The following teenage CEO’s recently appeared on the hit TV show Shark Tank, and visited as guest mentors during Summer 2016!
16 year old CEO Benjamin Stern, took his company, Nohbo, onto Shark Tank and received a $100,000 investment from billionaire investor Mark Cuban for 25% of his company. Nohbo creates and sells the world’s first eco-friendly shampoo balls. Ben has been featured in several business blogs and magazines including Business Insider, INC., The Huffington Post, and Forbes. www.NohboBall.com
16 year old CEO Shelby Gogulksi, has appeared on Shark Tank, The Chat, The View, and mentioned in countless publications. Her company, Yourself Expression, designs customize-able jewelry and apparel for wholesale and retail. She started the company 2 years ago and had $340,000 in revenue in 2015. Shelby and her co-founder (and brother), Gordy, will be visiting camp as guest mentors this summer. www.YourselfExpression.com
15 year old CEOs, and Denver residents, Oliver Greenwald and Sam Nassif are the dynamic co-founders of The Drip Drop, LLC, a company that has patented an ice cream cone accessory. They were recently seen on Shark Tank where they secured a $50k deal with Barbara Corcoran. These teenage entrepreneurs started their company at 10 years old after entering an invention competition. www.DripDropCone.com
Moziah “Mo” Bridges is the precocious 14 year old CEO of Mo’s Bows Handmade Bow Ties. Mo started his company at 9 years old and has since been on Shark Tank, Good Morning America, The TODAY Show, Steve Harvey Show, in Oprah Magazine, was the 2015 NBA Draft fashion correspondent and has been to the White House where he met The President and gifted him with a special “Obama Blue” bow tie! www.MosBowsMemphis.com
Not all of our guest mentors are teens. The following “Adults” joined Camp Inc. in 2016 as guest mentors.
Klaus Obermeyer’s enthusiasm is contagious, his energy seemingly endless, his optimism without bounds. In 1947, Klaus arrived in Aspen, Colorado, where Friedl Pfeiffer had opened the Aspen Ski School. At night, he followed his entrepreneurial spirit. Sensing that people would spend more time on the slopes if they were warm and comfortable he founded Sport Obermeyer – in the attic of his home. There, one of the first of many innovations was born in the form of a down ski parka stitched together from his goose down comforter. Soon after came high-altitude suntan lotion, turtlenecks, nylon windshirts, mirrored sunglasses and more. In 1961, the first Sport Obermeyer factory warehouse opened in Aspen, and the innovations continued with “soft-shell” jackets, double lens goggles, the first waterproof-breathable fabrics.
Niki Koubourlis was an accomplished executive working 12-14 hour days in commercial real estate in Dubai but when she moved to Denver in 2013 she started a Meetup Group for women seeking outdoor adventures at a reasonable cost and a brand new business renting outdoor gear and apparel to women. Bold Betties empowers women through adventure and the outdoors by try something new, pushing them to their limits, learning hacks, being bold and being brave. It began as a Colorado Meetup group of women exploring the outdoors together. They are women from all different stages of life, shapes, colors, ages and skill sets. Some are married, some single, some wealthy, some scraping by and some in the middle.
Joel Appel is a serial entrepreneur who built the Orange Glo / OxiClean / Kaboom brand of cleaning products. The original Orange Glo product was developed by Joel’s parents in their garage when he was just a boy. Joel and his siblings helped sell the products at home shows and state fairs. After graduating college, Joel began working for Quaker Oats, eventually becoming their brand manager. He then approached his parents about taking what he learned and turning their garage business into a world-wide competitive brand. Joel eventually sold the business and has launched several other successful businesses since.
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. www.BoomtownAccelerator.com
Sabra Willner is the Chief Marketing Officer at Lenovo Software. She is a recent transplant from New York City to Boulder, CO and was recently named to CRN’s 2016 Women of the Channel. She has spent her career developing expertise in account and project management, brand development, customer experience, digital media strategy, channel marketing and partner enablement. Other awards to her credit include: Silver W3 and Gold Hermes Creative Award, silver Effie Award, gold MIXX Award, and FY11 Marketing MVP at CA Technologies.
Dave Willner is the Chief Operating Officer of Skyport Hospitality, the largest concessionaire at Denver International Airport. Skyport owns and operates over 22 restaurants, markets, bars, coffee shops and more. Dave began his career as an actor, before meeting famed restaurateur Danny Meyer and diving into the world of hospitality management. He has held positions managing all of the food and beverage operations for Jet Blue Airlines, and overseeing all of Park South Hospitality’s music venues, lounges, bars, and clubs across New York and New Jersey.
Spiffy Dog is a Steamboat Springs-based manufacturer of dog collars and other functional canine accessories using the latest and greatest materials and technology. The company was started 15 years ago by 2 guys with years of experience making recreational products for humans. With more dogs than people in Steamboat Springs, the company shifted their focus and has since won awards for their pet products. VP of Marketing, Kyle Nelson, will be speaking with campers and giving a tour of their facility. www.SpiffyDog.com
Mark Strynar is part of a highly skilled financial advisory team providing a host of services including trust and estate planning services, liquidity and cash management, legacy planning, wealth advisory, asset and liability management to wealthy individuals and families, business owners and executives, entrepreneurs, attorneys and artists for Merrill Lynch in Denver. He prides himself on successful multi-generational relationships and the value created through nurturing collaborative strategies.
