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CLASS OF 2017

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  • Raj Aggarwal

    Localytics

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Localytics is a leading mobile engagement platform, giving companies the insights and tools they need to improve their mobile app acquisition, engagement and retention efforts. Their platform is used in more than 37,000 apps on more than 2.7 billion devices by companies such as ESPN and Fox.

  • Gordon Andrew Baird

    Baird & Company

    Managing Partner

    Baird & Company is a private investment firm focused on investments in technology and financial services companies.

  • Meredith Bronk

    Open Systems Technologies (OST)

    CEO & President

    Open Systems Technologies (OST) is a global technology consulting company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They help enterprises determine how and where to run technology to provide the flexibility, availability and security the business needs. They also help non-technical leaders leverage technology for market differentiation.

  • Jacqueline Ann Cleary

    Atlas

    CEO

    Atlas is a strategic professional services company enabling Fortune 100 and emerging corporations to re-engineer their workplace to drive efficient teams and hone their competitive edge. Through Consulting, Managed Services, and IT Solutions, Atlas helps clients increase value in business lines such as IT, HR, finance, legal, regulatory governance and administration.

  • Lawrence Coburn

    DoubleDutch

    CEO

    DoubleDutch believes in the power of digitizing live engagement to supercharge business outcomes. The DoubleDutch Live Engagement Platform powers events, conferences, and trade shows for more than 1,700 customers.

  • Frank Fawzi

    IntelePeer

    CEO & President

    IntelePeer delivers complete business communications solutions including full-service cloud calling directly integrated with Cisco Spark unified communications, complete Cloud Contact Center, Enterprise Voice Services and SIP Trunking, and Unified Communications Enablement for Carriers and Hosters.

  • Benjamin A. Ferguson

    Bendon, Inc.

    President & CEO

    Founded in 2001, Bendon Inc. is the leading children's coloring and activity supplier with more than 80 licensed brands such as Disney, DreamWorks, Universal and Nickelodeon. Bendon serves all major retailers and is placed in more than 82,000 stores.

  • Matt Gillin

    Relay Network

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Relay Network is a mobile communication platform for businesses to easily and effectively educate, service and transact with their customers to increase revenue, reduce costs, and improve outcomes. Users connect with businesses to receive a personal stream of interactive and service-based communications.

  • Les Goldberg

    Entertainment Technology Partners - LMG

    CEO

    Entertainment Technology Partner is the parent company in the live events industry, and includes LMG, EventEQ, and Premier Event Technology. ETP encompasses a collection of exceptional brands with a shared philosophy embraces a distinctive approach to quality, service, and support.

  • Edmund G. Healy

    RF Code Inc.

    CEO & President

    RF Code provides a platform to manage the physical asset business processes within complex data centers by delivering reporting, location, alerting, analysis, and trending capabilities all in real-time using an IoT sensor network and CenterScape software.

  • Courtney Morales Hofmann

    MCM Staffing, LLC

    President

    MCM Staffing provides temporary, temp to hire, long term-contract and direct staffing services in Metro Detroit & Louisville, Kentucky. They provide hourly and salaried personnel in the Manufacturing (Food, Auto, Aero), Hospitality, and Contact Center industries.

  • Albert J Hughes

    Axis Group, LLC

    CEO

    Axis is a leading Business Intelligence and Analytic solutions provider. They stand out from other BI firms by excelling at putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. Axis recognizes that people, processes, and technology must all fit together to deliver a successful solution.

  • LeRoy Jones

    GSI Health

    President & CEO

    GSI Health enables healthcare providers of various types to organize into distributed care teams to jointly manage care for their common patients, leveraging our software-as-a-service platform.

  • Scott Keeney

    nLIGHT

    CEO

    nLIGHT is a vertically integrated supplier of high-power semiconductor laser that enable industrial, defense and medical applications.

  • Alan S. Knitowski

    Phunware, Inc.

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Phunware is the pioneer of Multiscreen as a Service (MaaS), a fully integrated suite of platform products, solutions and data, that allows brands to engage, manage and monetize their anytime, anywhere mobile application users worldwide. The company reaches more than 700M monthly active devices.

  • Pravin S Kothari

    CipherCloud

    Founder & CEO

    CipherCloud, the industry pioneer and leader in cloud security, data protection and governance solutions, enables enterprises to adopt cloud with trust and confidence. CipherCloud, backed by premier VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, won the coveted "Best Security Product of the Year" award by SC Magazine.

