Spring 2019 Speakers

Chris Quiocho

January 17, 2019

Chris Quiocho

Chris is a 4x entrepreneur in business aviation and a decorated combat veteran that flew UH60 Black Hawks in the Army. Having spent over a decade flying in the Army, Chris saw his biggest accomplishment commanding a MEDEVAC unit in Afghanistan in 2011. After returning home from combat, Chris went on to start his own aviation sales company, Solutions Aviation. Boasting sales of over $150M to date allowed another opportunity to take part in the purchase and ownership of a Part 135 charter operation, Solutions Air Charter. From there Chris has expanded his portfolio of aviation businesses with an ownership role in the only locally based air ambulance company in the Caribbean. His latest venture is Offland Media, a brand and digital media company specializing in the aviation industry and travel industry. Work has already included brands like Gulfstream, Bombardier, and Red Bull Air Races. Chris has contributed articles and been featured in outlets around the world including, Forbes, Inc., Business Insider, Huffington Post, Success, and Authority Magazine.

Kyle Armstrong

January 31, 2019

Kyle Armstrong

Kyle has always been an entrepreneur: It started as a kid, wheeling and dealing at the lemonade stand and trading basketball cards with friends. After a brief stint as a golf professional after graduating from Ball State in 2008, Kyle spent two years in the corporate world and discovered “corporate life” was not for him. Armed with passion and an idea, he began networking which led to founding his own business. Over the last seven years building ZOOOM, a sports software company, he has learned the ins, outs, ups, and downs of business from raising capital to developing and selling a suite of products. He has built networks all over the world and worked alongside some of the brightest people in his industries. From interacting with professional athletes to pitching to one of the largest professional sports organizations, to socializing with 50 of the most influential individuals in the world, the entrepreneur life has pushed him further than he could have imagined. Kyle's goal in business and life is to give back and continue to build businesses that will provide opportunities for others to grow, succeed, and push themselves to be greater.

Kelly Hartman

February 14, 2019

Kelly HartmanNamed Indy’s Best & Brightest Professional in Health & Life Sciences, and honored by the YWCA for being a Woman of Achievement, she is the founder, President & CEO of Insights Consulting, a company named to the Top Workplaces in Indianapolis for nine years, and Co-Founder and Emeritus Board member of Outside the Box, a not-for-profit.  In her nearly thirty-year career of supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities -- she has always maintained a focus on empowering all people to be the best version of themselves.  As a mentor to young professionals and a leader in her industry, she is known for her sense of humor and helping all people see things from a different perspective. Hartman is also the busy Mama to twin 14-year-old boys. In her spare time, she loves to cook, ride her bike and spend time on the water.

Gus Olympidis

March 21, 2019

Gus OlympidisGus, or Kosta Olympidis as some of the people close to him call him, began his career in the convenience store industry at the young age of 21. He often characterizes his journey in business as having been born out of “youthful indiscretion.” The company, that is approaching a half billion dollars in revenue today, is vertically integrated with a central distribution center, a central bakery and a sign manufacturing facility. Family Express operates 74 stores today with several in the pipeline. Family Express’s business model is characterized by a unique logistical system of daily distribution and a large portfolio of proprietary brands. FE assesses up to 50 prospects for each new hire in search of attributes such as friendliness, kindness and community sensitivity. The company’s mission statement uniquely addresses volunteerism as a stated corporate objective.

Tom Walter

April 4, 2019

Tom Walter

Tom Walter is a “serial entrepreneur,” author, speaker and a principal in numerous companies. He is best known as the Chief Culture Officer (CCO) of Chicago-area Tasty Catering, a suburban corporate caterer and event planner that was recently named a Forbes Best Small Company in America. Tom has more than 40 years of experience as an owner and operator in the service industry. He has participated in the startup of 32 companies, is currently active in 9 of those startups, has acquired three and—in a few cases—has terminated businesses in a broad spectrum of markets. Tasty Catering is a successful suburban Chicago-based catering and event planning company and has been in business for over 25 years.

