2015 Mentors

Back Country Deli Logoback countryDavid Pepin is the co-founder of Backcountry Delicatessen, a restaurant started in Steamboat Springs in 1999. David’s lifestyle and business
model are fueled by a passion for natural, nutritious, great tasting food and adventure in the great outdoors.

bitsbox finalbitsbox AidanScott Lininger and Aidan Chopra are the co-founders of a new startup based in Boulder called Bitsbox, a company that creates a monthly subscription box that teaches kids to code. The duo began as two dads who worked together for years on SketchUp at Google and Trimble. Click here to watch the interview.

body visionBodyVision founderDorian Averbuch is a Medical Device Entrepreneur, Business and Technical Leader, and restless inventor holding over 15 patents. Being intimately involved in a number of highly successful Israeli ventures, he has recently established a new medical device company aimed to address the problem of cancer diagnostics and treatment. Dorian holds a Master of Science degree from Israeli Institute of Technology, located in Haifa.

Boomtown-logoboomtown founder Shaw Lathrop is the program manager for one of Boulder’s hottest business accelerators, Boomtown. Boomtown offers startups the best of what makes Boulder one of the best startup cities in the world, with the highest density of startups per capita in the US, where you’ll be mentored by seasoned investors, engineers, designers, and marketers all focused on taking your startup to the next level. Click here to watch the interview.

campminder logocampminder founderPaul Berliner is the Chief Operating Officer of Camp Minder, a web-based and communication system designed by former campers, staff, and the camp professional. Paul went to University of Colorado, Boulder and comes from Washington DC; he enjoys skiing, camping and music. Paul is also a member of the Camp Inc. Board of Advisors.

CJS Logo_3color finalSally Spencer PhotoSally Spencer-Thomas is the CEO of CJSF and the Survivor Division Chair for the American Association for Suicidology. Dr. Spencer-Thomas is also a professional speaker and trainer, presenting nationally and internationally on the topic of suicide prevention. She has published four books on mental health issues.

chum logochum foundersJacob and Nolan Gonzales are co-founders of the wildly exciting company, Chum Bucket Candles, which specializes in making fun, delicious, sometimes fattening scents in candles each containing a real shark tooth. Jacob is a 1st chair trumpet player, runs for his track team, was a Commander for his Jr. ROTC and even received the Presidential Gold Award for academics. Nolan’s favorite subject is math, loves art and was on the Principal’s List for straight A’s.

CloudElementsLogocloud elements founderGary Gaessler is the co-founder Cloud Elements, a cloud to cloud integration platform that developers use to integrate their application to the applications their customers use at a fraction of the cost and time. Gaessler was previously VP of Sales at StreamStep, which he acquired by BMC Software in 2011. He is also the co-founder of VoipReview.com, the world’s largest site for VoIP reviews with over 8 million visitors, which he acquired in 2008. He was also named Founders Institute Director and Top Startup Mentor of the year 2012.

remmi logoremmi founderRemmi Smith is the founder and host of Cook Time with Remmi, which is a health based cooking show established in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Remmi’s objective is to get kids excited about cooking, and to link the skill of cooking to improved nutrition. Remmi’s shows and video series air on the international ifood.tv and foodytv.com platforms. Currently she has a weekly cooking segment on KTUL a local CBS affiliate.

CrossFit logocrossfit founder Leslie Friedman is the founder of CrossFit DeCO, a gym that has everything one could want from a gym such as fitness, nutritional coaching, massages, and chiropractic professionals. Friedman is a USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach, Personal Trainer, Pre and Post-Natal as well as CPR/AED certified. Click here to watch the interview.

Dining_Out logodining out founderJosh Dinar is the co-founder of Pearl Publishing Media Group (PPMG), which publishes, among other things, DiningOut Magazine, a national network of regional dining guides and produces food festivals such as Denver’s Top Taco Festival and Boulder’s Restaurant Week. He is also a partner of The Conscious Cleanse, a quickly growing nutritional cleanse company, and co-author of the best-selling book, “The Conscious Cleanse: Lose Weight, Heal Your Body and Transform Your Life.” Josh is a founding partner of Circle Fresh Farms, an 8-acre network of greenhouses producing local, organic produce in Colorado and owns T|ACO restaurant in Boulder. Josh is on the board of Lighthouse Writers, the vice president of the Board of the Boulder JCC, the Steering Committee for Hazon Colorado, and the Jewish Life Committee at Rose Community Foundation.

double helix logodouble helix founderLeslie Kimerling is a seasoned executive with 20 years of management and operating experience with a passion for guiding entrepreneurs in transforming their visions into strong sustainable businesses. Leslie founded Isis Partners in 2001, advisory firm that works with growth companies in the health care, healthy living/wellness and bioscience sectors. Most recently she launched a nano-optics company – Double Helix, LLC – to bring some amazing 3D optics technology developed at the University of Colorado, Boulder to market. Leslie is also a founding board member of StreetSquash, an afterschool youth enrichment program serving 7-12 graders in Harlem, NY and board chair of Mile High Squash in Denver. Click here to watch the interview.

