Gregg has over 25 years' experience in Iowa's entrepreneurial community as an institutional investor, corporate and advisory board member, C-level executive, mentor and coach, and educator. He is currently an adjunct instructor at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at the University of Iowa, where he teaches undergraduates, grad students, researchers and clinicians how to start and grow businesses. He is an accomplished instructor in the Lean Startup/Business Model Canvas curriculum of the National Science Foundation. He is very proud and inspired by his international work with emerging young leaders from Africa (Mandela Washington Fellowship) and Haiti (BEL) for the past five years.
Ann believes in taking smart risks, thinking big and getting results by equipping executive leaders to grow with their companies. She brings a highly creative and sometimes unconventional approach to stimulating personal and business growth – one that includes creating a safe space for leaders to think strategically, identify opportunities and move forward with confidence. Ann was previously a chief executive at an international company in the financial services industry. She now serves as a board member, leadership advisor and Certified Executive Coach (CEC). She works closely with executives, founders, owners and investors across the United States.
Elizabeth Hallgren is co-founder and CEO of Mission Direct Primary Care, a membership-based family medicine clinic in Omaha, NE. Previously Elizabeth owned a healthcare marketing consultancy and was full-time entrepreneurship faculty with the University of Iowa. While at the University of Iowa Elizabeth worked with 25 young African leaders in the prestigious Mandela Washington Young African Leadership Initiative hosted by the US State Department. Subsequently, she was invited to travel to Zambia to participate in Mandela Washington Reciprocal Exchange Program with the State Department. While she was in Zambia she worked with over 80 entrepreneurs to develop sustainable business models. Elizabeth earned a BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro and a Master of Business Administration at the University of West Florida.
Terri Jensen, President of Three Elements Consulting, is an experienced business and technology executive and leader who focuses on developing and implementing technology solutions that bring business vision to life. She is a disciplined, results oriented leader whose strength is aligning people and processes with strategy. Terri has transformed IT departments from break/fix order-takers to high-performing teams that provide businesses with technology as a competitive advantage. Terri is a builder of businesses, teams, and people. She founded and grew an innovative and disruptive technology training and consulting firm for 14 years, led client services in a software development startup affiliated with a large enterprise, and became CIO of that enterprise. As CIO she has led organization-wide change in the higher education, construction, and insurance industries. Throughout her career, Terri has put people and relationships first. She has built strong, customer-focused teams, and mentored many technology leaders and staff to increase retention by enhancing the human side of leadership; communication, empathy, career development, and succession planning. A graduate of Drake University, Jensen earned her B.A. in Computer Science. She also holds a master’s in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University.
Ron Nagel is an experienced President with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry. He is skilled in Commercial Lending, Banking, Credit Analysis, Asset Management, and Commercial Banking. Ron has strong business development professional with a BA focused in Mathematics from North Dakota State University.
A Bay State native, John Norwood, began his professional business advisory and consulting career in and around Silicon Valley, from 1993 to 2002, as an associate with Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett, and later as a marketing manager for engineering software company Autodesk before being selected to lead an agriculturally focused land trust in California wine country. After moving to the Des Moines metro in connection with a Drake University faculty position, John continued working for and with entrepreneurs, business leaders, hedge fund managers, CEOs of publicly traded companies, and board of directors across the public, private and non-profit sectors. John has more than 20 years of service to governing boards, holding all major officer and staff positions. John launched TBL Ventures, LLC to help businesses and organizations focus on delivering Triple Bottom Line results (People, Planet and Profits) while continue his passion for investing in public and private companies inspired by Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger. John’s diverse work experience has spanned many industries including electric vehicles, renewable energy, specialty animal feeds, hospitals, community and economic development, destination attractions, real estate valuation, grocery, foods and hospitality, and international business. John is a life-long learner and a 2015 graduate of the Dale Carnegie Institute. In 2017 the Chinese Association of Iowa recognized John with a leadership in Diversity Award, which was presented by U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad. Last fall, Polk County voters elected John to serve as a Soil and Water Commissioner, with a focus on financing missing conservation infrastructure, and devising improved agronomy and crop diversification strategies, protective of our soil health and water quality.