Harvard graduate, he is active in numerous entrepreneur trade associations and certified by the InBIA as a Developer of Business Incubators.

SHAUN MULREED - Final Judge
Powder Mountain Resorts
Director of Operations

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Shaun Mulreed is the Director of Operations for Powder Mountain, the largest ski resort in North America where the construction of a next-generation mountain town is underway.  Shaun has an extensive background in corporate law, finance and business development and experience working in a variety of environments, ranging from publicly traded companies to early stage start-ups. Prior to joining Summit Powder Mountain, Shaun was among the first employees at iCapital Network, an online asset management platform that grew from idea-stage to over $2 billion of assets under management in only two years. Prior to iCapital Network, Shaun worked at Och-Ziff and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

JO PACKHAM - Final Judge
Where Women Create
Creator/Editor-In-Chief

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Jo Packham, currently the creator/Editor-in-Chief of best-selling magazines: WHERE WOMEN CREATE — Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women; WHERE WOMEN COOK, The Heart & Soul of Cooking; and WHERE WOMEN CREATE BUSINESS, A Passion for Success, has been a leading innovator in the handmade publishing market for more than 35 years.

A successful entrepreneur, Jo began her career with THE VANESSA-ANN COLLECTION which published paper-back how-to publications selling millions of copies. This led to her publishing companies, CHAPELLE Ltd. and later WWC PRESS, which packaged more than 1,000 titles for most major publishers in the industry including: Sterling, Time Warner, Oxmoor House, Meredith Corp. (Better Homes & Gardens), Rodale Press, Random House, Chronicle, Barnes & Noble, and others.

FRASER D. ROY - Final Judge
Workman Nydegger
Intellectual Property Attorney

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Fraser D. Roy’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law with a focus of assisting clients to manage and develop their U.S. and foreign IP portfolios through identifying and protecting key innovations and technologies and thoughtfully selecting U.S. and foreign IP protection strategies. With this underlying motivation, Mr. Roy’s practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the U.S. and foreign countries, the preparation of licensing, acquisition, confidentiality, and other agreements related to intellectual property, and attending to issues related to copyrights and trademarks.

DUSTIN CEDERHOLM - Final Judge
Utah Outdoor Association
Executive Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Dustin Cederholm is an experienced marketing and business strategists and full time outdoor enthusiast. Through his role as Executive Director for the Utah Outdoor Association, he has worked with many of Utah’s top outdoor product companies. Dustin specializes in helping companies of all sizes define go-to market strategies and improve business processes that drive significant corporate growth. When Dustin is not promoting economic development in Utah, he is struggling to develop the perfect fly cast and searching for the secret to archery marksmanship.

DEBBIE SAVIANO - Final Judge
Women's Leadership Live
Co-Founder

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Debbie Saviano is one of the three Founders of Women’s Leadership LIVE and with a background in pre-K to High-School education, she continues to use her knowledge as a cornerstone for developing, nurturing, and maintaining relationships. Her ability to demonstrate “ROI – Return on Influence” via Social Media enables Entrepreneurs to not only be connected on a global scale but when used appropriately can be one of the most powerful resources available.
A writer and creator of content from articles to blogs to books, she has authored or co-authored; LinkedIn Strategies, Brilliant Speakers, Business Success with Ease and Navigating Entrepreneurship, all of which focus on avenues of the Entrepreneurial journey.

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BRAD BERTOCH - Final Judge
VentureCapital.org
President & CEO

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

President & CEO, VentureCapital.org. He is a leader in equity backed business development and entrepreneurship. Under his direction, companies participating in WBI programs have raised over $5 billion in private and public equity and created or retained over 100,000 high tech jobs throughout the United States. Bertoch is a member of the SLC Angels, the Salt Lake Life Sciences Angels, the Park City Angels and the WBI Angels and was a venture partner with Hamilton Bio-Ventures Fund II. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


JOHN PIEPER - Final Judge
Petzl
Sales Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

John has held sales, marketing, and product leadership positions with several iconic brands in the outdoor industry, including Petzl, G3, Gregory, and Osprey.  He is currently the Sales Director for Petzl America, overseeing both the Sport & Professional market channels for the US and Canada.  He is an ideal fit for this competition with more than 17 years of outdoor industry experience, watching brands and products emerge from the masses to shine at retail.

 


MARISA NICHOLSON - Final Judge
Outdoor Retailer
Vice President & Show Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Marisa Nicholson is the vice president and show director for Outdoor Retailer, as well as vice president of the sports group for Emerald Expositions, Outdoor Retailer's parent company. In her more than 15 years with the company, she rose from account executive to sales director prior to taking on her current position. She was integral in the shift to three shows following the acquisition of the SIA Snow Show, and through Emerald Exposition's successful initial public offering. She also spearheaded the creation of Outdoor Retailer’s industry-wide Innovation Awards.  


RICHARD
 HENDRICKSON - Final Judge
Lifetime Products
President & CEO

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

In 1988, Hendrickson started with Lifetime as a welder in job shop production, and has since held
positions in Manufacturing, R&D, Sales & Marketing, and was key in setting up Lifetime’s International
division. Today, Lifetime is a privately owned retail products manufacturing company headquartered in
Clearfield, Utah, and since the time Hendrickson took the helm, the company has increased its topline by
70%.

 


JOE ATKIN - Final Judge
 

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Joe is passionate about empowering people with HOPE and CONFIDENCE, which he has done while helping build 7 companies in various industries ranging from education to consumer products. He is the former President of Owlet Baby Care, Inc, a world leader in infant health monitoring, as well as the former Chairman and CEO of GOAL ZERO, the world leader in portable solar products, which he sold to NRG Energy (NYSE NRG) in 2014.

 

 

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THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS & SPONSORS


TITLE & PLATINUM SPONSOR:


Camping World  


PARTNER SPONSORS:


 Weber State University Hall Global Entrepreneurship Center Weber State University Moyes College of Education Outdoor & Community  Larry H & Gail Miller Family Foundation Where Women Create All Action Sports.com  


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Lifetime Visit Ogden Ogden Utah, Still Untamed Workman Nydegger Fluid Untamed Outdoor Industry Association Outdoor Retailer Courtyard Marriott SBA | Utah SBDC    


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Salomon Time to Play Arc'teryx Atomic Suunto Weber State University, Moyes College of Education Chase Life Utah Elevated Maverik sheshreds.co Shaw Gallery  


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Vista Outdoor World Trade Center Utah Strong & Hanni Law Firm Easton Foundation Archery Center 


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