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Team Mentors

BPC mentorship. Teams are encouraged to engage a mentor through the UNM Business Plan Competition program office or the New Mexico business community.

The UNM Business Plan Competition (BPC) program office can help match student teams with mentors who:

  • Have a proven record in the entrepreneurial community
  • Have served as partners in New Mexico venture capital firms
  • Have been an angel investor
  • Are experienced business executives

BPC mentors will introduce themselves at the BPC Kickoff mixer and roundtable on September 15, 2016

Students will be able to meet potential entrepreneurial mentors in person.

Mentor Bios

Lisa Adkins

COO & Director
FatPipe ABQ

  • Director of the BioScience Center of New Mexico for life sciences startups
  • Owns Q-mulus IT, a Microsoft SharePoint Solutions provider
  • Received her MBA from Webster University
  • Received her BS in Management Information Systems from Anderson School of Management

Phil Askenazy, Ph.D.

Registered Patent Attorney
Peacock Myers, P.C.

  • Specializes in intellectual property licensing, technology commercialization, and business planning
  • Provides patent prosecution and analysis in the areas of materials, optics, semiconductors, chemical engineering and electro-mechanical devices
  • Received his B.A. in Physics from Harvard University, his M.S. in Applied Physics and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology

Molly Bell

Principal Director
Rio Grande, a Berkshire Hathaway Company

  • Principal Director of Rio Grande, a family-owned wholesale jewelry and watchmaking supply business in Albuquerque founded in 1944
  • Serves on the boards of WESST and Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America
  • Received her Certificate in Early Childhood Education from the Center for Montessori Education in New York

Lawrence Chavez

Lotus Leaf Coatings, Inc.

  • Experienced with a number of startups as both, an entrepreneur, and an investor
  • Serves on the Board of ABQid, Inc. and as Venture Partner at Flywheel Ventures
  • Advisor to Startup Teen, which promotes entrepreneur education for mid/high school students

Bill Hartman

Co-founder & President/CEO
Ion Linac Systems

  • Experienced in turning around nine startups and existing IT hardware & software companies
  • Served in senior positions for Fortune 500 companies
  • Specialized in leading company formation, fund-raising, business development, team building
  • Co-founder/board member of ABQid, Inc. and serves on Board of the Coronado Ventures Forum
  • Retired Captain from the US Naval Reserve

Jesse Herron

Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory (AT&SF)

  • Co-founded and co-owns ABQ Trolley Co. and Duke City Pedaler
  • Serves on the Visit Albuquerque Board, Young Professionals of Albuquerque Board, and Lodgers Tax Advisory Board
  • Received his MBA in Travel & Tourism and his BBA in International Management from Anderson School of Management

Matthew Lamb, CFP

Vice-President & Financial Consultant
Charles Schwab

  • Certified financial planner with 11 years of experience
  • Holds Series 7, 9, 10, and 66 Securities licenses Matthew
  • Received his B.S. in Business Administration in Finance & Accounting from San Diego State University

Don McCandless

Managing Director
Affinity Ventures, Inc.

  • Experienced in launching and owning nine startups and growing NYSE publicly-traded companies and private organizations in past 30 years
  • Specialized in effective strategic planning, leadership, execution, investment banking, private equity / merger & acquisition, including industrial, manufacturing, distribution and software companies
  • Received his MBA with honors, graduating Summa Cum Laude from UNM’s Anderson School of Management following his four BBAs in Accounting, Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Management

Jeff Myers

Shareholder & Registered Patent Attorney
Peacock Myers, P.C.

  • Specializes in patent protection of inventions in the U.S. and internationally
  • His work includes protection of intellectual property, trademarks, industrial designs, and copyright protection
  • Serves on the UNM Anderson Parker Center for Family Businesses Board
  • Received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, his M.S. in Computer Sciences from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his BS in Mathematics & Computer Science from Marietta College

Ron Patel

Co-Founder & Co-Owner
Albuquerque Sol F.C.

  • Brought minor league soccer team in Professional Development League to Albuquerque
  • Co-founded Just Dine In in 2006, merged with Delivered Dish in 2014, acquired by publicly traded Grub Hub in 2015
  • Served as President of Restaurant Marketing & Delivery Association, currently serves as the President of Young Professionals of Albuquerque
  • Authored published book, That's When It Hit Me: How to take an idea from a cocktail napkin to reality

Mike Silva

Co-Founder & Co-Owner of Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory
Founder & Co-Owner of Rude Boy Cookies
  • 19 years of Hospitality and Tourism experience
  • Serves on Board of Golden Apple Foundation New Mexico
  • Received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Mexico

Mark Stamper, CFP

Vice-President & Branch Manager
Charles Schwab

  • Certified financial planner with 21 years of professional experience
  • Holds Series 7, 9, 10, 24, 63, and 66 Securities Licenses
  • Served as Executive Director at USAA
  • Received his B.A. degree in History and Education from Louisiana State University