David Barwin, Iowa Central Community College is the Iowa Lead for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. Now in his 15th year, he leads the business program and teaches undergraduate courses specializing in Management, Marketing, Sales, Social Media, Entrepreneurship, and Business Ethics. In his time at Iowa Central, he has received the Teaching Excellence Award from NISOD. He has served as Chair of the Organizational Strategic Plan and Co-Chairs the Strategic Enrollment Committee. In addition, Barwin is a private business consultant operating Incognito Consulting for local small business owners. Barwin holds an MBA in Management with a minor in Marketing from Western International University. He received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania while obtaining a concentration in Management from Mercyhurst College.
In addition to being Lead Faculty for the program, David serves as the module faculty for It's the People.
Julie is currently a Business Counselor with the Kirkwood Small Business Development Center and an Adjunct Instructor at Kirkwood Community College. She is President of Lambro Properties, a commercial investment company. Julie sold her privately owned group of stores (Coffeesmiths) to a top Midwest franchisor, Scooters Coffee in 2016. Over the course of more than 9 years, she oversaw the operations and growth of all stores including; personnel (60-80 staff), inventory, process management, and daily cash management. Prior to Coffeesmiths Julie worked 16+ years in the telecommunications industry in software and network development. Her areas of expertise are in retail: food and consumer products, process development, business plans, business pitches, and employee engagement. She also volunteers in the following organizations: Eastern Iowa SCORE chapter, University of Iowa Venture School, Marion Library Foundation, and Marion Chamber of Commerce. Julie has an MBA at Mount Mercy University. She is also a graduate of the University of Iowa School with a BBA in Human Resources and Management Information Systems.
Lecia Berven, Iowa Lakes Community College, is the module faculty for Financial Statements Workshop, Money and Metrics and Being Bankable. Lecia, along with her husband, David, is a business owner in northwest Iowa. In addition, she has taught accounting and business courses for 20 years at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa. Lecia holds an MBA from Regis University.
Stephani Smith, SouthEastern Community College, is the module faculty for You are the Leader. She has owned and operated 6 different businesses from agriculture to medical to restaurateur athletics and resume & cover letter writer. Stephani has a Bachelors in Education, a Masters in Business, a Masters Certification in Medical Sales, a Certification in Professional Patient Advocacy, an Endorsement in K-12 Talented & Gifted and is 3 months away from obtaining her Coaching License in Iowa.
Dr. Karen Reynolds, Hawkeye Community College, is the module faculty for Marketing and Sales. Karen began in Human Resources before pursuing her Master's in Business Administration. Upon graduation, she worked in training and development where she conducted classes for businesses on a variety of topics. She then ventured out on her own to start her own business called Training and Consulting Solutions soliciting businesses to contract with her, and conducting training classes for those businesses that bought her services from 2004 until 2010. Karen had been recruited to teach some business management classes part-time for UNI in 2008 and 2009, and then accepted a full-time position teaching human resources and marketing classes for Hawkeye Community College in 2010. She continues to conduct contract training for businesses occasionally to keep her skills fresh. She graduated with her PhD in 2017 from ISU, and has published 3 articles so far in education journals, with a 4th article coming out soon.
Paul Kinghorn, University of Northern Iowa, is module faculty for Strategic Growth & Operations. Pauls serves as the Director of the Center for Business Growth and Innovation and the Intellectual Property Office for the University of Northern Iowa. Throughout his career, he has held a number of ownership and key management positions within public and private organizations including a variety of startups and early stage business ventures. With over 25 years of consulting and operational familiarity with businesses of varying size, Paul has experienced the complexities inherent in commercializing technology and in bringing improvement into organizations. Paul has a passion in the areas of innovation, startup and early-stage development, strategy, leadership development and process efficiency particularly as each pertains to enhancing sustainability and maximizing shareholder value.
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.
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.
Dan has more than 40 years experience in Manufacturing Human Resources and Healthcare Operations. He is also a four year US Navy veteran and has spent the last 18 years serving as COO of Orange City Area Health System, where his duties included Incident Commander for COVID-19. Dan has recently transitioned into his own business, McCarty Consulting, that specializes in Human Resources, Training and Development, and Mentoring/Coaching.
Dan also spent 20+ years as adjunct faculty for Briar Cliff University, Northwestern College, and other area colleges.
He has a passion for people, mentoring, holding others accountable, and supporting and championing success.
Some of his greatest accomplishments include 36 years of marriage, first time grandfather of twin boys, National Trainer of the Year award, Board member of multiple nonprofits, as well as vice chair of St. Luke’s College Board, Sioux City Iowa.☘️
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.