Super Mentors: accomplished industry professionals dedicate substantial time and resources to GFA and its Fellows, working one-on-one with mentees to provide high-level, strategic guidance throughout the duration of the program.

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Hank

Adams

Hank Adams

|CEO at Leeward Farms

Experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of starting and growing technology companies.

Skilled in Digital Strategy, Team Building, Fundraising, Management, and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). Strong business development professional with a MBA focused in Finance from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management. Values contributing back to the entrepreneurial community as a long-term Board Member of 1871 and YPO as well as Family Farmed, which is bringing good food to every table.

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Gregg

Baker

Gregg Baker

|Senior Advisor of Artisan Food Networks

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Daniel

Caballero

Daniel Caballero

|Co-Founder and President of Sofrito Foods

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Michelle

Calcagni

Michelle Calcagni

|Managing Director at PhoneBox Group

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Greg

Christoff

Greg Christoff

|Managing Director at Abbey / APCI Investments

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Adam

Degroot

Adam Degroot

|President at DeGroot Logistics, Inc.

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Bob

Dekker

Bob Dekker

|Co-founder & Managing Director at Insight Advisory Partners, LLC

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn. 

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Bob

Gillespie

Bob Gillespie

|CEO at Conference Software Solutions, Financing & Innovation Strategist at Good Food Accelerator

Bob Gillespie is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in technology, leadership and operations. He believes that the ability to build great teams is the most important factor for success. Companies Bob has founded have gone on to raise over $60M in venture funding with an enterprise value of over $150M. In an advisory role, he has worked extensively with over 100 companies in an accelerator program, with his mentorship and network connections leading to new customers, partnerships and venture funding for the participating companies.

Bob has his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Finance.

Bob loves baseball, is an avid reader, and a passionate traveler. His favorite activity is coaching his son is basketball and baseball. He hopes to visit at least 100 countries in his lifetime. He lives in the Albany Park neighborhood of the greatest city in world.

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Greg

Keller

Greg Keller

|General Management for Premium Grocery Marketers

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Donna

Rockin

Donna Rockin

|Business Advisor at Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Chicago

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn. 

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Reese

Schroeder

Reese Schroeder

|Managing Director at Tyson Ventures

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Michael

Shopin

Michael Shopin

Biography coming soon.

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Christine

Tzumas

Christine Tzumas

|Owner, Presence Marketing/Dynamic Presence

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Joel

Warady

Joel Warady

|General Manager, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Enjoy Life Foods

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

Curriculum Presenters : subject matter experts are invited to conduct industry-specific lectures, presentations, and workshops for our fellows during our 6-month curriculum at 1871.

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Michelle

Beels Lorge

Michelle Beels Lorge

| VP of Marketing at Simple Mills

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn. 

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Kimberly

Bentz

Kimberly Bentz

|Supplier & Product Management

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Julie

Blubaugh

Julie Blubaugh

|Local and Competitive Coordinator, Whole Foods Market Midwest

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Andrew

Bluestein

Andrew Bluestein

|Managing Partner, Bluestein & Associates

Andrew Bluestein leads Bluestein and Associates, developing the firm’s investment strategy, sourcing new deals, conducting due diligence, providing advisory services to portfolio companies and serving on B&A’s investment committee. In addition to his work at B&A, Andrew serves on the steering committee of the FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Accelerator and serves as a community mentor to entrepreneurs at Chicago’s 1871 business incubator. Previously, Andrew spent more than seven years as a strategy consultant at Monitor Deloitte, completing a wide variety of projects in corporate, competitive marketing and organizational strategy with a diverse set of retail, CPG, hospitality and business service clients. During his later years in consulting, Andrew focused on the intersection between growth strategy and strategic change.

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Chris

Cain

Chris Cain

|https://www.linkedin.com/in/chriscain/

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Kelly

Cosgrove

Kelly Cosgrove

|New Business Development Director at Fortune Fish & Gourmet

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn. 

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Reed

Evans

Reed Evans

|Founder, Scale it Up! Sustainability Training for Women Entrepreneurs

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Charlotte

Flinn

Charlotte Flinn

|President, Flinn Consultants (Board Chair)

Charlotte Flinn is co-founder and president of Flinn Consultants, a 25-year-old consulting firm assisting industrial, service, professional, academic, government and not-for-profit clients to achieve and sustain optimum levels of business, leadership and organizational effectiveness. Consulting strengths include strategic planning, leadership and management development and executive coaching. She is Chair of FamilyFarmed board and has been associated with the organization for some 15 years. Charlotte is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in Philosophy from Queens College in New York and a graduate in Organization Development from the Center for Organization Development at Loyola University in Chicago. Her leadership with environmental firms, sustainability and urban agriculture initiatives supports her long-standing interest in the environment in a sustainable economy. Flinn Consultants is best known for its long-term client relationships and its ability to partner with owners, entrepreneurs and senior executives. She lives with her husband Bob in Chicago.

