Startup Weekend Glacier

    Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Glacier

Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015

Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Flathead Valley Community College
777 Grandview Drive
Arts and Technology Building
Kalispell, MT 59901

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Friday October 9th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:30 pm
Business Model Canvas Class
Enjoy some pizza and get a quick overview of how to use a Business Model Canvas to plan your next business launch.

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Neil Stuber, Hurraw Balm

8:45 pm
Pitches Begin
Give your pitch(es) and/or decide which team you want to join for the weekend.

9:25 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:45 pm
Form Teams/Begin Work
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

11:00 pm
Leave FVCC
Teams may move to another location to continue working.

Saturday October 10th

7:00 am
FVCC Facility Opens

8:00 am
Coffee and Simple Breakfast

8:30 am
Coach Signups
Set appointments with coaches.

9:00 am
How to Give a Presentation with Impact

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

9:00 pm
FVCC closes for the day.

Sunday October 11th

7:15 am
FVCC Opens

8:00 am
Simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Final opportunity to ask questions call for help.

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Group Photo

2:00 pm
Tech Check
Presentations on thumb drive due.

2:30 pm
Final Presentations

4:30 pm
Judging & Awards

5:15 pm

6:00 pm
Go Home!


Neil Stuber

Neil Stuber is an Art Director/Designer/Consultant who specializes in Motion Graphics & Branding. He has spent the last 15 years creating advertising & design for international brands, and the last 7 years enjoying life in Whitefish, Montana.
He is currently working with his wife/partner Corrie Colbert on a small business venture in the cosmetics industry:

Diana Damron
Speaker, Trainer, Coach

As a former broadcaster, Diana Damron understands the value of outstanding presentation skills. With her background as a television news anchor and reporter as well as host of television magazine shows, both live and recorded, Diana has fine-tuned what it takes to connect with one’s audience, whether that audience is personal or professional.

Diana’s experience in public speaking and her years of voice training bring to you the perfect coach to guide you, individually, or with your organization on the perfect course to become a master of the message.

Her warmth and personal dedication to your goals ensure an adventure in communication that will produce long-lasting and measurable goals.

Connie Cermak

Connie Cermak has honed her skills implementing marketing strategies that build relationships and achieve business objectives. Recognized for building reciprocal relationships throughout Chicago's architectural design and commercial brokerage industry for ten years prior to breaking significant ground in business development and social media marketing in Northwestern Montana. 

As a solution driven critical thinker, Connie specializes in generating creative strategies that focus on building your audience by helping you define your brand, create a media strategy unique to your business, train your team and help you build your network. 

Specialties: Seeing the big picture, creative idea generator, enthusiastic story teller and captivating presenter. Extraordinary social/professional networking skills and people connector.

Event Judges

Tracy McIntyre

Tracy has worked for Eureka Rural Development Partners, (ERDP) the lead economic development organization for North Lincoln for the last twelve years.  She is well recognized across the State of Montana as a leader in economic development.   Tracy has a degree from Montana State University-Bozeman.
Tracy currently is in the midst of starting a consulting company where she provides leadership training and strategic planning assistance to rural communities and businesses.  She is also the owner and lead coordinator of Montana Memories and Events; an event coordination company located in NW Montana specializing in corporate events. 
Tracy has on the ground experience in business growth and is currently serving her community as the Administrator of the Tobacco Valley Industrial District Business Incubator facility and program.  She spends her days working with local community and business leaders to enhance and create business opportunities in Northwest Montana.    

Karen Witt

Karen Witt currently is a Member Business Loan Officer for the Whitefish Credit Union in Kalispell. She has over 20 years’ experience in helping businesses grow and navigate the internal and external challenges in lending, cashflow, strategic planning, corporate organization and revenue enhancement. Her industry experience includes banking, financial services, insurance, retail, and software development. Karen is an avid equestrian and the founder of Flathead Valley Home brewers Association. Her new company, Montana Girl Brewing, will develop an online presence to market and distribute made in Montana beer recipe kits for the world to enjoy and share her love of all things beer.

Brent Cambell

Brent has more than 29 years of experience in project management, engineering, community planning, and business management. As the CEO of WGM Group, he has extensive experience in management, finance, strategy, and entrepreneurship.  He is also an owner and investor in several small established or start-up companies.   As CEO, Mr. Campbell’s responsibilities include leadership and managing the day-to-day operations, strategies, and administration for WGM Group, a 50-person engineering, planning, and natural resource consulting firm.  His expertise includes strategy development and implementation, financial management, contracting, corporate marketing, risk management, facilities development, human resource development, ownership transition, and company growth planning.

Courtenay Sprunger

Courtenay is a native Montanan and the principal of Big Sky Public Relations, a Kalispell-based firm specializing in public relations and business development through the mediums of messaging, media relations, campaign development, crisis communications and event management. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the Vanguard University of Southern California in 2005.  Since graduating, Courtenay has worked in executive management, event coordination for national campaigns, and managed public relations for brands in both California and Montana.  

