Mentors

McGuire Entrepreneurship Program students work closely with many experienced mentors with a range of skills and specialties.

Two full-time Entrepreneurship Mentors in Residence teach our capstone Venture Development classes and meet individually with new venture teams at least once a week throughout the year. Our other mentors – all experts in communication, research, marketing and law – provide guest lectures on topics within their specialties and work with student teams as needed throughout the year.

Entrepreneurs in Residence

Jim JindrickJim Jindrick has more than 30 years experience encompassing high-tech research and development, product engineering, operations and manufacturing, international marketing and new business development including internal corporate entrepreneurship, spin-off companies and independent start-ups. He received U.S. and international patents for innovations in automotive test and diagnostic equipment, smart-grid electric power distribution automation systems and personal computer instrumentation systems. Jim has mentored more than 150 teams in the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program.

 

 

Communication Mentor

Randy AccettaRandolph Accetta has been teaching students new venture communication strategies for the McGuire Program since 2007 and previously taught in the Business Communication Program. Dr. Accetta has twice been named the Eller College of Management Teacher of the Year and twice received Innovative Teaching Awards. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s Department of English.

 

 

 

Design Thinking Mentor

Sarah Mauet

Sarah Mauet has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and a Master of Science degree in graphic information technology from ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. She was an award-winning print and multimedia journalist and instructor of Principals of Multimedia at the UA School of Journalism. Sarah now specializes in design thinking for startups, content strategy, and integrating UX techniques into early-stage ventures. She works with McGuire Program students on design thinking, usability testing and user experience design, audience-targeted content strategies, and storytelling and presentation skills.  

Research Mentor


Jason DewlandJason Dewland has been an assistant librarian at the University of Arizona since 2012. He serves as a liaison to the Eller College of Management and Tech Launch Arizona. Before moving to Tucson to work at the UA he was the Business & Economics Librarian at the University of Mississippi. Prior to entering the library profession, Jason worked in the automotive and IT industries and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Macedonia and Ukraine. Jason has a MLIS from Wayne State University, an MBA from University of Maryland, and a BA from Boston University. He holds drop-in office hours Wednesdays from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. in McClelland Hall 202.  

 

Legal Mentor

Lawrence HeckerLawrence Hecker is a principal in the firm of Hecker & Muehlebach, PLLC, where he focuses primarily in the areas of corporate law, business start up, capital formation transactions and corporate finance. He is an adjunct assistant professor at the James E. Rogers College of Law where he directs the Entrepreneurial Law class that participates in the Business/Law Exchange. Through this class, guest lectures, and one-on-one meetings with McGuire Program student teams, he provides mentoring on a wide range of legal issues relating to new ventures. Mr. Hecker received both his BA and JD from the University of Arizona. He is listed in the 1993-2010 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the area of Corporate Law and was selected as Best Lawyer - Corporate Law for Tucson in 2010.