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William Jones is president at Guidance Logic and a Solutions Architect with a zeal for guiding enterprise-level technology professionals through network security, advanced network architecture, and ethical hacking solutions. For 15 years, he has also lead digital forensics and security firms, while serving as a Senior Instructor for Cisco, EC-Council, CompTia, and Microsoft technologies. Bill has earned three dozen technology certifications as well as numerous awards for developing industry methodologies for training and delivery. The common thread between his many roles is his desire to inspire and motivate others to be more successful, and promote the exchange of information and ideas between people. He gains his inspiration from his wife and two daughters.
Lee Gorman is the founder of Barton Consulting Services, LLC, and works with SPARK’s Entrepreneurial Services to connect startups with the resources they need. She has participated in SPARK’s Entrepreneurial Boot Camp as a camper, mentor and, for the past few years, Drill Instructor/Coach. Lee’s first career was in the automotive industry, with over 20 years in all aspects of product development, culminating with positions as vehicle Chief Engineer and Director of Product Planning. In her consulting practice, Lee combines practical planning and effective execution to achieve sustainable success for businesses and nonprofit organizations. She has particular expertise in assisting start-up and early stage companies develop their businesses, and in coaching their founders and leaders in the business aspects of bringing their ideas to market. Lee serves on several company and nonprofit boards, including Ann Arbor State Bank Board of Directors, ContentOro Board of Directors, University of Michigan CEW Leadership Council, University of Michigan Erb Institute External Advisory Board and New Enterprise Forum (NEF) Board of Directors Lee holds both an MBA and a BBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and a BSME from Lawrence Technological University.
Neal Doshi is a Managing Partner at The Doshi Group. He is a proven entrepreneur with extensive knowledge in strategy, operation and business development. He has over 11 years of experience in a myriad of industries including healthcare, information technology, automotive manufacturing, and commercial real estate. With global work experience in the US, Mexico, China and Europe, Neal has developed strong, yet flexible leadership skills newly impacted by his pursuit of his MBA at Duke University’s The Fuqua School of Business. Corp! Magazine named him a “Most Valuable Professional” in 2015.
Doshi dedicates time to helping others as well, using his skills as a strategist to work with various for-profit and not-for-profit boards in developing strategic plans. He is currently a Board Member with the South Oakland YMCA as well as with Kay Douglas Marketing. Neal resides in Birmingham, Michigan with his wife and children.
Christopher Jue of Accelerance Partners has over 20 years experience launching and growing startups and helping them become operating companies. His firm provides technology-based entrepreneurs, as well as traditional product and service startups, with the resources needed to get to the next level of the business cycle. Realizing that entrepreneurs and startups are often short on time and resources, his firm fills those gaps with expertise that includes client research, business development, fundraising and management coaching.
Prior to Accelerance Partners, Mr. Jue co-founded Swink.tv ("Swink"), an online video highlight service for sports teams that allows users to create and personalize video highlights and share them across social media platforms. As President, Mr. Jue created new market opportunities and established strategic partnerships with some of the most recognized brands in sports (ESPN, EA Sports, BSN Sports etc.). His previous experience includes leading business development and partnership efforts for BRC group and Dr. Spock Company. Prior to that, he founded several companies in the healthcare and utilities industries focusing on regulatory and contract compliance. Mr. Jue earned a B.A. in Finance from the University of Southern California.
Tom Simon has over 15 years experience in marketing leadership roles demonstrating the ability to generate revenue and strategic advantage for leading companies such as Kellogg’s, Intel, and Valassis. Before founding Simon and Associates, Tom served as the Director of Incentive Marketing for Kellogg’s. Prior to joining Kellogg’s, Tom led marketing and business development initiatives for Valassis. Tom supported the growth of new businesses with new venture analysis, go-to-market planning, strategic partnerships, and M&A support. Tom began his marketing career with Intel where he led the global launch of a new line of mobile processors. The already complex global introduction was made even more challenging by the tight cooperation needed between Intel and Asian component manufacturers. The product launched on time and on budget and was at that time expected to contribute over $100mm in lifetime earnings. Tom is an active contributor to the Michigan entrepreneurial community and serves as a regular speaker and coach mentoring early-stage startups. He has an MBA from the University of Michigan and is conversational in French.
