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NACCE 2013 Keynote Speakers

Joe Abraham
Author and Founder of BOSI Global

A professional entrepreneur with multiple successful startups under his belt, Joe is now founder of BOSI Global.

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Ben Biron
Co-Founder and CMO of Alcohoot

Ben Biron is an entrepreneur, a soccer player and a motivational advisor.

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Juliette Brindak
Co-founder and partner of Miss O & Friends

Miss O & Friends is a safe, online life-style socialization brand for tween girls aiming to help build self-esteem.

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Catherine Cook
Co-founder of MeetMe

Catherine Cook co-founded the company, MeetMe, with her brothers in 2005. MeetMe is the public market leader for social discovery.

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Desh Deshpande
President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC & Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award

Gururaj "Desh” Deshpande is the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office.

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Michael Hennessy
CEO, with the Coleman Foundation

Michael Hennessy began working with the Coleman Foundation in 1987 while he was an officer of the Fannie May Candy company in Chicago.


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Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw
President, Catawba Valley Community College

"Creating the best community college in America" were the first words spoken to faculty and staff upon the arrival of the third president of Catawba Valley Community College in the fall of 2006.


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Shahab Kaviani
Co-Founder and CEO of CoFoundersLab

As Co-Founder and CEO of CoFoundersLab, Shahab Kaviani pursues his passion to accelerate business formation by building strong founding teams using an online co-founder matching service.


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Anne M. Kress
President, Monroe Community College

Since 2009, Anne M. Kress has served as President of Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York


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Sheena Lindahl
Co-Founder and President of Empact
Sheena Lindahl is the Co-Founder and President of Empact (

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Marc Nager
CEO and Co­Founder of UP Global and Startup Weekend

Marc’s efforts through UP Global and Startup Weekend have garnered exposure in almost every major media outlet around the world.

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Scott Ralls, Ph.D.
President, North Carolina Community College System

Scott Ralls is the seventh president of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS)

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Dr. Matthew Reed
Vice President for Academic Affairs at Holyoke Community College

Dr. Matthew Reed is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Holyoke Community College, and the author of InsideHigherEd's popular blog "Confessions of a Community College Dean."

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Dr. Mary Rittling
President of Davidson County Community College

Dr. Mary E. Rittling was appointed as the third president of Davidson County Community College, Lexington, NC, in August 2003.

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Jon Robinson
Manager of Entrepreneurship Programs at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

At the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Robinson oversees a number of initiatives to connect founders to financial, human, intellectual, and social capital, and expand access to entrepreneurial opportunity.

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Thom Ruhe
Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation and President of Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation

Thom directs programs addressing entrepreneurial education, mentoring, access to capital and fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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Frank Shepard
Chief City Executive, Charlotte RegionSiemens Infrastructure & Cities

Appointed by the Americas Cities Center of Competence as City Account Manager for Charlotte in June, 2011, Frank is responsible for establishing Siemens strategy for the Charlotte Metropolitan region.

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Jeff Waybright
Accounting and Entrepreneurship Instructor

Jeffrey Waybright currently teaches entrepreneurship in the Avista Center for Entrepreneurship at Spokane Community College and is the coordinator for the Center.

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Dr. Tony Zeiss
President of Central Piedmont Community College

In 1992, Dr. Zeiss became the third president of Central Piedmont Community College, the largest community college in North Carolina, serving approximately 70,000 students per year.

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