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ASU honors top ASU-bred entrepreneurs

Arizona State University has been gaining a nationwide reputation as a breeding ground for entrepreneurs. Accordingly, next week, the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU is holding its first-ever Sun Devil Select event, to honor some of the country’s top ASU alum-owned and alum-run businesses. Seventeen firms from a variety of industries will be recognized for their achievements.

“We’re honoring organizations that demonstrate innovation, growth and entrepreneurial spirit,” explains Sidnee Peck, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the W. P. Carey School of Business, which is hosting the event. “The inaugural Sun Devil Select class includes firms from Chicago, the Los Angeles area, Kansas City, Dallas and the Phoenix area.”

The winning firms and alums are:

  • Betablox – Weston Bergmann is an angel investor and the founder and chief executive officer of this Kansas City-based group that helps select startups navigate through their first stages of business.
  • Dunn Transportation – Margaret Dunn is founder and president of this transportation company, which owns Scottsdale’s popular Ollie the Trolley and an executive coach service.
  • Fan Interactive Marketing – Joel McFadden serves as chief operating officer for this California firm specializing in customer relationship management, interactive marketing, database knowledge and email deployment.
  • FSW Funding – Robyn Barrett is the managing member of Factors Southwest, LLC, an independently owned factoring firm in Phoenix that helps small to mid-size businesses to secure funding.
  • Higher Ed Growth – Frank Healy is president and chief executive officer of this Tempe company that helps schools reach enrollment goals by using proprietary technology.
  • Homeowners Financial Group USA – William Rogers is chief executive officer of this family-oriented, award-winning mortgage company based in Scottsdale.
  • Infusionsoft – Marc Chesley serves as chief technology officer for this Chandler-based sales-and-marketing software firm recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States eight years in a row.
  • itSynergy – Michael Cocanower is founder and president of this Phoenix IT consulting firm with more than 200 clients.
  • Off Madison Ave – David Anderson is co-founder and chief executive officer of this Phoenix-based marketing and advertising firm with clients that include Nike and LifeLock. 
  • Print.Save.Repeat. – Errol Berry is co-founder and chief executive officer of this Chandler toner-cartridge manufacturer that focuses on recycling and saving businesses money on printing.
  • RedShelf – Tim Haitaian is co-founder and chief financial officer of this Chicago-based company that partners with publishers and college bookstores to more easily and affordably deliver eTextbooks.
  • Signature Technology Group – Charles Layne serves as president and chief executive officer of Phoenix-based STG, which provides data-center services that support more than 300,000 devices across North America.
  • Skin Script Skin Care – Lisa VanBockern is the owner of this Tempe skin care company that makes natural clinical products designed to address anti-aging, sun damage, acne and other issues.
  • Skyhook – Dallin Harris is founder and chief executive officer of this Mesa-based Internet marketing firm that has worked with clients including AT&T, Subway and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • Tiempo Development – Cliff Schertz is president and chief executive officer of this Tempe company that provides software firms with an integrated platform of services to accelerate how they develop, deploy and support their products.
  • Vetscience/Fruitables Pet Food – David DeLorenzo serves as president of this Dallas company that makes natural dog treats.
  • Western Window Systems – Scott Gates is president and chief operating officer of this Phoenix-based window and door manufacturer that has been making energy-efficient products for more than 50 years.

The Sun Devil Select Class of 2015 will be recognized at a special invitation-only luncheon on ASU’s Tempe campus on March 20. They will reconnect with their alma mater and spend time networking with each other and current ASU students, including some budding entrepreneurs. They will also meet Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business; Christine Wilkinson, head of the ASU Alumni Association and ASU senior vice president and secretary; and Mitzi Montoya, vice president and university dean for entrepreneurship and innovation.

Sun Devil Select is just one focus of the Center for Entrepreneurship, which helps hundreds of businesses each year. The center offers companies the chance to recruit and meet with top student talent, while also allowing students to get hands-on business-creation experience. The center is self-funded and utilizes community sponsorships to sustain its activities. For more information, visit wpcarey.asu.edu/entrepreneurship.

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Enterprise Bank adds 4 leaders to advisory board

Enterprise Bank & Trust has added four respected business leaders to its Phoenix Advisory Board to help lead the bank as it continues to grow in the Southwest.

Joining the 12-member board are Jeffrey S. Beyersdorfer of Western Refining, Inc., Jason Funk of Western Window Systems, Bill Lavidge of The Lavidge Company and Craig Rock of Paradigm Technology, Inc.

The four new Advisory Board members bring nearly 100 years of collective business experience and each has a strong commitment to community service in Arizona serving a diverse range of industries.

“I couldn’t be more pleased that these respected leaders have joined our Advisory Board,” said Jack Barry, president and CEO of Enterprise Bank & Trust’s Arizona Region. “I look forward to their insights and counsel as we continue to expand our footprint in Arizona.”

The new board members join Jack Barry; Michael Lofton, owner and CEO of The Lofton Companies; Dianna Morrow, CFO Stotz Equipment; Rick Grayson, owner and CEO of Coffee Reserve; Dan Nahom, CFO of Smart Practice; Vickie Wessel, president of Spirit Electronics, LLC; G. Thomas Eggebrecht, president and CEO of Bonds Alarm CO, Inc, and Stephen Marsh, chairman and chief credit officer of Enterprise Bank & Trust on the Advisory Board.

The new Advisory Board members bring a diverse mix of business experience from various industries.

Jeffrey S. Beyersdorfer: Beyersdorfer serves as Corporate Treasurer and Director of Investor Relations for Western Refining, Inc., and previously worked for companies across the country in Houston and St. Louis. Jeffrey earned his Master of Business Administration from the London Business School and his undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jason Funk: Funk joins the Advisory Board as the board president. He is president of Western Window Systems where he has worked since 1999 while completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Global Business Management at Arizona State University. In 2012, Funk was selected for the Phoenix Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list and is active in many business and community organizations including the MVP Foundation, which helps better the lives of children and families in need.

Bill Lavidge: Lavidge is the owner of The Lavidge Company, a full-service advertising, public relations, communications, consulting and interactive marketing agency based in Phoenix. Bill has held leadership positions for numerous organizations included KAET Public Television, the ASU M.B.A. Council and the Phoenix Suns Charities. Bill earned both his Masters of Business Administration and undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and has also taught as a faculty associate in the university’s marketing department.

Craig Rock: Rock is the founder and president of Paradigm Technology, Inc., a company delivering adaptive business models to fit a client’s IT solution needs. Prior to creating Paradigm Technology, Inc., Craig worked for Telos Corporation, Compushare Communications and Ticketmaster Corporation. Craig earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland, College Park. He founded the Pendergast Education Foundation, a scholarship program investing in future teachers in the Pendergast community. He also serves on the board of the YMCA of Scottsdale and as a committee chair at the Arizona Science Center.