Claudius Mbemba

April 11, 2019

Claudius MbembaA former Ohio State University football player, Claudius is currently CTO of Neu Inc, a marketplace providing automated hotel-grade turnovers for Airbnb/vacation rentals. He has been developing and testing enterprise software for several years. As a Software Development Engineer (SDE) inside several teams at Microsoft, including the Commercial Software Engineering and Emerging Devices Teams, he largely focused his time on DevOps, Mobile, Cloud, ML/AI, Bots, & Blockchain. He is extremely passionate about helping other entrepreneurs, networking, and diving head first into projects.

Chris Clemens

September 6, 2018

Chris ClemensChris Clemens graduated from Ball State and spent 6 years in the corporate world. Then in 2012 he quit his job, packed his gear, and hiked for 5 months along the Appalachian Trail, 2,184 miles from Georgia to Maine. He attempted to reenter the corporate world, working in retail sales, outdoor apparel, and big data technology before starting his own freelance marketing service for the bakery equipment industry. With freelance location independence he donated most of his possessions and started living in a van to travel full time while working. He’s driven to all 4 corners the U.S. and across the Trans-Canada Highway, backpacked Ecuador and Peru, bicycle toured Chile and Argentina, motorcycled through Vietnam and Myanmar, and chased summer in Australia and New Zealand. Today he lives in a pickup truck in North America and spends winters in the Southern Hemisphere, all while growing his freelance marketing business.

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Jonathan Lamb

September 13, 2018

Jonathan LambJonathan is a millennial entrepreneur, economist, consultant, author, and visionary leader. He has degrees in Economics and Risk Management and was a hurdler on the BSU track team. Lamb spent 8 years on a trading floor as a spot electricity trader overseeing a portfolio with over $3 billion in assets, and has since started seven small businesses and earned an MBA from North Carolina State University. He has worked as a business developer for a commodity hedge fund, developed and owned commercial real-estate, and as a business owner he has owned, a construction company, a childcare franchise, a plumbing company, a wholesale distribution company, a textile company, and currently runs an economic consulting firm, and an agriculture and energy technology company.  Jonathan is a national best-selling author and was runner up for the nomination for US Congress of the Indiana 6th Congressional District. 

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Kimberly Majeski

September 27, 2018

Kimberly MajeskiKimberly is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and brings a dose of Southern charm to her scholarship. She has served in many pastoral and leadership roles in local and national contexts; today, Kimberly serves as Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries at Anderson University and is a co-host for Viewpoint, a syndicated radio program for Christians Broadcasting Hope. Additionally, Kimberly is founder and CEO of Stripped Inc., a not for profit ministry empowering women in sex trade to walk out of fear and into love. strippedlove.org Kimberly is an ordained minister and has completed post graduate education at the University of Notre Dame and the Anderson School of Theology where she obtained her doctoral degree in 2009. Kimberly and her husband Kevin reside in Anderson, Indiana with their son Max and two black cats, Monkey and Henry.

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Kristian Andersen

November 1, 2018

Kristian AndersenKristian works with entrepreneurs and business leaders to design compelling brand experiences, create new business models, and innovate new products and services. Kristian founded Studio Science and is a Partner at High Alpha, a venture studio that conceives, operates, and scales enterprise cloud companies. 

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Jeb Banner

November 15, 2018

Jeb BannerJeb Banner is CEO and co-founder of Boardable, a board management software company serving nonprofits around the world. He was previously the CEO of SmallBox, a creative agency he co-founded in 2006. Jeb graduated Indiana University Bloomington in 1996 and is also the founder of Musical Family Tree, a nonprofit dedicated to spreading Indiana music. He is a co-founder and past chair of the Speak Easy, an entrepreneurial co-working non-profit located in Indianapolis. Along the way Jeb has co-founded or invested in a number of other Indianapolis based businesses. Jeb lives on the north side of Indianapolis with his wife Jenny and their three lovely daughters. In his spare time he collects vinyl records, records music, and cooks as much as possible.