Anu

Goel

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Anubhav S.

Goel

Anubhav S. Goel

|President, Client Growth Solutions at SPINS

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Ashley

Hartman

Ashley Hartman

|Principal at Bluestein & Associates

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Jim

Jaffe

Jim Jaffe

|Chief Operating Officer - Lionfleet

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Vivek

Jayaram

Vivek Jayaram

|Founder + President Jayaram Law, Inc. (Chicago / NY / Miami)

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Tera

Johnson

Tera Johnson

|Founder, Wisconsin Specialty Protein and teraswhey™ protein products

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Kim

Kleeman

Kim Kleeman

|PivotUp! Champion, CEO, Founder

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Stephanie

Lind

Stephanie Lind

|Founder and Chairman of the Board of Elohi Strategic Advisors

Stephanie Lind, Elohi Strategic Advisors Founder and Chairman of the Board, established the company in February 2015. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University and her MBA in Marketing from DePaul University, Stephanie began working in the food and beverage industry. She spent 25 years working in the retail and foodservice space for Fortune 500 companies like PepsiCo, Campbell’s Soup, Nabisco and Sysco before launching her own firm. Stephanie loves helping entrepreneurs move their brands into the foodservice channel profitably and productively, as well as working with the entertaining and impressive Elohi sales team. Stephanie is a member of the Womens’ Presidents Organization (WPO), and serves on the Board of Directors for The Blessing Basket, a nonprofit dedicated to helping artisans around the world. She recently guided Elohi through the WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council) certification process. Outside of work, Stephanie and her husband enjoy spending time with their two dogs and four cats, and volunteering.

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Tyler

Lowell

Tyler Lowell

|Managing Partner at C.A. Fortune, LLC.

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Will

Madden

Will Madden

|Co-Founder at Whole Brain Consulting, Author

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Scott

Mandell

Scott Mandell

|President at Cannabistry Labs

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Marcello 

Magalhaes

Marcello  Magalhaes

|Founder at Speakeasy — Knowledge Brokers

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Sabrina

Marll

Sabrina Marll

|Director of Analytics of Solid Gold Pet

Biography and profile available via LinkedIn.

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Laura

McCord

Laura McCord

|Ex. Director Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility at KeHE Distributors

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Patrick

Nycz

Patrick Nycz

|Founding President, NewPoint

Main
Quoted in the New York Times, USA Today and Adweek, Patrick Nycz is the author of Moving Your Brand Up the Food Chain: Marketing Strategies to Grow Local and Regional Food Brands. He is the Founding President of NewPoint Marketing, a full-service food industry marketing firm focused on emerging food companies.

Connected to Patrick on LinkedIn, follow him on Twitter @PatrickNycz or email him at Patrick@NewPointMarketing.com.

Book
Patrick is the author of Moving Your Brand Up the Food Chain: Marketing Strategies to Grow Local & Regional Food Brands, a business & marketing “how-to” book for the food industry that uses trends (local food) and research (retail food buyer interviews and surveys) to support sales growth.

Moving Your Brand Up the Food Chain addresses numerous topics aimed at helping local, smaller, and regional food brands increase market share and grow their business and has received numerous 5-Star reviews from business book reviewers like Kirkus and Clarion.

Conference
In 2017 Patrick and his team held the 1st Annual NewPoint Emerging Food Brands Forum in partnership with Purdue University and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s Indiana Grown. This event featured a Retail Buyer’s Roundtable, NewPoint marketing and Purdue Food Science classes and a sampling event where 80+ food companies met with over a dozen buying groups.

NewPoint
Patrick’s vision for NewPoint emerged from his team’s success using this proven model for food industry clients and is fueled by NewPoint-funded food buyers and food manufacturers research around tracking consumer, industry, and ongoing food trends.

Other
His name, pronounced “nice,” is not really an acronym for New York City Zoo. He just says that so people remember how to spell it. That’s a branding communications mind at work.

