First Last Table #Title Company
Kenan Aksoz 16 Founder/CEO AKSOZ MEDVED, LLC
John Alexander 16 Chairman & Founder Twin Cities Angels® Funds
Ty Anderson 4 Managing Principal Andcor Companies, Inc.
Steve Berchild 16 Principle S Squared Capital LLC
Blair Budlong 14 President DecksDirect
Gretchen Buhler Ventura 17 Founder/CEO Technology Project Group, Inc.
Kevin Burkart 10 Founder/President StepStoneGroup Inc
Danita Bye 22 Founder/CEO Sales Growth Specialists
Jeff Campbell 3 Vice President Fidelity Bank
Chris Carlisle 2 Business Attroney Gray Plant Mooty
Chris Carlson library Pitch Doctor NarrativePros, LLC
Chris Carlson 11 Founder/CEO FourCubed
Michael Cohen 5 IP Attorney Gray Plant Mooty
Bob Davis 18 CEO ATC Venture Group
Jon Doehr 18 Principle Black Torch Capital
Steve Dye 22 Founder/CEO Senasys / Iso-Tip
Chad Eckes 5 Founder/CEO CSquaredE
Chris Eilers 13 CEO Dunn Bros Coffee, Inc
Igor Epshteyn 1 President Coherent Solutions
Cem Erdem 21 Founder Augusoft & Project Skyway
Shane Erickson 17 Founder/President Innovative Marketing Consultants
Andy Filer 10 President Berkshire Home Solutions
Dominic Fragomeni 21 President Gehrke Company
Jeff Fritz 15 Founder/CEO Cahill Adams
Anthony Gizinki 19 Vice President Fidelity Bank
Dan Grigsby 12 Partner Drive Train Agency
Joe Grunnet 2 Owner Downtown Resource Group
Bryan Hayes 15 President Mendota Electric, Inc.
Chris Heim 4 President Amcom Software
Ty Inglis 15 Partner Eide Bailly
Joe Jensen 13 Founder/CEO Massage Envy
Aaron Kardell 10 Founder/CEO Deals.by | MobileRealtyApps |
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Justin Kaufenberg 2 Co-founder/CEO TST Media
Joe Keeley 13 Founder/CEO College Nannies & Tutors
Aaron Keller 7 CEO Capsule
David Kolb 19 President Global Tax Network US, LLC
Michael Lacey 12 Founder/CEO Digineer
Lief Larson 9 Founder/CEO Workface
Joyce Lasecke 14 Co-founder/President Fredrickson Communications, Inc.
Ido Leffler 8 Founder Yes to Carrots
Kent Lillemoe 5 Investor
John Lilly 17 Investor JLSI
Darin Lynch 21 Founder/CEO Irish Titan
Kevin Lynch 22 CEO Volerro
Nancy Lyons 12 President/CEO Clockwork Active Media
Troy Maas 14 Founder/CEO Kully Supply, Inc.
John Marino 9 Founder/CEO RSP Marketing
Mark Marlow 20 President Omphalos Venture Partners
Jeff Martin 9 Founder/CEO Collective Genius
Jon Meyer 20 President Boeckermann, Grafstrom &
Mayer Wealth Management,
Mark Moe 6 Managing Director Cherry Tree Companies
Jaime Nolan 5 Founder IntrinXec Management Inc
Angela Rud 1 Employment Attorney Gray Plant Mooty
Michael Sarafolean 6 President/CEO Orion Corporation of Minnesota
Loren Schirber 10 Owner Castle Building & Remodeling, Inc.
Spenser Segal 11 Founder/CEO ActiFi, Inc
Matthew Shilts 3 Founder/CEO Social Samba
Debbie Simmons 7 Founder/CEO Kelle Company
Don Smithmier 6 Founder/CEO Sophia Learning, LLC
Bjorn Stansvik 1 Founder/CEO MentorMate
Dave Stene 21 Partner Eide Bailly
Robert Stephens 8 CTO - Best Buy Founder - Geek Squad
John Tedesco 11 President & CEO Contigo Systems, Inc.
Dan Tenenbaum 3 Business Attroney Gray Plant Mooty
Brad Theisen 18 Partner Eide Bailly
Tadd Tobkin 20 Investor Arthur Ventures
Tom Trutna 4 President & CEO Big Ink Display Graphics
Sally Weatherly 19 Founder Weatherly Consulting
For 23 years, Mr. Aksoz’s expertise in initiating, negotiating, structuring and closing over 150 mergers,
acquisitions and divestitures has made him one of the top-producing M&A advisors in the Upper Midwest.
