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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 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 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.
whs-consult helps companies in the low volume, high margin capital equipment space to grow - top and bottom line, organically and inorganically.
Wiebke's experience leading a multimillion-dollar air pollution control equipment business (which under her leadership turned into the most profitable business unit within the global division) combined with her understanding of air pollution control technologies and customer market segments make her a valuable business development advisor for organic and inorganic growth strategies.
She is an experienced M&A consultant in the air pollution control equipment manufacturing space and has been involved in several due diligence processes.
Passionate about problem solving and increasing profitability through process optimization whs-consult guides organizations to realize their improvement potential and to recognize opportunities to increase sustainability.
Previously, Wiebke was active in industrial catalyst R&D – alumina as refinery catalyst carrier, environmental catalysts, methanol catalyst - with focus on the development and scale-up of new materials from lab to pilot to full-scale plant.
Wiebke holds a MSc in Chemistry from Rostock University/Rostock, Germany, and a PhD in Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry from Hamburg University/Hamburg, Germany.
As the Founder and President of CAEtech, Vic has worked closely with OEMs and Tier1 suppliers on numerous product development programs supporting both automotive and non-automotive industry. He is the founder of CAEtech Ventures which helps entrepreneurs in successfully scaling up their tech ventures through commercialization, financing, strategic leadership and execution. His PeopleForge VIP (Virtual Innovation Production) Solutions enables utilization of global talent and resources.
He is passionately involved in Michigan's entrepreneurial and innovation community. His startup involvement includes Mobility, Big Data, Manufacturing Technology, Medical Devices, Cyber Security and Healthcare IT. As President and Board member of New Enterprise Forum (NEF), he is instrumental in helping technology startups raise venture capital. He has served as a NSF I-Corps mentor for university tech startups and is an active member of the Global Automotive and Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) Team. He has served on the board of Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM); was a Michigan Delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business; and has been actively engaged with the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council since 1994. Vic holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University, Wisconsin, and Business Executive training from Amos Tuck and Loyola School of Business.
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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Consultant to healthcare software companies with expertise in strategic product marketing, software product management, content marketing, software design and strategic product planning. Deep experience with healthcare analytics and business intelligence technologies. Management experience in both Fortune 20 companies and small start-ups. Successful track record in helping companies of all sizes launch new software products and grow new revenue streams.
<p>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.</p>
I am an energetic life science professional with a strong record of building and leading organizations to identify, develop, register, and manufacture drugs and devices. I'm skilled at integrating and meeting financial, regulatory, technical and quality goals. I'm adept at strategy development and implementation, at engaging and motivating staff, and at deploying limited resources for maximum reward. I solve complex problems, including those which cross multiple scientific and engineering disciplines and those which arise between people and within organizations.
My broad expertise comes from hands-on and leadership roles in “small pharma” focused on internal operations and managing external partners. These roles have included building and leading the process development function to transfer, validate, scale up, and manufacture multiple drugs and biologics; authoring regulatory filings and negotiating with the FDA and European authorities; preparing business plans and assisting fund raising; heading Corporate Quality Assurance; executing due diligence assessment and operational integration of acquisitions ($1.9 billion in investments plus additional milestones of $1.7 billion); developing and implementing ICH-compliant internal risk management, Quality management, and documentation systems; and performing on-site good-practices and software-validation audits of suppliers.
My current volunteer work includes serving on the quality council of DNDi, the drug development and registration firm founded by Doctors without Borders, and serving as a mentor in Professor Brophy’s course on entrepreneurial finance at the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School.
I am a vascular surgeon with previous experience in electrical and biomedical engineering as well as in medical device development. Since finishing my MBA in 2019, I have been working with multiple young companies in the biomedical world to improve their technology commercialization abilities as a way of improving future patient care.