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I have helped companies launch new products and entrepreneurs launch new companies for more than 25 years.  With a science and engineering background (B.S. in Chemistry from Duke, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford, M.B.A. from Duke) my passion has always been innovation, whether it’s been composing code for IBM, crashing cars for General Motors, creating running shoes for Nike or coaching over 200 startups in industries ranging from software to hard cider or clean energy to dirty laundry.

I have served as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Oregon State University and the Concordia University Graduate School of Management, as a Technology Business Consultant and Grow Oregon Advisor for the State of Oregon, a Start-up Weekend coach and judge and as a coach for the presenting companies at the Bend Venture Conference for 12 years.  I have taught hundreds of entrepreneurs and students the Power Pitching method, helping to raise millions in capital.

I am also the founder of Awesome Bend, an organization which utilizes Power Pitching to inspire and fund community good.  Check it out at http://www.awesomebend.org.