Prior to co-founding Aksoz Medved, LLC, he was a principal in Aksoz & Company, a leading independent
M&A Firm. His experience also encompasses corporate restructurings, joint ventures, recapitalizations,
management buyouts, acquiring and selling companies for his own account. Former clients attest to his
skill of getting the impossible deals done. He has one of the highest completion rates (96%) compared to
the national average (28%). Mr. Aksoz has also founded, managed and sold multiple businesses in a
diverse range of industries including the nationally award winning Minnesota Business Magazine. He is a
frequent speaker and commentator on the topics of entrepreneurship, mergers and acquisitions, and
related business topics. Mr. Aksoz graduated from University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Finance. He also received a mini MBA for Leaders of
Growing Companies from University of St.Thomas
Highly successful, results driven Chief Executive Officer and Business building and turnaround consultant
with proven experience in developing vision and creative strategies for building, financing and turning
around medical technology businesses. Specialties: Medical devices, diagnostics, selected
pharmaceutical segments, general management, turnaround management, mergers and acquisitions,
fundraising, Board management
Ty, who is responsible for championing the transition of Andcor's next generation of growth, directs and
manages client accounts and is responsible for leading professional search, candidate assessment and
project management. In addition, he is intimately involved in the day-to-day business operations and the
financial management of Andcor's equity portfolio. Ty worked for Andcor as an Associate from 1997-2000
and rejoined the company in 2003. Prior to 2003, he gained valuable experience working at Milestone
Growth Fund, Inc., a Minnesota-based venture capital firm focused on providing equity and debt financing
to minority businesses. Previously he worked in the communications and product marketing groups at
Stellent, Inc., a global provider of enterprise content management solutions (now Oracle). Ty earned a
Bachelor of Science in Business from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of
The largest online retailer of Deck Accessories in North America.
Completed my BS in Business Administration at the U of M in 1980. Most of my "corporate" career was
enjoyed with GE (GE Information Services) and ARC, where I gladly took increasing management
responsibilities from sales, to regional P&L management, to assisting with highly successful IPO, to
International expansion (with M&A experience) as well as companywide, nationwide responsibilities. I
formed Technology Project Group, Inc. along with a business partner in 2005 in order to serve Fortune
1000 (and middle market) corporations with their IT strategy with the provision of the right IT skills on a
national level. We are embarking on a transformation of our business, which includes a focus on mobility
and social media consultancy services.
Kevin L. Burkart, founder of StepStoneGroup, was an early entrepreneur having started his business at
the age of 25 in 1996. StepStoneGroup is a brand development agency creating brands, print collateral,
web presence and all forms of sales and brand materials. Under Kevin's leadership the company garners
$2 million of annual revenue and employs 7 persons. Kevin's speciality is sales. His three principles for
sales are: Smile. Listen. Don't talk about yourself. He is also a stickler for details and organizational skills.
Kevin enjoys skydiving, scuba diving, water skiing, boating, snowmobiling and traveling. He is also a
nationally recognized philanthropic leader for Parkinson's Disease.
As an acceleration specialist, she has carved an enviable track record in building high-performance sales
teams. SGS offers four services: 1.) Strategic C-Level consulting, 2.) Sales Management Systems, 3.)
Sales Coaching, and 4.) Sales Recruiting. Companies turn to Danita for her creative solutions and her get-
r-done approach that comes from being on the TTT Ranch in North Dakota.
Jeff Campbell enjoys the opportunity to serve the cash management and credit needs of growing
businesses. Jeff joined the Fidelity team upon graduating from Hamline University with a B.A. in
Management and Economics. Jeff is an active member in a number of organizations, including
Entrepreneurs’ Organization and the Business Advisory Forum. As a former college athlete, Jeff continues
to enjoy playing basketball and golf , as well as spending time with his family. Reach Jeff directly at 952-
Chris is a principal at Gray Plant Mooty and co-chairs our Start-ups and Venture Capital Team. He
provides a broad range of services to emerging companies in a variety of industries, with significant client
concentrations in high technology, life science, agribusiness and manufacturing. Chris takes an “outside
general counsel” approach with his clients – acting as the quarterback for executives and managers on all
their legal needs, providing them with a single point of contact and accountability for their projects with
Gray Plant Mooty. In fulfilling this role, Chris (a) guides his clients in each stage of their financing
development, from initial founder capitalization, friends, family and “angel” investors, venture capital,
strategic partnerships, senior and mezzanine lending and beyond; (b) provides practical legal and
business counsel, delivered with sound business judgment; (c) invests off-the-clock time in getting to know
his clients and their needs; and (d) works hard to earn the role of trusted advisor on both legal and
Chris is the founder and president of NarrativePros, LLC, a training and consulting firm that applies
professional storytelling technique and content to real-world business challenges. Chris continues to
practice as an immigration attorney and teaches law at Hamline University School of Law. For 20 years,
Chris been has acting on stage, screen and radio, most recently in the Guthrie’s CAT ON A HOT TIN
ROOF. He is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actor’s Equity Association. Chris earned
his B.A. in International Relations from Carleton College and his J.D. from Hamline.
FourCubed, LLC is a global Internet Marketing organization and Affiliate Marketing specialist serving
clients both in the local community and around the world. The company boasts expertise in a wide range
of internet marketing solutions, including web design and development, affiliate marketing management,
technology solutions, search marketing and data analytics
Michael is a principal at Gray Plant where his legal practice focuses primarily on intellectual property
related transactions. He has over 25 years of experience representing a variety of businesses and
organizations in the acquisition, development, manufacture, marketing, licensing, and distribution of
products and services. Prior to joining Gray Plant he served as in-house corporate and intellectual
property counsel for Lawson Software, a partner at a top tier intellectual property law firm, and as a special
assistant attorney general for the State of Minnesota. Michael has special expertise in intellectual property,
data privacy, open source, government contracts, information technology and software licensing, internet
and e-commerce law. He is the author of The Legal Guide to the Internet [State of Minnesota], Computer
Contracts [West-Thomson], Entertainment Industry Agreements [West-Thomson], and Entertainment and
Media Law Strategies- Leading Lawyers on Case Strategies, Exceeding Client expectations, and
Negotiating Deals [Aspatore Books].
