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)||John Bell has been leading digital transformation, marketing and capability-building for top brands around the world for more than 25 years. The common thread in all of his work is applying the next innovation – data-driven performance marketing, account-based marketing, social selling, programmatic advertising, digital experience and more – to deliver business outcomes – growth, retention, and customer value. John launched Next Now Digital, a digital change and marketing firm, in 2020 where he serves as President and Chief Digital Officer. Next Now Digital helps businesses and organizations quickly turn to digital solutions including marketing and customer experience that help them grow their mission or business. Most recently, John led the Enterprise Digital Marketing team at Travelers putting data-driven content, digital marketing and social engagement at the heart of marketing. Over 7 years, he transformed the marketing and experience practices to become fully digital. When COVID-19 hit, he helped speed up that transformation to market and sell in a newly digital world. John joined Travelers after 13 years at Ogilvy & Mather where he founded Social@Ogilvy, a global social and digital marketing practice. John drove digital and social strategy and programs for major brands including Ford, Nestlé, IBM, DuPont and more. Prior to Ogilvy, John served as Creative Director at Discovery.com where he built 14 Web services for Discovery brands from Animal Planet to TLC. John graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught graduate courses in digital marketing and communications at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Albuquerque New Mexico where he serves on the board of Prebyterian Health Plans, the premier health insurer in the state.|
|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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