Office Hours With Entrepreneurs

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Chris Howard is the Director of the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship and is also a faculty member, overseeing Entrepreneurship academic curriculum in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno. Over the past 37 years as a corporate principal or venture capital partner, Chris has bought, sold, and/or invested in 28 companies. He is the current CEO and Principal of NorthStar Investors, specializing in the provision of operational guidance and devising technical, financial and economic strategies. In addition to his focus on funding and growing start-up companies, Chris was formerly a CFO/COO of two publicly reporting companies, and a consultant with two national CPA firms. He holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University. He is a CMA (Certified in Management Accounting) and a CMC (Certified Management Consultant).
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Alice Heiman works with entrepreneurial startups and owner operated businesses who want to increase their sales. Sales expert and author, providing consulting, coaching, training and keynote presentations, getting sales teams motivated to exceed their goals. Teaching in the College of Business at University of Nevada since 2001, she was instrumental in guiding the entrepreneurship minor and teaching the ENT401/601 class. Very active in the entrepreneurial community in Reno as a member of EN and NCET, one of her biggest entrepreneurial ventures was the Nevada Discovery Museum. As a founding board member, she helped raise $20 million to bring the museum to the community.
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Kelly is currently completing her doctorate at the University of Oxford, and is an instructor of entrepreneurship at UNR.  She has held various positions in industry and has been a involved in several start-ups, most recently as co-founder and COO of a woman-led health tech venture.  Kelly’s research quite simply focuses on investing in women and girls.  She explores the concept of female organisational frameworks in the context of women-led ventures, how structures are influenced by venture financing, and the new forms of business and investing that are emerging to create a paradigm shift in finance.  Her interest in the field began when she witnessed first hand the frustrations of current organizational models in women-led ventures and the discrepancies surrounding angel and venture investments in women-led companies.  Kelly is an equestrian with a passion for equine therapy, and has a professional background in management consulting, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions with expertise in finance, international strategy, change management and organizational development.  She hold a BS in International Business and Economics from UNR, an MBA from Cornell University, and a Master’s in Public Health from UCLA.
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Mignon Fogarty is the Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Media Entrepreneurship in the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies. She is also the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips, one of the oldest and largest podcasting networks; a veteran of Silicon Valley startups; and best known online for her work as the New York Times bestselling author Grammar Girl.
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Thomas has served as a U.S. Peace Corps management consultant in rural Paraguay, a Key Metrics Analyst with MCI Telecommunications and a Professor of Marketing at Santa Clara University. He has been instrumental in the growth of two Reno-area technology start-ups: TerraCore International and Spot Devices. Thomas graduated with a B.A. (cum laude) from Rice University and he earned his Ph.D. in Marketing Strategy from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently teaches marketing as an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and he is the Chief Marketing Officer at EasyKeeper, a software-as-a-service company that provides a livestock herd management tool for farmers and ranchers.
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