Mr. Davis the Chief Executive Officer of ATC Venture Group Inc. In business, he has been a serial
Entrepreneur and CEO for over 20 years, having bought, started, lead, and sold many companies in that
period. Outside of work, he is a serial Social Entrepreneur. He founded the Minneapolis Chapter of EO
20 year ago, and spends significant time attacking the social challenges of our community with his
entrepreneurial approach. His current work involves leading Backpack Tutoring Inc. a program that
assists academically at-risk inner-city grade school kids, and is a current board member of CRS, a
supportive housing, chemical dependency and family therapy program for men and women re-entering
society after prison.
I manage a not-for profit distribution entity for the distribution of solar lanterns produced by Green Light
Plant. We sponsor the distribution of other units in Kenya with the help of Solanterns.com based in Kenya.
All-Around Strategy, Marketing and Business Development Athlete. Consulting to Technology Executives
• Seventeen years entrepreneurial and Fortune 500 experience in software, SaaS, web, mobile,
manufacturing and professional services • Strategic business planning • Product management • Business
development • Mergers and acquisitions • Cross-functional team leadership • Product marketing • Sales •
Analyst relations • Project management
In 1994, Chris and his business partner opened up the first franchise operation for Dunn Bros Coffee. The
partners then purchased the company from it's founders in 1998. Since that time the company has grown
from ten to over eighty locations in nine states. As the company co-owner and CEO Chris is responsible
for the visionary direction of the company.
I started my career in technology and software development in the early 90th. Over the years I have been
involved with multiple startups as well as Fortune 500 companies. Coherent Solutions was founded in
1995. Coherent Solutions is a technology solutions and outsourcing company that helps companies
reduce development, maintenance, and testing costs and bring products and complex applications to
market faster. The company's offices in the U.S. and Eastern Europe allow it to provide consulting
services in both markets paired with software development, testing, and maintenance outsourcing
services. Because of its exceptional people, transparent process and culture of commitment, Coherent
Solutions provides superior solutions for software development based on a tightly integrated working
relationship between client and Coherent team members to consistently meet the client’s project
objectives—on time, on task, on budget. I truly enjoy what I do, so please call me today to discuss
Coherent's unique client experience in more detail!
Started one of the first ISPs in MN in '94. Was instrumental in the growth of a dot com start-up '95-'96.
Created Internet strategy, architecture, infrastructure for a Fortune 500 company '97-'98. Lead the e-
business division of a consulting company and consulted for small to Fortune 100 companies on e-
business vision and strategy '99-'00. Built the first SaaS software for the non-credit education market in
'00, which became the leader in its niche market, used by hundreds of schools in U.S. and Canada.
Started first tech accelerator program in MN in '10. Specialties: Entrepreneur and e-business leader with
passion, drive and persistent energy.
Shane Erickson has a strong entrepreneurial background with more than 20 years of entrepreneurial
experience and 3+ years of public accounting experience. He is an active investor/board member currently
in 4 companies (IMC, Mentormate, Automotion, SMCPros) which are all currently experiencing hyper
growth. Mr. Erickson was also a consultant and financial strategist for a Minnesota company, which he
helped grow from $10M to $25M in revenue over a two-year period. Ultimately, he helped create a
management structure, budgeting process, exit strategy, and a quick growth plan which ultimately lead to
an 8-figure private equity deal that closed in 2008. Shane is also a board member of Reside, LLC which is
owned by Matt Meents, Magnet360, and Salesforce.com.
Andy Filer co-founded Berkshire Home Solutions in 2008. Berkshire specializes in Insurance Restoration
Construction (Roofing/Siding/Windows), and has had consecutive years of 100% growth. Andy's business
passions are strategic planning and execution, and he attributes his young companies success to
"planning our work, and working our plan". Andy was recognized nationally in his industry when he was a
featured presenter at Roofing Contractor's 2009 Best of Success Conference.
A third generation business owner, Dominic is the President and Owner of Gehrke Company – a
Manufacturer’s rep in the food ingredient industry. Dominic has led Gehrke Company to growth of over
100% since he took over in 2004. Working with companies like Tree Top, Chiquita, Sun Maid, Diamond,
and many others, Gehrke has achieved consistent double digit growth in a food industry growing at only
3% annually. Dominic greatest achievement is the building of a cohesive, driven sales team of highly
ethical ingredient sales professionals.
Jeff Fritz is focused on nothing less than completely changing the way healthcare information is gathered,
managed and disseminated. Jeff believes that improving the way the healthcare community accesses,
shares and uses information translates into better healthcare for everyone. A devoted dad of three
children, Jeff is committed to building a more effective platform for healthcare so that his kids, and ALL
kids, can be assured of better healthcare for the rest of their lives. A proven business leader, Fritz has
founded and led several successful organizations in the health and wealth sectors for the past 20 years. In
1995, he received industry recognition for an employee benefits firm he founded that demonstrated his
ability to change how employee benefits are purchased. In 2003 he created a new technology model for
the consumer driven healthcare industry which launched Lighthouse1 (now Evolution1). This new
Consumer Driven Healthcare Platform changed the healthcare finance industry as a highly innovative
Software-as-a-Service solution. In addition to his responsibilities at Gestalt Health, Jeff serves on several
Boards of Directors including the Chairman position of Cahill Adams, a firm that provides strategic
Anthony Gizinski began his career with Fidelity Bank in 1995. Anthony specializes in working with
privately owned companies in the distribution, service, and manufacturing, industries. Anthony is also
experienced in financing acquisitions, rapidly growing companies, and those in the mature or early stages
of business. Anthony’s credentials include a B.S. and M.B.A., both in finance, from the Carlson School of
Management as well as an insurance and securities (series 7) license. Anthony is also a 2009 graduate of
the ABA National Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Reach Anthony directly at 952-830-7242.