  • Kevin E. Leininger

    IntegriChain

    Founder & CEO

    IntegriChain is a rapidly growing healthcare technology company, offering the leading cloud for channel data aggregation, analytics, and applications for life sciences suppliers. Today IntegriChain is the trusted partner for 13 of the top-15 life science companies and more than 80 other suppliers.

  • Jennifer Vaughan Maanavi

    Physique 57

    CEO and Cofounder

    Physique 57 is a global fitness company that operates upscale, full-service exercise studios in the United States, Thailand, India and the UAE. The studio offerings are complemented by fitness retail boutiques, online workouts and a widely celebrated book, The Physique 57 Solution.

  • Brian Manning

    Centric Digital

    President

    Centric Digital is a leading digital transformation solution partner, helping traditional enterprises (across healthcare, financial services, retail and other industries) revive their business models, customer experiences, and operations through their playbooks, labs and experts solutions.

  • Stephen Milbank

    Button

    Co-Founder & Head of Finance

    Button connects the mobile economy, making it easy for consumers to discover & purchase what they want, when they want it at the tap of a button. The company provides the easiest way for brands to connect, facilitating discovery & transaction among consumers with a contextually-relevant experience.

  • Naftali T. Minzer

    Dermarite Industries LLC

    CEO

    Dermarite Industries is a high quality, cost effective manufacturer of skincare, woundcare, and liquid nutritional supplements for the healthcare industry. Its products are complemented by its unparalleled education programs, led by its team of woundcare certified clinicians, nationwide.

  • Sanjay Mirchandani

    Puppet

    President & CEO

    Puppet's platform is the industry standard for automating the delivery and operation of the software that powers everything around us. More than 30,000 companies including more than two thirds of the Fortune 100 use Puppet's open source and commercial solutions.

  • Azam Mirza

    AKORBI

    President

    Akorbi is a U.S.-based company providing enterprise language solutions that empower companies to achieve success in the global economy. Their customizable solutions help companies connect with employees, vendors and customers in over 170 languages, 24/7, 365 days a year, in any modality, from any location.

  • Luke Matthew Norris

    Faction Inc

    CEO

    Faction is a rapidly growing provider of Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Faction's first-of-its-kind technology is purpose-built to enable hybrid and multi-cloud deployments, creating value and efficiency for Service Providers & Enterprises.

  • James Nyberg

    Hash House a Go Go

    CEO

    Hash House A Go Go is a mid-scale, casual dining concept serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu preparation and presentation represents traditional farm fresh ingredients with a preparation and presentation whimsically referred to as twisted farm food.

  • Matthew Polega

    Mark43

    Co-Founder & VP of Operations

    Mark43 makes mission-critical applications for first responders in the field. Its core platform includes records management, computer-aided dispatch, and evidence tracking multi-tenant cloud applications.

  • Alan Rihm

    CoreDial, LLC

    CEO

    CoreDial is a leading SaaS platform provider empowering channel partners to succeed with Unified Communications as a Service. Their 600+ Channel partners sell, deliver, manage, and invoice for UCaaS services to a rapidly growing base of 20,000 businesses and over 260,000 seats in North America.

  • Joshua J. Rosenberg

    Accent Food Services

    CEO

    Accent Food Services is the premier provider of business break room services throughout the state of Texas, Nevada, & Mid-Atlantic region. With their ever increasing services, technology, and products, Accent Food Services has exceeded customer expectations for over 23 years.

  • Dianne Rushing

    AOS Specialty Contractors

    President

    AOS Specialty Contactors, Inc. has a long history of providing a variety of highway-heavy projects that include concrete sidewalks, driveways, curb and gutter, signage, masonry, natural stone, artificial stone, pavers, monuments, fountains, retaining walls, precast, landscape, irrigation, and other specialty items.

  • Cliff Schertz

    Tiempo Development

    CEO

    Tiempo Development is the leader in near-shore outsourced software development for cloud-based, enterprise applications. They help U.S.-based software and software-enabled service companies create the software to execute their business strategies.

  • Ishwari Singh

    Mobile Programming LLC

    CEO

    Mobile Programming is a mobile apps development company that has been providing quality consulting services for more than a decade, focusing on bringing mobility and IoT solutions to Fortune 500 Enterprises and Startups.

  • Andrew K. Smith

    Four Foods Group

    CEO

    Four Foods Group (FFG) is a restaurant development, investment, and management company with 97 restaurant locations and additional sites in development or under construction.

