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May 2
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


May 3
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


May 4
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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Corey Smith

Facilitator   |   LinkedIn

At 16, Corey ran an offset printing press for his father.

At 21, after a mission for his church in Albania, he bought and sold printing and graphics services. Corey taught himself how to use a $400 Macintosh to produce graphics that he could sell. IKON Office Solutions then hired him to use his self-taught graphics skills to run a graphics department for them in Salt Lake City in 1998… the same year Corey married his beautiful bride, Jennifer.

Together, Jen and Corey have five wonderful children.

Corey has always had a passion for business, technology and education. So, after working in the office equipment industry for over 8 years, teaching graphic design for Web at University of Utah, serving as a Color Systems Specialist for Canon USA, and going back to school for an undergraduate in Information Technology and a Master in Business administration, both from University of Phoenix, he started Tribute Media in 2007.

Corey has recently turned the reigns of Tribute Media over to a long-time trusted employee and friend and moved on to the role of Founder/Chief Vision Officer. He is now ready for his next move -- to start up something new.

Andrew Levy


Mr. Levy will be speaking about Intellectual Property at the Sunday luncheon.

About The Attorney:
Andrew is a partner with Harrison, Sale, McCloy and is chair of the Firm's Business & Commercial Law group. Andrew brings significant practical commercial experience and serves as legal counsel for a number of businesses that operate within the Florida Panhandle and nationwide. Andrew is the former Associate General Counsel for Crown Imports LLC, the third largest beer company in the US, with responsibility for all marketing, promotional and distribution legal matters. Andrew's background allows him to provide guidance to businesses both large and small.

He focuses his practice on corporate and commercial law.

Community and Professional Memberships:
Executive Committee Member of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board of the Business Innovation Center Board Member of the Panama City Downtown Rotary Club Gulf Coast State College Advanced Technology Center Advisory Council Angel Capital Association Florida Bar's Trust & Estates Committee St. Andrews Bay Inn of Court.

Dr. Stephen Dunnivant

Dean, Advanced Technology Center, Gulf Coast State College

Dr. Stephen Dunnivant is the Dean of the Advanced Technology Center at Gulf Coast State College. He is originally from upstate New York and a graduate of Gulf Coast State College, FSU, George Washington University, and the University of West Florida. He taught in the K-12 school system for 7 years and has been at Gulf Coast State College for over 17 years. He has presented at numerous national conferences and is a published educational author. As the Dean of the ATC, Dr. Dunnivant is responsible for merging the activities of the embedded Millaway Institute for Entrepreneurship, Small Business Development Center, and Fab Labs within the new $35 million center.

Melissa Hagan

President of Emerald Coast Interview Consulting

Melissa Hagan is the President of Emerald Coast Interview Consulting and has been helping aspiring airline pilots prepare for aviation interviews since 2002. She and her husband, Aaron, have helped over 5000 military and civilian pilots navigate the interview process and attain employment at major airlines around the world.

After locating to Panama City in 1998 as a military spouse, Melissa spent a large portion of her career at Gulf Coast State College as a Grant Manager, Project Director, and most recently served as the Chief Development Officer responsible for fundraising and resource development.

Melissa earned a B.S. in Communications/Public Relations from Mississippi University for Women in 1989 and went on to complete a M.Ed. from the University of Oklahoma in Educational Leadership in 1999.


Clif Parker


Mr. Parker is the CEO of REACH3D a stereoscopic 3D technology development company focused on bringing 3D technology out of the entertainment realm and into our daily lives as a powerful and effective tool. REACH3D’s products and services are used by customers in markets as diverse as Digital Signage, Medical, Military, Education and others. Reach3D has launched a few 3D Medical Devices that are revolutionizing the minimally invasive surgical field. Mr. Parker spoke at the recent Georgia Tech Future Media conference and was recognized as one of the events thought leaders for his ideas on the potential of 3D in media and beyond. Reach3D also won the “Best 3D Product Award” at Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas. Mr. Parker also presented at the 2013 Southeast Medical Device Association meeting which highlighted Reach3D Medicals Single Light Path Endoscopic system.

Mr. Parker also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of CityNet LLC and Xiocom Wireless, which is a leading provider of wired and wireless voice, data and Internet services. CityNet was formed in Panama City, FL in 2002. CityNet was the Bay County Chamber of Commerce 2004 Entrepreneurial Award recipient and won the prestigious IT Florida Excellence in IT leadership for 2006. Mr. Parker was also the founder of a local computer networking and Technology Company (Dynasty Technologies) which originated in 1993 and was the Chamber’s 2002 Small Business of the Year and was listed in 1999 Florida Trend magazine as one of the “Businesses to Watch”. Mr. Parker was recognized as a “Key Player” in downtown Panama City by Bay Life Magazine in 2006.

