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.
Entrepreneurship Mentors in Residence
Dan Janes is a successful entrepreneur, having co-founded, 42six Solutions, a Big Data and Analytics company that was acquired by Computer Sciences Corporation, and is an investor and member of Desert Angels, one of the most active angel investment groups in the nation. Dan's breadth of experience includes being a West Point graduate and former Army officer who led operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, worked inside of a large government agency, built a startup, and grew new technology offerings in a publicly traded company. Dan currently advises startups at the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, TechLaunch Arizona, and through his role on various boards and he is currently working across multiple organizations within Tucson and Arizona to grow the regional startup ecosystem and companies that will chart the future.
Jim 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.
Consulting Entrepreneurship Mentors
Linsay Craten has more than a decade of experience in entrepreneurship, marketing, sales and consulting in corporate and startup environments. As cofounder of C|M Supported, she provides strategic business analysis, investment relations, market research, and planning consulting to growing businesses, startup ventures and clinical practices. She is also the cofounder of the only independent video game studio in Tucson: Desert Owl Games, which offers two game titles and partners with Sony Online Entertainment. Linsay is also a volunteer with Startup Tucson, and a mentor to startups as part of the Lean Launchpad and Thryve incubator programs. An Eller MBA graduate, Linsay excelled in the McGuire Program as a student, and knows firsthand how to help others get the most out of their McGuire experience.
Randolph 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.
Sarah Mauet is the McGuire Center’s Digital Media and Communications Manager. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Ms. Mauet is an award-winning print and multimedia journalist, video producer and strategic communications professional. She is a former instructor of Principals of Multimedia at the UA School of Journalism and now works with McGuire Program students on audience-targeted communications, media relations, video production, and storytelling and presentation skills.
Julie Forster is the Program Coordinator at the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship. She has an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in Early Modern History from Saint Louis University, and a BA in Medieval Literature from Stonehill College. Mrs. Forster was a college instructor and librarian before coming to the McGuire Program. Her areas of focus within the McGuire Program include assisting students as they develop efficient and effective market research skills, coordinating the McGuire curriculum and event planning.
McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship Executive Director Robert Lusch acts as a marketing mentor to student teams in the areas of supply chain, distribution, marketing and branding. In addition to his role in the center, Dr. Lusch holds the James and Pamela Muzzy Chair in Entrepreneurship and is a professor of marketing. Dr. Lusch was named the 2012 American Marketing Association Educator of the Year by the American Marketing Association. Dr. Lusch received a Ph.D. in business administration with marketing and accounting emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial leadership, marketing strategy, complex adaptive systems, marketing channels, marketing and organizational performance, service dominant logic of marketing, retailing, and innovation in society.
Lawrence 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.
Jason 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.