Dan Grigsby is a partner at the mobile development agency Drivetrain. Dan founded Merchant Planet, an
early e-commerce provider that Microsoft acquired; payMe.com, a successful early-days competitor to
PayPal that sold for a 20X investor ROI; and Mobile Orchard, which became the #1iPhone developer news-
site and podcast. Dan has served as an interim/turn-around CTO, CTO coach, and has done contract
executive business development and new product development. Dan received the Business Journal's "40
Under 40" award, Finance and Commerce's "40 Minnesotans On The Move" award, was named one of
MPLS/St. Paul magazines "75 Best Brains," was one of 15 people profiled in Twin Cities Business's "The
Innovatives" issue and was recognized as an "Alumnus Of Note" by the University of Minnesota. Dan
serves on the Advisory Commission of the Minnesota Science and Technology Authority and is an Adjunct
Instructor and Entrepreneur-In-Residence the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota.
Dan is Mojo Minnesota Agitator and a judge for the Minnesota High Tech Association's Tekne award, the
Business Journal's CIO of the Year award and the Minnesota Cup Business Plan competition. Dan co-
founded MinneBar and MinneDemo, Minnesota’s two largest tech/entrepreneur events.
Born and raised in the Chicago land area, Joe and his wife Stacy reside in the North Loop neighborhood
of Minneapolis. After relocating to Minneapolis with his wife Stacy, Joe felt immediately at home in the
downtown area because of its electrifying spirit. Now immersed in this lifestyle, he enjoys making the most
of all the city has to offer. He feels lucky to have found the perfect setting where he can work, play and
build meaningful relationships with friends. Where Joe puts his energy and passion for the city to work is
in his career in real estate. As a leading agent, he excels at helping people realize their dreams of
downtown living. While some agents try to cover the complete Twin Cities and surrounding areas, Joe
specializes in condos and lofts specifically in downtown Minneapolis. As a downtown resident, it’s a
lifestyle that he knows inside and out. With extensive area knowledge, up to date insight into the
availability and the distinctions between the different loft and condo communities available to you, he can
help you find your ideal property. Next time you are looking to buy, sell or lease in the Minneapolis condo
and loft market work with a professional who understands this unique market. Joe Grunnet is Your
Bryan Hayes created Mendota Electric, Inc., a commercial electrical contracting company in 1992 and has
owned and operated the business for the past 20 years. In 2004, he represented the United States as one
of 26 entrepreneurs at the inaugural Franco-American Entrepreneur Summit in Paris, France. In 2009, he
created and currently owns the Eagan Dunn Bros Coffee shop as a franchisee. Bryan’s philanthropic
pursuits include the FIRST Robotics Team at the Eagan High School which he introduced and secured
the initial funding. His latest endeavor is the development of a construction related bid tabulation internet
venture that is in the build out stage and anticipated to rollout this summer.
Chris Heim is currently President of Amcom Software. Amcom provides mission critical communications
solutions for hospitals, government and hospitality customers. Amcom customers include 12 of the top 14
U.S. hospitals, the top executive and legislative branch in the federal government as well as most of the
top casinos and resort hotels. Chris and Dan Mayleben purchased Amcom Software in March of 2007
and completed four subsequent acquisitions to further accelerate Amcom’s growth. The company has
grown over 400% over the last four years and has 230 employees around the world. Amcom Software was
sold to USA Mobility in March of 2011. Chris was formerly CEO and President of HighJump Software.
Under Mr. Heim's leadership, HighJump Software grew from $8M in sales in 1997 to a run rate of $80M in
sales in 2006 and became the fastest growing company in their market space. In 2002, HighJump
received the Tekne Award from the Minnesota High Technology Association as the Top Emerging
Software Company. In 2003, Heim was selected as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2004,
Heim and Mayleben engineered the sale of HighJump Software to 3M where it remained until recently
spun off. Prior to becoming CEO of HighJump, Chris held a variety of roles at this company including
· More than 25 years experience providing audit, accounting, tax and consulting services to various
organizations across numerous industries. Served as audit engagement partner on several SEC
registrants. Experience includes registration statements, annual and periodic filings and performing audits
of internal control over financial reporting. Served as audit concurring review partner on several SEC
registrants. Served as a consultant for SEC registrants in documenting and implementing the internal
control over financial reporting requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley. Provides clients with advisory services to
address complex and complicated accounting technical issues including revenue recognition, derivatives
and financial instruments, asset impairment, variable interest entities, and financial statement disclosures.
Has led Eide Bailly’s audit practice in two office locations. Member of Eide Bailly’s SEC practice group.
Speaks at national conferences in multiple indus ries on technical accounting and SEC practice matters.