HS_Logobig agnes founderChris Tamucchi is the Director of Operations for Big Agnes and Honey Stinger, has an MBA and specializes in sales and operations. Located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Honey Stinger makes nutritious and great tasting honey-based foods including energy bars, protein bars, energy gels, organic waffles, organic chews, kids specific snacks and our very own Organic Wildflower Honey. Big Agnes is a consumer products company based in Steamboat that manufactures and sells outdoor gear, camping supplies, tents, sleeping bags, etc.

independent-youth-logoyouth founderTanya Hamilton is the Founder/Executive Director of Independent Youth. She began her career in marketing and business development, gaining professional experience in various industries including; professional sports, healthcare, technology and Real Estate. Utilizing the knowledge and skills she obtained over the years, Ms. Hamilton followed her passion of working with youth to build strong, confident, educated entrepreneurs. Ms. Hamilton has a Masters of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from The University of Portland and an Undergraduate Degree in Business Management from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC.

IntelivideoLogo300wintelivideo founder Bradley D. Brown is the CEO of InteliVideo, a video monetization platform that helps marketers of intellectual property monetize their content using its proprietary online platform. Brad has an extensive background in technology that includes building a residential real estate automated valuation firm, IntelliReal that was acquired by Equifax in 2011, an Oracle professional services firm, TUSC that was acquired by Rolta in 2008, and roles as Startup CTO of Enhanced Recovery, Independent Nation, Open Access Broadband Networks, and EventConnex. He has served on the boards of YPO (Colorado Chapter), Enscicon, Reglara, Geekcruises, and Colorado Uplift. Brad is the author of six books on technology. Click here to watch the interview.

BoxerJeff150x210Jeff Boxer graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. While there Mr. Boxer was a National Merit and a Missouri Bright Flight Scholar. Mr. Boxer returned to his native Colorado for law school, and received his Juris Doctorate from University of Colorado Law School in 2010. While at CU, Mr. Boxer was an extern at the Colorado Supreme Court- Office of Attorney Regulation. After receiving his Juris Doctorate, Mr. Boxer served as a fellow for the Honorable Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger, in Colorado’s First Judicial District.

Youth Directions Logoyouth directions founderLevi Brackman is a rabbi, writer and scholar whose best selling book, “Jewish Wisdom for Business Success” has been published in eight languages. Since 2005 he has been the rabbi of Judaism in the Foothills, the Synagogue he founded in Evergreen, Colorado. Rabbi Brackman is also the founder of Youth Directions and Purposes Inc. and the creator of a widely used purpose-in-life discovery tool for both youth and adults. He writes regularly for YNet and the Denver Post andholds a Master’s degree from University College London and is pursuing a PhD in Positive Psychology. Before moving to Colorado in 2005 he was the senior rabbi of a United Synagogue congregation in London, England.

beyond trustbeyond trust founderJohn Moyer is a Management Consultant to Ernst & Young as well as being the co-founder and CEO of two successful companies: DesktopStandard and BeyondTrust. These two companies thrived so well that they were bought by Microsoft and Symark. Moyer is also a General Partner of The Founders Corner, LP and has a BS in Engineering. For fun John likes to ski at Vail, where he is a seasoned instructor.

Man Cans Logomancans founderHart Maine, currently 17, is a recent graduate of New Philadelphia High School in New Philadelphia, Ohio. In the fall of 2010 Hart started ManCans, a company that focuses on selling candles with scents that men like. Originally, all of the candles were made inside a recycled soup can; the can was first purchased by the business and donated to soup kitchens and homeless shelters across Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and into West Virginia. Today the candles are made inside of manufactured soup cans, and money is donated in place of the soup to the same kitchens. Since the beginning of the business Hart has been able to donate 90,000 cans of soup along with $30,000, expand his product line of scents, work with a developmental disability company for production, and expand his sales from online to 130 stores, catalogs, fundraisers and corporate marketing merchandise. Click here to watch the interview.

