Carolynn Duncan, Portland Marathon Director

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Carolynn Duncan is the founder and Marathon Director for Portland Ten, an educational organization which runs financial literacy mentorship programs for high performance entrepreneurs & business leaders throughout the U.S. Under Carolynn’s direction, Portland Ten alumni have generated more than $20MM in revenues and funding since 2009.

Prior to founding Portland Ten, Carolynn sourced deals for EPIC Ventures, a Salt Lake City-based venture capital firm, developed an entrepreneurial finance program and ran LivePitch events for FundingUniverse (now Lendio), assisted in launching the Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center in partnership with BYU-Idaho and EPIC Ventures, founded the Hundred Dollar Business, was a founding employee of TagJungle, and worked at $3MM seed fund Provo Labs.

Prior to working in entrepreneurial finance, Carolynn worked as a communications specialist for DeseretBook, Granite Publishing & Distribution, Cedar Fort, Schooled Magazine, and Nomen Global Language Center. She has worked with at-risk youth through Utah Youth Village and the Casey Life Skills Program, volunteers as a "Big Sister" with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, is an advocate of Pathway, a distance learning program developed by BYU-Idaho, and has taught financial & employment literacy for young adults in the LDS Church

Carolynn has a Bachelor’s in Modern Dance, Music (Violin), and English (Literature/Creative Writing) from Brigham Young University-Idaho, and is engaged in graduate work at Brigham Young University.

John Sechrest, Seattle Sprint Director

John Sechrest is the Director of Seattle Ten, and manages the program experience for entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Sprint program.

He is engaged in supporting the Pacific Northwest Startup community. As an entrepreneur, he founded Peak Internet Services. As an Economic Development Director, he built out support for startups including founding the Willamette Angel Conference and building the Business SWOT Facilitation program.

John is currently the founder of the Seattle Angel Conference, and a co-organizer of the Lean Startup Seattle Meetup, working with startups to learn more about Lean Startup methodologies. He is a Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend, helping entrepreneurs explore ideas in a rapid business sprints. 

Mary Brennock, Community Engagement 

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Mary Brennock leads Portland Ten’s Community Partnerships with Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, Technology Association of Oregon, NedSpace, Davis, Wright, Tremaine, and Stephenson Group.

A results-driven, top-performing sales professional with extensive accomplishments leading sales, managing projects, and developing effective sales teams for Global 1000 companies, Mary is experienced in successful executive-level relationship management, customer/vendor relationships, team mentoring and coaching, with excellent presentation and negotiation skills. 

Previously, Mary was a co-organizer of Startup Weekend, Director of Sales at ENKI, and worked in IT at Apple.

 

Pam Abrahamsson, Media Strategist

Pam Abrahamsson is a Media Strategist and facilitates Founder Training Center’s media, strategy, public relations, and brand management. During her career, she has procured client coverage in such media as Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Reuters, InfoWorld, USA Today, CBS MarketWatch, Los Angeles Times, American Banker, Bank Systems & Technology, New York Times, Bon Appetit, Univision, Sirius satellite radio and other broadcast and print outlets.

Prior to her affiliation with Stephenson Group, Pam served as founder and president of Abrahamsson & Associates, a public relations and marketing communications firm serving the corporate, real estate and e-commerce verticals.

She serves as instructor and guest lecturer for the Portland Ten entrepreneur education program, Portland State University’s Digital Breakfast series and other organizations. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, public relations emphasis, CSU Fullerton; and certified training in social media and marketing. Professional and honor affiliations include the Public Relations Society of America, and Technology Council of Southern California.

 

Mike Lyman, Design Strategist

Mike Lyman is responsible for Founder Training Center’s brand and design development. His professional experience includes graphic design, web design and development, user interface and interaction design for desktop, the web, and mobile devices. Mike works with SoftSource Consulting, for brand name corporate clients including Nike, Intel, Eid Passport, Microsoft, Therapeutic Associates, and others.

He earned an Eagle Scout award and served a volunteer mission for two years in France. He also enjoyed working with children in various programs including the M.A.R.S program in Riverside County where he helped organize and lead recreational activities for children in the community. He has a B.A. in Art Education and minor in French Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

 

Mark Grimes, Advisory Council

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Mark Grimes is a serial entrepreneur, social entrepreneur, and angel investor who has started each of his businesses with cash on hand, no business plan and all have been profitable within 90 days.  Past founder of eyescream interactive, an advertising agency with clients such as P&G, Nextel, Disney, and Outpost.com.  eyescream was one of the top 20 interactive advertising agencies according to Adweek magazine, 40 staff members and annual billings over 7.2 million dollars.  Currently focusing on developing social purpose enterprises and helping other social entrepreneurs develop their business models.

