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Mod III Lunches 2016

Lunch with an Entrepreneur, Mod III, 2016

 

Friday, January 22, 2016 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Clint Smith  Clint is the founder and CEO of Emma, an online marketing firm.  The company provides easy to use tools to help companies craft marketing programs that resonate with customers.  Companies can use Emma tools to customize messages to customers that address unique attributes of each customer, so every customer gets a customized message.  No mass mailings unless the client wants to send a mass message.

 

Clint is a very creative individual.  For example, he has a conference room that is built in the form of a circle.; all the walls are whiteboards, and all the seats face the walls instead of the people in the room.  His company does innovative things to help the community:  they contribute $5 for each new customer to DonorsChoose.org to provide supplies and equipment to local schools; each year the company gives free Emma service to 25 not for profit enterprises for life; and they plant trees, 53,000 since the program was started to be exact.  They have other programs too, but this gives you a flavor for one aspect of the company.

 

If you want to have some fun, go to this web page and play around for a little while to see some of their creativity at work.

 

http://myemma.com/email-marketing-features

 

 

Monday, January 25, 2016 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Travis Messina (Owen 2008)

Upon graduating from Owen in 2008, Travis began his career with Sun Trust Robinson Humphrey in their Atlanta office.  He then moved to investment banking before starting his career in the healthcare industry in 2012 when he began working with Vanguard Health Systems.  While there Travis focused on leading diligence efforts and contract negotiations for acute care and ambulatory acquisitions and strategic partnerships.  Vanguard was acquired by Tenent Healthcare shortly after Travis joined the company, so he moved on to Martin Ventures, an early stage investment company focused on health care and technology initiatives.

 

Up to this point in his career, Travis was always involved in the financial side of transactions.  In his latest venture, Contessa Health, he is the CEO of the company.  Contessa Health creates and manages outpatient value-based care programs through partnerships with providers and health plans.  The company works to redesign care delivery and payment processes for episodes of care.

 

His company just announced a successful capital raise of $3.5 million from  BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners.

 

 

Monday, February 1, 2016 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Genma Holmes   From a modeling career to owner of a pest control empire—the journey of Genma Holmes.  If you want to learn what marketing is all about, you need to meet Genma.  She is a bundle of marketing activity who truly understands the importance of satisfied customers and how to create them.  In addition to a pest control business, she has a radio show (Living Your Best Life) that airs on Sirius/XM and on the Armed Forces network throughout the world.  And she blogs too at Blogcritics.org.  Oh, almost forgot, she also has a consulting firm.

 

To really get a sense of who she is, read the information on this web page.  It is an interview with her by Ladies Who Launch, a site devoted to stories about female entrepreneurs.

 

http://www.ladieswholaunch.com/magazine/genma-holmes-pest-control/

 

 

Wednesday, February 10, 20161:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Sara Souther  Sarah is the founder of the Bang Candy Company, a company that makes gourmet candies such as gourmet marshmallows.  (The jalapeno ones are the best).  In the beginning, in 2010, the company was very simple:  Sarah would make a batch of marshmallows, load them in a mobile hut on a trailer (It looked like a southern outhouse with wheels.) which was towed by her car to where some event was taking place, and then she opened a window and sold marshmallows to passersby.

 

The company now produces a variety of candies, syrup sweetners, and her classic “Sparkle Bark,” a thin layer of chocolate sprinkled with peppermint crumbs.  Awesome!!   Whole Foods carries her products, and she ships the Sparkle Bark and syrups to companies in New York City as well as stores throughout the southeast.

 

Two years after its founding, the company moved to the Marathon Motor Works building on Clinton Street.  This building was used to produce Marathon automobiles in the 1920’s and now houses a whiskey distillery, an event center, a guitar shop, and other artsy boutiques in addition to the Bang Candy Company.

 

Her logo sets the tone for the business.  It is a funky, attention getting, design that reflects the zany sense of humor that Sarah has.  It also is sorta Southern which fits Sarah’s upbringing in southern Ireland.   She designs all the labels for her products and any other graphic materials that she uses. 

For more information, go to her web page:  http://www.bangcandycompany.com/

 

 

 

Friday, February 19, 2016  1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Chris Gerding (Owen 2015)  Chris Gerding graduated from Owen last May and immediately launched Boomalang with the cash he received from a Sohr Grant.  He spent his second year at Owen putting the finishing touches on his company.  Instead of an internship between his first and second year, he went through Jumpstart Foundry, a local accelerator that helps people with business ideas develop the ideas into real companies.  Jumpstart connected Chris with mentors who helped guide him through the first part of the journey to a successful company.

 

Chris has been traveling to universities in Central America exploring possibilities for connecting their students to US students so both groups can improve their language skills in the other’s language.  Several US universities are interested in helping their students become fluent in other languages, and the system Chris has developed fits their needs.  The system also helps both parties learn about their cultures because the two parties talk about actual events in their lives.

 

To use the system, a user answers a few questions to reveal their interests.  The system then matches up each user with another user who speaks a different language so the two users have some common interests.  In each session the two individuals speak for a set number of minutes in one language, and then they switch to the other language for the same amount of time.