Peter Hall is the founder and owner of Hala Gear which builds high quality, whitewater specific, inflatable SUPs (stand-up paddle boards). They are headquartered out of Steamboat Springs, directly across the street from the Yampa river. Hala’s inflatables are the result of endless prototyping, honing in the product, constantly evolving and pushing the design limits.
Paul 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 Advisers. www.campminder.com
Sara Weinreb is the Founder of IMBY, and is a necessary troublemaker who has spent her life and career respectfully challenging the status quo. With a background in supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs in building businesses that make a positive impact, she launched IMBY as a frustrated consumer struggling to find versatile, fun, and affordable clothing that was made ethically. Sara consults to social entrepreneurs, facilitates design thinking workshops, is a member of the Ethical Writers Coalition, and serves as the entrepreneur in residence at AlleyWatch, the pulse of NYC’s startup and tech. www.imby.io
Howie Diamond runs a progressive angel fund out of San Francisco, called Ranch Ventures. Ranch was born out of Howie’s desire to create big change in ways he believes are important. Prior to that he was the director of business development for a strategic tech agency called Sparkart and ran his own music management and licensing company called LoFi Music in Los Angeles. Howie was a rock star in his former life with his band, Low vs. Diamond, which was signed with Epic Records and toured internationally including appearances on Jimmy Kimmel, Letterman, and more.
Michael Osterman moved to Boulder, CO after graduation from the University of Arizona in 1976 and started selling promotional products, eventually starting a company called Osterman Promotional Marketing in 1979. Following a merger in 1986, Osterman API was formed and by 1992 it was named a “Top 25 Distributor” by the Advertising Specialty Institute. Four years later, with annual sales of $55 million and 370 employees, Osterman API was recognized as the 5th largest distributor in the industry. In 1997 Osterman API was acquired by Boise Cascade Office Products. Michael became President of a newly created company called Boise Marketing Services. A couple years later he retired (at the age of 45) to concentrate on philanthropic activities and various investments. Over the last year and half, Michael and his son Matthew have been involved in starting up a contract craft brewery in Denver, Colorado called Sleeping Giant Brewing Company.
Josh 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.
Joe Steinman brings a wealth of experience taking hardware products to market for startups (Atoms Toys) and major tech companies alike (Tesla). Joe gives team WUF the added confidence and competence needed to take our product from concept to manufactured reality.
Urbane is a clothing store, skate shop, and art gallery in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, CO. Co-Owned by Mel LeBlanc and Trent Kolste, Urbane specializes in streetwear, accessories, shoes and action sports apparel for men and women. They have been operating the business since 2008. www.UrbaneSteamboat.com
Ali Kole is a creative leader with a unique gift for helping brands realize their full potential. She has served many beauty and retail brands, most recently as the CEO for prestige skincare brand Ole Henriksen. Prior to that she was SVP of Strategy & Business Development for Sephora. Ali spent 10 years working for Microsoft, launching the MSN digital media and ecommerce network around the globe and has served on boards in Australia, Japan, and Latin America. Ali holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard.
Fanzee is an influencer marketing platform for brands and organizations. They are based in Boulder, CO and co-founded by Sherrard Harrison and Clayton Davis. Sherrard is the CEO and a former Colorado Buffaloes football player turned entrepreneur who started his first company, Marvel Capital Group, while a sophomore in college and sold the company before graduating. Clayton is the CTO and has been involved in online businesses since high school and is a self-taught programmer who coded the fist version of Fanzee in his living room.
Jeff 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.
Matthew 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.
Jay O’Hare grew up in Nashville and moved to CO in 2000. He has been involved in 9 different startups, and is currently the VP/Marketing for Click Medical, a company that creates orthotic, prosthetic, and casting solutions based on Boa Technology Components. In 2009 he started Ignite Steamboat to cultivate the community’s innovation economy by creating events that connect entrepreneurs, forward thinkers, and tech junkies.
The following Non-Profit Executives will be joining Camp Inc. this summer as guest mentors.
STARS was formed in 2006 by a group of parents, ski instructors, and management from Steamboat Ski Corporation to help provide improved recreational programs and equipment for people with disabilities, as well as scholarships for those that can not afford to participate. Julie Taulman is the Executive Director and has been with the organization since its inception. She is a former daily newspaper publisher and marketing director. www.steamboatstars.com
Heeling Friends is a nonprofit organization that provides therapy companion animals to Steamboat Springs area hospitals, schools, libraries, airports, senior centers, and rehabilitation centers. With every visit at the hospital, an encounter with a student or senior citizen…Heeling Friends core wish is to bring comfort and smiles to anyone who has the chance to interact with one of their many pet partner teams. Heeling Friends was founded in 1988 and is Directed by Jim Stinson. www.HeelingFriends.com
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ mission is to engage young people in the outdoors, inspiring them to use their strengths and potential to lead healthy, productive lives. RMYC teaches responsibility for self, community and environment through teamwork, service and experiential education. Gretchen Van De Carr has served as Executive Director since founding the organization in 1993 and has an MS in Environmental Engineering. www.rockymountainyouthcorps.org