All our Mentors are all passionate volunteers that are supporting startups to grow the economy in New Mexico.
The success of cohort companies depends on the support of our 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.
Bill Hartman – President and CEO, Ion Linac Systems
Startup CEO/Pres several times. Fortune 200 GM/Business Unit Manager. Captain, USNR Radiation Cancer, US Intel Community, Digital Storage, Semiconductor Storage, Green Energy
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. Early-stage, tech companies
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. profit and non-profit, private and public sector. Health, education, retail, food & beverage (including craft beer), tech and more.
John Bell, President and Chief Strategy Officer, NextNow Digital
John Bell has been leading digital transformation, marketing and capability-building for top brands around the world for more than 30 years. In 2020, John launched Next Now Digital, a digital change and marketing firm, where he serves as President and Chief Strategy Officer. Formerly the VP of Enterprise Digital Marketing at Travelers Insurance and Global Managing Director at Ogilvy, John has delivered the next digital strategy to the best-known brands including The Ford Motor Company, Nestle, American Express, and IBM. He lives in Albuquerque New Mexico where he serves on the board of Presbyterian Health Plans, the premier health insurer in the state. He serves as a mentor and coach to the startup community via CNM Ingenuity’s AccelerateNM program.
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. Intellectual property related to start ups, physical devices, electromechanical devices, industrial technology, and telecommunications.
Mark Gilboard – Director of Marketing Strategy / Business Consultant & Trainer, WESST
17+ year Marketing & Advertising Professional Small Businesses of all types. Mark Gilboard joined WESST in 2017 after 16+ years as a marketing and advertising research professional with Nielsen Media Research and Clear Channel Outdoor. He focuses on helping people achieve their entrepreneurial dreams with careful and insightful guidance and enthusiasm. Prior to embarking on his corporate career, Mark taught college courses in Media, and Communications, at both CNM and UNM. He has a Master’s Degree in Communication from UNM and Bachelor’s Degrees in both Rhetoric and Spanish from Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine. Mark believes Albuquerque is a great place to build successful businesses, and an especially great place to start and raise families. He lives in the Ridgecrest area of town with his wife Kristen and two daughters – Anneliese and Nola, plus a bevy of beasts – canine, feline and reptilian.
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 an Indigenous woman powered movement. I am good in chaos. Real estate, financial tech tools, tech enabled tools, entrepreneurship etal, capital access and barriers.
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