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NBIA Board Welcomes New and Re-elected Members

May 20, 2013


Kim Barlag
Director of Marketing
National Business Incubation Association
(740) 593-4331

ATHENS, Ohio—Members of the National Business Incubation Association have elected five individuals to three-year terms on the NBIA Board of Directors. Their terms will begin Oct. 1.

Terry Howerton, co-founder and managing partner of TechNexus in Chicago, was elected to his first term on the NBIA board. Re-elected to second board terms were DeAnna Adams, an incubator professional and consultant from Denver, and John Hanak, statewide director of the Purdue Technology Centers in Indiana. Rick Roeser, business development specialist of the Wisconsin Business Innovation Corp. in Spooner, Wis., was elected to his first term on the board, after being appointed in 2011 to replace an NBIA board member who resigned. Chuck Wolfe, president of Claggett Wolfe Associates, an incubation consulting firm in Auburn, Calif., also was elected to his first board term after serving a one-year appointment.

“Each of the candidates has a history of involvement with NBIA,” says NBIA President and CEO Jasper Welch. “They have already demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the association through their services to members and their presentations at conferences and training institutes. Board members prioritize member services, oversee the association’s financial well-being and plan for the future, as well as serve on a wide array of committees. We appreciate their commitment to making NBIA a better organization in every way.”

Business incubation programs catalyze the process of starting and growing companies by providing entrepreneurs with the expertise, networks and tools they need to make their ventures successful. NBIA estimates that in 2011 alone, North American incubators assisted about 49,000 start-up companies that provided full-time employment for nearly 200,000 workers and generated annual revenue of almost $15 billion.      

Based in Athens, Ohio, the National Business Incubation Association is the world’s leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. Since 1985, the association has provided industry professionals with information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies.

NBIA’s board of directors, representing top business incubation programs and other key industry organizations, governs the association. The group meets three times a year to discuss association business, including educational programming, finances, member recruitment/services and publications.

The new board members join the following individuals whose terms will continue in 2013-14:

  • Sandra Cochrane, technology business consultant   at the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center in Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Karl LaPan, president & CEO of Northeast Indiana Innovation Center in Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Mark Long, president of Long Performance Advisors in Ellettsville, Ind.
  • Tom O’Neal, director of University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program in Orlando, Fla.
  • Catherine Pommier, director  of Montpellier BIC in Montpellier, France
  • Megan Reichert, program manager of the Michigan Venture Accelerator in Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Charles Ross, assistant director of the Enterprise Innovation Institute - EI2 in Atlanta
  • Darlene Ryan, executive director of TECH Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Fernando Sepulveda, founding partner & CEO of Impulsa Business Accelerator  in Mexico City
  • Russ Yelton, president & CEO of Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology in Flagstaff, Ariz.

David Terry, executive director of the West Texas A&M University Enterprise Network in Amarillo, Texas, will complete his second board term in October.

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