Member of Eide Bailly's board of directors
Aaron Kardell has over 15 years experience creating new software products and companies. Aaron is
currently founder and CEO of MobileRealtyApps, which creates whitelabeled smartphone and tablet apps
for real estate brokers and MLSs. Prior to founding MobileRealtyApps, he authored a number of Facebook
and iPhone apps. iGarageSale, an iPhone app he developed in 2009, was featured in the App Store four
times by Apple. World Conquest, a Facebook app he developed in 2007, was acquired by SGN, a Silicon
Valley venture-backed firm. Previously, Aaron founded an education software startup called Altona Ed in
2001, which provided a web-based student information system for K-12 schools. In 2004, Pearson
Education acquired Altona Ed, and Aaron joined Pearson as Chief Architect. Aaron got an early start in
entrepreneurship, founding his first software company in high school, which sold shareware he wrote over
the Internet. Aaron and his family currently reside in Arden Hills, Minnesota.
Co-founder Justin Kaufenberg has, along with other key management, taken TST Media from concept to
current. TST is now globally recognized as a market leader in online organization management systems.
Most recently, he was the Co-Founder of Third North Creative, a technology based creative agency
specializing in high technology video application, image alteration, virtual tour mapping and e-commerce
website development. Prior to Third North, he was the president of a commercial painting and consumer
service company. In the past he has guest lectured on entrepreneurism, professional sales, technology
and marketing. He is recognized as an authority on amateur sports technology and e-commerce. Mr.
Kaufenberg is an honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire where he majored in
Business Economics and Marketing, and served as an Assistant Capitan on the UWEC Varsity Hockey
team and Vice President of the Beta Upsilon Sigma Investment Board. Specialties: E-Commerce
Application, E-Commerce Financial Regulation, Sports Organization Management, Technology Startup,
Content Management Systems, Technology Company Growth.
Joe Keeley is the President & CEO of College Nannies & Tutors, the franchisor of the nation’s largest
nanny and tutor company. College Nannies & Tutors was founded by Keeley in 2001 while earning a
degree in Entrepreneurship from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and being a nanny himself
for two boys and a little girl during school. College Nannies & Tutors is now operating over 80 locations on
both coasts and in the Midwest and has been featured in such media outlets as Newsweek, USA Today,
CNN, NPR and others. Keeley was named the “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year” in 2010, the
“Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2003, one of the “Top 25 under 25 to Watch” by Business
Week Magazine, one of the “20 under 30 Who Will Change the World” by Citizen Culture magazine, one
of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s “Young Entrepreneurs” and “40 under 40” all by age 29.
International (expatriate and foreign national) tax consulting and compliance for corporate International
Michael Lacey is the founder and CEO of Digineer®. Michael founded the firm at the age of 29 and has
since built a highly respected and award-winning consulting firm. Under Michael’s leadership, Digineer has
experienced significant growth and won numerous national and regional awards. Michael was recognized
by Fortune Small Business as one of Winning Workplaces’ “Best Bosses.” He has also been recognized
as one of Minnesota’s “40 under 40” business professionals by the Twin Cities Business Journal. He was
a finalist for the Minnesota High Tech Association’s Tekne award twice – once for Emerging Leadership
and once for Technology Executive of the Year. Michael was named the Business Builder of the Year in
2006 for Digineer’s growth strategy. Digineer has been recognized four times on the Twin Cities Business
Journal’s “Growth 50”, a list of the fastest growing firms in Minnesota. In addition, Digineer has attained
the Inc 500/5000, Inc Magazine’s list of the fastest growing privately held firms four times. Michael is on
the Board of Directors of the Minnesota High Tech Association and Entrepreneurs Organization. Michael
holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University and a MBA in
Lief Larson is the Founder and CEO of Workface Inc., a Minneapolis-based software company serving
over 100,000 business users. Lief’s role with Workface has resulted in the company being featured in
CNN, NetworkWorld, The New York Times, and other major media. His efforts with Workface resulted in
the company winning the 2010 Social Business Innovation award, the 2010 OnDemand 100 award, and a
presenting company at DEMO in 2011. Larson is a software and human factor engineer with over fifteen
years’ experience in human-machine dynamics, including eight years in self-service kiosk systems and
twelve in web-based applications. He has been working in web-based marketing and social media
sciences since 2001. Mr. Larson was previously named #8 on Entrepreneur Magazine's "Top 10 American
Entrepreneurs Under 30" list. Lief founded and grew KIOSK Inc. into one of the world’s largest providers
of interactive self-service terminal technology, and subsequently navigated the company to a successful
sale. During his tenure in that industry he also built the industry publication and premier industry event. In
2004 Lief was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Kiosk & Self-Service industry association and
was inducted into their Hall of Fame. In 2005 and 2006 Larson was a back-to-back semi-finalist for the
"Joyce Lasecke is president and co-founder of Fredrickson Communications, a professional services firm
that provides expert consulting and staff for learning & development and user experience projects. She is
active in the EO Accelerator Program and is a past president of the EO Minnesota chapter. She has deep
knowledge and experience in hiring for cultural fit and developing leaders with the company."
“Chief Carrot Lover” of San Francisco based Yes To Inc. In just 4 short years, Leffler and his team have
built Yes To into one of the leading natural beauty brands in the world, achieving distribution in over
28,000 stores in over 29 countries (including Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Whole Foods Market, etc.)
