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NBIA welcomes new board members

June/July 2009

The NBIA Board of Directors will welcome six new members in October during the board’s first meeting of the 2010 fiscal year. Five of them were elected to three-year terms by NBIA members during the spring elections, and one has been appointed to fill out an unexpired board term.

Please join NBIA in congratulating these new board members:

DeAnna Adams, director, Mississippi e-Business Innovation Center, Jackson, Miss. In June the NBIA board appointed Adams to serve out the unexpired term Linda Clark, who resigned from the board after retiring from the Ohio University Innovation Center in Athens, Ohio. Adams became director of the Mississippi e-Business Innovation Center in December 2003, after being hired in April 2003 as the assistant to the director. During her tenure, Adams oversaw the build-out of the 30,000-square-foot facility. Since the program’s inception, clients and graduates of the center have created more than 500 jobs and reported nearly $49 million in payroll. Adams’ term began in June and continues until October 2010.

Sandra Cochrane, technology business consultant, Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, Kalamazoo, Mich. Before joining the SBTDC in 2008, Cochrane was chief operating officer and acting CEO of the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, a technology business incubator in Kalamazoo, Mich., for more than seven years. During her time at SMIC, Cochrane supervised two feasibility studies, secured more than $1.5 million in grant funding and conducted two bench-marking studies. Under her leadership, the incubator’s clients created approximately 156 jobs and had an economic impact of over $12.7 million.

Marie Longserre, president and CEO, Santa Fe Business Incubator, Santa Fe, N.M. Longserre has directed the Santa Fe Business Incubator since its inception in 1997. During that time, the mixed-use incubator has graduated 68 companies and generated more than 600 new jobs. Longserre also has been involved in increasing support for incubation in New Mexico, particularly through legislation that created a statewide incubator certification program. Longserre will be serving her second three-year term on the NBIA board; she currently is treasurer of the board.

Tom O’Neal, executive director, University of Central Florida Incubation Program, Orlando, Fla. O’Neal has directed the UCF Incubation Program since its inception in 1999. Over that time, the program has grown from a single technology incubator at UCF to a network of five incubators in the central Florida region. The network has served more than 120 companies, creating more than 1,000 jobs. Of the program’s 34 graduates, 32 are still in the region and are generating more than $500 million in annual revenue. O’Neal was elected to the board after serving a one-year board appointment.

Darlene Ryan, executive director, Tech Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas. Ryan has served as executive director of Tech Fort Worth, a technology-focused incubator, since 2006. Prior to joining the incubator, she was a successful entrepreneur, spending a decade as the president & CEO of a pharmaceuticals company she co-founded in 1994. In her time at Tech Fort Worth, Ryan has increased the program’s yearly economic impact from $5 million per year to $10 million in 2008 and has created a new suite of programs to serve technology entrepreneurs.

Russ Yelton, executive director, Center for Business & Technology Incubation at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville, N.C. Yelton has served as the Center’s executive director since its inception in 2004. Under his direction, a 141,000-square-foot abandoned manufacturing building became a mixed-use incubation facility with a commercial kitchen, biotechnology space, executive offices and manufacturing space. The incubator opened in 2006; by 2008, its companies were generating more than $8 million in revenue. Later this month, Yelton will leave A-B Tech to head a partnership between Northern Arizona University and the city of Flagstaff.

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