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Kathy

Nyquist

Kathy Nyquist

|Principal, New Venture Advisors

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Mark

Palicki

Mark Palicki

|President at Fortune Fish & Gourmet

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Anders 

Palmquist

Anders  Palmquist

|Vice President & General Manager at ARMR

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Katie

(Strohbeck) Paul

Katie (Strohbeck) Paul

|Vice President, Category Management & Growth Solution at KeHE Distributors

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Natalie

Shmulik

Natalie Shmulik

|CEO at The Hatchery Chicago - Food Business Incubator

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Rebecca 

Quinn-Herich

Rebecca  Quinn-Herich

|Regional Supplier Development Manager at United Natural Foods

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Natalie

Slater

Natalie Slater

|Digital Content Creation | Social Media Strategy | Product Development

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Andrew

Sykes

Andrew Sykes

|Adjunct Lecturer of Executive Education at Kellogg Executive Education

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Jan

Van Marwijk Kooy

Jan Van Marwijk Kooy

|Chief Executive Officer at Goat Partners International

Biography profile available on LinkedIn.

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Anna Maria

Viti-Welch

Anna Maria Viti-Welch

|President at Guy Viti Insurance Agency Inc.

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Gabriel

Weldin

Gabriel Weldin

|Whole Foods Market Midwest Region Senior Grocery Buyer

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Johanna

Wilbert

Johanna Wilbert

|IP Litigator at Quarles & Brady LLP

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

Our Network : mentors, thought leaders, and industry professionals give back to the entrepreneurial community through ad-hoc mentoring, coaching, and / or speaking engagements, facilitated by FamilyFarmed and the GFA.

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Michael

Bashaw

Michael Bashaw

|Regional President at Whole Foods Market

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Siddharth

Bhatia

Siddharth Bhatia

|Manager at A.T. Kearney | Consumer Industries and Retail Practice

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Brandon

Barnholdt

Brandon Barnholdt

|President and CEO KeHe Distributors

Brandon Barnholt has served as president and CEO of KeHE Distributors since 2007. Brandon took over from Jerry Kehe, the company’s founder, as a key part of Jerry’s plan to convert the business from a privately held family company to an ESOP-owned, professionally run corporation. Under Brandon’s leadership, the company — based in Naperville, a Chicago suburb — has grown from a dominant Midwest specialty distributor with roughly $600 million in revenue to one of North America’s leading specialty food and natural products distributors, operating 12 warehouses in the U.S. and Canada and generating more than $2 billion in revenue. Brandon has held executive management positions for the past 20+ years in the food industry’s retail and supply chain sectors.

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Jeff

Brezek

Jeff Brezek

|Co-Founder & Managing Director, CompanyFirst

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Bram

Bluestein

Bram Bluestein

|Managing Partner at Bluestein and Associates

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Michael

Cameron

Michael Cameron

|Owner, Uncommon Ground & Greenstar brewing

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Linda

Darragh

Linda Darragh

|Executive Director, Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice, Kellogg School of Management

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Atina

Diffley

Atina Diffley

|Author, Public Speaker, Consultant

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Segio

Eleuterio

Segio Eleuterio

|Head of Marketing Brand Build Kraft US & Global at The Kraft Heinz Company

Biography and profile available via LinkedIn. 

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Mari

Gallagher

Mari Gallagher

|Principal at Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Group

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Michael

Kaplan

Michael Kaplan

|Managing Director - Spiral Sun Ventures

Biography and profile via LinkedIn.

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Warren

King

Warren King

|Owner, WellSpring Management

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Chuck

Templeton

Chuck Templeton

|Managing Director, Seed 2 Growth (S2G) Ventures

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Arran

Stephens

Arran Stephens

|Co-CEO & Founder at Nature's Path Foods Inc.

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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George

Siemon

George Siemon

|CEO, Organic Valley

Biography coming soon.

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Marc

Schulman

Marc Schulman

|President at Eli's Cheesecake Company

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Mark

Thomman

Mark Thomman

|Co-Founder of Spiral Sun Ventures

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Markus

Schramm

Markus Schramm

|Founder and CEO of Manna Organics

Learn more about Manna Organics here. 

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Mary

Fran Riley

Mary Fran Riley

|Senior Vice President External Affairs Accion Chicago

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Wes

King

Wes King

|Senior Policy Specialist at National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Fred

Kirschenmann

Fred Kirschenmann

|Distinguished Fellow at Leopold Center

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Megan

Klein

Megan Klein

|CEO and Founder of Field + Farmer

Biography and profile available via LinkedIn. 

