Mentors & Ambassadors

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Mentor

JEFFREY ESCHBACH is the founder and CEO of Page Vault Inc., a company that transforms Internet content into evidence for the legal world. Before entering the startup world, he gained over 15 years of high-tech innovation experience through R&D roles at Intel Japan and Motorola Research Labs. He received an MBA with honors from The Kellogg School of Management and regularly teaches entrepreneurship at the school. He also holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. Jeffrey is a National Science Foundation Fellow, has earned 11 USPTO patents related to cloud-computing, and frequently speaks on startup and innovation topics.

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Mentor

JOHN MAZARAKIS is Co-Founder and Principal of Chicago Atlantic, a specialty capital provider and alternative to traditional bank lending. John brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial, operational, and managerial experience to the table. Over the last two decades, he has launched successful ventures in real estate, retail, hospitality, and personal fitness. He has built a 30+ restaurant chain with more than 1,200 employees. In addition, John has built a real estate portfolio of over 30 properties, developed over 1 million square feet of commercial real estate, and completed multiple real estate financing transactions. He has invested in and served as an advisor to multiple successful startups. John has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of Delaware.

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Mentor

KATHLEEN MARCELL is a Consultant at Carema Consulting. Kathleen has spent the last 10 years of her career building Customer Success teams. She has extensive experience working with enterprise software across multiple verticals and guiding companies through hyper-growth phases. Kathleen has a passion for developing programs and solutions to ensure customers are obtaining a quick time-to-value and achieving their business outcomes. Kathleen’s experience includes hiring and managing Operations, Support and Implementation teams which has given her a keen understanding into how a seamless onboarding experience can positively impact retention. She works closely with each client to understand its unique challenges and to optimize its customer journey.

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Mentor

BRIAN HALL is President and Founder of Carema Consulting. Brian Hall has over 25 years of growing revenues at founder-led B2B SaaS and technology companies. His expertise building and leading Customer Success organizations is informed by his experience in Marketing, Sales, Product Management, Product Marketing and Professional Services with early and growth stage technology businesses. Brian is an Entrepreneur in Residence with growth accelerator VentureSCALE and a co-founder of the Chicago Customer Success Leadership Group.

Mentor

Mentor

STEVE SUBAR is a partner with TechCXO, the on-demand fractional C-level services firm. Steve brings 25+ years’ experience founding and leading high-growth software companies in hyper competitive markets; from inception to IPO and Fortune 500 acquisition. Steve is recognized for novel product and business model innovation. As a founder, CEO, investor and board member, he’s earned a reputation for building clever strategies and winning teams, driving accelerated growth, developing strong customer relationships and creating superior shareholder value. Steve is chairman of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Network and on the advisory board for Northwestern University’s Farley Center for Innovation. He received a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Computer and Information Technology from Miami University.

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