Kirstie Chadwick is the President & CEO of the National Business Incubation Association, a global non-profit that serves over 2,100 small business incubators, technology accelerators and economic development agencies across 60 countries.
Kirstie has over 25 years of experience at innovative technology companies including Sun Microsystems, Mentor Graphics and Lockheed Martin. She has also held executive roles at five venture-backed technology startups. She was the CEO and Co-founder of DigitalOwl, an Orlando-based educational software company, where she raised over $13M in venture capital and successfully navigated the company through the dot-com market crash.
In 2004, Kirstie joined UCF as the Director of the Venture Lab where she facilitated the spin-out of three startup companies based on faculty inventions, and mentored hundreds of local entrepreneurs in business strategy and financing. In 2007, Kirstie was tapped to become the Executive Director of the Winter Park Angels, a 50+ member angel investment group. Kirstie also led the financing and management of Florida’s Igniting Innovation Accelerator program, which directly resulted in $43 million in follow-on capital by participating companies.
Ms. Chadwick is the recipient of the Orlando Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award, the Working Woman Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, and the Dr. W. Judson King Entrepreneurship Memorial Award. Ms. Chadwick graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Computer Science from UCF, and holds an MBA from UCF.
John Gaset is a 30-year veteran in the high-tech industry. He joined NBIA in March 2015 to lead membership development efforts. He is also responsible for revamping NBIA’s systems and infrastructure to best serve the needs of its members.
Prior to joining NBIA, he was VP of Sales Operations at Via Response, where he was responsible for all aspects of Via’s operational functions, including optimizing the effectiveness and productivity of the sales and customer support teams. Before that he held several senior management positions over his nine year tenure with Channel Intelligence, including Vice President of Performance Management, General Manager of SellCast, Vice President of Client Services and Director of Sales, Sales Operations. Gaset also held management positions with Pivotal Corporation and Seagate Software.
An accomplished marketing professional, Joy Lee joined the organization to lead the direction for NBIA’s marketing and event programs. Under her guidance, NBIA’s marketing charter will be refined and enhanced to effectively support the organization’s strategic mission and the needs of its members.
Prior to joining NBIA, Joy served as Director of Strategy, Marketing and Business Development for KMDG, Inc, a web development and interactive marketing firm. There she was responsible for expanding the company’s offered marketing services, leading the strategy for business development activities and consulting with key clients to execute a variety of marketing programs. Joy worked as a marketing consultant for technology companies in the healthcare and higher education industries after her time leading marketing efforts for Brijot Imaging Systems. During her near seven year tenure with Channel Intelligence, Joy held product management, product marketing and senior marketing manager roles, where she helped launch and market the retailer technology suite of services that was eventually acquired by Google in 2013.
An honors graduate of Virginia State University, Joy began her professional career in Richmond, VA. For the past 12 twelve years she has called Orlando, FL home, where she is mother to one daughter.
Cheryl Brink has been at NBIA since January 1989, making her the longest-serving staff member. As business administration manager, she is responsible for NBIA's daily accounting procedures, including accounts receivable and payable, grant contract billing and travel reimbursements. She is a primary participant in NBIA's annual audit process. Cheryl also manages all conference and training event logistics, including staff travel, participant registration and on-site tours. She oversees staff payroll, vacation, personnel policies and purchase requisitions, and is the primary point of contact for insurance programs and equipment rental and maintenance. In addition, Cheryl facilitates work with the NBIA Board of Directors, such as meeting logistics, correspondence, and document preparation and distribution.
Before coming to NBIA, Cheryl worked for the Ohio University Innovation Center providing support services to the incubator’s clients.
Administrative Services Manager Mary Ann Gulino has been with NBIA since September 2000. She maintains the association’s nonmember database and online bookstore; responds to inquiries regarding the bookstore, as well as more general requests through NBIA’s information e-mail address; researches “In the News” and the industry calendar for the NBIA Web site; works on special projects for NBIA’s administration and knowledge services divisions; and staffs NBIA’s on-site bookstore, both at the association’s own events and at events sponsored by other economic development and incubation organizations.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mary Ann earned her undergraduate degree at Kenyon College and her MBA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining NBIA, she worked as a media buyer for a major retail chain and managed an independent bookstore. Mary Ann is an experienced knitter and quilter and sold her work at craft fairs throughout southeastern Ohio. She lived in NBIA’s headquarters city of Athens, Ohio, for 23 years before moving to Las Cruces, N.M., in 2012, where her husband Dan consults with New Mexico State University.
Lindsay Schuenke has been the training coordinator at NBIA since 2004. In this position, she helps manage the logistics of NBIA’s training events, including the association’s International Conference on Business Incubation, Training Institute, Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals and online Web seminars. For each event, she coordinates hotel details, incubator tour planning, speaker recruitment and management, and session and program development. She has been involved in the inception and implementation of the NBIA Incubator Management Certificate Program and the Summit for Advanced Incubation Professionals. Lindsay has also worked with international groups to coordinate hotel, travel and speaker details for U.S. incubator tours and trainings.
Prior to joining NBIA, Lindsay was the communications officer for the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, a regional philanthropic organization working to address the unique needs of Appalachian Ohio. In this position, she created materials and organized events designed to increase awareness of philanthropy in the foundation’s 29-county region. She also spent a year working as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos, a Houston-based nonprofit organization that provides care for high-risk foster children.
Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio Wesleyan University. She resides in Biddeford, Maine, with her husband and three children.
Tom Strodtbeck is the director of international programs and the director of events and training for NBIA. He oversees the development, programming and execution of the International Conference on Business Incubation, the largest conference on business incubation in the world. Additionally, Tom is responsible for the development and management of NBIA’s other large training event: the Training Institute, a three-day educational event featuring nine full- and half-day workshops.
Tom also leads NBIA’s international programs department, where he has worked on training and capacity-building projects in Russia, China, Singapore, Mexico, Ghana and Malaysia, among others.
Tom is the author of five training workshops on business incubation: The Fundamentals of Incubator Management, Serving Client Companies, Facilities Management, Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship, and International Business Incubation.
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