Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Ian Gurfield, Co-Founder of Ian's Pizza

  • Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Ian Gurfield of Ian’s Pizza. Ian's passions are entrepreneurship, food and travel and his first two passions fueled him to co-found Ian's Pizza and Batch Bakehouse. Ian has traveled across the world and visited a diversity of countries including Singapore, Morocco and Bhutan. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he studied Economics and Philosophy. Ian’s pizza will be served. Please RSVP to lcollins@bus.wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Frank Jimenez and Cindy Poiesz, Co-Founders, EVOLVE Brands

  • Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Frank Jimenez and Cindy Poiesz, co-founders of EVOLVE Brands. Before co-founding EVOLVE Brands in January 2018, Frank spent the majority of his career at The Hershey Company in sales, innovation and retailer strategy. Cindy’s background before EVOLVE was in investment banking in the energy sector and spent five years working on Wall Street but her true passions are health, wellness, and delicious food. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Ane Ohm, Co-Founder and CEO, LeaseCrunch

  • Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Ane Ohm, co-founder and CEO of LeaseCrunch, a Software-as-a-Service technology that helps CPA firms simplify the rollout of the new lease accounting standard for their clients. Ane is passionate about helping organizations use technology to be more effective in their daily lives. She also owns Staffing Support Specialists, a three-office staffing company. Ane graduated from UW with a BBA degree in Accounting. Pizza is served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Andrew Foster, Managing Partner and Owner, FreshFin Poke

  • Wednesday, Mar. 06, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Andrew Foster, Managing Partner and Owner at FreshFin Poke. Andrew joined FreshFin part-time after meeting the company’s founder and improved existing operations growing the FreshFin brand and opening a second shop location in the Historic Third Ward of Milwaukee. He has helped FreshFin open two additional shop locations in Brookfield and Madison. He graduated from UW with an MBA degree in Operations and Technology Management. Pizza is served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Charlie Goff, Managing Director, NEW Capital Fund

  • Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Charlie Goff, Managing Director, NEW Capital Fund which invests in Midwest-based early stage technology and manufacturing companies. He began his career at Arthur Anderson and left to start a company called Forward Enterprises, a distributor of industrial piping products, which he later sold to Ferguson Enterprises. He also founded Certronix, a specialty industrial firm. Charlie received his MBA from UW. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

John Ryan, Venture Capitalist for Wells Fargo Strategic Capital

  • Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet John Ryan who has been a venture capitalist for more than 20 years and currently leads the healthcare division of Wells Fargo Strategic Capital (WFSC). WFSC is the venture capital and growth equity investing business for Wells Fargo and makes $5MM to $30MM equity and debt investments in emerging private companies. Prior companies John worked at include ONSET Ventures, Panorama Capital, JPMorgan, and Chase Capital Partners. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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