  • Jefferey Ryan St. Amant

    Vapor Point, LLC

    President & CEO

    Vapor Point is a specialty engineering and environmental services company. The company's core competency is in the elimination and recovery of regulated and noxious vapor emissions, to help protect both the environment and worker safety. Refineries throughout the US recognize Vapor Point as the leader in their industry.

  • Kelly Steckelberg

    Zoosk

    CEO

    Zoosk is a leading online dating company that personalizes the dating experience to help singles find the person and relationship that's just right for them. Zoosk's technology is constantly learning from the actions of over 38 million members in order to deliver better matches in real time.

  • Hemen R. Vimadalal

    Simeio Solutions

    CEO

    Simeio Solutions is a complete identity and access management (IAM) solution that provides security to anyone, on any device, on any platform, from anywhere with their "service first" philosophy. They protect more than 100 million+ identities across the globe.

  • Marylou D Walker

    Matrixx Initiatives

    CEO

    Matrixx Initiatives is a consumer healthcare company that manufactures and markets ZICAM® brand homeopathic and allopathic OTC products, including its clinically proven line of ZICAM® Cold Remedy Nasal Spray and Swab, ZICAM® Cold Remedy RAPIDMELTS® and Ultra RAPIDMELTS®.

  • Michael C. Wystrach

    Freshly Inc.

    CEO

    Freshly is a healthy meal delivery service, dedicated to offering delicious meals meticulously crafted with fresh, natural ingredients. They keep all meals gluten-free, and never add refined sugars or artificial flavoring. Freshly expertly balances great taste and good health.

  • Ting Xu

    Evergreen Enterprises

    Founder & Chairman of the Board

    Evergreen Enterprises is a vertically integrated, global consumer products business specializing in the design, manufacture, distribution, and retail of over 15,000 gift, garden, and home decor products.

 
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Meet America’s Top Entrepreneurs

CLASS OF 2017

  • Raj Aggarwal

    Localytics

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Localytics is a leading mobile engagement platform, giving companies the insights and tools they need to improve their mobile app acquisition, engagement and retention efforts. Their platform is used in more than 37,000 apps on more than 2.7 billion devices by companies such as ESPN and Fox.

    “Strong leadership is key to a business’s success. Motivating your employees and helping them reach their full potential will ultimately drive operational effectiveness.”
    Gordon Andrew Baird

    Baird & Company

    Managing Partner

    Baird & Company is a private investment firm focused on investments in technology and financial services companies.

    Meredith Bronk

    Open Systems Technologies (OST)

    CEO & President

    Open Systems Technologies (OST) is a global technology consulting company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They help enterprises determine how and where to run technology to provide the flexibility, availability and security the business needs. They also help non-technical leaders leverage technology for market differentiation.

    Jacqueline Ann Cleary

    Atlas

    CEO

    Atlas is a strategic professional services company enabling Fortune 100 and emerging corporations to re-engineer their workplace to drive efficient teams and hone their competitive edge. Through Consulting, Managed Services, and IT Solutions, Atlas helps clients increase value in business lines such as IT, HR, finance, legal, regulatory governance and administration.

    Lawrence Coburn

    DoubleDutch

    CEO

    DoubleDutch believes in the power of digitizing live engagement to supercharge business outcomes. The DoubleDutch Live Engagement Platform powers events, conferences, and trade shows for more than 1,700 customers.

    Frank Fawzi

    IntelePeer

    CEO & President

    IntelePeer delivers complete business communications solutions including full-service cloud calling directly integrated with Cisco Spark unified communications, complete Cloud Contact Center, Enterprise Voice Services and SIP Trunking, and Unified Communications Enablement for Carriers and Hosters.

    “To me, entrepreneurship is about following your passion: Seeing a need, creating an innovative solution, and having the commitment and dedication to transform your vision into a successful business.”
    Benjamin A. Ferguson

    Bendon, Inc.

    President & CEO

    Founded in 2001, Bendon Inc. is the leading children's coloring and activity supplier with more than 80 licensed brands such as Disney, DreamWorks, Universal and Nickelodeon. Bendon serves all major retailers and is placed in more than 82,000 stores.

  • Matt Gillin

    Relay Network

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Relay Network is a mobile communication platform for businesses to easily and effectively educate, service and transact with their customers to increase revenue, reduce costs, and improve outcomes. Users connect with businesses to receive a personal stream of interactive and service-based communications.

