Fast Pitch 2017 | Meet the Mentors

Dec 20, 2016

svpmentor_buttonMentoring is the cornerstone of the Social Venture Partners’ Fast Pitch Program. We’ve been in the community selecting the best-of-the-best to partner with our 26 Fast Pitch semi-finalists for the 2017 Fast Pitch Program.

Our mentors come from all industries and walks of life, but there are several commonalities among them: they are leaders with servant hearts and share a willingness to dedicate their time, talent, and enthusiasm with their assigned Innovator. The end goal? To coach their Innovator to the final stages of the program and pitch live-on-stage for our showcase event on March 28 at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts [buy tickets!].


The Mentor Innovator Pairing Process

The pairing process takes time and intense coordination to ensure the right mentors and skill sets are paired with the Innovators. And when we have more than 60 mentors, it’s no easy task. Today the hard work and puzzle comes together – the Mentors will meet their Innovators during a Fundamentals session. And then the real work will begin. If you see them around town, wish them luck!

For more information on Fast Pitch mentoring, contact SVPAZ Partner and Mentor Lead Jessica Gabry or Sentari Minor.

Welcome to Fast Pitch 2017:

Name Organization Title
Morris Scott DMD Systems Recovery Chairman
Rick McCartney InMedia Company President & CEO
Shelby Larsen CopperPoint Agency Specialist
Stephanie Moe AAA Arizona Corporate Responsibility Supervisor
Neal Bookspan Jaburg|Wilk Equity Partner
Jeanine Divis APS Supervisor IT
George Grombacher Financial Consulting Professionals Partner
Sherman Chu Grayhawk Capital Managing Partner
Denise Eribes Microchip Technology Inc Product Marketing Manager
Jeremiah Smith Everyone, Inc Grant Writer
Becky Armendariz Banner Health Senior Director, Community Engagement
Kenneth McDaniel Intel Program Manager
Doug Singer Remedy Sr VP Business Development
David Cady Virtuous CRM Director, Business Development
Kurt & Sharlee Cretors SC Financial Services Owners
Maisha Christian Hagan Jokake Construction Services, Inc. Marketing Director
Donald Becka ASU W.P. Carey Executive MBA School of Business Executive Coach
Scott Shrake Arizona State University Director
Sidnee Peck Arizona State University Professor
Laura Franco-French Greater Phoenix Leadership Director, Communications and Community Partnerships
Jennifer Dimeck Provident Consulting LLC Principal
Sadhna D. Bokhiria Kapoor Foundations Vice President of Research Development & Special Projects
Andy Shirk TrueRoots Development Owner
Cathy Valenzuela Arizona Business Bank President – East Valley
Cynthia Herndon CopperPoint Insurance Companies Manager – Claims Support
Steve Smiley SVPAZ Manager, Strategic Programs
Carrick Sears svn Senior Advisor
Meg Taylor CO+HOOTS Foundation Foundation Manager
Scott Salkin Allbound CEO & Founder
Michael Zirulnik Arizona State University, The Varsity Project, LLC. & Phoenix College Program Manager, Executive Director & Professor
Kelly Kaysonepheth AZTEC Engineering / Junior League of Phoenix Business Development Manager / Director of Operations
Sherri Barry Arizona Fashion Source Founder
Steven Stivers UMOM New Day Centers Program Administrator
Lauren McDanell SEED Spot Director of Entrepreneur Initiatives
Stephanie Nowack Tempe Tourism Office President and CEO
Cassie Cooper Pei Wei Asian Diner, Inc. Brand Marketing Manager
Kelley Coats APS Director, Customer Operations
Adam Baker Wells Fargo Private Bank VP
Danielle Feroleto Small Giants President/Owner
Allison Van Dyke Goodmans Interior Structures Director of Marketing
Adam Brown Ernst & Young Tax Senior
Alexander Blum Probability Capital Group Director
Laureen Ong
Richard Skwarek
Luke Koons Warpaint Ventures Principle
Michael Zaft Southwest Drivetrain Specialists Vice President of Finance and Marketing
Lisa Tiano
Francesca Van Der Feltz Experience Matters Skilled Talent Developer
Tyler Rives Silicon Valley Bank