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Marianne

Markowitz

Marianne Markowitz

|Marianne Markowitz Managing Director, CIBC Bank USA

Marianne O’Brien Markowitz, a member of the FamilyFarmed Board of Directors, is managing director and U.S. National Government Lending Programs director for CIBC Bank. She implements the bank’s national strategy for SBA and other government-backed lending programs. Previously, Markowitz served as national Acting Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration. She served as an interim member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet and was appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve on the City of Chicago’s Small Business Advisory Council. Markowitz also served as CFO for the 2008 Obama for America presidential campaign. Markowitz has more than 17 years experience providing finance and risk management expertise to leading global institutions in the U.S, U.K, and Switzerland.

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Carlotta

Mast

Carlotta Mast

|Market Leader at New Hope Network

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn. 

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Jay

Owen

Jay Owen

|Managing Partner at DOM Capital Group

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Glenn

Pappalardo

Glenn Pappalardo

|SVP, Strategy & Operations at RXBAR

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn. 

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Shelby

Parchman

Shelby Parchman

|Good Food Accelerator Financing & Innovation Strategist

Shelby Parchman is a seasoned entrepreneur who, with a long track record of establishing and growing new businesses, has parlayed this experience into a career focused on assisting start-up and existing business ventures. After obtaining a Dual B.S. in Biology and Chemistry and then a Master’s in Analytical Chemistry, Shelby embarked upon a professional career as a research scientist with Baxter Healthcare Corporation and then the Amoco Corporation.

Whether as an entrepreneur or as a consultant, he has made significant contributions to the development and growth of start-up ventures and established businesses through funding and strategic growth strategies. In this work, he has assisted numerous organizations in obtaining funding through loans, equity, grants, and other financing strategies. Shelby is a serial entrepreneur who has started many successful small businesses including BHK Laboratories, Inc. and the Functional Beverage Group, Inc. Shelby has taught many entrepreneurs how to start and grow small businesses and has been a featured speaker at workshops sponsored by the City Treasurer’s Office and City of Chicago Office of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. His work was featured in the Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation Section – “Six ways to make sure you don’t tank your business plan.” Prior to becoming Managing Partner of InUrban Strategies LLC, Shelby was the Managing Director of Sunshine Enterprises where he successfully grew an entrepreneurship training and support program from twelve clients served in 2013 to over 300 clients served in 2017. In late 2017 Shelby formed InUrban Strategies where he focuses on economic development in underserved communities through personal financial strategies, entrepreneurial support, and new business development. Recognizing the potential growth in the good food industry, Shelby has become a partner in the Bronzeville Sausage Company, a rapidly growing company specializing in the development and distribution of chicken sausage products.

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Jim

Parsell

Jim Parsell

|Chief Revenue Officer at Venture-G

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn. 

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Ryan

Pintado-Vertner

Ryan Pintado-Vertner

|Founder of Smoketown LLC

Biography available on LinkedIn. 

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Lauren

Rosenthal

Lauren Rosenthal

|Co-Founder and Executive Committee Member, SLoFIG (Sustainable Local Food Investment Group)

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Harry

Rhodes

Harry Rhodes

|Executive Director at Growing Home Inc.

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Robert

Scaman

Robert Scaman

|Business Development Manager at Anthony Marano Company

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Katlin

Smith

Katlin Smith

|Founder & CEO at Simple Mills

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn. 

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Jason

Starr

Jason Starr

|Founder and Managing Director, CompanyFirst

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Sakshi

Sooma

Sakshi Sooma

|Supply Demand Planning at Mike's Hard Lemonade

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Peter

Wilkins

Peter Wilkins

|Managing Director at Hyde Park Angels

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Charles B.

Wolf

Charles B. Wolf

|President at Walter Mander Foundation

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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David

VanHimbergen

David VanHimbergen

|Head of Springboard at The Kraft Heinz Company

Biography and profile available via LinkedIn.

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Elaine

Vorberg

Elaine Vorberg

|Partner at McCarthy Duffy LLP

Biography and profile available via LinkedIn.

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John

Wellehan

John Wellehan

|Founder and CEO of Cloud Mode

Biography and profile on LinkedIn.

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Jennifer

Worstell

Jennifer Worstell

|Attorney/Partner at Natarajan

Biography and profile available on LinkedIn.

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Andrew

Whitman

Andrew Whitman

|Investor and Industry Partner in Emerging Consumer Products Businesses

Biography and profile available via LinkedIn. 

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Bill

Weiland

Bill Weiland

|Owner, Presence Marketing, Inc

Biography and profile available via LinkedIn.