QCA's 22nd Annual 

Entrepreneur Boot Camp









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Antony Seppi is Director of the Hamilton County Business Center (a Top 10 Business Incubator) in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is responsible for coaching, strategy, partnership, programming, operations, and outreach within the "startupcincy" community. Prior to that he was co-founder of an award winning incubator and accelerator program in Hamilton, OH. His background is in urban planning, specializing in economic development, small business, and collaborating across multiple organizations to leverage the assets of communities to transform them into places where small businesses thrive and grow.

 Antony Seppi              Director, HCDC Business Center

Sally spent 36 years with The Dow Chemical Company and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. Since retiring she has started her own consulting business, Strategic Product Development, which focuses on the front end of the innovation process. She also mentors start-ups and entrepreneurs through various programs in the Cincinnati area and at Purdue University. Sally has been active in The Product Development & Management Association (PDMA) since 1988 both nationally and at the chapter level.


Sally Kay
Strategic Product Development
Marvin Abrinica - Thrivera

Marvin is the founder of the Thrivera, a brand consulting agency in the Cincinnati entrepreneurial ecosystem. He helps entrepreneurs create their brands to help them get funded and into growth stage. Prior to Thrivera, Marvin spent 18 years with Procter & Gamble as a Brand Manager, Sourcing Leader, and Corporate trainer. He’s an active advisor and investor to startups including Frameri, Wyzerr, and many others. Marvin is also a public speaker & leadership trainer who regularly gives talks on branding & marketing for businesses, accelerators, incubators. He gave his first TEDx talk in 2014.

     Mark Dawes  
Queen City Angels

Managing Partner of Dawes direct, LLC and Entrepreneur in Residence for  Procter and Gamble. Dawes direct, LLC does innovation coaching - strategic coaching/mentoring of business leaders and teams who need to create new market categories and new business models. Prior to starting his own company, he was one of four founding partners and VP of Operations of Cinmar, LLC (The Frontgate Catalog) which overtime grew by merger and acquisition into Cornerstone Brands, Inc. a $450MM catalog and internet conglomerate - best upscale catalog titles, including: Frontgate, The Territory Ahead, Travelsmith, Garnett Hill, Ballard Designs, and Smith – Noble Windoware.

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    Tom Humphrey -    Wood Herron & Evans

Thomas Humphrey joined Wood Herron & Evans in 1993. He concentrates his practice on electronic, software and computer technologies, including systems and methodologies for practicing and doing business. Tom is involved in acquisition, licensing and analysis of all types of intellectual property, and litigation relating to intellectual property.


“Businesses need to understand how IP relates to their products, their customers, and their competitors, and use that understanding to optimize their use of IP. That’s why I’m here.”

Chris' practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, general business (with an emphasis on emerging companies), corporate governance, corporate finance, and franchise and distribution law.

Chris received his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2005. He graduated Cum Laude from Centre College with a B.A. in History and German in 1999, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Chris is licensed to practice law in both Ohio and Kentucky.


           Chris Kuhnhein   
           Cors & Bassett
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Terence Andre, PhD

Chief Scientist at TiER1 Performance

Terence Andre has led and won 45 Phase I and Phase II SBIRs/STTRs in his role as Chief Scientist at TiER1. He is an expert in human-computer interaction (HCI) with over 30 years of experience optimizing human & system performance through the use of systems engineering and human factors design principles. Previously, Dr. Andre was an Associate Professor at the United States Air Force Academy where he taught courses in human factors, system design, training, and psychology. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force, where he served as the Branch Chief at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Mesa, AZ. Dr. Andre holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, a M.Ed. in Adult Learning, Training, and Development from Regis University, a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly, and a B.S. in Behavioral Sciences from the Air Force Academy.

Michael Hurley

Calfee Halter

Michael Hurley represents businesses on formation, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and venture capital arrangements. He provides counsel to venture capital and buyout funds, start-up companies and investors in such funds and companies, as well as assisting clients access the capital markets through angel and venture funding rounds. His counsel covers full spectrum of the business cycle - from start-up through maturation and exit strategies - and a broad range of industries, including chemicals, construction, healthcare, energy and consumer products.


Michael Halloran

Xavier University

QCA Member

Mike Halloran is currently a professor at Xavier University for MBA and entrepreneurship. He has lots of experience in digital marketing where he has worked for large and mid-size companies as well as plenty of startup experience. He is a serial entrepreneur that is continuously seeking new ideas and helping students turn their business ideas into a reality. He is an investor for Queen City Angels and the VP of Marketing and Mentoring for OCEAN Accelerator Programs. 

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Kim Banham in a Principal at Connetic Ventures, and is responsible for finding early stage companies for investment.  Connetic Ventures uses proprietary data and technology as a tool when investing in startups.   Using data removes all bias from the investment process.  At Connetic, 42% of our portfolio companies were founded by Women or Minority founders.  The national average is 6%.   At Connetic we believe gut plus science results in better investments.  If you are a startup looking for funding we would like to invite you to talk to Wendal.  Wendal, is our AI and what we use to analyze and help make investments in companies. You can apply for funding here: https://wendal.io/

Kim Banham

Connetic Ventures

QCA member

These are just a few of our guest speakers that will guide your professional development during the bootcamp!