Today Yes To is the #2 natural beauty brand in the country and growing beyond his wildest dreams
Kent Lillemoe has been the CFO of several early-stage companies including CyberOptics, Fargo
Electronics and MinuteClinic. In his previous CFO roles, he has had broad financial and operational
responsibilities. Since 1996, he has been a key member of management teams that have been
responsible for over $250M of private and public equity offerings and delivered over $550M of acquisition
proceeds to shareholders. Mr. Lillemoe currently serves as an independent consultant and board member
for several early-stage companies including Exos Medical, Mobilegs, Vast Enterprises, Wireless Ronin
Working through his consulting firm, Mr. Lilly maintains relationships with several national and regional
investment banks. He works regularly for the firm of Duff & Phelps in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles
on merger and acquisition, bankruptcy, financial restructuring and valuation projects. He is actively
involved in investment sourcing as an Operating Partner for Calera Capital (previously Fremont Partners),
a middle market PE fund in Boston/San Francisco. He is also a Senior Advisor to TPG Growth, the smaller
company investment group at Texas Pacific Group. In addition to consulting work, John Lilly Strategic
Insights is a direct investor in more than a dozen emerging companies including website translation
software, pharmaceutical testing technology, credit services for the unbanked and new-generation dye
materials. Mr. Lilly is a member of the Board of Directors of Adams Respiratory Therapeutics (ARXT), a
NASDAQ-listed manufacturer of OTC/Rx therapies for respiratory care, including the Mucinex® brand.
Adams was originally a portfolio company of Perseus-Soros, Tullis-Dickerson and the EGI Fund of Sam
Zell. He is an Advisor to LEK Consulting and a Trustee of the National Public Radio Foundation.
Adept at providing vision, integrity-based leadership, effective communication. Particular skills in online
technology, sales and marketing. Demonstrated success ranging from entrepreneurial ventures to national
corporations. Focused on delivering quick results through people, process and systems. Specialties:
Strategy Development, Organizational Alignment, Business Development, Online Business Development,
Internet Strategies, Organizational Excellence
President/CEO Clockwork Active Media Systems in Minneapolis. Curious geek and technology evangelist.
Public Speaker. Member, Board of Directors - Family Equality Council. Past recipient of The Business
Journal's '40 Under 40' and 'Women To Watch' awards. Featured in Working Mother Magazine's Top 25
Women Owned Businesses, 2009. I teach, talk and write about internet technology, social marketing and
engagement, communication and work culture. I believe in leadership as service. Specialties: Digital
Business Strategy. Social Media. Mobile. Internet technologies. User experience. Application
development. Sales/Business Development. Product/Project Ideation. I specialize in all things internet.
Kully Supply sells commercial plumbing parts thru our 25 niche websites. Our customers are typically
schools, hospitals, and other commercial buildings. We have a well trained staff that is able to help our
customers correctly identify the replacement part they need. We also inventory and ship the parts directly
from our warehouse. I bought the company in 2003 and spent the first couple years working out of my
garage. In 2005 I launched our first website, and things haven’t slowed down since. Our growth can be
attributed to a couple main factors. First we have developed solid systems that are very scalable. That
has allowed us to grow with relatively few “growing pains”. The other main factor is our focus on culture.
We have a very relaxed culture and we have a lot of fun at work. That culture has developed very devoted
and productive employees.
Successfully started and built a multi-million dollar online company specializing in book publishing. Now
my mission is to help other businesses grow using the experience I learned from Google PPC and social
media. Specialties: My specialties include creating brand awareness and loyalty through social media
sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and more.
Mark's career in finance started in 1991 at Miller, Johnson and Kuehn, a Minneapolis based Investment
Banking Firm. In 1995 he joined the newly formed start up company Wam!Net, soon to be a global
provider of IT services for the media industry. There he served as Controller and Director of Finance from
1995 to 1997, and Vice President of Finance from 1998 to 2003. During his tenure he helped manage and
direct the growth of Wam!Net from a small start up company to over $1 billion in government contracts
and 450 global employees. He also managed the process of capitalizing Wam!Net's operations by raising
over $700 million dollars in High Yield Bonds, and several Strategic and Private equity placements. In
2003 Mark joined Virtual Radiologic Corporation as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. During his
tenure he completed several private equity placements and a successful initial public offering led by
Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. From 2008 onward he has provided executive financial consulting
services to Nature's Accent Inc., a Santa Fe, New Mexico based alternative energy company and,
Illuminate Solutions Inc., a Barcelona, Spain based correlation database management company. Mark
Imagine the civil rights movement without Martin Luther King Jr. What if Henry Ford never found good
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After six years as a financial planner with a major national financial advisory firm, Jon joined Boeckermann
Grafstrom & Mayer Wealth Management, LLC as a partner in June 1999. Today Jon is President of the
Wealth Management firm handling day to day operations, coordination of all client issues, and long-term
strategy. As the Investment Manager he is responsible for the individual client portfolios and is a member
of the investment committee. When Jon joined the firm in 1999, he co-founded BGM Financial Resources,
a sister company that provides insurance solutions. Jon is also a co-founder of Cornerstone Private Asset
Trust Company, LLC, which provides trust services.
Mark Moe is a Managing Director in Cherry Tree‘s investment banking practice. Over the past 20 years he
has served the growth company and entrepreneurial communities in several roles. Mark was a partner at a
highly regarded boutique investment bank where he was Head of Consumer Investment Banking, Co-
Head of Wealth Management, a top institutional salesman and member of the Operating Committee. Mark
also led a top team in the institutional equity sales group at a large regional investment bank and practiced
law in Minneapolis working with closely held corporations and entrepreneurially-driven companies.
