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.

Mentor

Mentor

KEVIN DONNELLY is CEO & Executive Director of The PCPI Foundation. Kevin has over 20 years’ experience as a global healthcare executive and entrepreneur in diverse areas such as distribution, software, clinical data management, clinical performance measurement and consulting. Kevin’s corporate resume includes senior management positions with Cardinal Health, Baxter International, and American Hospital Supply Corporation. He has extensive experience with startup organizations as a founder, turnaround expert, coach and mentor. He is a member of Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM) where he has mentored over 15 healthcare companies from the US, Canada and Belgium across many business models and disease states. He also serves as a corporate board member and works with several healthcare advisory boards. Kevin Donnelly is a graduate of The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gies School of Business.

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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.

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Mentor

BEN SCHACK is Head of US Digital Partnerships at BMO Harris. He focuses on identifying and executing partnership opportunities with fintechs, big techs, incubators, accelerators, industry consortia, and venture capital firms. Ben works with line of business leaders to determine when partnership strategies can best deliver upon business goals, helps identify areas of imminent disruption and assesses fintech acquisition opportunities. Previously at BMO, he worked with business and technology leaders to build multiyear plans to better aligned technology to business strategy. Ben has also served as the Lead Technology Officer for US Lending & Collections and is a frequent speaker at industry events, universities and podcast on trends in banking and fintech sector. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Mentor

PATRICK FARRAN is Co-Founder and CEO of Ad Lucem Group and brings 25+ years of experience as a senior leader and consultant in change management. Patrick also currently serves as Associate Director for Graduate Business Career Development at the University of Notre Dame where he teaches and mentors full-time MBA program students with concentrations in consulting/strategy and entrepreneurship. Prior to founding Ad Lucem Group, Patrick served as Director of Consulting for the SAS Institute serving state and local government agencies, educational institutions, and health care organizations. Patrick holds a BS in Chemistry/Mathematics Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MBA from DePaul University, and a Ph.D. in Values-Driven Leadership, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Sustainability from Benedictine University. Patrick researches and writes on topics of organizational change, culture transformation, work meaningfulness, and engagement.

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Mentor

ALEX NEWMANN is a sales coach & consultant helping tech companies grow revenue to $50 million/year. He works with young companies to gain traction and find their initial customers to building scalable, repeatable revenue producing systems. He was Co-Founder & CEO at FinanceFuel, COO at Storefront, CRO at TechDay, and VP of Sales at PivotDesk. He is a big foodie, traveler, skier and Krav Maga enthusiast.

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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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