Clif has been a lifelong active participant within his community. He is a former Board member of Florida’s Greater Northwest, a 16 county economic development organization. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Bay County Chambers of Commerce, Chairman of the Bay County Chamber's Local and State Government Committee, and Chairman of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce Technology Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of several credit unions. He is currently a member of Gulf Coast State College ATC Council.

Mr. Parker is an active investor and partner in 8 other companies ranging from Technology, Advertising to Livestock Ranching and MicroGreen Farming.

Randall Shepard

Vice President of Technology Innovations for Cubic

Randall Shepard is the Vice President of Technology Innovations for Cubic. He is responsible for advanced research and technology licensing. While based in Panama City, he works closely with engineering facilities in Santa Clara, California and Yerevan, Armenia, as well as customers around the world utilizing Cubic’s global tracking and monitoring services.
Mr. Shepard was founder of Impeva Labs in 2004 and served as President and COO prior to its acquisition by Cubic in May 2010. Impeva was awarded major contracts with the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. DoD to develop and deploy advanced services for global tracking and asset monitoring.
Prior to Impeva Labs, he was founder, President and CEO of DVA Group which had overall program responsibility for the integration, testing and deployment of digital cable TV services for North America followed by contracts for deployments in South Korea, Mexico and Europe. DVA Group also developed the on-board global communications system for the US Sky Marshalls and the secure delivery of hotel movies via satellite for On-Command.
For ten years, Mr. Shepard served as Division Manager and Regional VP for SAIC’s Test and Evaluation Group overseeing major upgrades of military test ranges and facilities.
Prior to his retirement from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel, he served as a Professor at the Air Force Academy in the Astronautical Engineering Department. As a Sr. Air Force pilot, he flew a variety of test systems focused on the evaluation and enhancement of electronic combat performance.
Mr. Shepard earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and was recognized as a distinguished graduate from Stanford with a M.S. in Astronautical Engineering.

Edward C. Linsenmeyer

Navy Small Business Innovation Research

Ed Linsenmeyer graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in physics. He then attended the University of Florida where he was a John C. Slater Graduate research fellow in the Quantum Theory Project, a joint program with Uppsala University, Sweden. After obtaining a Master’s of Science degree and being admitted to candidacy for the PhD, he taught at the Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville FL.

In 1981 Mr. Linsenmeyer came to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division (nee Coastal Systems Station, Panama City Florida). During his first assignment he served as the Project Leader for writing the first US Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare Master Plan. He then went on to serve as the Lead Project Engineer for Exploratory Development Programs in Air and Sea Mine Countermeasures (MCM). Mr. Linsenmeyer served a year at the Office of Naval Research as a Technical Area Manager in Mine Warfare, returning to Panama City to manage the MCM Exploratory Program. During this time Mr. Linsenmeyer also won an international award from the Technical Cooperation Program for contributions in the development of mine burial prediction models.

Mr. Linsenmeyer has served as the manager of the NSWC PCD Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) since 1992. In that capacity he has served on a variety of offices of the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for Technology Transfer. These include FLC Program Chair, Member at Large to the FLC Executive Board, Deputy Regional Coordinator of the Southeast FLC, Regional Coordinator of the FLC, Vice-Chair of national FLC, and in September 2007 he completed a four year term as the Chair of the national FLC. Mr. Linsenmeyer has remained an active participant with the FLC Executive Board and recently completed a two year Chairmanship of the FLC Program Committee.

Mr. Linsenmeyer has been involved in educational outreach activities in his role as the ORTA manager. He has lead and coordinated NSWC PCD’s participation in the Office of Naval Research’s Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP), ONR’s Summer Faculty Research Program (SFRP) and post doctorial students. In FY 2008, he was appointed as the laboratory’s manager of the Florida demonstration project under the Office of the Secretary OF Defense (OSD) National Defense Education Program (NDEP). Mr. Linsenmeyer also serves as the NSWC PCD’s and the Naval Surface Warfare Systems Command (NAVSEA) SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) Program Coordinator. SMART provides full scholarship, stipend and employment for highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students in the physical science and engineering. Mr. Linsenmeyer has served on Bay County Public School Committee that led to the receipt of a Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (AS) grant to establish a Master Plan for introducing Next Generation Learning (NGL) academies within the county. He continues working with this committee as the academies are being initiated during academic year 2012/2014.