As an angel with a somewhat iffy track record, angel investments include; TechTracker (ACQUIRED), SnapNames (ACQUIRED), Measurecast (ACQUIRED), Printbind (ACQUIRED), CashPile/Merchandising Avenue (DOA), Online Response (DOA), Seminar Source (DOA), helped these companies launch Dogpile(ACQUIRED), MP3.com (PUBLIC).

Current investments & businesses include Better World Media Network, a socially responsible online advertising network; NedSpace, co-working for startups, innovative tech companies, nonprofits and social entrepreneurs.  Ned.com, a member-governed network taking action locally, nationally & globally, in order to make the world a better place.

Rob Wiltbank, Advisory Council

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Rob Wiltbank is assistant professor of strategic management for the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University. His research focuses on strategy making under uncertainty, particularly as it relates to venture development. His study of angel investing performance is the first empirical examination of the outcomes achieved by angel investors in the U.S. At Willamette University he teaches courses on New Venture Creation, Strategic Management, and Industry Analysis.

He has published research on top management teams in Organization Science, on non-predictive control strategy in the Strategic Management Journal, and on formal venture capital practices among angel investors in Venture Capital. He is a Batten Institute Research Fellow with the Darden School at theUniversity of Virginia, conducting an in depth study on organic growth in existing corporations, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Venturing. He is also conducting a national study of angel investor performance with the Kauffman Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Washington, and a degree in Finance and Accounting from Oregon State University.

Professor Wiltbank is a partner with Montlake Capital, a Seattle based venture capital firm, and has worked professionally in finance and sales for a major electronics manufacturer, strategic marketing for two startup firms, and consulting and performing due diligence for dozens of private equity investments.

Kristin Wolff, Advisory Council

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Kristin Wolff spends her days finding ways for public, private and third-sector organizations to inspire innovation, realize economic opportunity and build great communities. A native Chicagoan, her insatiable curiosity has taken her to both coasts, to thesouthwest—and even overseas from time to time. She is currently senior partner with CSW—a Michigan-based public policy firm, where she works with states, cities and organizations across the US on economic, education and workforce issues.

As the owner of Thinkers + Doers—her own Portland-based small business—she helps organizations doing specialized work tell their stories. Wolff participates in numerous local and professional networks, and serves on the boards of Wired Women Web—a network of womentechnologyprofessionals. She holds an interdisciplinary BA from Miami University of Ohio and an MA in Political Science from the University of Arizona.

Gerald Baugh, Advisory Council

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Gerald is the Business & Industry Manager for Portland Development Commission, an agency created by Portland voters in 1958, which has played a major role in keeping Portland one of America’s most livable cities, by completing projects in waterfront redevelopment, small business loans, affordable housing, new retail opportunities, transit-oriented development, business recruitment and retention.

Previously, Gerald was the Manager of Business Development at City of Vancouver, Regional Coordinator at State of Oregon – Economic & Community Development Dept, Regional Coordinator at State of Oregon, and Commercial Property Casualty Broker at Wausau Insurance.

Diane Fraiman, Advisory Council

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Diane serves as a Venture Partner with Voyager Capital and focuses on software and digital media investments in the Pacific Northwest, particularly Oregon. With over 30 years of technology company experience in leading marketing, strategy and business development, Diane works with startups in the enterprise software, Internet/Web 2.0, and security software industries throughout the West Coast.

Diane was previously Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Sanctum, a VC-backed startup providing Web application security software (acquired by Watchfire) and Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for the database company Informix Software (acquired by IBM), both based in Silicon Valley. Prior to her move to Silicon Valley, Diane was Vice President of Marketing for Tektronix (acquired by Danaher) in their Video and Networking Division and a marketing executive with Sequent Computer (acquired by IBM), both based in Oregon. She previously spent 16 years in sales and marketing roles at Digital Equipment Corporation in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Diane graduated with a Bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University in Biomedical Engineering, and received an Executive MBA from Insead in Fountainebleau, France. Diane lives in Portland, Oregon.