Startup Weekend Dayton

    Friday, June 20, 2014

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Startup Weekend Dayton

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

School of Advertising Art in Kettering

Dayton, OH

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Justin Bayer
Founder, Welcome To College

Justin Bayer's passion resides at the intersection of education and technology - more specifically, helping students flourish by creating experiences that leave everyone feeling positive emotion. While attending graduate school at the University of Vermont, he bought the domain, After almost a decade-long career in higher education, Justin founded Welcome to College to revolutionize the college visit experience by allowing prospective students to plan, rate, and share their college visits to help find the best fit. In 2011, Welcome to College launched an interactive, self-aware 1973 GMC RV named MARV that traveled the country to research why students were picking the schools they did. Facing many challenges during the first year on the roads, Justin gained invaluable lessons in business and life. 30,000 miles and counting later, the journey with MARV continues to deliver smiles and surprises while educating students on college fit and has led to many exciting discoveries, most recently: students who have found Meaning, Accomplishment, Relationships, and Vitality (MARV) on campus are the happiest in their college careers and in life.

Event Judges

Jeremy Loyd
Creative Director, Sparkbox

As Creative Director at Sparkbox, Jeremy designs compelling layouts for the responsive web. While constantly refining the process of responsive web design, he and the Sparkbox team believe in creating content-driven websites that are both useable and beautiful on any device. Jeremy’s design work has won several awards and appeared in numerous design blogs and publications including HOW, Wired and Print. In addition to writing for the Sparkbox Foundry, Jeremy also writes for .net magazine and Web Design Tuts Plus.

Chris Wallace
CEO, Cambium Technologies

Chris Wallace is the CEO at Cambium Technologies. Chris has had a long career in the Information Technology and Telecommunications sectors. Prior to starting Cambium Technologies she was Senior Vice President of NCR Services at NCR Corporation. Other senior leadership positions included Financial Vice President for Business Long Distance at AT&T

Shawon Brown-Gullette
Entrepreneur, Certified Trichologist & Certified Natural Health Practitioner

Shawon Brown-Gullette is an entrepreneur, salon owner, instructor, and ‘life-stylist' who has done much to enhance the lives of her clients and the public at large. Brown-Gullette is one of the first licensed Trichologist in the State of Ohio. In addition to offering Trichology services at Dayton’s Trichology Hair Loss Control Clinic, each year, Brown-Gullette and her celebrated salon, Infinitee, sponsor, host, and attend various charitable events. She and her team of trained cosmetologists contribute time, along with wigs and hairstyles to the ill and less fortunate, for free.

Coaches and Mentors

Darren Kall
Managing Director at Specific Clarity

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Art Helmstetter
Owner of B2BPlanner Ltd., Business Coaching

Art helps people realize their dream of starting and running a successful small business. He is an owner of three small businesses, has grown three start-ups into multi-million dollar businesses in corporate environments, and has performed almost every business function during his business career. Although Art’s most recent roles have been in marketing and planning, his career started in engineering, and he is still a registered Professional Engineer (PE). His combination of practical business sense and technical know-how helps him to deal with the technology of his clients’ businesses while providing guidance on strategy and business model development. In both cases, his balanced brain approach provides a combination of solid disciplined analytical thinking and a creative spark to envision what is possible. Innovation is the common factor in Art’s business interests which include ownership in a company that develops environmentally friendly chemicals for industry and an event marketing company based on a mobile phone app. His start-ups included a first of a kind waste to energy plants, a novel chemical recovery process used in cement kilns, and a unique services model applied to industrial chemical sales. Art holds an MBA from the University of Dayton, and an MS in engineering from Princeton University. He has worked for Monsanto Inc., Lafarge Corp., and Quaker Chemical Corp. during a 30 year business Career.

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Doug Anspach
Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

DOUGLAS C. ANSPACH JR. is a partner in the Dayton office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from The College of William and Mary. Doug concentrates his practice in the area of labor and employment law. Doug’s counsels clients on all matters touching on the relationship between employers and unions, from the initial representation through collective bargaining, defending (and sometimes prosecuting) unfair labor practice charges, and addressing discipline and due process issues. Doug works with clients of all sizes to solve problems in various areas by providing general business advice. Doug manages client relationships to make certain that legal services are being provided in such a way so as to meet or exceed client expectations in all areas of the relationship.

Jeff Mullins
Partner-in-Charge, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

JEFFREY A. MULLINS is the Partner-in-Charge of the Dayton office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. He received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Dayton and his law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Dayton School of Law. Jeff practices in the areas of health care and labor and employment law. Jeff has spent more than 20 years building a successful practice in the Labor and Employment law area. Jeff concentrates his practice representing public and private sector employers in labor, construction and employment disputes, including Ohio and federal prevailing wage claims, union representation and unfair labor practice claims, labor arbitration, employment discrimination, wage and hour and employee leave of absence matters. He brings a wealth of experience to the counsel he provides his clients. Jeff is a leading authority on labor and employment issues as well as health care law, including the Affordable Care Act.

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The Startup Weekend Dayton team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Dayton is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Suzy Bureau

The ebullient Suzy Bureau (as she was referred to in TechCrunch) hails from Columbus, Ohio USA and is dedicated to building communities – locally & globally: from facilitating Startup Weekends in Mexico, Ireland and across the US, representing the US alongside delegates from 100+ other countries at Global Startup Youth in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to facilitating the invite-only Startup Extreme conference in Norway. 

She honed her technology & startup chops as the first product employee at CoverMyMeds, an HIT startup that grew to be Ohio’s first unicorn acquisition. 

Now, Suzy is focused full-time on bridging the gap between technology, social impact and sustainable entrepreneurship through the organization she founded, GiveBackHack. GiveBackHack starts with a weekend event pulling top hackathon participants together and continues throughout the year in communities to create lasting social enterprise.

Recently, Suzy was named the first “Create Columbus Visionary” by Columbus City Council and the Create Columbus Commission.

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