Mr. Linsenmeyer has been active in the DOD Technology Transfer Integrated Project Team (TTIPT) serving on both planning committees and a lecturer on CRADAs. As a Navy ORTA, Mr. Linsenmeyer has also led the team to revise the Navy’s Standard CRADA and development of the Navy CRADA Handbook and its revision. In Fy 2013, Mr. Linsenmeyer has been chairing a committee to produce a new Navy ORTA handbook that will include revised templates for Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) and a new editon of the Navy Patent Handbook.

Mr. Linsenmeyer has been recognized by the FLC having received both the regional and national FLC Laboratory Representative of the Year Awards (1995) and the SE FLC Laboratory Representative of the Year Award in 2007. In May of 2008, Mr. Linsenmeyer received the FLC Harold Metcalf Award recognizing sustained significant service to the FLC. In FY 2009, Mr. Linsenmeyer was named the FLC Laboratory Representative of the Year for the second time.

Mr. Linsenmeyer has been involved with the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research program since 1983. He recently completed a five year appointment to State of Florida Small Business Development Centers Advisory Board.

Robert Goetz
Pamela Kidwell
Steve Millaway
Jeannie Retherford
Elizabeth Hooks
Mike Ross

Emmanuel Hernandez

Assistant Professor, Business & Technology, Gulf Coast State College

Emmanuel is an assistant professor at Gulf Coast State College and holds a DBA in business management. In the past he has been a Consultant in international commerce, production management and marketing techniques for Indian tribes in Chiapas, Mexico as well as an advisor for microenterprise creation and development for undeveloped communities in Puerto Rico. In addition to being a professor, he works with entrepreneurs in the community.

Satya Sivuniguntamuni

Director of UX/UI at NANTHEALTH

Satya Sivuniguntamuni is the Director of UX/UI (User Experience/User Interface) at NANTHEALTH (formerly iSirona). NANTHEALTH is a transformational healthcare company converging science and technology through an integrated clinical platform that’s empowering physicians, patients, payers, and researchers to transcend the traditional barriers of today’s healthcare system.

He spent over a decade working on products for companies like Microsoft, Macy's, Chase Bank, Walmart & EBay. His first startup was a PC MMO (massively multiplayer online game) which he started with his friend in a tiny apartment, was sold to SONY Europe. He loves startups, admires entrepreneurs and their courage to build something out of thin air, has deep respect for those who bootstrap a company.

Besides build UI for medical devices, he is also a big fan & student of Ruby on Rails, travelled 26 countries and plans on working his food startup someday.

Chris Josten

Owner, Curiosity Marketing Group   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Since the age of 16, when he worked in print and sign shops, Chris has worked in the design field. These early experiences influenced his decision to major in Graphic Design at Florida State University (FSU). After graduation, Chris worked with companies of sizes and with large nationally recognized events, from single requirement needs to management of full marketing campaigns.

In his desire to support his growing client base with the latest technology, Chris was selected for internationally-renown Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Chris’ M.F.A. (Masters of Fine Arts) degree specialized in 3-D animation and Digital Media. Chris has certifications in: Google “Adwords” Google “Analytics”

Dr. Jamiel Vadell

SBDC Certified Business Consultant

Dr. Vadell is a Certified Business Consultant with the Florida SBDC at Gulf Coast State College.

Anne Helmer

SBDC Certified Business Consultant

Ms. Helmer is a Certified Business Consultant with the Florida SBDC at Gulf Coast State College. She has 20 years of experience working in business mainly on college campuses, seven years of which were in a Human Resources role. Anne holds an MBA from University of Phoenix, and is currently working on a Masters in Psychology. She has experience in direct sales in small business, retail and other business roles.

Holly Pituch

Owner, Clever Girl Marketing   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Holly Pituch is the owner of Clever Girl Marketing, Inc. She spent a large portion of her career building a successful marketing division for a large company and then ventured out on her own to build a marketing consultation business.

Holly is passionate about marketing and well versed in both tried and true business marketing solutions as well as new and innovative online and social marketing initiatives. In 2011 she was chosen as one of only 15 small businesses worldwide to participate in the beta trial for facebook's timeline for business.

Holly holds a bachelors degree in Corporate Communications and has over 12 years of professional marketing experience.

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