    Les Goldberg

    Entertainment Technology Partners - LMG

    CEO

    Entertainment Technology Partner is the parent company in the live events industry, and includes LMG, EventEQ, and Premier Event Technology. ETP encompasses a collection of exceptional brands with a shared philosophy embraces a distinctive approach to quality, service, and support.

    Edmund G. Healy

    RF Code Inc.

    CEO & President

    RF Code provides a platform to manage the physical asset business processes within complex data centers by delivering reporting, location, alerting, analysis, and trending capabilities all in real-time using an IoT sensor network and CenterScape software.

    Courtney Morales Hofmann

    MCM Staffing, LLC

    President

    MCM Staffing provides temporary, temp to hire, long-term contract and direct staffing services in Metro Detroit & Louisville, Kentucky. They provide hourly and salaried personnel in the Manufacturing (Food, Auto, Aero), Hospitality, and Contact Center industries.

    “There is nothing more important than keeping the entrepreneurial spirit and mind-set alive throughout the organization. It helps keep employees at all levels engaged and supports continued business growth.”
    Albert J Hughes

    Axis Group, LLC

    CEO

    Axis is a leading Business Intelligence and Analytic solutions provider. They stand out from other BI firms by excelling at putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. Axis recognizes that people, processes, and technology must all fit together to deliver a successful solution.

    LeRoy Jones

    GSI Health

    President & CEO

    GSI Health enables healthcare providers of various types to organize into distributed care teams to jointly manage care for their common patients, leveraging our software-as-a-service platform.

    Scott Keeney

    nLIGHT

    CEO

    nLIGHT is a vertically integrated supplier of high-power semiconductor laser that enable industrial, defense and medical applications.

    Alan S. Knitowski

    Phunware, Inc.

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Phunware is the pioneer of Multiscreen as a Service (MaaS), a fully integrated suite of platform products, solutions and data, that allows brands to engage, manage and monetize their anytime, anywhere mobile application users worldwide. The company reaches more than 700M monthly active devices.

  • Pravin S Kothari

    CipherCloud

    Founder & CEO

    CipherCloud, the industry pioneer and leader in cloud security, data protection and governance solutions, enables enterprises to adopt cloud with trust and confidence. CipherCloud, backed by premier VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, won the coveted "Best Security Product of the Year" award by SC Magazine.

    Kevin E. Leininger

    IntegriChain

    Founder & CEO

    IntegriChain is a rapidly growing healthcare technology company, offering the leading cloud for channel data aggregation, analytics, and applications for life sciences suppliers. Today IntegriChain is the trusted partner for 13 of the top-15 life science companies and more than 80 other suppliers.

    Jennifer Vaughan Maanavi

    Physique 57

    CEO and Co-Founder

    Physique 57 is a global fitness company that operates upscale, full-service exercise studios in the United States, Thailand, India and the UAE. The studio offerings are complemented by fitness retail boutiques, online workouts and a widely celebrated book, The Physique 57 Solution.

    Brian Manning

    Centric Digital

    President

    Centric Digital is a leading digital transformation solution partner, helping traditional enterprises (across healthcare, financial services, retail and other industries) revive their business models, customer experiences, and operations through their playbooks, labs and experts solutions.

    “I attribute our company’s success to having a clear mission and purpose that we all work toward each and every day.”
    Stephen Milbank

    Button

    Co-Founder & Head of Finance

    Button connects the mobile economy, making it easy for consumers to discover & purchase what they want, when they want it at the tap of a button. The company provides the easiest way for brands to connect, facilitating discovery & transaction among consumers with a contextually-relevant experience.

    Naftali T. Minzer

    Dermarite Industries LLC

    CEO

    Dermarite Industries is a high quality, cost effective manufacturer of skincare, woundcare, and liquid nutritional supplements for the healthcare industry. Its products are complemented by its unparalleled education programs, led by its team of woundcare certified clinicians, nationwide.

    Sanjay Mirchandani

    Puppet

    President & CEO

    Puppet's platform is the industry standard for automating the delivery and operation of the software that powers everything around us. More than 30,000 companies including more than two thirds of the Fortune 100 use Puppet's open source and commercial solutions.

    Azam Mirza

    AKORBI

    President

    Akorbi is a U.S.-based company providing enterprise language solutions that empower companies to achieve success in the global economy. Their customizable solutions help companies connect with employees, vendors and customers in over 170 languages, 24/7, 365 days a year, in any modality, from any location.

  • Luke Matthew Norris

    Faction Inc

    CEO

    Faction is a rapidly growing provider of Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Faction's first-of-its-kind technology is purpose-built to enable hybrid and multi-cloud deployments, creating value and efficiency for Service Providers & Enterprises.

