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2013 Business Plan Competition Judges


Andrew Bielat
CEO, EIS Analytics
Andrew is a nationally recognized expert in business performance and leadership. His background in corporate America, followed by a decade as an executive advisor for hundreds of business executives, enabled him to develop Profit Hawk™ software. Andrew recently coauthored a book: “The BestPossible® Enterprise: A Comprehensive Guide to Optimal Profits.”

Patrick Binkley
Vice President of Engineering, Zumobi
Pat started his career as a software engineer for FourGen software, a startup company focused on next-generation accounting software. Pat transitioned into executive leadership positions at AT&T Wireless, Walt Disney Internet and Real Networks. During this time, Pat led product development efforts integral to our daily lives in the mobile, internet and digital media space. With a passion for technology and startups, Pat transitioned back into the startup scene with a mobile payments initiative at Modiv Media. Zumobi provides mobile publishing services and mobile advertising solutions to some of the world’s largest media companies and magazine publishers. Pat has a bachelor’s degree in business, management information systems from the University of Idaho.

Pamela Bird
Founder & CEO, Innovative Product Technologies
Pamela is an internationally recognized commercialization expert for IPT, a product and technology based market commercialization corporation. Pamela is a “key player” in the technology-transfer process. She 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. Pamela also founded the Inventors Educational Foundation. This is a non-profit public charity to assist in the educational, as well as commercialization needs of innovators and entrepreneurs with new ideas, products and technologies from all ages and walks of life. She has been interviewed by ABC's 20/20 as one of the top innovation experts in the country.

Meg Carlson
President & CEO, Prosperity Organic Foods, Inc
Meg has a bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho and an MBA from Washington State University. She is an Emeritus member as former Chair of the College of Business and Economics Advisory Board. Meg is president and CEO of Prosperity Organic Foods, Inc., makers of Melt Organic spreads. Meg has been principal and co-founder of Carlson Hall (CH), a M&A advisory firm facilitating both business buy and sell transactions for privately held companies, since 2002. She has an extensive background in strategic business development and general management gained through nearly 20 years of experience in corporate management.

Doug Chadderdon
President & CEO, Great Floors
Doug Chadderdon ‘82 is the President, CEO, and majority owner/managing partner of Great Floors®, headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Under Doug’s leadership, sales have grown tenfold over 22 years from $12M to $128M. He earned his bachelor’s in finance/marketing from UI. He serves on the CBE Advisory Board, the Idaho Community Foundation Board and EPSCoR Committee.

Todd Dompier
Managing Partner, Idaho Packaging Co.
Idaho Packaging Company is one of the largest full service agricultural packaging distributorships in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating in 1993 with degrees in finance and English from the University of Idaho, Todd went into sales work for Pacific Container & Supply in Idaho Falls. After quickly establishing a multi-million dollar book of sales, Todd was asked to be a partner of Idaho Package Company it bought out Pacific Container. Along with his pre-existing sales commitments, he serves as marketing director for IPAK and helps establish new sales throughout the Intermountain region. He splits his work time between IPAK’s two locations of Boise and Idaho Falls.

Michael Graff
Co-Founder, Navigating Cancer
Michael is co-founder and head of product and operations for Navigating Cancer, a platform that connects cancer patients with their healthcare team, gets copies of their health records, and personalizes content specific to their condition. Michael also spent 14 years at Microsoft as a General Manager, Prod-uct Unit Manager. He has a degree in IS from the University of Idaho

Scott Green
CEO, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Scott is CEO of one of the largest law firms in the world. He leads the approximately 1000 attorneys and staff comprising the firm. Scott has more than 20 years’ management, finance and compliance experience and is an award-winning author. He is a CPA and has a B.S. in accounting from the University of Idaho and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Edward Hawkins
Founder & Keeper of Values, Litehouse
Edward is a lifelong veteran of Litehouse. After college and a stint as an elementary school teacher, 25-year-old Edward joined the salad dressing business full time. This was his life-long passion, and his first official job was a mixer in the pro-duction department. Edward was also the financial manager. In 1985, he added responsibility for operations. He was CEO and President. Today, Edward serves on the board of direc-tors. He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the UI.

