QCA's 20th Annual  Entrepreneur Boot Camp













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.

Marvin Abrinica - Thrivera

Tony Shipley is a founder and Chairman of Queen City Angels (QCA) During his business career, Tony has founded or invested in over 40 start-ups or early stage companies.  Tony serves on various Boards of startups and early stage companies, and fulfills the role of mentor and/or Board observer for several other QCA portfolio companies. Tony is a member, Vice Chairman, and incoming Chairman of the National Board of Directors for the Angel Capital Association. He is also a Founding member and a Board member of VentureOhio.

     Tony Shipley               Queen City Angels

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

I am an entrepreneurial leader who is passionate about software solutions. After successfully exiting Global Cloud thru a sale to private equity, today I am focused on giving back to the startup community as I explore my next business endeavor. I am focusing my effort on those opportunities which support my personal mission of helping to heal the world. After an early career in data-driven packaged goods marketing focused on introducing new products for Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Canada Dry and Johnson Wax, Frigidaire, and Saab Cars, I founded and led two bootstrapped start-ups.

           Alan Greenwell 
           Brixey & Meyer
     Mark Dawes  
Queen City Angels
          Scott Miller
    Queen City Angels
    Tom Humphrey -    Wood Herron & Evans

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.

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

During a 20-year career with four Fortune 20 companies, Pete became an expert in strategic management, with emphasis on product development in rapidly changing technological markets.  During the last 30 years, Pete has served as a professional consultant in strategic management and entrepreneurship.  Among his many civic activities, Pete serves as chair of a Civic Leader program forthe U.S. Air Force Materiel Command and mentors post-911 disabled veteran entrepreneurs.

DR. PETER S. KAY (“Pete”)
Strategic Management

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.”

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 Hurley


As an entrepreneur, innovation leader, and industrial designer, David Eyman brings over twenty-five years of creative experience to his teaching at Miami University. As a catalyst, his expertise lies in developing infrastructures and new thinking.  His work has led to countless new products, environments, and deeper insights. David holds an Industrial Design degree from the University of Cincinnati DAAP, and Master of Science in Creative Studies at the ICSC at SUNY Buffalo.


David Eyman

“Ask fifty people to describe Friedman and you’ll get fifty different answers….all true. He is a paradox.  Student-Teacher.  Quiet-Demanding.  But all will agree on his passion and dedication to sharing the magic of creativity and innovation in everything he does.” Friedman grew up in Wyoming, Ohio (Go Cowboys).  He graduated from the University of Cincinnati (DAAP) with a B.S. in Design (Go Bearcats).  He holds a doctorate in communication (Ph.D.) earned from the Union Institute. He has won 65 Emmy Awards, has been inducted into three Halls of Fame and is recognized for his creativity and effectiveness in the classroom.

Jim Friedman

John Ward

Queen City Angels

John Ward is the founder of Cincinnatus Partners, a private family office that invests in startup and established businesses. He has over 35 years of experience as an entrepreneur, private equity investor and senior partner with a major international management consulting firm. John previously served as senior partner and head of the U.S. Financial Services Industry Consulting practice at Deloitte & Touche. He launched a start up data analytics and benchmarking business that developed into a successful brand and ultimately exited in a highly successful sale of the business to a strategic buyer. John is currently a member of Queen City Angels, oversees a family office and serves on several corporate and advisory boards.

Scott Mindrum

CRaKN Founder/CEO

QCA member

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


Michael Halloran

Xavier University

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