    James Nyberg

    Hash House a Go Go

    CEO

    Hash House A Go Go is a mid-scale, casual dining concept serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu preparation and presentation represents traditional farm fresh ingredients with a preparation and presentation whimsically referred to as twisted farm food.

    Matthew Polega

    Mark43

    Co-Founder & VP of Operations

    Mark43 makes mission-critical applications for first responders in the field. Its core platform includes records management, computer-aided dispatch, and evidence tracking multi-tenant cloud applications.

    Alan Rihm

    CoreDial, LLC

    CEO

    CoreDial is a leading SaaS platform provider empowering channel partners to succeed with Unified Communications as a Service. Their 600+ Channel partners sell, deliver, manage, and invoice for UCaaS services to a rapidly growing base of 20,000 businesses and over 260,000 seats in North America.

    "Entrepreneurship is about taking risks, embracing challenges, and having the courage to continue on through all the failures."
    Joshua J. Rosenberg

    Accent Food Services

    CEO

    Accent Food Services is the premier provider of business break room services throughout the state of Texas, Nevada, & Mid-Atlantic region. With their ever increasing services, technology, and products, Accent Food Services has exceeded customer expectations for over 23 years.

    Dianne Rushing

    AOS Specialty Contractors

    President

    AOS Specialty Contactors, Inc. has a long history of providing a variety of highway-heavy projects that include concrete sidewalks, driveways, curb and gutter, signage, masonry, natural stone, artificial stone, pavers, monuments, fountains, retaining walls, precast, landscape, irrigation, and other specialty items.

    Cliff Schertz

    Tiempo Development

    CEO

    Tiempo Development is the leader in near-shore outsourced software development for cloud-based, enterprise applications. They help U.S.-based software and software-enabled service companies create the software to execute their business strategies.

    Ishwari Singh

    Mobile Programming LLC

    CEO

    Mobile Programming is a mobile apps development company that has been providing quality consulting services for more than a decade, focusing on bringing mobility and IoT solutions to Fortune 500 Enterprises and Startups.

  • Andrew K. Smith

    Four Foods Group

    CEO

    Four Foods Group (FFG) is a restaurant development, investment, and management company with 97 restaurant locations and additional sites in development or under construction.

    “Being a leader of an entrepreneurial organization is a constant daily challenge. It’s the freedom to take the business in any direction you want, but also the danger and responsibility that comes with that. You have to be a strategist and a cheerleader at the same time.”
    Jefferey Ryan St. Amant

    Vapor Point, LLC

    President & CEO

    Vapor Point is a specialty engineering and environmental services company. The company's core competency is in the elimination and recovery of regulated and noxious vapor emissions, to help protect both the environment and worker safety. Refineries throughout the US recognize Vapor Point as the leader in their industry.

    Kelly Steckelberg

    Zoosk

    CEO

    Zoosk is a leading online dating company that personalizes the dating experience to help singles find the person and relationship that's just right for them. Zoosk's technology is constantly learning from the actions of over 38 million members in order to deliver better matches in real time.

    Hemen R. Vimadalal

    Simeio Solutions

    Founder & CEO

    Simeio Solutions is a complete identity and access management (IAM) solution that provides security to anyone, on any device, on any platform, from anywhere with their "service first" philosophy. They protect more than 100 million+ identities across the globe.

    Marylou D Walker

    Matrixx Initiatives

    CEO

    Matrixx Initiatives is a consumer healthcare company that manufactures and markets ZICAM® brand homeopathic and allopathic OTC products, including its clinically proven line of ZICAM® Cold Remedy Nasal Spray and Swab, ZICAM® Cold Remedy RAPIDMELTS® and Ultra RAPIDMELTS®.

    Michael C. Wystrach

    Freshly Inc.

    CEO

    Freshly is a healthy meal delivery service, dedicated to offering delicious meals meticulously crafted with fresh, natural ingredients. They keep all meals gluten-free, and never add refined sugars or artificial flavoring. Freshly expertly balances great taste and good health.

    “As a leader, I look to surround myself with individuals who have drive, motivation, focus and vision. It’s not about how many hours you work, it’s the quality of the effort that’s important to me.”
    Ting Xu

    Evergreen Enterprises

    Founder & Chairman of the Board

    Evergreen Enterprises is a vertically integrated, global consumer products business specializing in the design, manufacture, distribution, and retail of over 15,000 gift, garden, and home decor products.

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