Mick Quinlivan

Mick is CFO of the ZaneRay Group in Whitefish.  Montana native with 30 years with experience in financial management for technology and manufacturing companies in the Inland Northwest Mick has worked for well-known manufacturing and tech companies throughout the state including Right Now Technologies.  

Coaches and Mentors

Tyler Weber
Cheif Administrative Officer

Ty is the Chief Administrative Officer for Northwest Imaging in Kalispell, MT, where he oversees 11 radiologists across 10 hospitals. His day job requires him to engage as a finance, operations, and administrative executive for several healthcare facilities in northwest Montana.  He has recently added CAO of Northern Rockies Anesthesia Consultants to his resume, adding the finance and administrative duties for 20 anesthesiologists. After hours, he has founded two start-ups and is focusing on getting one to financial viability. He was on the winning team for the Missoula StartUp Weekend 2013.  He serves as a director on several non-profit and for profit boards. Ty graduated from Flathead High School ('93), the University of Notre Dame ('97), and the University of Montana (MBA '12).

Mike Kazmier

A startup geek with a love for God!  Currently the co-founder and CEO of Kudoso - a comprehensive solution that helps parents manage the influence of technology on their children.

Andrew Donkin

Andrew was the President and CEO of Entertainment Outfitters, Inc. in Florida. He has been in the apparel industry for more than 20 years.  After spending ten years as a manufacturer’s representative for NFL, NBA, MLB, and the NCAA licensed apparel, Andrew along with a business partner started Entertainment Outfitters. This design and marketing company quickly became a multi-million dollar success story in a matter of a few years. He has been involved in consulting for various businesses over the last seven years.  He is drawn toward the entrepreneurial spirit and thrives in the merit based environment. Andrew is currently a business consultant with areas of expertise in operations and administration.   Andrew graduated from University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in Business Administration in 1985.

Will Schmautz
Founder and CEO

Will Schmautz has been providing executive leadership and project management for public and private endeavors since obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees from Willamette University. Will has worked in marketing development, technology integrations, logistics coordination, and emergency management in markets as near as the Flathead Valley and as far away as India and East Africa. 

For the past twelve (12) years, Will has invested his extensive executive management experience to the launch and development of Nomad Global Communications Solutions, Incorporated (Nomad GCS) in the design and production of world class custom mobile command, control and communication systems platforms for public and private enterprise sectors. Trained as an Emergency Medical Technician, Rescue Diver, Swiftwater Rescue Technician and Volunteer Fire Fighter, Will stays involved with both the tactical and strategic side of emergency and disaster management. 

Under Will’s leadership as CEO since 2002, Nomad GCS has grown from a small self-funded start-up in a dirt floor barn to multi-million dollar world class manufacturing and communications integration company competing in the global marketplace.

Jerry Meerkatz

Jerry brings thirty five years of industry and senior executive management experience to StartUp Weekend Glacier. The last twenty years Jerry has played roles as CEO, Partner and Division General Manager of companies with complex product portfolios, large diverse employee bases, sizable P&L’s and a mix of mainstream markets. Jerry worked as an engineer and also in marketing and discovered that he enjoyed being the catalyst and communicator between the two groups early in his career. Jerry’s local involvement includes the Thompson Technology Group and Wavesource. He is a 1976 Flathead High School graduate and recently became a certified welder!

Jerry is looking forward to helping StartUp Weekend participants with:

*Full P&L Management
*Capital Fund Raising (private and public)
*Budgeting and Expense Control
*Worldwide Sales and Business Development
*Strategic and Market Planning
*Staff Development and Motivation

Jen Frandsen

Jen Frandsen is a Co-Founder & COO of Old Town, where she directs product strategy, project planning, design and personnel. Old Town specializes in providing online software solutions and creative expertise that is unique to the world of outdoor recreation and active travel—providing tools that make it easy for people to manage location information. They help businesses and organizations tell the story of their place and provide the tools they need to connect active people with great experiences. Since 2007, Old Town has provided digital solutions for organizations that include Whitefish Convention and Visitors Bureau, Splash (a clean water organization), Maine Office of Tourism, and National Geographic Society.

Jen has a BA in Advertising Design from Western Illinois University. She has spent the last 15 years designing award-winning websites, app interfaces, corporate identity, collateral and advertising. She also has developed brand strategy, marketing, and has designed everything from widgets to comprehensive wayfinding systems.

Michele Reese

Michele Reese brings a wealth of knowledge of marketing to the participants of StartUp Weekend.  Currently running Beargrass Marketing, her marketing and adverting agency in Whitefish, Michele also works as an executive coach and business development expert.   Before starting her own agency, Michele was COO for Winter Sports, Inc. where she worked to streamline operations, improve profitability, double revenue and expand marketing and sales.  Before arriving in Montana Michele was Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Walt Disney Attractions.  She moved to that position from other Executive Vice President Positions for Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood  and Universal Pictures.  In addition to her areas of expertise Michele enjoys working in the areas of integrated marketing, digital marketing, outdoor advertising, copywriting and brand development.      

