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Our 2015-16 Accelerator program mentors - selected as people who have deep expertise and are at the top of their fields - engage cohort members in multiple ways. Mentors participate through intimate roundtable sessions, leading topical sessions, one-on-ones and socially by attending one of our many networking sessions.
Harry Alford oversees strategic growth, program management, fostering the network of strategic partners and originating deal opportunities that align with humble's initiatives. Harry, a 4x founder, has experience in managing an accelerator, venture capital and early-stage startup operations. Harry holds an MA in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University and an MBA from Babson College. Harry also has experience playing lacrosse at the University of Maryland and professionally in Major League Lacrosse.
Renee has more than 12 years of agency/in-house public relations, social media and marketing experience. She's currently the Director of PR & Partnerships at the Baltimore-based fresh food delivery startup, Terra's Kitchen, and previously worked at Medifast and OrderUp managing public relations, social media, influencer marketing and communications. (She lead the PR and communications efforts through OrderUp's rapid market growth and the acquisition by Groupon.)
Kerrie Carden is a senior software and technology professional with over nine years' experience across advertising, human resources, energy and education. She has a deep passion for SaaS, startups and the tech community. Kerrie is currently the Vice President of Sales and Operations for MD Energy Advisors.
Heather is a senior marketing leader with a track record of success leading high performance teams. Her background includes strategic marketing, thought leadership and brand building for MissingMoney.com (acquired), CheckFree, Bill Me Later (acquired), PayPal, GiveCorps (acquired) and most recently OrderUp (acquired).
She currently heads marketing for Atlanta-based Ingo Money. Heather enjoys mentoring at ETC and TEDCO. She enjoys working in fast-paced, entrepreneurial environments and leads with a roll-up-your sleeves and GSD mindset. At PayPal she founded a female leadership development program and continues to mentor young women to build upon their strengths.
Yair Flicker is the President of SmartLogic, a consulting company that builds custom web and mobile-based software products. SmartLogic's clients include STAQ, OrderUp, RedOwl Analytics, NewsUp, Groove Commerce, DinnerTime, and several other area startups.
Yair received BS/MSE degrees in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
Michael Hannon is the founder of MPH Consulting, a strategic finance and operations consulting firm located in Baltimore, MD. His clients share characteristics including early stage funding, technology focus, and service-oriented businesses. Prior to MPH Consulting, Mr. Hannon served as CFO of Colmont Restaurant Group and Vice President of Finance for OrderUp, Inc. While at OrderUp, he assisted in the $69M acquisition of the company by Groupon, Inc. in August of 2015. In addition, he spent a large part of his seventeen year career working in various finance positions with increasing levels of responsibility for companies such as Black & Decker, MICROS, and SafeNet,Inc. He earned his MSF and MBA degrees from Loyola University and a BS in Accounting & Business from Mount Saint Mary’s College. In his free time, Mr. Hannon enjoys spending time with his wife Kristin, his cat Bob, his pug Rick, and traveling.
Carol is a seasoned marketer with experience in startup marketing and in the payments space. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Carol held a variety of senior marketing and leadership roles. Most recently she was the Chief Marketing Officer at Klarna, a global provider of e-commerce payment solutions, based in Stockholm, Sweden. At Klarna Carol led a major growth initiative to help position the Klarna brand with both merchants and consumers. Prior to Klarna, Carol led high-achieving teams at Citibank, Bill Me Later, and PayPal. She was part of the Bill Me Later team which was successfully acquired by PayPal in 2008. She has a proven track record across a variety of areas including business development, marketing strategy, merchant marketing and consumer marketing.
Mike is an experienced leader of growing companies. Currently the Baltimore Market Manager for Lyft, he has experience in startup management, marketing, Fortune 500 consulting, and tech policy. He is passionate about innovative business models and the ways they can improve lives and communities. Mike is a Maryland native and a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Michael Jackson (“MJ”) is the business leader for Public Health and US Elections at Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he leads an agile team that commercializes industry-specific cloud offerings and addresses the unique needs of mission-driven stakeholders.
Previously, MJ served as General Manager of Consumer Health at Intel Corporation; and Director of Public Sector & Health Strategy at Adobe Systems, where he led the commercialization of digital solutions currently trusted to help power federal, state, and commercial Health Benefits Exchanges in over 30 US states.
