Ruth Janjic is a marketing specialist with deep experience conducting secondary industry research, marketing analysis and strategy work. Ruth started her career in sales and marketing for one of the first Apple retailers, followed by a stint in high-growth technology firms, including Qualcomm. She switched to consulting during the dot-com boom, evaluating the online advertising and revenue models of emerging online publishers, and eventually advising on digital marketing strategies for traditional companies as they came online. Ruth has since spent hundreds of hours researching the strategies of a broad range of industries, including technology, publishing, retail, and professional services. More recently, she added not-for-profit organizations and small businesses to her knowledge base and enjoys helping them with their marketing challenges. Ruth holds an M.B.A. from the University of Washington and a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. She is nationally-certified as an Economic Gardening Market Research Specialist through the Edward Lowe Foundation.
Bill Jones is a Principal at Jones & Associates, P.C. A graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bill spent 6 years in private industry before entering public accounting. With 25+ years serving clients as a CPA, he values the role of trusted advisor. He has broad experience in financial reporting including audit services, in management consulting and fraction CFO assistance, and individual and business income taxes. Bill has overseen engagements ranging from start-ups to companies with over $1 billion in revenue, but his focus in on serving small, closely held, owner managed businesses and the related individuals. Bill has served in various capacities with non-profits organizations. He currently serves on the board of the Erie Colorado Chamber of Commerce and as a consultant and Board member for the Boulder SBDC and Foundation. He was formerly as a member of the Governor’s Colorado Small Business Advisory Council.
Ed Kase, President of EKase Consulting, is a strategic planning and business development executive with more than 25 years of B2B and B2G business development, with a focus in SBIR / STTR technology commercialization since 2005. This experience spans various technologies, including aerospace systems, scientific instrumentation, industrial equipment, software, medical devices, and pharmaceutical technologies. Ed has held leadership roles in a number of functional areas including marketing, sales, and consulting services. In addition to his consulting practice, Ed provides services for the Colorado SBDC Technology / SBDC TechSource program. Ed received his BS in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University and his MBA from Colorado State University.
Thierry Lepoutre is Founder and President of Boostr Consulting LLC, providing consulting services to help innovative companies successfully claim R&D Tax Credits and obtain refunds from the government. Thierry has over 20 years experience in recovering R&D Tax Credits for innovation (R&D) companies in all industries, ranging from one-person startups to large multinationals.
Brian Ormsby, Founder & CEO at Pantheon Solutions, is passionate about helping small business succeed in the difficult terrain that is government compliant accounting and contract management. Brian is a US Air Force Veteran serving in Cost & Budget Analysis. He spent 10 years as the Director of Operations and Program Manager with Pathfinder Systems, Inc. building simulators for the US Department of Defense and NATO allies. Brian has extensive experience in cost and pricing. During his tenure at Pathfinder, Brian was responsible for all Cost Volume submission for the company’s proposals to the DoD and NATO allies (several per year). Brian currently specializes in helping firms manage their accounting and contracts with the DoD, NSF, NIH, DOE and NASA. Brian is a certified ISO 9001 Quality Auditor as well as a DOT certified Cost Analyst. He holds a BS in Management from Regents College.