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David Butcher

November 29, 2018

David ButcherDavid Butcher is a 21-year-old entrepreneur from Yellow Springs, Ohio and founder of Flyby BBQ: a modern fast-casual restaurant and food truck building delicious smoked meals with style and purpose. When David isn’t working, he is soaking up all he can about consumer psychology at The Ohio State University, traveling, or riding his bike. David has been recognized as a Top 25 Student Entrepreneur in the United States (2017 & 2018) by Entrepreneurs Organization.

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Bryan Wade, CEO, Sigstr

January 18, 2018

Over the last 12 years, Bryan has lived in the world of entrepreneurship, technology and email. Bryan helped grow ExactTarget, the email marketing giant that would later be acquired by Salesforce, serving as the VP of Email Products. He then joined the leadership team as the SVP & Chief Product Officer at Salesforce Marketing Cloud. Bryan is now the CEO of Sigstr, an Indianapolis-based email signature marketing platform.

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Kyle Bushey, Co-Founder & CEO, Lyganex Bio, Inc.

Kyle BusheyFebruary 1, 2018

Kyle is a 2011 graduate from the Miller College of Business and the co-founder and CEO of Lyganex Bio, Inc. Kyle co-founded Lyganex Bio with a class while getting his MBA from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Prior to getting his MBA, Kyle spent two 2 years in a leadership rotational program at Johnson & Johnson and 2 ½ years in Business Development at MicroEdge. 

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Ted Baker, CEO & Executive Director, Innovation Connector

February 15, 2018

Ted BakerTed is the CEO/Executive Director for the Muncie Innovation Connector, Inc. After graduating from Ball State University in 1980, his career journey has included management of small businesses; starting, growing, buying and selling businesses; as well as assisting with the establishment of several area not-for-profit organizations. He has experience in successfully exiting a company, franchisee/franchisor relations, and workshop and training facilitation. He is a Certified Incubator Manager with the International Business Innovation Association as well as a certified Growth Wheel and a certified Wendy Kennedy International business coach. Ted serves on several boards, is an instructor in entrepreneurship at Ball State, and heavily involved in the community. He and his wife of 39 years, Gail, are parents of four children, and six grandchildren.

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James Whitley, Vice President & COO, Landmark Properties

March 22, 2018

James WhitleySince 2003, James has been involved in the orchestration, design, development, and management of Student Housing projects across the country. As Vice President and COO of Landmark Properties, James is responsible for all operational aspects associated with the company’s student portfolio. James has built a team of industry leading professionals and has helped guide Landmark Properties to the forefront of the student housing industry. An Athens, GA native, James graduated from the University of Georgia with a BLA in Land Planning with a focus on Urban Design. He began his career in real estate in 1999; in May 2004 he founded Landmark Properties, Inc. with his business partner, Wes Rogers. James and his wife, Jessica, live in Athens, Georgia with their daughter, Britten, and son, Bronson.

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Derrin Slack, Founder & CEO, ProAct Indy

April 5, 2018

Darrin SlackWhile on a college mission trip to Botswana, Africa, Derrin experienced the power of giving back to others and wondered how his life would have been different had he been exposed to service at a younger age. This led to the founding of ProAct and what it is today – an organization that has become expert in critical service-learning. With a strong background in nonprofit management and research, Derrin acts as the conduit between the needs of the community, and the individuals, partners, sponsors, and students that engage with ProAct. Under his leadership, the organization has engaged over 6,000 boys and girls in community service, increased its budget ten-fold, and has established over 60 different corporate and community partners in just under five years.

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Ed Keil, CEO, Reliance Recruiting

April 12, 2018

Ed KeilEd is a 1992 Graduate of the Ball State Entrepreneurship program where he was half of the first-ever “Partnership” in the program. Ed has a true passion for entrepreneurship and loves business planning. Through his career, Ed has started a number of ventures, with his first at age 13. Ed has a MBA from IU and has started 6 companies in his career, including his current businesses, Reliance Recruiting and Plastic Executive Recruiters. These companies find the rare talent that their customers have trouble finding themselves. Ed is married with two children, one who works in his business and another that attends Ball State.

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