Advises clients in a variety of tax-related fields with extensive experience representing entrepreneurs and business start-ups in all phases of the growth cycle, including finding additional financing and capital.
Vice President of the Information Technology (CIO) at Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan
Expertise with executive level company leadership and consulting; developing and implementing automated underwriting and policy issuance programs for insurance companies; and leading data warehouse and analytic programs from the ground up.
Senior Vice President, Business Services at Delta Dental of Michigan
Jeff has 29 years experience in information technology and 10 years experience in business operations. He’s a certified in project management, a charted insurance operations professional, and a lean six sigma black belt.
Chief Exectuive Officier and Startup Consultant, de Vries Strategy Group
Advises advanced technology founders and executives on strategic business planning, market analysis and positioning, customer discovery, go-to-market strategies, marketing and sales, brand development, and partner and customer management, and growth consulting for start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
Regional Director at Michigan Small Business Development Center
Tom is an experienced business owner and executive with a broad knowledge of all aspects of small business management including marketing, operations, accounting, and IT. Prior to joining SBDC, he spent 20+ years in industry working in the retail, distribution, and manufacturing sectors.
Director of Student & Community Engagement at Spartan Innovations
Paul works with students at MSU to take their ideas from the very beginning stage and eventually out to market. He runs the MSU student incubator called The MSU Hatch along with an Accelerator called Conquer.Paul is also one of the Gatekeepers for the newly formed Red Cedar Fund that is a $5 Million investment wing of the MSU Foundation.
Researcher and Marketing Strategist
Josie is a researcher and marketing strategist, with experience in human resources, operations, and marketing at several startups in Silicon Valley. Josie now works with startups to implement efficient, socially-aware marketing strategies that support their business, community, and local business ecosystem.
Intellectual Property Attorney at Loomis Law
Experienced in all aspects of intellectual property law specializing in patent and trademark acquisition with a background in preparation and prosecution of patents in the area of consumer products, computer technology, automotive aerospace, chemical engineering, nanotechnology, sleep technology, and much more.
Professor of Law at Michigan State University
Sean Pager has taught intellectual property law classes at MSU since 2008 and is the founder of the MSU Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. Prior to teaching, he practiced law in the San Francisco Bay Area and represented a number of emerging technology clients.
Managing Director of the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (IEI) at the MSU Broad College of Business
Ken teaches coursework focused on entrepreneurial mindset, small business creation and management, and business model development and mentors students in moving business concepts from idea to market.
Senior Vice President, IT Administration and Strategy, and Chief Information Officer Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana
"Kenneth Theis oversees Delta Dental's IT strategic plan, technology direction and technology infrastructure and application. Theis is responsible for cyber security of critical IT infrastructure and assets and is the technology executive sponsor for our digital transformation effort involving our claims management system, Roosevelt.
Head of Innovation, AF Group
Abel Travis has deep subject matter expertise in the Insurance Industry, with over 15 years of experience. Travis, recognized by the WBJ as a 40 under Forty business leader changing the industry, has provided leadership and guidance in all aspects of the Insurance Industry from Technology, Underwriting, Product Management, Innovation, Strategy and Product Development.