Our Mentors

Mizzou VMS harnesses the knowledge and experience of highly successful business and community members from the surrounding areas
to provide hands-on mentoring to aspiring entrepreneurs within the Mizzou community.

 

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David Anderson, Ph.D.
Entrepreneur; Expert in Drug Discovery & Development/Biotechnology
Chief Scientific Officer for Ivogen Therapeutics

Amos Angelovici

Amos Angelovici
Entrepreneur
Founder, Amoraz, LTD

Ewin Barnett

Ewin Barnett
Life-Long Information Entrepreneur
Founder, Carfax
Co-Founder, Vinlogx, LLC

Bob Basore

Bob Basore
Global Business Leader
Strategic Value Inflections, LLC

John Bechtold

John Bechtold
Founder and President
Spirit of 76 Fireworks

Greg Bier

Greg Bier
Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, Office of Economic Development, University of Missouri and
Director, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

Kathleen Bruegenhemke

Kathleen Bruegenhemke
Chief Risk and Operations Officer Hawthorn Bank &
Senior Vice President of Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc.

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Jay Bryant-Wimp
 
 

John Bucksath

John Bucksath
Former President and CEO
ABC Laboratories

Collin Bunch

Collin Bunch
Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Columbia REDI
Co-Founder SB3 Global

Stacey Button

Stacey Button
President
Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI)
Director of Economic Development
City of Columbia, Missouri

Carrie Clark

Carrie Clark
Founder and CEO,
Speech and Language Kids LLC
Founder and CEO,
The SLP Solution LLC

Natasha Conley

Natasha Conley, Ph.D., PMP
President
PSRI Technologies, LLC

Kat Cunningham

Kat Cunningham
President and Founder
Moresource

Jim Flink

Jim Flink
Assistant Professor, University of Missouri
Consultant, Reynolds Journalism Institute

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David Frahm
 
 

Jaya Ghosh

Jaya Ghosh
Assistant Program Director of the Coulter Translational Partnership Program University of Missouri

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Gwen Gray
Business, Economics, &
Entrepreneurship Librarian
University of Missouri Libraries

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Rita Hartley
 
 

Sebastien Heintz

Sebastien Heintz
Owner and President
Zenith Aircraft Company

Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson
President
Central Bank of Boone County

Sarah Hill

Sarah Hill
CEO
StoryUP XR, makers of Healium

Megan Jahnsen

Megan Jahnsen
Business Engagement Officer
University of Missouri

Luis Jimenez

Luis Jimenez
President and COO
EternoGen

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Annette Kendall
Asst. Teaching Professor - Entrepreneurship
Director, Center for
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business

Arpita Kumar

Arpita Kumar
Senior Director Global Integration Management, Corporate Development
SAP North America

Gary Lee

Gary Lee
Chief Information Officer
Neighbors Bank

Hao Li

Hao Li, Ph.D.
Professor of Engineering,
University of Missouri
President and co-Founder,
Nanova Inc.

Andy Limbaugh

Andy Limbaugh
Founder, TDG Solutions, L3C

Erica Majumder

Erica Majumder, Ph.D.
Research Associate,
The Scripps Research Institute

Kinjal Majumder

Kinjal Majumder, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow

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Jai Malik
 
 

Gary McKinney

Gary McKinney
Entrepreneur
Founder, Home Movie Depot

Grant Neckermann

Grant Neckermann
Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Syapse

Mike Otten

Mike Otten
Founder
Otten Property Management

Joanna Perkins

Joanna Perkins

John Perkins

John Perkins
Entrepreneur
Former Missouri Securities Commissioner

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Durk Price
 
 

Art Quillo

Art Quillo
Chief Executive Officer
CryoCrate LLC

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Kelsey Raymond
CEO
Cofounder
Influence & Co.

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Don Seitz
 Director Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
School of Law, University of Missouri

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Jay Sparks
Entrepreneurship Coordinator
Regional Economic Development, Inc.

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Katie Swanson, CPA, CVA
Founder
Change Collaborative

JB Waggoner

JB Waggoner
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Inovatia Laboratories, LLC

Ron Wood

Ron Wood, BS EE ‘64
Founder and Principal Officer,
Wood Capital, LLC
Chief Executive Officer,
Tiger Energy Solutions, LLC