PROTO Mentors

J.V. Anderton

Attorney

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.

Kim Bailey

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.

Tim Bograkos

Dynamic leader with experience in Venture Capital, Higher Education and Non Profits executing group and company visions and uncovering assets to help maximize opportunities.

Jeff Botkin

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.

Melanie de Vries

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.

Tom Donaldson

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.

Jesse Flores

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Toby Hall

Senior Vice President, Chief Actuary, and Chief Data Officer at Delta Dental of Michigan

Leads Enterprise-wide projects.

Bill Hodges

Director, Marketing Field Development and Support at Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan

More than 30 years of insurance industry experience in both IT and Marketing.

Robert Honeyman

Technology Consultant at Michigan Small Business Development Center

Both a specialist (financial forecasting) and a generalist. Former CFO for a VC-funded, enterprise software company in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Paul Jaques

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.

Jeffery Johnston

VP and Chief Science Officer, Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana

Board certified Periodontist and adjunct professor at the University of Michigan. Past president of the Michigan Dental Association and Michigan Periodontal Society.

Josie Keenan

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.

Mikhail Murshak

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.

Sean Pager

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.

Dan Radomski

Director, Lawrence Technological University Collaboratory

Dan is currently the Director of the Lawrence Technological University Collaboratory, a program that helps accelerate and scale small manufacturers and innovators of new “hardware” products.

Ken Szymusiak

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.

Kenneth Theis

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.

Abel Travis

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.

Margaret Trimer

Director Communications and Corporate Citizenship, Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana

Maragaret has deep experience in private and non-profit educational focused startups, having founded and served as President & CEO of numerous organizations.

Aaron Wood

Director, Go To Market, Materials, Americas at 3D Systems Corporation

Currently leads materials Go-To-Market team for 3D Systems in the Americas. Knowledgable about material selection for 3D printing and injection molding.