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NBIA welcomes new board members

October 2013

NBIA members have elected five individuals to three-year terms on the NBIA Board of Directors during the spring elections. Their terms began 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. We appreciate their commitment to making NBIA a better organization in every way.”

In addition to co-founding TechNexus, which Forbes magazine recognized as one of the top 10 incubators in the United States, Howerton is also an experienced advocate on behalf of the industry. He co-founded the Illinois Technology Association, which has more than 700 member companies; co-founded an inner city high school to teach entrepreneurship; writes a blog for Forbes on collaboration and growing new businesses; and has lobbied on Capitol Hill and within the U.S. administration on matters important to emerging businesses.

Adams ran the Mississippi e-Business Innovation Center in Jackson, Miss., for 10 years and was director of the Casper Area Innovation Center in Casper, Wyo., from 2010 to 2012. Before entering the incubation industry, she was a self-employed consultant and small business owner. A frequent presenter at NBIA and Canadian Association of Business Incubation conferences, Adams has served on numerous boards and committees and recently provided incubator manager training for the Jamaican government to help establish an incubator network in that country.  

As the statewide director ofthe Purdue Technology Centers, Hanak oversees four locations that serve 108 clients and 35 affiliate companies. Under his direction, three of the four locations have been recognized as Certified Technology Parks by the state. Hanak has presented at NBIA events and also serves on a variety of corporate and nonprofit boards. Before coming to Purdue, Hanak gained extensive experience in manufacturing, angel investing, technology commercialization and consulting with large corporations, small firms and start-ups.

As business development specialist for WBIC, Roeser is responsible for developing and managing a regional network of business incubators and a pre-venture equity fund. His program is featured in Best Practices in Rural Business Incubation, NBIA’s newest book. Roeser also serves as vice president of the Wisconsin Business Incubation Association. He has worked with NBIA and WBIA to implement regional technical assistance and training for Wisconsin/Illinois incubator managers and was part of an international effort to develop university-sponsored entrepreneurship programs in Morocco.

Wolfe has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, incubator developer and operator of community-based lending and business assistance programs. He co-authored both the first and second editions of the NBIA publication Best Practices in Action. He has also contributed to other NBIA publications, worked with NBIA consulting teams, presented at NBIA conferences and outside events on the association’s behalf, and served as a judge for the NBIA Incubation Awards. Wolfe has been an NBIA member since 1997. 

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

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