Mark Ritz is a member of the Screening Committee of the Michigan Angel Fund. In this capacity he is directly involved in the entire investment process in early stage companies including reviewing business plans, financial pro forma’s and investor pitches, conducting due diligence investigations and constructing term sheets including valuation. He also assists SPARK’s Entrepreneurial Services team as a BootCamp coach and in helping companies prepare their business plans and financial statements for Business Accelerator grant and Micro Loan applications. Assessing advanced technologies and developing commercialization plans for new products are well developed skills. He serves as a judge for Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, as an advisor to the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business’s Social Venture Fund and as a board member of the start-up Advanced Cooling Therapy. Prior to becoming involved in Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem Mark spent 35 years in the automotive industry working for Ford Motor Company, Siemens Automotive, United Technologies Automotive and Lear Corporation. Mark’s education includes an MBA from the Harvard Business School, an MSME from the University of Michigian - Dearborn and a BSAE from Purdue University.
Scott Taylor offers an in-the-trenches business, technical, and entrepreneurial background to our SBDC Technology Team. Most recently, as one of two founders of Soloshot Inc, he served as president while the company scaled from an idea conceived on the beach, to a global brand with two product line generations, worldwide distribution, in-house production, in-house sales/marketing/R&D teams, and multiple issued patents. Scott holds a Master’s degree in chemical engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering, both from the University of Michigan. Scott and his wife reside in the greater Ann Arbor area.
Mike Klein is an accomplished CEO with over 20 years of experience developing, building and growing high tech, software and IT companies. He has the technical and financial background to guide businesses to meet their objectives and extensive experience in raising capital, acquisitions and delivering successful investor exits. Mike wrote the business plan for his first company, Steeplechase Software while in the MBA program at Ross Business School and started the company shortly thereafter. Steeplechase was #89 on the Inc 500 fastest growing company list in 2000 when it was sold to Schneider Automation, a $12B international company. In 2001, he was brought on by venture capital investors to lead the turnaround of Interlink Networks, a network security software company where he raised $11M in new financing and lead the management buy-out in 2005.In 2008, Mike joined Online Tech as Co-CEO and helped grow the company 500% over 7 years.He took the company through a successful exit for its investors in 2012 and recapitalized the company with over $30M from new investors to continue its growth trajectory. Mike received his BS in Computer Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University.
Aaron Crumm's PhD work at the University of Michigan led to Ultra Electronics, Adaptive Materials, Inc. (AMI) becoming an alternative energy market leader. Crumm’s work has attracted more than $50 million in contracts to support the growth of AMI. His success in leveraging research grants as part of AMI's business acceleration strategy is integral to the company’s ability to remain privately-held and focused on fuel cell product development. Aaron has been recognized as an entrepreneur with multiple awards including Executive of the Year in 2011. Aaron is the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan, College of Engineering. The Entrepreneur in Residence role allows Aaron to help mentor faculty and graduate students considering commercializing their University research. His faculty role includes instructing graduate courses on entrepreneurship, innovative business models, and start-up investment, equity and ownership. Aaron serves as an NSF i-Corps instructor for both national and regional programs. Aaron earned his bachelor of science degree in nuclear engineering from Purdue University and a PhD in material science from the University of Michigan. Crumm is a highly regarded and respected speaker at many alternative energy symposiums and fuel cell conferences.
Sandra Cochrane is a full-time Technology Business Consultant for the Michigan Small Business Development Center. In this position she assists start-up and early-stage high-tech companies. Services she provides to clients include business plan development, accessing capital, and general business consultation. She works with pre-seed funds, angel groups, and venture capital firms to connect companies to capital. Sandra serves as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program. Evaluating cutting edge research and discussing commercialization proposals with experts from across America keeps her sharp and better able to assist her clients. Sandra is also an adjunct faculty member at Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business. She teaches Strategic Business Solutions, a capstone course for undergraduate business majors, as well as Exploring Entrepreneurship, a 200 level undergraduate business course. Sandra earned a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Michigan State University.