 

 

Lunch with an Entrepreneur, Mod III, 2016

 

Friday, January 22, 2016 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Clint Smith  Clint is the founder and CEO of Emma, an online marketing firm.  The company provides easy to use tools to help companies craft marketing programs that resonate with customers.  Companies can use Emma tools to customize messages to customers that address unique attributes of each customer, so every customer gets a customized message.  No mass mailings unless the client wants to send a mass message.

 

Clint is a very creative individual.  For example, he has a conference room that is built in the form of a circle.; all the walls are whiteboards, and all the seats face the walls instead of the people in the room.  His company does innovative things to help the community:  they contribute $5 for each new customer to DonorsChoose.org to provide supplies and equipment to local schools; each year the company gives free Emma service to 25 not for profit enterprises for life; and they plant trees, 53,000 since the program was started to be exact.  They have other programs too, but this gives you a flavor for one aspect of the company.

 

If you want to have some fun, go to this web page and play around for a little while to see some of their creativity at work.

 

http://myemma.com/email-marketing-features

 

 

Monday, January 25, 2016 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Travis Messina (Owen 2008)

Upon graduating from Owen in 2008, Travis began his career with Sun Trust Robinson Humphrey in their Atlanta office.  He then moved to investment banking before starting his career in the healthcare industry in 2012 when he began working with Vanguard Health Systems.  While there Travis focused on leading diligence efforts and contract negotiations for acute care and ambulatory acquisitions and strategic partnerships.  Vanguard was acquired by Tenent Healthcare shortly after Travis joined the company, so he moved on to Martin Ventures, an early stage investment company focused on health care and technology initiatives.

 

Up to this point in his career, Travis was always involved in the financial side of transactions.  In his latest venture, Contessa Health, he is the CEO of the company.  Contessa Health creates and manages outpatient value-based care programs through partnerships with providers and health plans.  The company works to redesign care delivery and payment processes for episodes of care.

 

His company just announced a successful capital raise of $3.5 million from  BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners.

 

 

Monday, February 1, 2016 1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Genma Holmes   From a modeling career to owner of a pest control empire—the journey of Genma Holmes.  If you want to learn what marketing is all about, you need to meet Genma.  She is a bundle of marketing activity who truly understands the importance of satisfied customers and how to create them.  In addition to a pest control business, she has a radio show (Living Your Best Life) that airs on Sirius/XM and on the Armed Forces network throughout the world.  And she blogs too at Blogcritics.org.  Oh, almost forgot, she also has a consulting firm.

 

To really get a sense of who she is, read the information on this web page.  It is an interview with her by Ladies Who Launch, a site devoted to stories about female entrepreneurs.

 

http://www.ladieswholaunch.com/magazine/genma-holmes-pest-control/

 

 

Wednesday, February 10, 20161:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Sara Souther  Sarah is the founder of the Bang Candy Company, a company that makes gourmet candies such as gourmet marshmallows.  (The jalapeno ones are the best).  In the beginning, in 2010, the company was very simple:  Sarah would make a batch of marshmallows, load them in a mobile hut on a trailer (It looked like a southern outhouse with wheels.) which was towed by her car to where some event was taking place, and then she opened a window and sold marshmallows to passersby.

 

The company now produces a variety of candies, syrup sweetners, and her classic “Sparkle Bark,” a thin layer of chocolate sprinkled with peppermint crumbs.  Awesome!!   Whole Foods carries her products, and she ships the Sparkle Bark and syrups to companies in New York City as well as stores throughout the southeast.

 

Two years after its founding, the company moved to the Marathon Motor Works building on Clinton Street.  This building was used to produce Marathon automobiles in the 1920’s and now houses a whiskey distillery, an event center, a guitar shop, and other artsy boutiques in addition to the Bang Candy Company.

 

Her logo sets the tone for the business.  It is a funky, attention getting, design that reflects the zany sense of humor that Sarah has.  It also is sorta Southern which fits Sarah’s upbringing in southern Ireland.   She designs all the labels for her products and any other graphic materials that she uses. 

For more information, go to her web page:  http://www.bangcandycompany.com/

 

 

 

Friday, February 19, 2016  1:00 to 2:00, Dean’s Conference Room

Chris Gerding (Owen 2015)  Chris Gerding graduated from Owen last May and immediately launched Boomalang with the cash he received from a Sohr Grant.  He spent his second year at Owen putting the finishing touches on his company.  Instead of an internship between his first and second year, he went through Jumpstart Foundry, a local accelerator that helps people with business ideas develop the ideas into real companies.  Jumpstart connected Chris with mentors who helped guide him through the first part of the journey to a successful company.

 

Chris has been traveling to universities in Central America exploring possibilities for connecting their students to US students so both groups can improve their language skills in the other’s language.  Several US universities are interested in helping their students become fluent in other languages, and the system Chris has developed fits their needs.  The system also helps both parties learn about their cultures because the two parties talk about actual events in their lives.

 

To use the system, a user answers a few questions to reveal their interests.  The system then matches up each user with another user who speaks a different language so the two users have some common interests.  In each session the two individuals speak for a set number of minutes in one language, and then they switch to the other language for the same amount of time.