MOOTS_ROCKIES_logomoots logoButch Boucher is the President of Moots, a company that fabricates titanium, high quality bikes. He was quoted saying, “My card says product development which I help with, but I also make stuff with big machines, buy lots of Titanium and shoot my mouth off about almost anything, especially if I’m not asked.”

fast forwardakron founderKenny Babby is the Owner and CEO of Akron RubberDucks (Double A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) and recently acquired Jacksonville Suns (Double A Affiliate of the Florida Marlins). Ken was the Chief Revenue Officer for the Washington Post for 12 years before joining Akron RubberDucks and is an active Boys and Girls Club, Positive Coaching Alliance and the Shaw JCC of Akron, OH. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Wheaton College in Boston, MA.

Stinky Feet Gurlz Logostinky feet founderAsya Gonzales is a dedicated student and Philanthropist and aside from running her business, Stinky Feet Gurlz and going to school, she takes time off to travel the country speaking to large groups of students and teachers about following their dreams through a peer-to-peer mentorship program that empowers today’s teens to become tomorrow’s business leaders. Asya also has her own charity, She Is Worth It and is a radio personality on a weekly teen radio program, Express Yourself!

SportsTradex Logosportstradex founderBen Lipson is an entrepreneur (CEO and founder of SportsTradeX.com) in the Houston area. He is also a strong organizer and advocate for Israel and supporting European Jewry. Sports Trade X is a fantasy sports stock exchange where users compete for cash prizes by predicting the outcome of sporting events, such as the NFL playoffs, or predicting the individual performance of players.

Steamboat Powdercats Logosteamboat powdercats founderEric Deering has been leading people in the outdoors for more than 20 years now. He began his career as a mountaineering instructor for the Wilderness Education Association and Outward Bound. From there he developed and lead Backcountry ski, and mountaineering programs for Colorado Mountain College. Eric leads avalanche courses for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education and is also President of CatSki US, a professional organization dedicated to developing and maintaining professional standards within the US Cat Skiing industry. As the Director of Steamboat Powdercats Eric manages everything from guiding, staff training, and fleet management to new program development and accounting. Click here to watch the interview.

SugarWishLogosugarwish foundersLeslie Lyon and Elizabeth Vezzani are the co-founders of a revolutionary new gift giving company called Sugarwish. Sugar is a website where the giver can choose the gift (in this case, candy) and then the receiver can personalize it, by choosing details of the gift (the specific types of candy.) Leslie and Elizabeth are both mothers who enjoy dedicating time to their families and career.

taos logotaos founderBrooks Thostenson is the co-founder and President of Taos Mountain Energy Bars, an outdoor lifestyle brand that manufactures and distributes energy snack foods nationwide. Brooks enjoys spending his free time in the mountains and is an outdoor enthusiast. Click here to watch the interview.

TBG Stamp LOGOtbg founderMark Seguin is the Founder and CEO of TBG Solutions, Inc. Mark is a social media and identity theft expert. He delivers powerful, personal, real-life messages, and provides practical experiences with relatable alternatives to change thinking, behavior and perception. Since 2003, Seguin and his team has helped thousands of people, including students, who are perhaps our most vulnerable, combat risks associated with social media, identity theft, breach prevention safety. Mark is the author of Be Safe in CyberSpace: A Family navigating the ever changing landscape of technology in our daily lives. Guide to Cyber Safety, a step-by-step guide to internet and mobile technology safety.

jcc boulder logojcc boulder presidentMatthew Rich’s career spans over 22 years in the financial industry, currently working as a Senior Vice President – Wealth Management for UBS. His expertise is in designing financial for individuals that are focused on Capital Preservation, Retirement, College and Estate planning, as well as planning for various cash flow needs. Matt utilizes Asset Allocation to analyze existing portfolios and determine asset correlation and risk assessment. Matt is the immediate Past President of JCC Boulder. Matt is married and has two beautiful girls. He enjoys cooking, skiing, wine tasting, and playing guitar.

unreasonablelogounreasonablefounderTeju Ravilochan is the CEO and co-founder of Unreasonable Institute, a company that gets entrepreneurs what they need to scale solutions to the world’s biggest problems at programs ranging from 5 days to 5 weeks. They do this by identifying entrepreneurs with the potential to address problems like poverty, lack of education, and social injustice at scale, and then by swarming them with hand-picked mentors, funders, and partners to help grow their impact. And once entrepreneurs leave their program they can forever access and engage with this global network of entrepreneurs, mentors, and funders that now spans over 50 countries.

WUF logowuf founderSean Kelly is the Co-Founder and CEO of WUF, which is a wearable technology company focused on building a product with a purpose to connect, educate and improve communication between man and his best friend. By building the World’s Smartest Dog Collar, they collect more data about dog’s lives, habits and activities than ever before. Through the accompanying app, they utilize this data to enable owners to take more control over their relationship.

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