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Chris Krimitsos

Chief Creative Officer
Podfest

Chris has facilitated over 1,000 events that have brought together business owners, toward economic growth, under the umbrella of Tampa Bay Business Owners, which he founded in 2008. That success regionally was the springboard to launching a national event, Podfest Multimedia Expo, which he grew to over 500 attendees in just three years. Channeling that energy into creating a documentary, now he is making an impact globally.  

 

Shaun Loney

Author of An Army of Problem Solvers  
Social Enterprise Developer, Aki Energy

Shaun is one of Canada's leading social enterprise developers and a bestselling author of An Army of Problem Solvers. His new book is called The Beautiful Bailout: How a Social Innovation Scale Up Will Solve Government's Priciest Problems. www.armyofproblemsolvers.com

 

 

Linda Losey

Co-founder and COO
Bloomery Sweetshine®

Bloomery Plantation Distillery opened as a mini-distillery in the agri-tourism industry, September 17, 2011. With a sweet spin on moonshine, they make moonshine drinkable through their hand-crafted award-winning SweetShine® liqueurs from farm-fresh fruits, roots and nuts. The Distillery is located two miles east of Charles Town, WV and is situated on a 12-acre parcel of land where they grow farm-fresh ingredients, including ginger, raspberries and lemons.

 

Dexter L. Pearson

Agricultural Outreach Specialist, Office of External Affairs
USDA-Rural Development

Dexter is responsible for identifying community development opportunities, building partnerships, and creating access to RD’s more than $60 billion portfolio of programs for rural communities across the nation. Throughout his six-year tenure at USDA Pearson has led efforts to connect small businesses, higher education institutions, and rural communities to USDA grants, loans, contracting opportunities and other programs that encourage participation in the agriculture industry.

 

Sam Thevanayagam

President & CEO
Parts Life, Inc.

Sam is the President and CEO of Parts Life, Inc. From the time he was a youth, he displayed an entrepreneurial spirit. After working many years in the automotive aftermarket for other companies, reaching as high a position as VP, Sam saw the opportunity to start his own business. He quickly became the entrepreneur he was always meant to be. Realizing his vision, Sam started Parts Life, Inc. in 2007 which is an innovative company focused on providing customized parts and solutions to support the Defense, Aerospace, Heavy Duty, and Automotive industries. 

 

Steve Tingiris

Managing Director, Dabble Lab
Managing Partner, Dabble Capital

Steve is a software engineer, turned entrepreneur and investor. In his career, Steve has founded and sold three technology companies and is currently the managing director of Dabble Lab; an outsourced research and development firm that specializes in building robotic process automation and block chain solutions for business. Steve is also the managing partner of Dabble Capital – a private cryptocurrency investment fund.  

 

Jacques and Kelli van Gool

Co-founders
Backstage Auctions

Jacques van Gool, co-founder of Backstage Auctions, was just a kid when he first started collecting rock and roll memorabilia. His early fascination with the band KISS, and the band’s successful forays into merchandising, offered him the opportunity to appreciate the value, meaning and art of music memorabilia collecting. Having turned his passion for collecting rock and roll memorabilia into a successful online auction house together with wife Kelli, Backstage Auctions exclusively represents some of today's greatest rock and roll artists and groups and is the auction house of choice for a wide variety musicians, music industry professionals and memorabilia collectors worldwide.

 

Dr. Betty Young

President
Hocking College

Dr. Young serves as President of Hocking College, Ohio.  She has been a serial entrepreneur and began her higher education career teaching entrepreneurship.  She has focused her career on local economic development and creating pathways to prosperity through education and experiential learning. 

 

  

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