Tom Zender

Tom Zender is a professional CEO Mentor and Business Coach. He held leadership roles with GE and Honeywell, and was a CEO and Senior VP in Fortune 500 companies, small-medium businesses, startups, and nonprofits. He held board positions in NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange listed corporations. Tom speaks about leadership and other business topics to audiences of up to 1,500 in 20 countries. He is a two-time Amazon bestselling business book author and writes weekly about leadership for the Phoenix Business Journal. Tom is a Venture Mentor and Academic Associate at Arizona State University, where he mentors faculty and students who have startup businesses.

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Donavon Ostrom

Donavon Ostrom is executive director of Impact Business Accelerators and has been providing business acceleration and corporate re-engineering services to some 60 companies since 1994.  His core skills are strategic planning and implementation, team building, process improvement, and building business infrastructure.  His experience in the integration of acquired companies and corporate re-engineering – both in design and execution – gives him a unique understanding of the dynamics of productivity and focus.  Donavon co-founded Impact Business Accelerators in 2007 and serves as executive director.

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Jim Zemezonak, CRE

Prior to starting Boulders Realty Advisors (BRA) in Scottsdale Arizona, Jim served as the Managing Director at Landauer Realty Advisors a national firm owned by AEGON Insurance while sitting on the board.  He formed BRA when the offices were sold to Grubb and Ellis in the late 1990's.  Prior to his involvement in Landauer he co-founded the Financial Services group of Frain, Camins and Swartchild (FC&S) a leading independent brokerage group (Chicago) that is now CBRE.  He served as a partner during his time at both FC&S and Kennedy Midwest, a preeminent real estate auction firm.

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Tom Swann

Tom Swann is a serial entrepreneur having started several businesses in New Mexico and Arizona. He is the founder and former president of Optomec, Inc., a pioneer in the additive manufacturing industry. Swann’s areas of expertise include business formation and planning, SBIR Grants, technology commercialization and licensing.  He holds an Executive MBA from the University of New Mexico and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Hernan Lopez

Hernán López has extensive engineering and operations experience within the medical device industry. With over 10 years of experience from big multinational medical device specification developers to small contract manufacturers, Hernán is able to understand, implement and leverage best practices that are flexible and adaptable to the maturity of an organization. Incrementally, he has held executive leadership positions and participated in successful startup development and growth. Hernan is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a passionate believer in operational excellence.

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Dr. Steven R. Gonzalez

President of GateWay Community College

Dr. Gonzales has more than 20 years of instructional and administrative experience in higher education. From 2011 to 2013, he served as the acting associate vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer, for the Pinal County Community College District that operates as Central Arizona College, a multi-campus college serving more than 15,000 students, employing 350 faculty and staff, and annually contracts with an estimated 600 adjunct faculty. At CAC, he also served as dean of communications, math, and learning support, from 2007 to 2011, and as associate dean of academic services in 2007.  

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Kristin Gubser

Director of External Affairs at Gateway Community College

As Director of External Affairs, Mrs. Gubser develops college-wide, public-private partnership strategies and revenue-generating investment opportunities. She leads entrepreneurial business units of the college, launching new initiatives that support long-and-short-term economic development priorities.  Serving as special assistant to the college President, Mrs. Gubser is a member of the colleges’ Executive Leadership Team, and sits on numerous boards and commissions including City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s Innovation District Steering Team, the Discovery Triangle Board of Directors, and the Mountain Park Health Center Board of Directors.

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Mark Schwartz, PhD

Dr. Schwartz is a highly-experienced biotechnology executive currently serving as Director and adviser to several biotechnology and medical device companies. He also holds an adjunct faculty position at San Jose State University with appointments in the Masters in Biotechnology Program, the Lucas School of Management in the Business College, and the department of Biology.  
 

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Steven D. Wood, PhD

Steve is a recovering academic who has founded and developed successful businesses in the healthcare industry.  His passion and expertise align to help organizations accelerate their profitable revenue growth. This is accomplished by helping organizations understand and translate real customer needs and buying dynamics into effective marketing and sales strategies, activities and materials, and developing strategic partnerships to create a significantly higher volume of qualified customer opportunities and improve product breadth and functionality. 

 

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Dorine Rivers, PhD. PMP

Dorine Rivers, PhD, PMP is a business management executive with a PhD in Business Management and a Project Management Professional certification. She has 30 years of hands-on experience working in various industries, and specializes in helping companies create efficient organizations, processes, and systems. She has extensive knowledge and proficiency in operations, manufacturing, and product development. She is an advocate for entrepreneurs and startups, and has helped numerous individuals, companies, and products to launch.

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