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Open Office Hours with Mentors

We’re testing a cool idea, and that’s Open Office Hours with Mentors. Open Office Hours will allow the community to become more connected to its mentors, allowing for you to ask for specific advice, mentorship, or to just meet somebody from a walk of life that you otherwise wouldn’t have met.

To request office hours with a mentor, click the “Schedule Appointment” button by their profile.

 

Mentors

Dan Pierron

Dan Pierron

Registered Patent Attorney

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Dan is engaged with the Melbourne startup entrepreneurial community by both offering advice on all intellectual property matters as well as facilitating connections in the community. His legal practice focuses on representing clients in the prosecution of patents and trademarks before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and counseling inventors and businesses on various intellectual property strategies. He also focuses his practice on licensing his client’s intellectual property and enforcing the intellectual property rights of his clients in litigation. Dan also is active in the Melbourne entrepreneur community, being an active member of the Startup Space Coast Meetup group, a member of the Women’s Business Center board of directors, a member of the Space Coast Economic Development Commission, and head of the Legal Committee for the Space Coast Technology Council. He is eager to talk with any person or business that has questions regarding intellectual property and how their business can be benefited by it.

Karen Gregory

Karen Gregory

President, HRSS Consulting Group, LLC

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Ms. Karen J. Gregory is President and Owner of HRSS Consulting Group, LLC headquartered in Central Florida.  She began the company in 2009 as a sole proprietor and has since grown it to include nine team members with offices located in Cocoa, FL and Patrick AFB, FL.  HRSS Consulting Group is an Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) and a VA verified Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) providing services to both the commercial and government sectors.

As President, Karen brings 17 years of experience as a Behavior Scientist and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).  Her experience reflects a combination of leadership positions, human resource (HR) development and management, training and education, and organization assessment and development.  Her passion, and her company’s mission, is to identify and demonstrate to clients how to become more effective and efficient through leveraging their people and processes.

As a Strategic HR Advisor she advises organizations on a plethora of HR-related challenges.  Her expertise as an Organization and Leadership Development Consultant allows her to diagnose larger clients’ organizational health and develop “get well” plans, to include leadership development and executive coaching programs that drive positive organization results.

A sample of her commercial sector clients include IAP Worldwide Services, Modus Operandi, Allstate Insurance, SCB Marketing, Southern Tropics Real Estate, Online-Video Design, Pipeline Business Solutions, and KPC, Inc.

Ms. Gregory serves on Congressman Posey’s Veteran Advisory Council and several boards to include the Red Cross/Space Coast, Space Coast Chapter of Women In Defense, Military Affairs Council, and the LEAD Brevard Curriculum Committee.

Karen is also affiliated with numerous industry and professional organizations to include the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Space Coast Human Resource Association (SCHRA), Central Florida Chapter of Women In Defense (CFL-WID), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce (CBRCC), and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).  Ms. Gregory holds a dual track Master Degree in Management and Human Resource Development and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She is also certified as a Mediator and a Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR).

Keith Donald

Keith Donald

Founder of SteadyTown

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Keith Donald was a principal and founding partner at SpringSource, the company behind Spring and a division of VMware. At SpringSource, Keith is a full-time member of the Spring development team focusing on web application development productivity. He is also the architect behind SpringSource’s state-of-the-art training curriculum, which has provided practical Spring training to over 10,000 students worldwide. Over his career, Keith, an experienced enterprise software developer and mentor, has built business applications for customers spanning a diverse set of industries including banking, network management, information assurance, education, retail, and healthcare. He is particularly skilled at translating business requirements into technical solutions. Keith is now the founder of SteadyTown which focuses on rapid rehousing for at risk families.  He was recognized as Brevard’s Philanthropist of the Year and is very well renowned in the community for his non-profit work.  Keith is also a mentor to several Tech Startup in the area.  Having boot strapped his previous company to the point where it was worth $50 million, he has quite the experience of being as successful tech entrepreneur in the area.

Mike Vinje

Mike Vinje

Small Business Technology Manager at Kennedy Space Center

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Mike is the Small Business Technology Manager at Kennedy Space Center where he leads KSC SBIR/STTR activities and assists with technology development.  Recently, Mike served as one of KSC’s Commercial Partnership Development Managers, where he led the development of agreements for the Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser and Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch system. Mike received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Washington State University after serving in the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division.  He began his KSC engineering career in 1999 on the Space Shuttle as a contractor working the Orbiter Main Propulsion Systems, where he developed repairs and manned the firing room console during test and launch operations.  In 2005 he joined the Constellation Program where he served as the KSC lead for the Orion Service Module until accepting a position with the KSC Center Planning and Development Directorate in 2010.  Throughout his career Mike has witnessed firsthand the massive changes enabled by new technology, and he looks forward to helping industry drive more change in the future.

Mark Mohler

Mark Mohler

President, Corridor Legal

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Mark Mohler concentrates his practice on the representation of technology companies through all phases of their life cycle—from startup phase through liquidity event. He represents both companies and investors in business transactions, venture capital and private equity financings, project development, project finance, joint ventures and public offerings. Mr. Mohler also has significant experience in fund formation and fund representation. Mr. Mohler has acted in a multitude of roles in companies beyond outside legal counsel—including as a member of boards of directors in both executive and independent roles. He has been chief inside counsel, as well as a member of senior management, to a public cleantech company. Mr. Mohler was a co-founding entrepreneur of a venture and private equity-backed multi-national cleantech company and is a serial entrepreneur. Mr. Mohler has acted as a legal advisor to companies with respect to subsidiaries, project operations and joint ventures in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Central and South America, Africa and Australia.

Ahmed Reza

Ahmed Reza

CEO, MRSFT / Dental Web Now

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Ahmed is a techie and a serial entrepreneur. He got his start working on Nasa’s Spitzer Space Telecscope project while at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He flew down to the Space Coast for the Launch of Spitzer and has been in love with the area ever since. His technical background includes developing AI for UAVs on a DOD project in Central Florida, hacking car computers at SuperChips, to helping develop some cutting edge, large scale software solutions for the travel Industry as a Software Lead at NCR and then as a Software Architect at LiveTV. During his time at Cornell, Ahmed also helped design the telematics and control system for the Cornell Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team and advised the Darpa Grand Challenge team. Hacking things together and building things keeping him up at night. As such he’s always had two passions, technology and business. Ahmed’s first business venture was also launched while he was at Cornell, a shop called “Ahmed’s House of Essence” in the Ithaca Mall. After moving to Florida, he started CyberCarz, which sold cars online and went to to start more software oriented startups in cahoots with other hackers and entrepreneurs. Ahmed loves to spend his rare free time with his family. He also likes to unwind by meeting up with his fellow organizers and members of the local Meet-up group, Coders Hackers and Founders.

Jonathan Toland

Jonathan Toland

Snorkeling Software Consultant

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My name is Jonathan but I’m also called Texas. I work doing end-to-end software consulting. I program in dozens of languages and am also knowledgeable about project management. I love to share accumulated knowledge and spend time in the ocean and travel as often as possible.

G. Martin Hall, PH.D.

G. Martin Hall, PH.D.

Physicist, Project Manager, Program Manager, Strategist and all around small company utility player.

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Dr. Hall or Martin has been working with small to mid-size technology businesses since 1999.  Familiar with all aspects of complex technology commercialization including developing ideas, government proposals, the patent process, licensing university properties, finding co-development partners, manufacturing and marketing.  He has helped companies develop their ideas and grow their companies.  He has worked with both TRDA and TrepHub incubators and has taught a class on SBIR proposal writing for both TrepHub and the Florida 8(a) Alliance.