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Jaime Nolan, CAE, is founder and CEO of IntrinXec Management Inc., a Minneapolis-based association
management company providing services trade associations and professional societies. In addition to her
role as CEO of IntrinXec, Jaime also serves as an advisor to the Boards for each IntrinXec client providing
guidance on association governance, regulations and current trends. She also serves as the Executive
Director to the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA). Specialties: Association
management, board and leadership training, strategic planning, conference and meeting planning,
contract negotiations, meeting planning, accreditation consultant.
Angela Rud is a principal at Gray Plant Mooty specializing in employment law and HR compliance. She
has nearly 20 years of total experience, including private practice, in-house, and business management
roles. After 9 years, Angela left private practice to serve as senior employment law counsel for a large,
global fast food franchisor. She was promoted and served as executive vice president of human
resources for the same franchisor from 2007 through 2011, when she decided to return to private
practice. Angela can provide expert advice to business owners and start-ups on all employment and HR
related issues, including recruitment, hiring, background checks, leave laws, benefits, insurance
coverage, protecting confidential and proprietary information, effective performance management, and
how to avoid employment claims and lawsuits. She has been named a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law
and Politics, and is a frequent speaker on Human Resource and employment related topics.
Michael Sarafolean is an owner, founder, and the managing partner of the Orion Corporation of
Minnesota, a company providing residential services and supports to children and adults with disabilities.
Established in 1987, the Orion Corporation has service locations in the Twin Cities and Grand Rapids,
MN. Sarafolean has more than twenty-five years of experience in both for-profit and non-profit
organizations serving people with disabilities. He has been involved in many start-up ventures in areas
ranging from desktop publishing to food service. He holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the
University of Minnesota and received his MBA from St. Thomas in 1998. In addition to being on the
teaching staff at the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at St. Thomas since 1999, he has taught
graduate classes at St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis. A lifelong resident of Saint Paul, Sarafolean
enjoys biking, gardening, and traveling. He is a fair-weather Twins fan, an above average cook, a terrible
golfer, and the father of two sons.
Owner Loren Schirber attended the University of North Dakota where he graduated Summa Cum Laude
with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and received a Certificate of Entrepreneurship.
While in school, Loren was involved in organizations, leadership activities, and worked part-time at a local
financial institution in the marketing department. While in the Entrepreneurship Program at the University
of North Dakota, Loren had the opportunity to compete in several national business plan competitions.
Loren and a partner completed a business plan, entered, and placed in three large national competitions.
They competed against other students from some of the top educational institutions in North America and
presented their plan to bankers, VC's, entrepreneurs, and investors. After graduating from UND, Loren
accepted a position with CROSSMARK Sales and Marketing, an organization that competed in the space
between consumer-packaged goods companies and mass merchandisers. Loren was promoted after
catching the attention of a top manager and moved to Plano, TX to work at the company's corporate
headquarters as a consultant, an analyst, and as a member of the business development team. After two
years in the corporate world, Loren decided to return to Minneapolis to attend graduate school and be
CEO committed to enabling advisors and financial institutions to provide world-class integrated advice to
their clients more profitably and effectively. ActiFi™ is a software and solutions company that creates
scalable business execution programs for the financial services industry. By implementing its proven
people, process, and technology solutions based on research, best-practices, and industry benchmarks,
ActiFi clients run more effective and profitable businesses. Named by Investment Advisor magazine as
one of the top 25 'Most Influential' People in the U.S. Financial Advisor Community. Specialties: Wealth
Management, workflow, software, technology, compliance, leadership
Matthew is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for software architecture and building kick-ass agile
development teams. He previously co-founded Nanobiz, which sold to Verisign in 2000, and resulted in
his growth to VP of Product Engineering for a $200M+ product line. Matthew's most recent start-up
experience was at RedBrick Health, where he was CTO and participated in the most recent round of
funding from Kleiner. Matthew is looking forward to friending the cast of Entourage in a future scripted
social network from SocialSamba.
Debbie Simmons founded Kelle Company in 1996. The Apparel Design
and Manufacturing company uniquely combines her passions: Fashion, Design and Business. Kelle is a
market leader in the USA, and is growing internationally in Canada, Australia and the UK. Awarded 2005
"Women to Watch" by The Business Journal, and is a member of EO and WPO.
Don Smithmier is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sophia, which was created on the premise
that there are millions of great ideas, methods, lessons and people who can contribute to society’s goal of
spreading knowledge and making education better and more effective. His goal is to use innovation to
bring education and technology together in an impactful way for students, teachers, parents, tutors and
more. Previously, Don was an early stage employee and utimately Vice President at Capella University
(NSDQ: CPLA), the first fully online, accredited university. During his 14 years at Capella, Don held a
succession of Marketing, Technology and Business leadership roles and was recognized as a pioneer in
the innovative use of web technologies. Don is a winner of the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal's
“40 Under 40” and founder of Matter Worldwide (www.matterworldwide.com), the parent company of three
successful startups including GoKart Labs, the digital innovation company that incubated and built Sophia.
