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George Tanner
Instructor of Entrepreneurship
Director of Idaho Entrepreneurs
Office: ALB 333
Phone: (208) 885-6475
Fax: (208) 885-5087
875 Perimeter Drive MS3161
Moscow, ID 83844-3161

2012 Speaker Series

October 30, 2012 - Pamela Bird, Ph.D
Pamela Bird is the founder and CEO of Innovative Product Technologies. Bird is a liaison between inventor organizations, venture capital organizations, entrepreneurial networks and research park facilities. She also works with manufacturers regarding production of new products and with investors to capitalize new business ventures. She founded the Inventors Educational Foundation, a nonprofit public charity to assist in the educational and commercialization needs of innovators and entrepreneurs with new ideas, products and technologies. She and her husband, fellow inventor Forrest Bird, founded the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center on their northern Idaho ranch in Sandpoint. She is the author of more than 70 publications, notably Inventing for Dummies. She was a product evaluator of ABC’s show American Inventor. She also is the president of the board of directors of the Inventors Association of Idaho. She was honored in 2011 with an honorary alumni award bestowed by the University of Idaho Alumni Association from the national Board of Directors. She received a bachelor’s in finance and economics from the University of Florida, a master’s in business administration from University of North Florida and a doctorate in business administration from California Coast University in Santa Ana.
September 18, 2012 - John C. Shovic, Ph.D
John Shovic is the chief technical officer of InstiComm, LLC, a company specializing in mobile medical software solutions for health practitioners. He also is the chief technology strategist at Stratus Global Partners and has a focus offering expertise in computer security regulatory and technical areas to health care providers. Shovic received his bachelor of science and master of science in electrical engineering from Montana State University and doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Idaho in 1988. Since then, he has become an entrepreneur and has founded six companies throughout his career: Advanced Hardware Architecture, TriGeo Network Security; Blue Water Technologies; MiloCreek LLC, InstiComm LLC and bankCDA — a community-based bank in Coeur d’Alene. Three of those have been based on technology developed at U-Idaho. This year, U-Idaho’s Office of Technology Transfer awarded him the Outstanding Alumni Innovator award for his work in taking technology and converting it into something viable in the marketplace. Shovic has been a professor of computer science at Eastern Washington University, Washington State University and University of Idaho and has been a leading instructor in cybersecurity and network security.
February 28, 2012 - Michael Donaldson
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Valent BioSciences Corporation, Valent USA Corporation, and Region Americas. He has been involved in a variety of business and technical leadership roles, focusing on the worldwide development, sales, and marketing of traditional chemicals and biorational products to improve crop production. He spent 10 years in biological research, followed by 3 years of fermentation manufacturing management, and more than 18 years in marketing, sales, business development, and general management. Prior to joining Valent BioSciences, he worked for a major agricultural company and a global pharmaceutical company with interests in agricultural biotechnology. He is currently a board member of the Biopesticide Industry Alliance, the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization, and serves on the Advisory Board of MeisterPro, a division of Meister Media Worldwide. He has a Masters Degree in Bacteriology and Biochemistry from the University of Idaho, with additional business training at Northwestern University Graduate School of Management.
April 5, 2012 - Jeremy Wemple
Jeremy is co-founder and CEO of RewardsForce, Inc. a company that provides software-as-a-service player tracking systems to casinos and entertainment companies. Their technology uses web-based technologies to scale easily, including Apple’s iPad hardware to collect player data through simple apps and web dashboards to display complex reporting and segmenting. RewardsForce is a TechStars-backed and funded tech company located in Seattle. Jeremy graduated from the U-Idaho in May 2009 with B.S in Information Systems and Business Productions and Operations Management. During IBC he received the Randy C. Byers Team of the Year award and scholarship for outstanding work throughout the two semesters. He also participated in several entrepreneurial endeavors while at Idaho, including Vandal Solutions, a student-run marketing organization where he managed the development of websites and design material. Jeremy was also selected to be a part of a team that traveled to Macedonia to develop a student-run consulting business with students from a local university in Skopje.
April 5, 2012 - Jordan Greene
Jordan is co-founder and COO of RewardsForce, Inc. a Seattle-based software company that creates CRM and rewards club software for the iPad. After graduating from the U-Idaho with a degree in Business Finance in 2009, he attended law school at Idaho to study corporate and securities law. During his 2L year, he left school to pursue growing RewardsForce. While at the U-Idaho, Jordan led several major university projects, including a 2-year market research project for the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the reorganization of the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, and a business development project in Skopje, Macedonia. As a CBE student, he was Vice President of Finance for Vandal Solutions, a student-run marketing and consulting business, and an analyst in the Davis Investment Group. Jordan was also active in entrepreneurship, leading two teams to place in the VIEW Business Plan Competition. He is also an alumnus of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.