John Frandsen
Founding Partner/CEO

John Frandsen is a founding partner of Old Town Creative + Interactive an agency that specializes in advanced digital development and developing solutions that involve interactive mapping and content management for any device.   Old Town’s newest innovations are Elebase and the Wandering App.   Elebase is an elegant content, data, and user management platform that will allow digital developers to quickly begin building powerful custom user experiences for any device. 
The Wandering App allows users to easily build a
mobile app walking tour for any number of "Wanderings" including historical walking tours, art walks, birding trails, trip ideas and more.   Among accolades for Old Town’s custom digital work are an M&M Global Award, Communications Arts Webpick of the week, and Webby Award Finalist. Their work includes was which was awarded 2014’s Best Travel Website in the US Award by the US Travel Association.   Through their work with the National Geographic Society they have developed digital projects on five continents and more than 15 countries.    His expertise includes mapping and spatial applications, as well as travel and recreation marketing.

Diane Smith
Founder and CEO at

A business and social entrepreneur, Diane was the co-founder and CEO of a high growth, groundbreaking IPTV company in Northwest Montana. After a career spent in Washington DC as a corporate executive in the fast growing tech and wireless industries, Diane moved to Montana and discovered that the most interesting people live and work beyond the Beltway. She authored TheNewRural.Com to explore how technology has changed the opportunity equation in Rural America and co-founded American Rural, an organization dedicated to effective policies regarding entrepreneurship, technology and energy for rural and small town America.

Jeff Heutmaker

Jeffrey Heutmaker is the founder of Heutmaker Law, PC in Whitefish, MT, and has more than 27 years’ experience working with entrepreneurs and early stage and established businesses in a variety of industries, including software development, biotechnology, medical and dental devices, manufacturing, power sports, internet commerce and infrastructure, retail services and energy.

He assists early stage businesses with determining the appropriate entity structure, forming entities and determining and documenting the relationships among founders. He also assists companies in identifying and protecting their intellectual property assets, licensing those assets to others and joint development and other strategic arrangements. Jeff has substantial experience in financing and securities law ranging from “friends and family” investment rounds, to angel investors, venture capital and public offerings. 

Jeff graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School where he was an editor of the Law Review and attended his second year of law school in London, England as part of the Concannon Programme of International Law.

Chad Waite
Managing Director

Chad Waite joined OVP Venture Partners in 1987 and focuses on investments in the digital biology, and network security sectors. His investments include 4thPass, Accelerator, Adapx, Airgo Networks, Boston Beer, Cardima, CellPro, Complete Genomics, Corixa, Filenet, GenoLogics, Limerick BioPharma, Loudeye Technologies, NanoString, Napera Networks, ProTools, Quantum Medical, Raytel Medical, Returns Online, Rosetta Inpharmatics, SafeHarbor, Saros, Seattle Genetics, SignalSoft, Syntellect, Vantos, Verdezyne, Verity, and WatchGuard. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Accelerator, Adapx, NanoString, Symform, Talyst, Verdezyne and The W Fund.Prior to joining OVP, Chad was a General Partner at Hambrecht & Quist Venture Partners where he focused on investments in IT and life sciences. Prior to H&Q, he was in marketing and sales management at Cobe Laboratories, Inc. in its cardiovascular medical products division.Chad received his BA in History from Kenyon College and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a Trustee at Kenyon College and has also served as a board member of the NVCA. He is the proud father of three grown children, is an avid cyclist and snowboarder, and loves fine wine.

Craig Schwabl
VP Software Engineering

Craig is a highly accomplished and creative technology executive with over 20 years of experience in information technology, software design & architecture, and business intelligence. He joined Vubiquity, the largest global provider of multiplatform video services, in 2012 where he currently serves as Vice President of Software Engineering overseeing all aspects of North American software development including the company’s next-generation cloud-based platform.

Prior to Vubiquity, Craig spent seven years with Concurrent where he was the chief technologist behind Concurrent’s Media Data & Advertising Solutions business unit. He served as the Vice President of Solutions Architecture and was responsible for the overall technical direction for the division’s portfolio and platforms including data mining, data warehousing, analytics, and advanced advertising. 

Craig joined Concurrent following the acquisition of startup venture Everstream, Inc. where he held several key positions including Vice President of Engineering, Chief Architect, and CTO. As a founding partner of Everstream, Craig was responsible for the design and development of the company’s portfolio of products and services that enabled Everstream to capture 80% market share in North America across 300 markets. Craig earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from John Carroll University, and received his MBA from Cleveland State University.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Glacier 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 Glacier Country (Flathead) is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Mike
  • Tyler
  • Kim
  • Kellie
  • Jill
  • Lara


Alison Gibbins

Alison is a startup junkie and customer development expert with wins at Startup Weekend (Griflens; babySIMPLIFY). She is a Data Geek and CRM Marketer, and the Founder of Toronto Moms Group.

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