A Baltimore native, MJ earned an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems, from the University of Baltimore. He is also a proud veteran of the US Coast Guard and serves on the Board of Directors at Health Care for the Homeless.
Henry Mortimer is an entrepreneur, strategic advisor, and storyteller who leverages the power of the written word to help others define and exceed their goals. In 2008, he founded Mortimer Communications Inc. to help growing companies create messaging that is meaningful and memorable by ensuring that the story they tell resonates with their target audience. Prior to founding his company, Mortimer handled marketing, communications, and business development services for a medical education company that helped major pharmaceutical and biotech companies, including AstraZeneca, Glaxo-Smithkline, and Pfizer, share their stories with healthcare professionals. Mortimer also spent more than two decades in the publishing industry, providing targeted content and editorial direction for a variety of business-to-business, academic, and consumer publications in the Baltimore-Washington region.
Henry Mortimer is also a published author who has written everything from poems, short stories, songs, screenplays, and novels-in-progress, to essays, reviews, criticism, and several books, including a sales and marketing how-to manual. He manages Scribbleskiff.com, an occasional blog about music, books, beer, and other worthy distractions.
Dan Nieves brings over seven years of experience helping companies empower their customers and employees through digital technology. He’s spent the last four years in SaaS - through a blend of early stage startup and larger tech company experience - working across Operations, Marketing and Customer Success. Before his time in startups, he spent four years at Deloitte as a strategy consultant where he helped clients transform their organizations through the use of digital technology.
Dan is very passionate about startups, talent and emerging tech ecosystems. He now calls NYC home after spending time in San Francisco and DC. He graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University Maryland.
Margaret is the Chief Customer Experience Officer at Yet Analytics, a Baltimore based company that provides tools and solutions used to improve learning and talent development. She is interested in the development and design of connected learning environments that leverage xAPI and blended learning. Her background is in experiential education, curriculum design, teaching and team development. She is the VP of Community Impact for the Junior League of Baltimore, a member of the SXSWedu Advisory Board and co-founder of EdTechWomen. Margaret received her BA in English and Environmental Earth Science and her MA in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. She is a die-hard Blue Jay Lacrosse fan, spends a lot of time cooking, writing, organizing, and exploring and her favorite science-fiction novel is Neuromancer by William Gibson.
Chris is a business leader with startup experience ranging twenty years, across a wide range of companies. As CEO of Think|Stack, Chris spends most of his time leading and growing Think|Stack, an IT design and Cyber Governance company. As a passionate entrepreneur, Chris also manages Sachse Ventures, an organization that helps bring innovations to life by building, mentoring and supporting Baltimore startups. His passion for Baltimore extends to support the workforce development. Chris Supports programs like YearUp and is a member of the Governor’s Workforce Development Board and co-chair of the Cyber and IT Committee. When not at work, you can find him hanging out with his growing family or playing sports.
Dan Schepleng is the founder and Creative Director at Kapowza, an award-winning full-service creative agency in Baltimore. They provide graphic design, website, and video marketing services for startups, nonprofits, and businesses of all sizes. Dan has been working in the entrepreneurial and startup community for the past 14 years, running his own companies and supporting others through advertising and marketing mentorship.
Leslie is a certified Executive Coach and Mentor dedicated to cultivating the insight and power in her clients that enables them to bring their best selves to the world of work and get the results they seek.
Leslie is a proven strategist & sales executive, Reiki Master, Six Sigma Black Belt, and corporate turnaround expert who is currently completing her certifications as a NLP Master. Leslie’s goal and talent is in holding a safe productive space for her clients to quickly create and experience significant and lasting breakthroughs.
Leslie uses an ontological approach; working with the way that leaders and teams “show up” and tying leadership and team effectiveness to the ‘critical few’ business metrics, e.g., growth, stakeholder satisfaction, and profitability.
In her corporate career, Leslie last served as the Chief Strategy Officer for an $18B financial subsidiary of Citi and, previously, as the Sales Performance Executive for Bank of America’s Business Bank. Leslie built her corporate reputation on her ability to turn underperforming salespeople and teams into best-in-class, healthy, vibrant, successful leaders and communities producing top-of-the-charts results.
Leslie is a strong believer in community service: she has served on thirteen Board of Directors nationally, has co-chaired the Women in Business Roundtable in San Francisco, currently advocates for the non-profit community, and is a frequent speaker and panel facilitator/participant.