Entrepreneurs who persevere through roadblocks often have something in common: A mentor who’s been there before.  At Founders Club, we’ve assembled a team of professionals in the field with broad experience and a passion for guiding students through the startup journey. Access to professional mentors is one of the unique benefits Iowa JPEC offers to student entrepreneurs.

COACHES

Andrea Olson

Andrea Olson                      

Founders Club Facilitator / Lead Coach

Andrea Olson has founded three companies and served as the first female corporate executive at two global manufacturing companies. In addition to her role at Iowa JPEC and Founders club, Andrea leads an applied behavioral science consultancy, focused on the financial, professional services, and insurance industries.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Behavioral Science
  • Communications
  • Public Speaking
  • Pitching and Messaging
  • Business Strategy
  • Differentiation
  • Customer Centricity
  • Customer Research & Insight
  • Organizational Culture
  • Employee Engagement

“Data only tells you WHAT people are doing. It doesn’t really explain WHY someone does something." 

CONTACT

(319) 321-7396
andrea-olson@uiowa.edu
https://www.iowajpec.org/andrea-olson-0
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Keith Chiavetta

Keith Chiavetta

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Keith launched his first business as a senior at the UI in 1993, worked for 15 years in technology and management consulting, then launched his second business in 2009. He is passionate about mentoring entrepreneurs in strategy, operations, and technology.

Areas of Expertise: 

  • Business Strategy
  • Start-ups 
  • Business Planning 
  • Business Process Re-engineering 
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Technology Strategy 
  • Software Development Life-Cycle Management
  • Technology and Business Alignment 

“Starting and running a business is the American Dream. I am committed to helping students realize their dream." 

CONTACT

(312) 237-1445
keith-chiavetta@uiowa.edu 

https://www.iowajpec.org/keith-chiavetta
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David M-K

David Miessler-Kubanek

Adjunct Lecturer / Entrepreneur-in-Residence

David Miessler-Kubanek (David MK) is the founder and owner of DMK Creative, LLC, making creative work for small businesses and startups through design, marketing, instruction, and strategic consulting. Additionally, David is a serial-entrepreneur and lean startup evangelist. He holds both a BA in English and a BFA in Art (Graphic Design) from the University of Iowa. David currently serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Tippie College of Business as well as Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Iowa JPEC.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Training in customer discovery
  • Creative networking
  • Experience design
  • Providing feedback on pitches, slide decks, branding, and products.

"Fall in love with the problem."

CONTACT     

(319) 538-3700
david-miessler-kubanek@uiowa.edu
https://www.iowajpec.org/david-miessler-kubanek
LinkedIn
Schedule: https://dmkcreative.youcanbook.me

Gregg Barcus

Gregg Barcus

Entrepreneurship Lecturer

Gregg has been part of the Iowa entrepreneurial ecosystem for over 25 years, serving as a venture fund manager, C-level executive, corporate and advisory board member, consultant, mentor, coach, and educator. He is a firm believer in the Business Model Canvas curriculum and the insights and benefits it can provide to early-stage businesses.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Business Planning
  • Public & Private Funding Sources
  • Go-to-Market Strategies
  • Application of BMC Principles
  • Technology Transfer
  • Pitch Content and Delivery
  • Empathetic Mentoring

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”

CONTACT

(515) 491-6260
gregg-barcus@uiowa.edu 
gregg@greggbarcus.com
https://www.iowajpec.org/gregg-barcus
LinkedIn

Rob Gettemy

Rob Gettemy

Lecturer / Private Equity Consultant

Rob Gettemy built his career both as an entrepreneur and by holding executive roles in a variety of companies, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of TaxAct a $200mm+ SaaS provider of do-it-yourself tax software. Rob is now a full-time instructor with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Business and Corporate Development
  • Business Strategy
  • Private Equity Due Diligence
  • Post merger integration

"The beautiful thing about capitalism is that you succeed by providing value to others."

CONTACT                              

(219) 431-7989
Robert-Gettemy@uiowa.edu

https://www.iowajpec.org/robert-gettemy 
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FOUNDERS CLUB SPECIALISTS

In addition to coaching, Founders have access to professional support and consultation in key areas for startup progress and success.

SPECIALISTS 

Jean Rude

Jean Rude 

Marketing Specialist

Jean Rude built her career in Advertising, Public Relations, and Marketing as a writer/producer and creative director. In addition to her role at Iowa JPEC and Founders Club, Jean consults in strategic marketing and brand building with a focus on arts and non-profit organizations.
 
Areas of Expertise:

  • Creative Direction
  • Brand Building
  • Positioning Strategy
  • Strategic Messaging
  • Copywriting
  • Competitor Analysis
  • Pitch Deck Strategy and Creative
  • B2B Marketing
  • PR

“Position your brand around the SINGLE THING you know you can deliver on better than your competitors."

CONTACT

(319) 335-2603
jean-rude@uiowa.edu
https://www.iowajpec.org/jean-rude
LinkedIn

Jordan Tivers

Jordan Tivers, LCSW, CGP

Executive Coach / Emotional Intelligence Trainer

Jordan Tivers is an Individual and Group Psychotherapist based in Chicago, IL. In addition to his clinical practice, he serves as an Executive Coach and Consultant to managers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs to assist them in developing more well-rounded social and emotional intelligence skills. 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Stress Management
  • Relationship Management
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Group Dynamics
  • Emotional and Social Intelligence
  • Mindful Leadership

"When working with Entrepreneurs, I encourage them to ask themselves daily 'what behaviors am I modeling to foster connection at this company'?"

CONTACT

(847) 791-6026
jtivers@gmail.com

LinkedIn
https://jordantivers.com/

Sarah Kleusner

Sarah Kluesner

Accounting Specialist / MACc Student

Sarah is a graduate student in the Tippie College of Business who will graduate with a masters degree in Accounting in May 2021. She plans to pursue CPA certification after graduation. Sarah has held three internships with a focus on basic accounting, tax, and internal audit.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Accounting
  • Tax
CONTACT

(563) 599-3002
Sarah-kluesner@uiowa.edu
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