Our Mentors are world-class experienced leaders passionate about supporting startups in New Mexico.
The success of the startup community depends on support from an extensive network of world-class mentors. Mentors volunteer their time to facilitate workshops, coach companies 1-on-1, and share their business knowledge to help companies make progress towards their key growth milestones. We have dozens of experienced professionals in our growing mentor network.
|First Name||Last Name||Title||Company||Bio|
|Bill||Hartman||President and CEO||Ion Linac Systems||Startup CEO/Pres several times. Fortune 200 GM/Business Unit Manager. Captain, USNR|
|Brian||Rashap||IoT Instructor||Central New Mexico Community College||Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering NASA control of large unmanned space structures Intel – semiconductor manufacturing, facilities management.|
|Chad||Conti||Independent Contractor – Finance & Accounting||Real Conti LLC||15 years of Accounting & Finance experience mainly in hospitality and hotels. Core competencies include Cash Flow,Budgeting, Forecasting, Financial Reporting,|
|David||King||Finance and Accounting Consultant||DivideByN, LLC||David King is a finance and accounting executive with over 20 years of experience in the dynamic start-up community in Austin, Texas. He has been the co-founder of angel and venture-backed tech start-ups where he was instrumental in developing the vision and the financial/operating plans for each company that led to successful funding and multiple exits to public companies including CMGI, Digital Impact and Sony. David hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Texas and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is also a CMA (Certified Management Accountant) and a CPA.|
|Dovya||Friedman||Owner, Chief Strategist||DLF branding / Utility Agency||I have close to 30 years experience in branding, content devlopment, web development, marketing, advertising and PR.|
|Fred||Siegele||semi-retired, business consultant||self-employed||General counsel, executive VP and board member of semiconductor materials co Advanced Delivery & Chemical Systems. Sold to public co ATMI in 1997 for $220m. Advised many early stage companies in structures, IP, and commercialization of technology-based products, taking on roles of interim CEO, board member, advisor.|
|Harold||Lavender||Business and Finance Development||ABQid powered by CNMI||Graduate UNM and UNMSOL. ABQid since 2016. 34 years trader CBOT. Member NM State Investment Council, Trustee Sandia Foundation, Investment Committees, ACF.|
|Jim||Mortensen||Consultant | Fractional CTO||J. R. Mortensen Consulting (freelance)||I’m an experienced CTO and technical leader for small and midsize businesses, with extensive business achievements over a wide range of domains. Having started my career as a software engineer right out of high school, and having owned a software consulting business, I’m able to bridge the communication gap between business and technology. I’m a “geek“ who speaks business.|
|John||Bell||President||NextNow Digital (owner)||As a mentor and coach, I help startups develop digital-first marketing and sales plans, customer experience, brand & value propositions, and strategic business advice.|
I lead NextNow Digital, a digital consultancy that delivers data-driven digital marketing and develops new, digital capabilities for businesses. This builds on more than 25 years of experience leading digital marketing for global brands and agencies – Ford, Unilever, Nestle, Travelers Insurance, Ogilvy – and many startups via Plug and Play, Startup Bootcamp, and more.
|Kevin||Soules||Patent Attorney||Loza & Loza||I am a registered patent attorney, specializing in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for complex technology. I also handle trademark and copyright matters.|
|Mark||Gilboard||Director of Marketing Strategy / Business Consultant & Trainer||WESST||17+ year Marketing & Advertising Professional|
|Mark||Fidel||Co-Founder; State, Local and Education Sales, US.||RiskSense, Inc.||Finance undergrad; MBA; Licensed, non-practicing attorney; experience in commercial and personal insurance; commercial defense litigation; negotiation; cyber risk management; university instructor in business law, financial management, business ethics; board member on 3 non profit boards.|
|Monica||Walters||Program Director||CNM Ingenuity||frgrgr|
|Paul||Szauter||Chief Scientific Officer||EquiSeq||PhD in Genetics, various academic positions, five years of experience starting and running a biotechnology company (EquiSeq).|
|Susan||Evatt||Retired||Retired||Sue is an entrepreneur, angel investor, mentor and advisor to early stage technology companies in New Mexico. Her experience spans management positions of increasing responsibility in the fields of nuclear power, aerospace and technology based economic development. Strengths include communication and presentation, team building, leadership and facilitation at all organizational levels.|
|T.J.||Cook||Fund Manager||Ingenuity Venture Fund||Fund Manager for NM-based VC fund, mentor for startup programs in New Mexico. Passionate about lean startup, business strategy, software user experience, team culture, awesome pitches, family, and trail running.|
|Timothy||Hart||Director (PE Backed Company), Independent Advisor/Investor||Self employed||I co-founded and was CEO of a SaaS data/analytics company in Atlanta. Exited that through a strategic acquisition by primary competitor. Following that was CEO of a SaaS data company in the DC metro area. I am currently a board member for a PE backed data company, and am looking for opportunities to assist technology start ups in the New Mexico area, where I recently relocated for family reasons.|
|Trisha||Terhar||Research Director||Visit Albuquerque||See profile linked above|
|Vanessa||Roanhorse||CEO||Roanhorse Consulting||Someone once called me a generalist, and that is probably because I have worked as a butcher in a butcher shop, an editor for commercials and short films, a property manager for a large downtown Chicago skyscapper, a program manager for local and national scale energy efficiency efforts and now am a CEO of a consulting company and co-founder of a Indigenous woman powered movement. I am good in chaos.|
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