LOOKING TO START A NEW BUSINESS?
Start by attending Group 91.Five's panel discussion,
What I Wish I Knew About Starting a Business
featuring some of the Valley's top entrepreneurs who will
provide insight and "lessons learned" on creating a
Thursday, September 12th 6:00pm-8:00pm
Rio Salado College Conference Center
(2323 W 14th Street Tempe, AZ 85281)
Free admission and parking
Sidnee Peck, Director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives, W.P. Carey School of Business
Sidnee Peck currently works with students and surrounding community members
to help young entrepreneurs connect, learn, and launch through multiple courses
and programs. She currently represents ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business as
the Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives, as faculty for InnovationSpace - a transdisciplinary product development course, as co-facilitator for ASU
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group’s Rapid Startup School - Lean Launchpad,
and as Academic in Residence at AREA48 Formation Space. Sidnee is a cofounder of Innovation Principle, LLC, a lean and customer development consulting
company providing training and coaching for innovation strategy at both the startup and
enterprise level. She is the faculty advisor to the student club, Entrepreneurs@ASU, and serves
her community on the board for the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation and as a
volunteer at the Arizona Animal Welfare League.
Prior to joining ASU’s W. P. Carey team, Sidnee was a partner with a local signature verification
technology company, Alaris, Inc., and received her MBA from W. P. Carey School of Business in 2009.
Steve Mihaylo, CEO, Crexendo Inc.
Steve Mihaylo was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in 2008. He is the former chairman and chief
executive officer of Inter-Tel, Incorporated, which he founded in 1969. Steve led the Inter-Tel
revolution from providing business telephone systems to offering complete managed services
and software that help businesses facilitate communication and increase customer service and
productivity. Before selling Inter-Tel to Mitel for $720 million in 2007, Steve grew the business to
nearly $500 million in annual sales.
Steve earned an honorary PhD from California State University - Fullerton and received a Bachelor
of Arts in Business Administration in Accounting & Finance from the university in 1969. He has
served on boards of numerous community organizations including the Arizona Heart Foundation,
Junior Achievement of Arizona, Arizona Museum of Science and Technology and the Arizona State
University College of Business Dean’s Council of 100. Committed to education, Steve is involved
with the Karl Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona and has served on the
advisory board of Junior Achievement of Central Arizona for over 25 years, as a member of the
board of directors of the Big Bear High School Education Foundation and on the Dean’s Advisory
Board of CSU-Fullerton.
Terry Bortin, Co-Founder, America's Taco Shop
When America Corrales, the visionary behind the authentic Mexican fare of
America's Taco Shop®, first came to the U.S. from her native Mexico, her most
precious possession was a collection of her mother's hand-written recipes.
For nine years, America shared these authentic, flavorful Mexican foods only
with her friends and husband Terry Bortin. Terry would sit and enjoy America’s
meals at their kitchen table in Phoenix, Arizona where they would dream
together about someday serving these home-cooked meals in a fast food
Mexican restaurant of their own. That dream became a reality in 2008, when
America and Terry opened the first America's Taco Shop in Phoenix. It was an
instant smash hit and it didn't take long for customers to flock to America's
Taco Shop for their unmatched Carne Asada. Now, America's Taco Shops are
bringing their bold, hand-crafted recipes to customers worldwide.
Chris Johnson, CEO, Terralever
Chris Johnson helps local, national and global companies leverage
the internet to market and grow their brand. He founded Terralever
in 2002 at an interesting time—just two years after the infamous dotcom implosion which left many would-be digital entrepreneurs in
shock. Chris, displaying his characteristic tenacity and cool-headed
perseverance, was undeterred by the market crash and went on to
found a leading agency in the digital frontier. As CEO, he offers a
wealth of insight and strategic knowledge to Terralever clients and
project staff, allowing us to offer online marketing solutions for brands ranging from
mid-size businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Chris has over 15 years of experience
providing strategic digital marketing guidance. Most recently, he has contributed his
digital expertise to develop strategies for global brands such as Red Bull, Cisco, Apple,
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