The NBIA Board of Directors will welcome five returning members at its October meeting. Four members were elected to a second term during the spring elections, and one was elected to his first term after being appointed to the board in 2011.
Please join your fellow NBIA members in congratulating the returning members of your board of directors:
Sandra Cochrane is technology business consultant with the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center in 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 benchmarking studies. Under her leadership, the incubator’s clients created approximately 156 jobs and had an economic impact of over $12.7 million.
Darlene Ryan has served as executive director of Tech Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas, since 2006. Prior to joining the incubator, she was a successful entrepreneur, spending a decade as the president & CEO of an Inc. 500 pharmaceuticals company she co-founded in 1994. Under her leadership, Tech Fort Worth’s direct economic impact (client sales, equity, debt and grant revenues) has risen from $2 million to $16 million per year. A certified public accountant, Ryan won the North Texas Tech Titans Technology Advocate award in 2011.
Tom O’Neal is associate vice president for research and commercialization at the University of Central Florida, executive director of the UCF Business Incubation Program and executive director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute. Since he founded the UCF Technology Incubator in 1999, the program has grown to nine incubators serving 129 client companies in five counties. O’Neal first joined the NBIA board in 2008 as an appointee; 2012 marks the beginning of his second regular three-year term. He also heads the Florida Business Incubation Association and won the 2008 Florida Incubator Advocate of the Year award.
Russ Yelton became president and CEO of the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology in Flagstaff, Ariz., in July 2009. Previously, he served as executive director of entrepreneurial ventures and business incubation at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville, N.C., where his program was a finalist for the 2008 NBIA Incubator Innovation Award. The Flagstaff incubator increased the number of clients served by 300 percent in the first 18 months under Yelton’s leadership. NACET has opened two satellite locations and manages the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation at GateWay Community College in Phoenix.
Fernando Seplveda is a founding partner and CEO of the Impulsa Group, a business development ecosystem in Mexico City made up of the Impulsa Business Incubator, the Impulsa Business Accelerator, the V4 Capital Fund and Filantrofilia, a social entrepreneurship incubation program. Founded in 2004 as a private for-profit incubator, IBI has helped clients attract more than $500 million in funding. Prior to leading the Impulsa Group, Sepúlveda was an associate principal for McKinsey & Co. for six years, serving clients in North America, Latin America and Africa. Sepúlveda first joined the NBIA board in 2011 as an appointee.
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