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There are almost 5,000 Iowa JPEC alumni - and growing! Check out what our alumni have been up to since graduating from the University of Iowa.

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Jim Coble (BBA '04) | President, DQC International Corp., 13 Fishing

In 2011, Coble founded DQC Intl, Corp., the parent company of 13 Fishing, a manufacturer of fishing rods, reels and bait. Since then, his vision has turned it into a multimillion-dollar global business and is recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the industry. In 2019, Coble brought on a minority investor in the form of one of the world’s leading fishing tackle manufacturers, Rapala VMC, which has spurred the increase in global distribution – now making the partnership one of the largest fishing conglomerates in the world. Coble’s personal approach of connecting with individual fishermen and identifying the market’s needs is believed to have been a driving force in helping take the company from zero to over $25 million in annual sales in less than a decade. 13 Fishing has nearly 100 registered/pending U.S. trademarks and 15 patents on file. Their products have won numerous prestigious industry awards. Coble prides himself on the education he received at the University of Iowa and continues to generously support current students through scholarship opportunities.

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L. Brian Jenkins (BBA '97) | Founder and President, Entrenuity, NFP and StartingUp Business Solutions, Inc.

L. Brian Jenkins has impacted thousands of youth and adults through his nonprofit, Entrenuity. Founded in 1999, Entrenuity began with direct youth services in entrepreneurship education and expanded to include adult entrepreneurs and returning citizens, as well as training facilitators to teach entrepreneurship using StartingUp Now: 24 Steps to Launch Your Own Business, written by L. Brian Jenkins. Additionally, Entrenuity operates the first Black-owned, enterprise level, co-working space in Chicago, with special emphasis on providing vital business resources to underrepresented entrepreneurs. It also manages two craft coffee shops directed by the only certified Black female coffee director in Chicago. Jenkins is also the author of Know More Nonprofits: Moving From Dependency to Sustainability, founding partner of Renew Pavement Solutions, providing employment to returning citizens, and has spent time giving back to several of Iowa JPEC’s student organizations.

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Tara Clark (BA '08) | Founder and CEO,
Social T

Since the launch of Social T in 2010, Clark has helped hundreds of businesses design and launch systems to leverage social media, dramatically impacting their online conversations and digital presence. Clark was one of the first digital marketers offering social media support to businesses in Vancouver, Canada, and continues to be at the forefront of leveraging new social apps for both her clients and team. Clark has been invited to speak at conferences around the world, helping to educate others on digital marketing and entrepreneurship. Over the past decade, Social T has grown to be a successful business with clients spanning a variety of industries, including food and beverage, law, property development, finance, recruitment, and many more.

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Jessica Cole (BBA '08) | President & CEO, Becker's Healthcare

Becker’s Healthcare offers forward-looking business news, analysis, and guidance relating to the healthcare industry through print, digital, and live event platforms. The company equips healthcare leaders with the information and forums they need to learn, exchange ideas, and further conversation about the most critical issues in American healthcare. With nearly 800 clients, the company has grown from two employees in 2007, to over 60 employees and $38 million in revenue today. Cole is the President and CEO of the company and was recently the recipient of the Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Midwest Region in 2019. Becker’s Healthcare has been recognized as one of Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in both 2019 and 2020. In addition to the company’s success, the business is also a large supporter of several charities throughout the Chicagoland area.

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Andrew Dickelman (BBA '16) | Co-Founder and COO, Structurely

Structurely helps sales and marketing teams make the most of their leads through its proprietary conversational AI platform. In just over three years, and with minimal outside investment, Structurely has grown to be a multimillion-dollar business that currently provides jobs for nearly 20 Iowans. The company is considered to be a thought leader in the conversational AI space in real estate and has been nominated for Inman Innovator Awards, voted the best real estate software in 2018 and 2019 and has been finalists for multiple Prometheus Awards. Dickelman was an active member in Founders Club and started the business during his senior year at Iowa. He and his co-founder, Nate Joens, participated in a number of pitch and business plan competitions.

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G. Alex Sturwold (BBA '12) | Founder, Apogee Stores LLC | Co-Founder, Clearwave Management LLC

Apogee Stores LLC is a private company ranked #400 on Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest-Growing Companies in America for 2019. The eCommerce business is the leading online retailer of golf cart accessories and parts nationwide. Apogee was founded in 2014 and had over $6 million in sales in 2019 and is pacing $13+ million for 2020 with 10 full time employees. Additionally, Sturwold is the co-founder of Clearwave Management LLC, a private investment company focused on the turnaround and rehab of mismanaged car washes. The company was launched in 2015 and today has five locations, 45 employees, and over $4.6 million in annual revenue. Sturwold was a member of the Founders Club during his time at Iowa and participated and placed in several pitch and business plan competitions.

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