Dietmar Kluth
President, Kluth Associates
Kluth Associates, LLC, is a consultancy focusing on strategy and new business development. He has 21 years of progressive experience with the H.J. Heinz Co., including founding president of Seoul-Heinz, Ltd. (in Korea) and vice president of sales & marketing at Ore Ida Foods, Inc. Kluth has extensive experiences in sales, product marketing and business process improvement. He received a bachelor’s degree from University of Idaho in 1966, a MBA from University of Utah, and earned a doctoral degree from the Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University. He is a past board member of the University of Idaho Foundation.

Liese Razzeto
Northern Division President, Wells Fargo
Liese serves as Community Banking President for Idaho Region's Northern Division, a position she had held since 2008. She is responsible for managing 42 stores and more than 350 team members. Liese joined the company in 1984 as a consumer loan officer in Twin Falls and has since served as a store manager and business development officer. Before being named to her current position, Liese served as North Idaho district manager. She attended the College of Southern Idaho and the University of Utah and is a graduate of the Northwest Commercial Loan Schoool and the Pacific Coast Banking School. Liese is a member of the Kootenai Hospital Board of Trustees and the Kootenai Medical Center Foundation Board.

Michael Richards
Senior Partner, KPMG
At KPMG, Michael he leads the firm’s West Region Transaction Services practice and provides merger and acquisition advisory services to large and middle-market private equity firms. He has more than 23 years of professional and M&A experience. Before, joining KPMG in 2012, Mike spent 19 years with Deloitte and three years as a principal at Calera Capital (formerly Fremont Partners), a private equity firm associated with the Bechtel Group with more than $2 billion under management.

Ben Rolphe
CEO, Rolphe Industries
A retired businessman, considers himself a true entrepreneur. He identifies himself as a 'Vacuum Seeker'. During his business career he successfully started, operated and sold sixteen companies. His business philosophy is that an individual desiring to succeed must be willing to, as he states, “Get down and pick with the chickens.” Ben has served as a director for fourteen companies and organizations. Currently he is a director for North Idaho College Foundation and on the CBE Advisory Board and recently retired from being director of bankcda Community Bank of North Idaho. Ben is a published author of How-To books, biographies and fictional novels. He attended Law School at the University of Santa Clara. He is a decorated Air Force combat veteran of the Korean War.

Ric Rocca
President, Darios Investments
Ric Rocca ’77 held a variety of financial and executive positions during his corporate career at Marriott/Sodexo. Ric is presi-dent of Darios Investments—a franchisee of Jimmy Johns Sandwich shops. Darios operates six Jimmy Johns in Spokane and has the rights to four more stores, including one in Mos-cow and Lewiston, Idaho. Ric received an MBA from WSU.

Tom Ryan
CEO, Athena Chiefs
Tom run Athena OPS, which provides Outsourced Profes-sional Service (OPS) for cloud-based B2B software compa-nies. He focuses primarily on start-up and fast-growth busi-nesses. Tom is an advisor for several start-ups in Washing-ton and Idaho and runs a group of over 30 start-up CEOs called “Birds of a Feather.” He has degrees in management and computer science from the UI.

Gene Taft
President, Summit Marine Services
Gene is managing partner of Louisiana MidStream Terminals. He received bachelors degrees in geography and economics at the UI and attended West Virginia University in mineral eco-nomics. Gene also holds an MBA from Tulane University. He is a governor appointee on the Louisiana Pilotage Fee Commis-sion and serves on the Executive Committee.

Bryan Timm
Executive Vice President & COO, Columbia Sportswear
Bryan joined Columbia Sportswear Company in June 1997 as Corporate Controller and was named Chief Financial Officer in July 2002. In April 2008, Bryan was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and named Executive Vice Presi-dent that October. Before Columbia, he held various finan-cial positions with other companies, including KPMG LLP. He serves on the UI CBE Advisory Board.