NEF Members

This page is a partial listing of NEF members. Our members are industry leaders with extensive experience across numerous fields. Want to have your listing shown among those already here - become a member!

Helen Ewing
The Ewing Group, LLC
Areas of Expertise: Management, Technology
Industry Experience: Automotive, Manufacturing / Materials

Helen Ewing is President of The Ewing Group, LLC a provider of startup and business consultant services. She is currently a Board Member and startup coach for New Enterprise Forum which helps entrepreneurs develop and hone their business pitch to investors. Helen serves as a startup mentor for Detroit Tech Town’s DTX launch boot camp which is a program that assists new startups with coaching using the ICore business model canvas. Helen's coaching activities include; New Enterprise Forum, SPARK, Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, Michigan Angel Fund, Tech Town Detroit, and first-round judge and mentor for the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. She has a 20+ year procurement career in manufacturing which includes management and senior roles in supply chain management for the automotive, consumer products and banking industries. She holds a MS degree in Industrial Technology and a BBA both from Eastern Michigan University.

Stephen Field
Field Consulting Services
Areas of Expertise: Management
Industry Experience: Manufacturing / Materials, Nonprofit

Over 30 years of hands on experience in manufacturing operations and consulting services. Proven track record improving productivity, manufacturing process control and bottom line financial performance. Expertise in selecting and implementing a wide variety of management information systems. My project management skills are also useful for bringing in complex engineering projects on time and under budget.

Steve is currently the Membership Director for New Enterprise Forum.

Francis Glorie
Glorie Associates
Areas of Expertise: Management
Industry Experience: Biomed/Biotech/Pharma, Information Technology

Francis is currently the Managing Partner of Glorie Associates, a NEF board member and coach, and a mentor at Ann Arbor Sparks. Over 25 years successful executive and consulting experience in tech startups in Ann Arbor and Europe.

Lee Gorman
Barton Consulting Services, LLC
Areas of Expertise: Management, Technology, Finance, Marketing
Industry Experience: Automotive, Manufacturing / Materials

Lee Gorman is an insightful, results-oriented executive with over 25 years of diverse experience in strategic, business, and product planning, implementation, marketing and leadership. She has particular expertise in assisting start-up and early stage companies develop their businesses, and in coaching their founders and leaders in the business aspects of bringing their ideas to market.

Ms. Gorman has done extensive work for local non-profits and early-stage companies, including serving as Director of the Automotive Business for Coherix, Inc., and COO for WriteSteps, LLC. She now works with Ann Arbor SPARK’s Business Accelerator services to connect start-ups with the resources they need, and provides coaching through organizations including New Enterprise Forum (NEF) and Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest (GLEQ). In addition to being a frequent judge for business plan competitions, Lee enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs and others interested in small business and has done so through UM’s Center for Entrepreneurship, the Cleantech Open, and Shifting Gears.

Prior to establishing Barton Consulting Services, LLC, Ms. Gorman’s employment included being Chief Engineer, Town Car and Product Planning Director, Sport Utility Vehicles at Ford Motor Company; Manager, Strategic Planning at Allied Signal Automotive; and Consultant with The Carroll Group. She has also held various positions in finance, marketing, engineering, and program management.

Ms. Gorman holds both an MBA and a BBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and a BSME from Lawrence Technological University. Professional education included Ford’s Strategic Marketing Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Sarika Gupta
UM Zell Lurie Institute

Sarika is the Associate Director at the University of Michigan Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (ZLI). In this role, she leads the development and execution of ZLI's student-oriented programs. She also coaches and mentors U-M student teams. Prior to joining ZLI, Sarika was the President & CEO of Dance Telephone, a group party game, the COO of V-teractive, an online gaming start-up, and a Senior Quantitative Research Associate at Cambridge Associates, an investment management firm. Sarika holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan College of Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Gary Hazen
Areas of Expertise: Management
Industry Experience: Information Technology

Assessing, advising, mentoring, and directing emerging companies and start-ups. An independent advisor using experience and discipline to turn passion into value.

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Paul Henchey
Henchey Information Solutions LLC
Areas of Expertise: Marketing, Strategy, Technology
Industry Experience: Information Technology, Medicine / Healthcare

Paul has over twenty five years of experience in developing and marketing healthcare information technology solutions. Paul has headed up product management and product marketing teams in executive positions at leading companies including McKesson and Truven Health Analytics. As a product marketing consultant, Paul has helped accelerate growth at innovative software companies including ArborMetrix and Strata Decision Technologies.

Gary Hessenaur
Hessenaur & Associates, CPA, P.C
Areas of Expertise: Accounting, Finance
Industry Experience: Automotive, Financial Services, Information Technology, Manufacturing / Materials, Nonprofit

Gary Hessenaur, President and owner of Hessenaur & Associate, C.P.A., P.C..
The firm provides a full range of accounting, tax, consulting and part time CFO services. The firm focuses on small to mid-size businesses with a specialty in start ups and technology businesses. Start up business clients have been funded through owner funds, grants, angel and VC investors. Gary is board member and business coach for the New Enterprise Forum, mentor at SPARK boot camps, SPARK Accelerator consultant, helps counsel businesses through Michigan SBTDC and regular speaker at SPARK business start up programs. He is very well networked in the startup and financing community.

Brenda Jones
Coach - Mentor - Advisor
Areas of Expertise: Management
Industry Experience: Information Technology, Medicine / Healthcare, Nonprofit

As a board member and business coach with the New Enterprise Forum, Brenda assists startups with financial planning, product direction, go-to-market strategies and initial funding and has served as interim Chief Operating Officer to assist her clients in the initial launch of their companies. Her specialty is in on-premise software and SaaS. Brenda has held executive management positions with e-marketing/ad tech, publishing software and professional consulting organizations where she has managed P&Ls and global technical teams. As the Managing Director of the Medical Innovation Center at the University of Michigan, she launched a medical technology commercialization fellowship and a portfolio of services to help clinicians and researchers translate ideas into impactful medical innovations (devices and software). Her desire to make an impact in the world has taken her on journeys to Thailand, Kenya, Chile and Colombia to lead economic development and teaching projects. Brenda holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

George Levy
Coach - Mentor - Advisor
Areas of Expertise: Management
Industry Experience: Information Technology, Manufacturing / Materials

George Levy earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from UCLA in 1968 and joined the General Electric R & D Center, but after 5 years and publication of his first book, he moved to academia where he was a Professor for 21 years and published nine books and over 150 scientific papers. At the beginning of the second decade of his academic career, George and his wife Linda started a software company, and that process enhanced his interest in entrepreneurship and developing technological businesses. Since he moved to Michigan in 1994 George has been instrumental in the development and success of numerous high tech startups, 4 of which have been named to the Inc. 500. He also served as President of the New Enterprise Forum.