Don earned his M.B.A. with honors from the University of Minnesota and his B.A. from the University of
We help clients evolve and out-perform the competition through great technology grounded in Business
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mobile learning software solution, iQpakk.com, in 2001 we've been doing mobile before it was cool. Now,
with 11 years, 300+ projects, and 100-person strong team growing at 150% annually MentorMate.com is
rapidly evolving into the go-to technology outsourcing solution for the Twin Cities and beyond. Whether
you're a potential client or hire contact us to discover why we keep winning. Specialties: We are your
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engineering. We have a breadth and depth of talent and systems that smaller outfits lack but we have the
small company flexibility and customer attention that big firms often lose (as well as more reasonable
David A. Stene, CPA/ABV, CMA, CVA is a partner with the Minneapolis office of Eide Bailly LLP, a top 25
CPA and consulting firm with 19 offices in nine states. He chairs the firms Transaction Services
committee, which helps owners plan for and realize a successful sale or exit of their business or with
acquiring other companies. Many of these businesses have international operations, and Dave also
chairs the firms International Services group. He serves as U.S. Chairman and Board member of HLB
International, a network of independent accountancy firms throughout the world, and as a board member
of the U.S. China Business Connection and the MN Society of CPAs.
Stephens, founded The Geek Squad in Minneapolis 18 years ago and went on to become Richfield-based
Best Buy's chief technology officer.
John is a passionate champion of innovation and entrepreneurship. He has founded and led three venture-
backed, technology-enabled services companies over the past fifteen years. These companies have
provided information services, financial services and location-based services to both businesses and
consumers. John has an established track record in identifying market opportunities, building world-class
teams and delivering award winning products and services to market. John is the CEO & President of
Contigo Systems Inc., a SaaS provider of fleet management, asset tracking and personal safety solutions.
Contigo's applications are private-label distributed across North America by a VAR network that includes
the wireless carrier TELUS. Contigo has been twice named one of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in
Canada and one of the Top Places to Work in the IT sector in British Columbia. Previously, John founded
PayMyBills.com, a payments company that he launched at Idealab in Pasadena, California. As CEO, John
led this 200-person company from concept stage to revenue generation and market leadership, achieving
90%+ customer satisfaction ratings and winning multiple awards for most valuable consumer web site
from CIO Magazine, Time and Forbes. After growing the subscriber base to 40,000 in less than two years,
Dan has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and growing companies from start up through exit. For almost
the last 13 years, he’s been the chair of the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Gray Plant Mooty. He has
been actively practicing law in the entrepreneurial space, with a particular focus on technology-related
enterprises and other ventures needing “other people’s money,” for over 20 years. Dan is also an active
author and editor of the entreview blog (www.entreviewblog.com), which is targeted to provide an eclectic
view on life through the lense of an entrepreneur. Areas of specialty include venture capital and private
securities offerings, corporate structure and financing, governance, general contracts, and technology
Brad Theisen is a tax partner at Eide Bailly LLP. He has over 18 years experience providing accounting
and income tax consulting to closely held businesses, specifically in industries related to construction,
manufacturing and service corporations. He is the chairperson of the Eide Bailly firmwide manufacturing
committee, and is also a member of the Eide Bailly Technology Steering Committee and the Tax Process
Committees. He is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the MN
Society of Certified Public Accountants, where he was a member of their Leadership Cabinet. He is also a
CPA Ambassador. He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Moorhead State University.
Brad lives in Maple Grove, is married and has a ten year old daughter.
Tadd D. Tobkin is a director at Arthur Ventures, a venture capital firm with just under $20 million in
management, including $6.8 million raised in 2011 to support its current partner companies, Intelligent
InSites and Preventice. Currently Mr. Tobkin also serves as the interim president of Workface, as a board
advisor for Hardcore Computer and Loyalty Builders, and as a board member for Workface and
Preventice. Before joining Arthur Ventures in 2009, he worked abroad in Canada, Germany, Denmark,
the United Kingdom and the former Soviet Union, providing strategy consulting and capital advice for
Marsh McLennan, Atlantic Agro Holdings and to various clients through Restoration Partners. One of
Restoration Partners clients included Open Text; a $3.5 billion market cap software company which
Tobkin constructed a strategy with the executive team to take the company to $5 billion. Prior to that, Mr.
Tobkin was a consultant at Accenture where he aided in the successful delivery of an Internet portal for an
$11 billion health insurance company, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, and led five functional areas of a
$70 million project for Guidant, a medical device company acquired by Boston Scientific for $27.3 billion.
Tom Trutna is the President and Owner of BIG INK Display Graphics in Eagan, MN. Mr. Trutna has more
than 20 years of sales and marketing experience holding positions at General Mills and Periscope
Advertising. He is an active member and past president of the Minnesota chapter of EO (Entrepreneurs’
Organization) and frequently speaks to entrepreneurial students and business groups. He is a board
member and founding shareholder of Bridgewater Bank and he serves on the Technical Advisory Board
of Digital Graphics magazine as an expert on sustainable printing practices. His articles include “Kermit
was Wrong! It Is Easy Being Green(er)” published in Digital Graphics magazine and ”Branding Space with
Environmental Graphics” which appeared in the NeoCon 2009 Show Guide.
It was during Sally Weatherly’s ten years working in the Fortune 500 world that she identified an unmet
business need. As a hiring manager herself, she had a challenge finding project managers and business
analysts who knew the business side of the financial services industry. She started Weatherly Consulting
14 years ago, and has grown it into an award-winning project management and business analysis
consulting firm that focuses exclusively on the financial services industry. The firm works with banks and
brokerage firms, as well as mutual fund, insurance, financial planning and mortgage companies.
Weatherly is married and has 11 year old twin boys.