Mentors offer their time to startups in the Groundswell network with no expectation of payment. These are experts in industries including marketing, business development, UI/UX, business law and more. Collectively, our mentor network has donated over one thousand hours of support to startups since Groundswell’s start in June 2015.
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Eryck Dzotsi is a seasoned Digital Marketing expert and is responsible for managing several of key initiatives and accounts such as the website merger of Officemax.com and Officedepot.com. He project managed the brand migration of www.comcast.com to www.xfinity.com. United Airlines, Nespresso, Ashley Furniture, Kimpton Hotels, MassMutual are all clients. Eryck brings a unique blend of industry knowledge, modern consumer media consumption, and technical search expertise.
Scott Hraster started three companies as well as led a number of innovative technology businesses. Scott co-founded and sold AirDefense to Motorola and was later a member of the senior management team that drove the acquisition of Intellisync by Nokia. InfoWorld selected Scott as one of the world’s top 25 CTO’s in 2005.
Adam Schwartz cofounded his first venture backed company right after graduating his MBA program. Within 3 years, the business is generating over 8 figures of revenue per year. Since then, Adam has funded two hardware focused companies: FRESHeTECH and Freedom Audio. Freedom Audio went through the TechStars NYC/RGA Accelerator and is launching the first smart waterproof speaker, Drifter. FRESHeTECH has sold over 200,000 units in under 3 years of business and has manufactured over 20 different products (internally and for consulting clients).
Travis Milks is responsible for sourcing, underwriting and executing growth equity investments at Stonehenge Growth Equity Partners, a growth equity investment firm focused on technology-enabled businesses located in Florida and the southeast. He currently maintains board responsibilities at Stonehenge portfolio companies Thrive, Proficient Auto Transport (observer) and Dixie-Southern (observer).
Carol Craig Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Craig Technologies, headquartered in Cape Canaveral, FL. Carol was recognized as the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in the Technology category for the Florida region. Carol was named “Outstanding Woman Engineer of the Year” by the Space Coast Chapter in 2008, and named Carol the 2008 “Entrepreneur of the Year” at the national level.
Shari Dennis from founding a small agency to large, global powerhouse shops; mid-size independent agencies and time on the client side. World-class clients, ranging from P&G to Capital One and lead initiatives ranging from multiple Superbowl efforts, Times Sqare outdoor, experiential and events, social, digital and mobile.
Alan Taetle joined NMP in 1998 and has focused his investment activities on software and information technology companies. He currently represents NMP on the boards of Clearleap, PureWRX and Salesfusion. He is the Chairman of Venture Atlanta and is the Past Chair of the Florida Venture Forum. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Georgia Tech College of Computing.
Ankur Chatterjee is a 15-year veteran of the television and telecommunications industry. Through his sales and business development roles, he has established deep relationships at top tier MVPDs, and within the technology vendor community.
Jennifer Sethre is a senior executive, entrepreneur, consultant, and thought-leader driven by a strong commitment to authenticity and integrity. As President and CEO of multiple consumer product and technology companies, she has injected creativity and innovation into operations, supply chain management, branding and marketing, in startups as well as public companies around the world, from early engagement to acquisition.
Dr. Eric Little oversees Modus Operandi’s research and development efforts, and the continued development and enhancement of our semantic software. Dr. Little has published in the areas of philosophy, cognitive science, ontology, information fusion, and human factors engineering. He is currently active in several collaborative research groups including: Central Florida Semantic Web Group, co-chair; the National Center for Ontology Research; the National Center for Multisource Information Fusion; the Federal Government’s e-Governance Group, and numerous other on-line semantic communities.
Adam Hoffman is a recent transplant from Portland OR. He has worked in the digital marketing space for over a decade, serving as a UI/UX designer, program manager, strategist and design thinking facilitator. Throughout his career he has participated in and led strategic initiatives for Fortune 500 companies, including Intel, Nike, Google, and GE, as well as a number of start-ups.
Yasha has over 15 years experience as a project engineer, resource manager and project manager in Aviation, Consumer Products, and Lean Electronics industries with proven success managing diverse inter-disciplinary teams and complex projects.
Ryan Speer fell into the field of graphic design fifteen years ago when he was forced to pick a college major and has since completed hundreds of projects in graphic design, branding, illustration and video with a widely diverse group of clients — from corporate businesses to national artists and musicians. In his off-time, Ryan also creates his own art and music and believes in injecting that creative spirit into the corporate landscape.
Andy Quintana joined IBM in 2003 starting out in high tech semiconductor manufacturing as a process engineer. He subsequently transitioned to the front lines of business in 2005 where he has 12 years of enterprise experience in technical business development in IT and Software. 3 of those years he spent building out a program serving sales and technical sales hires transitioning into IBM where he coached and developed sales trainees. He is currently the Technical Business Leader for the IBM Federal Cloud & Cognitive sales team. In his spare time, he mentors individuals both inside and outside of IBM on aspects of career development and business development and enjoys empowering others to succeed.
Ryan is passionate about helping companies make a more personal connection online with their customers and prospects. He is a regular contributor to Search Engine Land, the largest and most popular SEO news site on the web. His works has also been featured on the HubSpot Blog, Business2Community and by LinkedIn Marketing solutions.
Jonathan Reed is a senior executive in Communications Systems, Aviation, Aerospace and Defense. He spent most of his career at Harris Corporation where he led multiple businesses before moving to division and corporate roles leading Strategy and Business Development broadly across the company. He excels at driving business growth through strategy, innovation and execution. He recently founded Strategy First LLC, a consulting firm specializing in business planning, management processes and talent development for small to mid-sized businesses.
Shane Close is a User Experience and User Interface Designer with two decades of success creating engaging interactive applications and digital media for agency, startup, and Fortune 500 clients. Shane is passionate about solving problems through design and creating solutions that allow users to be more efficient and productive.